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 Robert McAllister, dean of the Colburn Community School of the Performing Arts, joined The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in 2006 and brings more than 34 years of expertise in administration, teaching, and performance to Colburn’s community-focused programming and curriculum. McAllister was president and CEO of the Peak Association of the Arts in Boulder, Colorado from 2001 to 2003 and executive director of The Cleveland Music School Settlement from 1994 to 2001. Prior to that appointment, he was the associate dean and Registrar at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1986-1994. McAllister received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1999 and was invited to be a participant in the prestigious Leadership Cleveland Program in 2000, the same year that he received the Northern Ohio Live Education Award. He received his bachelor of science degree in music education with distinction from the University of Minnesota and his master of music in clarinet from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and former chair of the West Coast Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

 Eric Nelson has over 15 years’ experience working with arts, culture, and advocacy institutions. Specializing in patron acquisition and growth strategies, his efforts have led to over $250 million in ticket and donation revenue for the organizations with whom he has worked. Eric’s background is unique in that he has worked in-house, as a consultant and in the agency world. As a result, he has played a role in hundreds of marketing and fundraising campaigns. Currently Eric is director of marketing and communications for Kaufman Music Center, one of New York’s most vibrant cultural  and educational organizations. Kaufman Music Center is comprised of three divisions: Merkin Concert Hall, Lucy Moses School (New York’s largest community arts school) and Special Music School (a K-12 public school for musically gifted youth). Prior to that, he was vice president of client services, new business and marketing for DCM, specializing in marketing and fundraising strategies for non-profit organizations. Eric previously worked as a senior consultant for both Arts Consulting Group (ACG) and Target Resource Group (TRG). He also led marketing efforts for Paul Taylor Dance Company. Eric holds a M.A. from Emerson College and a B.A. from Northern Illinois University.

 Laurie Selik joined the Colburn School in 2011 and focuses on expanding Colburn’s circle of significant corporate and foundation partners. Prior to Colburn, she was the senior development officer for American Public Media’s business program, Marketplace and has consulted for other public radio organizations including Southern California Public Radio and the Association for Independents in Radio.  She is the co-author of a forthcoming book titled, “Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers: Talk Your Way to Success with Donors and Funders” (Chimayo Press). Her interest in media and the arts led her to management positions at Leo Burnett advertising and Danika Productions. Selik earned her certificate in coaching for Nonprofit Managers & Leaders in 2012. She is an enthusiastic volunteer for arts education and has served on the boards of Synergy Academies, an LA-based charter school and the Virginia Avenue Project, a theater-based after-school program.

 Kamella Tate is the owner/principal of KTA/LLC, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides research, program design, evaluation, and fund development services to community nonprofits in the arts, healthcare, and education sectors. Clients have included The Music Center, Film Independent, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, T.H.E. Health & Wellness Centers, Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others. She has served as senior staff at The Music Center, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Shakespeare Orange County, as well as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California (research methods), Claremont Graduate University (practice-based research and evaluation), and Chapman University (voice, text, Shakespeare, theatre production). Dr. Tate also designs and teaches customized workshops in research methods and program evaluation throughout Los Angeles, working with practitioners, funders, and policy makers. She holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and a doctorate in educational psychology from USC.

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