CAELI 2019 Class

We are pleased to announce the CAELI Class of 2019! These twenty-six individuals represent community arts education organizations across the nation. Over the course of eight months, the program provides participants the opportunity to hone and advance leadership skills and effectiveness. Learn more about the program here.

Rheanna Marie Abbott: Manager, Arts in the Middle Program, Lincoln Center Education, New York, NY

Rheanna Marie Abbott, a visual artist and arts educator, is currently manager of the Arts in the Middle program in Lincoln Center's department of education. The program seeks to measure the impact of providing fully funded arts programming over five years to NYC middle schools that previously had little or no arts education. Her background as a New York City middle school arts teacher allows her to collaborate effectively with partner schools, and find ways of ensuring that the relationships fostered are inclusive, productive, and reciprocal. She contributes to larger organizational initiatives by presenting at local and national conferences, including Lincoln Center's Summer Forum, contributing to Lincoln Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, and leading a team in the curation of artwork within Lincoln Center Education's first gallery space. Rheanna holds her master’s in arts administration from Baruch College, where she was nominated for the Marlow Prize in Arts Leadership for her consultancy thesis. Her project was commissioned by the CUNY Arts Initiative, and focused on developing a tool to support CUNY professors in using arts integration in the classroom.

Pachy Banks-Cabral: Advancement Officer, Main Line Art Center​, Haverford, PA

As a lifelong artist, Pachy’s career has been shaped by experiences as a student, performer, teacher, advocate, protector, and arts administrator. Art has been, and is, her path and destination. Privileged to be serving the arts for over 20 years as an event planner, cultural manager, theater and television producer, and administrator; Pachy is currently focused in fundraising and institutional advancement as part of Main Line Art Center’s team.

Scott Bartelson: Management Associate, Hartford Stage​. Hartford, CT

Scott Bartelson is currently the management associate at Hartford Stage whose responsibilities span three departments: Management, Education and Artistic. He assists the executive leadership of the organization, serves as the board liaison to over 80 board members, leads education advocacy efforts (initiating the new Education Ambassadors program), facilitates senior staff communication, and leads the young professional’s advisory board, Stage One. Over the summer, he serves as teaching artist for the organization, leading the pre-school program. He also has adapted the scripts for the popular "Breakdancing Shakespeare" teen performance over the past four seasons. Prior to Hartford Stage, Scott was the producing associate & teaching artist for outdoor theatre company, Shakespeare on the Sound and worked for several years in the General Management office at Town Square Productions in New York City. He currently sits on the Shakespeare Theatre Property Task Force in his hometown of Stratford, CT and is a board member for the CT Chapter of the EDTA International Thespian Society. He holds a B.S. in educational theatre from NYU, Steinhardt.

 

Alaina Calloway Bolton: Music Education Director, Apple Tree Arts, Grafton, MA

Alaina Calloway Bolton is an arts administrator, entrepreneur, and teaching artist on a mission to bring high-quality, transformative music education to all. Alaina knows that music can change hearts, open minds, and set students on the path to success, and she aims to ensure that quality programs are accessible to and inclusive of all. Currently the Music Education Director at Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit community school of the arts serving over one thousand students and four thousand audience members each year, Alaina is also a choir director and member of the Open and Affirming working group at the First Congregational Church of Oxford, UCC. Among other positions, she has served on the voice and piano faculty at several Boston-area music schools and worked as an Arts Administration Intern within the communications department at the South Shore Conservatory. She has a Master of Music in vocal performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from New England Conservatory.

Josiah Micha Bruny: CEO, Music Changing Lives​, Moreno Valley, CA

Josiah Bruny is the CEO and founder of Music Changing Lives, (MCL), a non-profit organization focused on reducing our communities’ dropout rates through innovative music, and art after-school enrichment programs. Josiah's vision is to build new-age community centers around the nation to teach disadvantaged youth how to compete in the entertainment industry by marketing themselves to become successful entrepreneurs. Prior to establishing MCL, Josiah created and led the independent record label, Higher Ground Records, LLC to become one of the leading underground labels in Southern California. Josiah was raised in Altadena, California for most of his young life, but now considers the Inland Empire his home. Due to his dedication for the youth in our community, Josiah has been honored with several notable awards including the Daily Point of Light Award, Executive Director of the Year from the Community Foundation, and Cal State University of San Bernardino Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award to name a few honoring his efforts of service through Music Changing Lives. In 2012, Josiah collaborated with the Moreno Valley Unified School District, (MVUSD) to establish what is now known as the "Changing Lives Showcase," a performance-art competition between four schools in MVUSD

Alberto Careaga: Director of Education, Art League Houston, Houston, TX

Alberto Careaga is a Houston-based studio artist and arts educator. He holds an MFA in painting/ceramics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and is presently director of education at Art League Houston. In 2016 – 2017 he was awarded the Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio Fellowship and residency at Charles Adams Studio Projects where he lead workshops, open studios and curated various community-based events and exhibitions. In 2017, he was professor in ceramics at Lubbock Christian University and visiting artist lecturer at El Paso Community College. Since 2018 he has been artist-in-residence at Box 13 ArtSpace, where he continues his studio practice while assisting in community events, fundraisers and exhibitions.

Alorie Clark: Senior Manager, Arts Education and Community Programs, Step Afrika!, Washington D.C.

Alorie Clark is very passionate about engaging the community through the arts and has worked in the nonprofit arts sector for ten years. A Philadelphian who moved to DC in 2004, Alorie earned a Bachelor’s in theatre arts administration from Howard University, and a Master’s in arts management from American University. She currently serves as the senior manager, Arts Education and Community Programs at Step Afrika! Since 2014, Alorie has managed all of the organization’s local education performances, programs, and related initiatives intended for grade school students. She has contributed to the local and national arts scene by working for organizations such as National Arts Strategies and Washington National Opera. When possible, Alorie offers her time inspiring young people and emerging arts administration professionals. She has volunteered for organizations such as the Women’s Foundation, Year Up, Arts Administrators of Color DMV, and KIPP DC.

Kerry Davis: Development Coordinator and Community Liaison, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH​

Kerry Davis is most definitely an "out loud" individual. Born and reared in rural Charleston, Missouri; it was in this town of 5,000 where Davis co-founded a community arts organization. Two years ago, he moved to Cleveland to enrich his practice by joining the team of the Cleveland Print Room, a photography-focused non-profit organization. As he continues to grow in his love of people and the cultural arts, Davis finds that his life is enriched daily by the evolution of that which I believe to be the essence of our society. 

Teresa Drews: Director of Education, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music​, Milwaukee, WI

Teresa Drews is the director of education and piano department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (WCM). Drews has spent her career bringing music to diverse and underserved populations. As director of education she is spearheading efforts to elevate programming, working with the Royal Conservatory of Music to implement their performance and theory program and also by developing curriculum across departments that is unique to WCM. Drews has been on the staff of WCM for over 15 years serving as chair of the Piano Department and as a teaching artist. For nearly a decade she has worked as an administrator and educator in WCM’s “Conservatory Connections” program which currently brings music education to over 80 sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Drews has taught piano and general music at public, private, and choice schools in Milwaukee and Baltimore. An active performer with performance degrees from Northwestern University (B.M. 1998) and the Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M. 2002), Drews collaborates with many WCM faculty and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra musicians. Since 2010 she has played with the Washington Island Music Festival, a unique program that brings professional chamber music concerts to a rural Wisconsin island and funds the island’s K-12 music program.

Sarah E.R. Grosman: Programs Manager, Turtle Bay Music School​, New York, NY

Sarah E.R. Grosman is a leader of community-engaged arts programming across the country and internationally. Collaborating with organizations of many creative mediums (dance, music, contemporary art, theater, international NGOs), her work pursues a merging of cultural diplomacy, civic engagement, and community development for and through the arts. Currently, she leads the Community Programs department at Turtle Bay Music School (NYC) and is the director of community engagement for Zara Aina (based in NYC and Madagascar). Prior to this, Sarah was a founding staff member and community organizer for Public Works, the groundbreaking participatory theater program at The Public Theater (NYC/Shakespeare in the Park). In 2016, Sarah was the United States delegate in Malta for the European Union’s inaugural Global Cultural Leadership Program in the framework of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform. As a theater director, she has worked at Shakespeare in the Park, LaMama, The Foundry, Intiman, The Old Globe, 5th Ave. Theater, and New York University. Sarah is a graduate of Cornish College, for whom she is a national advisory council member and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

Eric Hung: Grant Writer and Conference Chair, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Burlington, NJ

Eric Hung is executive director of the Music of Asian America Research Center; grant writer and conference chair of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival; and adjunct lecturer in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. As a nonprofit manager, he works to dispel negative stereotypes and harmful misconceptions about Asian American communities, to make Asian American history, culture and experience more visible in mainstream cultures, and to give Asian Americans a greater sense of cultural pride and representational belonging in the United States. As a researcher, Hung studies Asian American music and public musicology. Current projects include a book on trauma and cultural trauma in Asian American music and an edited volume on public musicology. Hung is also an active pianist and conductor who has performed in Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia and throughout North America. Prior to joining the nonprofit world full-time, he was a tenured professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He is co-director of the Westminster Chinese Music Ensemble, and has served as Executive Director and Interim President of New York–based Gamelan Dharma Swara.

Daylynn Allis Lambi: Executive Director & Founder, Marrow PDX, Portland, OR

Daylynn Lambi is passionate about creating non-hierarchical, anti-capitalist, interdisciplinary, healing-centered environments that invite young people to question- rather than accept- existing systems. Their Master's thesis work explored why conventional schools do not genuinely engage the majority of young people, and identified fundamental qualities of non-school creative education spaces where young people are invested not only in learning and pursuing new interests, but in the mutual aid of their communities as well. Based on the findings outlined in their thesis, they founded the youth-centered and youth-led community space Marrow PDX in 2015, where they currently lead as the executive director, alongside a collective of youth 17-22. Lambi holds a Master of Arts in community art education (2012) from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts through Tufts University (2011). Prior to their work at Marrow, they taught visual art and community topics across the country in in environments ranging from non-traditional unschooling programs to traditional art museums

Mika Claire Lemoine: Teaching Artist Mentor, Destiny Arts Center​, Oakland, CA

Mika Lemoine is a teaching artist mentor at Destiny Arts Center where she teaches hip hop and street dance to youth in public schools and at the North Oakland Center while supporting emerging teaching artists. Additionally, she is the artistic director of the Destiny Junior Company (DJC), a pre-professional performance company where youth ages 9-12 use their powerful voices through word and street dance to make art about what matters to them. Originally from Oakland, CA and an alumna of the program, Mika has been with Destiny as a teaching artist since 2010. In today’s climate of commercial hip hop, Mika emphasizes historical and social context when teaching foundational styles and includes her students in the Bay Area street dance community. She believes that creative expression is a catalyst for social change and vital to human survival. She is the co-artistic director of See Through Soul, an Oakland-grown dance company founded in 2017 that draws inspiration from various dance styles to express self and seek truth. Mika holds a BA in dance and latin american studies from UCLA’s department of World Arts and Cultures.

Vita Litvak: Manager of Adult Programs, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Vita Litvak is a Philadelphia-based artist, educator, and arts administrator. She is leading a new creative aging initiative at Fleisher and designing new programs to serve older adults in South Philadelphia, work that has been funded and shared by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. She is also part of the steering committee for National Guild’s Creative Aging Network. During her time at Fleisher, she curated the Sanctuary Series, a free weekly public program featuring local artists, writers, and musicians. In partnership with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University, Vita designed and implemented Art for the Healer, a program serving medical students through art education. She is currently participating in the Social Impact Collaborative to explore new ways to evaluate creative education for lifelong learners. Vita received her BA with Departmental High Honors in fine arts from Haverford College and her MFA in photography and film from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been an art educator for more than fifteen years, including positions as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College, Adjunct Professor at Moore College of Art and Design, Monmouth University, Ursinus College, and Stockton University. Her art practice is rooted in the photographic medium and extends into video and community-based projects.

Colleen Longshaw: Associate Director, CARE, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH

Colleen Longshaw is a Cleveland, Ohio native and holds both a BFA and an MFA in acting from Kent State University. Colleen has been a part of the CARE (Compassionate Arts Remaking Education) program, at Cleveland Play House, from its’ inception. CARE uses theatre education to teach Social Emotional competencies and to increase English Language Arts scores in the K-8 student population. The program was launched in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and has grown from 4 schools to 17 in the last 4 years. Throughout her career Colleen has taught acting, dance, creative writing, music and improvisation to youth of all ages groups and demographics. She became a member of the Actor's Equity Association in 2003 and continues to work as a professional actress. She has toured nationally, performed off Broadway in New York City and in regional theaters across the country. In addition to acting she has worked professionally as both a director and choreographer. She has an active interest in community involvement, church leadership, youth empowerment, and volunteerism and has been part of several programs across Cleveland to foster growth in her community. 

Nathan Majoros: Deputy Director, Lifetime Arts​, New Rochelle, NY

Nathan Majoros joined Lifetime Arts in 2012 and has been responsible for the day-to-day coordination of Lifetime Arts’ multiple national projects, including leading the design and delivery of technical assistance for teaching artists, librarians and other Creative Aging stakeholders. Acknowledged as an expert in Creative Aging, he routinely presents information about Lifetime Arts and the field of Creative Aging at national conferences and forums. Now, as a deputy director, Nathan works closely with the Lifetime Arts co-founders and senior staff to strategically respond to the continued growth of Creative Aging, the design of Lifetime Arts’ national initiatives, and the expansion of its’ programs and services. Nathan is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he received his Master of Arts in teaching and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. He lives in Chesterfield, NJ with his wife and two-year-old daughter.

Linsey McDaniel: Managing Director, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble​, Pittsburgh, PA

Linsey McDaniel was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Washington D.C. to study engineering at Howard University. It was there that Linsey took a class with Mama Kadiatou and fell in love with the self-expression, discipline, and cultural understanding gained through African dance. Linsey looks for opportunities to use her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University to help others explore the roots of classical African dance styles. Having worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, in program management, marketing and strategy, she brings a wide swath of experience to her work with Balafon West African Dance Ensemble. Linsey believes that the arts are a healthy part of life and should be experienced day to day. She is grateful to have the chance to make African dance a part of her life and to learn from Balafon founder Mama Kadiatou. Linsey strives to build connections with others who are working to keep the legacy of classical traditions and the dynamic artists and teachers our ancestors offer us alive for generations to come.

Patricia Morales: Director of Young Artist Programs, Southwest School of Art​, San Antonio, TX

Patricia Morales is the director of Young Artists at the Southwest School of Art located in San Antonio, TX. She has a Master of Science in arts management from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in art history from the University of North Texas. A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Patricia found her love of the arts at a young age and has dedicated her academic and professional career to this field. She believes in the transformative power of the arts and the empowerment that arts learning can offer students and their communities.

Elena Marie Muslar: Assistant Director, Entertainment and Fine Arts Professions, Loyola Marymount University​, Los Angeles, CA

Elena Muslar is the assistant director of Entertainment and Fine Arts Professions in the office of Career and Professional Development at Loyola Marymount University. Elena works to enrich students in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the School of Film and Television at LMU, as well as other clients in pursuit of their creative careers. Her passions intersect at a crossroads between cultural equity, creative balance, and arts entrepreneurship. Elena holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre (with minors in dance, African-American studies, and an emphasis in education) from Loyola Marymount University along with a Master of Fine Arts in theatre management & producing from CalArts. Elena has held professional affiliations with Arts for LA, Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Skirball Cultural Center, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and more. As an advisory committee member for the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, through the LA County Arts Commission, Elena received a commendation from the LA County Board of Supervisors for her dedication to community affairs and civic pride. She was also recognized as the Next Gen Honoree through Towne Street Theatre and most recently showcased as a leader "transforming Communities" through the Arts & Creativity Economy by Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and the Empowerment Congress.

Sarah Jane Pietlicki: Program Manager, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago, IL

Sarah Jane Pietlicki has been the program manager at the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic since 2015, overseeing a team of 15 teaching artists bringing music education programs to over 1,000 students in the Chicagoland area. Before CJP, she worked as the program director at the McGroarty Arts Center in Los Angeles, California. Sarah received her B.M. in vocal performance in 2012 from the Chicago College of Performing Arts - Roosevelt University. During college, she worked as a counselor at the Auditorium Theatre’s ‘Hands Together, Heart to Art’ camp, as a music teacher at Gymboree Play and Learn, and as a private voice teacher and coach. With eclectic experience in music performance, education, and administration, Sarah is no stranger to the challenges of balancing artistic practice with “life.” She is a loving explorer of the human “voice,” in all its forms, and strives to connect people to their own creative spirit – through both artistic and business practices.

Cathleen Marie Plazas: Senior Director, Curriculum & Program Evaluation, NJPAC​, Newark, NJ

Cathleen “Cat” Plazas is the first senior director of curriculum and program evaluation for NJPAC’s Arts Education Department. In her current role, Cathleen provides leadership and vision through evaluation in the ongoing planning, implementation, and development of the pathways offered at the Center for Arts Education: theater, dance, jazz, poetry, film, and hip hop. She received her BA in international theatre arts, an interdisciplinary degree combining theatre arts, French language and literature, and Spanish language and literature; a BS in psychology from Stetson University, as well as a Masters in social work (MSW) from Columbia University specializing in research and policy practice. She had over 10 years of experience in youth program development and evaluation both domestically and abroad before starting at NJPAC in 2017. Her previous experience in arts education includes working at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as well as the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida as well as having worked in the performing arts as a lighting designer and a performer. As a first-generation Colombian-American, Cathleen believes that the future of arts education lies in collaborative new approaches that exemplify diversity and access to all when it comes to arts education.

Carmen Myriam Santos-Robson: Assistant Director and Development, Newark School of the Arts​, Newark, NJ

Carmen Santos-Robson, assistant director and development at Newark School of the Arts (NSA). Born and Raised in Puerto Rico, USA, Carmen is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a Master of Music Degree in vocal pedagogy. She came to Newark School of the Arts in 2013 as a teaching artist and quickly rose through the ranks wearing many hats along the way; including Community Outreach, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media Management, Web Design, Graphic Design. She founded and directed the Newark School of the Arts Children's Chorus who she led in performances at notable venues like Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Following her passion for working with young children, Carmen is the founder of our Early Childhood Music Program, which serves babies and their parents from birth to three years old. Carmen is a certified Music Together™ teacher and a Lango™ instructor.

LeBrandon Stephen Smith: Associate, NeON Arts, Carnegie Hall​, New York, NY

LeBrandon Smith manages a collaborative program between the Department of Probation and Carnegie Hall called NeON Arts. NeON sites operate in seven New York City neighborhoods with the highest number of youth on probation. At each site, LeBrandon facilitates the collaboration between stakeholders made up of community members, young people, business owners and probation officers, to create arts programming for their communities. Within the planning process, he ensures that the youth’s voice is uplifted the most. LeBrandon found his passion for service as a recreation director at a family shelter where he centered the joy and mutual interests of the residents to bring in organizations like Nike, Twitter, Apple and Uniqlo to provide professional development and various resources. Most recently, LeBrandon facilitated a volunteer’s day of service for The New York SONY music/RCA branch that included youth from temporary housing.  His goal is to continue rising professionally while remaining rooted in the community through events and creating direct pipelines to major companies and brands.

Margaret Wyporek Spear: Assistant Director, Strategic Growth and Programming, The Hartt School Community Division, West Hartford, CT

Driven by bringing together people and matching skill sets to create unparalleled opportunities for students, Margaret W. Spear, currently works as the assistant director of strategic growth and programming at The Hartt School Community Division (HCD). Margaret joined the HCD team in 2011, prior to her current role, she served as music program manager and music program director. She has overseen the growth of core music programming, the expansion of summer and academic year program offerings, as well as developed efficiencies to allow for a more streamline experience for families and faculty alike. Her work at HCD aligns her personal and professional passions, encouraging the development and support of transformative arts communities where students become a part of something larger than themselves. When not at HCD, she enjoys playing trombone, hanging out with her three guinea pigs, as well as hiking and camping with her husband. Margaret holds a B.M. in jazz studies (trombone) with a concentration in music-in-education from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA and an Ed.M. in arts in education focusing on arts programming and community engagement from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Veronica Stein: Program Director, Snow City Arts​, Chicago, IL

Veronica Stein has been an active member of the Chicago arts and non-profit communities for the past 18 years. Prior to joining Snow City Arts as program director in 2018, she led teams at Youth Service Project and BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development), with a focus on public arts programming and education justice. Veronica’s pedagogy investigates how learners may advocate for their own learning in contested spaces. She has led workshops and training across Illinois around community-based art education, trauma-informed practices, creative placemaking, and early childhood restorative justice practices. Veronica is also a practicing artist whose work in multimedia and fiber arts confronts the complex intersections of space occupation as it relates to access. She has exhibited her works in museums and galleries in New York and Chicago. Veronica is a member of several grant writing organizations, including

the Kentucky Foundation for Women, in her pursuit of transformational philanthropy. She received her Master of Arts in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA in photography, film and electronic media from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Molly Terbovich-Ridenhour: President & CEO, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet​​, San Diego, CA

Molly Terbovich-Ridenhour began her dance training at the age of five, and now serves as the president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB), San Diego's oldest classical ballet school. Before joining SDCYB, Terbovich-Ridenhour worked as a freelance arts administrator coordinating events such as the annual 5X5 Modern Dance Workshop and the Celebrate Dance Festival and she served on the steering committees of Rising Arts Leaders and San Diego Dance Connect. Since moving to San Diego in 2013, she has worked with Butterworth Dance Company, Eveoke Dance Theatre and various independent dance projects and choreographers and co-founded the Stella Nova Dance Company. She has a B.F.A. in dance from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and an M.F.A. in dance from Arizona State University.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Dance/USA, and transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project.