|2012 Board of Directors|
Kristy Callaway, Key West, FL
President Craig S. Collins, Ed.D. (2013) Principal, Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Harrison School for the Arts), Lakeland, FL
1st Vice President Rory Pullens (2013) CEO, Head of School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC
2nd Vice President Pamela Jordan (2013) Head of School, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL
Secretary Patricia Decker (2013) Director of Recruitment, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY
Treasurer Donn K. Harris (2013) Executive Director and Artistic Director Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland, CA
Immediate Past President Ralph Opacic, Ed.D. (2013) Executive Director, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
Bradley H. Ellis (2013), Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Dorothy Marshall Englis (2013) Chair, Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Diane Makas (2014) Artistic Director, Academy for the Performing Arts, CA
Terri Milsap (2014) Principal, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago, IL
Scott Rudes, Ph.D. (2014) Principal, Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts, Tampa, FL
Paul Shapiro, (2014) Arts Director, Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, WA
Halley Shefler (2014) Founder and CEO, Arts Bridge, LLC, MA
Tim Wade (2013) Vice President of Student Affairs, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
Kyle Wedberg (2014) President and CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), LA
Scott Allen, Ed.D., is the principal of Houston ISD's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Allen earned his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from Texas State University in San Marcos, and his master's in educational administration and doctorate in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. His dissertation title was Fine Arts and Student Academic Success in Texas: A Critical Examination. Allen's background includes theatre work in New York and community theatre throughout Texas. He has been a high school classroom teacher in speech, theatre, oral interpretation, radio/television/film, and English, and has served as an assistant principal and principal at the elementary level. He worked at the Region 4 Education Service Center, training aspiring principals for a year before coming to HSPVA.
Douglas Ashcraft, D.M.A., is Idyllwild Arts Academy's Head of School and Dean of the Arts. A pianist, Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the United Sates and in Europe. A winner of many competitions, he began his formal training as a student of Aldo Mancinelli. Master’s and doctoral degrees followed at the University of Southern California where he worked with pianist John Perry. During those summers he participated in classes at the Aspen Music Festival and the Holland Music Sessions in Alkmaar, Netherlands studying with pianists John O'Conor, Marie Francoise Bucquet, and Gyorgy Sandor. He was invited to perform in a recital at Amsterdam's famed Concertgebouw. Ashcraft is also an active chamber musician and has performed in recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and Jacqueline Du Pre Hall at Oxford University in England. Ashcraft's performing career has included radio broadcasts on New York's WQXR and live chamber music recitals on KKGO, KMZT, and KUSC in Los Angeles, and BBC Radio 3 in London.
Kim Bruno: Since 2002, Kim Bruno has been the principal for the F. H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York, NY, where her accomplishments include partnerships with such organizations as American Ballet Theater, Carnegie Hall, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, and Metropolitan Opera. The school, which serves 2,500 students, is recognized by US News and World Report as one of America's Best High Schools. Previously, Bruno was the assistant principal for performing arts (1997-2001) and the performing arts coordinator (1993-1997) for Professional Performing Arts School, New York, N.Y., where she developed and supervised a program that combined academic work with intensive arts instruction at professional New York City arts institutions. She also created the ABC Players (Artists Bringing Change), a touring theatre ensemble created to educate teens on social issues that appeared on networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MTV. Bruno earned a MA in educational theatre from New York University, a BA in theatre from Hunter College, and a professional diploma in administration/supervision from Fordham University.
Craig S. Collins, Ed.D., has served in education for twenty-nine years. He has served as a principal for sixteen years, having both elementary and secondary experience, and is in his eleventh year at Harrison School for the Arts. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida (B.M.E.), where he also earned the Performer’s Certificate in Saxophone, was a member of Florida Blue Key Honor Fraternity, and drum major for the UF Marching Band. He obtained both his master’s degree and doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. In 1987, he served as the Junior High Representative for the Florida Bandmaster’s Association. While serving as a junior high band and choral director, his groups at Kathleen Junior High, Lakeland Highlands Junior High, and Lake Gibson Jr. High earned straight superior ratings. Dr. Collins continues to adjudicate for FBA Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment and presides over the selection of the Arts Achieve! Model School awards through the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Memberships include the Association of School Based Administrators, Florida Association of School Administrators, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Arts Schools Network, Florida Network of Arts Administrators (Past President), and the Florida Bandmasters Association.
Jackie Collins is the executive director and principal of Idaho Arts Charter School. Collins received her undergraduate degree in speech and political science from the University of Idaho, an M.A. in special education from Boise State University and an Ed.S. in administration from the University of Idaho. She has been involved with public education for over 30 years. She has taught special education, and led students to award winning speech and debate events, and was named Centennial High School's Teacher of the Year. When she started a new lottery based K-12 charter school, her solid background as a teacher made her aware of the challenges. She was responsible for planning and integrating everything from student lunches, busing, teacher contracts to curriculum. Idaho Arts Charter School (IACS) has met annual yearly goals, continues to grow in arts and academics despite its location in a low socio-economic area, and is the first exposure to the arts for many students. The school features arts integrated classes for the lower elementary and arts academies for the middle and high school. When Idaho Charter School started, it was housed in mobile units and an old church building. 2007-08 Jackie and her team were instrumental in putting together a plan to purchase an existing school and design an arts addition so the school could have a permanent facility. Her team was able to secure 7.5 million in bonds from investors and their dream school was complete. Collins has presented at schools and conferences techniques in arts integration, school management, and charter school start up plans. She and her staff have been the recipients of over $300,000 in grants from the Albertson Foundation to promote creativity and charter schools and was also a recipient of $500,000 from the Idaho State Department of Education and the Federal Government to support charter schools and disseminate best practices to charter and public schools.
Jackie Cornelius is the executive director of fine arts for the Duval County School District, which serves over 124,000 students in Jacksonville, FL. She is also the principal of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) and has served as a nationally recognized arts education advocate and presenter for decades. Her charge at DA is to provide intensive arts education to talented, passionate students and implement quality arts professional development for teachers district wide. Over the years, Cornelius has spearheaded numerous financial campaigns to underwrite critically needed arts funding; one such campaign successfully netted over 13 million in state funding for DA, while another secured a half million in private funding for the purchase of arts instruments, equipment and guest artist programs. She recently implemented a pilot collaboration program among the seven district specialized arts schools; last August the district was awarded a federal arts professional development grant of one million. Cornelius is an active community participant. She is currently a trustee for the Jacksonville Community Music School, a board member of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and a member of Jacksonville's Public Arts Commission Board of Directors. She is a Downtown Jacksonville Rotary member and Leadership Jacksonville Alumni, '92. Cornelius has served on numerous arts and community boards: the Jacksonville Women's Network, the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, the Gateway Girl Scout Council, the Mayor's Insight Committee, the Jacksonville Symphony Education Committee, and Youth Leadership Jacksonville. She is a past president of Uptown Civitans, First Coast Business & Professional Women's Club, and the Arts Schools Network, and is a past director of the BPW Florida Education Foundation. Under Cornelius's leadership, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has received many national and state awards. It has been named a Grammy Gold Signature School, a Florida Distinguished School, a Best Academic High School by Newsweek, a 2009 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools in America Gold Medal School, and a 2008 Exemplary School by the Arts Schools Network. DA is a National Essentially Duke Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition winner and its theatre department has performed at the prestigious Edinburgh, Scotland Mini Fringe Arts Festival. Cornelius has been awarded the University of Florida's Distinguished Principal Award, the Florida Times Union News Eve Award, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Leadership Award, the Florida Association of Administrators 2008 Arts Administrator of the Year Award, the Florida State Thespians 2009 Administrator of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership, the Jacksonville Arts Assembly Outstanding Arts Educator Award; the Gateway Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction Award, the Florida Association of Theatre Educators 2008 Outstanding Administrator of the Year, and the Duval Arts Teachers' Association Outstanding Principal of the Year Award.
Dr. Denise Davis Cotton, Ed.D., a Milken Foundation internationally recognized educator, made a historic contribution to Detroit's educational and cultural renaissance as the principal and founder of Detroit School of Arts (DSA). In June 2006, the Detroit News named her Michiganian of the Year. Her dream of teaching performing arts to inner-city school children evolved to the founding of what many believe will become an icon of cultural education throughout the country. Through Dr. Cotton's leadership, DSA provided an environment where academics and arts were not only recognized, but also revered. DSA gained AYP status and was recognized as a bronze medal school by Newsweek magazine. As a result of her vision and leadership, DSA was named a Blue Ribbon School and received the Kennedy Center Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award. Although she is now retired from Detroit School of Arts, Davis-Cotton continues to be an advocate for arts integration and arts inclusion along the K-12 academic continuum. Her awards and citations are too numerous to list individually. Davis-Cotton earned a doctorate from Wayne State University, a master's from the University of Montevallo, and a bachelor's of science from Alabama State University.
Patricia Decker is the director of recruitment at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She started her career at Tisch in the department of undergraduate drama, first as the internship coordinator, then as the coordinator of the summer high school drama program. After that she served as the manager of admissions and applicant services for ten years.Decker is also a writer, performer, and producer who has worked in both Philadelphia and New York at venues including the Wilma Theatre, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Big Mess Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, the Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre Communications Group, Teleotheater, and SPF. She has performed her own work at Dixon Place, CB's Gallery and Cornelia Street Café and is on the board of directors of Rabbit Hole Ensemble. Decker, who is also an accomplished tarot card reader, earned her BA in theatre from Temple University.
Bradley H. Ellis: Mr. Ellis is a partner in the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, resident in its Los Angeles office. He is a general commercial litigator, whose diverse experience includes work in both Federal and State Court on commercial matters involving a variety of businesses. For much of his nearly thirty year career, Mr. Ellis has concentrated his practice in the areas of First Amendment, defamation, copyright, theft of idea, and trademark litigation. He has represented several major publishing companies, television networks, and film studios in these areas. Reflecting the diverse nature of his practice, Mr. Ellis also has substantial experience representing accounting firms and individual accountants in matters ranging from securities and professional malpractice cases to proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and state boards of accountancy. Mr. Ellis is recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the area of First Amendment Law and Litigation, and is active in the First Amendment bar. He is a contributing author for the last several years to the Survey of Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media, published by the Media Law Resource Center. He is also active in his community. Mr. Ellis was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of LA Youth, a Los Angeles based newspaper written by and for teens, and he served for many years on the Community Services, Historical and Arts Commission of the City of Laguna Hills, California. Mr. Ellis has long been active in arts education as well. Currently, in addition to serving on the Board of ASN, he serves as a Trustee of the Orange County School of the Arts, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Orange County School of the Arts Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Colburn School.
Dorothy Marshall Englis is the chair of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where she is a full professor and recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellent in Teaching. A member of United Scenic Artists, she has been associated with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis since 1979, where she has designed costumes for over 30 productions in addition to scenery and costumes for many Imaginary Theatre Company touring shows. Englis has also designed costumes for Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Stages, St. Louis productions. She was previously the president of the Webster University Faculty Senate and the director of Webster University's campus in London, England. Dottie earned her BA in drama and English from Tufts University and her MFA in costume design from Carnegie-Mellon University.
David A. Flatley, the executive director of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago, has over 15 years experience in developing and implementing educational and intercultural initiatives to improve teacher practice and student achievement and affect whole-school change. His work supports both national and international groups, including the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Educational Authority as they work to replicate the arts integration model developed by Flatley and his team through the Chicago Teacher's Center in the 1990s. This relationship is now being transferred and formalized through Columbia. He was instrumental in advancing the work of arts integration in the city through his work with the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Prior to delving into arts education, he worked in development and management with the Cincinnati Ballet, the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and Pegasus Players Theatre in Chicago. He has an MA in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in business administration from the University of Illinois-Champaign. Flatley received his practitioner's certification in intercultural communications through the Intercultural Communications Institute in Portland, OR in 2001. He currently serves on the Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Council, the Illinois Federation for Community Schools Board, the Arts Schools Network Board, and the CAPE Advisory Board. He is a jazz pianist and writer. He learned French while living in Brussels, Belgium for nearly four years, where he taught English, directed theatre, and played piano for the three American Embassies.
Roy S. Fluhrer, Ph.D., Director of Greenville County School District's Fine Arts Center since 1989, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and his master's and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He served as the managing and artistic director of The Toledo Repertoire Theatre from 1966 to 1978. From 1978 to 1988 he was on the faculty at the University of Idaho, serving as chair of the theatre department, president of the faculty senate, founder of the Idaho Repertoire Theatre and, from 1985 to 1988 as an assistant to the president of the University. In 1988 he was named the vice chancellor for arts and academics at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Fluhrer came to Greenville in 1989 as the director of The Fine Arts Center, South Carolina's first school for the gifted and talented in the literary, visual, and performing arts. He has served as president of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, where he remains on the board. He is currently serving as the immediate past president of Arts Schools Network. Fluhrer was awarded the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award in 2008, South Carolina's highest arts award, the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts in 2006, the South Carolina Dance Association Dance Advocacy Award in 2006, the Metropolitan Arts Council Visionary Award in 2004, and the Arts Advocate of the Year by the South Carolina Art Education Association in 2000. He was the recipient of Arts Schools Network's Jeffrey Lawrence Award in 2008.
Donn K. Harris was appointed the executive director of the Oakland School for the Arts by former California governor Jerry Brown in November 2007. Prior to that, Harris had been the principal of the renowned San Francisco School of the Arts for seven years. He holds an MA in theater arts from California State University at Los Angeles, and teaching credentials in English, drama and special education with an emphasis on students with emotional disturbance. Harris has taught in diverse environments ranging from high performing schools to incarcerated youth in juvenile hall. He has also been part of many innovative educational initiatives, including outdoor education programs for at-risk youth and the development of a high school teaching academy. Harris first became a school administrator in 1994 when he was appointed dean of students at Galileo High School in San Francisco. He received his administrative credentials from San Francisco State University and through advanced training with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). He has been a guest lecturer in the administrative training programs at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Harris also serves as the advisory board chair for the East Bay International Youth Film Festival. In 2006, he became the founding principal of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco, an alternative arts-focused school that brings high-level arts programs to inner city youth. An Air Force veteran, passionate traveler and firm believer in the power of the arts to inspire creativity and innovation in all areas of life, Harris comes to the Arts School Network board with great enthusiasm for making an impact on the national dialogue around educational reform.
Pamela Jordan joined Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA) in 1990. Over the years, she moved through the ranks from music department chair to principal. In 2002, Jordan was appointed to her current position, head of school. Jordan is establishing CAA as the premiere independent arts high school in the State of Illinois. CAA was the only school in Illinois to receive the 2005 Creative Ticket Award for Excellence from the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education. And in 2006, CAA became the only independent arts high school in the nation to be designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center's Alliance for the Arts Education Network. Jordan holds a bachelor's of music from Phillips University and a master's of education from Northeastern Illinois University. Currently, she is a resource panelist for the School of the Arts, Singapore, an officer on the board of directors of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and on the faculty of the Institute for New Heads of School with the National Association of Independent Schools. Additionally, Jordan is president of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools.
William Kohut was appointed the principal of the Denver School of the Arts in May of 2009. Denver School of the Arts is a 6-12 grade school that has been recognized as one of the top high schools in America by US News and World Report. Prior to that, Kohut had been the principal of South High School, a National AVID Demonstration School for 8 years. He holds a bachelor of music education degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, and a MA in school administration from the University of Phoenix. Kohut has taught in, and served as an administrator in environments ranging from a rural school to a magnet school for English language learners. Kohut's first position as a school administrator was as director of student activities at South High School in the Denver Public Schools. In addition to his service in the public schools, he was an adjunct instructor of music education at Metropolitan State College of Denver for eight years. His musical background includes serving as the music director of the Denver Community Concert Band and assistant conductor of the Colorado Youth Pops Orchestra. (He conducted this orchestra as the opening act for the Boston Pops Orchestra, led by Keith Lockhart in a 1996 National Holiday Tour.) His arts leadership experience includes serving on the Colorado Department of Education Fine Arts Advisory Council and the task force that authored the first version of the Colorado Model Content Standards for Music. He is an active member of the board of directors for the Colorado Music Educators Association. Kohut has given numerous presentations on music education at state and national conferences. Since 2005, Kohut has served on the Colorado High School Activities Association State Music Committee and served in the role of chair from 2002-04. In addition to his arts experience, Kohut has strong leadership experience as an administrator having actively worked as a partner with the College Board to implement a strong college readiness system at South High School and bringing South High to national recognition as a National AVID Demonstration school.
Diane Makas has earned a reputation as one of the finest arts administrators in the country. She was the recipient of the OCMAA 2012 Art Administrator of the year and Allied Arts’ Board’s Distinguished Arts Administrator of the Year award 2000. Makas is now in her eighteenth year at the helm of the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, she built a struggling arts school of just eighty students into a magnet academy of more than six hundred students that includes majors in Acting, Musical Theatre, Music Media Entertainment Arts, Dance, Technical Theatre, Costume Design, Playwriting and Directing and Orchestra. The quality of APA’s program can be found in the hundreds of APA alumni studying and working professionally around the globe and in the annual awards earned in all departments including Arts School Network Exemplary School and Outstanding Contributions in Education, Orange County Department of Education. Makas holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry and a Master in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, where she was recently honored by her alma mater with a recognition of excellence in Dance Education and Choreography. Diane is also listed in “Who’s Who in Education.”
Terri Milsap, principal of ChiArts, the Chicago High School for the Arts, was a high school teacher for 11 years and a principal of a Chicago charter school for two years. She has an MA in school leadership from Concordia University, a BA in English education from Governors State University and a BA in speech communications from Illinois State University. She is currently working toward her EdD in the nationally recognized Urban School Leadership program at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition to school leadership and teaching, Milsap has experience in school reform, charter renewal, curriculum development, and entrepreneurship. Milsap is a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and serves on the Board of the Arts Schools Network.
Valerie B. Morris received her M.A. in Speech (Theatre Administration emphasis) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her B.A. in Speech Arts from American University. She has been the Dean of the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts since the fall of 1998. As the Dean, she oversees the Departments of Art History, Music, Studio Art, and Theatre (which houses the minor in Dance) and programs in Arts Management plus Historic Preservation and Community Planning. Prior to joining the College of Charleston, Dean Morris was the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, D.C., where she was the founding director of that institution’s Arts Management Program. Dean Morris is involved in several national, statewide and local organizations. She is a former board member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and the Rotary Club of Charleston, and she is a mentor for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education’s Leadership Institute. Dean Morris is a member of the Steering Committee for South Carolina’s Arts in Basic Curriculum program, serves on the board of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, and is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education. She is a board member of the Charleston Concert Association, the Charleston Jazz Initiative, the Free Enterprise Foundation, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She serves as an ex-officio member of the board of Charleston Ballet Theatre and as a member of the Honorary Board of Charleston Stage.
Dr. Mary Palmer is President of Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC, Consultants in Education and the Arts. She has extensive experience in education and the arts and holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Illinois. She has taught music and the other arts in a variety of school and community settings to people of all ages from birth through senior citizens. After her successful career as Professor of Music Education, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education and Dean of the UCF College of Education, Palmer was distinguished as Professor Emerita at the University of Central Florida – Orlando. She has served as President of professional organizations including MENC: National Association for Music Education Southern Division; VSA Arts of Florida; Florida Music Educators Association; and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. In addition, she serves on various community boards of directors including Florida Theatrical Association, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, A Gift for Teaching, and A Gift for Music.
Rory Pullens is the head of school/chief executive officer at the nationally renowned Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Previously Pullens spent over a decade as an arts administrator, including serving as the arts principal and director of academic affairs at the Denver School of the Arts, assistant principal of the Los Angeles Arts Academy, and arts director of the Smith Renaissance School of the Arts in Denver, a school he designed as the first elementary arts school in Denver Public Schools. His entertainment credits span nearly two decades, including writer/producer of the award winning stage production The Choice is Yours starring Mabel King, and a series of original work stage productions he penned: Deadline, Taken!, Common Dust that toured primarily in west coast theatrical venues. Pullens has served in production and script editing for various Hollywood ventures, working with Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats), casting director Jaki Brown, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Edwards Olmos, (Stand and Deliver), Ron Glass, Desmond Wilson on HBO's The New Odd Couple and NBC's A Different World. He was the chief operating officer/executive producer of USGL Corporation, a national sports/entertainment corporation, whose work was featured in VIBE and Sports Illustrated magazines.
Scott Rudes, Ph.D., the principal at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida, was previously the assistant principal for magnet curriculum at Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts, where he was responsible for the entire fine arts magnet program. Under his leadership, the program expanded from 650 students to over 850 students, and the curricular program was redesigned to include expanded offerings in theatre and media production. Prior to becoming an administrator, Rudes served as the director of orchestral studies at Bloomingdale High School. During that time, the orchestra program expanded to almost 150 students in 4 separate orchestras. Under his direction, the orchestra program received Superior ratings at both the District and State Music Performance Assessments on numerous occasions.Rudes currently serves as the past-president of the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) and is active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the state of Florida. He is also the incoming President of the Florida Network of Arts Administrators (FNAA). He continues his involvement in music as a church music director, a certified judge with the FOA, and a passionate advocate for arts education.
Paul Shapiro is the Arts Director at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously he was the Head of Theatre at Santa Fe Prep School. He studied African Theater at the University of Ghana, holds a BA in Political Science from Kalamazoo College, attended Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Clown College and toured with Ringling Blue Unit, and holds a MFA in Acting from the University of Montana. Shapiro’s professional acting credits include the National Tour of Chekhov’s The Good Doctor. He has appeared in over 100 television commercials and 15 feature films. His awards include the Winifred Ward Award from the American Theater Association. Shapiro’s background also includes significant business experience. He worked in strategic planning for the World Bank Asian Division, was a senior consultant for the British Department of International Development; and did leadership development for IBM, Sprint, Best Buy and other corporations.
Halley Shefler is the founder of ArtsBridge and previously served as Dean of Admissions for The Boston Conservatory, Director of Admissions for Boston University’s College of Fine Arts School of Music, and Director of Academic Affairs for the Longy School of Music. Halley attended a pre-college program at the Juilliard School before earning her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters degree at Boston University. She is an accomplished flutist who has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the former Opera Company of Boston, and the Harvard Chamber Orchestra.
Tom Sherry served as partner and design principal at Hamilton Anderson Associates for 16 years, where he was responsible for directing architecture and urban design projects in education, hospitality, and the arts. Recent projects include the Detroit School of Arts, Wayne State University Welcome Center, and MGM Grand Detroit. Tom is also an instrumental resource to the University of Michigan's Detroit Studio HS, exposing high school students to careers in design.
Tim Wade is the vice president for student affairs, for Interlochen Center for the Arts where is responsible for student services, including residence life, student discipline, recreation, counseling, health, and wellness for both the Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp. Wade has been with Interlochen since 1979, beginning as a guidance counselor for the Arts Academy. He has served as director of the counselor-in-training program for the Arts Camp ('83-'86), assistant director of Interlochen Arts Academy ('89-'91), dean of student services ('92-'98), and dean of education ('98-'99) and vice president for education programs and services ('00-'07). Prior to joining Interlochen, Wade was a classroom teacher at Marshall Middle School in Marshall, Mich. for seven years served as a guidance counselor. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he earned a BA in elementary education/history/English and an MA in counseling and personnel. He has been a licensed professional counselor since 1993. For the past six years Wade has served on the board of directors for the Arts Schools Network as chair of the communications committee, treasurer and second vice president. He is also a board member for the Michigan Youth Arts Association and has served on the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. He has served on the boards of the Traverse City Kiwanis Club and Pathfinder School. Wade is married to Vicki, an elementary educator; they are the parents of two daughters, both educators.
Kyle Wedberg has a professional career that has focused on education and public service. His career began as a City Year AmeriCorps volunteer in Boston, MA. After graduate school, he was a Senior Budget Analyst for the Office of Budget and Management for the City of Chicago. He was then recruited to the School District of Philadelphia where he served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Kyle then returned to City Year to help lead new site development and the start of City Year Louisiana (where he fell in love with New Orleans), City Year Johannesburg, and City Year Los Angeles. Kyle embraced the opportunity to move to New Orleans and took a leadership role at the Recovery School District where he served as Chief Administrative Officer. While working at the RSD, Kyle visited and was inspired by NOCCA-the performing and visual arts high school for the State of Louisiana- where he now has the privilege to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. In his spare time he enjoys being with his wife Michelle and son Waylon above all else; traveling the state; and experiencing the arts, sights, sounds, food, culture, and sports (especially the Saints) of New Orleans and Louisiana. Kyle has had the privilege to perform artistically as Heck Tate in the NOCCA Stage Company production of To Kill a Mockingbird and as the Narrator for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s production of Peter and the Wolf. He has a BA from St. Olaf College and a MPA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.