ASN ESSENTIAL STANDING COMMITTEES

Executive Committee has the authority to act on behalf of the board and membership between convening.

Chair: ASN Board President, William Kohut, Principal, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO

Members: ASN Officers of the Board of Directors

1st Vice President
Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TX
2nd Vice President
Kyle Wedberg, President & CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans, LA
3rd Vice President
Diane Makas, Artistic Director, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach, CA
Treasurer
Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA
Secretary
Valerie Morris, Dean, College of the Arts, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Immediate Past President
Pamela Jordan, President and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, Idyllwild, CA

 

Governance Committee educates, evaluates, and recruits board members; leadership succession planning; and bylaws

Chair: ASN 2nd Vice President, Kyle Wedberg, President & CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans, LA

Members: William Kohut, Pamela Jordan, Sally Gaskill; Edward (Ted) Farraday, Vice President, Education Programs, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI

 

Finance and Audit Committee carries out the fiduciary responsibility and fiscal health of the organization

Chair: ASN Treasurer, Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA
 
Members: ASN Board President, William Kohut, Principal, Denver School of the Arts; ASN 1st Vice President, Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TX; ASN 2nd Vice President Kyle Wedberg, President & CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans, LA; and ASN 3rd Vice President Diane Makas, Artistic Director, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach, CA.

ASN AD HOC COMMITTEES

Arts Leadership Committee creates, modifies, and develops leadership certificate program for K-12 leaders and educators.

Chair: Diane Makas, Artistic Director, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach, CA
 
Members: Peter Castillo, Executive Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver, CO; Jackie Cornelius, Executive Director, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation, Jacksonville, FL; Denise Davis-Cotton, Ed.D., EdS, MA, Founder Detroit School of Arts, PAInT Coordinator, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, FL; Larry Kaptain, Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado, Denver, CO; William Kohut, Principal, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO; Linda Nathan, Executive Director, Center for Artistry & Scholarship, Dorchester, MA.

 

Membership Services + Resources Committee identifies membership needs and provides resources to meet those needs.

Regions – A regional needs-based professional development series for art schools which can be replicated by other ASN member schools.
Northeast: PA, NJ, CT, RI, NY, VT, NH, MA, ME
Southwest: AZ, NM, OK, TX
West: WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, UT, MT, WY, CO, AK, HI
Southeast: MD, DE, DC, VA, WV, KY, TN, NC, SC, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Midwest: ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH
International: Canada
Chair: Allison Ball, Arts Consultant, Miami, FL 
 
Members: Larry Kaptain, Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado, Denver, CO; John Lawler, Principal, ArTES Magent, San Fernando, CA; Susan McCauley, Principal, DeKalb School of the Arts, Avondale Estates, GA; Valerie Morris, Dean, College of the Arts, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Melinda Ronayne, Director of Visual Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI.

 

Past Presidents – Awards + Recognitions Committee honors ASN member schools, administrators, teachers, and community partners, highlighting their exceptional dedication, creativity, and efforts to improve arts education. 

Chair: Pamela Jordan, President and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, Idyllwild, CA.

Members: Past Presidents: Jackie Cornelius, Executive Director, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation, Jacksonville, FL; Denise Davis-Cotton, Ed.D., EdS, MA, Founder Detroit School of Arts, PAInT Coordinator, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, FL; Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., President and Executive Director, Orange County School of the Arts, CA; Catherine Thompson, Retired Arts Leader, District of Niagara Academy for the Arts, ON, Canada; Mitzi Yates Lizarraga, Principal, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

 

Conference Committee evaluates the national conference to bring together the most innovative, informative, and inquisitive to network, share, learn, and recognize excellence.

Chair: Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TX 

Members:  Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY; David Flatley, Education Consultant, Evanston, IL; Andrew Laue, Associate Director – Fine Arts Admissions, Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA.

 

Exemplary Schools Committee promotes quality in arts education by acknowledging the values embraced by member schools. Those schools that submit an application for recognition and meet ASN’s criteria for exemplary practice are awarded an Exemplary School designation, symbolizing their commitment to excellence.

Chair: Douglas Ashcraft, Music Faculty, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA
 
Members: Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY; Edward (Ted) Farraday, Vice President, Education Programs, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI; M. Scott Tatum, Dean of Arts Conservatories, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX.

 

Strategic Planning & Thought Leadership Committee engages the ASN membership to be valuable members of the arts learning ecosystem providing opportunities for leaders to shine and improve the future of ASN. By turning to informed opinion leaders in their field of expertise, ASN gains trusted sources to move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turning ideas into reality, and knowing and showing how to replicate success.

Chair: Pamela Jordan, Idyllwild Arts Foundation and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, CA
 
Members: Timothy Farson, Principal, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA; Edward (Ted) Farraday, Vice President, Education Programs, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI; Sally Gaskill, Director, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, Bloomington, IN; Michael Meeks, Executive Director, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL