ASN ESSENTIAL STANDING COMMITTEES

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

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

Members: ASN Officers of the Board of Directors

1st Vice President
Kyle Wedberg, President & CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans, LA
2nd Vice President
Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA
3rd Vice President
Diane Makas, Artistic Director, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach, CA
Treasurer
Dr. LaShawn Frost, Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL
Secretary
Peter Castillo, Executive Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver, CO
Immediate Past President
William Kohut, Retired Principal, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO

 

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

Chair: ASN 2nd Vice President, Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA

Members: Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Founder, Detroit School of the Arts and PAInT Coordinator, Florida Center for the Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching; Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, New York University, Tisch School Of The Arts; Edward (Ted) Farraday, Vice President, Embassy Education Corporation; Pamela Jordan, President, Idyllwild Arts Academy; Michael Meeks, Retired Executive Director of Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL.

 

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

Chair: ASN Treasurer, Dr. LaShawn Frost, Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL
 
Members: ASN Board President, Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TX; ASN 1st Vice President Kyle Wedberg, President & CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans, LA; and ASN 2nd Vice President Teren Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA; 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: 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; Thomas Schultheis, Youth Sales Manager, Disney Performing Arts, Long Beach, CA.

 

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 that 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, New York, NY
 
Members: Dr. LaShawn Frost, Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL; Larry Kaptain, Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado, Denver, CO; John Lawler, Principal, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), Los Angeles, CA; 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; William Kohut, Retired Principal, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO; 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, Retired 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: Kyle Wedberg, President & CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans, LA 

Members:  Andrew Laue, Associate Director – Fine Arts Admissions, Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Jason Patera, Head of School, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL; Joseph Price, Department Head, Theatre & Dance, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO; Scott Walker, Principal, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Las Vegas, NV; Briant Williams, Principal, Rainey-McCullers School of The Arts, Columbus, GA.

 

Elementary Schools Committee

Chair:  Marly Parker, Arts Integration Specialist & Drama Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, Waterbury, CT
Members:  Kim Wilson, Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project, Rock Hill, SC

 

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: Peter Castillo, Executive Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver, CO
 
Members: Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY; Edward (Ted) Farraday, Vice President, Embassy Education Corporation, Vietnam.

 

Post Secondary Schools Committee

Chair:  Laurence Kaptain, DMA and FRSA, Dean, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
Members:  Denise Davis-Cotton, Ed.D., EdS, MA, Founder Detroit School of Arts, PAInT Coordinator, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, FL; Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY; Andrew Laue, Associate Director--Fine Arts Admissions, Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Joseph Price, Department Head, Theatre and Dance, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.

 

 

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: Drew Williams Ed.d, Executive Director, Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, Ivins, UT
 
Members: Timothy Farson, Principal, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA; Edward (Ted) Farraday, Vice President, Embassy Education Corporation, Vietnam; Bradford Hill, Director, Curriculum & Instruction, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL; Pamela Jordan, Idyllwild Arts Foundation and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, CA; Michael Meeks, Retired Executive Director, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL; Jason Patera, Head of School, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL; Joseph Price, Department Head, Theatre and Dance, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.