ASN ESSENTIAL STANDING COMMITTEES

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

Chair: ASN Board President, Kyle Wedberg, New Orleans, LA

Members: ASN Officers of the Board of Directors
President: Kyle Wedberg, New Orleans, LA
1st Vice President: Teren Shaffer, President and CEO, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA
2nd Vice President: LaShawn Frost, Ed.D., Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL
Treasurer: Sandra Parks, Director of Arts, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Secretary: Jason Patera, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Head of School, Chicago, IL
Immediate Past President: Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX

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

Chair: ASN 2nd Vice President, LaShawn Frost, Ed.D., Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL

Members: Pamela Jordan, President, Idyllwild Arts Academy; Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX; John Lawler, Principal, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), Los Angeles, CA; Andrew Laue, Associate Director Fine Arts Admissions, Webster University, St. Louis, MO;  Marly Parker, Arts Integration Specialist/Drama Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, Waterbury, CT; Melinda Ronayne, Director of Visual Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI

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

Chair: ASN Treasurer, Sandra Parks, Director of Arts, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT

Members: ASN Board President, Kyle Wedberg, New Orleans, LA; ASN 1st Vice President Teren Shaffer, President/CEO, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA; ASN 2nd Vice President, LaShawn Frost, Ed.D., Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL


ASN AD HOC COMMITTEES

Arts Leadership Committee creates, modifies, and develops leadership certificate program for K-12 leaders and educators and also 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: Diane Makas, Artistic Director, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach, CA

Chair Elect: Drew Williams Ed.D, Principal, Utah Arts Academy, St. George, UT

Members: Larry Kaptain, Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado, Denver, CO; Thomas Schultheis, Teaching Artist, Long Beach, CA; Jason Patera, Head of School, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL; Timothy Farson, Principal, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA; Bradford Hill, Director, Curriculum & Instruction, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL; Joseph Price, Department Head, Theatre and Dance, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO; Phil Miller, Artistic Director, The School of Arts and Enterprise, Pomona, 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: Melinda Ronayne, Director of Visual Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI

Members: 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; Peter Castillo, Executive Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver, CO; Kim Wilson, Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, Rock Hill, SC; Sharla Kaczar, Principal, The Studio School, Northglenn, CO, Ahava Silkey-Jones, Executive Director, DaVinci Academy, Ham Lake, MN; Allison Ball, Arts Consultant, Rhode Island

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

Members: Past Presidents: Pamela Jordan, President and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, Idyllwild, CA., 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, Retired Principal, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts; John Otis, Retired Principal, NOCCA, New Orleans, LA; Bill Loman, Retired Principal, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA
 

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

Chair: Teren Shaffer, President and CEO, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA

Members:  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; Brad Hill, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL; Hillary Repass, Executive Director, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, MA

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: Marly Parker, Arts Integration Specialist & Drama Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, Waterbury, CT; Kim Wilson, Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project, Rock Hill, SC; Timothy Farson, Principal, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA

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.

Marketing Committee

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

Members: Phil Miller, Artistic Director, The School of Arts and Enterprise, Pomona, CA; Thomas Schultheis, Teaching Artist, Long Beach, CA; Hilary Respass, Executive Director, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, MA; W. Briant Williams III, Ed.D., Principal, Rainey-McCullers School of The Arts, Columbus, GA; Drew Williams, Ed.D., Principal, Utah Arts Academy, St. George, UT