Davin Pierson Torre, Director, Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint, MI
Davin Pierson Torre was appointed in 1995 as director of the Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA). Since that time, enrollment has grown from 1,800 students to over 3,500, making the Flint, Michigan-based FSPA the largest community school of the arts in the state. FSPA offers music and dance programs for students of all ages and abilities, and provides merit and need-based scholarships. Through community partnerships, FSPA provides tuition free classes for nearly 1200 children annually. Pierson Torre is conductor of the FSPA’s Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra (FYSO), which has performed in France, Ireland, England, Scotland, Japan, and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In January 2013, FYSO hosted the first-ever Mid-Michigan Band and Orchestra Day, with 277 high school students in attendance. Then in February and April 2013, FYSO hosted its two French sister orchestras, each for a week of shared culture and concerts.
Kyle Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer, MacPhail Center for Music
Kyle Carpenter began his tenure at MacPhail Center for Music in September 2011, bringing 35 years of business experience coupled with significant nonprofit board experience to the organization. MacPhail serves 15,000 students annually in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota through five teaching sites, 110 partnerships and, most recently, 22 rural public schools through an innovative live online teaching and learning program. MacPhail has grown enrollment 66% over Carpenter’s first five years. He previously served as senior vice president for strategy and business development and corporate officer for Capella Education Company, an online graduate university serving 38,000 students. In this role, he established the company’s first-ever growth venture, Sophia Learning LLC, a social media teaching and learning website.
Chad Cooper, Executive Director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Chad Cooper joined the BKCM’s Board of Trustees in July of 2014 and served as its Treasurer before joining the staff as Executive Director in August of 2016. Before BKCM, Chad was a Managing Director in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank Securities where he worked for over 15 years covering public and private real estate companies, investment managers and private equity platforms. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Chad worked for four years at the St. Louis Development Corporation, the economic development agency of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. There, he designed and implemented community and economic development programs targeted towards alleviating poverty in some of the most economically distressed neighborhoods in St. Louis and East St. Louis. During his time in St. Louis, Chad also co-founded a project-based grassroots non-profit organization called Metropolis Saint Louis, whose mission it was to foster greater engagement of young people in city revitalization efforts.
Emilie Roy Corey, New York, NY
Emilie Roy Corey was born a long time ago in Worcester, MA. She graduated from Classical High School in Worcester, Simmons College in Boston, and spent two years in Brazil as a Peace Corps volunteer. When she returned from Brazil, she moved to New York City where she had a variety of jobs in human services. She attended Adelphi University where she received her master’s degree in social work in 1976. As a social worker with a special interest in geriatrics, she worked in the field for more than 20 years retiring in 1991. Since then she has continued her interest in geriatrics and was the board president of the Council of Senior Centers and Services from 1995 to 2000. She expanded her horizon to include an interest in the arts. She began piano and voice lessons at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music* in 1991 and became the chairperson of the board of directors in 1996 to 2001.
Sarah B. Cunningham, Executive Director of Research, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Sarah Bainter Cunningham currently serves as executive director of Research at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts and serves as research liaison to VCU’s art and design school in Doha, Qatar. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project as well as serving as the executive committee of the Alliance for Arts in Research Universities, an effort of more than 30 institutions nationwide. Prior to VCUArts, Dr. Cunningham was the director for arts education at the National Endowment for the Arts, providing national leadership in all artistic disciplines. In 2007, Cunningham founded the Education Leaders Institute, a design workshop to place arts at the core of public education, attracting a funding partnership with the Dana Foundation. During her leadership, NEA arts education funding increased significantly, totaling $17 million annually.
Derrick Gay, Educational Consultant, Atlanta, GA
A Chicago native, Dr. Gay is an international educational consultant with two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, musical director, senior administrator and educational consultant. A sought-after speaker, facilitator and keynote, Dr. Gay has partnered with hundreds of schools and education, arts and philanthropic organizations, domestically and abroad. In this capacity, he collaborates with thought leaders to cultivate cultural competency, promote empathy and deepen inclusion. Dr. Gay has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, El Tiempo Latino, NPR, and on 60 Minutes. He has produced two TEDx Talks—one exploring “The Double-Edged Sword of Diversity”; and a second TEDx Talk exploring the nature of racial discourse in The United States. He also delivered the 2016 keynote at the Association for the Advancement of Internationals Education and the 2017 Education First Keynote in Lima, Peru.
Jon Hinojosa, Artistic/Executive Director, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX
Jon Hinojosa is the artistic/executive director of SAY Sí, a multidisciplinary arts program for high school and middle school students. Jon is a 2007 fellow in the executive program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a joint program of National Arts Strategies and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Under his leadership, SAY Sí was the recipient of the 2002 Coming Up Taller award, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the NEA. The award recognizes excellence in community-based, after-school arts and humanities programs that demonstrate the power of these disciplines to encourage young people’s creativity. Jon is also a producing and exhibiting visual artist, and the 2004 Ford Salute to Education honoree in the arts category for his commitment to San Antonio’s youth.
Terry Hueneke, New Hope, PA
Terry Hueneke resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania and has served on the Board of the National Guild For Community Arts Education since 2005. He is an independent investor and partner in West 30th Productions which invests in and produces theater and entertainment, and a former senior executive and board member of ManpowerGroup, a Fortune 500 company. Having served on several non-profit boards and committees focused on the arts, education and social issues, Hueneke received his marketing and business education at Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Joseph L. Hull III, President/Director, The Barthelmes Foundation, Tulsa, OK
Joseph Hull, III is president/director of the Barthelmes Foundation, Inc, Tulsa, OK. The Foundation endows community support for the arts and nature through the education of children. He also serves as president/chairman of the board of trustees of the Barthelmes Conservatory in Tulsa. Prior to his involvement with the Foundation and Conservatory, Hull operated a private law practice. Between 1984 and 1990 he served as General Counsel of Seismograph Service Corporation, a Raytheon Company Subsidiary in Tulsa. He earned his B.S. in political science from Westminster College in Fulton, MO and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman.
Lili Hussey, New York, NY
Lili Hussey lives in New York City. Most of her career has been spent in the financial services industry, and for the past 12 years with the French bank, BNP Paribas, most recently managing a regulatory project team for the Global Markets Division in the US. During the last nine years at BNP Paribas, she was active in the firm’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives. She was a founding member of the Diversity Council, a group of senior members of the firm selected to define and oversee the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy, including the grassroots establishment of employee networking groups, for which the Council won an Innovation Award. In addition, she has driven the firm’s governance and transparency of its Philanthropic Initiatives, through the establishment and direction of the Philanthropic Initiatives Council. Much of her volunteering has been in the arts.
Lee Koonce, President & Artistic Director, Gateways Music Festival
Lee Koonce served as executive director of Ballet Hispanico from 2014 to 2016. He had previously been the executive director of Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City since 2006. Founded in 1894, Third Street is the oldest community music school in the nation. Each year the school provides music, dance and visual arts instruction to more than 3,500 children, regardless of their artistic ability or financial circumstances. Prior to joining Third Street Music School Settlement, Koonce was executive director (2004-2006) of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in New York City. Opus 118 uses music education and string playing to promote the love of music, improve academic performance, provide positive alternatives to drugs and violence, build confidence and self-esteem and help children explore the world.
Karen LaShelle, Executive Director, Creative Action, Austin, TX
Karen began working at Creative Action as a volunteer in 2003 and has helped the organization grow from serving 800 young people to its current reach. Karen was the 2015 Mission Capital Executive Director of the Year, a member of the 2010 Leadership Austin Essential Class, winner the “Austin Under 40” Arts and Culture award in 2011, and was a 2012 and 2013 finalist for the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Karen is a member of 2015 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute through the National Guild for Community Arts Education, where she is an Ambassador for the state of Texas. She is also a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education Creative Youth Development Steering Committee, working on a national partnership to develop the emerging CYD field.
Robyn A. Newhouse, Vice President/Assistant to the Publisher, The Republican, Springfield, MA
Robyn Newhouse, Ph.D., currently serves on the boards of Bay Path College, the Community Music School of Springfield, the National Conference for Community and Justice of CT and WMA, the Springfield Symphony, and WGBY (PBS channel 57 in Springfield, MA). Newhouse is actively involved with many organizations in Springfield area. She sits on the Rays of Hope Steering Committee (part of the Baystate Health Foundation), and serves on the distribution committee of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. A licensed psychologist in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Newhouse received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the United States International University in San Diego, CA (Now Alliant University, Alhambra, CA).
Nancy Ng, Director of Community Engagement, Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA
Nancy Ng is on the Professional Learning faculty at Luna where she facilitates professional development workshops; and mentors and coaches teaching artists, teachers, and social service workers committed to dance education as a way to strengthen communities. Prior to joining Luna, Ng was the Administrative Director and a resident choreographer with San Francisco’s Asian American Dance Performances (AADP). In her eight- year tenure with AADP, she presented the work of regional, national and international artists; directed outreach and education programs; and choreographed her own works which delved into Asian female stereotypes, immigration and racism. Ng is a co-founder of MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together), Luna’s nationally-recognized program for families in the child welfare system. Ng helped author the state of California’s Early Learning Foundation’s in the Visual and Performing Arts, and she was an invited reviewer for the National Core Arts Standards.
Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
Myran Parker-Brass, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is a professional musician, music educator, and administrator, with over thirty years experience providing access to quality arts education for schools and communities. In 2011, Myran joined the Boston Public Schools (BPS) as Executive Director for the Arts providing strategic vision/planning and building capacity to deepen arts education with a focus on access, equity and quality for all K-12 students. Before joining BPS, Myran was the Director of Education for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During her twenty year tenure she developed model programs to support arts education for all Massachusetts communities. Myran also served as the Chair of Experiential Education at Longy School of Music at Bard College, developing the graduate program that provides teaching artist training for Longy students. Myran serves on the Arts Education Council for Americans For The Arts, the Board of Overseers for the Museum of Fine Arts, Board of Directors for the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Board of Overseers for Landmark Orchestra.
G. David Peters, Head of Graduate Studies in Music and Arts Technology, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
Dr. G. David Peters is a recognized leader in the field of computer-based education and music technology. Peters holds an M.S. and Ed.D. from the University of Illinois (UIUC) and was the first to receive a doctoral degree from UIUC that specialized in computer-based music instruction. Peters was a founding member and past president of the National Consortium for Computer-based Instruction Systems (NCCBMI) later named the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instruction (ADCIS). He is past-president of the Music Industry Council, an association of music businesses, manufacturers, and publishers that supported the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Peters was a member of the MENC National Executive Board from 2000 – 2002 and also served as chair of Electronic Music and Music Technology at ten national MENC conferences.
Martha Rochelle, Board President, Armstrong Community Music School, Austin, TX
Martha P. Rochelle is President of the Board of Directors of the Armstrong Community Music School in Austin, Texas. She has worked with the school for over ten years, having served on its Advisory Board and later as a member and then chair of the Education Committee of Austin Lyric Opera, the school’s founder. Ms. Rochelle served two terms as a trustee of the opera and became president of the school’s board of directors in February 2012, when it separated from the opera and became an independent institution. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.
Carol Ross, New Haven, CT
Carol Ross has taught Latin in secondary schools in the Boston and New Haven areas for over 30 years. A member of the American Classical League and the American Numismatic Society, she has been named for many years in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In addition to teaching, she is a fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University and has served on numerous civic nonprofit boards. Currently she is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Guild for Community Arts Education; chairman of the Advisory Council of Women's Health Research at Yale; past president and a board member of the Center for Independent Study; the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT; and the Garden Club of New Haven. Additionally, she serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Wheaton College (MA) and is a member of the Greater New Haven Arts Stabilization Board, a member of the advisory council and the grants committee of the Women & Girls Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, and a founding member of the New Haven Women’s Forum.