Click on image or name to display bio.

Executive Committee

Headshot of Arlynn Fishbaugh
Headshot of Susan Landis
Headshot of Philip Horn

Arlynn Fishbaugh
Executive Director
Montana Arts Council


Arlynn Fishbaugh is executive director of the Montana Arts Council, a position she has held since 1992. She received her B.A. in theatre from the University of Montana, Missoula, and an M.A. in theatre management from UCLA. During a career centered in the field of arts marketing, she has held positions at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and with Houston Grand Opera's touring division, Texas Opera Theatre, where she developed a marketing assistance program for tour presenters that was used as a national model. She has served as associate director of marketing for the Metropolitan Opera and as executive director of the National Video Corporation's Direct Marketing Division in New York City. Fishbaugh has been a frequent speaker on arts marketing and tour marketing for colleges, universities, and state and regional arts agencies. She has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, has served on the board of Western States Arts Federation and currently serves as vice chair of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. (Board term 2006-2013)

1st Vice President
Susan Landis
West Virginia Commission
on the Arts


Susan Landis is executive director of the Beckley Area Foundation, a community foundation serving the charitable needs of southern West Virginia. She is active in West Virginia Grantmakers, West Virginia "Leave a Legacy" and the Council of Foundations. A member of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts for more than 10 years, she currently serves as its chair. She is a past president of the Theatre West Virginia board of directors and recipient of their Bravo Award for ongoing support of the arts in the Mountain State. Landis is a longtime member and officer of the Beckley Concert Association, serves on the board of the Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and cochairs the External Affairs Committee of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Other organizational interests include serving as secretary of the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, taking an active role in the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Concord University Foundation board, and fulfilling the responsibilities of immediate past president of the Beckley Rotary Club. (Board term 2008-2012)

2nd Vice President
Philip Horn
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts


Philip Horn has been executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 1993. Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, he served as director of the Touring and Presenting Program and Arts in Education/Artists in Residence Program at the California Arts Council from 1982-1993. He was also the first managing director of the East Lansing (Michigan) Arts Workshop, a community arts school. Horn holds a B.A. in English from California State University, Northridge, with extensive coursework and performing in theatre, and has completed graduate coursework in theatre at Michigan State University. In 2005 he received the Gary Young Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. (Board term 2008-2012)

Headshot of Bobby Kadis
Headshot of Pam Breaux
Headshot of Suzette Surkamer

Bobby Kadis
North Carolina Arts Council


Bobby Kadis was appointed to the North Carolina Arts Council board in 1993 and was named chair in summer 2005. He is a founder and former president of Centrex Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate development and management firm. Kadis is a potter and is a trustee and past chair of Penland School of Crafts. He is a past director of the Goldsboro Community Arts Council (now Arts Council of Wayne County), past president of the Wayne County Boys Club and trustee of its endowment fund, and former member or director of a variety of other community organizations. Kadis graduated with a B.S. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a master's in liberal arts from Duke University. (Board term 2009-2012)

Pam Breaux
Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Dept. of Culture, Recreation & Tourism


Pam Breaux is assistant secretary of the Office of Cultural Development at the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (CRT). Prior to this appointment she was secretary of CRT (2008-2010), assistant secretary of cultural development (2004-2008) and executive director of its state arts agency, the Louisiana Division of the Arts (2001-2005). Before working in state government, she managed southwest Louisiana's Decentralized Arts Funding Program from its inception through its seventh year, and spent six years as executive director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. While there, she developed the Central School Arts & Humanities Center and the Southwest Louisiana Cultural Tourism Coalition. Breaux serves as a member of the board of the Southern Arts Federation and as a member of the advisory board for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center. She is active with the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts and was its chairman from 1997-1999. She has served on the board and was vice president of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront. Breaux graduated from McNeese State University with a B.A. in English and has an M.A. in English and folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. (Board term 2006-2012)

Immediate Past President
Suzette M. Surkamer
Former Executive Director
South Carolina Arts Commission


Suzette Surkamer recently retired as executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, a position she held since 1994. Surkamer began her career with the Arts Commission as a dancer in residence in 1974. She has served on various National Endowment for the Arts panels and is a past board chair of the Southern Arts Federation, past vice president of the board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, past member of the Arts Education Partnership Steering Committee, past member of Clemson University President's Advisory Board, past member of the South Carolina Rural Development Council and past member of the South Carolina Tourism Expenditure Review Committee. Surkamer recently served as chair of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Audit Committee and currently serves as a member of Winthrop University's board of visitors. She received an M.Ed. in dance education from George Washington University and a B.A. in dance from the University of Maryland. She is a recipient of the 2006 Winthrop University Medal of the Arts and NASAA's 2008 Gary Young Award. (Board term 2003-2012)


Headshot of Alex Aldrich
Headshot of John Bracy
Headshot of Benjamin Brown

Alex Aldrich Executive Director
Vermont Arts Council


Alexander L. Aldrich brings more than 25 years' experience in the arts to his position as executive director of the Vermont Arts Council. He is primarily responsible for furthering the Council's mission to inspire and nurture the arts at the center of community life through program development, fundraising and advocacy. Before moving to Vermont, Aldrich spent five years in Atlanta, Georgia: first as music programs producer for the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games' Cultural Olympiad; then as the first-ever "Cultural Paralympiad" director for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games; and finally as the business manager of Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Between college and graduate school, Aldrich held a variety of positions in music performance and management. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Management, he previously has served as executive director of the Arlington [Virginia] Symphony Association, assistant director of the National Endowment for the Arts' Music Program and program director with the National Institute for Music Theater in Washington, D.C. Aldrich currently serves on the board of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New England Creative Economy Council, and the board of the Associated Harvard Alumni. He is on the advisory board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Vermont Chapter), and the Museum of Glass and Ceramics in Portland, Maine. (Board term 2011-2013)

John Bracey Executive Director
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs


John Bracey became executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) in June 2006, after serving as director of programs since 1998. Prior to his tenure at MCACA, Bracey headed up communications and educational programs for the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission. In that capacity, he worked on statewide as well as national campaigns, including the Detroit Challenge with the California based Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving and the education committee of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. He also served as legislative contact for the agency and was appointed ombudsman for the Commission during the privatization of its warehousing operations. Before his state service, Bracey spent nine years as a journalist, working as a reporter, news editor and managing editor. Bracey attended the University of Michigan in Flint, earning his degree in philosophy with a concentration in aesthetics. His graduate work has been in liberal studies, concentrating in American culture. (Board term 2010-2012)

Benjamin Brown Chair
Alaska State Council on the Arts


Benjamin Brown has served on the Alaska State Council on the Arts since 2004, first as vice-chairman and since 2007 as chairman. He is a lifelong Alaskan and acting company member at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska, and has performed across the Last Frontier. Brown is an attorney currently serving on the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, a state agency dedicated to conservation and sustained-yield management of Alaska's unique fishery resources and supporting economic stability for fishermen and those dependent upon them. He was previously an associate attorney at Baxter Bruce & Sullivan, P.C., working on both criminal and civil law matters. He was a legislative aide in Juneau and Anchorage prior to attending law school, and has served on the boards of the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, and Capital Community Broadcasting, Juneau's public broadcaster. Brown currently serves as vice-chairman for CoastAlaska, the consortium of public radio stations across Southeast Alaska, and as cochairman of the Capital City Republicans. Brown received a bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and a juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. (Board term 2012-2014)

Headshot of Michael Charron
Headshot of Theresa Colvin
Headshot of Christine D'Arcy

Michael J. Charron Vice-Chair
Minnesota State Arts Board


Michael J. Charron is the current Chair of the Minnesota State Arts Board and dean of the School of the Arts at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He has an MFA in theater from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, MN); a BA in theater, English, and secondary education from Saint Mary's College, and studied directing for Shakespeare with Steven Raine of the Royal Shakespeare Company at Goldsmith's College, University of London. Charron served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2004 to 2006, and also served on the Woodbury City Council, the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, and the Woodbury Fine Arts Council. While a member of the Minnesota House, Representative Charron's signature pieces of legislation were forming bipartisan support for tax incentives for the film industry to locate in his state and a landmark amendment to the Minnesota constitution dedicating a portion of the state sales tax to the arts. Total dollars dedicated to the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by this amendment are in excess of $93 million for the current biennium. (Board term 2011-2013)

Theresa Colvin Executive Director
Maryland State Arts Council


Theresa Colvin is executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), where she was appointed in 2002. She joined the MSAC staff in 1997 as the program director for community arts development and music, having worked previously as deputy director for the Howard County Arts Council in Ellicott City, Maryland. Colvin has been active on numerous boards and committees, including the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Maryland Cultural Data Project, Maryland Arts and Entertainment District panel, and the Baltimore Arts Stabilization Committee. Colvin has served as a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Very Special Arts. She is from Philadelphia and holds a B.S. in business administration from La Salle University and an M.S. in arts administration from Drexel University. (Board term 2010-2012)

Christine D'Arcy Executive Director
Oregon Arts Commission


Christine D'Arcy was named executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission in 1994. As executive director, she conceived of and initiated the Arts Commission's nationally recognized Arts Build Communities program. From 1998 through 2001, she led a team of statewide cultural partners on the development of the Oregon Cultural Trust, managing the work of two Cultural Task Forces, one appointed by the governor and the other by the governor and legislative leadership. Since September 2003, she has served as the executive director of the Oregon Cultural Trust, whose operations merged with the Arts Commission. Through her leadership, the Trust has raised more than $22 million in contributions from Oregonians since 2002. Prior to her work in Oregon, D'Arcy was the executive director and visual arts director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, where she worked from 1978 to 1992. A Native New Yorker, she previously worked in the New York City headquarters of the World Crafts Council, a UNESCO-affiliate, managing research and information services. She received a B.A. in art history from Skidmore College and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, specializing in historic preservation. D'Arcy serves on the board and executive committee of the Western States Arts Federation. (Board term 2011-2013)

Headshot of Timothy D. Deratany
Headshot of John Divine
Headshot of Malissa Feruzzi Shriver

Timothy D. Deratany Council Member
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


Timothy D. Deratany is past chairman of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and continues to serve on the Council. He owns Deratany Consulting, a governmental and public affairs firm. Deratany is a former Florida state senator and state representative. He served as mayor of Indialantic, Florida, and director of university relations at the Florida Institute of Technology. As an artist, he belongs to the Brevard Watercolor Society and Brevard Artists Guild, and has served as chairman of the Florida Seaside Art Show. Deratany is a board member at the Brevard Art Museum in Melbourne. (Board term 2010-2012)

John Divine Former Chair
Kansas Arts Commission


John Divine recently completed two three-year terms on the Kansas Arts Commission and served as chairman during his final year. While on the commission, he was instrumental in changing and broadening its role from focusing on grant making to guiding organizations and artists to become successful mission- and vision-driven businesses. Divine worked in the business community for IBM for 25 years and now owns The Leadership Firm, which guides not-for-profits and local government agencies in personal and organizational development and leadership. He served eight years as a city commissioner and a term of mayor of his hometown of Salina, Kansas. Divine has served as president of the Kansas League of Cities and as board member of the National League of Cities. He has been on the board of directors of the Salina Community Foundation, the Salina Art Center, the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission and Smoky Hills Public Television. (Board term 2011-2013)

Malissa Feruzzi Shriver Chair
California Arts Council


Malissa Feruzzi Shriver received a B.A. in women's studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied art with Jonathan Bickhart (sculpture) and Stephen Douglas (portrait painting). She attended the State and Local Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and received an honorary doctorate from Laguna College of Art and Design. A professional painter, she is the owner of Feruzzi Fine Arts. Feruzzi has been involved with the California Arts Council for eight years and in that time has focused on restoring creative education to public schools in California by addressing policy issues, legislation and systemic changes needed to restore the arts to curricula. She serves on the boards of the California Alliance for Arts Education Policy and Western States Arts Federation, where she chairs the Congressional Advocacy Committee, and chairs the Arts Learning Committee on the NASAA board. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and California Arts Advocates, and is a past member of the California Music Project. (Board term 2012-2014)

Headshot of Gary Gibbs
Headshot of Julie Henahan
Headshot of Mark Hofflund

Gary Gibbs Executive Director
Texas Commission on the Arts


As executive director of the Texas Commission on the Arts, Dr. Gary D. Gibbs is responsible for the development and administration of the policies, programs and procedures of the state agency. Gibbs earned a B.M.E. in voice from Baylor University, an M.M. in voice from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin. His vocal studies prepared him to serve as soloist and choral clinician for a German church organization that presented him in concert and workshops throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada and South America. As a musicologist, he has presented numerous papers and has written several published articles dealing with American music topics. Gibbs's strong academic background does not preclude his vast practical experience. He has taught at all levels from kindergarten through college, and from 1991 to 2007 he served as director of education and outreach at Houston Grand Opera. He was the education manager for the Houston Arts in Education Collaboration (HAIEC), a project funded by the Arts Plus Initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. He managed a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project, Texts and Traditions: Coming of Age in America, for the HAIEC. He has served on the Houston/Harris County Arts Task Force, the Harris County Department of Education Fine Arts Leadership Group and the Texas Commission on the Arts - Arts in Education Task Force. Gibbs has served on numerous local and national panels and committees, including the Multidiscipline, Music and Large Organization panels for the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Arts in Education and Arts Learning Panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Board term 2011-2013)

Julie Henahan Executive Director
Ohio Arts Council


Julie Henahan is a long-tenured member of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) staff with more than 25 years experience as an arts administrator. She was hired as the agency's fourth executive director, and first woman director, in 2006. As deputy director from 2002-2006 she oversaw the agency's state subsidy budget development, federal grant preparation, policy and program development, strategic planning, personnel operations, and compliance with state and federal laws, and was the OAC liaison to the attorney general's office. Until 2002, Henahan served as the OAC's grants office director, where she was responsible for the development of all procedures and policies related to the grants review process and managed the agency's internal accounting of state subsidy funds as well as its federal funding. She has served on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Research Information Committee, Planning and Budget Committee, and National Standard Working Group. Henahan has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Indianapolis Arts Council. She served on the Columbus Arts Stabilization Committee and the Greater Columbus Creative Cultural Commission and is an ex officio board member of the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission. Henahan serves on the Ohio State Nonprofit Advisory Committee as well as the International Education Advisory Committee of the Ohio Department of Education. She graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in history (medieval studies) and a minor in humanities and classics. She is a former board member of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and is a member of Ohio Women in Government, Americans for the Arts and Ohio Citizens for the Arts.  (Board term 2010-2012)

Mark Hofflund Chair
Idaho Commission on the Arts


In 18 years as managing director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Mark Hofflund has helped build a flagship arts organization that is entering its ninth year of collaboration with Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater Festival and an inaugural year with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Hofflund serves as liaison to the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, whose partnership led to construction of the Festival's 12-acre amphitheater and reserve along the Boise River. Hofflund began his career at The Old Globe in San Diego, served on the board of the San Diego Performing Arts League, and edited his mentor Alan Schneider's memoir, Entrances (published by Viking). During his time in Idaho, the Festival's regional audience has grown to include 50,000 students K-12 served by two nationally recognized school tours, an apprentice company and the Festival's drama school. Hofflund has led arts ceremonies with three Idaho governors; served on the board of The Shakespeare Theatre Association of America; and addressed national conferences for the Institute of Outdoor Drama, receiving the 2006 Mark R. Sumner Award. Appointed in 1994 to eight years on the Boise City Arts Commission, Hofflund now serves on the board of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, chairs the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and has completed a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Arts. He holds degrees from Princeton and the University of California, San Diego. (Board term 2010-2012)

Headshot of Rebecca T. Quinn
Headshot of Lewis Ricci
Headshot of Randy Rosenbaum

Rebecca T. Quinn Council Member
Alabama State Council on the Arts


Becky Quinn, a native of Tuscaloosa, received a B.S. in commerce and business administration from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In 1986 she earned her law degree from the University of Toledo, with additional studies in the U.S.S.R., China, Italy and the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar Association. Moving back to Huntsville in 1986, she clerked for an Alabama circuit judge and practiced law for a few years before leading the growth of the Huntsville Land Trust. Quinn was first appointed to the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2000 and subsequently reappointed in 2005. In 2006, she was elected chairman, and was confirmed for her third appointment in 2001 to serve until 2018. Quinn remains a dedicated advocate and ambassador for the arts and artists of Alabama. She is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County and has served on many Leadership Committees, including the Leadership Board. After serving as leadership chair in 2003, Quinn was presented with the Distinguished Leadership Award, and today continues participation in a variety of leadership roles. She has served on several community boards including The Arts Council of Huntsville, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, CASA, the Boys and Girls Club, the Historic Huntsville Foundation and the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Other civic service has included the Huntsville Junior League, the Women's Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild, and the Huntsville Rotary Club. In her service on numerous advisory committees for arts and civic groups, her focus has been to foster both creativity and stable administrative success for each board. (Board term 2012-2014)

Lewis Ricci Executive Director
Indiana Arts Commission


Lewis Ricci came to the Indiana Arts Commission as its newest executive director in 2006. He spent the previous five years at the University of Idaho as a faculty member and the inaugural director of International Jazz Collections at the Lionel Hampton Center, where he pioneered new on-line resources linking the collection to the public and developed national programs based on the collection. Prior to that, Ricci was executive director of the Columbus (Indiana) Arts Council and was a development director at Penn State University. He holds a master's degree in arts administration from Indiana University and a B.S. from Bucknell University, and has worked with the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and public broadcasting from Indiana University. During his long career, Ricci has been an author, lecturer, educator and producer for both television and the musical theater. He has served on many boards and committees, and is currently a member of the Distinguished Alumni Council of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Ricci and his musical family live in scenic south-central Indiana, where he is well-known as a singer, songwriter, pianist and leader of a family band. (Board term 2012-2014)

Randy Rosenbaum Executive Director
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts


Randall Rosenbaum is the executive director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, a position he has held since January 1995. From 1984 to January 1995, Rosenbaum served in a variety of capacities at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, including deputy director and director of the Dance and Presenting Organizations programs. He has a bachelor of music education degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and has managed orchestras and nonprofit arts organizations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio. Rosenbaum has served as a site visitor and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in the dance, theatre, musical theatre/opera and state and regional programs, and as a panelist for the state arts agencies of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as for the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Heinz Endowment of Pittsburgh, and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. He has taught arts administration courses, classes and seminars at Brown University and Rhode Island College. He serves on the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts. A practicing musician, Rosenbaum has sung professionally in churches and synagogues, and with performing ensembles throughout the East Coast. (Board term 2012-2014)

Advisory Member

Headshot of Mary Margaret Schoenfeld

Mary Margaret Schoenfeld National Coordinator
U.S. Regional Arts Organizations


Mary Margaret Schoenfeld is the national coordinator for the U.S. regional arts organizations. She provides programmatic, management and administrative leadership for the collaborative work of the six independent nonprofit agencies created to encourage development of the arts and to support arts programs throughout the United States and on a regional basis. Schoenfeld works as an independent arts management consultant. For 25 years she has led efforts in nonprofit and public sector arts organizations to train and provide technical assistance to artists and arts administrators, created programs, and managed funding programs and other resources to ensure that arts and cultural opportunities are available to the widest possible audience. She has a specific focus on community and economic development and the arts. Schoenfeld is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, teaching arts programming through the Arts Extension Service. She holds an M.A. in public affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a B.A. in government from St. Lawrence University. She has worked for local, state and national arts organizations including Americans for the Arts, the Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington County, Virginia, the League of Historic American Theatres, the Vermont Arts Council and the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota. (Board term 2011-2013)

NASAA's mission is to strengthen state arts agencies.
About NASAA | About State Arts Agencies | Member Benefits | Contact NASAA
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
1200 18th St NW, Suite 1100 | Washington, DC 20036
202-347-6352 | fax: 202-737-0526 | TDD: 202-296-0567 |
Terms of Use © National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.