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Pam Breaux Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Office of Cultural Development


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 2006-2015)

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1st Vice President
Malissa Feruzzi Shriver Former Chair
California Arts Council


Malissa Feruzzi Shriver majored in women's studies at UCLA, then attended the state and local government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received an honorary doctorate from the Laguna College of Art and Design. Shriver is the former chair of the California Arts Council, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for two four-year terms. She was appointed by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to cochair a task force on creative education, after chairing the California team for the National Endowment for the Arts Education Leaders Institute. She cofounded CREATE (Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate), a statewide initiative to address the erosion of arts education in public schools. Chair of NASAA's Arts Learning Advisory Group, Shriver serves on the Western States Arts Federation board and the California Alliance for Arts Education Policy Council. She is a trustee of the California Institute of the Arts and is on the advisory board of the Center for Research on Creativity, run by Dr. James Catterall. She is a former board member of the California Music Project. Shriver is currently the political advocacy advisor for Frank Gehry. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Arts for LA, California Arts Advocates and Americans for the Arts. (Board term 2012-2014)

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2nd Vice President
Michael J. Charron 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 2011-2016)

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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 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 2010-2015)

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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 2011-2016)

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Immediate Past President
Arni Fishbaugh Executive Director
Montana Arts Council


Arni 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)


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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 2011-2016)

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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)

Garbo Hearne

Garbo Hearne Council Member
Arkansas Arts Council


Garbo Watson Hearne owns Hearne Fine Art and Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing/Hearne Fine Art, located in the historic Dunbar neighborhood in Little Rock, Arkansas. She developed Hearne Fine Art in the New York and Atlanta markets and expanded its services to include cataloguing and fine art appraisals. In 2005, Hearne earned her certification in appraisal studies from New York University. In 2008, she and her husband, Dr. Archie Hearne, published Collaborations, Two Decades of African American Art: Hearne Fine Art 1988 – 2008. Before opening Pyramid Gallery in 1988, Hearne worked as a pediatric intensive care nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital. She is a board member of the Mid-America Arts Alliance has served on the board of the Arkansas Humanities Council. She received a B.S.N. in nursing from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. (Board term 2014-2016)

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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 2010-2015)

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Margaret Hunt Executive Director
Colorado Creative Industries


Margaret Hunt became director of Colorado Creative Industries in 2013. She had directed the Utah Division of Arts and Museums since 2005. Prior to this position, she served as director of community and economic development for Salt Lake City government; manager of economic development programs for PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power Company; director of the International Microfinance Training Program at Naropa University; and vice president of a Utah-based fund-raising consulting group for nonprofit organizations. She has received leadership awards including the governor's leadership award, Utah Small Cities, Inc., for contributions to community and economic development; Pathfinder service award, Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce; Governor's Helping Hands Award for corporate volunteer programs in Utah schools; and United Way's Volunteer of the Year award. Hunt is a visual artist with work hanging in the Salt Lake City International Airport. She attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. (Board term 2013-2015)

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Susan Landis Chair
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 2008-2015)

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Todd Lowe Council Member
Kentucky Arts Council


Todd Lowe is president and founder of the investment advisory firm Parthenon LLC. He was previously senior vice president of J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc., where he served as director of research, director of marketing, and equity analyst and portfolio manager. Lowe joined the board of the Kentucky Arts Council in 2005 and was elected chair that same year. He was the past president of the Partnership for Creative Economies in Metro Louisville, is a board member and president elect of Actors Theatre of Louisville, and is immediate past chair of the board of trustees of The Speed Art Museum. He currently serves as chair of the South Arts governing board. After attending the University of Louisville as a music major, Lowe graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in finance. He has experience as a professional musician that includes performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Rich Little Orchestra and Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. (Board term 2013-2015)

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Bill Mandicott Former Chair
Maryland State Arts Council


Bill Mandicott has 30 years of professional experience in student affairs administration with an emphasis in performing arts presenting and management, community development and outreach programs, volunteer outreach/service learning programs, leadership development, multicultural programming and diversity initiatives. He is assistant vice president for student and community involvement at Frostburg State University and is chair of Frostburg's Cultural Event Series. Appointed to the Maryland State Arts Council by Governor Martin O'Malley in 2007, Mandicott served as chair from 2011-2012. He has served on the board of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and on NASAA's Development and Nominating committees. Mandicott completed post-master's coursework in educational leadership at West Virginia University. He has an M.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in counselor education/student personnel services and a B.A. in economics from State University of New York, College of Arts and Sciences at Geneseo. (Board term 2013-2015)

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Rebecca T.B. 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)

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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)

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Randall 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 1995. From 1984 to 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)

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Sandy Shaughnessy Division Director
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


Sandy Shaughnessy served at the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs as an arts administrator for various grant programs, special events and initiatives before being appointed director in 2005. Prior to that, she was box office manager for Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach and director/treasurer of box office operations for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. A native New Yorker, Shaughnessy has work experience at ABC's World News Tonight and 20/20 as well as at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a graduate of New York University with a bachelor of arts degree in dramatic literature, theatre history and the cinema, with a minor in political science. She completed graduate coursework in arts administration, and is trained in international protocol. Shaughnessy serves on the board of South Arts, where she cochairs the Performing Arts Exchange, and has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Board term 2014-2016)

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Lionell Thomas Executive Director
DC Commission on the Arts
and Humanities


Lionell Thomas returns to District of Columbia government after serving as the executive director of the Prince George's [County] Arts and Humanities Council. He was previously with the DC Commission for 22 years, where he served in numerous capacities including deputy director and interim executive director. Over the years, Thomas has been cited as a dynamic arts administrator for his profound sensitivity to arts and culture. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in communications. A native Washingtonian, he has received accolades both locally and nationally for his creative approaches to arts management and programming. He has served on a number of state grants panels as a reviewer and site evaluator. Of all his accomplishments to date, Thomas is most proud of the initiatives developed to bring arts programs to underserved communities, many of which remain staples of the District of Columbia's arts community today. (Board term 2013-2015)


Advisory Member

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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)

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