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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Sheri Parks, President (Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Maryland)
Bryn Parchman, Vice President (President and CEO, Port Discovery Children’s Museum)
Navasha Daya, Secretary (Performing Artist & Co-Founder/ Director of the Healing & Performing Arts, Youth Resiliency Institute)
Fred Bronstein, Treasurer (Dean, Peabody Institute)
Kevin Apperson (CIO, Maxim Health Care)
Jeffrey Buchheit (Executive Director, Baltimore National Heritage Area)
Amy Cavanaugh Royce (Executive Director, Maryland Art Place)
Patricia Egan (Principal, Cool Spring Analytics)
Kathy O’Dell (Associate Professor Visual Arts, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Education and Arts Partnerships, UMBC)

Board of Directors

Chuck Adkins (CFO, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts)
Chris Bedford (Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, Baltimore Museum of Art)
Randi Benesch (Director of Advancement, Center Stage)
Sharayna Christmas (Executive Director, Muse 360)
Wanda Draper (Executive Director, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture)
Carla Du Pree (Executive Director, CityLit Project)
Margaret Footner (Executive Director, Creative Alliance)
Chris Ford (Director, Baltimore School for the Arts)
John Hendricks (Dean of Arts, St. Paul's Schools)
Samuel Hoi (President, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Garey Hyatt (Assistant Professor, Coppin State University)
Lee Kappelman (Principal, m/Oppenheim Associates)
Monica Lopez-Gonzalez (Co-Founder & Executive Scientific & Artistic Director, La Petite Noiseuse Productions )
Julia Marciari-Alexander (Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director, The Walters Art Museum)
Todd Marcus (Musician/Composer and Executive Director, Intersection of Change)
CJay Philip (Artistic Director, Dance & Bmore)
Hana Sharif (Associate Artistic Director, Center Stage)
Jonathan Waller (Managing Director, Everyman Theatre)

New Board of Directors Bios

Wanda Draper, Executive Director, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Wanda Queen Draper was appointed Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on September 28, 2016. A native of Baltimore, she is no stranger to the Museum. She served on the founding board for eight years, chaired the Marketing Committee and co-chaired the grand opening in June 2005. Wanda has extensive broadcast communications and management experience and came to the museum from WBAL-TV of the Hearst Corporation in a number of capacities including Director of Programming and Public Affairs. She began her career with Hearst Newspapers as a reporter for the Baltimore News American. She also worked at WJZ-TV and Maryland Public Television. She spent five years as Director of Community Affairs and Visitor Services at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, managing admissions, security, catered events, retail sales and community affairs. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism, she also attended Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Contemporary Studies and the University of Maryland School of Law. She has extensive management training at the Disney Institute, the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the National Association of Broadcasters. Wanda is married to Dr. Robert Draper. They have two children and three grandchildren.

John Hendricks, Dean of Arts, St. Paul’s Schools

John Hendricks has served as Dean of the Arts of St. Paul’s School and St. Paul’s School for Girls since 2014, leading the K-12 visual and performing arts department that is shared by the two schools. Prior to his move to Baltimore from Los Angeles, Hendricks was the President of the Board of the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA), an organization with nearly 400 public and private school members, representing educators and students from nearly one-third of the state. In this role, he worked directly with legislators in the California State Assembly and Senate as part of a multi-disciplinary arts coalition. He also oversaw SCVA’s full slate of nearly 70 adjudicated music festivals, honor choirs, professional development conferences for educators, and a wide range of other events for students and teachers. In his years in education, Hendricks was also the Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Music at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, CA. John holds an undergraduate degree in Music from Stanford University and two Master’s Degrees (M.M. and M.B.A.) from the University of Miami. In his early career, Hendricks was a professional vocalist, performing and recording for artists and organizations including Neil Diamond, NBC, Richard Carpenter, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Barnes, Miyuki Nakajima, Dream Theater, members of Guns ‘n Roses and Blondie, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Jazz Choir, and in numerous commercials.

Garey Hyatt, Associate Professor, Coppin State University

Garey Hyatt was born in Washington, DC and raised in Prince George’s County, where he currently resides. He served as the chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Coppin State University from 2005 through 2014, where he currently serves as Program Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Area. He received his undergraduate degree in speech and theatre at Bowie State University, a master’s degree in theatre at North Carolina A& T State University and his doctorate degree in Theatre/Fine Arts with a focus in Arts Administration from Texas Tech University. He has held teaching posts at North Carolina A & T, College of Charleston, Florida A & M University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and Dillard University prior to his landing at Coppin State University. For the past 31 years, he has worked in higher education as an educator, producer, director, arts administrator and career mentor to a host of students.

Carla Du Pree, Executive Director, CityLit Project

Carla Du Pree is a literary artist, a state arts ambassador, and since, June 2016, the executive director of CityLit Project, a literary nonprofit that nurtures readers and writers throughout the region, whose 2017 festival won a Best of Baltimore Award. She is the recipient of a 2016 Rubys Grant in Fiction for her work in progress Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, a 2017 Poetry Foundation fellow for Facing It: The Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa, and a 2017 fellow for Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She participates on the 2017/18 One Maryland One Book Selection Committee, has had past speaking engagements in national tributes to Maya Angelou, Lucille Clifton and Toni Morrison with Furious Flower Poetry Center, the 2014 Baltimore debut of Listen To Your Mother speaker series, and coordinated Raising Our Voices: Womyn Out Loud, a reading devoted to diverse voices. She was appointed to the Maryland State Arts Council in 2012, and was recently re-appointed for an unprecedented third term. She is the former Vice Chair, and currently chairs the MSAC Diversity Outreach Committee. She has done contractual work with the National Endowment for the Arts for the 2017/18 Big Read Selection Committee, among other assignments. She has served as a county and state judge for NEA’s Poetry Out Loud national competition. In 2010, she was invited to join the Wintergreen Women Writers Collective. She served as a parent liaison for a Howard County public middle school, and is a former adjunct professor and independent thesis advisor at The Johns Hopkins University part-time graduate writing seminars in Fiction. As Founding Fiction Editor of Shooting Star Review, she edited the most sought after issue in the 14 year history of the literary magazine. She won a MSAC Individual Artist Award in Fiction, has written, directed and produced two plays (one at the University of Pittsburgh and one for 45 middle schoolers), and contributed to Women in Clothes. She is the former executive director of HoCoPoLitSo, Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, and producer of The Writing Life. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

Monica Lopez-Gonzalez, Co-Founder & Executive Scientific & Artistic Director, La Petite Noiseuse Productions

Monica Lopez-Gonzalez is an English-Spanish-French-Italian speaking Cognitive Scientist, Educator, Entrepreneur, Multidisciplinary Artist, Public Speaker, Science Communicator, Theorist, and Writer. Fascinated by the cognitive relationships between creative artistic, emotional, musical, and linguistic behavior she merges methods, data, and theory from the Sciences and Arts. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Scientific & Artistic Director of La Petite Noiseuse Productions, a company at the forefront of innovative Science-Art integration pushing the boundaries of empirical experimentation, artistic storytelling, and public engagement. As Scientific Director she heads a unique research and development program in creativity and human intelligence. As Artistic Director she develops and creates original content as writer, theatre and film director, and photographer. Advocating for multidisciplinary and multicultural learning and revolutionizing education, Monica has pioneered a range of STEAM courses since 2009 at the intersection of the mind/brain behavioral and computational sciences and the visual and performing arts from precollege to postgraduate levels as faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Monica has also worked in the pharma/biotech industry as Director and Chief Business Officer of Business Development. She is a frequent speaker, panelist, consultant, and guest Scientist-Artist in international and national venues. Speaking engagements include StarTalk TV for National Geographic, Rochester Institute of Technology, the National Academy of Sciences, International Human Vision & Electronic Imaging Conference, IEEE Women in Engineering, MedStartUp-Business France, Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity, DOD-DARPA, Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Spain Embassy in Washington, D.C., Apexart Gallery NYC, Maryland Art Place, Ignite Baltimore, WYPR 88.1FM radio, and at international conferences and festivals (Scotland, Spain, Mexico, Italy), among others. Monica holds BA degrees in Psychology and French, and a MA and PhD in Cognitive Science, all from Johns Hopkins University, a Certificate of Art in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art, studied piano performance at the Peabody Institute for twenty-five years and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine prior to co-founding her company. She is a committee member and session co-chair for the Society of Imaging Science and Technology’s International Human Vision & Electronic Imaging Conference. In 2016 Monica was recognized as a “particularly imaginative polymath” by the Imagination Institute based at University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center.

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