Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States
Young Audiences is pleased to welcome Jeremy Anderson, President of the Education Commission of the States, as the featured keynote speaker on Thursday, April 5 at our 2018 national conference in Denver, Colorado.
From governors to chief state school officers, Mr. Anderson works with all state education leaders from both major political parties to provide unbiased information, personalized support, and opportunities for collaboration. He is committed to helping states create informed education policies and improved education systems for students ranging in age from early learning all the way up to individuals in the workforce.
Prior to joining the Education Commission of the States in 2012, Mr. Anderson built a strong public service record working with officials in Washington, D.C., governors and legislators in states, and education policy organizations around the country. Some of his accomplishments include providing strategic leadership on education policy design and implementation through projects with the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Conference of State Legislators, and many other national policy organizations. Mr. Anderson served in multiple policy and governmental affairs roles for governors on state and national education initiatives and was directly involved in brokering the bipartisan passage of the largest K-12 funding investment in Kansas history to avert a shutdown of Kansas schools.
Mr. Anderson travels frequently to visit Education Commission of the States Commissioners and to deliver keynote presentations around the country. His passion for education runs deep; Mr. Anderson was raised by two amazing teachers in Kansas and his wife is an early learning teacher in Colorado where they currently reside with their three children.
Isaac Barron, Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Houston
Reaching At-Risk Youth through the Arts
Isaac Barron was born and raised in the inner city of Houston, Texas and discovered a love for dance as a young boy. He started Breaking in high school and upon graduation was recruited by Fly, a contemporary dance company with which he toured nationally and internationally logging over 250 performances a year for a span of over five years. His accomplishments range from a residency at the Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to a month long cultural exchange with the natives of Fairbanks, Alaska. He has also had three residencies with the Uppercut Danse Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark and shared his talents and love of hip hop with students in Mexico, Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.
Jason Diminich, Education Director, Think 360 Arts for Learning
Innovative Professional Development: Transforming Arts Education Through Teacher Training
Jason is the Education Director of Think 360 Arts where he manages all professional development work including artist training, customized school in-services, Creative Learning Labs, and the Institute for Creative Teaching. A Tony nominated educator, Jason worked for over a decade as a drama teacher in New York City. During his tenure, he served as a consultant for the New York City Department of Education designing and implementing professional development for teachers and as a contributing writer to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning Theater. His professional experiences have afforded him the opportunity to teach nationally and abroad including Brooklyn College and the Kigali Institute of Education in Rwanda. Jason holds a BS from New York University’s program in educational theatre and an MA in applied theatre from the City University of New York.
Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Organizational Leadership Succession Planning
Marsha Dobrzynski has been Executive Director of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL), the NE Ohio affiliate of Young Audiences, Inc., since 1994. She has stewarded the organization through multiple innovative changes including the 2005 design of ArtWorks, an arts-based college and career readiness program; the 2014 founding of the Cleveland High School for Digital Arts that integrates game design, recording arts technology and film into a college prep curriculum; and the 2017 move to a new facility to open a community arts center. In her tenure, CAL has participated in four succession planning processes.
Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, Associate Director of Education, DCPA Education
Get Your Integration On!
Patrick’s work in theatre and education has long been informed by his curiosity in, and inquiry of, the duality of arts integrated curriculum and cognitive/creative response. Patrick’s facilitation of diverse, activity-rich theatre residencies includes preK-12 classrooms, universities, theatre companies, museums, and social service organizations. Continually drawn toward active engagement with ideas and institutions, individuals and communities, Patrick works within the theatre practices of teaching, directing, and dramaturgy. Patrick is the Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Manager for DCPA Education. MFA: Arizona State University. BA: University of Northern Iowa.
Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Grants Manager, Young Audiences of Oregon & WS Washington
Evaluating Arts-in-Education: Common Challenges, Divers Approaches
Jonathan Frochtzwajg is the grants manager for Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington. In addition to overseeing grants fundraising for the affiliate, he also coordinates evaluation and documentation of its in-school artist programs. Jonathan holds a professional certificate in nonprofit program evaluation from the Nonprofit Institute at Portland State University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lewis & Clark College. Prior to joining YA, he served as a grants coordinator for the local-music organization PDX Pop Now! and worked as an independent journalist.
Lainie Hodges, Teaching Artist, Improv Alchemy
New Performances: How Play Improves Police & Community Relations
Teaching Artist Lainie Hodges uses performance and improvisation to create environments for people to grow and develop. By leveraging everyone’s unique talents through play, she helps others to become more innovative, agile, creative, and responsive while also strengthening and deepening relationships. Lainie holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from the University of Denver. An experienced improviser trained in New York City and Denver, she believes in the power of “yes, and” with a philosophy and methodology rooted in the works of Paulo Freire, Lev Vygotsky and Augusto Boal.
Jamie Kasper, Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative
Leadership for K-12 Administrators and Arts Educators
Jamie Kasper is a heavy metal fan, avid reader, hiker, gardener, and creative technology enthusiast. She is an active member of the Arts & Technology Network within the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), sits on the Arts Education Partnership’s national advisory council, and serves on the boards of the West Hills Symphonic Band and Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. An active musician, Jamie holds the principal flute chair with the West Hills Symphonic Band and plays in various venues around Pittsburgh. Jamie began her 18-year professional career as a music teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD), Fairfax County Public Schools (VA), and Bermudian Springs School District (PA). She moved from the classroom in 2007 to become the Fine Arts and Humanities Advisor at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and then became the Associate Director of the Pittsburgh-based Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) in 2010. She lives with her husband Josh, three cats, three goldfish, and various critters who inhabit the basement of their 1950s Cape Cod.
Josephine Kuever, Program Operations Manager, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW WashingtonGetting Feedback: How We Build An Evaluation System with Sales Force
As Program Operations Manager, Josephine is typically the first point of contact for anyone looking to work with the artist roster. She helps teachers find a good fit between roster artists and their students, then assists them with carrying out the nuts and bolts of a program, from contracting to evaluation. In addition to her programmatic activities, she is the admin for a Salesforce database that captures both program and donor information and activity. She ensures data integrity, supports her colleagues’ work in the database, and builds systems that help the organization gather knowledge about its work and impact. Music has been an important part of Josephine’s life from an early age, starting with violin and then classical voice. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory and a master’s in arts administration and certification in nonprofit management from the University of Oregon. Originally from northern California, Oregon has been her home for the past 10 years.
Peter Milligan, Manager, Education Communications, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Thinking Creatively About Thought Leadership in Arts Education
Peter Milligan manages communications for the education programs at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, including its flagship education program, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Prior to joining Wolf Trap, he oversaw the media relations efforts at the education technology giant, Blackboard. Peter is a graduate of George Mason University.
David Fellows & Cheryl Fellows, The Fellows Group
Adding it Up
David Fellows brings over thirty years of experience to helping businesses operate more effectively. His particular emphases are finance and information systems, areas critical to any organization’s success. He works with nonprofits, small businesses and start-ups to improve their finance and accounting capabilities. He has taught “Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations” for the MNM program at Regis University for several years.
Cheryl Fellows is a performance-focused finance professional with extensive experience in forecasting, planning, scorecard and metrics development. Cheryl has MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and also has 30 years of finance experience in both corporate and nonprofits.
Pat Cruz, Chief Innovation Officer, Young Audiences of Maryland
National Residency Teaching Artist Pilot: Learning and Growing Together
Pat has dedicated her career to improving education by connecting the culture of artists with the culture of teachers. Connecting people from different cultures is something Pat Cruz has done from a very young age as she was the first in her family to be born in the USA. Pat was a Baltimore County art teacher for 10 years and worked on a team to pilot an innovative reading program which helped to significantly raise reading scores. The program titled, “ArtSmart” was so successful, Pat was charged with implementing it in a second Title I school, where reading scores increased by 38 percent after only two years of integrating dance, music, theatre and visual art with the reading curriculum. Inspired by the impact of the “ArtSmart” program, Pat left the public school system in 2005 to work for Young Audiences of Maryland (YAMD). Pat’s work is focused on transforming teaching practice through arts integrated artist-teacher collaborations. Pat is the founding director of YAMD’s Teaching Artist Institute which began in 2007. As YA’s Chief Innovation Officer, Pat develops long-term partnerships with school districts and connects educators and teaching artists through collaborative professional development programs. Pat holds a BS in Art Education from Towson University and a Masters in Teaching with a focus on Arts Integration from George Mason University.
Angela Yetter, Scheduling Director, Arts for Learning Indiana
YA Salesforce 101
Angela has served as the Scheduling Director for Arts for Learning (Indiana) since 2001. She works with schools to find the AfL programs they need and want, and is the in-house SalesForce administrator for the affiliate. Prior to this, she was the Gallery Manager at the New London Art Society Gallery, a non-profit art gallery run by the Griffis Art Center of New London, CT. Originally from Decatur, IL, Angela played piano and viola through most of her educational career and holds a BS in Arts Administration from Butler University. She creates hand-made beaded jewelry in her spare time and is a self-proclaimed mystery novel junky.
Bob Hall, Teaching Artist, Think 360 Arts for Learning
Bob Hall has worked with Think 360 Arts/Young Audiences for the past 26 years and has been studying and performing various traditional drumming style for 40 years. He has studied in the West African countries of Senegal, Guinea, and Ghana with the national ensembles indigenous to each country. A few of his teachers include: Dom Gueye of Senegal, Ousman Sylla and Mamady Keita (THE most famous djembefola in the world) from Guinea and Aboubakari Luna and Abdoulaye Siedu (talking drum masters) from Northern Ghana.
He has also studied with Los Munequitos de Matanzas, the world-renowned Afro-Cuban folkloric ensemble from Cuba. Bob recognizes the value of traditional drumming as a great learning tool for students. Inherent in traditional drumming are lessons in counting and adding beats, organizing natural materials to create dynamic sounds, discovering the use of phrasing, punctuation and expression, learning about people on the other side of the planet and getting great physical and mental exercise. Drumming also enhances memory and motor skills, as well as encourages teamwork and imaginative thinking. Students have so much fun, they don’t realize how intensely they’re working!
Molina Speaks, Teaching Artist, Think 360 Arts for Learning
Mr. Molina is a first generation college graduate and holds degrees in sociology and criminal justice and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming. He has taught cultural studies, hip-hop studies and media studies courses at the university level since 2006. He has been invited to lecture and read poetry at dozens of universities, including Columbia, UC Davis, CU Boulder, University of New Mexico, and San Diego State University.
As an independent artist, Molina has released over a dozen successful music projects and has published several collections of poetry. Molina has shared the stage with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Saul Williams, Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Allen Stone, Les Nubians, Blue Scholars, Dead Prez and Flobots. Molina served as Music Supervisor for “Papers the Movie,” a documentary about undocumented youth that has screened in all 50 states, influencing state and national Immigration Reform Policy. Mr. Molina is a TedX fellow, a lead instructor for Youth On Record, and has worked as an Artist-In-Residence with the National Hispanic Heritage Center, Mizel Museum, Journey Through Our Heritage, and the Lighthouse Writers. Molina has worked on National Endowment for the Arts projects and has taught master artist classes at Boston Arts Academy and Colorado Arts Academy among other elite academic institutions. His passion is working with disenfranchised students, at-risk youth, and under-served populations.