Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Staff & Board of Directors

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Core Staff

AHCMC's highly experienced and effective core staff serve a variety of constituents including organizations, individuals, educators and the general public. Core staff lead the key functional areas for AHCMC which includes: grants, communications, program services, advocacy, policy development, strategic planning and administration. 

Suzan E. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer
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 Recognized as one of the Top CEOs You Need To Know in 2009 by The Gazette of Politics and Business, featured in Women Business Leaders of Maryland 2010, recipient of the Friend of Glen Echo Park Award in 2011 and winner of the 2012 Washingtonian Green Giant Award, Suzan Jenkins is a visionary CEO with a knack for leading cultural initiatives. She has over 20 years extensive experience spearheading organizational and programmatic development in the non-profit arts and culture sector from world renown organizations such as the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Recording Industry Association of America to name but a few. In May 2012 she will be awarded an Honorary Degree for Associate of Arts in Public Service from Montgomery College, Maryland and in February 2013 she was awarded the Jazz Service Award by the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

 

 

Jenkins is a strategic thinker and team builder who develops innovative projects that respond to and cultivate communities.  It is in that light that Jenkins co-founded the Nonprofit Energy Alliance. Since its inception in May 2010, the Non-Profit Energy Alliance is now comprised of 64 leading-edge nonprofits that will collectively save an estimated $536,000 compared to standard energy service, while supporting clean sources of energy that are essential to protecting our environment and building a new economy. The wind power purchased through this alliance offsets about 40 million pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to removing 3,500 cars off the roads. Participating nonprofits used their collective purchasing power to save on a fixed expense, freeing up resources for essential services while also implementing environmentally sustainable business practices. Her career has been dedicated to encouraging creativity and scholarly excellence in arts and cultural organizations; she has served as Executive in Residence in the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, as an adjunct professor at American University and is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management Program, at George Mason University.

Suzan Jenkins’ work has supported freedom of expression and creativity though her efforts not only in the US, but internationally. She has served as a marketing consultant to the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in the Imperial City of Fes, Morocco and worked with artists interested in exploring cultural exchange, such as bringing Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Essaouira, Morocco to participate in the Gnaoua Festival, and in bringing rhythm and blues musicians to Madrid, Spain in the 1990s and jazz students to the Hague and Panama.

She has produced several recordings and is the Conceptual Producer of the Peabody Award winning series Let the Good Times Roll, produced for Public Radio International. She is a board member of the Cultural Data Project; the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and Committee for Montgomery and serves on the Silver Spring, MD Arts and Entertainment Advisory Committee and is Co-Chair or the Women of Color in the Arts Mentoring Committee. Ms. Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College.

 


Joe Frandoni, Marketing and Constituent Services Manager
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Joe Frandoni has worked in arts management and advocacy for the past five years; advocating for expanded cross-cultural dialogue, increasing visibility for artists, and implementing innovative business solutions for cultural nonprofits. Having earned a Masters Degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University as well as his Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts from the University of Bologna in Bologna Italy, Joe brings with him an extraordinary amount of knowledge and experience. Always striving to help arts organizations expand their brand and implement sustainable business solutions, he has held previous positions with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, the Center for Arts Management and Technology and as a private consultant providing capacity buildilng, strategic planning and marketing services to a myriad of different local and regional cultural organizations. A native of Ohio, he is very excited to work with all of the arts organizations that the AHCMC serves and become involved with the incredible cultural initiatives that are taking place in Montgomery County. 


Robert Hanson, Grants Program Officer
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Robert Hanson is an active performer, teacher and arts administrator. Before becoming the Grants Program Officer for AHCMC, Robert worked at the National Endowment for the Arts in the Performing Arts Division, and administered the Boston GuitarFest.  He recently received a Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Maestro Eliot Fisk.  Robert also attended the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. A longtime Washingtonian, Robert has been fortunate to be a participant, both on and off stage, at many local arts organizations.

 

 

 

 

 Amina Cooper, Communications and Development Manager
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Amina has long been involved in developing strategies that activate arts communities and cultivate diverse and engaged audiences for the arts.  Prior to joining AHCMC, Amina held positions at Glenstone, District of Columbia Public Schools, Boston Center for the Arts, and Berklee College of Music.  Amina is a proud alumna of Howard University where she earned her Bachelor's of Fine Arts and minored in print journalism.  While at Howard, she additionally traveled to London where she studied photography and visual communications. After received her Master's in Arts Administration from Boston University, Amina served as the inaugural arts management fellow at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.  Amina is originally from Atlanta Georgia, but has happily made the DC area her home. 

 

 

 

 

 Kelsey Hutchison, Marketing and Administrative Coordinator
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Kelsey Hutchison was born and raised in Maryland.  She has been participating in the arts and humanities in Montgomery County since she can remember.  Prior to joining AHCMC, Kelsey was the Marketing Dance Coordinator for Muhlenberg College’s Theatre & Dance Department for four years.  She has completed internships at Joy of Motion Dance Center and the Kennedy Center through the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. While at the Kennedy Center, Kelsey worked in the Education Department with Explore the Arts/Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.  She coordinated educational programming and assisted in the planning and implementation of the summer ballet training intensive. Kelsey graduated Summa Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and dance as a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society for the liberal arts and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. While pursuing her dance major, Kelsey enjoyed performing in and choreographing for Muhlenberg’s mainstage dance performances in addition to attending the American College Dance Festival.  In addition to arts administration, Kelsey teaches dance to children.

 

 

Caroline Hrvoj, Grants Assistant  
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Caroline Hrvoj graduated from Georgia Southern University in May of 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and double minors in Sociology and History.  Caroline was a HOPE and Goizueta scholar, president of the first Latina sorority on campus (Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Inc.) and graduated Cum Laude.  In conjunction with her position as the Grants Assistant at AHCMC, she is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A) with a concentration in State and Local Government at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. She hopes to one day play an active role in the local government of Montgomery County or the surrounding municipalities and to eventually become an advocate for the cultivation of the arts and humanities in local communities. 

 

 Will McGowan, Public Art Assistant
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Will McGowan joined AHCMC as a public art/gallery assistant through the Montgomery College Art Institute’s Student Art Internship Program in the fall of 2013. He was the Director’s Assistant at the Touchstone Contemporary Art Gallery in Washington D.C. Will served as Vice President of the Student Art League. He remains an active member of the artistic community at the Montgomery College Rockville campus. Will plans on graduating in 2015 with an A.F.A. in Studio Art. He then expects to transfer to a four-year institution to study Illustration. Now employed, he is excited to continue his work with AHCMC.

 

 

Alex Cartagena, Wheaton Community Organizer

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Alex Cartagena has supported and worked with community organizations, government agencies, and corporations on how to use dialogue as a tool for change and empowerment. He has provided skills development workshops, shared best practices and strategies, and conducted different types of trainings in order for the organization to implement a sustainable dialogue to change initiative. An advocate of cross-cultural dialogue, he believes that dialogue is a foundational element for creating inclusive communities and workplaces. He has facilitated hundreds of dialogues with a variety of stakeholders. Topics have included creating an inclusive workplace, addressing the lack of food accessibility, and how race and culture could play a role on student success. 

He has worked in communities throughout the country in Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, and Oklahoma. He has presented at the George Mason University Workplace Diversity: Practice and Research Conference, "Changing Culture & Climate through Facilitating Inclusion: Study Circles on Race, Relationships, and Achievement." 


 Consultants

AHCMC contracts with consultants who are recognized specialists in their fields to manage discreet programs and provide key services. With the assistance of our consulting staff, AHCMC maintains an active public art program, a vibrant arts education program and is undertaking the development of a web-based multimedia exhibition on the folk and traditional arts of Montgomery County.

Interns

Interns provide invaluable support for the many programs presented by AHCMC.

 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County includes artists, humanities scholars, business leaders, civic activists, arts administrators, artists, and non-profit executives with a diverse mix of ethnic, economic, geographic, and employment backgrounds. The board is dedicated to the mission of the Arts and Humanities Council and welcomes interested individuals to contact them with questions about the Arts and Humanities Council. For more information, please call us at 301-565-3805.


Executive Committee


Eric L. Siegel
Board Chair

Executive Vice President/Legal Counsel/LEED, AP
Cohen Companies


Roberta F. Shulman (Bobbi)
Vice Chair; Chair, Governance Committee
Artist
Shulman Associates, LLC

Erica A. Leatham, Esq.
Treasurer

Ballard Spahr LLP

Joan Krejci Griggs,
Board Secretary; Chair, Grants Committee

President, Griggs Associates

Mara Mayor, Ph.D.
Chair, Audit Committee

Education Consultant

Michelle Graham-Hicks
Advocacy Committee
Principal
ICF International


Ximena Varela

Advocacy Committee
Associate Professor of Arts Management
American University


Marci Bernstein Lu
Grants Committee

Nonprofit & Philanthropy Consultant

 

Adjunct to the Board

Kenneth A. Lechter, Esq.
Legal Counsel

Suzan Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer