Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Staff & Board of Directors

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
Suzan E. Jenkins has been a visionary leader in the non-profit arts and culture sector for over twenty years, serving in executive positions at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Recording Industry Association of America. 

Recognized for her leadership and entrepreneurial endeavors, including by the Gazette of Politics and Business, Women Business Leaders of Maryland, Jazz Alliance International, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Jenkins is a Peabody Award winning producer of the radio series Let the Good Times Roll for Public Radio International; Jenkins has also produced several jazz recordings.

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 has collectively saved nonprofits over a half-million dollars compared to standard offer 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 has offset over 40 million pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to removing over 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.

Jenkins serves on the Board of the Committee for Montgomery; as a member of the Silver Spring, MD Arts and Entertainment Advisory Committee; as Co-Chair of the Women of Color in the Arts Mentoring Committee; on the Community Advisory Council of WETA; on the American University Arts Management Advisory Council; and is a former Board member of Culture Capital and DataArts, previously known as the Cultural Data Project.

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.

As an educator, Jenkins has served as Executive in Residence in the College of Music at Loyola University and as Adjunct Professor at both American and George Mason Universities.

Suzan Jenkins holds an Honorary Degree in Public Service from Montgomery College, MD; a BS in Psychology and Management, and an MBA from the University of Maryland; she is currently a fellow in the National Arts Strategies: Chief Executive Program.

Joe Frandoni, Deputy Director

Joe Frandoni has worked in arts management and advocacy for the past seven 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 and humanities organizations that the AHCMC serves and become involved with the incredible cultural initiatives that are taking place in Montgomery County.

Takenya LaViscount, Senior Grants Program Manager

Takenya LaViscount has thirteen years of experience working for arts organizations, communicating the vital importance of the arts to the public both locally and nationally. Prior to joining AHCMC, she managed the Challenge America grant program for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and contributed to the agency’s role in grants management for eight years. Challenge America is a national, multidisciplinary funding source that enables eligible entities, particularly those organizations that are small or mid-sized, to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those demographics whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity / race, economics, or disability. She managed over 500 grant awards for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Takenya was employed as a fundraising professional by Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). She earned a Masters Degree in Arts Management from American University, takes voice lessons, and loves to sing when time permits. A native New Yorker by birth, Takenya has proudly called the DMV her home for over fifteen years.  


Amina Cooper, Public Art Manager & Curator

Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artist’s and arts organizations.  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 of Fine Arts degree with a minor in print journalism. While at Howard, she additionally traveled to London where she studied photography and visual communications. After receiving her Master of Science degree 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. 




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 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, or to attend an open upcoming Board of Directors' Meeting, please call us at 301-565-3805.

Learn more about the Board of Directors and view their biographies.

Executive Committee

Regina 'Reggie' L. Oldak, Esq.
Board Chair; Chair, Executive Committee 

Rose Garvin Aquilino
Vice Chair; Chair, Grants Committee; Chair Development Committee

Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs
Montgomery College

Elaine Robnett Moore
Board Secretary 
Artist and CEO

Elaine Robnett Moore Collection

Fred M. Gober
Board Treasurer; Chair, Finance Committee

Executive Director and Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Eric L. Siegel
Chair, Advocacy Committee; Chair Nominating Committee

Of Counsel
Henrichsen Siegel, P.L.L.C.

Barry Carty
Chair, Public Arts Trust Steering Committee
Vice President
East Coast Acquisitions, Federal Realty

Ruby Lopez Harper
Director of Local Arts Services
Americans for the Arts

Emmanuel Olaoye
Business Development Specialist
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Suraya Mohamed
Producer, Programming & Partnerships
NPR Music

Dana Pauley
Vice President, Philanthropic Investments
Leadership Montgomery

Denise Saunders Thompson
President and CEO
The International Association of Blacks in Dance

Eleanor Choi
Senior Project Architect and Project Manager
BELL Architects

Adjunct to the Board

Kenneth A. Lechter, Esq.
Legal Counsel

Suzan Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer


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