2019 Planning Committee

We are so excited by the diversity of experience, age, and identities of this planning committee! Thank you in advance to those volunteering their time and energy to make the 2019 APASO Conference one for the books!

Hope Chavez

Programs Coordinator, A.R.T/NY hchavez@art-newyork.org Hope Chavez is a creative producer and arts administrator in New York City. Hope currently serves as the Programs Coordinator at A.R.T./New York consulting with and administering programming for more than 405 nonprofit theaters in New York. Primarily focused on education, accessibility, grant panels, and body autonomy programming, Hope acts as … Continue reading Hope Chavez

Maud Lyon

Executive Director, Philadelphia Cultural Alliance maudl@philaculture.org Maud became President of the Alliance in January 2015, and is expanding its scope with a focus upon individual giving for arts and culture and seeking ways for the cultural community to play a greater role in education. From 2007 to 2014, she founded and led CultureSource, a professional association … Continue reading Maud Lyon

Audrey Gámez

Education Director, C4 Atlanta audrey@c4atlanta.org Audrey Gámez brings 11 years of education experience to her role as Education Manager for C4 Atlanta. She was previously a facilitator for the Ignite class and has served as Education Coordinator for MASS Collective. Audrey began working in arts administration as an intern with WonderRoot in 2014. An active … Continue reading Audrey Gámez

J Jha

Marketing Manager, Theatre Bay Area Focus: Advertising Sales Lifegoals: QTPOC liberation j@theatrebayarea.org

Ariel Bradler

Executive Director, Theatre Puget Sound ariel@tpsonline.org

Sunshine Smith

Marketing Manager, Theatre Bay Area Focus: Marketing and Communications sunshine@theatrebayarea.org

Wendy Shenefelt

Programs Director, Alternate Roots wendy@alternateroots.org Growing up in Little Rock and Memphis, Wendy inherited a passion for civil rights, social justice and the arts from her parents. She believes in the power of people to create change and has been privileged to learn from organizers of the Civil Rights Movement and today’s young activists. Wendy … Continue reading Wendy Shenefelt

Corinne Woods

Co-Director of Programs, A.R.T/NY cwoods@art-newyork.org

Greg Oertel

Programs & Marketing Manager, TACA – The Arts Community Alliance in Dallas, TX. Greg.Oertel@taca-arts.org His responsibilities include developing TACA’s digital marketing strategy and managing the organization’s grantmaking programs and capacity-building services, which serve almost 100 arts and cultural organizations throughout North Texas. Greg is passionate about the arts and supporting arts organizations in their effort … Continue reading Greg Oertel

Ashley Walden Davis

Managing Director, Alternate ROOTS ashley@alternateroots.org Ashley, a North Carolina native, is an arts administrator, theater manager, mommy and wife with an affinity for working with community. Ashley lives in Georgia with her husband and son. Currently, Ashley is an Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Leadership Fellow. Ashley is also a founding leader of the … Continue reading Ashley Walden Davis

Harold Steward

Interim Executive Director, The Theater Offensive harold@thetheateroffensive.org Most recently, Steward served as Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, a division the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, which provides instruction and enrichment in the arts with an emphasis on the African contribution to world culture. Steward also founded Fahari Arts Institute in Dallas … Continue reading Harold Steward

Katie Ingersoll

Director of Programs, DataArts kingersoll@culturaldata.org Katie joined the CDP in 2011 as a Help Desk and User Support Assistant, and stepped into the role of Associate for New York State in 2013. She has worked in a variety of libraries and recently earned a Master of Library Science. The CDP is the perfect environment to … Continue reading Katie Ingersoll

Maura Sheffler

Deputy Director, Programs & Marketing, TACA – The Arts Community Alliance in Dallas, TX maura.sheffler@taca-arts.org

Michelle Higgins

Community Engagement Manager, DataArts mhiggins@culturaldata.org Michelle is a musician and former educator who is passionate about securing the future of arts and arts education. She joined DataArts in 2016 and is thrilled to bring her coalition-building experience to the Community Engagement Manager position, where she mobilizes and supports organizations across the country who are utilizing … Continue reading Michelle Higgins

Laurice Grae-Hauck

Manager of Digital Communications and Marketing, New Jersey Theatre Alliance lgrae-hauck@njtheatrealliance.org Laurice grew up in Nebraska and Iowa. She moved to NYC to attend the American Musical Theatre and Dramatic Academy in 1999 and has called New Jersey home since 2004. She has served in many roles at regional theatres across the country. From company … Continue reading Laurice Grae-Hauck