Professional Experience

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Associate & Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, The Ohio State University, 2021-2022.
  • Graduate Research Associate, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, Dr. Rachel Skaggs, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2020 – 2021.
    Grant from OSU Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme to study effect of COVID-19 on artists through interviews and literature review. Findings contributed to the development questions included in future Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) surveys.
  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2017 – 2019.
    Taught AE5684 Arts Participation, Cultural Literacy, and Audience Development and co-taught AE5682 Nonprofit Art Institutions, Governance and Board Leadership.
  • Executive Director, VSA Ohio, Columbus, OH, 9/2009 – 9/2019.
    Statewide nonprofit organizational executive for accessible and inclusive arts and arts education opportunities for people with disabilities and their support networks. Directed all aspects of nonprofit organizational operations, programming, and development. Oversaw national rebranding, developed new initiatives, raised national profile, increased sustainability, changed perceptions of disability through creativity.
  • Executive Director, Operations and Development, VSA arts of Ohio, 4/2008 – 9/2009.
    Oversaw statewide nonprofit operations, board engagement, human resources, grant writing, development, financial management, communications, and information technology.
  • Research Assistant, Education Department, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC, 9/2005 – 8/2006.
    Not-for-profit education and social policy research and technical assistance firm. Provided qualitative research support (data collection, management, analysis, presentation, literature review) for multiple projects including comprehensive school improvement plan market analysis and assessing high school graduation rates post project intervention.
  • Program Assistant, Partners in Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 11/2003 – 3/2005.
    Nationwide network of education and community partnerships supporting professional development in the arts. Dispensed technical support to program director, network, contractors, artists, institutional offices. Responsible for logistics of annual, 250-person conference; developed publications content; processed statewide grants; maintained financial books, reports, forecasts.
  • Prospect Researcher, The Bonner Group, Washington, DC, 2006.
    Research donor prospects for progressive non-profit and Democratic political fundraising firm.
  • Senior Student Manager, Associated Students Soft Reserves, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 9/2000 – 6/2003.
    University office providing literature and other resources for professors/courses. Acquired reproduction rights, prepared materials for printing, supervised 12 employees, reconciled daily finances, provided customer service.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, The Ohio State University, Suicide Prevention Program REACH Training, 2019, 2021.
  • CITI Program Training, Social and Behavioral, Human Subjects Protection & Responsible Conduct of Research, August 2019.
  • Certified Tourism Ambassador, Greater Columbus, 2016 – present.
  • Basic Building Blocks, tax preparation skills & corporate training, H&R Block; 2008/09.

Consultation Activities

  • Research Assistant, Dr. James H. Sanders III, The Ohio State University, 2013.
    Collected longitudinal data on state and district policy key word incidence in support of Dr. Sanders’ book, Disciplining Eros: Exploring (homo)Sexual Subject through Art Education (2018).
  • Intern and Special Projects Consultant, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Policy and Analysis, 2007.
    Smithsonian network’s research and evaluation office. Collaborated with staff in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and presentation for visitor and program participant experiences.
  • Intern, Office of Government Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, 2003.
    Provided clerical, communication, and event support in the Office’s efforts to educate legislators and public about NEA mission and impact; visited legislators; National Heritage Fellowships ceremony.
  • Research Assistant, Dr. Katherine Antonovics, University of California San Diego, Economics, 2002.
    Supported study of living wages and employment in San Diego metro region through communications and qualitative interviews with local business owners.
  • Research Assistant, Dr. Mary Vidal, University of California, San Diego, Art History, 2003.
    Acquired images, contacts, and publication rights for 19th century art works for a future publication.