Professional Experience

Graduate Research Associate, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy, Dr. Rachel Skaggs, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2020 – 2022
Grants from OSU Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme and National Endowment for the Arts to study acute and longitudinal effects of COVID-19 on artists through interviews and literature review. Findings presented in myriad publications and conferences, and used to develop questions for Strategic National Arts Alumni Project surveys.

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, Dr. James H. Sanders III, Art Education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Collected longitudinal data on state and district policy key word incidence in support of Sanders’ book, Disciplining Eros: Exploring (homo)Sexual Subject through Art Education (2018).

Graduate Assistant and Coordinator, LeFevre Art Gallery, The Ohio State University, Newark, OH
9/2007 – 6/2008
Implemented quarterly exhibitions, openings, and supplemental activities for the Gallery in the lobby of LeFevre Hall at OSU Newark. Conducted routine administration, communications, marketing, supply management, budget, space preparation, events.

Intern and Special Projects Consultant, Office of Policy and Analysis, Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian network’s research and evaluation office. Collaborated on qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and presentation for visitor and program participant experiences at Freer Sackler Museum, National Postal Museum, Young Ambassadors Program.

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.

Intern, Office of Government Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
Provided clerical, communication, event support in Office’s work to educate legislators and public about NEA mission and impact; visited legislators; National Heritage Fellowships ceremony.

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.

Research Assistant, Dr. Mary Vidal, Department of Art History, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Acquired images, contacts, publication rights for 19th century art works for Dr. Vidal’s publications.

Research Assistant, Dr. Katherine Antonovics, Department of Economics, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Supported study of living wages and employment in San Diego metro region through communications and qualitative interviews with local business owners.