ASN ESSENTIAL STANDING COMMITTEES

Executive Committee has the authority to act on behalf of the board and membership between convening.

Chair: ASN Board President, Kyle Wedberg, New Orleans, LA

Members: ASN Officers of the Board of Directors
President: Kyle Wedberg, New Orleans, LA
1st Vice President: Teren Shaffer, President and CEO, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA
2nd Vice President: LaShawn Frost, Ed.D., Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL
Treasurer: Sandra Parks, Director of Arts, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Secretary: Jason Patera, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Head of School, Chicago, IL
Immediate Past President: Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX

 

Governance Committee educates, evaluates, and recruits board members; leadership succession planning; and bylaws.

Chair: ASN 2nd Vice President, LaShawn Frost, Ed.D., Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL

Members: Pamela Jordan, President, Idyllwild Arts Academy; Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX; John Lawler, CEO, P.S. Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Marly Parker, Arts Integration Specialist/Drama Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, Waterbury, CT; Melinda Ronayne, Director of Visual Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI

 

Finance and Audit Committee carries out the fiduciary responsibility and fiscal health of the organization.

Chair: ASN Treasurer, Sandra Parks, Director of Arts, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT

Members: ASN Board President, Kyle Wedberg, New Orleans, LA; ASN 1st Vice President Teren Shaffer, President/CEO, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA; ASN 2nd Vice President, LaShawn Frost, Ed.D., Principal, Booker Middle School, Sarasota, FL


ASN AD HOC COMMITTEES

Arts Leadership Committee creates, modifies, and develops leadership certificate program for K-12 leaders and educators and also engages the ASN membership to be valuable members of the arts learning ecosystem providing opportunities for leaders to shine and improve the future of ASN. By turning to informed opinion leaders in their field of expertise, ASN gains trusted sources to move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turning ideas into reality and knowing and showing how to replicate success. 

Chair: Drew Williams Ed.D, Principal, Utah Arts Academy, St. George, UT

Members: Jason Patera, Head of School, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL; Timothy Farson, Principal, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA; Bradford Hill, Ph.D., Director, Curriculum & Instruction, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL; Vee Popat, Director, Fine Arts Center of Greenville County Schools, South Carolina; Dr. Ashley Stone, Recruitment Specialist, College of Fine Arts, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Garry Williams, Dean of Arts Conservatories, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, Texas

 

Membership Services + Resources Committee identifies membership needs and provides resources to meet those needs.

Chair: Melinda Ronayne, Director of Visual Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
 

Members: John Lawler, CEO, P.S. Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Peter Castillo, Executive Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver, CO; Kim Wilson, Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum Institute, Rock Hill, SC; Sharla Kaczar, Principal, The Studio School, Northglenn, CO, Ahava Silkey-Jones, Vice Provost | School of Creative Arts, Entertainment and Design, Dallas College, Dallas, TX; Allison Ball, Arts Consultant, Rhode Island; Marly Parker, Arts Integration Specialist/Drama Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, Waterbury, CT; Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, NYU Tisch School Of The Arts, New York, NY

 

Past Presidents – Awards + Recognitions Committee honors ASN member schools, administrators, teachers, and community partners, highlighting their exceptional dedication, creativity, and efforts to improve arts education. 

Chair: Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX

Members: Past Presidents: Pamela Jordan, President and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, Idyllwild, CA., Jackie Cornelius, Executive Director, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation, Jacksonville, FL; Denise Davis-Cotton, Ed.D., Ed.S., MA, Founder Detroit School of Arts, PAInT Coordinator, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, FL; Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., President and Executive Director, Orange County School of the Arts, CA; Catherine Thompson, Retired Arts Leader, District of Niagara Academy for the Arts, ON, Canada; Mitzi Yates Lizarraga, Retired Principal, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts; John Otis, Retired Principal, NOCCA, New Orleans, LA; Bill Loman, Retired Principal, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA
 

Conference Committee evaluates the national conference to bring together the most innovative, informative, and inquisitive to network, share, learn, and recognize excellence.

Chair: Teren Shaffer, President and CEO, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Santa Ana, CA

Members:  Susan Thorton, Assistant Principal, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Las Vegas, NV; Brad Hill, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL; William Kohut, Educational Events Manager, ASN

 

Exemplary Schools Committee promotes quality in arts education by acknowledging the values embraced by member schools. Those schools that submit an application for recognition and meet ASN’s criteria for exemplary practice are awarded an Exemplary School designation, symbolizing their commitment to excellence.

Chair: Peter Castillo, Executive Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Denver, CO

Members: Marly Parker, Arts Integration Specialist & Drama Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, Waterbury, CT; Kim Wilson, Director, Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Institute, Rock Hill, SC; Timothy Farson, Principal, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, CA

 

Marketing Committee

Chair: Phil Miller, Artistic Director, The School of Arts and Enterprise, Pomona, CA

Members: Dr. Scott Rudes, Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX; Thomas Schultheis, Teaching Artist, Long Beach, CA; W. Briant Williams III, Ed.D., Principal, Rainey-McCullers School of The Arts, Columbus, GA; Meredith Leighty, Principal, Belmer School of Integrated Arts, Lakewood, Colorado; Dr. Darla S. Hanley, Dean of Professional Education, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA