Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN: Abel Lopez
Associate Producing Director – GALA Hispanic Theatre
PO Box 43209
Washington D.C. 20010

VICE-CHAIR: Rosie Gordon-Wallace
Founding Executive Director
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator
3938 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127-2918

Caitlin Strokosch

PRESIDENT & CEO: Caitlin Strokosch
National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network
PO Box 56698
New Orleans, LA 70156-6698

TREASURER: Shannon Daut
City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
1224 Washington Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Executive Director
651 Arts
1000 Dean Street, Suite 232
Brooklyn, NY   11238

John White

John B. White, Esq.
InHouse Consultants, Inc.
4622 Bienville Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

John has extensive experience surrounding construction and alternative energy development litigation in the New Orleans area as well as hands on experience working with and in small businesses.  He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and the United States Tax Court. John attended the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review and his studies focused on public interest law including fair housing, disability law, government oversight of medical facilities, prison reform, and responsible corporate governance. Additionally, John is a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and former student representative to the Washington Project for the Arts board of directors.

Leticia Bajuyo

Leticia Bajuyo
Associate Professor of Art
Hanover College
310 Broadway Street
Madison, TN   47250

Leticia Bajuyo received her M.F.A. in 2001 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her B.F.A. in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame.  She is a Professor of Art at Hanover College where she is presently on leave from while she returns to Notre Dame as a visiting faculty member till May 2017. A member of the board of governors for the Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, a 2012 Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Program Grant recipient, and a 2012 Visual Artists Network Exhibition residency and grant recipient, Bajuyo has had recent solo exhibitions at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, Indiana; at Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and at Women & Their Work Gallery, Austin, Texas. Recent group exhibitions include Space Landscape, HEREart Gallery, New York, New; Transmission at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; and Finders Keepers at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. Recent projects include installing a permanent, site-specific, suspended sculpture for the South Bend Museum of Art and traveling to Baku, Azerbaijan to participate in residency and exhibition titled From Waste to Art.

Jevon Collins
Performing Arts Program Director
King Arts Complex
867 Mount Vernon Avenue
Columbus, OH 43203

Olga Garay-English
600 West Avenue #46
Los Angeles, CA   90065

Stephanie McKee
Artistic Director
Junebug Productions, Inc.
PO Box 2331
New Orleans, LA   70176


Joanie Osato

Joan K. Osato
Producting Director
Youth Speaks, Inc./The Living Word Project
1663 Mission Street, Suite 604
San Francisco, CA 94103

Abe Rybeck

Abe Rybeck
Executive Artistic Director
The Theater Offensive
565 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116

As founder and artistic director of The Theater Offensive, Abe’s main work is uniting artists, neighbors, community groups and local businesses to collaborate on OUT performance work in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and the South End. Programs Abe founded include True Colors: Out Youth Theater; A Street Theater Named Desire; an AIDS-activist guerrilla theater troupe performing in gay cruising areas; Come As You Are, a national performance series to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising; the band Adult Children of Heterosexuals, for which he was lead singer; and the OUT on the Edge Queer Theater Festival. Collaborating across cultures and generations to create performance work is Abe’s favorite part of his job. He won the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award for musical theater for his collaboration on the book of True Colors alumna Melissa Li’s Surviving the Nian. Abe was declared one of the “Heeb 100” progressive Jewish world cultural leaders. He is proud to have received several awards from his peers in the community.

Michele Steinwald

Michèle Steinwald
Community Engagement Consultant
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Since retiring as a dancer/choreographer, Michèle Steinwald has managed performing arts projects and professional development programs for On the Boards (Seattle), New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project (Boston), DanceUSA (DC), and the Deborah Hay Dance Company (Austin). She joined the Walker Art Center in October 2006 to manage a third of their performing arts season and co-curate Momentum: New Dance Works. She is an active supporter the local contemporary dance scene.
(photo credit: Megan Mayer)

Harold Steward

Harold Steward
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 South Fitzhugh
Dallas, TX 75210

Samuel Valdez

Samuel Valdez
Artistic Director
CARPA San Diego
1033 51st Street
San Diego, CA 92114

Samuel Valdez (PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR/PERFORMER) graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 with a B.A. degree in theater arts, emphasis in directing.  He has directed a large number of Latino plays such as ROOSTERS by Milcha Sanchez Scott, THE CONDUCT OF LIFE by Maria Irene Fornes, and THE GUITARRON by Lynne Alvarez. As a playwright he has also directed and produced several of his individual works to include SOY YO/IT’S ME, P13-VIVE, AMBOS/BOTH (Co-directed with Dora Arreola), and most recently OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE, written and performed in collaboration with Andrea Assaf under the direction of Dora Arreola. His upcoming project is creating a one-man-show speaking about the creation and development of mankind and how he as a Latino man with a cerebral palsy fits into it. In the past he has served in a grant review panel for the California Arts Council, as a board member for the Centro Cultural de la Raza, and been an active arts community liaison in San Diego for many years. Currently he is a member of The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), Alternate Roots, and The Los Angeles Latino Theater Alliance. Valdez is always looking for new ways to intrigue audience members through his artistic work.

Will Wilkins

Will K. Wilkins
Executive Director
Real Art Ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Will K. Wilkins is the executive director of Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut. Real Art Ways is a dynamic center for visual arts, cinema, performing arts and social connection, with a cash reserve, diversified revenues, and a broad base of support. Wilkins has served on multiple grant review panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts (8 times), the Wallace Foundation, the LEF Foundation; his board service includes the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), the Roberts Foundation, and the National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network.

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