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Board of Directors

Board 2013

Chairman
Randy Osteen
Counsel to Peloton Energy Partners, LLC
Committees: Executive, Financial Sustainability (Chair)

“I have had a passion for the arts my entire life and I am a firm believer that every child should have the opportunity to experience the arts throughout their education. My daughter is a young student and I have witnessed firsthand just how important having exposure to the arts can be to a young child. I am looking forward to helping Young Audiences continue to work toward achieving our mission of bringing the arts to as many children as possible. I continue to be amazed by the vitality and energy that management and other board members bring to their work with Young Audiences and I hope to be able to contribute to such a wonderful organization.”

Vice Chairman
Alan Hoff
Managing Partner, Sellman Hoff, LLC
Committee: Major Gifts

“I am excited to join Young Audiences’ board because it attracts passionate people who want to make a difference and who want to bring artistic, emotional, and intellectual growth to the children of our community.”

Secretary
Tea Carnell
Temporarily Retired Corporate and Securities Lawyer
Committee: Government Relations

“I am investing myself in organizations, such as Young Audiences, that attend to the needs of children. I believe that the arts can both anchor a child and encourage her wings to spread. Supporting Young Audiences is a privilege.”

Treasurer
Eric M. Pripstein

Partner, Coale, Pripstein & Associates, P.A.
Committees: Executive, Finance (Chair), Board Development

“I believe education is the solution to our problems in society. We all learn differently, so each child should have the opportunity to experience the arts. It may be what works for them. I choose to dedicate time to Young Audiences to support these beliefs and to help create an education system that challenges each child’s mind and feeds their soul. Also, I enjoy being part of the Young Audiences community of board, staff, and artists. They are my friends.”

Board Members

Sheelagh M. Allston
Partner, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP
Committees: Executive, Taste the Arts (Chair)

“I am excited about the work of Young Audiences. I believe in the importance of the arts in education and think every child should have opportunities to experience the arts. Young Audiences is working hard to make this a reality. I can appreciate that much has been accomplished by Young Audiences, yet much remains to be done. I want to help with the work of Young Audiences so that the organization can continue to grow and serve as many children as possible. Being a part of Young Audiences is important to me because music, visual, and performing arts played a prominent role in my childhood and education and I enjoy working with people who are full of creative energy and recognize the importance of arts programming in education.”

Lisa Arnesen
Senior Director of HR Operations, Erickson Living
Committee: Taste the Arts

“I have always had an interest in the arts and I love the notion of affording all children the advantage of having access to it. Since I have many educators in my family, it is particularly interesting to me how art can be used to help with the learning process.”

Bill Buckner
Director, Organizational Development, Annie E. Casey Strategic Consulting Group
Committees: Executive, Government Relations, Board Development (Chair)

“I have recently relocated to the Maryland area and have finally settled down. This is now becoming home. As such, I have an interest in investing some of my time and resources towards making this a better place to live and work. Serving through YAMD enables me to blends three of my interests; (1) helping children, (2) the arts, and (3) improving education. I have actively served children in several capacities dating back to college and this is central to my professional life at the Casey Foundation. Although I do not perform, I am a lover of the arts and have supported and been members of both large and small art companies and supported mainstream and lesser known local artists. Finally, improving life outcomes through education is my passion.”

Candice Buckner
Interior Designer
Committee: Financial Sustainability

“I have, over the last 19 years, devoted myself to many different projects and programs which touch children’s lives. I am particularly interested in programs that introduce less fortunate children to new ideas that may serve as a spark for a brighter future for them. I was very excited to learn about YAMD because I could relate to the arts programs, because it was through the arts that I found my path from engineering to interior design. I want to help strengthen the work of YAMD – exposing more children to the arts, helping them to gain both a greater appreciation for the arts and find their true passion and calling.”

Brett Frazier
Senior Vice President – Business Development, Online Learning Services, Pearson Education

“As a young person, I had the benefit of being exposed to many different extra-curricular activities that made me who I am today: band, speech & debate, choir, art. These “non-academic” endeavors were crucial to my personal and professional development, and make me who I am today as an adult, husband and business leader. Professionally, I have been working in the education space for more than 15 years now, having been in leadership roles at several different education companies. I have seen firsthand how the arts and extra-curricular activities have been virtually eliminated from many schools. I firmly believe that we are doing a disservice to children, families and society by eliminating options for children to express themselves and learn through exposure to – and integration of – the arts in our schools. I view this opportunity with YAMD as a great way for me to begin giving back to the community and to the institutions that I care so deeply about.”

Denise Galambos
VP of Human Resources, BGE

“I love the mission and the cause!”

Dr. Nancy Kass
Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

“I love YAMD and have been involved peripherally for years. I cannot begin to express the importance of connecting young people to the arts. I think art is a way to communicate gently. It’s not only what art brings to learning or development, it’s a way to communicate gently in classrooms. Many classrooms are not what one might describe as gentle. I think art forces more gentleness…”

Barbara Kesler
Retired Teacher
Committee: Financial Sustainability

“Having watched the impact of the arts during many years as a classroom teacher, I have seen the enthusiasm, connection, and discovery brought about by various creative and cultural art forms. It is imperative to reach every child, while employing multiple modalities of learning. Young Audiences brings a lively, inclusive education into schools in order to reach children who might not have yet found their passion. To be a part of this process brings a feeling of pride and empowerment to my life and helps me feel connected to improving the education of our future.”

Sarah Maher
Tax Manager, Ellin & Tucker

“I have always been an “audience” of the arts and find it time well spent for what I take from the experience. I think this organization is doing a great thing by introducing and engaging young children in the arts, and allowing them to find another avenue for learning.”

Cecil Martin
Partner, McGuire Woods, LLP
Committee: Financial Sustainability

“Having experienced the benefit of arts integration in my own education, I know first-hand how programs, such as Young Audiences’, can enrich the lives of students and open new worlds by connecting with them in ways that rote learning simply cannot. As a father of three children, I recognize that there is a lot of competition for their time and attention. I am excited to be a part of an organization that works to make learning both more interesting and effective.”

Julie Medalis
Ideation and Marketing Research Consultant, Brain Pot Pie
Committee: Financial Sustainability

“I know the arts have the power to make kids smarter, less stressed, and more self-aware and self-confident (for example, my childhood efforts in music built confidence from performing, “brain wiring” from memorizing a piece, and math/logic skills from learning complex rhythms). I hate that our culture today strictly chases test scores, stats, and the 3 Rs, yet marginalizes multisensory/arts experiences that are proven to impact those very goals. YA is doing yeoman’s work. We have enormous potential to become more known, used, and valued across the state. I’m eager to help.”

Suzanne B. Owens
Administrator, Anne Arundel County Public Schools Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Extended Day Program
Committee: Government Relations

“I believe that Young Audiences provides top quality artists with training in educational standards that can make a difference in the lives our young students. I am honored to be considered for membership on the Young Audiences of Maryland Board and hope that my experiences in arts integrations and arts-in-education can be of value to the group.”

Catherine Pierre
Director of Communications, Johns Hopkins University

“I’ve seen my own children transformed by the arts – both as creators and spectators. Not only do they enjoy it, but participating in the arts teaches them creativity, focus, problem-solving, and empathy. I believe deeply that all kids deserve the opportunity to engage in the arts, and I am very excited to support an organization that shares that belief and makes it happen.”

Kiati Plooksawasdi
Lead Business Analyst of Strategic Systems and Business Operations, Constellation
Committee: Taste the Arts

“Young Audiences is an organization that I can connect with, where I see the value and positive impact they are making to the community through the arts. I have a passion for the arts and it is a great way to leverage my skills and experiences to help an organization grow while providing a source for me to get more involved in my passion. Young Audiences is also a great way for me to give back to the community through my involvement in a way that also inspires me to go beyond the normal day-to-day activities of everyday work.”

Thomas J. Sessa
Attorney, HERMAN, SESSA & DORSEY, LLC
Committees: Executive, Major Gifts (Chair)

“I was fortunate to be introduced to the arts at a young age and it has resulted in a lifelong appreciations for the arts. I believe that similar opportunities should be offered and in the age of shrinking school budgets for non-core courses, YAMD fills a truly valuable need.”

Chris Wallace
Retired Speech-Language Pathologist
Committee: Government Relations

“I am interested in the education of children. Young Audiences facilitates the enhancement of the school experience through the arts which is key to any long-term learning experience. Young Audiences’ focus on giving teachers the tools to continue using the arts in the curriculum is essential for the success of both Young Audiences and the school programs. I am excited that Young Audiences is now bringing this experience to children in preschool.”

John C. Williams
Associate Relationship Manager, The PNC Financial Services Group
Committees: Finance, Investment, Financial Sustainability

“As a long time appreciator of the arts and believer in the need for better education in our youth, I was delighted to discover an organization like Young Audiences that effectively merges the cause for both interests. I strongly believe impacting education in our youth is the gateway for long-term change, and the use of the arts to make that impact even in non-art subjects fascinates me. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Young Audiences board of directors in helping advance this mission.”

Lois Mark, Emeritus
Retired Consultant, Baltimore Development Corp.
Committees: Major Gifts, Board Development, Taste the Arts

“I believe that the variety of arts-in-education experiences provided by Young Audiences enhance the lives of Maryland students in many important ways. These experiences serve to delight and expand minds, increase self-confidence, and stimulate creativity and self-knowledge.”

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Board Committees

We welcome you to become involved with Young Audiences by volunteering your time to one of our Board committees; you do not have to be a Board member to serve. Working together, we can ensure that the arts play an essential role in the education and development of Maryland’s youth. Learn how you can get involved by emailing us.