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FY 2018 Challenge America

Laurel Alder
Grants Manager
Utah Division of Arts & Museums, State of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Rosine Bena
Founder / Artistic Director
Sierra Nevada Ballet Academy
Reno, VN

Deborah Bunting
Community Development Manager
Nebraska Arts Council
Omaha, NE

John Cusano
Arts Consultant
(Formerly the Community Development Coordinator, Connecticut Office of the Arts)
Westport, CT

Zon Eastes
Director of Outreach and Advancement
Vermont Arts Council
Montpelier, VT

Claude Elliott
Retired
(Step Afrika!)
Washington, DC

Brian Elyo
Freelance architect/designer/musician
Colorado Springs, CO

Maryo G. Ewell
Consultant
Community/Arts Development
Gunnison, CO

Kathy Foley
Director
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, WI

Mary Eileen Fouratt
Program Officer
NJ State Council on the Arts
Shrewsbury, NJ

Lucy Gafford
Program Director
Mobile Arts Council
Mobile, AL

Adrienne Harding
Program Specialist
University of the Arts Division of Continuing Studies
Wilmington, DE

Wendi Hassan
Executive Director
Cache Valley Center for the Arts
Logan, UT

Leah Horn
Director of Marketing and Communications
WESTAF
Denver, CO

Elisheba Johnson
Public Art Project Manager
Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Seattle, WA

Alison McNeil
Founder
Third Eye Cultural Collaborative
Silver Spring, MD

Gail Obenreder O'Donnell
Funding Strategist, Creative District
Wilmington Renaissance Corporation
Wilmington, DE

Sara Qureshi
Arts Integration Manager
Olney Theatre Center
Woodbine, MD

Laura Roth
Director of Development and Communications
Friedman Place
Chicago, IL

Kristina Royer
Gallery Staff
Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh, Scotland

Sarah Schmitt
Community Arts and Access Coordinator
Kentucky Arts Council
Frankfort, KY

Joy Young
Director of Programs
South Carolina Arts Commission
Columbia, NC

FY 2017 Challenge America

Deborah Bunting
Community Development Manager
Nebraska Arts Council
Omaha, NE

Gregory Burbridge
Senior Program Specialist
Atlanta Regional Commission
Atlanta, GA

Mariko Chang
Manager of Donor Services
Hawaii Theatre Center
Honolulu, HI

Bruce Davis
President & CEO
ArtsKC Regional Arts Council
Kansas City, MO

Ernest Disney-Britton
Director of Grant Services
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Nicholas Dragga
Executive Director
Ballet Lubbock
Lubbock, TX

Claude Elliott
Retired
(Step Afrika!)
Washington, DC

Maryo G. Ewell
Consultant
Community/Arts Development
Gunnison, CO

Wendi Hassan
Executive Director
Cache Valley Center for the Arts
Logan, UT

Leah Horn
Director of Marketing and Communications
WESTAF
Denver, CO

Alberto Justiniano
Artistic Director
Teatro del Pueblo
Minnesota, MN

Mary McCullough-Hudson
Retired
(ArtsWave, formerly Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts)
Cincinnati, OH

Gene Meneray
Executive Director
Louisiana Craft Guild
New Orleans, LA

Joanne Mongelli
Deputy Director
Westchester Arts Council, Inc.
Westchester, NY

Tey M. Nunn
Director and Chief Curator
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM

Thomas Philion
President & CEO
Arts Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

Michael Reyes
ALI Fellow / Program Associate
National Association of Latino Arts
and Culture
Detroit, MI

Julie A. Richard
Executive Director
Maine Arts Commission
Augusta, ME

Ova Saopeng
Associate Producer
TeAda Productions
Santa Monica, CA

Dameun Strange
Fellow – Community Innovation Associate
Bush Foundation
Saint Paul, MN

Lawrence Tamburri
Executive Director
Newark School of the Arts
Newark, NJ

Jason Tseng
Community Engagement Specialist
Fractured Atlas
New York, NY

Lindsey Tucker So
Research & Policy Associate
City of Philadelphia Office of Art, Culture
and the Creative Economy
Philadelphia, PA

Gabrielle Uballez
Executive Director
Working Classroom
Albuquerque, NM

Scott Watson
Director of Cultural Affairs
City of Charleston
Charleston, SC

FY 2016 Challenge America

Terri Aldrich
Executive Director
Minot Area Council of the Arts
Minot, ND

Nathan Owen Brown
Musician / Visual Artist / Producer
President
Juice & Jam, Inc
Seattle, WA

Wendy E. Bredehoft
Education Curator
University of Wyoming Art Museum  
Laramie, WY

Ernest Disney-Britton
Director of Grant Services
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Peter DiMuro
Executive Director
The Dance Complex
Boston, MA

Sally Dix
Director
Bravo Greater Des Moines
Des Moines, IA

Claude Elliott
Retired
(Step Afrika!)
Washington, DC

Adam Fong
Executive Director
Center for New Music
San Francisco, CA

Tatiana Gant
Executive Director
Illinois Arts Council
Chicago, IL

Tony Garcia
Executive Artistic Director
Su Teatro
Denver, CO

Jonathan Harwell-Dye
Director of Communications
Macon Arts Alliance
Macon, GA

Wendi Hassan
Community Arts & Museums Manager
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
Salt Lake City, UT

Steven Hatcher  
Folk & Traditional Arts Director
Idaho Commission on the Arts
Boise, ID

Leah Horn
Director of Marketing and Communications
Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
Denver, CO

Mary McCullough Hudson
Retired
(Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts)
Cincinnati, OH

Gavin Lawrence
Actor/Playwright
Washington, DC

Jill McGuire
Retired
(The Regional Arts Commission)
St. Louis, MO

Gene Meneray
Director, Artist Services
Arts Council of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

William Nix
President
Nix Communications Group
Delray Beach, FL

Julie Richard
Executive Director
Maine Arts Commission
Augusta, ME

Valerie Serpa
Executive Director
Churchill Arts Council
Fallon, NV

Larry Tamburri
Executive Director
Newark School of the Arts
Newark, NJ

FY 2015 Challenge America Fast-Track

Emily West Afanador
Program Manager
Oregon Folklife Network
Eugene, OR

Bruce Porter Arneill
Director/Public Art Administrator
Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission
Kansas City, MO

Wendy E. Bredehoft
Education Curator
University of Wyoming Art Museum  
Laramie, WY

FY 2014 Challenge America Fast-Track

Bruce Porter Arneill
Director/Public Art Administrator
Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission
Kansas City, MO

Bitsy Bidwell
Consultant
Bitsy Bidwell Consulting
Olympia, WA

Patrizia Cioffi
Artistic Director
Le Voce Internazionali
Montcliar, NJ

Clinton Davis
Director, Associate Professor
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Juan Dies
Executive Director
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Chicago, IL

Jenice Gharib
Program Coordinator
New Mexico Arts
Santa Fe, NM

Ruby Harper
Grants & Services Director
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Columbus, OH

Tatiana Hernandez  
Arts Associate
Knight Foundation
Miami, FL

Leah Horn
Director of Marketing and Communications
Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
Denver, CO

Asad Jafri  
Director of Arts and Culture
Inner-city Muslim Action Network
Chicago, IL

Anne E. Kingsbury
Executive Director
Woodland Pattern
Milwaukee, WI

Leia Maahs
Grants Manager and Community Cultural Development Manager
Tucson Pima Arts Council
Tucson, AZ

Matthew Martinez
Director
Northern Pueblos Institute
Santa Fe, NM

Reuben Roqueni
Program Director
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Vancouver, WA

Valerie Serpa
Executive Director
Churchill Arts Council
Fallon, NV

Richard Stein
Executive Director
Arts Orange County
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Encarnación Teruel
Director
Visual Arts, Media Arts & Multi‐Disciplinary Programs, ADA/504 Access Coordinator
Chicago, IL

Jan Webb
Executive Director
North Dakota Council on the Arts
Bismark, ND

Roseann Weiss
Director
Community Art & Public Art Initiatives, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
St. Louis, MO

Michelle Williams
Director
Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz, CA

Lynne Williamson
Director
CT Cultural Heritage Arts Program, Institute of Community Research
Hartford, CT
FY 2013

Rulon Brown
Musician / Visual Artist / Producer
Seattle, WA

Clinton Turner Davis
Director, Associate Professor
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Ann Felter
Executive Director
Early Music America
Pittsburgh, PA

Tatiana Gant
Executive Director
Illinois Arts Council
Chicago, IL

Karen Goeschko
Assistant Director for Programs and Services
Wisconsin Arts Board
Madison, WI

Eddie Granderson
Program Manager
City of Atlanta Cultural Affairs
Atlanta, GA

Monica Hairston O'Connell
Executive Director
Center for Black Music Research,
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL

Robert Hanson
Grants Program Officer
Arts and Humanities Council
of Montgomery County
Silver Spring, MD

Ruby Harper
Grants & Services Director
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Columbus, OH

Wendi Hassan
Community Arts & Museums Manager
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
Salt Lake City, UT

Tatiana Hernandez  
Arts Associate
Knight Foundation
Miami, FL

Leah Horn
Director of Marketing and Communications
Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
Denver, CO

Gavin Lawrence
Actor/Playwright
Washington, DC

Leia Maahs
Grants Manager and Community Cultural Development Manager
Tucson Pima Arts Council
Tucson, AZ

Matthew Martinez
Director
Northern Pueblos Institute
Santa Fe, NM

Gene Meneray
Director, Artist Services
Arts Council of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Joanne Mongelli
Deputy Director
Westchester Arts Council, Inc.
Westchester, NY

William Nix
President
Nix Communications Group
Delray Beach, FL

Valerie Serpa
Executive Director
Churchill Arts Council
Fallon, NV

Larry Tamburri
Executive Director
Newark School of the Arts
Newark, NJ

Encarnación Teruel
Director
Visual Arts, Media Arts
& Multi‐Disciplinary Programs
Illinois Arts Council
Chicago, IL

Brian Wagner
Community Arts Coordinator
Oregon Arts Commission
Portland, OR

Roseann Weiss
Director
Community Art & Public Art Initiatives, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
St. Louis, MO

Michelle Williams
Director
Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz, CA

FY 2013 Challenge America Fast-Track

Bruce Porter Arneill
Director/Public Art Administrator
Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission
Kansas City, MO

Bitsy Bidwell
Consultant
Bitsy Bidwell Consulting
Olympia, WA

Belena Chapp
Director, Locks Career Center for
Women in the Arts
Moore College of Art and Design
Newark, DE

Patrizia Cioffi
Artistic Director
Le Voce Internazionali
Montcliar, NJ

James M. Clark
President and CEO
LexArts
Lexington, KY

Clinton Davis
Director, Associate Professor
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

R. Scott Dodson
Vice President of Marketing
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Charleston, WV

Maryo G. Ewell
Consultant
Community/Arts Development
Gunnison, CO

Tatiana Hernandez  
Arts Associate
Knight Foundation
Miami, FL

Cinda Holt
Business Development Specialist
Montana Arts Council
Stevensville, MT

Asad Jafri  
Director of Arts and Culture
Inner-city Muslim Action Network
Chicago, IL

Suzan Jenkins
Chief Executive Officer
Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Silver Spring, MD

Diem Jones
Executive Director
Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation
Mountain View, CA

Anne E. Kingsbury
Executive Director
Woodland Pattern
Milwaukee, WI

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer
Executive Director
Queens Council on the Arts
Woodhaven, NY

Gavin Lawrence
Actor/Playwright
Guthrie Theatre
Minneapolis, MN

Lee Powell
Deputy Director
Mississippi Arts Commission
Brandon, MS
Chicago, IL

Reuben Roqueni
Program Director
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Vancouver, WA

Jon Howard Rosen
Chair
Seattle Arts Commission
Seattle, WA

Richard Stein
Executive Director
Arts Orange County
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Encarnación Teruel
Director
Visual Arts, Media Arts & Multi‐Disciplinary Programs, ADA/504 Access Coordinator
Chicago, IL

Jan Webb
Executive Director
North Dakota Council on the Arts
Bismark, ND

Michelle Williams
Director
Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz, CA