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James E. Modrick, Executive Director since 2012
Mr. Modrick is an arts administrator who has built a professional career that combines organization management experience, knowledge of public policy processes, and a passion for learning. He has published and presented papers that explore the role of the arts in education through policy and practice focusing on the topics of creativity, leadership, politics, and accessibility of the arts. His research interests include nonprofit arts management, governance, and arts education policy issues. Modrick currently encourages inclusive and strategic practice as principal consultant for JEM Consulting after serving as Vice President of Affiliate and Education Services for VSA arts, an international nonprofit committed to advancing the arts in the lives and learning of people with disabilities. Prior to this, he was Director of Membership for the National Art Education Association, the largest professional association supporting visual art educators in the United States, and Accreditation Specialist for the National Office for Arts Accreditation in each of the four arts disciplines: art and design, music, theatre, and dance (NASAD, NASM, NAST, and NASD). For many years he held a seat on the Steering Committee for the Washington, DC-based Arts Education Partnership, and is a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Panel for the Maryland State Department of Education.
Paco José Madden, Development Director since 2010
Paco has worked in theater and arts education for over fifteen years. Previously, Paco was employed as the Director of Development at Washington Shakespeare Company (WSC) in Arlington, VA, where he managed grants, fundraisers, and special events. He has also worked as the Program Associate at Young Playwrights Theater (YPT) in Washington, DC and as the Program Director at Inside Out Community Arts (IOCA) in Venice, CA. He managed a six figure grant from the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation while at YPT and wrote grants and reports for the NEA, Meyer, Cafritz and other funders. In his free time, Paco is a dramatist, theater producer, and speculative fiction writer. He has had his work presented in venues across the country and received grants and won awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His play, Pioneer on the Trail of Tears, is published by Brooklyn Publishers.
Claire Schwadron, Project Youth ArtReach since 2003
Claire has been the Director of Project Youth ArtReach since 2003. She is a national leader and innovator in arts-in-corrections, and has been a speaker on various panels regarding arts-in-criminal justice. Her paper, "Cultural Diversity in Arts in Corrections," was shared at the national "Community Arts Convening" conference in Monterey, CA in 2009. Claire has received numerous awards for outstanding service and recognition from the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Montgomery County Council, and the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation; in fall 2012 she received the Education award from the Montgomery County Executive for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and taught art and photography in Chicago and Washington, D.C., area high schools.
Christina Walton, Office Administrator since 2013
Christina is a well-seasoned office administration professional, specializing in focusing on details and creating inspired solutions to everyday issues. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Ecology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and has worked as Business Management Consultant for a Public Charter School in Washington, DC, Office Manager for New York City’s Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and as the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration at Greater Homewood Community Corporation in Baltimore, MD. She feels her skills are best utilized to help make an impact in the lives of marginalized populations. While her professional skill set is primarily office administration, bookkeeping, event planning and facilities planning/management, Christina’s artistic side lends itself to creating innovative and imaginative solutions to everyday business challenges.
Liz Wheeler, Outreach Director since 2006
Liz is a retired teacher from the Family Education/Early Intervention Dept. of the Maryland School for the Deaf. She is a past PTA cultural arts chair. Liz currently volunteers as the Vice President, Administration of the Montgomery Co. Council of PTAs and is District Committee Vice Chair for Cub Scout programs for the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.
TBD, Outreach Coordinator