Emelie Borello is an instructor at Colorado State University for the LEAP Institute for the Arts, as well as a recent graduate from LEAP Master’s program. She has a strong background in management, human resources, and project planning as well as a decade of experience as a director and designer in the local Fort Collins community theatre. In addition to teaching, Emelie is working to create collaborative arts projects within the community, and looking toward pursing a doctoral program in sociology of arts and celebration in the near future.
Sandy Ceas is a nomadic New Englander who settled in the foothills of Colorado to practice her art and to teach at a number of Colorado universities about the value of art in cultural production. Ceas has a Master’s of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), California in New Genres and a Master’s of Art in Humanities from the University of Denver Colorado with an emphasis on Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. She has taught at SFAI, Colorado Christian University, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Metropolitan State University, Vermont College and the Art Institutes in both Colorado and Oregon.
The art practice of social engagement through the vehicle of art production and encounter has been Ceas’ forte. She has organized boundary crossing art programs to open dialogue in various cultures as a means to social change. Some of her endeavors include Juarez, Mexico during heavy cartel wars, Morocco, North Africa to connect young Christians and Muslims in conversation about amity, and New York Intercity projects for community building. In addition to leading these events, Ceas has presented at international conferences about art and social justice, art and spirituality, and art as cultural production. Her most recent colloquium was at the Palestinian Diaspora Conference in Bethlehem, Palestine, 2015. Ceas’ aim is to cultivate young college age students to comprehend the agency of art to promote education and foster solidarity.
Min Cho holds a Ph.D. in Art Education with a specialization in Arts Administration, a master’s degree in Arts Administration, and a Program Evaluation certificate from The Florida State University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Tufts University. Prior to joining LEAP, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in museums, galleries, community arts programs, and state-wide funding organizations. Her life passions revolve around the arts, education, critical thinking, and business and as a result, her teaching incorporates aspects of all those components to provide a more holistic learning experience.
Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Coordinator of Internships
Florida State University
As a previous intern at the Central City Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler understands well the value internships hold for arts management students’ professional development. His passion for students and their internship experiences in arts management inspires his research, published by American Journal of Arts Management and the International Journal of Arts Management. Most recently, Dr. Cuyler contributed to an amicus brief to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of Eric Glatt regarding the infamous Fox Searchlight Pictures case. Previous to joining the LEAP faculty as instructor for Internship and Internship Seminar, Dr. Cuyler held faculty positions at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), American University, and Purchase College, SUNY. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Arts Administration & Coordinator of Internships at Florida State University where he also earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Arts Administration.
Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Patrick Ebewo holds a PhD in Theatre Studies and is a Professor and Head of the Department of Drama and Film at Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa. He has taught at universities in Nigeria, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana. Prof. Ebewo is very active in research and has published extensively in the areas of African theatre and development communication; applied theatre, culture and film studies. He is a Rated-Researcher, a title conveyed on him by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF).
Ebewo has published five books and edited four volumes. He has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters. He won the Tshwane University of Technology’s “Researcher of the Year Award” in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, respectively. Prof Ebewo has delivered Keynote Addresses at international conferences in Africa and Europe. He was the Convener of the First ever Faculty of the Arts International Conference on Arts and Sustainable Development, which was held at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa in June 2011. . He is a member of several academic organizations including the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and African Theatre Association (AfTA).
University of Westminster
In 2014, Aimee Fullman joined the University of Westminster as the founding Programme Director/Principal Lecturer of an online MA/Diploma and Certificate in International Cultural Relations. She grew up in the arts as a dancer, musician and creative writer and for over 15 years, she has worked in international cultural policy, and arts/nonprofit administration as a researcher and practitioner with a focus on international cultural engagement, cultural development and cultural diversity. Professional experiences include working in the U.S. (Americans for the Arts, American University, Center for Arts and Culture, Council on Foundations, Harvard University and Foundation Center/Sustain Arts, Institute for International Education, National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Sister Cities and Wolf-Brown), Canada (Canadian Heritage), Europe (British Council and UNESCO) and the Middle East (American Voices in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon).
Aimee is a US-based U40 Cultural Diversity fellow, Board member of the Dance Construction Company and has been an invited speaker in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. She particularly enjoys engaging with students and has guest lectured at institutions including Carleton University, Goldsmiths’ University of London, New York University, Syracuse University and American University where she was a lecturer.
Her research focuses on international cultural engagement and cultural diplomacy, comparative cultural policy, cultural diversity and the societal value of arts and culture. Service to the field includes grant panel experience for international arts, education and student scholarships with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Institute for International Education and as a qualifying reader (bilingual) for the Fund for Cultural Diversity at UNESCO. Since 2014, she has served as a mentor for National Arts Strategies.
Aimee holds a BA in International Relations and Dance from George Washington University and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (public policy, nonprofit management, international cultural policy) from George Mason University. For additional info including publications, please visit http://www.westminster.ac.uk/ about-us/our-people/directory/aimee-fullman or www.aimeefullman.com.
Brea Heidelberg holds a Ph.D. in Art Education and a master’s degree in Arts Policy and Administration from the Ohio State University, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and International Area Studies from Drexel University. Her areas of expertise are Performing and Visual Arts Management, Public Policy and the Arts and Program Development and Evaluation. Before joining the faculty at Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts she held teaching positions at The Ohio State University.
Bruce has worked in grass roots community engagement and organizing for more than 40 years in the US and in third world countries. He has managed volunteer advocacy programs and designed and delivered in-service volunteer field training in various human service fields including the Educational Development Corporation’s experimental primary school science curriculum in Kenya, the training of migrant farmworker consumer advisory boards for state migrant health programs in five Midwestern states and the development of a native crafts cooperative on the Blackfeet Reservation and a satellite community health clinic on the Rocky Boys Reservation in Montana. He is also a founding member of and the first editor for New Mexicans for Quality Long Term Care (NMQLTC), a grass roots statewide organization of family members advocating for the improvement of quality of care issues for residents in nursing homes. Working as the chief strategist for NMQLTC, he participated in the drafting of and the lobbying for the successful passage of legislation to set minimum staffing standards in New Mexico nursing homes.
In a five year stint as a journalist for the Union County Leader, a regional newspaper in northeastern New Mexico, he did in-depth and investigative reporting on topics ranging from local and state politics and government to regional environmental issues and community arts and culture. He is a nine time winner of the E.H. Schaffer award for writing from the New Mexico Press Association.
Bruce has an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles and a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from Kansas State University. He has previously taught at New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College in New Mexico. He has been a performing singer/songwriter in the Americana genre since saving for his first Sears and Roebucks guitar as a teenager.
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Kerry McCall has worked professionally in the arts for over 20 years and brings this expertise to her teaching as a Lecturer in Arts & Cultural Management in the Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. A founding co-editor of the Irish Journal for Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Kerry recently organized the Mapping an Altered Landscape: cultural policy and management in Ireland since 2008, with colleagues in University College, Dublin. Kerry sits on the Steering Committee for the National Campaign for the Arts and chairs the Research Working Group of this advocacy centered, not for profit organization. Prior to teaching, Kerry was Director of The Sculptors’ Society of Ireland (now Visual Artists Ireland), and was a founding editor of Printed Project, a critical journal for contemporary thought on art and culture. She continues to be actively engaged with current arts practice at a research and consultancy level and provides professional practice expertise for artists and resource organizations. Actively, pursuing Doctoral studies at the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship in Goldsmiths University of London, Kerry’s research interests include cultural value, taste, cultural participation and cultural event management.
Janice McFadden is serving as the LEAP office coordinator. She has been working in higher education for more than 25 years and has been at CSU for most of that time. Janice holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver. She lives in Fort Collins with her family and enjoys camping, gardening and beading. Janice loves working with students from all walks of life and is committed to helping them be successful in their academic careers and beyond.
Bryce Merrill, Ph.D.
Cultural Policy Director, Biennial of the Americas
Music Programs Manager, Bohemian Foundation
Bryce Merrill is an arts research and cultural policy scholar. A director at Biennial of the Americas, Bryce has led a national arts and creative economy data project for cities and states throughout the US. He has consulted with governmental and nonprofit organizations on using data to create policies and programs for advancing the arts. Bryce has published his research widely in academic and popular outlets. He is a co-author of the textbook Understanding Society through Popular Music (Routledge) and co-editor of The Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism (Franco Angeli, Italy) and Interactionists Take on Popular Music (Emerald). He has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder and is an associate faculty for the Intercultural Communications Department at Royal Roads University in Canada and a Research Fellow at the Texas State Center for Social Inquiry. For more information about the Biennial of the Americas, click here.
Margaret Miller is special assistant professor of viola and coordinator of the Graduate Quartet Program at CSU. She teaches viola, chamber music literature and coaches both undergraduate and graduate ensembles. Ms. Miller is also on the faculty of the LEAP Institute for the Arts at CSU, a multi-disciplinary program that gives students tools to be successful musicians after they graduate.
Christine Pelletier is the Patron Services/Administrative Associate/Education Coordinator for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, which includes the production and design of season programs, ticketing, and educational outreach. She is also adjunct faculty at Colorado State University for the LEAP Institute for the Arts. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance from the University of Dayton, a Master of Music in French Horn Performance from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts Leadership and Administration from Colorado State University. Christine has previously worked as an event planning consultant for Ascend at Colorado State University, the Communications Coordinator for the Colorado State University Middle School Outreach Ensemble, a project manager for the exhibit CSU Meets Africa at the Global Village Museum in Fort Collins, Colorado, and a graduate teaching assistant at Colorado State University and Arizona State University. She has also performed with ensembles including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and various chamber groups.
Jack A. Rogers
General Manager, The Lincoln Center
Jack has worked in the performing arts for over 24 years. During that time he has been an artist, and advocate, a tour manager, a festival producer, a venue director, and worn countless other hats. Jack received his BFA in Acting with a minor in dance and a concentration in music from Long Island University at CW Post. Jack has received multiple awards for his performance work both professionally and academically. He received his MPA in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. As an advocate, Jack served as Vice President of Programming for the Georgia Arts Network, the state’s official arts advocacy organization. Jack has served as a juror on programming committees for the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies, Georgia Presenters, and the Southern Arts Federation’s Performing Arts Exchange. Jack’s interests include multi-disciplinary collaboration, event management-safety and security, advocacy, and performing arts programming. Jack is a member of Actor’s Equity of America, Americans for the Arts, the International Association of Venue Managers, and the Western Arts Alliance. Jack currently provides administrative, artistic, and operational leadership to The Lincoln Center, a multi-venue events facility and Northern Colorado’s largest performing arts presenter.
Keum Roling, an affiliate faculty member for LEAP, is the Head of Marketing & Communications for Casting Workbook which is a global leader in the development and design of online casting software. The fully integrated system is used directly by actors, agents, casting directors, producers, studios and networks – designed to boost the casting process to the next level.
Prior to Casting Workbook, he worked as the Global PR & Communications Manager for BDO, Corporate Brand & Communication Manager for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Quality Improvement Consultant for the National Health Service in London and he was a Producer within the creative industry across Asia and Europe. He is also the Marketing Jury Member at The Shorty Awards, an On Purpose Fellow, and a guest speaker at various universities.
Keum, a Dutch national, has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Cyprus, South Korea, United Kingdom, Belgium and is currently living in Vancouver, BC, in Canada.
Michelle Stanley Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music, Flute
Dr. Michelle Stanley is assistant professor of Music at Colorado State University where she teaches flute and chamber music and classes for the LEAP program. Michelle is a regular performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. From early music to new music, Michelle is a passionate performer and strong advocate of the musical arts. As a dedicated teacher she has an active and successful university flute studio and has enjoyed giving masterclasses from China to the U.S. She has performed in throughout the U.S. and in Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, and Italy.
Michelle is the second flutist/piccolo player with the Colorado Ballet orchestra and is a regular performer in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has presented and performed for the National Flute Convention (2012 Las Vegas, 1999 Atlanta), College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Colorado Music Educators Association conference (2010, 2013), and Music Teachers National Association state and national conferences. She has performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and spent five seasons as the second flutist with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra.
She is a founding member and performer with the Sonora Chamber Ensemble that regularly performs and commissions chamber music. She has commissioned and premiered over 20 works from composers throughout the United States. Her first CD of newly commissioned chamber music was released by Centaur Records in 2006.
In addition to her active performance career, Dr. Stanley is the author of an online music appreciation textbook published by Great River Technologies calledMusic Appreciation: Successful Listening in All Music. This text is used at CSU for over 3000 students per year. She is also a part of a team of faculty who are teaching in the innovative and ground-breaking arts entrepreneurship program called the LEAP Center for the Arts at CSU in Fort Collins.
Michelle received a M.M and D.M.A in flute performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Hampshire. She also attended Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with Anne Cherry. Michelle was the president of the Colorado Flute Association and program chair for the Association’s annual Flute Celebration from 2002-2004, and is currently the College Events Chair for the CFA.
Dr. Stanley is a Best Teacher nominee at CSU, and was named a Writing Fellow for the AY 2012/2013 for her research on writing for music appreciation students at CSU.
Teaching remains a strong passion of her musical career and she works to integrate sound body posture and health principles for her students through the study of body mapping, Alexander Technique, Pranayama breathing, and movement. Her work on movement and breathing in practicing is a mainstay in her day to day teaching.
Jill Gardner Stilwell brings 25 years of public sector arts and culture experience to LEAP. During her tenure as the Cultural Services Director for the City of Fort Collins, Jill oversaw the Lincoln Center for the performing and visual arts, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the Art in Public Places program, the Gardens on Spring Creek, the Creative Center, and administered an arts granting program. Jill spent 10 years as a Museum Director and Curator and continues to teach Museum Studies courses. Jill has real-world experience and expertise in managing and operating cultural facilities and programs, cultural planning, arts policy, public art, cultural capital projects, fundraising and grant writing, community engagement, and non-profit arts management.
Jill was instrumental in the Fort Collins receiving the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award and most recently led the effort for State certification of the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District in 2016. Jill has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver.
Kristen Swanson, Ph.D.
Professor, Strategic Communication
Northern Arizona University
Kristen Swanson is professor of merchandising, in the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Colorado State University in Textiles and Clothing, and her Ph.D. in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising from Texas Tech University. Her research interests have focused on tourism retailing and souvenirs. She has published articles in Tourism Management, Journal of Vacation Marketing, Journal of Travel Research, and the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. She has published chapters in Companion to Tourism, and Tourism and Souvenirs: Glocal Perspectives from the Margins. Additionally she writes about fashion and promotion and has published several books with Fairchild/Bloomsbury including Promotion in the Merchandising Environment, Guide to Producing a Fashion Show, and Writing for the Fashion Business as well as a book chapter in Fashion, Design and Events. Most recently she has been investigating culturally sustainable entrepreneurship and has published results in the Field Guide to Case Study Research in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure and Africa and Beyond: Arts and Development. For more information about Dr. Swanson, click here.