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Arts Management Online Faculty Profiles:

Tom Borrup, M.A. has been a leader and innovator in non-profit community and cultural work for over twenty-five years. His work explores the intersections between culture, community building, and economic development. He consults with foundations, nonprofits and public agencies across the U.S. in strategic planning and program evaluation. Borrup has written many articles for publications in the arts, city planning, and philanthropy. As executive director of Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis from 1980 until 2002, Borrup developed a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization recognized nationally for its work in nurturing artists and other cultural assets in its diverse urban community.  Mr. Borrup received his B.A. in liberal arts from Goddard College, and continued there to receive his M.A. in communications and public policy. He currently teaches for the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Drexel, and for the Arts Extension the University of Massachusetts. Courses taught: Creative Economy


Dee Boyle-Clapp, M.F.A., M.N.M., is the Director of the Arts Extension Service where she leads training programs in a variety of arts management topics for state arts agencies around the country, teaches in AES’ arts administration degree and certificate programs, and conducts AES research projects.  Dee is a sculptor, installation artist and lecturer on 'green' topics and has over 25 years of experience in the arts, teaching a variety of studio, art history and arts management courses at UMass Amherst, museum schools, and community colleges.  Dee co-owned the Artemis Gallery and was a founding member and the first director of the Art Bank, and was part of the restoration team for this 1860's bank building in Shelburne Falls, MA.  As Director she ran all programming for two galleries, studio art courses, the Children’s Blue Snow Performance Series, the adult performance series, festivals and community events.  Dee directed a local humane society, and established successful humane education and outreach programs, doubled the organization’s endowment and annual operating budget, and prepared the organization for a $5 million capital campaign. She was program coordinator for the Fostering the Arts and Culture Partnership creative economy project organizing business and marketing training, exhibition and web opportunities, and networking for artists. She joined the staff at the Arts Extension Service in 2008.  Dee's work has long involved sustainability. She has greened two organizations, co-founded and co-chaired a UMass Green Team, and lectures on sustainability issues.  Dee lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and son on a solar-powered off-grid llama farm. She holds bachelor's degrees in art and art history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MFA in sculpture from UMass Amherst, and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  Courses taught: Introduction to Arts Management,  Financial ManagementFundraisingGreening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization.


Eric Bachrach, M.M., has been working in the field of community based arts education, management, programming and presentation for over 30 years.  He is the founder and executive director emeritus of the Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) and a principal in ReCharge Arts, an independent arts management consulting firm that specializes in nurturing new, emerging, and established small to medium community based arts programs in realizing their visions and missions.  He led CMSS from infancy through maturity and raised over $6 million in two capital campaigns and $4 million in annual support over the 27 years he served as executive director.  In his tenure at CMSS he not only moved the school to a magnificent 34,000 square foot art deco former bank, but was responsible for the total renovation of the bank into an arts center, the creation of a preschool of the arts, as well as the establishment of an important performing arts venue. Bachrach has worked with arts organizations from Vermont to California.  Program development, community development through the arts, strategic planning, board development, financial management, resource management, fundraising and grant writing are some of his areas of specialization.  Bachrach has served on panels for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Tourism, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  He has served on the board and executive committee of the National Guild of Community Arts Education and chaired its membership committee, which resulted in greatly increased diversity of the Guild's constituency, and also serves on the board of the Arts Extension Institute.  He has received several awards for his work in community arts, most recently the National Guild's Lifetime Service Award.  He received his undergraduate English degree from Hunter College, a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and arts management training from the Arts Extension Service. Course taught: Financial Management


Maren Brown, M.B.A.  has over 25 years of experience in the field of arts management, primarily in museums (art, history and science museums) and higher education. She is the Principal of the arts consulting firm, Maren Brown Associates, LLC, where she where she offers consulting services (strategic planning, program evaluation, systems redesign, creative economy, marketing and financial review services) for state, local and regional arts agencies and cultural organizations, leads training programs in a variety of arts management topics for state, local and regional arts agencies around the nation (artist business skills, arts programming, creative economy, marketing, program evaluation, partnership development, artist business skills and other programs), teaches arts management courses in the University of Massachusetts Amherst arts administration degree and certificate programs, and offers mentoring services to artists in establishing and running their artist businesses. Brown is co-editor of the 5th edition ofFundamentals of Arts Management, which is utilized as a foundational text by 45% of the arts management degree programs in the nation, and a contributor to the Partners in Creative Economy Planning Workbook.  During her career, Brown has directed an arts council, founded the educational department of a performing and visual arts center, led a multi-disciplinary museum school, initiated a family program series, developed school tours, curated an exhibition series, and founded a regional arts alliance serving three counties in Massachusetts.  Courses taught: Introduction to Arts Management, Arts Marketing and Arts Programming.


Judith Conk is an educator who has taught and administered at all levels of education from preschool to graduate school in a career that spans more than forty years.  Working in urban and suburban school systems she has led as a Principal, Assistant Superintendent and for sixteen years, Superintendent, where she won recognition for outstanding educational programs that recognizes the individual in each student.  She retired from public school administration in 2001 to devote more time to supporting creative teaching and learning. Mrs. Conk is principal of the educational consulting firm,Consulting for Results, and works with national and international clients spanning Pre-K to University level education and concentrates on leadership, teaching and learning, and the arts.  A frequently requested speaker, author and educator trainer, Mrs. Conk works on topics such as infusing the arts into the content classroom, school change, leadership development, assessment, staff development, instructional strategies, and multiple intelligences in the classroom.  She has worked extensively with schools in the area of curriculum development to meet the needs of students and has served on a variety of state and national panels in aligning standards with classroom practice.  Mrs. Conk received a Governor’s Award in Arts Education as Outstanding Superintendent of 2001.  She has also served as Chair of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, following her service as President of the Alliance for Arts Education/NJ.  She continues to serve on the Board of Directors of various arts organizations.  In May of 1996, Mrs. Conk was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award for Educational Leadership from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.  This award recognized Mrs. Conk’s work as an advocate within the state for a high quality education for every child.  This followed a similar award given in May of 1994 by her colleagues in Bergen County, NJ. Courses taught: Arts Education and Policy


Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D. is an educator, consultant, and writer who works nationally with arts and other community organizations to do organizational development and strategic planning, collaborative planning, program evaluation, and community cultural planning. Craig earned his Ph.D. in regional planning and his M.Ed. in organizational development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is author of many books and articles and courses on planning, board development, arts education collaborations, and program evaluation. Craig directed the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts for twelve years until 2002, before he founded Dreeszen & Associates, a consulting firm in Northampton, Massachusetts. Courses taught: Strategic PlanningBoard Developmentand  Program Evaluation.



Maryo Gard Ewell has done groundbreaking developmental work in community arts for more than 40 years.  She has worked in leadership positions as the Associate Director of the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Community Arts Development Director at the Illinois Arts Council, and the Program Director for both the Westport-Weston and Greater New Haven(CT) Arts Councils.  She currently serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the Gunnison Council for the Arts(CO) and the Robert Gard/Wisconsin Idea Foundation.  She has won many prestigious awards, including the 2003 “Arts Are the Heart” award for service to the arts in Colorado and the 1995 Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts, their highest award for community arts development, and an Honorary Doctorate from Goucher College.  In her recent consulting work, she has been contracted by distinctive arts organizations including the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, and the University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Service to develop and evaluate programming.  Ewell also co-teaches in the Master of Arts in Arts Administration program at Goucher College.  Maryo has Masters Degrees in Organizational Behavior from Yale and in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver.  Courses taught: Grantwriting for the Arts


Grace Kewl-Durfey  M.P.A, has a rich public/nonprofit sector background in arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, and non-profit organizational management.  Currently an arts administrator with Broward Cultural Division where she directs arts education services, provides arts advocacy leadership and manages community partnerships, Grace is also founder and president of Creative Pulse, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to socioeconomic transformation through culture and creativity.Grace holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University, credits towards a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Community Studies from Union Institute and University.  She serves as secretary of The Association of American Cultures, a national service organization dedicated to cultural democracy, equal participation and equity in funding and leadership.


Jonathan Kuuskoski, M.B.A, M.M. is currently Director of Entrepreneurship and Community Programs and Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri School of Music. In these capacities he is developing the School's various community programs while building a core set of entrepreneurship offerings for Mizzou music students. He has presented research on related topics at the national conferences of MTNA, NCKP, USASBE, and at the inaugural CMS Summit on Music Entrepreneurship. His writings are included in Disciplining the Arts: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Context, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition, and he co-authored one of the first national studies on arts entrepreneurship education, commissioned by the College Music Society. As a solo and chamber pianist he has performed throughout North America, Europe, and New Zealand. Prior to joining the faculty at Mizzou, Jonathan co-founded New Music Everywhere (NEW MUSE), Madison, Wisconsin's first professional new music ensemble specializing in site-specific performances. While in Madison he also co-founded that city's Arts Enterprise chapter, led the redesign of UW-Madison's Piano Outreach Concert Series,  and served on the faculties of Edgewood College, Madison Area Technical College, and the UW Continuing Studies Division. He joined the Arts Enterprise Executive Board in 2011. He holds an M.M. in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from UW-Madison (2009) and an MBA from the Bryan School of Business at UNC-Greensboro (2007). Course taught: Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship


Todd Trebour, M.M, is an arts manager, operatic performer, theatre artist, and educator based in Western Massachusetts. Todd is currently the marketing and development director at Chester Theatre Company (CTC), a professional summer theatre company in Chester, MA. Todd recently oversaw the rebranding of CTC including the creation of a new website, logo, and communications strategy. Todd worked as a professional operatic performer and concert soloist, performing with companies throughout the United States and Canada.  Todd was a member of Houston Grand Opera's Opera-to-Go, HGO's touring operatic ensemble, giving over 500 performances in 9 different productions.  To pursue his dream of original performance creation, Todd became an apprentice actor, musician, and company member at Double Edge Theatre, where he studied their movement-based improvisation and original work development methodologies. Following his tenure at Double Edge Theatre, Todd created the experimental opera-theatre piece Come and Sleep: An Operatic Fantasy for Voice, Cello, and Silence, the flagship production of his company, Alchemical Opera Project. Developed over the course of two years, Come and Sleep toured internationally throughout the northern United States and Canada. In his community-based work, Todd served as treasurer, board member, and fiscal consultant for Northampton-based c3, a creative community collective, and project development consultant for Art At Work-Holyoke, a project part of the national initiative Art At Work. Todd received his BA from Whitman College, where he studied biology and music, his M.M in Voice from Rice University in Houston, TX, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the Arts Extension Service.  Course taught: Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship


Randi Vega, M.A. in Arts Administration, has more than 20 years of management experience in organizational leadership and relationship building.  She is currently the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.  Vega created the Cultural Affairs division from the remnants of a defunct city agency and now manages fifteen thriving art programs and a productive staff of 7.  Vega was the Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce from 1994-1999, during which time she doubled membership and implemented new programs to increase income by 35%.  Vega has a B.A. in Studio Art from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College, where she teaches at the Undergraduate and Graduate level.  Courses taughtGrantwriting for the Arts



Marete Wester, M.A. in Arts Management is an educator, writer and consultant in arts management and arts education living in New Jersey. She is currently serving as executive director of Dance New Jersey, leading that organization's transition into a professionally-staffed, state-wide advocacy and service organization promoting dance and dance education. While at Dance New Jersey, she has led reorganization efforts, and instituted the first statewide Dance Worker Inventory and Needs Assessment project in the state. Marete is also an adjunct professor for arts administration in Seton Hall's Graduate Department of Public and Healthcare Administration in New Jersey. Her previous positions include executive director of the Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey (AAE/NJ), acting program specialist for presenting organizations at the National Endowment for the Arts, and associate director of program operations at the Staten Island Council on the Arts in Staten Island, New York. She holds a bachelor's of music performance degree from Wilkes University, Pennsylvania and a master's degree in arts administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Courses taught: Arts Education and Policy.

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