MAAA Faculty

Ramona Baker

Director, Master of Arts in Arts Administration, Adjunct Lecturer, Indianapolis, Indiana

Consultant, facilitator, and speaker with over 25 years experience as CEO of nonprofit/cultural organizations; currently works with nonprofit organizations around the country. Former executive director, Arts Council of Indianapolis; currently member of board and executive committee of Americans for the Arts; former board member of National Association of Local Arts Agencies, Nonprofit Advisory Board, and U.S. Urban Arts Federation; former executive director, Arts Council of Huntsville, Alabama; former managing director, Enterplay Theatre, New York; former director of audience development, Back Alley Theatre, Washington, D.C. Has produced arts festivals, managed theatre companies, presented workshops, published arts research,  supervised capital construction, and served as evaluator and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.  B.F.A., Theatre, University of Texas, Austin; M.F.A., Arts Management, Florida State University.

Rachelle V. Browne

Adjunct Lecturer, Washington, D.C.

Adjunct Lecturer, Washington, D.C.
Member, Legal Advisory Committee, International Council of Museums, and counsel, African American Museums Association; former associate general counsel, Smithsonian Institution, and chair of its "Legal Issues in Museum Administration," course co-sponsored with American Law Institute-American Bar Association and American Association of Museums; former staff attorney and attorney-advisor, Federal Trade Commission; former general counsel,  U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, and U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Commerce; B.S. Barnard College, J.D., Harvard Law School.


Christine Dewalt Burdett

Adjunct Lecturer, Norman, Oklahoma

Grants program administrator, Kirkpatrick Family Fund; former development director, Center for Children and Families, Norman, Oklahoma City; president, Imagine the Possibilities, a consulting firm specializing in facilitation, planning and training; former executive director, Assembly of Community Arts Councils of Oklahoma, Inc.; former executive director, Assembly of Community Arts Councils of Oklahoma, Inc.; former director, Oklahoma Cultural Coalition; former board member and chair of committees, National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies; former board member and chair of committees, National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies; former member, Steering Committee of Mid-America Regional Arts Forum for the National Endowment for the Arts/NALAA; advisor and consultant, Greater Oklahoma City Cultural Plan; consultant in numerous states on organizational development and stabilization of arts organizations. B.S., Eastern Michigan University.  

Libby Lai-Bun Chiu

Adjunct Lecturer, Ogden Dunes, Indiana

Chief of Staff, Illinois Arts Council; Former education advisor, Harris Theater Chicago; former executive director, Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, Chicago, IL; former vice president for institutional advancement, The Boston Conservatory; former director of demonstration school, Lowell Campus, University of Massachusetts; former adjunct professor, University of Massachusetts; former acting executive director, Massachusetts Cultural Council/Council on the Arts and Humanities; numerous consultancies and board memberships including the Chicago Community Trust, Chen & Dancers, and the Asian American Arts Alliance.  B.A., Wellesley College; M.Ed., Boston University.

E'Vonne Coleman Cook

Adjunct Lecturer, Durham, North Carolina

Chief Operating Officer, Durham Convention and  Visitors Bureau; former assistant director, Duke University Office of Continuing Studies and Summer Session; arts consultant and motivational speaker; former executive director, Durham Arts Council; former special assistant to the chairman, National Endowment for the Arts; former assistant director, expansion arts program,National Endowment for the Arts; director, management services, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; director, Community Services, Arts and Science Council of Charlotte; recipient, Robert Gard Award from the University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Services; former board member, National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, Grantmakers in the Arts; evaluator and panelist, National Endowment for the Arts. B.A., North Carolina Central University; M.A., Performing Arts Management, The American University.

Michael Crowley

Adjunct Lecturer, New York, NY

Group Director at SERINO/COYNE, the country's longest-running advertising agency dedicated solely to live entertainment and cultural organizations. Former Director of Marketing and Communications at MCC Theater, one of New York City's leading Off-Broadway theater companies; former Senior Account Manager at SpotCo, an entertainment and arts advertising agency where his accounts included Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Botanical Garden, New York City Opera and Carnegie Hall; former management staffer, Roundabout Theatre Company; former marketing staffer, Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project. B.F.A., New York University/Tisch School of the Arts; M.A., Goucher College.

Maryo Gard Ewell

Adjunct Lecturer, Gunnison, Colorado

Consultant  and trainer, Colorado Council on the Arts and Community Resource Center of Denver; former associate director, Colorado Council on the Arts;  helped to create the Neighborhood Cultures of Denver, the Arts Education Equity Network, and a regionalized folk arts program. Board member, Gunnison Area Community Foundation, Gunnison Council for the Arts, the Robert Gard/Wisconsin Idea Foundation, and Arts for Colorado; former board member and Vice President of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, and former board member, Colorado Alliance for Arts Education. Recent honors include the 2004 "Arts Advocate of the Year" from Gunnison Arts Center and 2001 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Goucher College. In 1995 she received the Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts for community arts development. B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A, Organizational Behavior, Yale University; M.A.,Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado-Denver.

Marcia H. James

Adjunct Lecturer, Scottsdale, Arizona

Fundraising consultant and freelance writer. Former director of development at the Heard Museum, an internationally celebrated museum of Native American arts and cultures; Arizona Theatre Company; and Audubon Arizona, the state office of the National Audubon Society. Former major gifts officer of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's $100 million Sustaining Greatness Campaign. One of 24 nonprofit leaders selected nationwide for the 2009-2010 American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. B.A., Mount Holyoke College. B.A., M.A. University of Oxford. M.A., M.Phil., Yale University.

Lendre R. Kearns

Adjunct Lecturer, Tuscon, Arizona

General Manager, Broadway on Tucson; consultant, guest speaker and workshop facilitator for arts organizations and arts agencies in the United States and Canada. Former communications director, La Jolla Playhouse; Guthrie Theatre and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Former adjunct professor, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus (Strategic Planning and Marketing);  former general manager, Compass Entertainment; former executive director, Minnesota Dance Theatre. Former member of Canada Council Dance Advisory and Canada Council Touring Advisory; former board member, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Women's Repertory Theatre. Recent publication:

Gregory Lucas

Adjunct Lecturer, Indianapolis, Indiana

Greg Lucas is a gallery owner from Indianapolis, Indiana. The gallery represents contemporary artists from all parts of the United States as well as the estates of several prominent Hoosier painters. He was director of marketing for a major Midwestern bank before entering the gallery business. His volunteer work has included board membership of a public broadcasting organization; treasurer and board member of an  historic neighborhood association; board president, Arts Council of Indianapolis. Lucas obtained a B.S. from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. 

Terence McFarland

Adjunct Lecturer, Los Angeles, California

Chief Executive Officer of LA STAGE Alliance; Trustee of LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway Initiative; Vice Chair of Arts for LA; Chosen for National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program; Former lead consultant on the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles Arts, as a grants panelist for numerous cultural and arts commissions, and as a guest lecturer, moderator or panelist for national and international arts conferences; Former board member of California Arts Advocates and California Institute for the Arts; BFA, MFA, California Institute of the Arts; AA, Fashion Institute of Technology; Certificates from Polimoda in Florence, Italy; Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders -Arts, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Margie Johnson Reese

Adjunct Lecturer, Dallas, Texas

Involved in the arts, education, and communities, she is currently VP for Programs at Big Thought.  Former Program Officer for the Ford Foundation, she spent several years in West Africa with a portfolio that focused on museums and arts programs; formerly General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department; former Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas.  A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Margie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  She also completed courses in Arts for the Handicapped at Texas Woman's University. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Americans for the Arts; former Trustee for The International Music Council, and the International Theatrical Arts Society.

Chase Rynd

Adjunct Lecturer, Washington, DC

Executive director, National Building Museum; former executive director and CEO, Tacoma Art Museum; former executive director and CEO, Frist Center for the Visual Arts; founder, Equivalents Gallery; Appointed to Seattle Arts Commission in 1988; recruited, in 1990, by Security Pacific Bank to develop a public gallery space; member of the International Council of Museums, American Association of Museums, and Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums; Serves on the boards of the American Friends of Chantilly (France), the Downtown DC BID, Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, and the Richardson Architecture Center, Buffalo.  Member of ACE Mentor Program's National Advisory Board, the ASCE Industry Leaders Council, and the vestry of St. John's Lafayette Square in DC. B.S.F.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Randall F. Vega

Adjunct Lecturer, Baltimore, Maryland

Director of cultural affairs, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, which serves as the arts council for Baltimore City; programs include the Baltimore Mural Program; regranting to and coordination with community-based arts organizations; programs for children, and serving as a liaison between city government and the arts community; former executive director, Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce,former reporter/news director, WMVY-FM, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. B.A., Connecticut College; M.A., Arts Administration, Goucher College.

Robert Wildman

Adjunct Lecturer, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Director, Arts Management Program, Long Island University (C.W. Post); former Director, Performing Arts Management program, UNIVERSITY OF North Carolina School of the Arts; former managing director, Connecticut Repertory Theatre; former interim manager, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; former director of press and marketing, Long Wharf Theatre; former director of institutional development, Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama; former grants manager, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles; former grants writer, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco; board member, AAAE  (Association Of Arts Administration Educators); former board member, North Carolina Theatre Conference; consultant and panelist. B.A., Stanford University; M.F.A., Yale School of Drama.