Thirty-Two Emerging Leaders Announced for ASC’s Cultural Leadership Training Program

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Class graduates to serve as board members for Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural organizations


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2017) – A group of 32 emerging leaders from the public and private sectors are preparing to serve Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community through ASC’s Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) program. Established in 2005, CLT is a nine month, nine session program designed to develop emerging leaders into productive volunteers and board candidates for cultural organizations across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

In addition to visiting local arts, science and history organizations for behind-the-scenes looks at their operations, participants learn the financial and legal obligations of board membership, fundraising, advocacy and board and staff relations. At the conclusion of the program, graduates are placed on a cultural organization board either as apprentices or full-term board members.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is the program sponsor. The company has one employee in this year’s program.

The 2017-18 Cultural Leadership Training program participants are:

  • Evelyn Adelman, The Lunch Project
  • Heather Bard, Compass Group
  • LiMia Bowen, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Kristy Crist, TIAA
  • Jessica Dienna, Ally
  • Toni Dimi-Becht, Wells Fargo
  • Jessica Dixon, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
  • Sarah Drew, Grant Thornton
  • Suzanne Gainey, Moore & Van Allen PLLC
  • Tarik Gause, Bank of America
  • Lauren Gregg, UNC Charlotte
  • Sarah Helms, Luquire George Andrews
  • Katie-Rose Higgins, Falfurrias Capital Partners
  • Jason Hines, DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Rebecca Lindahl, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Katrina Louis, Charlotte Works
  • Yih-Han Ma, Red Ventures
  • Kelly McRell, First United Methodist Church
  • Tim Miller, Brighthouse Financials
  • Stephanie Nance, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
  • Brian O’Laughlin, Wells Fargo
  • Marisa Pascucci, New Gallery of Modern Art
  • Mary Margaret Porter, Davidson College Presbyterian Church
  • Hunter Priester, Bank of America
  • Ryan Rich, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Lakisha Rios, UNC Charlotte
  • Frank Schall, Moore & Van Allen PLLC
  • John Sisko, Queens University
  • Regina Spagnardi, Spagnardi Consulting
  • Michelle Tallman, Humana
  • Tripp Volk, GreerWalker LLP
  • Shante Williams, RogersWilliams Capital Partners

“We are thrilled at how, after 13 years, this program continues to attract passionate, enthusiastic and talented volunteer leaders committed to supporting arts and culture in our community,” said ASC Senior Vice President of Programs & Services Katherine Mooring. “The instruction and hands-on experiences that Cultural Leadership Training program participants are receiving will better prepare them to use their natural skills and abilities to serve cultural organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg for years to come.”

about ASC’s Cultural Leadership Program

More than 300 members have graduated from the program and served the local cultural community. CLT alumni have joined organizations like the Charlotte Symphony, Children’s Theatre, Clayworks, Carolina Voices, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Festival in the Park, Levine Museum of the New South, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Community School of the Arts, Sustain Charlotte, Jazz Arts Initiative and many others.

CLT is the only program in the region that specializes in training and placing community members on boards of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Applications for the 2018-19 CLT class will be accepted beginning in Spring 2018.

About ASC

ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte- Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.

ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

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