With summer break underway, all of you students and teachers deserve a hearty congratulations! For me, the year was filled to the brim with challenging work, new friends and collaborators, and exciting opportunities. As I move to the next chapter in my life, I’m thrilled to be passing the EALS baton to a smart, energetic group of leaders. I introduce to you the Executive Committee for EALS 2015.

Erin Clark (President) hails from Louisville, KY, where she worked for the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts. With a background in dance, Erin can now be found gracing the Greenberg stage from time to time, dancing with AU in Motion. Last year she served as the EALS Events Assistant, helping plan and execute all of our small events as well as our spring fundraiser and the symposium itself. Now beginning her second year in AU’s Arts Management Master’s Program, Erin takes the reins as a visionary leader, a terrific listener, and a baker of the most beautiful and delicious cupcakes I’ve ever experienced, all of which will serve her and her committee well in the upcoming year. Laura London (Vice President) returns to EALS after serving as the 2014 Marketing Director. Laura oversaw all of EALS’ social media last year, growing our Twitter following substantially, and was also a major player in launching our first-ever individual donor campaign. Laura is spending her summer interning with Washington Performing Arts. She also teaches private cello lessons and works in marketing and development for The Embassy Series. When not immersed in the arts, one might find Laura on a long run or on the tennis courts. Laura brings to EALS not only a wide range of expertise, but also an incredibly contagious effervescence. Colleen Holroyd (Finance Director) is originally from Duanesburg, NY, a tiny town outside of Albany. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Music (history/theory concentration). Colleen has music in her blood, coming from a very musical family, singing since she could talk, and starting violin lessons at the ripe old age of five. She also attends the Old Songs folk music festival each year, where she also spent time working. This summer and fall Colleen will be interning at the National Council for Traditional Arts, and almost every Friday she can be found contra dancing at Glen Echo. Sarah Robinson (Finance Coordinator) is settled in DC after graduating from Davidson College in 2006 with a BA in Russian Studies. She is continuing that interest at AU with the MA in Arts Management and the Certificate in International Arts Management with an eye towards developing arts diplomacy initiatives in Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union. She’s spent the last five and a half years working for Ford’s Theatre as Programming Operations Manager and Orchestra Liaison. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys playing bassoon and contrabassoon in a couple of different local community orchestras, as well as spending time with her fiancee and friends. The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium could not be in more capable hands and I can’t wait to see what these ladies do next year!

Stay tuned! -Shannon

(L to R) Erin, Sarah, Colleen, Laura