We are so excited to announce our new executive committee for the 2016 Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium! Learn more about the committee members and our summer plans as we prepare for #EALSummer!

                                         Executive Director

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AmyJo Foreman, the Executive Director of the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium has been working professionally in the arts since 2010. Hailing from Texas originally, where she received her BFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Houston, she is now pursuing her MA in Arts Management at AU.  She just completed an internship in the Office of Advancement at the Smithsonian. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked in various capacities at the Alley Theatre, Houston Cinema Arts Society, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and Peterborough Players. This summer you can find her in Individual Giving at NPR. Keep up with her on Twitter at @AmyJoForeman.

Director of Programming

2015HeadshotJenni Amis, originally from Minneapolis, MN, worked professionally in arts administration and ticketing before pursuing her master’s degree in Arts Management at AU. She is currently a Ticketing Services Ready Reserve for Delta Air Lines, an Event Assistant and the Ticket Office Supervisor for the Katzen Arts Center, and a Ticket Office Associate at Strathmore, where she recently completed a marketing fellowship. Her artistic focus is in cultivating new avenues for performance art to teach violence prevention education, and to create awareness of and action toward ending human trafficking. In her spare time, she likes to binge on Netflix and Chinese food, Skype with her dog, and to practice the dying art of handwritten letters. She’s looking forward to working at Delta, American, and  Strathmore this summer while also doing preliminary research for her thesis, and traveling whenever possible. Jenni hopes to get a couple chances to visit home in Minneapolis to see her family and cuddle with her dog and also plans to take in as many of DC’s free summer activities as she can. Follow along with her on her journey @imRoseNCrantz!


                                                                                                     Production Manager

DSC_0091Sarah R. Hewitt, the Production Manager for EALS, is  a graduate student in AU’s Arts Management program, with  a concentration in International Arts Management. Her interests lay specifically with arts diplomacy in post-crisis areas with a focus on programs between the US and Russia, graduating from Davidson College with a BA in Russian Studies. Her arts background includes music, theater, and opera; having played bassoon and stage-managed since her teen years. She interned at the Philadelphia Orchestra and Washington National Opera before settling in DC at the Levine School of Music. She currently works as Programming Operations Manager & Orchestra Liaison at Ford’s Theatre, where she has been since 2008. She is a blissful newlywed with her husband, Nate. This summer, Sarah will be working, planning cookouts and going on a one-week trip to Memphis with Nate with some extra time for a stay-cation. Tag along on Sarah’s travels at @sarahrhewitt.

                                                                                            Director of Finance

Helene - Japan-2Helene Genetos, our new Director of Finance, is spending her second year in the AU Arts Management program in London at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art with a focus on development and museum management. She currently serves as a development intern at The Phillips Collection. Prior to graduate school, she was the Operations Specialist for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She has worked in a variety of capacities with the Smithsonian Institution, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She also serves as a coach to USIP’s softball team. Helene moved to Washington from Indianapolis to attend George Washington University where she got her undergraduate degrees in Art History and Middle Eastern Studies. This summer, she’s interning in the Fundraising and Membership department at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and is actively planning her European adventures for her upcoming semester abroad. Follow along on her epic journey ahead at @Lenes27.

Director of Development

Tory-15-LTori Sharbaugh, originally from Bethesda, MD, is pursuing her Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is leaving her former position as Marketing Coordinator to become our Director of Development for EALS this year. She currently is the Marketing and Development Associate for Opera Lafayette, and previously worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Greenberg Theatre. With a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, Tori hopes to combine her passion for opera/musical theatre performance with the tools to better integrate those arts forms into American culture. In the Spring of 2013, Tori spent five months living in Vienna, Austria, where she was able to study music business, listen to the best of classical music, and travel throughout Europe. When her time is not filled with copious amounts of work, Tori can be found reading book after book or rewatching the entire series of Friends. In addition to working as the Marketing & Development Associate for Opera Lafayette, Tori’s summer will consist of capstone research, planning for next year’s symposium with her brilliant and beautiful committee members, and enjoying the summer weather with beach time and crabs, like a true Marylander. Catch Tori on Twitter @torisharbaugh.

Director of Marketing

DSC_0422Zenia Simpson is the Director of Marketing for EALS 2016. A native New Yorker, Zenia has spent the last six years in Washington, DC,  having graduated cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor in Media, Journalism and Film with a minor in Art History. It was at Howard where she developed her interest in contemporary art that led her to pursue a Masters degree in Arts Management at AU. Currently, she is the William Randolph Hearst Fellow in the Program of Philanthropy and Social Innovation at The Aspen Institute, as well as a gallery assistant at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Center. This summer, Zenia is excited to start job hunting in the city and take various trips around the country with her close friends and tweeting all about it @Zeniaaaa.


Be sure to stay in the EALS loop by following all of us on social media as well as on the EALS Twitter page @EALSAU! All of the committee members will be taking over the EALS Twitter account this summer, tweeting about the cool art and networking events happening all across the country and Europe!