NOAH BOARD & STAFF
Danielle Acerra - Managing Director
Danielle is the Managing Director for NOAH. She has worked in arts administration and nonprofits since 2002, developing afterschool STEAM programming with immigrant communities, instituting new programs and services to meet arts community needs, administering grant funding, and coordinating disaster response community arts projects. In her previous roles as Community Engagement Manager / Arts Access Coordinator for Monmouth County Arts Council and Coordinator for Atlantic Health System’s Healing Arts Program in NJ, Danielle worked with artists, arts organizations, creative businesses, and more to connect the arts to other sectors and the public. Today she continues this work at NOAH while managing daily operations and in-person and virtual events, coordinating board activities, and overseeing staff. She earned her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her licensed artworks have been distributed nationally through Target, Kirkland, and HomeGoods stores. Her paintings draw inspiration from the ocean and her yoga practice. Danielle co-created a public art policy for the city of Asbury Park, NJ, and has painted over 40 murals in public and private spaces.
Heidie Ambrose - Events & Communications Administrator
Heidie Ambrose has five years of administration experience in arts and community nonprofits; facilitating after school arts-based programming, producing large and small scale events, and providing organizational support for operations. She focuses on effective communication through creative digital content and clearly expressed goals. Heidie is also a multimedia artist who thrives working on collaborative projects- murals, comics, book designs and illustrations. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is deeply passionate about learning and unlearning towards antiracism and LGBTQIA+ advocacy.
Melanie Cohn - President
Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, Ed.M.
Christina D. Eskridge - Secretary
Manal Elewah, PhD
Dr. Manal Elewah is passionate about art, humanity, and helping people in need. She has worked for multinational organizations service providers delivering engineering consultancies and environmental advices. A multifaceted and highly skilled individual who is highly driven to consistently achieve success as a leader in all of the organizations she has worked with. An outstanding art therapist, a teacher, coach, mentor, manager, and adviser asides being an environmental consultant. She is a board member of some reputable organizations and an active member of several associations.
David Fakunle, PhD is a “mercenary for change,” employing any skill and occupying any space to help elevate everyone divested from their truest self. David serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and his interests include stressors within the built environment, manifestations of racism, and use of arts and culture – specifically storytelling – to strengthen health, achieve equity, and ultimately catalyze liberation. Additionally, David serves as Executive Director of WombWork Productions and CEO of DiscoverME/RecoverME.
David’s interest in NOAH stems from his relationship with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine and the recognition of NOAH as a leading presence for guiding the fusion of arts and culture with public health and medical work. As a professional committed to challenging the existing epistemology of his field, a relationship with NOAH demonstrates acknowledgment that such a challenge is necessary for the health and wellbeing of humanity to be possible. Because of his artistic, cultural scientific, and existential backgrounds, David’s essential contribution to NOAH and its purpose is the living example of how arts and culture can peacefully transform the research, practice, education, advocacy and administration of public health in the United States and internationally.
Tasha Golden, PhD
Golden is also a career artist and entrepreneur. As singer-songwriter for the critically acclaimed band Ellery, she toured full-time in the US and abroad, and her songs appear in feature films and TV dramas (ABC, SHOWTIME, FOX, NETFLIX, etc). She is a published poet (Humanist Press) and founder of Project Uncaged: an arts-based health intervention for incarcerated teen women that amplifies their voices in justice reform.
Golden’s diverse background drives her success as an international speaker and thought leader. She gives talks and facilitates workshops for artists, businesses, researchers, practitioners, and more—helping them enhance and reimagine their work. As a c
Named one of Musical America’s 30 Music Professionals of 2019 for her work linking music and medicine at Johns Hopkins, Hoover leads a variety of interconnected efforts across the university and hospital system to conduct research, develop programs bringing music into clinical settings, and provide multi-disciplinary clinical care for musicians. She has shepherded the development of research studies, performance events, and lobby and bedside music programs at Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as programs in creative aging and sensory-friendly performances through Peabody Prescribe’s arts for wellness initiative, and has served as co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine. Her book, Music as Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment, was published in 2021. In addition, she has shepherded the founding and expansion of the Peabody Clinic for Performing Artists, the development of injury prevention curriculum and co-curricular programs, and the start-up of a research lab in performance science. With partners at Johns Hopkins Medicine, she is laying the groundwork for a transdisciplinary convergence at the intersection of performing arts and health, focused on helping people thrive and live their best lives through creative endeavor in music and dance.
Prior to her appointment at Peabody, Hoover had a career as a performer, teacher of singing, and music journalist. Her writing has been published by the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Grove Dictionary of American Music, and Chamber Music magazine. From 2012 to 2015, she founded and directed the Oyster Bay Music Festival in Oyster Bay, NY, a grassroots experiment in community music that deconstructed the concert stage and broke down the boundaries between audience and performers. Formerly Eastern Regional governor and New York City Chapter president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she has given workshops on vocal health and technique for the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Royal School of Church Music, and Washington National Opera, among others. She also has received certifications in Body Mapping and Pilates matwork, and is a longtime student of yoga and Alexander Technique.
Hoover is a graduate of Yale University and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Peabody. She received additional training in voice science and holds certificates in Arts in Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine.
Lisa Howley, PhD is an Educational Psychologist who has spent over 25 years in the field of medical education supporting learners and faculty, conducting research, and developing curricula. She joined the AAMC in 2016 to advance the continuum of medical education, support experiential learning, and curricular transformation across its member institutions and their clinical partners. In her role, she conceived and launched a national initiative, FRAHME, to advance the integration of the arts and the humanities into medical education. Prior to joining the AAMC, she spent eight years as the Associate DIO and AVP of Medical Education and Physician Development for Carolinas HealthCare System in North Carolina, one of the largest independent academic medical centers in the U.S. In that role, she led a number of medical education initiatives across the professional development continuum, including arts-based programs, graduate medical education accreditation, as well as physician leadership development for the large integrated healthcare system. She concurrently served as Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where she led curriculum and faculty development. She also held a faculty appointment in educational research at UNC-Charlotte where she taught social science research methods, led and collaborated on numerous studies of effective education. From 1996 to 2001, she was a member of the medical education faculty at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she designed and led performance-based assessments and simulation-enhanced curricula. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and both her Master of Education and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Sloka Iyengar, PhD
Gaelen McCormick - Vice President
Teaching students of all ages has been a significant part of Gaelen’s life. She is the Instructor of Double Bass at the Eastman Community Music School, and teaches career skills at the collegiate level in the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music. Her double bass bow pedagogy series, Mastering the Bow, and her first book of compositions, Double Trouble, are published by Carl Fischer. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists, and is the editor of their Bass World magazine’s teaching column.
Gaelen holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School where she studied with James VanDemark and Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Jeffrey Turner. She is an alumna of the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestral Management training program.
Elysian McNiff Koglmeier - Treasurer
Elysian McNiff Koglmeier is Head of Growth for Artwork Archive, an online art inventory management system for artists, collectors and organizations.
Growing up with a father as an art therapist and a mother who dedicated her career to art education, Elysian has always been passionate about the creative process and the importance of empowering artists and cultural institutions. She has pursued this passion both in the public and private sector. Elysian started her career in museums (Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), ran New England Foundation for the Arts’ public art program, served as curator for Brown University and RISD, and contributed to publications such as Art New England, Art Business News, and Public Art Review. A move out west brought her to Craftsy (now Bluprint) in Denver where she produced online art classes and managed partnerships for a startup that created online educational opportunities for enthusiastic makers.
Elysian received her BA in History from Middlebury College and her MA in Public Humanities from Brown University.
Most importantly, Elysian is the mother to a medically complex toddler so she and her family are passionate “consumers” of all the great work we do bringing arts into healthcare. Her son, Odin, has been surrounded by art since day one, and Elysian is on the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Art Selection Committee – working towards bringing more creativity into the days of patients, family, providers and staff.
Lisa Simms Booth
Lisa is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Michigan State University and currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.
George Tingwald, MD
Joshua grew up with a passion for music ministry and service. He served on several large church teams as music and worship director over vocal praise teams, orchestras, youth choirs, drama and pageants. He helped director the Palm Beach Singing Christmas Trees which was televised to thousands in South Florida.
During his tenure in these churches, he founded and served as the Executive Producer of the Central Florida Christmas Celebration, in which he coached youth and adult vocal performers, developed shows and scripts, and managed hundreds of volunteers.
Joshua is the founder of Central Florida Community Arts, an organization in which he was the executive director for 11 years. This organization consists of thousands of artists in multiple choirs, an adult and youth symphony orchestra, children/youth arts program, theatre, School of Performing Arts and programs for seniors, vulnerable communities and arts and wellness. CFCArts strives to make the arts affordable and accessible, and uses the arts as a catalyst to create change in the community in a variety of ways.
Joshua is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Encore Creativity, the nation’s largest and fastest growing choral and arts organization for older adults. He leads the company and is focused on strategic partnerships, fundraising, strategic planning and the national expansion. He is working to leverage Encore to be the nation’s thought leader on creative aging.
Joshua has been a featured soloist in countless venues, produced musical recordings, and been a director of numerous productions. Joshua has been an entertainment leader, casting director, and vocal coach for Walt Disney Entertainment.
He also serves as a consultant for other arts organizations in its beginning stages and a voice for local, state and national arts advocacy.
Joshua currently resides in Pasadena, MD and has enjoyed serving on the board of several fine entities including: Zebra Coalition, Orange County Arts and Cultural Advisory, UCF Non-Profit Advisory Board, Florida Alliance for Arts Education, National Alliance for Music with Vulnerable Communities, Tourist Development Tax Grant Review, and Chorus America Leadership Forum. He has the honor of several accolades including Arts Educational Professional of the Year (FAAE), Orlando 50 Most Powerful People 2017-19 (Orlando Magazine), Top 3 Community Leader (Orlando Weekly), Top Arts Advocate (Orlando Weekly), 10 People who Make Central Florida A Better Place (Orlando Sentinel), and 40 under 40 (Orlando Business Journal).
Ariadne (Ari) Albright
Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ariadne (air-ee-odd-knee) received her B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Washington and M.F.A. in Painting from the University of South Dakota. Ariadne is employed as an artist, arts educator, arts administrator and artist in residence. She is the Arts Program Coordinator at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center; an active roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s (SDAC) Artists in the Schools and Communities Program since 2007; and teaches related courses at the University of South Dakota as they explore building an arts in health curriculum within their college of fine arts. Based on the quality of life outcomes of arts programming at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, Ms. Albright presents extensively on best practices in the mid-west region including the 2014 MAYO Clinic Arts in Healthcare Symposium, MN; 2015 Pioneer Network Conference, IL and 2016 South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO). Her first book, Self-Service: An Artist in Healthcare funded in part by the SDAC is due this fall. Ari resides in Vermillion, South Dakota with her son Cyrus and their parrot named “Bird.”
Steven Boudreau is Chief Administrative Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). He is responsible for developing and branding the agency’s workforce, career, and leadership development program for a staff of approximately 500 public health champions. He is a member of the Department’s Executive Leadership Team and the Health Policy and Leadership Team. He is the Department’s Diversity Liaison, a member of the WaterFire Salute to Veterans Organizing Committee, the national One Mind Music and Brain Think Tank, a member of the Board of Directors for The Avenue Concept and a member of Leadership Rhode Island 2021. Steven is also convener and Co-chair of the Rhode Island State Arts and Health Network – a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations who are rethinking the connection between the arts, art-therapies, and health and well-being for the state. In 2016, Steven utilized his strengths to engage a cross-sector partnership with the RI State Council on the Arts and a network of 35 artists, arts-therapists, and clinicians to develop a first-of-its-kind State Arts and Health Plan. His speaking engagements, writings, and national involvement include participation in 2018 and 2020 National Organization for Arts in Health Leadership Summits and he participated in “Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America” – A national initiative led by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in partnership with ArtPlace America. Separately, Steven is a Strengths Champion and is thrilled by the potential he sees in each person and gains strength from learning how to help them unleash it.
Ferol graduated from the University of Florida with a M.M. in music education after receiving an Undergraduate Diploma in viola performance from Longy School of Music and a B.A. in music from Florida State University. Prior to attending FSU, she worked in arts administration assisting in the management of youth orchestras, volunteers, and database maintenance for non-profit music organizations. While at UF she served as the Editorial Assistant for the International Journal of Music Education: Practice and was an assistant editor of the publication, Music assessment across cultures and continents: The culture of shared practice.
Claire de Boer - Past President
Linh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and minor in Studio Art from San Jose State University as well as a Masters Certificate in Arts in Medicine from University of Florida. In 2018, Linh is proud to join the nearly 700 certified patient experience professionals.
Linh enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and hiking. She currently lives in Manhattan, NY. In addition to overseeing the art collection and arts programs for 11 acute care hospitals, 5 nursing homes, and 70 clinics, she keeps herself busy creating and teaching art in her spare time.
Maegan Dubois, LMHC, ATR-BC is a licensed mental health counselor and board-certified art therapist creating the Healing Arts Program at Bradley Hospital in 2012, and has been practicing art therapy at Bradley for more than 10 years. She has extensive experience working with the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) inpatient and partial programs, Children’s Partial Program, and the Pediatric Partial Program. Maegan holds a bachelor’s degree in art therapy from Emmanuel College, and went on to receive her master’s degree in art therapy and mental health counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she received much of her training.
Maegan has been working with PeaceLove for over 9 years as a community artist, advocate, and CREATOR. Maegan has recently joined PeaceLove Studios as the Operations/Programs Manager. Maegan holds a passion for collaboration within community based organizations, and artists in healthcare to promote diverse modes of expression in correlation with high quality mental health care.
Todd Frazier - Past President
Louis H. Hart III, MD
My name is Louis H. Hart III, MD and I am the inaugural Medical Director of Health Equity for Yale New Haven Health System. My leadership work addresses unjust structural and societal barriers that lead to inequitable health outcomes for the patients that we serve. By ingraining an equity lens into our clinical operations, we are leveraging and optimizing our existing data & analytics tools and clinical processes to advance various health equity related goals across the health system. Through transparent measurement, explicit acknowledgement, and data-informed intentionality, we strive to proactively eliminate health disparities that exist across social and racial lines. We view inequities and clinical bias as unwanted variations in care and therefore, must be rooted out. I am also proud to see patients clinically as a Pediatric Hospitalist, where I am responsible for teaching medical students and residents as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics as a faculty member of the Yale School of Medicine. I received my bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and my Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego. I then completed my residency training in Pediatrics at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine / NYC Health + Hospitals – Bellevue.
Jennifer Lo, MD
Annette Ridenour - Past Treasurer
Alan Siegel, MD
Barbara Steinhaus - Immediate Past President
Katherine Trapanovski - Immediate Past Vice President
Kim joined Hennepin Healthcare in 2015 from ActiveHealth Management (part of Aetna) where she was the SVP of Product Marketing and Strategy. Prior to that, Kim led national and international care and population health support initiatives for Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Kim began her post-MBA career at General Mills as a product manager. She worked for Publicis, a multinational advertising agency, where she led global brand presence initiatives and a start-up company before moving into the health care industry.
Kim earned her masters of business administration from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.
Kim is passionate about the arts and healing program initiatives. She serves on the Arts Council at Hennepin Healthcare to help raised awareness and funds for arts programming. Kim has also supported Arts and Healing at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
She is an avocational mosaic artist, a twin and one of 13 children.
Naj Wikoff - Past Vice President
Katie White Swanson
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