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The NAS Team

Staff


Board of Directors

Kyle Jillson

Board Chair

Former Executive Vice President
Twentieth Century Fox
Los Angeles, California

Kyle Jillson

Board Chair

Former Executive Vice President
Twentieth Century Fox
Los Angeles, California

Kyle Jillson

Board Chair

Former Executive Vice President
Twentieth Century Fox
Los Angeles, California


Faculty

Nothing sets us apart like our outstanding faculty.

It really is an amazing team, with leading professors and rising stars from the top business and graduate schools in the country working with us to create our courses. They are experts in the field who are also exceptional teachers in the classroom. They're inspired by the arts, and by the energy and intelligence each of you bring to our programs.

Gail Crider

President & CEO

Gail Crider is President & CEO of National Arts Strategies. She directs our program design area and facilitates organizational realignment. In addition, she consults on strategic leadership, planning and governance. Gail was Vice President and COO for over a decade and was instrumental in our transition from the National Arts Stabilization Fund to National Arts Strategies and providing the range of services we offer today.

Royce Hodnett

Program Manager

His role as a Program Manager at NAS allows him the chance to interact with many program participants. He is responsible for serving as the frontline of communication for program participants in the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, maintaining updates of online classrooms and organizing online seminars.

Kyle Jillson

Engagement Manager

Kyle has more than eight years of marketing and public relations experience with nonprofits. As the Engagement Manager at National Arts Strategies, he implements the organization’s outreach and evaluation initiatives to ensure we provide arts and culture professionals with skills that will potently effect their communities.

Dawne Langford

Program Assistant

Dawne Langford is a Washington, D.C. based artist and curator with a focus on presentations of historic events that apply artistic expression to deepen understanding, support learning, and stimulate community dialogue. Since 2014, Ms. Langford has personally worked with over 250 local, national and international artists from a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography and time-based art. She recently completed a six month project as the Manager and Curator of Programs for the Fundred Reserve OPEN LAB, in collaboration with Mel Chin Studios.

Margaret McKay

Financial Controller

Margaret McKay, Financial Controller at National Arts Strategies, manages the internal financial operations, fiscal oversight and nonprofit regulatory compliance for the organization. Educated in Barbados, Canada and Trinidad, she has obtained professional designation (AAT, UK qualification) in accounting and finance. Margaret has spent 25 years in administration, finance and management positions in the commercial sector before entering the nonprofit sector in 2000. She is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians in England.

Paul O'Byrne

Senior Consulting Director

Paul O’Byrne is a senior consulting business catalyst, helping arts, cultural and creative businesses conceive, lead, deliver and evaluate major change programs, turning their business problems into long-term assets. He has recently relocated to Los Angeles from Sydney, Australia.

Carla Samson

Administrative & Accounting Assistant

Carla assists the President & CEO and Financial Controller of National Arts Strategies as the Administrative & Accounting Assistant. Born and raised in northern Virginia, Carla grew up as a competitive dancer. During her time at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!), she was a member of their prestigious dance team, the HighTechs, performing at football and basketball games and competing yearly at nationals in Daytona Beach.

Dallas Shelby

Director

Dallas is responsible for our overall engagement strategy, helping redefine all that we do as simply "service." He built our online video initiative and continues to refine what kinds of content we produce and how we make it most useful. Dallas also helped lead the development of our ArtsJournal blog, Field Notes, and provides editorial guidance as the blog's editor-in-chief.

Sunny Widmann

Director

Sunny leads the development and oversees management of several National Arts Strategies programs. She works with partners, funders and participants to design tools that help cultural leaders advance their work. Programs currently in Sunny’s portfolio include support services for cultural entrepreneurs, leadership development for CEOs and online learning initiatives. Sunny helped lead the design and implementation of NAS’s first ideation conference, the Summit at Sundance in 2013.