Stephanie Janes is the Senior Communications Manager for the Celebrity Series of Boston, a non-profit presenting arts organization that brings the best in the performing arts to Boston and engages young audiences in artistic experiences through performing arts-based education and community service programs. In addition to her work at the Celebrity Series of Boston, Ms. Janes is also the founder and President of the Miss Boston Scholarship Organization, a local non-profit preliminary for the Miss America Pageant. She also enjoys singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Ms. Janes holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and a Certificate in Leadership from UMass Boston.
If there was one word to describe Tory Bullock it would be hungry. Hungry for knowledge, community, and growth. Tory is an actor/ writer / director from Boston, MA. He has been acting professionally since 2005 . At the age of eighteen he founded ARTiculation ( a Boston based poetry meets theatre collective) and has been touring nationally ever since. Grounded in the collaborative experience he has spent the last four years creating underground events bridging the gap between artist communities throughout the city. As a working artist he loves the city of Boston but he acknowledges that sometimes it can be a very lonely place for an artist. With his participation on the BCC board he hopes to lend a hand and open doors for those who need help bringing there visions to life.
Abigail Norman is Executive Director of the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, which inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for people from all walks of life. The Eliot’s School Partnership Program sends artists and artisans to teach woodworking and visual arts in numerous Boston public schools, libraries, low-income housing and community centers; the Eliot also holds classes for people of all ages at its Jamaica Plain schoolhouse in furniture, fiber arts, fashion, books/paper and other visual arts. Abigail has worked for over two decades in community-based arts. She was previously Program Coordinator at Forest Hills Educational Trust and, before that, Director of Somerville Community Access Television. She also makes quilts, drawings and small objects as a form of social exchange.
Nia Grace is the Marketing and Community Outreach Director for Boston Neighborhood Network Television. Nia comes to the Boston Cultural Council with over 10 years of experience managing and designing awareness initiatives for civic and social events, causes and services.
A graduate of the University of Miami, Nia has had the opportunity to work on various projects with TEDx Roxbury Women, MTV, Russell Simmons, HBO Def Poetry, BET Comicview, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Volunteers of America, the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and colleges and universities nationwide.
A native Bostonian, Nia’s ambitions have taken her work to Miami, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and back home again. As a seasoned special event and wedding planner, Nia has executed a variety of highly sophisticated events for institutions of higher learning, couples in love and leading non-profit organizations. Her professionalism and passion produce unforgettable occasions with special attention paid to the finest of details.
Throughout her career, Nia has sought employment and stood behind causes that allow her to live her life as a change agent. Realizing that every action, even those that seem minute, can have a tremendous affect and influence on the world, Nia has found inspiration in the following notion:
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
~ Helen Keller
In her spare time, Nia enjoys singing, cooking, traveling and volunteering for various causes.
Edrie is a proud Dorchester resident and graduate of Emerson College. Her arts advocacy started when she landed in Boston, fresh from the North Dakota farm where she grew up, and garnered a work study job at the Majestic Theatre, helping to restore the old theatre to its present glory. Some nights you can find Edrie recalling her North Dakota roots as she plays the accordion for the local rock group Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys.
Derek Lumpkins is the Executive Director of Discover Roxbury (www.discoverroxbury.org), an artist-run, non-profit organization that promotes civic engagement and economic development through tours, events, and school visits which leverage the arts, culture, and history of the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury. During his tenure, Lumpkins has
Overseen the growth and expansion of Roxbury Open Studios;
Instituted the Black & White Party, Discover Roxbury’s annual arts fundraiser;
Branded and created pop-up galleries in Dudley Square and on Beacon Hill;
Helped design walking tours of Roxbury’s visual arts and music heritage; and
Led a cultural exchange for artists to Barcelona, one of Boston’s sister cities.
Derek enthusiastically believes in developing new opportunities for independent artists and the community as a whole. A native of Boston, Derek Lumpkins graduated from Boston Latin School, and attended Swarthmore College (B.A., English Literature) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London (M.A., International Studies and Diplomacy). In addition to working at Discover Roxbury, Derek serves on the steering committees of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) and ArtMorpheus. He is also a working photographer and serves as a member of the Boston Cultural Council.
Aubre Carreón Aguilar, an Ancient of Miss Porter’s School and a graduate of Wellesley College, is a Project Manager in the Executive Office of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She is President of the BCBSMA Young Professionals Network; a Team Leader of Mayor Menino’s and now Mayor Walsh’s ONEin3 Council; a member of the BCBSMA Blue Crew Leadership Council; and a member of The Metropolitans, a young professional group supporting Citi Performing Arts Center.
Chika Offurum is an advertising/marketing executive with over sixteen years experience in media buying, account management, television and film marketing. For the past twelve years, she has worked at WGBH Boston in a variety of marketing capacities, engaging Boston-based and audiences around public media programming. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, the signature history series for PBS. She resides in Brighton, and is now in her fifth year of serving on the Boston Cultural Council.
Yaritza Pena attended Bowdoin College earning a Bachelors’ in Asian Studies and Visual Arts. Currently, she works as Director of Operations at Fashion Project, which makes ‘fashion a force for good’ by creating a marketplace for new and gently-used designer clothing and accessories that give back directly to the donor’s charity of choice raising 100 times more for charity than they would through the standard thrift store.
Lisa Bello, a singer, songwriter, and recipient of several Boston Music Awards, teaches special education science in Boston Public Schools. When she’s not busy caring for her 13-month-old, she can be found advocating for peace with Peace Boston and the Louis D. Brown Institute.
Priscilla Rojas, a native of Chicago, is an Audit Senior Manager at John Hancock with international business experience in over 12 countries.
Priscilla served on the steering committee of the Metropolitans for the Citi Performing Arts Center and was the founder of an Arts & Culture employee resource group with over 700 members at State Street.
Priscilla attributes much of her success to the lessons learned in community and school based dance programs and is passionate about closing the arts education opportunity gap in Boston.
Owner of Developing Artist Management and Talent Buyer for Kendall Concerts. Shawn brings over 20 years experience in concert promotion, artist management and talent buying at all levels, having worked with local and regional artists as well as multi-platinum recording artists in all facets of their careers.
Ann Moritz is principal of Moritz Advisory Group where she has consulted to organizations with an emphasis on cultural and educational priorities. She co-designed the program: Building Alliances across Race for Women Leaders. Ann serves on the Executive Committee of Commonwealth Compact, as well as the Steering Committee of Boston Busing/Desegregation Project. The annual Gospel Night at the Boston Pops began with the initiative of a BSO Diversity Committee that Ann helped design. She co-founded and chaired the multicultural ¡CelebrateMilton! in Milton. Ann served as trustee for Outward Bound in Boston, where she developed and led the board’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She devoted most of her 12+ years at The Boston Globe supervising its Human Relations operations. Ann holds a bachelor’s in journalism, a master’s in public administration, and a PhD in educational studies. She serves as adjunct faculty at Lesley University. She is married to writer/photographer David Arnold, and they are parents of two adult children.