Board of Directors
Frank Myers - Chair
Frank Myers joined the ArtStream Board of Directors in 2013. He was appointed as Chair in October 2016.
Frank is a Senior Vice President at Navy Federal Credit Unions and is the father of an ArtStream actor. He is proud to provide leadership for this dynamic organization.
Sari Hornstein - Vice Chair
Dr. Sari Hornstein joined the ArtStream Board of Directors in 2013.
Sari is an historian who has written extensively on children with special needs, as well as on other topics relating to children’s growth and development. She is also the mother of a young man on the autism spectrum who has benefited from the transformative power of involvement in the arts, not least as a participant in ArtStream’s programs.
Outside of ArtStream, Sari serves on the Board of Directors at The Ivymount School and on the Quality Assurance Committee of SEEC, a DDA licensed agency that serves adults with disabilities in Maryland. Sari also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Afterschool Development, an affiliate of the All Stars Project, a national nonprofit and pioneer in performance-based after school and youth development.
Sari lives in Washington, DC.
Maggie Haslam - Secretary
Maggie Haslam joined the ArtStream Board of Directors in 2016.
Maggie is a freelance writer and public relations consultant for the University of Maryland. She has nearly 20 years of professional experience in communications writing, marketing and publicity, helping a spectrum of clients — including those in higher education, nonprofit, medicine, and entertainment — share news, showcase significant achievements, and garner exposure from a wider audience.
Maggie and her husband Andy have three children. Their son Drew is on the autism spectrum. Maggie first encountered ArtStream when her friend Doreen Cronrath invited her to ArtStream’s Gala. She is inspired by the joy and empowerment ArtStream makes possible.
Maggie is honored for the opportunity to promote ArtStream’s efforts.
Maggie lives in Bethesda, MD.
Paul Murray, CPA - Treasurer
Paul joined ArtStream’s Board of Directors in October 2016
Paul is a CPA with a broad background and experience in Finance and Administration. He is recently retired from full time work. During his 25-year career, Paul served as Controller or Finance Director of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the Washington Metro area. Paul has an MBA and M.Ed.
Paul offers experience with budgeting, creating investment policies, managing banking needs, and auditing expertise. Paul is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington. and the Order of Alhambra Porto 104. Paul assisted with fundraising activities in his role as a board member.
Paul’s daughter, Chelsea, joined ArtStream in 2009 and is an active Inclusive Theatre Company (ITC) actor and class participant. Paul’s wife, Connie, founded Connie’s Chocolate Confections, which can be seen at many ArtStream performances. Paul and Connie live in Alexandria, VA.
Eleanor Allen - Member at Large
Eleanor Allen has an extensive background as a strategic researcher and versatile writer for high-profile campaigns and national nonprofit organizations. As Associate Director, Foundation Relations at Children’s Hospital Foundation, her duties include strategic planning, project management and cultivation of a $1 million fundraising portfolio.
Previously at Advocates for Youth she was responsible for raising approximately $5.5 million annually to support adolescent reproductive and sexual health through strategic planning, prospect identification, proposal development, grant reporting and grants administration. Prior to that, Eleanor coordinated all aspects of foundation relationships and was primary grantwriter for the National Partnership for Women & Families, a national equal rights organization with an annual budget of $8 million.
Eleanor is co-author (with Jennifer Stark) of Corporate Funding – More Straightforward Than You Think, published in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, May-June 2016. From 2013-16, she served on the community advisory board of the Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting Program (TAPP) in Washington D.C. She received her B.A. from Syracuse University and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Lina Aybinder - Member at Large
Lina Aybinder joined ArtStream’s Board of Directors in 2012. She served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017.
Lina is a Financial Analyst at Freddie Mac. She earned a dual BS in Accounting and Finance as well as a minor in Russian Language and Culture from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also participated in the Scholars program at the University of Maryland. Lina is a Certified Public Accountant and is pursing the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
She was inspired to pursue involvement with a nonprofit organization through Greater DC Cares, a partner of her employer, Freddie Mac. Greater DC Cares connects professionals with local nonprofit boards that serve the greater community.
Lina lives in Washington, DC.
Pamela Brown - Member at Large
Pam Brown joined the ArtStream Board of Directors in 2013.
An ArtStream parent from Germantown, MD, Pam was encouraged by her son Tyler’s successes with Gaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company A to become a more active member of the ArtStream community. She says, “I had no idea how I could help, just that I wanted to help.”
Pam served as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016.
Pam lives in Germantown, MD.
Kristen Chou - Member at Large
Kristen joined ArtStream’s Board of Directors in October 2016.
Kristen has been with Deloitte Consulting since August 2012 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters in Public Policy and Management, focusing on international policy and strategy. Kristen serves clients primarily in the Federal Civilian sector and has developed specialized skills in strategic visioning and strategy development, policy design and analytics, and business process design and transformation.
Kristen’s passion for helping those with disabilities started at a young age when she volunteered at the Kilmer Center while attending The Madeira School, in McLean, Virginia. She is also involved in her family’s private charitable foundation.
Kristen lives in Washington, DC.
Adam B. Fine - Member at Large
Eli Lewis - Member at Large, Client Liaison
Eli graduated from Walter Johnson High School in 2009. Since then, he attended programs at Montgomery College, Community Career Connections (CCC) Program at Rockville High School, and the MOST Program at the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH). Through Project Search, Eli received support with accommodations, adaptations, and on-the-job coaching. Today, he works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Eli has been an ArtStream actor with the Silver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company (ITC) since 2009. His favorite roles include Tony Bigman, the superhero in Parks & Inspiration and Doc Harlow in Back to the Past. In addition to acting with the ITC, Eli achieved his life-long dream of directing in ArtStream’s Directing and Design class. He also practices public speaking skills at ArtStream’s Positively Speaking workshops in partnership with the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC).
This is Eli’s first experience serving on a board. He is very excited to meet new people and tell them why he loves ArtStream. Eli’s first-hand experience with ArtStream programs and other local disability providers makes him an asset to the Board of Directors.
Eli lives independently in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Karen Mitchell, CPA - Member at Large
Karen joined ArtStream’s Board of Directors in October 2016
Karen is Chief Operating Officer of the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). She has seven years of “Big Eight” public accounting experience. Prior to her role as COO, she served as USG’s Director of Finance and Administration for nine years. She served as Assistant Dean of Finance for the University of Maryland School of Medicine for eight years. Karen is a member of the 2010 Leadership Montgomery class. She consults to nonprofits on financial, organizational, administrative and computing needs. She has an MBA in Finance.
Karen offers experience with marketing, budgeting and financial management, strategic planning, community connections, leadership, team building, nonprofit management, problem solving, and human resources. She is a frequent leader on task forces or committees for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She serves on the Montgomery County Green Economy Task Force (appointment by the County Executive). She is a member of Bethesda Green and the Bethesda Chamber of Commerce.
Karen has 2 grown daughters (one a dancer and singer, one an athlete) and two adorable grandchildren (ages 1 and 2). She is a parent volunteer at Winston Churchill High School in Bethesda, MD, assisting with performing arts activities. Karen has a cousin with IDD and worked as a summer teacher’s aide in a school for children with IDD. She lives in Bethesda, MD.
Heller An Shapiro - Executive Director
Heller An Shapiro joined the ArtStream staff in May 2016.
Heller An dedicates her professional life to organizations committed to supporting the arts and people with disabilities. She directed nonprofits, served on boards, and worked as a volunteer. She also served as an executive coach and strategic resource for nonprofit organizations around the country, including advising Executive Directors and board members as they hire the right executive director to replace a founding director.
Over a long and very successful career to date, Heller An managed 750 Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers, developed and conducted a three-year national volunteer leadership training program for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and supported local and international arts programs for VSA. She also founded MVP Arts: Managers of Volunteer Programs in the Arts, a networking and education group. While serving as Director of Volunteers at the Friends of the Kennedy Center, Heller An’s program received a President’s Volunteer Action Award.
Heller An’s varied roles with The Kennedy Center, VSA, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and most recently, her very successful 10-year tenure as Executive Director of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease), positioned Heller An perfectly to take the helm of ArtStream.
Heller An currently serves on The Barrie School Board of Trustees. She has also served on the boards of Kidsave International, the National Health Council, and the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA). She is a member of Leadership America.
Heller An’s articles have been published in The Washington Post, The Journal of Volunteer Administration, ASAE Chapter Relations, Fund Raising Institute, and Leadership Guide. She is the author of the Rebuilding Together: Board Building Manual and contributed a chapter in Managing Volunteer Diversity. She collaborated with a team to write two children’s books, Jason’s First Day and Emily’s First Day, both designed to integrate a child with a disability into elementary school classrooms.
Heller An received her BA from Vassar College, and her MA from the American University.
Heller An joined the ArtStream team in 2016 and she is thrilled to take on the role of Executive Director. This is an opportunity to combine two of her lifelong passions: Her passion for the arts and her commitment to serving people with disabilities.
Doreen Cronrath - Director of Finance and Administration
Doreen Cronrath joined the ArtStream staff in June 2014, first as a part-time bookkeeper, then as a full-time Office Administrator. In 2016, she was promoted to Director of Finance and Administration.
For more than 25 years, Doreen worked in the administration of nonprofit organizations, or with businesses that provide support to nonprofit organizations. Her interest lies in assisting small, local community organizations to become more efficient and effective in their day-to-day operations and in becoming widely recognized and respected in the community.
Before moving to the area, Doreen served seven years as Operations Manager for Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS), Baton Rouge, Louisiana; an organization that recruits, trains, places and manages volunteers in the public schools of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Prior to joining VIPS, she worked with The Levy Company, a CPA firm focusing on nonprofit agencies. For several years, Doreen was the Business Manager for the award-winning Steege/Thomson Communications in Philadelphia.
Lyndsey Medlin - Program Manager
Lyndsey Medlin joined the ArtStream staff in April 2017. Lyndsey brings experience in coordinating programs and training, quality assessment, metrics and evaluation, as well as designing newsletters and knowledge of computer graphics.
Lyndsey ranked in the top 5 of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General student interns over the last 42 years. She received the 2016 OIG Honorary Award, Pathways Intern Award, the M&P Employee of the Month and a Special Service Award for her volunteer work increasing donations to the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign. She is a Welcome Associate volunteer at the Washington National Cathedral, and an event volunteer for Washington Project for the Arts.
John Newman - Director of Marketing
John Newman joined the ArtStream staff in March 2010 as part-time Office Manager. In 2013, he was promoted to full-time Marketing Manager and in 2016, Director of Marketing.
John regularly participates in workshops and courses in nonprofit marketing and fundraising with Raffa, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. John is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland with a plan to jumpstart a career in nonprofit marketing.
Artistically, John is a writer, director, and teaching artist. He holds his BA in Theatre from Penn State University where he helped develop the student sitcom project “304.” At PSU, John also wrote Tea Party, KABOOM!, an original 10 minute play that was later used as a teaching tool with PSU’s World Campus.
At ArtStream, John has worked as an assistant director and director. He also works with ArtStream as a teaching artist in music, drama, and public speaking. These artistic skills and experiences with ArtStream’s clients give John invaluable insight into the needs of the ArtStream community.
Colleen Marie Siler - Theatre and Events Manager
Colleen has over 15 years of experience in stage and production management, including working as a stage and production manager during ArtStream’s 2014-2015 Inclusive Theatre Company season. She has worked at numerous theatres across the country, including the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Theatre J in the DC area. Her most recent position was as Production Coordinator at the Clarice Performing Arts Center, where she coordinated events of all sizes. Additionally, Colleen has coordinated multiple weddings, run her own small business, starred in a web series and appeared on multiple podcasts.
Colleen has a Cum Laude BA of Fine Arts in Theatre Stage Management, with a minor in Mass Communications from Shenandoah University.
Christine Spain - Office Coordinator
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