Board of Directors
Franklin 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 President
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.
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.
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 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
Adam joined ArtStream’s Board of Directors in September 2017.
Adam is the Associate General Counsel and Director of Commercial Transactions for Washington Gas Light Company (WGL). Immediately prior to joining WGL, Adam served as the General Counsel for an energy consulting and energy management company. Adam, a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School, lives in Bethesda with his wife and two children. He is excited about contributing to ArtStream’s mission.
Kirsten Davidson - Member at Large, Client Liaison
Kirsten joined ArtStream’s Board of Directors in January 2018.
Kirsten is an ArtStream actor with Gaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company B. She has worked for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for 25 years and loves her job. She is currently the treasurer of the Client Council of the Jubilee Association, an agency which provides residential support to people with developmental disabilities.
Kirsten’s first experience at public speaking was as a teenager and a member of the Montgomery Exceptional Leaders (MELS) when she visited elementary schools and spoke to the students about disability issues. She became involved in theatre as a child as a member of the Bethesda Academy for the Performing Arts (BAPA), and later as an actor at Imagination Stage in their therapeutics section. She became involved in ArtStream at its inception and has performed in Company B for many years.
In addition to acting, Kirsten takes classes at Spirit Club and participates in activities in the Montgomery County Recreation Department’s Weekenders Club.
Kirsten lives in Rockville with a housemate and receives support from the Jubilee Association of Maryland.
Karen Mitchell, CPA - Member at Large
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.
Cameron Elliot - Member at Large
Cameron has been a federal government lawyer for most of his career, and is now an administrative law judge with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has been president, secretary, and treasurer of the boards of cooperative apartment buildings, served on state bar committees in New York and D.C., and was the board secretary of his children’s preschool. As a pro bono lawyer with Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts he helped clients form arts-oriented nonprofit organizations. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Cameron and his wife Carrie live on Capitol Hill with their two children. He is honored to support and promote ArtStream’s activities.
Lisa Gaffney - Member at Large
Lisa Gaffney has a consulting practice focused on strategic and business planning, and financial management, and is also an an affiliate consultant with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management.
Following a 25+ year career in finance, Lisa transitioned her primary focus to the nonprofit sphere out of a desire to use her expertise to strengthen organizations in the sector. In addition to independent consulting, Lisa has worked for Wellspring Consulting, FINCA International and the Taproot Foundation. During her finance career, Lisa was a securities analyst, on the sell-side and in institutional asset management, and a banker with firms including Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, and JPMorgan Chase. Lisa received her MBA with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in economics from Duke University.
Lisa’s son Tom is on the autism spectrum and has been an ITC actor for several years. Having seen the confidence, pride and sense of belonging Tom gets from being an ArtStreamer, Lisa is thrilled to support the organization as a Board member.
Lisa lives in Bethesda, MD and New York City.
Julie Reddig - Member at Large
Julie is a Principal, Employment and Labor Attorney, at Lerch Early Brewer. She has a BA in History, summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Julie helps employers build and maintain productive workplaces by navigating the many federal, state, and local laws protecting employees in the workforce. She counsels management on avoiding and defending against employment claims before administrative agencies and local, state, and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Julie’s clients represent a cross-section of the Washington, DC region’s employers, with a mix of blue and white collar environments, particularly in construction and related companies, transportation, property management, professional services, and consulting firms. Many of these are government contractors.
Julie counsels and trains executives, HR professionals, and front-line managers on compliance with employment statutes and regulations. This includes best practices for hiring and firing, preventing harassment claims, compliance with wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), laws that protect ill, injured or disabled employees, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or state or local laws, and laws specific to the wage and affirmative action obligations of government contractors.
Julie volunteers with the Junior League of Washington, and as a Church School Teacher at Westmoreland Congregational UCC.
Mike Cooper - Member at Large
Mike was a practicing lawyer for 42 years before retiring in 2015. Except for three years in the Federal government, he was in private practice and for the last 30 years of his career, he was a partner in Bryan Cave LLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP), a large international law firm with 900 lawyers at the time of Mike’s retirement. His law degree is from Harvard Law School.
Mike’s legal practice centered on large scale commercial litigation, principally dealing with economic, financial and accounting issues. This representation frequently involved presentations and recommendations to the boards of directors of public companies.
Mike served six years on his firm’s executive committee, including as chairman of the budget committee, and interim chairman of the firm for the purpose of selecting a new permanent chairman.
Mike’s daughter, Megan, has been a member of the Gaithersburg Inclusive Theater Company since ArtStream’s formation, and a member of Imagination Stage before that.
Heller An Shapiro - Executive Director
Heller An 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 VSArts. 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, her program received a President’s Volunteer Action Award.
Heller An’s varied roles with The Kennedy Center, VSArts, 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 her perfectly to take the helm of ArtStream.
Heller An currently serves on The Barrie School Board of Trustees. She 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 sees ArtStream as an opportunity to combine two of her lifelong passions: Her passion for the arts and her commitment to serving people with disabilities.
Marilyn Brown - Development Assistant
Marilyn joined the ArtStream staff in January 2019. Marilyn is an administrative professional and has worked in many different settings. Her most recent position was as an Executive Administrative Assistant for the Mid-Atlantic region development office of a national non-profit, American Friends of the Hebrew University. She is experienced with donor databases and was responsible for processing all incoming regional gifts. She also assisted in preparing for galas and smaller donor events. Marilyn also has experience as an estate plan paralegal, chapter relations coordinator, and website specialist. She worked as a special education aide at a local synagogue in their Sunday school program and homeschooled her son during his third-grade year. Previously she worked in admissions at the Art Institute of Boston where she managed student tour guides.
Marilyn is the parent of a soon to be high school graduate with Aspergers. She is a committed volunteer in the disability community as a DC Public School Parent Special Education Advisory Board member and coordinates a regular information sharing breakfast group for parents of neurodiverse teenagers and young adults. Marilyn graduated from New York University with a BA in Philosophy, and received a Professional Certificate in Web Development from George Washington University.
Doreen Cronrath - Director of Finance and Administration
Doreen 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, she was the Business Manager for the award-winning Steege/Thomson Communications in Philadelphia.
Abby Madden - Programs Coordinator
Abby joined the ArtStream staff in January 2018. Abby holds a BA in Music Composition from Messiah College and a MA in Theology and the Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary.
With years of working in the music business and serving multiple congregations, Abby brings a wide range of experience in administration and volunteer management. Abby has a passion for helping others thrive and make a meaningful impact on their community and the world, particularly through the arts. You can find Abby at the ArtStream HQ, or on stage as the Music Director for ArtStream’s VA and MD Cabaret companies.
Lyndsey Medlin - Program Manager
Lyndsey 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.
Sarah Sandifer- Theatre and Events Manager
Sarah joined the ArtStream staff in July 2019. Sarah is passionate about community theatre and has experience in almost every aspect of theatre including Stage Manager, Props Designer, Wardrobe, Electrics Crew, Lighting Designer, set building, and Running Crew. She is also trained in stage combat! Sarah graduated from Frostburg State University with a BS in Theatrical Studies and a Minor in Psychology. She received a Frostburg State University Academic Excellence Scholarship and was on the Dean’s List for three years. She won a 2019 Regional Award for Stage Management at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.