Board and Staff
Heller An Shapiro
Heller An ShapiroExecutive Director
Mimi joined ArtStream in 2018 as a grant writing consultant, and is delighted to be stepping into a new and expanded role with such an important and inspiring organization.
She has more than a decade’s experience as a grant writer and development consultant for a number of non-profit and academic organizations in the fields of disability services, the performing arts, Jewish causes, social justice, and education. She serves on the board of a national educational non-profit. Mimi graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Chicago, and was a Judaic Studies graduate fellow at Princeton University.
Mimi HessDirector of Development
Bethany’s most recent position was as a Coordinator and Standardized Patient Educator for area medical schools, including University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Howard University, and Johns Hopkins University. A Patient Educator acts as a patient so medical students can practice diagnosing and relating to their future patients. The “patient” also provides constructive criticism to the student doctors.
Bethany is passionate about theatre and has experience with all aspects of theatre, including scriptwriting, set construction and painting, stage management, props, costumes, make-up, and costume shop organizing. She has performed at many local theatres, including Woolly Mammoth, Studio, Arena Stage, Source Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare, and Center Stage, Baltimore. Her film and TV credits include The Wire, and TLC/Discovery Channel.
Bethany has a BA in Theatre/Acting from Towson University.
Bethany HoffmanTheatre & Events Manager
Katie joined the ArtStream staff in March 2022 as the Outreach Coordinator for Student and Volunteer Engagement. Her most recent positions were as Family Support Specialist for the Neighborhood Place of Puna and Education Coordinator at Nemours Child Development Center. She also served as Program Coordinator at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center where she managed the volunteers. She continues to expand her skills as a student in Ball State University’s Teachers College where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology (designed to be completed while working full time). Katie is experienced in collaborating with community leaders, supporting families, and helping students find the “best fit” class or performing company. She has been a direct support professional for people with autism and mental health needs and tutors her brother who has an auditory processing disorder. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from George Mason University and will graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s in Educational Psychology.
Katie MrazOutreach Coordinator
Catie-Reagan joined ArtStream in the spring of 2021. Her most recent positions were as Administrative Coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University along with Membership Coordinator at James River Writers. She serves as an Associate Board Member for the Children’s Museum of Richmond.
She is experienced in public relations, creative design, branding, and outreach. She has successfully used social media to grow and expand community online. She also has experience identifying new audiences and developing virtual events. Catie-Reagan is a talented writer who has created newsletters, press releases, and blog posts. Along with being an arts advocate, Catie-Reagan believes in giving back to the community and working to enact change by empowering others to find their voice.
Catie-Reagan has an M.S. in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design, a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech, and she completed a Women in Leadership Certificate at Cornell University.
Catie-Reagan PalmoreCommunications Manager
Rachael joined ArtStream in the fall of 2021. Her most recent positions were as Marketing Manager for Divine Dance Institute (DDI) in Washington, DC, where she also taught, performed, and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to that she organized national audition tours and managed the Summer Intensive Program for the Kirov Academy Ballet.
Rachael is a Teaching Artist and is experienced in project management, interpersonal communications, public relations, scheduling, contracting, event coordination, and outreach. She adapted DDI’s programs for virtual learning. She is resourceful, reliable, and strategic. As a Teaching Artist, performer, and choreographer, she will bring a creative collaborative approach to her work. Rachael is passionate about building bridges between the arts and business.
Rachael has a B.A. in Dance Business with a Marketing Minor from Anderson University, and expects to graduate from Goucher College with a M.A. in Arts Administration in 2023.
Rachael SutherlandProgram Manager
Board of Directors
Jonathan Tepper has a 30+ year career as a sales and marketing professional. He recently accepted a position as Vice-President of Sales for Timberlake Homes, Annapolis Maryland, having spent the last 5 years as President/Owner of Tactical Sales, Inc.; a sales & marketing consultancy firm.
His focus has been on sales training and development and he served on the Northern Virginia Building Association Sales Achievement Committee and the Maryland Builder Association Sales Advisory committee. Over his career Jonathan has been associated with national homebuilders, leading their efforts in land development, sales, and marketing strategies for the mid-Atlantic region.
Jonathan served on the board of the ARC of Montgomery County and has been a coach with Montgomery County Special Olympics for over 15 years.
He received his BBA and his MBA with a concentration in finance and marketing, from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
Jonathan is married with one son, who has been performing with ArtStream since 2006.
Jonathan is looking forward to bringing his extensive knowledge to the ArtStream Board, to help further the outreach of this wonderful organization.
Darlene Richeson is President and CEO of MaZie Global Solutions, a specialty government relations firm, which advises client senior leadership teams on managing organizational change, advocating business policy, performing outreach, building coalitions, and developing relationships with members of Congress, government agencies, and relevant stakeholders. Prior to founding MaZie Global Solutions, Darlene was an executive with Travelers Insurance, Bell of Pennsylvania, AT&T, GTE, and Verizon. She has over 30 years of business experience.
Darlene is a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and an MBA from Widener University, Chester, PA.
Darlene serves on the boards of non-profit organizations, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) and CHI Centers, Inc. She is also a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and is an Adjunct Professor for the Organizational Development graduate program at Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, National Capital Region.
Her son, Tory Richeson “TR”, has been involved in ArtStream since 2011 and performs with the Silver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company.
Darlene RichesonVice President
Pamela served on the ArtStream Board of Directors from 2013-2019 and was Chair of the Board from 2013-2016. During her tensure, she co-led two Executive Director searches. During the second search, she served as ArtStream’s Co-Executive Director (with Sari Hornstein) for nine months. Her son, Tyler, performs with the Gaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company and son, Noah, served as a volunteer mentor while he was a high school student.
Formely, Senior Vice President of the National Venture Capital Association(NVCA), Molly Myers has over 25 years of management experience.
Molly is currently a Board Member and serves as the Board President of Residential Continuum, Inc.(RCI). RCI, a non-profit organization, owns 49 group homes in Montgomery County Maryland housing developmentally disabled men and women.
Molly is married to Frank Myers with two adult children. Her son Joe is an ArtStream actor of many years and daughter Jane works in corporate communications.
Eleanor Allen has an extensive background as a strategic researcher and versatile writer for high-profile campaigns and national nonprofit organizations. She is Senior Manager, Foundation Relations at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where her duties include strategic planning, prospect cultivation, proposal development, grant reporting and grants administration. She was previously Associate Director, Foundation Relations at Children’s Hospital Foundation and held similar roles at Advocates for Youth and the National Partnership for Women & Families.
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.
Eleanor AllenMember at Large
Kim is a Sales Executive at Mid-Atlantic Media. She was a member of the website redevelopment task force that created ArtStream’s current website. Additionally, she recently arranged for ArtStream to be featured in Washington Family magazine. Jeff Schofield, Kim’s husband, is a videographer who has filmed ArtStream Performances. Kim’s daughter, Rachel, has been involved with ArtStream since 2019 and performs in the Maryland Cabaret Company.
Kim Coates-SchofieldMember at Large
Matt DiGilio is a 31-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. He joined ArtStream in the fall of 2019, and is on his second performance on the ArtStream stage/screen! Matt works for Montgomery County Government in Rockville as an Administrative Aid. He plays basketball, softball, soccer, and bowling. He also likes going to baseball games, listening to music, biking, and hanging out with friends. He is very grateful to be a part of ArtStream and appreciates all the support from his family and friends.
Matt DiGilioGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
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.
Lisa GaffneyMember at Large
Robert “Bob” Holden Bob retired in July 2021 from a 42-year federal career as an award-winning manager experienced in all areas of public affairs including daily operations, social media and marketing, and translations. He spent the earlier part of his career as a writer-editor for a government wire service, as well as for longer-term publications and speechwriting.
Among his accomplishments, Bob established a translations office in the Bureau of International Information Programs to meet the need for foreign languages in public diplomacy. He also started the Department of State’s first Chinese-language Internet information service, Meiguo Cankao (“The American Source”) and launched the popular and successful Chinese blog Wu Gu Fei Hong (“The Wild Geese of Foggy Bottom”). Prior to that Bob worked for the U.S. Information Agency where he organized public diplomacy campaigns around U.S. participation in several Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits, including drafting speeches and op-eds for the president, secretary of state and senior U.S. officials.
Bob has a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Arts, International Studies from the University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies.
For the past couple of decades, Bob has used singing and guitar-playing to relieve stress and to raise money for various charities. A founding member of musical ensembles that include the Lost Agency Ramblers, the Last Chance Garage Band, and the Rock Hard Bagels, Bob got into the music business the same way as rock star David Lee Roth. He owns the sound system. Bob has experience raising money through events and his band concerts and is interested in doing so for ArtStream.
Bob lives in Springfield, VA.
Robert HoldenMember at Large
Sari Hornstein is a 17th century English naval and economic historian. She is also a free-lance writer on topics relating to The Mysteries of the Special Needs Child, that encouraged parents to see their children’s disabilities as a window into the developing mind. Among other things, her articles addressed learning disabilities, depression, post-secondary education opportunities in Maryland, and the transition process: After the School Bus Stops Coming… It’s Not As Scary As You Fear! Her articles have appeared in Washington Parent, Metroparent (Milwaukee), Baltimore’s Child, and have been posted on various websites.
Sari has served or serves on several Boards: The Ivymount School; ArtStream, an inclusive theatre company; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Advisory Board of the Institute for After School Development, an affiliate of the All Stars Project, that focuses on after school and youth development; and the Quality Advisory Committee of SEEC, a DDA licensed agency that serves adults with disabilities in Maryland. She has supported and advocated for families with children with disabilities for the past 30 years in her capacity as mother of a young man with Autism. Sari graduated from McGill University (BA1978), the London School of Economics (MSc 1980) and Leiden University (PhD 1985).
Sari’s son, Alex, has been involved with ArtStream since 2009. He performs with the Inclusive Theatre Companies and participates in classes. Sari served on the ArtStream Board for two terms, from 2013-2019, and was Vice President from 2016-2019. Sari co-led the Executive Director search in 2015-2016, and served as Co-ED with Pamela Brown for nine months. Sari provided much of the writing for ArtStream’s new website.
Sari HornsteinMember at Large
Sonia is a senior project manager proficient in driving technical and business process solutions in the areas of legal, financial, H/R, and compliance & ethics at Ernst & Young, IMF, and Fannie Mae. With over 15 years of full life-cycle project development and implementations, she offers extensive experience in strategic planning, project management, and operations/maintenance, with a key focus on continuous improvement. She holds a BA degree in Management Information Systems and Marketing from University of South Florida and earned professional certifications in project management and as a Certified Scrum Master. She has served on the Board at National Presbyterian School and as President and Vice President of the school’s parent association. She recently completed her 2-year term as Association Treasurer for Washington Latin Public Charter School.
Sonia lives in Washington, DC with her husband and her two teenagers. She is a proud stepmom to three older children. Sonia’s son has Autism and ADD and his interest in the arts and theatre is growing. She is thrilled to contribute her passion and management skills to the continued success of Artstream and its life-enhancing programs.
Sonia TraskMember at Large
Irene Stephens is a healthcare data analyst and public health advocate residing in Washington, DC. She completed a Master of Public Health degree from Morgan State University and earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. Born in New Orleans, Irene was raised in the Chicago suburbs and attended public schools. She volunteered on numerous political campaigns during her preteen to undergraduate years but decided to pursue a career in public health based on a passion for health education.
Over the past ten years, Irene has worked for organizations dedicated to health equity and transformation across socioeconomic strata. She has published and presented research related to public health performance improvement, and actively participated in several advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill. Her recent experience in hospital administration has influenced a shift to root causes of population health issues. When she is not attending the latest policy discussion or networking event, Irene is likely enjoying the city’s best food, music venue, or cultural experience.