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PFTA Board

Partners for the Arts Board

Partners for the Arts is a community alliance, and as such, the support and time commitment of our community leaders is vital to our mission of providing career-altering experiences to our Arts students at USM.

Meet our Board Members

Executive Committee


  • Anna Rush, Chair
  • Amy Hinton, Immediate Past Chair
  • Kelly Anne Nordan, 1st Vice Chair
  • Joe Bost, Exec. Secretary/Treasurer
  • Dr. Chris Winstead, Executive Director, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kate Smith, PFTA Administrator


Governing Board


  • Kelsey Barrett
  • Den Baum
  • Raylawni Branch
  • Kathryn Ferrell Connolly
  • Andrea Hendrickson Ford
  • Denetria Gamble
  • Ron Hancock
  • Dr. Robert Heath
  • Jamie Moore Jimenez
  • Althea Jerome
  • Nancy Leader
  • Carole Marshall
  • Mandie McKenzie
  • Russ Willis


Advisory Boards


Performing & Visual Arts

  • ​Meg Brooker
  • Jacob Cotton
  • Dr. David Coley​

Center for Writers

  • Dr. Adam Clay
  • Dr. Matt Casey
  • Dr. Angela Ball
  • Dr. Joshua Bernstein​
  • Dr. Luis Iglesias


  • Dr. Colin McKenzie
  • Dr. Mike Lopinto
  • Dr. Kimberly Davis 

Media and Entertainment Arts

  • Dr. Ed Simpson 
  • Dr. John Meyer