Cheri Walsh | Executive Director
Originally from Southern California, Cheri began her studies and career as a ballet and jazz dancer, working throughout the United States and Europe. She later went on to build a strong record of over fifteen years in non-profit leadership positions. Before joining ETA, she served as Managing Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and prior to that was the Director of Development at North Carolina Dance Theatre. She is a volunteer master dance teacher at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and recently collaborated with the dance and film students to create a video to Tony's Steppin' Out With My Baby to honor his 90th birthday. Cheri holds a B.A. from U.C.L.A in Political Science and in 2017 completed an Education Policy Program fellowship at Columbia University.
Faith Childs-Davis Ed.D | Director, L.A. Office
The Chicago native sees herself as a nurturer of creative talent. In addition to raising two artistically talented sons of her own (filmmaker Kahlil Joseph and painter Noah Davis), the former public school teacher was an early pioneer of arts integration in Seattle Public Schools during her 15-year tenure, beginning in 1984. After retiring from the classroom, Faith relocated to NYC, where as a sittings editor she directed and collaborated with creative talent in the production of photo shoots for Essence Magazine. In 2005, she relocated to Los Angeles and joined The Music Center as a producer of the nonprofit's annual Bravo Awards, which recognizes exemplary arts educators in LA County. In addition to her current role at ETA, Faith continues to be involved in personal creative endeavors as well as arts education consulting. She holds a Doctorate in Education from U.C.L.A.
Hannah Berson | Director of Programs & Assessment
Hannah has worked continuously in arts education for fifteen years. Prior to ETA, she managed after-school teen apprenticeship programs in the performing, visual, literary and culinary arts at Gallery 37 in Chicago, which later became After School Matters. She has also worked with the education programs at New York City Opera and New York's Children's Museum of the Arts, as well as in music and visual arts classrooms in New York and Chicago public schools. Hannah holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University, a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago, and she is an alumna of Coro Leadership New York.
Greg Knight | Local Program Director, Turnaround Arts: NYC
A Connecticut native, Greg has worked with youth, families, and the arts for over a decade. Prior to joining ETA, Greg managed programmatic and corporate relationships with schools at Change for Kids. He also served as both a 6th grade teacher and talent recruiter at Achievement First, gaining invaluable experience in various dimensions of the education system. Greg has lifelong experience in the music world both professionally and personally — he is a proficient multi-instrumentalist and producer with additional experience in music management. He began his career in arts education as a manager of School of Rock. Greg holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Connecticut.
Tiffany Lin | Program Manager, Partner Schools & Network
Originally from Virginia, Tiffany has worked in arts education for over a decade, in both Virginia and New York City. Before joining ETA, she spearheaded an arts education initiative into 20 schools and NYCHA community centers in Brooklyn for visual, digital, performing, culinary, and fashion arts. Tiffany holds her BFA in Drawing & Design from Old Dominion University, as well as a pre-K — 12 visual arts teaching licensure. She is an alumna of the National Arts Education’s selective School for Art Leaders and in her spare time continues to illustrate, design, and mentor teaching artists and students.
Dori Alper, LMSW | Program Manager, Lang Arts Scholars
The only thing greater than Dori’s passion for theatre is her actual playbill collection. Dori majored in Human Services at the University of Delaware, with a focus on children, families and communities, and she studied clinical social work at the Graduate School of Social Work at Touro College. She joined ETA from CUNY Kingsborough Community College, where she worked as an academic counselor focused on retention initiatives, student wellness, personal counseling, and student success. Dori serves on the Associate Board of SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education). She cares deeply about education and youth development.
Maya Mackrandilal | Program Manager
Maya is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, educator, and arts administrator. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her creative practice spans collage, sculpture, video, performance art, poetry, and creative non-fiction. As an educator, her focus is high school, college, and adult learning, approaching art education as a tool for developing creative problem-solving skills, enhancing community engagement, and promoting social justice. After moving from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2016, Maya served as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the City of Buena Park and then School Programs Coordinator at Music Center, administering arts-integrated partnerships throughout LA County.
Alia Tejeda | Arts Internship Coordinator
Alia first began her career in arts education while still a student at Talent Unlimited High School, when she participated in ETA's Apprenticeship Program, placed in the education department at Roundabout Theatre Company. She later worked with Lincoln Center Education, and as an arts educator with Union Settlement, and she served as a mentor for the Bloomberg Arts and Culture internship program. She is a graduate and president awardee from SUNY Purchase College’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, having earned her B.A in Theatre and Performance and Arts Management. Alia is still engaged in her craft and most recently performed in the new musical "Gravity of Me Gone" at the off-broadway theatre Ars Nova.
Arielle Jennings | Arts Internship Coordinator
Arielle's passion for art and arts education began at an early age. As a student at High School of Art & Design, she participated in the AIGA/NY Mentoring Program and fostered a relationship with her mentor that has lasted 10+ years. She went on to study Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to joining ETA, she interned at the artist-run AS220 Printshop, and she briefly worked as a candy maker at Papabubble NY before transitioning back into arts education, teaching as an Arts Coordinator for The Boys' Club of New York. Outside of ETA, Arielle is currently Head Illustrator at The Tempest Co., a women-run media company, and a volunteer at Project Attica, a non-profit that uses artivism to teach others about social justice issues.
Adam Hardin | Administrative & Development Assistant
Adam was raised in Stillwater, OK and has loved the arts from an early age. He holds a BA in Theater Arts from Earlham College and most recently earned his MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. During that time, he was most fortunate to study at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, where his focus was Theatre Performance and Education. Alongside his work at ETA, Adam is a freelance Voice Over artist and a Producer/Designer with The Adventure Society, a New York-based theater company that explores the overlap between theater and game design.