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Cheri Walsh | Executive Director

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Cheri is from Southern California and began her studies and career as a ballet and jazz dancer, working throughout the United States and Europe. She then built 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 is currently a fellow in the Education Policy Program at Columbia University and holds a B.A. from U.C.L.A in Political Science.


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Faith Childs-Davis | Director, L.A. Office

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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.


Karin Venegas | Director of Development & Communications

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Karin's artistic life began as a young child acting in New York City's off-off Broadway theatre scene before majoring in Drama at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (a.k.a. the school from "Fame"). She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. Prior to ETA, Karin held teaching positions at the Bronx Institute of G.E.A.R. U.P. and freelanced with Hudson Heights Partners, writing grant proposals and case studies for their nonprofit clientele. She continues her pursuit of creative projects outside of ETA and most recently directed an award-winning documentary film, "Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center," with distribution from Women Make Movies.


Hannah Berson | Director of Programs & Assessment

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Hannah has worked continuously in arts education for over ten 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 a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University.


Ken White | Programs Manager

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Ken has worked with youth in the arts for well over a decade, most recently as a teaching artist in NYC and Hartford, CT public schools through such agencies as LEAP, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and Artists Collective. He has also spent much of his career as a touring musician and educator, participating in several US Department of State-sponsored tours throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America as the musical director and drummer of a live hip hop band. Ken holds his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Masters from the Gallatin School at New York University, focusing on the relationship between music and dance.


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Sara Klugman | NYC Student Opportunities Coordinator

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A dancer and poet, Sara was previously a member and director of Semaphore, a repertory modern dance company in Northfield, Minnesota, and has published her poetry in various anthologies and collections. Before joining ETA, Sara spent a year with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, which placed her in a fellowship position at the Brooklyn public high school Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice, where she ran an after-school dance club and connected students to out-of-school enrichment opportunities. Sara holds a BA in Religion from Carleton College, where she also worked as an Arts Fellow, promoting local community engagement through the arts.


Yolanda Hester | L.A. Program Coordinator

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For over a decade Yolanda has been committed to helping young people attain their educational and artistic goals. Most recently she served as Associate Director of Admissions at Art Center College of Design in Pasdena, CA and at ArtWorxLA developed the Creative Careers Mentorship Program, partnering artistic high school students with working artists. She has also worked with Atlantic Theater Company, Women's Project and Productions, and at Cornerstone Theater, connecting communities to art.