Current Board:

Executive Committee

Gail Boyd, President
Ben Cohen, VP Membership
Kris Kaminski, VP Communication
Crandall Rogers, Secretary
Tommy Hensel, Treasurer
Mike Green, Immediate Past President

Board Members At-Large

Tara Bailey
David Briggs
Ron DeStefano
Tiffany Goodman
Leah Keith
Hank Knerr
Mister Mojo
Eoin Ó Catháin
Heena Patel

Join the Leadership

NAPAMA has been able to grow and impact the performing arts industry because of our membership and the time that they give in serving on the Board of Directors and Committees. If you would like to see changes in our field, joining the a committee or the Board are impactful ways of doing so.

Join a committee by emailing one of the committee chairs listed above or find out more about the process to become a Board member.

Leadership

NAPAMA is led by a rotating all-volunteer 14-member Board of Directors and a wide range of committees heading a wide variety of programs and activities.

NAPAMA By-Laws Revised 2018


Board of Directors

The NAPAMA Board consists of 15 volunteer Directors who are responsible for the overall operation of the organization and serve as ambassadors and proponents of performing arts management and presenting in North America. A Board member’s service is limited to two consecutive three-year terms.

Board members commit to promoting the growth of NAPAMA by actively recruiting new members and participating in fund-raising activities; encouraging active participation in all NAPAMA programs; chairing committees; leading forums and moderating panels; and determining and evaluating policies as well as ongoing and long-range strategic plans, ensuring their implementation.

The Board Executive Committee, chosen and approved by the full Board, proposes direction and focus and the full Board approves these proposals and budget for the year. The Board also appoints the NAPAMA committees and each Director serves on one or more of these committees.

Learn more about Board member responsibilities and the nomination process here.

Executive Committee

Gail Boyd, President
President | Gail Boyd Artist Management

Gail Boyd is President of Gail W. Boyd, P.C., an entertainment law firm, and Gail Boyd Artist Management. She is a graduate of De Paul University and School of Law and was a founding partner in Boyd, Staton and Cave—the first African American female law firm in New York. Gail has served as production coordinator for more than 15 CDs of various jazz artists. Shas worked with Emmanuel Baptist Church of Brooklyn, Betty Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, and many others with her roster including Grammy nominees and winners, all critically acclaimed by the jazz press.

Benjamin Cohen, Vice President for Membership
Agent/Manager

Ben Cohen joined Cadenza Artists in 2013. As Vice President of Booking and Tour Development, he was responsible for the strategic planning and execution of national tours across the domestic United States while serving as agent for dozens of artists both in the U.S. and abroad. Ben currently serves on the Board of Directors for Arts Northwest, and has served on committees for Western Arts Alliance (WAA) and Arts Midwest. Ben is an alumnus of Cohort III of APAP's Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). 


Heena Patel, Vice President for Communication
CEO & Founder | MELA Arts Connect

Heena Patel is a producer, cultural strategist ,and consultant for South Asian performing arts and community - nurturing the ecosystem around South Asian arts and its practitioners. Over the years and through MELA, she's been a curator, booking agent, manager, artist, and diversity and equity advocate, and more. Most recently, she's the producer and artistic director Bollywood Boulevard and immersive dance experience Garba360.


Crandall Rogers, Secretary
Founder and President | FourMortals Productions, Inc.

Crandall has been in the entertainment industry since the early 1980s; and from running a follow spot to being an agent, she has done it all. With 20+ years producing showcases, she founded FourMortals Productions to address the unique challenges and provide rooms designed to meet the ever-changing needs of artists, agents, and presenters. Crandall was an Associate Agent with Skyline Music, working in the PAC Market for 10 years.

 

Tommy Hensel, Treasurer
Managing Director | Fine & Performing Arts Center, Moraine Valley Community College

Tommy Hensel is the Managing Director of the Fine & Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois. He brings more than 15 years of experience as an arts presenter in both non-profit and higher education settings. He serves as Chair of the Illinois Presenters Network and was one of the co-chairs of the 2018 Arts Midwest Conference.

Board Members At LarGE

Tara Bailey
President | Bailiwick Booking Agency

Tara Bailey is an agent dedicated to family programming. Tara was Program and Booking Manager for six years at ArtStarts In Schools, responsible for over 2,000 events a year, in addition to producing an annual showcase for province-wide tours. As the Associate Director at Kids Entertainment, Tara scouted emerging work and booked TYA performance tours across North America for six years. 

Ananda Bena Weber
Self-Represented Artist | Fancifool
Ananda Bena-Weber is an interdisciplinary performing artist with a diverse array of productions, companies, and venues across the globe to her credit with four, and counting, full-length solo shows available. Her work focuses on common problems in modern American society. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Sierra Nevada Ballet and an adjudicator for Regional Dance America. Ananda served as a professor of dance at Marymount Manhattan College and a teaching artist for the Dance Theater of Harlem and Mark Morris Dance Center for 16 years. She teaches at  San Francisco’s Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet and is a member of Actor’ Equity Association.
Tiffany Goodman
Artist Representative | Siegel Artist Management

Founder of Goodman Artists in Chicago, Tiffany opened Goodman Artists in 2011 with the motto of Crave Curiosity, an effort to engage audiences with performances from the familiar to new discoveries. Tiffany’s past roles in the as industry have ranged from programming, publicity, marketing, and operations.

Ron DeStefano
Producing Director | Epic Arts Management LLC

As Producing Director of EPIC Arts Management LLC, Ron DeStefano oversees the internal logistics and day-to-day operations of the company. As an actor, he has performed at some of the most historic and well-reputed venues in the United States and received the coveted Back Stage Bistro Award for his cabaret work. Ron enjoys wearing multiple hats in the industry (producer, performer, director, choreographer, and agent).

Joe Ferlo 
Presenter | The Grand Oshkosh

Joe Ferlo is President and CEO of the The Grand Oshkosh, Inc., which operates the historic Grand Opera House—The Grand Oshkosh. He also has a consulting firm, Prospero and  Associates, which provides programming and arts management consulting. A recovering concert pianist and performer, he is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he spent a year in the Conservatory of Music before graduating with a B.A. in American Musical Theatre.


Kris Kaminski
Senior Managing Partner | ECE Touring

Kris has over 30 years experience at ECE, booking events for a host of clientele including colleges and universities, festivals, corporate shows, private events and more. In 2016, she joined the company’s ownership team as the first female partner, overseeing ECE Touring, the company’s Performing Arts/Touring Division. Kris volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She’s a voracious reader, loves live music and theater, cooking, and is a fan of all-things-80’s. And rescue dogs. They’re the best.

Leah Keith
Producer/Manager | Rhythm of the Arts

Leah Keith is a performing arts professional with over 15 years of experience. Her career has spanned many areas of the field, including performance, marketing/fundraising, outreach, and artist/tour management. Her recent work at Columbia Artists had a particular eye towards Latinx artists, world music, and dance. She serves on WAA’s Conexiones committee and was an adjunct professor for Brooklyn College’s MFA in Performing Arts program, of which she is also an alumna.

Karen Kennedy
Manager | 24 Seven Artist Development
Karen Kennedy is the owner and President of 24/Seven Artist Development that has successfully guided the careers of award-winning international jazz artists. Karen has worked in various capacities with  A&M Records, Silas/MCA Records, Pitzer College, Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California, The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. She has served on the boards of the Lincoln Center’s Jazz Congress, YES TO JOBS, and the International Association of African-American Music. She holds degrees from UCLA and University of Southern California and is a Ph.D. candidate in at UCLA.

Eoin Ó Catháin
Agent & Company Manager | Latitude 45 Arts

Eoin Ó Catháin is a classical music agent with Latitude 45 Arts, representing artists from all over the world. Prior to joining Latitude 45, he was the Education Officer and Programmer for the Cork Film Festival in Ireland for 10 years. He has directed theatre professionally and was the Artistic Director of Samuel Beckett Theatre Festival in Ireland. He is a member of the advocacy committee for CAPACOA and formerly worked on intellectual property issues with a law firm in Dublin.

David Rowell
Presenter | Dean College School of the Arts
David Rowell has worked and taught in the field of performing arts and theatre management for almost 40 years. David currently serves as Associate Professor/Program Coordinator at Dean College in Franklin, MA. Prior institutions include Point Park University, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, and Florida State University. David has also worked at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, The Mahaffey Theater Foundation, Peery's Egyptian Theatre and David Eccles Conference Center, and the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. David continues his professional work in the live entertainment industry through consulting and volunteering with various professional organizations.

Ex-Officio

Mike Green, Immediate Past President
Co-Owner/Agent | Mike Green and Associates

Mike Green has been a booking agent involved with roots and traditional music since 1986. He founded Mike Green & Associates in 2004. Mike loves to cook, garden, bicycle, read, and play in rock & roll band that will probably never tour.


Hank Knerr, Retreat Director
Owner/Consultant | Raising Arts

Hank Knerr has been involved in the arts professionally for nearly 40 years, retiring in July 2017 as the executive director of the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Upon retirement, he founded Raising Arts, working actively as an arts consultant. He recently concluded six years on the NAPAMA Board, four as secretary.