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
Andrew Delicata
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.


Kris Kaminski, Vice President for Communication
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.

Benjamin Cohen, Vice President for Membership
Vice President of Booking and Tour Development | Cadenza Artists


Ben Cohen joined Cadenza Artists in 2013. As Vice President of Booking and Tour Development, he oversees the strategic planning and execution of national tours across the domestic United States while serving as agent for dozens of artists both in the US and abroad. In addition to his role at Cadenza, Ben 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). 

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.


Crandall Rogers, Secretary
Arts Tour Co-Ordinator | Skyline Artists Agency


Crandall Rogers joined Skyline Artists Agency as an Arts Tour Coordinator in 2012. She brought with her ample experience as an independent arts professional who specializes in technical production and showcasing.

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.

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. 

David Briggs
Theatre Director | High Point Theatre/City of High Point


Dave served as Director for Shaw Center for the Arts, Broyhill Civic Center, and at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He started his career as at the J.A. Walker Center at Wilkes Community College. Dave previously served on the board for North Carolina Presenters and has been in the presenting and venue management field for over 35 years. A native of Ohio, he graduated from Muskingum College (University) with graduate studies at Pittsburg State University, Kansas, and UNC-Greensboro. 

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).

Tiffany Goodman
Founder | Goodman Artists


Founder of Goodman Artists in Chicago, Tiffany opened the agency 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 arts industry have ranged from programming, publicity, marketing, and operations.

Leah Keith
Booking Agent and Artist Manager | Columbia Artists


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 work at Columbia Artists has 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.

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 currently serves on several boards and is the founder of the Consortium Leaders Network.

Mister Mojo
Founder | MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies


Mister Mojo is the star of the MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies. He has performed internationally for more than 50 years. As an artist, Mojo has written hundreds of original songs recorded on 22 albums and movies. He is a producer, actor, filmmaker, speaker, historian, educator, and philanthropist.


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.


Heena Patel
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.