Delaware Arts Alliance’s Board of Directors is composed of civic, artistic, business, and education leaders from across the First State.
Dan Cruce (Board President, Governance Committee Chair, and Nominations Committee Chair) is Vice President of Education at the Hope Street Group, a national organization that works to ensure every American will have access to tools and options leading to economic opportunity and prosperity. Previously, Cruce was Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff at the Delaware Department of Education. Immediately prior, he was Assistant Superintendent/ Chief of Staff at the Christina School District. He is immediate past president of the Delaware Humane Association and current president of the Delaware Arts Consortium Board of Directors. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Delaware Theatre Company’s Board of Directors. Cruce earned his JD from Widener University School of Law.
Ginger Angstadt, Arts Educator, is a free-lance lighting designer for Clear Space Theatre. Previously, she was associate director and lighting designer for ecarte dance theatre from 1980 -1993 in Dover, DE. Ginger was an English and Theatre teacher for 25 years in the Delaware Public Schools System. She has also taught Theatre as an adjunct professor at Delaware State University, Delaware Technical and Community College, Wilmington University, and Salisbury University. For over 30 years, Ginger has staged lighting for a number of regional and national dance ensembles. Ginger completed her Ph.D. in Fine Arts Theatre at Texas Tech University in 2010.
Jennifer Boland is an Art Educator at Campus Community School for grades K-8 and an Adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. She has been teaching some form of art for over 15 years and has been at Campus Community School for 13 years and 15 at Delaware Technical Community College. She has written grants for artist in residency, field trip expenses and supplies. Jennifer is currently the President of the Delaware Art Education Association. She is an active member of the community and has an ongoing relationship with the Biggs Museum of American Art. She is a lifetime member of the Dover Art League and exhibits her art throughout Delaware.
Molly Giordano (Marketing Subcommittee Chair) is Director of Development and Marketing at the Delaware Art Museum. Previously, Molly was the Assistant Director of Development at West End Neighborhood House, served in various roles on Jack Markell’s campaign for Governor, and helped lead his transition to office in 2009. Molly serves on the board of the Greater Wilmington Conventions and Visitors Bureau and the InWilmington advisory board. She has a BA in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Public Administration with a certificate in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Arreon Harley is Director of Music and Operations at the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware. He is responsible for the musical components of the renowned Choir School program as well as the day-to-day operations of the organization. Arreon has performed with the Columbia Festival Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Opera Company. He graduated with honors from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Theory & Composition and Vocal Performance (opera). He also holds masters of music degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware. Arreon has conducted in venues such as St. Peter’s in Vatican City, The Kimmel Center for the Arts in Philadelphia, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. In addition to serving on a number of community boards and committees, he is the Artistic Director of the Rainbow Chorale of Delaware and published author. Arreon’s writings are published in the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy.
Peter A. Harrigan (Treasurer), President of the Board of Coastal Concerts Inc. is a journalist and corporate communications executive. He had an extensive career at the former Lockheed Corporation, retiring in 2011 as vice president of communications for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Electronic Systems business. Peter, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Siena College, resides in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Beth Howlett is a retired Music Educator and Adult Education Administrator. She received a B.S. in Music Education from Gettysburg College and M.A. in Adult and Community Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During her career, she worked with OperaDelaware in the “Music! Words! Opera!” program as part of the teaching team for arts educators and classroom teachers. She served on the first Delaware Arts Standards Commission to develop music standards for all Delaware schools. Beth and her husband Bill founded the Possum Point Players theater in Sussex County, now in its 44th season and currently serves as its Makeup Chairperson on the Artistic Committee. She is a performer and charter member of the Southern Delaware Chorale (formerly Southern Delaware Choral Society). She is proud to be an active arts participant, spectator, and advocate.
Krys Johnson (Board Secretary), Executive Director of Rehoboth Beach Main Street, has extensive professional management experience in the public and private sectors. Previously she was the Organizational Change Administrator for several State of Delaware projects and served as a State of Delaware Employee Chair for United Way. Krys worked as a Global Public Relations Manager in Tokyo, Japan, and has served on the boards of the Tate Modern Members Council and the Seattle Art Museum. Krys has a History of Art MA from the University of London.
George Meldrum is the Senior Advisor for Governmental & Community Affairs and a Registered Lobbyist for the Nemours Foundation. His focus is on children’s health promotion, behavioral health, and other issues relevant to Nemours. He serves on the Executive Council of AARP, the boards of the Delaware Children’s Museum, Common Cause of Delaware, and the American Civil Liberties Union. George has a BA in history and international relations from the University of Delaware and a MA in psychology from Washington College. In 2010, he was invited by President Obama to the White House in recognition of his advocacy work on LGBTQ issues.
Lynnette Young Overby, Ph.D. is Deputy Director of the University of Delaware Community Engagement Initiative and a Professor of Theatre and Dance. She is the author, coauthor or co-editor of 40+ publications including 12 books and the 2016 Human Kinetics publication – Public Scholarship in Dance. Her honors include the 2004 Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization. Dr. Overby is currently collaborating with literary historian P. Gabrielle Foreman on a long-term “Performing African American History” research project. “Sketches: The Life of Harriet E. Wilson in Dance, Poetry and Music,” is based on research by Foreman, who edited Wilson’s 1859 book Our Nig. Their collaboration continued in 2014 with the premiere of “Dave the Potter” a multidisciplinary work designed to honor the history and creativity of an enslaved potter and poet, David Drake, through performance. The current project, “Same Story” Different Countries, extends the work to South Africa.
John Sarro is Adjunct Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Management Studies in the Department of Music at the University of Delaware. He is also Manager, Marketing, Grants & Cultural Programs for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. He holds an M.M. from the University of Miami in Media Writing and Production and a B.M. from the University of Delaware in Music Theory and Composition. He is serving his second term on the Delaware State Arts Council and his first term on the board of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
George Watson, (Board Vice President, LEAD Committee Chair) holds a Ph.D. in Physics; he is currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware and a Professor of Physics at UD. As Dean of the largest college, he is responsible for the leadership and administration of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences at UD. Performing and visual arts are critical elements of university life and UD’s interactions with the community, and include Theatre, Music, and Art as departments with undergraduate and graduate offerings, along with Dance as a relatively new minor course of study. George is founding director of the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education, created by UD to promote reform of undergraduate education through faculty development and course design. George’s physics research has been in experimental condensed matter physics and laser spectroscopy, funded by NSF in the areas of optically-disordered random media, photon localization, and photonic band structure measurements, particularly in colloidal crystals.