Delaware Arts Alliance’s Board of Directors is composed of civic, artistic, business, and education leaders from across the First State.
Dan Cruce (Governance Committee Chair) works for a national non-partisan, non-profit, the Hope Street Group. He leads the organization’s public education work engaging teachers and decision makers in states across the country to improve education policy and practice for teachers and students. Before joining Hope Street Group, Dan was Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff at the Delaware Department of Education. Immediately prior, Dan was Assistant Superintendent and Chief of Staff for the Christina School District. As an attorney, Dan was the first law clerk to The Honorable Kent A. Jordan, U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware, Associate General Counsel for Corporation Service Company, as well as law clerk for Kent County Family Court. In law school, he also worked for Vice President Joe Biden’s Wilmington Senate office. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Delaware Community Foundation, United Way of Delaware, and the Delaware Arts Consortium Board of Directors. Dan is also the Board Chair Emeritus for the Delaware Humane Association, and Board Chair of the Delaware Theatre Company.
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 a past 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 is Director of Development & External Affairs 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 (Board Vice President and Advancement Chair) 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.
Deb Hansen is the Education Associate for Visual & Performing Arts, Gifted & Talented Programs for the Delaware Department of Education. She has facilitated arts education initiatives including standards revision, assessment development for teacher evaluation, professional development, and a legislative task force for gifted education. A graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in Printmaking, Deb taught visual art in the Capital and Caesar Rodney school districts before earning her Master’s degree in school counseling from Wilmington University. In 1996 she was named Delaware Art Educator of the Year and she served with the Delaware State Arts Council.
Kiadii Harmon is a civil litigation attorney at Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware. While in law school, Kiadii served as a law clerk intern to The Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice (ret.) of the Delaware Supreme Court. Additionally, while still in law school Kiadii worked full time as a constituent advocate and district grant coordinator for The Honorable Michael N. Castle, U.S. Congressman for the District of Delaware. After law school, Kiadii served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Charles H. Toliver, IV of the Delaware Superior Court. Upon completion of his clerkship, Kiadii worked for two Fortune 100 insurance companies in their respective Delaware based captive law firms.
Peter A. Harrigan (Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair), 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.
Andrew Horgan was Born and raised in Newport, Delaware. Andrew’s love of the arts started at a young age when he was given a Nikon F camera by his 8th grade art teacher for a class project. After high school, he joined the Marines to start his adult journey, travelling the Western Pacific until 1987 when he returned to Delaware and became a member of the Marine Corps Reserve until being honorably discharged in 1989. Since then he has travelled the world as a freelance photographer and photojournalist capturing images and stories of lives and cultures.
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.
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 (LEAD Committee Chair) 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 President) 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.