The NAPAMA Board has 12 volunteer Directors who are responsible for the overall operation of the organization. The Board Executive Committee, chosen and approved by the full Board, proposes direction and focus for the year 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 as well.
David Wannen | President; Chair, Strategy
David Wannen, singer, actor, and Executive Director of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, is thrilled to lead NAPAMA as president. David graduated from The Eastman School of Music in Vocal Performance. His early professional career included four seasons with Ohio Light Opera and national tours of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Camelot" with the late Robert Goulet. David was honored with a nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his work as Lancelot in "Camelot" with Media Theater. Since 2004, audiences on both coasts and everywhere in between have seen David perform with NYGASP as The Pirate King ("The Pirates of Penzance") and in the title role in "The Mikado". In 2005 David received a post-baccalaureate in Business from Columbia University, accepted an offer to join NYGASP's management, and became full-time in 2007. David led the initiative to bring national booking representation in-house, and since 2007-2008 David has been the sole official representative of the company in the touring market. His other responsibilities include fundraising, marketing, board development and strategic planning. As a NAPAMA Board member, David authored the 2013 Performing Arts Market Study and served as VP Membership from 2012-2015, a period that saw over 100% growth in NAPAMA active members. He lives in Riverdale, NY with his wife Jamé and their three children, Olivia, Sam and Cole.
Tim Robinson | Vice-President; Chair, Professional Development; NAPAMA Awards
Currently the Director of Tour Engagements for Paul Taylor Dance Company (New York), Tim has worked in various management roles with creative companies including Cirque du Soleil, The Joffrey Ballet, and Livent, in addition to Presenting organizations such as The Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago), Auditorium Theatre (Chicago) and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts (Las Vegas). He has also been involved with large-scale project operations that span marathons to corporate meetings to municipal festival events. He is a trained Mediator, USSF Soccer Referee, and attended both the University of Evansville and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
(1st term expires 2019)
Kevin Spencer | Vice President; Chair, Membership & Communications
Kevin Spencer is an educator, researcher, writer, and artist. He believes in the power of the arts to make a difference in people’s lives.
Spencer is widely considered the leading authority on the therapeutic use of magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation. He is the founder of the HEALING OF MAGIC program, a systematic approach to integrating magic tricks into rehabilitation therapy. His continuing education organization has the Approved Provider Status of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Spencer is an Education Researcher who is engaged in the study of the benefits of arts integration in the learning process of children, including those considered at-risk and with learning challenges. His groundbreaking research has been published in two leading education journals: the Journal of the International Association of Special Education (July 2012) and the Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education (December 2012). He is the founder of the HOCUS FOCUS project and the author of an 11-week, magic trick based curriculum with activities that align to National and Common Core State Standards of Learning. Spencer has his Certification in Autism Studies and is in the process of receiving his certification as a Qualified Autism Services Practitioner.
Kevin Spencer is an Artist. Spencer performs with his wife, Cindy, and tours internationally with one of the largest and most respected illusion productions in the world. They have performed in 19 countries on 5 continents. Their production, THEATRE OF ILLUSION, is a combination of storytelling, state-of-the-art technology, original theatrical elements, and sophisticated stage illusions that take their audiences to the brink of impossibility. They have been named Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year for a record breaking six consecutive years as well as International Magicians of the Year.
(1st term expires 2017)
Hank Knerr | Secretary; Chair, Procedures; Bylaws; Membership & Communications
Hank Knerr serves as the executive director of the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, promoting, and presenting nearly 200 in-house and touring visual and performing arts events and projects each year. In his position, he also oversees extensive arts-in-education outreach activities, the IUP Community Music School, and performance facilities management. He currently serves as president of PA Presenters and is also on the board of the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. Previous positions include faculty and director of public relations for theater at Minnesota State University—Mankato, faculty and business manager for the theater at the University of Northern Iowa, managing director of the Mankato Ballet, general manager for the Mule Barn Theater in Missouri, and free-lance web designer and award-winning graphic designer. Highly active in state and national arts advocacy and arts-in-education programs, he has chaired several professional conferences and headed the planning for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governors Awards for the Arts.
The Lively Arts
College of Fine Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
202 Performing Arts Center
Indiana, PA 15705
(1st term expires 2018)
Laurel Canan | Treasurer; Chair, Finance; Strategy; Membership & Communications; Professional Development
Laurel has been in the arts industry for over 16 years, bringing a unique perspective as both a former presenter and booking agency owner. She served as the first executive director of the Janesville Performing Arts Center (Janesville, Wisconsin). With experience in all facets of arts management, programming, arts marketing, organization strategic planning, and fundraising, she frequently participates as a lecturer and panelist for professional development sessions across the country. She has also been a guest lecturer on Arts Administration and Development for several university programs.
Canan serves as treasurer of NAPAMA and in 2016 served as co-chair of the Arts Midwest Conference. She earned her MPA (Masters, Public Administration Degree) from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
Jerry Ross | Immediate Past President
As co-founder and vice-president of Harmony Artists, Jerry Ross has been involved with the presentation of live entertainment for over 35 years. From his early beginnings representing dance bands for the local club scene to the current roster of Harmony shows – ranging from theatre to music to variety and more – Jerry has maintained his love for the immediacy and intimacy of the live performance. Harmony Artists' current areas of operation include not only artist and show representation but talent/entertainment/show procurement for performing arts centers, festivals, fairs, casinos/nightclubs and corporate clients. He has served on the Showcase Committee and Professional Development Committee for the Western Fair Association, and has led workshops and roundtable programs for The Florida Federation of Fairs, Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs and The Western Fair Association. He was also recently named Service Member of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs.
Andrew Delicata | Vice Chair, Finance; Membership & Communications; Procedures
Andrew Delicata is the President of KMP Artists and joined as a partner in 2008. Andrew has over fifteen years of marketing experience (qualitative, quantitative and communications strategy), with an emphasis on arts marketing and small business management since joining KMP. Andrew happily manages the fun stuff, i.e. contracts and spreadsheets. Andrew can also be found in the marketplace much of the time and looks forward to expanding his involvement in industry organizations to further opportunities for artists and their representatives. In the past 8 years, Andrew has produced and done the logistics planning for hundreds of events worldwide. He is also the visa specialist at KMP.
Andrew’s early career includes a broad base of marketing experience. At Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Andrew worked as a Brand and Marketing Consultant; at Lieberman Research Worldwide he developed surveys for entertainment corporations; and at the City of Chicago Andrew worked closely with mission-based non-profit organizations throughout the city. Andrew earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, which is also his undergraduate alma mater.
(1st term, expires 2019)
Lynn Fisher | Vice Chair, Professional Development; Chair, NAPAMA in Mexico; Procedures; NAPAMA Awards
Lynn Fisher has worked in performing arts management and booking for over 25 years and is the director of Frontera Arts. Lynn began her career in performing arts as an actress and cabaret singer in Chicago. In 1991 she moved to Texas and started working for Western and Southern Arts Associates (now Holden & Arts Associates) and went on to start her own company Fisher Arts Groups, representing a boutique roster of artists in theater, dance and music. Over the years, she has worked in collaboration with Holden & Arts Associates, Artsource Management, Kid’s Entertainment and Roth Arts.
She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked extensively with Latino artists and communities in the U.S. as well as managing and booking Mexican contemporary performing artists. Since 2004 she has been the manager for Delfos Danza Contemporanea of Mazatlan, Mexico, and in 2009 was inspired to create Frontera Arts as a means to facilitate, maintain and deepen an ongoing dialogue in the performing arts between the U.S. and Latin America. Frontera Arts specializes in project management and consulting for U.S. and Latin American performing artists and arts organizations as well booking and managing performing artists. She served as a consultant, produced and managed a 5-week U.S. tour for Delfos through the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. She has conducted professional development workshops for Western Arts Alliance, Arts Northwest, Texas Commission on the Arts and was a featured speaker for Artes Américas in Argentina and Brazil. In November of 2009, she worked as a bilingual consultant and cross-cultural coordinator for the city of Los Angeles and the National Endowment of the Arts on the Feria Internacional del Libro, the largest book fair in Latin America, in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2010 she worked in collaboration with Western Arts Alliance to develop and produce Instituto Mazatlan. Lynn served on the board of Dance Umbrella for 4 years and for 3 years as a panelist on the City of Austin, Theater Advisory Panel and most recently a panelist for the City of San Antonio Department for Cultural and Creative Development. Lynn resides in Austin, Texas.
(1st term expires 2017)
Mike Green | Chair, Year Round Mentoring
Mike Green is the co-owner and agent with Mike Green & Associates, representing a small roster of traditional and roots music artists. Following a short stint as a touring artist and a few years as a presenter, Mike has been a booking agent since 1986. His current focus on the NAPAMA board is developing a year-round mentoring program for the performing arts field. Outside of his agency work, Mike is an avid cook, gardener, bicyclist, and guitarist and singer with a rock & roll band that you will probably never get to hear.
Tiffany Goodman | Chair, Performing Arts Connect; NAPAMA in Mexico
Tiffany is the founder of Goodman Artists; a company based in Chicago since 2011 whose motto is to practice and encourage to "Crave Curiosity." Her role in the arts industry has ranged from programming, publicity, marketing, and operations, including positions with organizations such as the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago), and the Van Cliburn Foundation (Fort Worth, TX). She studied piano and voice through college and stays active in music through local community organizations. Tiffany completed her B.A. from DePaul University in Spanish with additional major coursework in Music and Business.
Cherlye Hansen | Vice Chair, Membership; Chair, NAPAMA in Canada
Tommy Hensel | Vice Chair, Performing Arts Connect; Vice Chair, Procedures
Mojo | Vice Chair, Strategy; Performing Arts Connect; Professional Development
Mister Mojo, star of the MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies, has performed for more than 50 years, worldwide. 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. As a board member of NAPAMA, he is the Vice Chair of Strategy, and is actively involved in Performing Arts Connect and professional development.
(1st term expires 2018)
Heena Patel | Vice Chair, Membership; Year Round Mentoring
Crandall Rogers | Chair, Liaisons/Conferences; Performing Arts Connect; Membership & Communications
Elizabeth Roth | Chair, NAPAMA Awards; Professional Development; Liaisons/Conferences
Elizabeth Roth is the director of Roth Arts, a booking and management company overseeing the touring activities of preeminent performing artists, with a particular interest in the traditional music of Ireland. She has produced U.S. and international tours for some of Ireland’s most distinguished traditional artists over the past twenty years and previously for contemporary dance companies.
Liz toured internationally as a young movement theatre artist, is a creative writer, and has vast experience working with inspired individuals in the worlds of dance, theater and music.
She was the first agent to serve on the board of Arts Northwest, was a member of the board of the Western Arts Alliance and was the first non-presenter to serve as an advisor to the National Dance Project. Liz was also the co-founder of the Women’s Working Group, a support group/think tank for women in the performing arts whose membership includes agents, presenters, artists and service organization executives.
Liz was a long-time resident of Seattle, Washington and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
(1st term expires 2018)