CCA Advisory Board

Mission of the Advisory Board

Dean Liz Mullenix

One of the most interesting things I do as a university dean is to meet with alumni. I love hearing their stories and learning about the challenging, inspiring, amazing, ways our graduates in the arts are making a difference in the world. I consider it both an honor and a privilege to bring together a select number of these wonderful people so that we might think together about the future of the arts both locally (at Miami) and globally. I see the Board's mission as:

  1. Providing advocacy for the arts at Miami. Creativity—bold, imaginative thinking, risk-taking, ideas that challenge—must be seen as central to the intellectual life of any college student; what we do in the College of Creative Arts is not marginal or extra-curricular but at the very core of what makes a great university. The arts are essential, and it is important for university, State, and national leaders to recognize its significance.
  2. Providing expertise for us as Miami teachers and career mentors for our students, helping us stay current relative to our curriculum and student experiences, and giving us insights into how we might help our students make that transition into life after college.
  3. Helping us build our network of alumni. This will be necessary for us as we hope to launch a capital campaign for a new/revised arts campus at MU in the next few years to revitalize our aging facilities.

Please contact me if you are interested in serving on our Alumni Advisory Board! Together we can make sure the arts remain a vital part of the liberal arts at Miami!

Colleen Atwood '77
Principal, C4ward Architecture

 Colleen Ward Atwood, a 1977 graduate of Miami, is now serving as Principal, C4ward Architecture. She earned her Bachelors in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture and now holds licensures in forty-six (46) states and the District of Columbia. Colleen is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a long standing member of the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). While attending Miami, she was an active member of the Delta Zeta Sorority and continues to support the sisterhood through the Delta Zeta Foundation and Guy Potter Benton Society which awards scholarships to young women in recognition of their academic excellence and financial need.

Upon graduation, Colleen moved to Nashville, Tennessee to embark on a life-long career in commercial architecture. Following an internship and professional employment with Edwards + Hotchkiss, Architects, she joined Design and Engineering, Inc. in 1992. Her professional experiences have been focused primarily around the hospitality, retail, and commercial building designs which include a resort project in the Cayman Islands, and various office buildings, banks, restaurants, and retail projects, both custom and multi-unit based. Today, she is most acknowledged for her outstanding commercial restaurant design and superior leadership with corporate development programs. Colleen’s fusion of creativity and efficient solutions has afforded her the opportunity to work with over 30+ nationally acclaimed brands, some of which she has served for nearly four (4) decades.

Colleen’s engagement in her local community provides a pillar of support for organizations which include Safe Haven, Gilda’s Club, Friends of Radnor Lake, Gary Sinise Foundation, Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts, and the Nashville Zoo. Colleen finds great pleasure by fulfilling her passion for the arts through her attendance and fellowship as a member of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Applause Society, The Director’s Circle for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art Society. Finally, Colleen supports the Nashville Symphony through the Golden Baton Society and is an active participant of the Founding Class of Governing Members.

Adam Belcuore, '96
Associate Producer/Director of Casting, Goodman Theatre

 Adam Belcuore is the Associate Producer and Director of Casting for Chicago’s Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. For over eleven seasons, he has worked with some of the nation’s top theatre directors casting and producing a variety of projects including classics, new work, and musicals. Casting highlights include Mary Zimmerman’s production of Disney’s The Jungle Book, Robert Falls’ productions of Arthur Miller’s Finishing The Picture, King Lear starring Stacy Keach, The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, and many more. He is a proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA).

As a director, Adam assisted Harold Prince on Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton’s play Hollywood Arms and subsequently received the first SDCF Mike Ockrent Fellowship, where he again assisted Mr. Prince on Steven Sondheim’s musical Bounce. Adam is also a founding member (along with Miami Alums Courtney Shaughnessy, Lauren Pesca, and Tracie Louise Sellers) of Serendipity Theatre Collective and served as their Artistic Director until 2005. During his tenure, he created 2nd Story, the hybrid storytelling, wine, and music event that is now the company’s namesake and primary focus. He currently serves on 2nd Story’s advisory board. His STC directing credits include 365day/365 plays, by Suzan Lori Parks; Delores Dogan, by Courtney Shaughnessy; Alcatraz by Al Letizia; and Travelogue, by Zac Richardson. He is an artistic associate with Collaboraction, where he directed Jonathan Jacobs’ Go!, and Jose Rivera’s Yellow within their Sketchbook Festival, and sits on the Artistic Council for Chicago Children’s Theatre. He graduated from Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre in 1996.

Jason C. Brown, '99
Director, 1st AD

Jason C. Brown lives in Hollywood, California and has been a member of the Directors Guild of America for 10 years. He primarily works as a 1st Assistant Director on both television and films and has recently directed a pair of award winning short films. Throughout his career he has worked on such wide ranging projects as Avatar, CSI: NY, Last Week Tonight and Drunk History.

Jason earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University with a bachelor of arts in Zoology with a minor in Film Studies. He began working freelance jobs in Cincinnati, OH before moving to Los Angeles in 2005. Since that time, he has worked on over 50 films and television shows.

Bill Brzeski ’75
Art Director/Production Designer

 Bill Brzeski is a highly regarded production designer with more than 30 years of experience in feature films, television, theater, and interior design. As a production designer, Brzeski’s feature film credits include Universal Pictures recent release of Furious 7 and international box-office hit Iron Man 3 for Marvel.

Brzeski’s repeat collaboration with director Todd Phillips includes the megahit comedy The Hangover, for which he received a Best Production Design nomination from the Art Directors Guild, its sequel The Hangover Part 2 and Due Date, which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. The pair will reunite for their fourth film, the upcoming Arms & the Dudes, for Warner Bros. Pictures. Brzeski’s other feature film credits include James L. Brooks’ Oscar®-winning As Good as It Gets, Rob Reiner’s The Bucket List, Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, Flipped, Blue Streak, Matilda, and The Forbidden Kingdom, which starred Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Brzeski received his undergraduate degree in theatre from Miami University and his MFA in design from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally interested in designing for ballet and the opera, he began his career in theater before moving to Los Angeles. Brzeski started working in television and has served as production designer on more than 800 episodes and 30 pilots. His most notable credits include Growing Pains, Ellen, and The Nanny. He has also designed commercial spaces, including the award-winning Susina Bakery in Los Angeles.

Mark Cupkovic ’77
Vice President, Security and Operations The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

 Mark Cupkovic has played a key role in the Garden’s overall site restoration and is the senior manager for maintaining buildings and infrastructure. His experience is coordinating with the Capital Projects Division of the Garden and as acting Energy Liaison Manager with the NYC Department of Energy Management has provided him many opportunities to utilize sustainable practices in construction and maintenance. Mark received a Bachelor of Music from Miami University in 1977 and is currently on the faculty of the Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture where he teaches Landscape Construction and Introduction to Business Management Sustainability at the New York Botanical Garden.

Greg Dunlop ’94
Global Trend & Design Manager, The TJX Companies

 Greg Dunlop is responsible for researching and identifying global design and consumer trends for one of the world’s leading retailers. He does extensive research into the worlds of fashion and home style in order to develop yearly trend forecasts for his organization.

Prior to his current position, Greg worked and gained his trend forecasting experience at the globally renowned trend service, WGSN. He was brought into WGSN as the founding director of an innovative trend service dedicated to the Home & Lifestyle market sectors. Greg was based in New York City for four years but traveled extensively to communicate WGSN’s key trends. His clients included Starwood Hotels, Electrolux, Coca-Cola, Hasbro, Marks & Spencer, and Kia/Hyundai Motors to name a few. Before joining WGSN, Greg was the National Architecture & Design Director for Allsteel Office Furniture and had spent his early career as an interior designer and a workplace strategies consultant.

Greg was the New England Chapter president for 6 years followed by service on the Miami University Alumni Association Board of Directors, where he served as president for two terms. He was honored to receive the Kenneth Gambee Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2004 and was recently awarded the John Dolibois Alumni Award for his years of service to alma mater.

Patrick Flick 
Executive Director, The Shakespeare Theatre Association
Producing Artistic Director, Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, IN

 Patrick FlickA four-time Emmy Award winner from his days as a television producer/talent in San Francisco, Patrick is currently Executive Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Association and Producing Artistic Director of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, Indiana.  He is the former Literary Chair of the National New Play Network and former Associate Artistic Director of Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Orlando, Florida.  He has directed and acted at many theatres including Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Gamut Theatre in Harrisburg, Pa., the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Mad Cow Theatre, Actors Theatre of Naples, New Theatre in Miami, Florida Studio Theater, TheatreWorks in Mountainview, CA., Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Stage, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Sacramento Theatre Company, Marin and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals, the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and Riverside Shakespeare and the Independent Theatre in New York.  Patrick was also an adjunct professor at Rollins College in Orlando and taught advanced directing and audition techniques. He holds an MFA in Directing/Dramaturgy from the University of Idaho, an MA in Playwriting from Miami University, and a BA in Theatre and Journalism, also Miami University.

Richard E. Goodstein ’75
Dean, Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

 Rick Goodstein earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his master’s degree from Arizona State, both in music education. He has a Ph.D. in music education and conducting from Arizona State University. In 1982, Goodstein came to Clemson to work with the University’s performance bands. At Clemson University, he was chairman of the performing arts department for 12 years, became interim dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities in 2010, and was appointed dean in 2011.

Lindsay Hollister ’99
Actress/Business Owner

 Lindsay Hollister graduated with a B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Miami University. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. Almost a year later, she was cast as Christine Banks in Fox’s hit show Boston Public and was submitted for Emmy consideration in the category of Outstanding Guest Star. This led to numerous other guest appearances on such shows as ER, Strong Medicine, Any Day Now, Popular, and Susan Adamson on NBC’s popular daytime series Days of Our Lives.

Lindsay has also completed work in over thirteen films, most notably her role opposite Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway in Get Smart, as Max’s Dance Partner, a now iconic dance scene. Lindsay can be found in Pee Wee’s Big Holiday produced by comedy legend Judd Apatow and available on Netflix March of 2016.

In addition, Lindsay has written several feature films, TV shows and created/wrote/starred in two seasons of her own web series Breaking Fat. She also adapted the comedic version of the popular film, BloodRayne, called Blubberella, and played the title character (produced and directed by the controversial German filmmaker, Uwe Boll).

Lindsay and her husband Matt live in Los Angeles, where they founded and run the popular bakery The Pie Hole Los Angeles. They have locations in Downtown LA, Pasadena, and soon to be Hollywood and Orange County. The Pie Hole has been featured on the Cooking Channel show “Unique Eats,” ranked in Conde Nast Traveler as having one of the 12 best pies in America, and Virgin Atlantic exposes it as being 1 of the best 20 secret restaurants in Los Angeles. Due to the business’ overwhelming success, additional shops will open by the end of 2016 in LA, Tokyo, and Qatar.

Joanne Hvala ’73
Senior Director for Communications, Columbia University School of Engineering

 Joanne Hvala is Senior Director for Communications at Columbia University School of Engineering. Prior to joining Columbia University, Ms. Hvala held senior-level communications positions at New York University›s Stern School of Business, Sony Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Loral Corporation, and General Electric.

Ms. Hvala graduated from Miami, with a BA in English. As a Rotary International Fellow, she studied art history at the Sorbonne after graduating, and while working at GE, earned her MBA in international marketing from Baruch College, City University of New York. She was selected as a Business Fellow in Japan by the Japan Society in 1984 and was awarded an internship at Sony’s corporate headquarters in Tokyo.

She is a member of PRSA, NIRI, and Women in Communications and serves as secretary on the Board of The Baruch College Fund.

Andrea Johnson '01
Booking Agent, ICM Partners

 Andrea Johnson is a booking agent with ICM Partners. Her clients include Straight No Chaser, The Piano Guys, 2CELLOS, and Jane Lynch. Previously, she was the head of the performing arts department at The Agency Group, and a booking agent at classical music management firm Opus 3 Artists before that. She has a B.A. in Music from Miami University and a penchant for martinis and Max Mara.

Leslie Jones '08
Director of Museum Affairs & Chief Curator, The Preservation Society of Newport County

 Leslie B. Jones graduated from Miami University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture, and a minor in Arts Management. Leslie is currently the Director of Museum Affairs and Chief Curator at The Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, RI, where she is responsible for the interpretation and preservation of eleven, historic 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century properties along with an 88,000-piece Permanent Collection of fine and decorative arts. She manages and administers all exhibitions and educational programs, promoting and highlighting American achievement in architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design from the Colonial era to the Gilded Age. Jones previously served as the Vice President of Museum Affairs and Curator of Decorative Arts at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, TN. Prior, she was the Curator and Director of Historical Resources & Programming for the White House Historical Association in Washington, DC. She has a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian and George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, and a Master Certification in the Appraisal Studies of Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University.

Stephanie Jones
Director of Orchestras, Mason High School

 Stephanie Jones is Director of Orchestras at Mason High School, where she founded the string program in 2002. Under her leadership, the program has grown to over 1,100 students in grades 6-12. Stephanie directs approximately 360 students in six different ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestras, and Freshmen Orchestras and serves as 7-12 Performing Arts Department Chair for the Mason City Schools.

Orchestras under Stephanie’s direction have been invited to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Conference, the National Orchestra Cup, the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Orchestra Festival, and the Capital Orchestra Festival and have consistently received superior ratings, honors, and high accolades at state and national events. They have also collaborated with numerous ensembles and artists including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Barrage, Christian Howes, Section Quartet, and Time for Three.

Stephanie was the recipient of the School Teacher of the Year in 2015 by the Ohio String Teachers Association. She was designated a Master Teacher by the Ohio Department of Education in 2011 and was nominated for the Ohio Department of Education Ohio Teacher of the Year in 2004.

Stephanie received Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance degrees from Miami University in 1998. She earned the Master of Music in Conducting from Messiah College in 2012. Stephanie is married to Dr. Brandon Jones (MU ’98), associate professor of music at Wittenberg University. They reside in Mason, Ohio with their daughters Cecilia and Alaina.

Jack Keegan
Miami Botany Greenhouse Manager and Instructor

 Jack Keegan begins his 40th year at Miami joining the College of Creative Arts Advisory Board, chairing the Oxford United Way Campaign and producing the 28th Annual Performing Arts Wine Tasting Gala and Benefit. As the professor of arguably the most popular class at Miami, Botany 244, a.k.a. the Wines Class, he has taught literally thousands of Miamians through the decades.

Jack has earned the title of International Bordeaux Expert multiple times, and is involved in several other professional associations in his fields of enology and botany. He is constantly sought out for wine tastings, having hosted countless for the Miami Alumni Association across the country. A passionate supporter of the arts, Jack sang in the Miami Glee Club for many years, and has been a member of the Performing Arts Series Advisory Board for more than two decades, recently sponsoring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s return to Hall Auditorium and rising jazz pianist Aaron Diehl's performance on the Oxford Chamber Series.

Daniel Levy ’84

 Daniel Levy is a composer of original music for theater including vocal and instrumental scores for more than 40 NYC and regional productions with HERE Arts Center, Red Bull Theater, BAX, New Dramatists, Cucaracha, the York Theater, Shakespeare & Co., Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Imagination Stage, Manhattan Ensemble Theater, La MaMa, Dance Theater Workshop, Juilliard, and Fordham University Lincoln Center. His opera The Singing won the Richard Rodgers Development Award in 1999. Full-length music-theater work includes Laughing Pictures – A Hollywood Odyssey, Cinderella (off-B’way), Jungle Book (40+ productions), and Martian Chronicles. Artist residencies include the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat, and two years as a HARP Artist in Residence at HERE Arts Center NYC.

As a performer, Daniel is a guitarist with the Doc Wallace Trio and bassist for Falu’s Hindustani-American project. As a teaching artist and consultant, Daniel’s unique creative perspective and musical insight have energized workshops, classes and new curriculum in New York City since 1988, where is he works in association with Lincoln Center Education, 92nd Street Y Educational Outreach, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (he has led the Musical Connections program at Sing Sing for five years), Symphony Space, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Musicians for Harmony, Young Audiences New York, Little Orchestra Society and the Park Avenue Armory. Daniel is the curricula author of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers and LinkUp! (Currently used by 70 orchestras worldwide).

Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Music Composition and a master’s degree from NYU/Tisch in Musical Theater Writing. He is Writer Member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.

Austin Mace '15
Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Subvrsive

 Austin Mace is the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Subvrsive (, an award-winning immersive technology studio based in Austin, Texas. Using technologies like augmented and virtual reality, Subvrsive is a trusted innovation partner for some of the world’s biggest companies such as Google, Amazon, Adobe, Ford, Walmart, P&G and more.

Within months of founding Subvrsive, Austin led the team to its first Emmy nomination for their work with Showtime in capturing the first ever boxing match to be released in its entirety in VR.

In 2018 Austin co-founded the Hoosier Heartland Trolley Company (, a preservation nonprofit dedicated to preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting railroad artifacts of significance relevant to the state of Indiana.

While attending Miami, Austin created one of the world’s first open source 360° virtual reality cameras as a senior capstone project. Austin earned his undergraduate degree in Interactive Media Studies from Miami University in 2015 and is a recipient of Miami’s 18 of the Last 9 alumni award.

Nikki Martinkovic ’09
Owner/Creative Director, NIKKIMARTINKOVIC Design Studio

 Nikki Martinkovic is creative director and owner of the Nikki Martinkovic Design Studio. She specializes in unique, elevated, trend-focused textile print designs for apparel, home, stationery and consumer products.

Nikki's passion for a career in creative design grew as she earned a degree in interior design and entrepreneurship from Miami University and studied abroad at the London College of Fashion. She then interned as a textile designer at an NYC start-up fashion company, traveling to India to broaden her textile expertise.

She relocated to NYC in 2009 and, soon after, landed a job at Alice + Olivia where she worked in various areas of design and development including print, embellishment, apparel, graphics and e-commerce. In 2012, Nikki joined the Milly design team focusing on apparel, print, and graphic design. This experience expanded her interest in textiles and enriched her eye for color.

Combining her motivation and persistence, along with her dream of venturing out on her own, she founded the Nikki Martinkovic Design Studio in 2015.

Daniel Mazzarini ’03
Manager/Partner BHDM Design

 Dan Mazzarini began his career working with Kramer Design Group in New York City. Trained in branding and interior design, he was quickly made lead designer on the global re-launch of the Michael Kors brand, a $30 million project that saw his designs implemented in over 2,000 locations in the U.S. and abroad. At 24, he was appointed Design Director and increased the interiors and branding business by more than 300 percent. With Kramer, he directed projects for clients such as Calvin Klein, John Varvatos, Shiseido, Movado, Narciso Rodriguez, Waterworks and Nautica.

In 2006, Mazzarini was tapped by Ralph Lauren to join its renowned store design team. During his 6 years as Director of Decorative for Polo Store Development, he helped develop the diverse range of aesthetics of the entire Ralph Lauren family of brands. He designed and installed over 150 Ralph Lauren flagship stores in more than 16 countries, amounting to over $50 million of decorative sourcing and purchasing.

With BHDM, Mazzarini’s role is that of interpreter, narrator, curator, and manager. With a keen skill to intuit the essence of a client, he conjures up a unique story to create a design with both familiarity and the unexpected concurrently. Mazzarini manages many trades and projects simultaneously, always with a focus on the brand essence of the customer. His extensive world travel is reflected in the design inspiration, artisans, resources, and found objects that make BHDM’s project solutions as unique as each client. Dan graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from Miami University in 2003.

Suzanne Modica '96
Co-owner, Modica Carr Art Advisory

 Suzanne Modica is a co-founder of Modica Carr Art Advisory and specializes in serving collectors of post-War and Contemporary art. Previous to Modica Carr Art Advisory, Suzanne spent thirteen years at Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, rising to the level of Partner in 2012. Suzanne currently works with clients on all aspects of their collections, and oversees special projects for the firm, from publishing to architectural projects as well as private and public exhibitions, including the Stonescape property in Napa Valley. Suzanne received a dual BA in History and the History of Art and Architecture at Miami University. She later studied at Tulane University in the MA Art History program and is pleased to have served on Miami University’s College of Creative Arts Advisory Board since its inception.

Jinbae Park, Ph.D.
former professor of Interior Design, 2000-2007
Educator/Interior Designer/Restaurateur

 Throughout his remarkable career, Jinbae Park has succeeded in various vocations including interior designer, educator, author, and restaurateur. His endeavors have carried him to many countries, including Japan, Korea, China, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, and India, as well as to most major cities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Currently residing in New York City, Park teaches aspiring designers as a professor of Interior Design at FIT. In addition to his teaching career, Park has continued his occupation as an independent interior designer and a restaurateur. Park has produced numerous sophisticated projects, most notably Le Club de Vin, Min's Club, Verrazzano, and Silo Café.

In addition to his design work, Park has authored multiple books on design. One Thousand Breakfast, New York Idea, Design and Film, Design and Signature of the Seventh Star, and Design Power Play are among his most revealing published works. He has been a frequent contributor to the principal design periodicals and magazines including Chosun Ilbo, Munhwa Daily Newspaper, Maeil Business Newspaper, and Monthly Design. He owned Frame gourmet eatery and Goggan restaurant in New York City, and now is a consultant to business in the field of design, marketing, and hospitality management. Dr. Park's academic accomplishments include a B.A. in Economics from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, M.S. in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, and a doctoral degree in Architecture from Yonsei University.

Margaret Peot '86
Artist/Writer/Costume Painter

 Margaret Peot is an artist, writer and costume painter. Margaret’s book Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity (Boyds Mills 2011) was awarded a Eureka! Silver Medal for non-fiction children’s books. She is also the author of The Successful Artist’s Career Guide (F&W 2012), Alternative Art Journals (F&W 2012), and Make Your Mark (Chronicle Books, 2004), voted one of Library Journal’s best how-to books of 2004. She is looking forward to the publication of two new books in 2015, Stencil Craft (F&W) and an early reader picture book, Crow Made a Friend (Holiday House).

An avid believer that art making can be for everyone, Margaret has presented art workshops with cancer survivors, elders, children, parent and teen groups, writers, nurses and caregivers, at The Creative Center at University Settlement’s Creative Aging conferences, and their Artist-in-Residence Training program, with EngAGE Utah, at Gilda’s Club, The Huntsman Cancer Institute, Operation Exodus in NYC, and at Miami University’s own Scripps center with Dr. Like Lokon, and Opening Minds Through Art.

Margaret has painted costumes at Parsons-Meares, LTD for more than twenty years. Projects include Broadway (Aladdin, The Lion King, Wicked, Turn Off the Dark, Will Rogers Follies, Shrek the Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, among many others), dance (ABT, Joffrey Ballet, Pilobolus, Feld Ballet, Nevada Ballet), film (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), as well as for circuses, arena shows and ice shows. She taught costume painting for ten years at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and taught costume painting and presented lectures on making a living as an artist at UNC, BYU, The Self Employment in the Arts 2013 conference in Chicago, at FIT, Miami University, and USITT-SE in Athens, GA. Margaret is a member of USA 829.

Margaret graduated in 1986 with a BFA from Miami University, with an emphasis in painting and fiber arts.

Robert Siegel '05
Owner, Robert Siegel Studio

 Robert Siegel is the owner of Robert Siegel Handmade, a design and fabrication studio focused on limited edition, custom and small batch porcelain production. Based in Los Angeles, California, he and his team create one-of-a-kind objects for the table and home, crafted from the highest quality locally-sourced porcelain.

After graduating with a BFA in Ceramics from Miami University, Robert traveled to “the birthplace of fine porcelain” Jingdezhen, China. Here, he immersively studied the craft of ancient Chinese porcelain making. After three trips, spending nearly a year living and working in China, Robert opened his first studio in Philadelphia, before relocating to LA in 2010.

Alfred Steiner '95

 Alfred Steiner, a Cincinnati native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (both 1995) at Miami University in Oxford, OH, before attending Harvard Law School where he received his Juris Doctor in 1998. He has lived and worked in New York City since 2000 where he practices copyright and trademark law and writes and lectures on the intersection of law and art. As a visual artist, Steiner has exhibited in group shows at galleries including The New School (New York, NY), The Drawing Center (New York, NY), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Gildar Gallery (Denver, CO), and in solo shows at Gallery Poulsen (Copenhagen, Denmark), 101/Exhibit (Los Angeles, CA), and Joshua Liner Gallery (New York, NY). His work, Into the Void (2015), is part of a larger body of work in which Steiner uses graphically simplified forms (like logos and cartoon characters) as if they were Rorschach blots, freely associating objects to replace the underlying parts of each form.

Kelly Stelbasky, '04
VP-Touring, US Concerts Live Nation

 Kelly Stelbasky is a VP for Live Nation Entertainment in Beverly Hills, CA where she books and operates stadium, arena, and amphitheater concert tours in North America. Her expertise includes business planning and development, deal negotiation, yield management, operations, and team management. Over the course of her career she has worked with a variety of artists including Dave Matthews Band, Phish, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Twenty One Pilots, Kid Rock, Kings of Leon, and Dead & Company.

In 2018 the Billboard Live Music Awards honored Kelly with the Chip Hooper Award, an award for a young rising star working as an executive in artist representation, management, or concert promotion. This award was especially meaningful to Kelly because prior to joining Live Nation in 2010, she worked alongside Chip, the Worldwide Head of Music, at Paradigm Talent Agency.

Kelly graduated from Miami University in 2004 with a B.S. in Business (Marketing) and a minor in Entrepreneurship. While at Miami, the community honored her with the “2003 Oxford Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the concert promotion and production business she started in the Red Hawk Hatchery business incubator. This, in addition to work experience with the MU Performing Arts Series, led to the start of her professional career at William Morris Endeavor in New York City.

In 2016 she completed her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. A proud Midwestern transplant, she currently lives in Glendale with her husband Gerry and her wine collection.

Neal Stimler, '06
Senior Advisor and Business Development Specialist, Balboa Park Online Collaborative

 Neal Stimler takes an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic praxis in the cultural sector informed by art history, digital technology, and museum studies. Stimler is currently a Senior Advisor and Business Development Specialist with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative. In this role, he advises a range of clients to strategize programming, digital operations for exhibitions and media partnerships for nonprofit institutions and technology initiatives that connect audiences to art, culture and science. Stimler engages new consulting clients and supports established client relationships with Balboa Park Online Collaborative. His clients include leading national and internal organizations such as The Cleveland Museum of Art and Microsoft Libraries and Museums. Stimler is a 2019-2020 fellow at the Engelberg Center Innovation Law and Policy at New York University working on 3D imaging digitization methods and open access policy for cultural heritage institutions. He is on the board of the Capital Experience Lab (CapXLab) in Washington, D.C., an educational institution providing a new approach to experience-based learning by immersing students in DC's museums, cultural spaces, and research institutions. He was the inaugural Head of Public Engagement at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Neal Stimler had a career over a decade at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in successive positions. He was a Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award winner and graduated with honors from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture and an Arts Management Minor.

Nick Stimler, '06
Arts Administrator, New York, NY

 Nick Stimler is an arts administrator with over a decade of experience in commercial, nonprofit and educational sectors of the performing arts industry. He is an Associate Member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and a former Deaf West Theatre Advisory Board Member. He participated in the creative development and production process of regional, touring and Broadway shows with Tony Award® Nominated Director and Choreographer Jeff Calhoun. Stimler was the Literary and Casting Director at Ford’s Theatre Society, and later served as the Associate Artistic Director of The Palace Theatre for the Performing Arts in Stamford, CT.

He is grateful for and significantly benefited from an internship with fellow CCA Advisory Board Member, Adam Belcuore, at The Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL). Stimler was fortunate to be an intern to accomplished Broadway Producer and General Manager, and Miami Department of Theatre alumnus, Manny Kladitis and his NIKO Companies (New York, NY). He has enjoyed an exceptional friendship with fellow CCA Advisory Board Member Marilyn Miller for many years.

Nick graduated from Miami University Cum Laude with Departmental Honors and an Arts Management Minor. For more information, visit

Duan Tran, '97
Partner, KAA Design

 A native Ohioan, Duan Tran began his architectural education with an undergraduate degree from Miami, prior to graduate degrees in both Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California. During this time, Duan also began his professional career working for several distinguished firms in both Ohio and Washington DC prior to joining KAA Design in 2000.

Made Partner in 2017, Duan extends his leadership in both management and design. His focus on several firm wide initiatives related to its organizational growth, business development, and long term strategic planning, continue to influence the firm’s ability to leverage its 30 year history with the nimbleness required to not only evolve, but maintain its position on the frontlines of an everchanging marketplace and clientele. At the same time, Duan maintains a strong presence in leading the design on several high profile projects for many notable clients. With an artistic sensibility rooted in modern composition and form, Duan enjoys the opportunity to explore the intersections of his sensibilities in collaboration with an engaged and passionate client through the firm’s design process, often culminating in a beautifully tailored and distinctive home. Many of which have been recognized by the AIA, as well as having been featured in several international, national, and regional shelter publications, including Architectural Digest and Luxe.

Duan is a longtime member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a licensed Architect in the states of Nevada and Hawaii. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), as well as being a member of the University of Southern California’s Architectural Guild and LA Conservancy. Duan is also a member of the prestigious Leaders of Design Council, as well as a serving member on both the Exhibition Committee and Board of Directors for the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. Outside of the office, he enjoys family life with his wife and keeping up with their three daughters in Culver City.

Jan Wieringa ‘75
Independent Producer, Los Angeles

 Jan Wieringa is an award-winning Los Angeles-based producer with vast experience and contacts in all areas of film and commercial production and post-production. She has produced and executive produced feature films (including 3D), documentaries, commercials, IMAX films, and several web series. She has extensive experience with story development, book publishing and building entertainment brands from concept to distribution across virtually all media. Jan has managed celebrity talent, directors, and writers. In addition, she has collaborated with corporate sponsors, boards of directors and clients of all types of projects ranging from $50,000 to $20 million.

Betsy Zilch ‘16
Senior Analyst, American Express

 Betsy Zilch began her career working at Kirshenbaum Bond & Senecal’s social media agency, Attention Global, in New York City. As a trained graphic designer with a passion for marketing, she took to the agency world in search of a balance between marketing & design. She quickly settled into a strategy role where she worked on developing social strategies for top brands like Moet & Chandon, Lincoln Financial Group, and First Republic Bank. After 2 years of building her portfolio, she left the agency world to work on the client side.

In spring of 2018, Betsy joined American Express as a Senior Analyst in Global Marketing for their B2B business unit. She and her team work on implementing the process of “Agile Marketing” to the organization to get communications out quickly while testing rapidly. Betsy gets to work closely with agency creatives and marketers to deliver on the vision of the project. She’s worked on numerous projects spanning the organization and continues to work on melding marketing and design in her everyday.

On the side, Betsy works for artist, Inslee Fariss to help manage the new launches of her work and coordinate shipments. Betsy loves learning how she has built her own brand over the years and is inspired by the art that Inslee produces.

Betsy graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing from Miami in 2016.

Emeriti Advisory Board Members

Thank you to the following people who have completed their terms as active Board members. Their leadership has contributed significantly to the College of Creative Arts and has laid a strong foundation for the success of our students.

Brent McCreary '07
Associate Company Manager, Kinky Boots

 Brent McCreary is currently the Associate Company Manager on the Tony-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Brent has previously been the Assistant Company Manager of If/Then (starring Idina Menzel), Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway and Off-Broadway), and Sunday in the Park with George (2008 revival) as well as a General Management Associate for Wicked (1st & 2nd National Tours), Bring It On The Musical, Sister Act, and Traces. Brent holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and a minor in Arts Management from Miami University.

Marilyn S. Miller '57
Executive Producer/General Manager

 Marilyn S. Miller began her career as a Director, Lighting Designer, and Production Stage Manager in the early days of off-Broadway. She has spent her producing and general management career in New York in commercial on-and-off Broadway theatre including—NINE (Tony Award Best Musical), Wind in the Willows, Cloud Nine, A Couple White Chicks Sitting Around Talking among many others; and in not-for-profit companies—the Phoenix Theatre, APA Repertory Company, The New Phoenix Repertory Company, and The Mirror Repertory Co. She has served as a consultant for touring companies, theatres, universities, and novice producers, and as a lecturer in management at various universities including Miami University, Boston University, Louisiana State, New York University, and The Wharton School. She is a Tony voter, and a member of the Broadway League and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. She holds an A.B. in theatre from Miami University, and an M.F.A. in directing from Boston University. The most memorable and fun production of her career was the smash hit revival of Mary Chase’s Harvey with the brilliant actors—and terrific people—James Stewart and Helen Hayes.

Christopher Milligan '91
Managing Director & CMO, Cincinnati Opera

 Chris Milligan serves as managing director for Cincinnati Opera, having joined the company in 1997 as marketing director. In addition to his responsibilities leading the Opera’s administration, marketing, and outreach initiatives, Chris is a frequent contributing writer to Cincinnati Opera publications and has served as a featured speaker for the company and for several regional arts organizations. Under his leadership, Cincinnati Opera has created several innovative outreach programs including Opera Raps, Opera Goes to Church, and Opera Idol. He is currently at work on a new concept for audience-building called The Opera Express. He is a graduate of Miami University, where he recently served as visiting faculty for the College of Creative Arts. From 1991 to 1997 he was with The Muse Machine, one of the nation’s premier arts education institutions. As director of The Muse Machine’s teacher programs, he created arts education workshops and seminars for elementary and secondary educators on a wide range of topics. In 2008, Chris was named Marketer of the Year by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He is an active alumnus of Leadership Cincinnati.

Anne Pramaggiore '80
President and CEO of ComEd

 Anne Pramaggiore is president and CEO of ComEd, an electric utility company delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois. Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company’s transition to competitive energy markets under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. In her role as ComEd’s lead lawyer and as head of Regulatory Policy, she led major policy work around the restructuring of the Illinois electric industry.

In 2009, Pramaggiore was appointed as ComEd’s COO and became responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company’s effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd’s smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country. Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility.

Pramaggiore serves as a board member of Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and several civic and community organizations. She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University.

Keenan Pridmore '07
Head, Facebook Creative Studio

 Keenan Pridmore heads up the Creative Studio team at Facebook whose mission is to develop original brand content that delights people and drives clients’ business. He has also pioneered the newly announced Anthology program, partnering with some of the world’s top creators to build content for feeds. Keenan holds 9 patents for the work he’s done at Facebook for brands like Budweiser, State Farm, Unilever, McDonald’s, Target and more. Before joining Facebook four years ago, Keenan worked as a Creative Director at Leo Burnett developing work for brands including Kellogg’s, Nintendo, Hallmark, Norton and McDonald’s.

Earl Reeder '76
Owner, Earl Reeder Associates

 Earl Reeder is a 1976 Miami graduate with a B.A. in Environmental Design. He also earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. Earl is the owner of Earl Reeder Associates, an award-winning commercial and residential architecture firm in Dayton. Founded in 1987, the firm’s experience includes a wide array of unique projects throughout the Dayton and Cincinnati region. Some of the firm’s well-known public projects include the Cox Arboretum Education Campus, the Wright Dunbar Gateway, and the Wegerzyn Children’s Garden. Earl’s family has been deeply involved in the development of the Miami and Dayton communities.

His grandfather, Earl L. Reeder, was member of Miami’s class of 1904. He was a letterman in football, baseball and track and was also a member of Sigma Chi. Founder and president of the Dayton Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Mr. Reeder was also very active in civic work, including as president of the Miami University Alumni Association and a member of the Board of Trustees. His wife, Earl’s grandmother, Thelma Reeder, was a member of Miami’s class of 1925. She served on Miami’s Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years, the President’s Advisory Council for Development, the Art Museum Committee and several scholarship committees. In 1964, she received the Bishop Medal for her dedication to the university.

Earl is currently serving as the Chair of the newly established advisory board for the College of Creative Arts. He has also served as a member of The For Love and Honor Campaign’s School of Fine Arts Committee. He serves on the Samaritan Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the Paul Harris Fellowship with Dayton Rotary, a Board Member of the Dayton Visual Arts Center, and is a member of the Architecture Scholarship Committee for the Dayton Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Previously, Earl served on the Board of Directors of Mike-sells Potato Chip Company and the Dayton Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Earl resides in Dayton, Ohio.

Todd Stoll, '85
Vice President of Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center

 Todd Stoll has spent over twenty-five years as an educator, performer and leading advocate for jazz. A graduate of Miami University (BM Music Education) and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, (MM trumpet), Mr. Stoll has taught at all levels of music education from elementary through collegiate including a decade as curriculum coordinator for Westerville City Schools in central Ohio. For twenty years he was the founding director of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, a community-based ensemble, that received both regional and national accolades. Under his direction, the CYJO released six CDs, was an Essentially Ellington Finalist and participated in multiple international tours to both Europe and South America. As a leader in the music education community, he served as Ohio president of the International Association of Jazz Educators, the inaugural chair of jazz events for the Ohio Music Education Association, and on various national level committees. His work as a curriculum coordinator helped bring jazz to the forefront of many district and, later, state music curriculums. In addition, he worked as an orchestra contractor for Broadway Across America, and led a popular Columbus, Ohio-based big band, “Jazz 2 Go”, and as a trumpeter, performed with a wide variety of national acts across multiple genres from chamber music to pop.

In fall of 2011, Mr. Stoll accepted the position as Vice President of Education for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where he oversees programs that touch more than 100,000 people as young as 8 months thru the elderly. His leadership at JALC has revived the institution's commitment to the underserved while embracing 21st-century technology as a means for greater access to the music. In 2015 the education department at JALC produced over 2800 individual events both in its home at Fredrick P Rose Hall and throughout the US. Through their innovative Essentially Ellington High School jazz band program, they have distributed over 165,000 previously unavailable Duke Ellington and other seminal arrangers’ scores to high schools and are on track for distributing nearly 25,000 scores in 2015.