MAAE Leadership


last updated Jan 2024

Meet our MAAE Support Team providing valuable services to assist with specific initiatives to enact MAAE's mission and vision. 

Phyllis Pasley
Executive Director 
Kyna Iman
Legislative Liaison
Sarah Serio
Communication Manager
Lauren Hanahan
Arts Across the Curriculum Program Specialist (1) 
Cynthia Williams Phelps
Director of Professional Learning 
Melissa Cooper
Director of Public Policy
Contests/Awards Coordinator
Marschnee Strong
Make Music Day - St. Louis - Coordinator
Dr. karen StaffordFine Arts Education Day Coordinator

SHOW-ME Arts Coordinator
  Vicki Bean
Senate Student Fine Arts Exhibit
RIDE Projects Coordinator
Awards/Contest Coordinator

Board of Directors

Elected Board Officers 

Jeff Sandquist, Chair, bio

Tom Tobias, Vice-Chair, bio

Michael Dove - Secretary, bio

Bruce Dickerson - Treasurer, bio

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Principal Allied Representatives
to MAAE Board of Directors

MoASTA Chair - Allison Ross

MOAJE President - Clarence Smith

MAEA President - Rosie Ziegler

MDO - representative - Alice Bloch

MBA President - Sarah Sacco - John Devos representative

MCDA President - Kevin McBeth - Pam Grooms, representative

Mo Thespians Advocacy Chair - Teri Turner

Speech and Theatre Association representative - William Palmer

HEC Media - Tim Gore

and ex-officio members of the MAAE Board

Executive Director - Phyllis Pasley - bio

Legislative Liaison - Kyna Iman - bio

Fine Arts Education Day Coordinator - Karen Stafford bio

SHOW-ME Arts Coordinator - 

Senate Student Arts Exhibit Coordinator - Vicki Bean bio

Communication Manager - Sarah Serio bio

Arts Across the Curriculum Program Specialist - Lauren Hanahan  bio

Arts Across the Curriculum Program Specialist - Cynthia Williams Phelps  bio

Awards Coordinator - bio

Contest Coordinator - bio

Legislative Policy Coordinator - Melissa Cooper - bio

Make Music Day Coordinator - Marschnee Strong bio

Photographer/Technical Assistance - Ron Jennings

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity in the Arts Projects Coordinator -  bio

MAAE Board of Directors

At-Large - Harlan Brownlee Advisory Council Chair - bio

At-Large - Racism Inclusion Diversity Equity (R.I.D.E.) Committee chair - Maria A. Ellis - bio

At-Large - Arts Integration Committee chair, former Chair of MAAE -Robert Gifford - bio

At-Large members - Urban Schools - Melodye Moore, Ken Moore

At-Large member - Private/Parochial Schools - Brian Sparks

At-Large member - College Students - Shannon Martin

Ex-officio members of the
MAAE Board of Directors

Ex-officio - MCA - State Arts Advocacy Captain - Ben Martin - bio

Ex-officio - MSBA - Brandt Shields

Ex-officio former MDO pres - Alice Bloch

Ex-officio Associate Allied Org Rep - MoPTA - Carla Wiese

Ex-officio MAC representative - Jenni Ryan

Ex-officio DESE Fine Arts Director - Dr. Kendra Franks

Ex-officio Associate Allied Org Rep - MASL - Rebecca Parker

Ex-officio Associate Allied Org Rep SCMTE  - Daniel Hellman

Ex-officio Associate Allied Org. Rep - MACAA - Michael Gaines

Ex-officio Associate Allied Org. Rep - GAM - Meredith Wisniewski

Ex-officio Associate Allied Org. MMEA - Advocacy Partner - Brian Hartman

Ex-officio Associate Allied Org - MFAA - Fatih Benzer


For a list of committee members >click here

Executive Committee

Jeff Sandquist, Chair                                            >learn more here

Arts Integration Committee

Robert Gifford, Chair                                             >learn more here

Racism Inclusion Diversity Equity R.I.D.E. Committee

Maria A. Ellis, Chair                                               >learn more here

Advisory Council for Financial Sustainability

Harlan Brownlee,  Chair                                             >learn more here

Legislative Watch Team

Andrea Branstetter, chair   >learn more here

Covid-19 Work Group - disbanded 9/2022

Phyllis Pasley,  Coordinator                                  >learn more here

The links at left can additional information about the work of these MAAE committees.
You can also reach these committees from the Committees tab under "home" and "about MAAE" in the navigation bar.