Board of Directors and Staff

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Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director

Kimberly Olsen is the Executive Director of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, a grassroots service organization working to improve and advance the state of arts education across the five boroughs. As leader of the organization, Kim works with a large network of NYC-based cultural organizations and arts educators to provide professional development, share resources, create community-led learning spaces, and advocate for arts education in schools and communities. Through NYCAIER, she also produces the annual Face to Face Conference, the largest, most comprehensive arts in education conference in New York State. Kim has been on staff with the Roundtable since September 2017, first serving as Face to Face Conference Manager for the 25th Anniversary Conference then Managing Director before becoming the organization’s first Executive Director.

Kim has had a prolific career as a teaching artist working with students Pre-K to adult in over fifty schools across the tri-state area with a focus on working in District 75 with students with disabilities. She currently teaches with ArtsConnection and has worked previously with New York City Center, Queens Theatre, and McCarter Theatre Center.

She holds a Masters of Science in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood & Special Education from the State University of New York Geneseo where she also received her NY State Teaching Certification.

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Kinsey Keck, Programming and Membership Manager

Kinsey Keck is the Programming and Membership Manager for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. She works alongside Executive Director Kimberly Olsen to carry out the mission of the Roundtable and to provide support to the NYC arts education community. Prior to accepting the Programming and Membership Manager position, Kinsey held the title of Roundtable Coordinator. She first joined the Roundtable staff as the Conference Manager for the 2020 Face to Face Arts in Education Conference, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s annual flagship event.

Kinsey is also a Theatre teaching artist, specializing in devising. She currently works in multiple NYC schools as a teaching artist for Little Red Rocket, Muscota New School, and International Girls Ensemble. Kinsey recently returned from summer residencies working for International Girls Ensemble at Thoo Mweh Khee Migrant Learning Center in Phop Phra, Thailand, and at Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus School in Battambang, Cambodia.

As a native Texan, Kinsey received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, with focuses in devising, acting, and costume design/construction. In 2019, Kinsey received her Masters of Science in Education in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York.


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Molaundo Jones, Communications & Resources Manager

Molaundo Jones is the Communications & Resources Manager for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. Prior to the Roundtable, Molaundo served as Social Media Manager at Fractured Atlas and Art Services Manager at Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). In addition to doing all things digital, Molaundo has over a decade of experience as an arts educator– including work with our very own Free Arts NYC and Brooklyn Arts Council– and served as program manager of QCA’s SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence program which uses arts education to improve the quality of life of our city’s elders.

Molaundo is also founder of The Clever Agency, a content creation studio, and currently serves as Board President of Fourth Arts Block (FAB NYC), an organization committed to preserving the cultural vibrancy of the Lower East Side. A New York native, Molaundo earned an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Business administration from Morehouse College.


Sobha Kavanakudiyil, Co-Chair

Sobha Kavanakudiyil is a Co-Chair for The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and she is the Director of The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York.  She also works as an Arts Education Consultant and is part of the inaugural class of the American’s for the Arts Speaker’s Bureau and a Mentor for the Arthur Miller Foundation and Department of Education mentoring program.   She is the recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Fellowship and has traveled to Seoul, Korea and Puebla, Mexico to share her love of theatre with teachers and artists abroad. Sobha is committed to quality arts education! You can follow her on Twitter @MsSobhaK.

Gary Padmore, Co-Chair

Gary Padmore joined the New York Philharmonic, bringing with him decades of experience in education and community work. Prior to the Philharmonic, he was the Director of Education & Community at Orchestra of St. Luke’s where he created a concert series celebrating works by composers of color, doubled enrollment in its youth orchestra program, and increased school and community partnerships. Gary also led education programs at Midori & Friends and Brooklyn Philharmonic, served as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College, and was a teaching artist at several local organizations. As a steward of symphonic music and arts education, Gary sits on the boards of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and The Dream Unfinished: an activist orchestra. A trumpet player and native New Yorker, Gary has degrees from Queens College and Mannes School of Music. He was named one of Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of the Year in 2019.

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Traci Lester, Vice-Chair

Traci Lester joins The Center for Fiction as Executive Director after a 25-year career in the nonprofit sector. Most recently she was Executive Director of National Dance Institute (NDI) an arts education organization founded by legendary dancer Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that every child should have access to learning in and through the arts. Prior to NDI, she held other leadership roles most notably as the Executive Director of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an early literacy, school readiness program.

Traci has been recognized by the Manhattan Borough President as a Cultural Leader in New York City. She is the recipient of the American Association of University Women’s Selected Professions Fellowship, the National Association of Health Service Executive’s Community Service Award, and was named to TheGrio’s 100 List as an African-American history maker and industry leader in the field of education. She is also a member of the Greater New York Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Society for Public Administrators Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, a Master of Public Administration from California State University and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management.

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Philip A. Alexander

Philip A. Alexander is the Arts in Education Director at Brooklyn Arts Council. He is a creativity catalyst who seeks to inspire and empower others in their own artistry. He partners with artists and educators in pursuit of meaningful and effective arts pedagogy, having held management and leadership positions with such esteemed organizations as Roundabout Theatre Company, Empire State Partnerships, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and the New York State Alliance for Arts Education. He consults in the realms of professional development, assessment and strategic partnership, having supported the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Center for Arts Education, VSArts, and the US Department of Education, among others. Holding a doctorate in theatre history, he is seen regularly at professional gatherings as workshop leader or featured speaker.

Ronald K. Alexander

Ronald K. Alexander is an independent arts consultant, dance educator, and choreographer. He has performed with companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. He has choreographed for numerous schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, The Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha- Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company.

From 1994-2002, Ronald K. was a certified dance instructor with the NY Department of Education. He has held administrative and artistic positions in the following public, private and not-for-profit venues: Chairman of the Dance Department of the Harlem School of the Arts, New York (1987-92) under Betty Allen; Principal of the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY (2003-05); and School Administrator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem,New York (2005-07) under Arthur Mitchell. He has studied the American Ballet Theatre School Training Curriculum (Primary to Level Five) under Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens, the Vaganova Ballet Training Method (Primary to Level Three) under John White, and the New York City Ballet Workout.

Mr. Alexander has an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in School Supervision and Administration from the City College of New York. He has served as the Academic Principal of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts (2008-2011) as well as a faculty member. His choreography credits include A Chorus Line (2009) and Titanic (2011) at New England’s Warner Theatre. Mr. Alexander was the subject of Five Teachers, Five Venues, a 2011 article in Dance Teacher Magazine. He is currently the Director of Education at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Youth Arts Academy in Brooklyn, NY and teaches ballet the Ailey School, the Joffrey School New York, the French Academie of Ballet and Peridance Capezio Center.

Asari Beale

Asari Beale is an Afro-Latina writer, educator, and leader deeply committed to children’s literacy. She is the Executive Director of Teachers and Writers Collaborative, one of the nation’s oldest writers-in-the-schools programs, and a steering committee member of LitNet, a network serving America’s literary community. She has taught literature and creative writing at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and Fordham University. Prior to joining Teachers & Writers, she worked with LSA Family Health Service and Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, both organizations which center early childhood literacy. She holds a BA from New York University and an MFA from Brooklyn College, and lives with her family in Harlem, New York City.

Erika Atkins, Secretary

Over the past fifteen years Erika Atkins has worked as an arts administrator, youth development professional, teaching artist and performer in not only New York City, but also her native Washington D.C. area. Erika’s life-changing experiences growing up as a young artist led her to attend George Mason University, where she obtained a B.A. in Music.

She is currently the Executive Director of the Bloomingdale School of Music and also holds a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Previously Erika has worked at Opening Act (Greater New York City Area), The New Victory Theater (New York City) and Levine Music (Washington D.C.).  She also serves on the Arts Education Advisory Council for Americans for the Arts and is a former board member of the American Alliance for Theater Education.