Diana Cirone, Board of Directors
Diana received her B.A. in Theatre and Television Arts from Valparaiso University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University. She has worked as a children’s theatre director, dance instructor, arts administrator and performer in Washington, DC and Chicago. Diana currently develops arts and wellness programs for older adults as the Director of Life Enrichment at Ingleside at King Farm.
Margarita Noriega, Board of Directors
Margarita Noriega is an Associate at The Harbour Group, a boutique public relations firm in Georgetown. Raised in a highly-artistic family, Margarita is an avid student of technology trends and social entrepreneurship, and has a strong understanding of online media trends. Originally from San Diego, Ms. Noriega studied economics, world history, and globalization at The George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, and she volunteers her free time planning fundraisers, personally organizing an event for the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami victims that raised over $20,000 in individual and corporate donations. You can follow Margarita’s thoughts about DC, art, and technology on Twitter (@margafret) and on Google+ (gplus.to/margarita). Her personal artistic hobbies include oil painting, DJing, and dance.
Julia Judson Rea, Board of Directors
Julia Judson-Rea received her B.A. in Environmental Studies Cum Laude from Bates College, and her Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. Her past experience includes work as a Senior Projects Consultant for the Middle East Program of the Quebec Labrador Foundation, and as a Corporate Sponsorships and Foundation Relations specialist for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Ms. Judson-Rea is a Development Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Megan Smith, Board of Directors
Megan Smith is the Community Manager for Ovation, the only television network dedicated to the arts. With five years in the web industry, Megan is a specialist in digital marketing, project management and social media. She manages a large community of artists and art lovers on Ovationtv.com as well as the Ovation voice on major social networks. Having some training and experience in almost every genre, Megan has been a long time advocate for the arts. She received her BA from Columbia College, Chicago with a major in theater directing.
Tina Barksdale, Board of Directors
Tina Barksdale was raised the only girl in a household with seven younger brothers in a biracial family of strong faith in the Adirondack valley of Upstate New York. Her home life reinforced development of individual thought and she was home-schooled until age 13. Tina has been an activist with an interest in the arts since her early teens. In high school she wrote petitions and organized school sit-ins while taking classical piano lessons and writing poetry for the school paper. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College which is where she began to explore her interest in social dance, and pursued her Masters at American University’s School of International Service, which brought her to settle in the Washington DC area in 2000. Tina is a marketing specialist and self-proclaimed Ambassador of Social Dance, and her work includes business management, fundraising, event organization, media outreach and forging of dynamic inter-entity partnerships.
Elizabeth Grazioli, Board of Directors
Elizabeth Grazioli grew up in Italy and the United States, and graduated with a degree in Art History from Dickinson College, where she was a leader involved in several community and student groups, including her sorority. She founded ArtSee Dc (llc) to bring art to individuals, corporations, and public spaces, and regularly curates events and exhibitions, frequently highlighting emerging artists.