Gregory Luce, Board of Directors
Gregory Luce is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), and the collection Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press) and Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing). He lives in Washington, D.C. where he works for the National Geographic Society. He is the 2014 winner of the Larry Neal Writers Award, awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Chris Kain, Board of Directors
Chris Kain is the founder and editor of the non profit news site, The DC Line. Prior he was Managing Editor for the Current Newspapers from 1991-2017. Chris received his BA in Journalism and Political Science from American University, where he was also editor in chief of the student paper, the AU Eagle. He’s a regular attendee at all types of cultural events, particularly theater.
Patrick Cavanaugh, Board of Directors
Patrick is a digital marketing, public relations and social media professional, providing strategic guidance from BRINK, a creative digital agency, through client relations, project management, product innovation and business development. In addition to overseeing both design and development teams, his work includes executing brand strategy, user experience and graphic design, copywriting, content planning and website administration. A culture geek, Patrick combines his passion for art, literature, music and movies with a progressive digital literacy, providing a broad swath of knowledge and experience in his role as Senior Strategist. Originally from Miami, Florida, he was a National Merit Scholar at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and a Presidential Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, minoring in Performing Arts Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations.
Thea Joselow, Board of Directors
Thea Joselow is a digital communications director, writer and editor. Currently freelancing, she has worked for National Public Radio, Smithsonian Magazine, APCO Worldwide, Aetna, and Fannie Mae, among other places (but please don’t hold that against them; all opinions, omissions and offenses are entirely her own.) She is a tamer of gale-force word storms, specializing in helping organizations large and small communicate within highly regulated industries and multiple stakeholder environments. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her long-suffering spouse, brilliant daughters, and three cats of no distinction. Thea can be found on Twitter at @tjoselow and on LinkedIn, where she offers unsolicited career advice.
Stuart Anderson, Board of Directors
The founder and director of Family & Friends of Incarcerated People (FFOIP), Stuart W. Anderson was born, raised, and matured in Washington, D.C. He is a proud father, and caring grandfather, and works with children, individuals, and organizations, to develop, manage, implement, and evaluate project activities and workshops for the children of incarcerated parents and other at-risk populations. His formal activist work began in 1993 at the Central facility of Lorton, motivated by a personal desire to continue his parental duties even from within the confines of prison. Stuart was educated thru the DC Public School system, and is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia. In 1998 he received a second degree from UDC – a Business management degree, awarded with honors. In January, 2005 his work made the cover of the Washington Post Magazine – “A Father’s Conviction.” Since his release in 2008, Stuart has conducted lectures, seminars, workshops and forums designed to address mass incarceration and to benefit the children of incarcerated parents. He has been recipient of recognition and awards including from the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs for his work with those returning home from prison (2012), the Port In the Storm award from the Washington Peace Center (2013), the Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (2015), and the Legacy Forward Award from the Mayor’s Leadership Institute (2017). He is an organizer of the annual Rev. Dr., Martin Luther King Jr., Peace Walk and Parade in SE Washington, DC, co-host of “Let’s Talk With CJ” (a radio show focused on policy, politics, and current issues), a member of BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity) and the Ward 8 Committeeman of the DC Democratic State Committee.
Diane Charnov, Board of Directors
Diane Charnov’s career has spanned many fields, including political speechwriting, educational and arts consulting, and most recently work as a writer and maker. She has worked for U.S. presidential candidates and the former Korean Prime Minister, and was co-author of a publication for the Soros Foundation, Making A Difference: A Parent’s Guide to Advocacy. She was Director of International Trade at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was an analyst in Economic and Government Studies of the Brookings Institution. Her affiliation with publications extends to her editorial work in New York with Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and Viking Press. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations, and completed a graduate degree in the same area at Columbia University. Over the past decade, Ms. Charnov has focused on her primary passion – the arts – and created A(rt)SPIRE, dedicated to the “craft of writing in support of the arts.” She serves on several non-profit boards, including the James Renwick Alliance (JRA), Asheville’s Center for Craft and as an advisor to Glen Echo Photoworks (PW). She has written extensively for arts publications, and profiled artists and reviewed museum shows throughout the United States. She was recently selected as a juror for the American Craft Council and named the 2019 Jentel Critic at the Bray. Ms. Charnov has exhibited her work in ceramics and photography at galleries locally and nationally and was recently selected for a month-long residency at Penland School of Crafts. Currently she is teaching Writing for the Arts at Glen Echo Park and will pilot a similar program to Core Fellows at Penland next year.
Jennifer Anne, Board of Directors
Jennifer Anne is a journalist who writes a list of ten things to do in town each weekend plus other arts and culture stories for the local news outlet The DC Line. She is also a teaching artist with Split This Rock, and as a yoga teacher with Yoga District. She is part of the BEACON mentorship program for female entrepreneurs and prior to moving to DC she directed media projects in South Asia. Though she happily calls DC home, Jen is Midwestern at heart: she was born in Battle Creek, Michigan (“Cereal City”) and raised in the Chicagoland area. She has a BA in International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s in Writing from the University of Southern California. While in southern California she evaluated screenplays for Teddy Zee Productions and The Montecito Picture Company. She is on the steering committee for Emerging Arts Leaders DC, a young professionals’ network, and The Sanctuaries, a multicultural arts activist group. Follow her on twitter at @jenannedc.com
Sean Murphy, Board of Directors
Sean Murphy has been publishing fiction, poetry, reviews (of music, movie, book, food), and essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years. He has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes, and AdAge. He writes regularly for PopMatters, and his work has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, The New York Post, The Good Men Project, and others. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize two times, once for short fiction and once for poetry. The author of a memoir, novel, and two collections of non-fiction, he’s currently polishing his first collections of poetry and short fiction. He was previously the writer-in-residence at Noepe Center for Literary Arts at Martha’s Vineyard. He’s Founding Director of 1455, a nonprofit organization seeking to advance the appreciation of and passion for the literary arts through programs that support expression, education, and the sharing of writing and literature, based in Winchester, VA. Sean is passionate about building community and celebrating creativity (in its myriad forms) and is excited to support Day Eight’s mission as both board member and advocate. A lifelong Virginian, Sean lives in Reston with his wife Heather and their two dogs.
Lee Halvorsen, Board of Directors
Lee Halvorsen began his career as a US Air Force fighter jet pilot and developed into program management for USAF participation in the F-16 Multinational Fighter Program with Belgium, Denmark, Norway, and The Netherlands. He completed his Air Force career negotiating the sale and support of E-3 AWACS to the United Kingdom, and an international training program treaty with The Netherlands. On leaving the USAF he completed his Juris Doctor at George Washington University and practiced law in Virginia with a specialty in small business contract litigation. Simultaneously he provided program management and cost control consulting services to the Missile Defense Agency, which led to the end of his legal career and work as business unit leader of a software technology company. He was subsequently Deputy Chief Information Officer for the National Technical Information Service, a bureau of the Department of Commerce. His interest in and practice of the arts has grown throughout his life, with a particular interest in photography and poetry. His photography is exhibited regularly in the Washington, D.C. region, and is in private collections in California, DC, Maryland, Nevada, South Dakota, and Virginia.
Tyler Grasee, Board of Directors
Tyler Grasee is a grantmaker with a background in museum research, education, and membership. Originally from the Midwest, Tyler received a B.A. in Anthropology and German from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he fused his love of the arts & humanities with an interest in museums. An alumnus of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program, Tyler has a particular interest in the history of German-Jewish contributions to Western thought, as well as in the lessons to be learned from Germany’s difficult period of history. Galvanized by his work in the Jewish Museums of Berlin and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tyler decided to pursue an M.A. in Museum Studies at the George Washington University with the goal of understanding how institutions serve as public forums to facilitate dialogue across difference. While pursuing his degree, Tyler worked in membership for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and later the White House Historical Association. An amateur pianist and avid consumer of jazz, opera, the visual arts, podcasts, poetry, and literature, Tyler believes that art — and the questions it poses — is integral to the health of our democracy and to ourselves as individuals. Tyler lives in Cleveland Park with his partner, Jake.
Nicholas E. Barron, Board of Directors
Nicholas E. Barron is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. He publishes a literary newsletter, Bidwell Hollow, that shares stories about writers and poets. Nick’s freelance work focuses on delivering discoverable, engaging content for online readers. Nick’s professional work includes stints at Fannie Mae, AARP, and the National Association of Home Builders. When he’s not writing professionally, Nick writes poems and short stories. He enjoys reading and loves discovering new authors and poets. Nick grew up on a small farm in rural Missouri. That upbringing gave him an affinity for bluegrass music, fruit pies, and the outdoors. Nick’s a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He’s lived in Washington, D.C., since 2008. Nick resides with his husband in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Joshua Dadeboe, Accountant – ex officio Board of Directors
Joshua Dadeboe is an accountant working and living in Washington, D.C. He joined the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as an auditor in 2011. Prior to joining USAC, he worked in public accounting for two and half years after earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University (PA).
Ethelbert Miller, Advisory Board
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and Provisions Library for Social Change. He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. His recent publications include, How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004), and The 5th Inning (2009).
Sali Ann Kriegsman, Advisory Board
Sali Ann Kriegsman’s efforts to advance the art and artists of dance and to nurture greater appreciation of the arts include her work as a writer, critic, editor, funder, artistic and executive director, presenter, producer, teacher and adviser. She has served as artistic adviser to the Digital Dance Library planning project, president of the Dance Heritage Coalition (the alliance of major American dance collections), executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, director of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Program, dance consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, executive editor at The American Film Institute, and administrator of The American Dance Theater, the first professional modern dance repertory company, co-directed by Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow at Lincoln Center. She has taught and lectured at schools, universities, festivals, museums and community centers across the country and abroad, and advised private and public funding agencies. Her book, Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years, the first exhaustive documentary history of that legendary period, was hailed by The New York Times as “a vivid and human picture of a crucial chapter in American culture.” Her articles, criticism and essays have been published in a variety of periodicals and reference sources. Among her awards is the NEA’s 1989 Distinguished Service Award.
Kathryn Pasternak, Advisory Board
Kathryn Pasternak writes, produces, directs and shoots wildlife films, and films about extraordinary relationships between people and animals, for international television distribution, internet distribution, and the independent documentary market. Pasternak is the recipient of two National Emmy awards, and the nominee for two more, as well as the winner of numerous other international awards. She spent 15 years at National Geographic Television, the last 9 years of which she was Senior Producer in the Natural History Unit. Pasternak studied Fine Arts at Harvard University, graduating in 1985 magna cum laude with Highest Honors. Pasternak is a longtime Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, having received their Silver Medal in 1985 for her work in and in support of the Arts. She’s also a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a board member of the Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival. Her recent project, DOEVILLE, tells the intimate story of Virginia’s last deer farmer, Gail Rose, a woman struggling to keep her farm and her dream alive.