We are grateful for the leadership and enthusiasm of our awesome Foundation Board, and we’ve love for you to get to know them a little better!
Alex is the Head of Audience Engagement and a museum educator at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), in Winston-Salem, NC. As the Head of Audience Engagement, Alex leads initiatives that encourage all audiences to connect with art and one another, and to have meaningful experiences. By developing and leading programs that appeal to every kind of museum visitor, Alex strives to make contemporary art approachable and accessible. He holds a B.A in History, Ancient Civilizations and Classics from the University of Iowa and a M.A in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University.
The Engaging Educator has a very special place in Alex’s heart – it’s how he met his amazing wife and life partner, Jen Brown. Other than introducing him to the love of his life, the improv Alex has experienced through The Engaging Educator has given him the strength, confidence and ability to connect with his true self and to clearly express his ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Sean is a twenty-five veteran of Public Education. He has served schools as an English Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal. Sean has contributed writing for Kahoot!, Education Closet and LeadUp Now. Additionally, Sean has presented at conferences for ISTE, ILA, EdCamp Tampa Bay and STEAM/Arts Integration Conference. Recently, Sean was a featured guest on MTV’s “Skillset” Podcast. He is currently the Education Advisor for Buncee and resides in North Carolina with his wife and their three daughters.
Trish is a technologist, digital strategist, writer and artist specializing in cultural digital initiatives. Her experience is varied, including Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Yahoo! Inc., and Cisco Systems. Trish received her MFA from California College of Arts and BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. In January 2016, Trish Oxford Media L.L.C, was founded to bring digital strategy, education, and adaptation to small and mid-size organizations.
Patti is a young, adventurous 58 year old woman who has spent the last 15 years of her professional life helping people find jobs and helping employers find employees. Most recently she has been doing this with Goodwill Industries of NWNC in Winston-Salem, NC. In this role, she has had the honor of working with some of the bravest, most resilient individuals she has ever known. Her soul sings when she gets to hear their stories and explore their dreams and witness their growth + successes.
In her personal life she is the proud mom of a wonderful 27 year old daughter, Mary Beth, who lives In Los Angeles and a feisty, smart and loving Chihuahua mix, Penny Lane. In time away from work she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with friends, going on road trips, playing on the water, listening to music, having dance parties, engaging in meaningful conversation, learning, and of course Improv.
She has an insatiable curiosity about many things and lately has been studying brain research and ways to help people (including herself) reach their full potential. The thing that keeps her up at night now is the way women treat women and the way they treat themselves. She is hoping that she can be an instrument to help women want to lift each other up instead of tear each other down. She believes that women can heal the world if they can learn to heal themselves and their relationships with each other.