Our Staff


Deborah Lugo

Executive Director


Eepi Chaad

Director of Partnerships & Learning


Taylor Bush

Director of Strategic Initiatives


Monique Mogilka

Data Manager


Mandy Whited

Operations Manager

Our Board

Lauren Anderson
Houston Ballet

Caroline Goeser
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Craig Massey
Merrill Lynch

Jack McBride

Community Volunteer 

Judy Nyquist 
Community Volunteer

Our Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is a shared decision-making body

that represents the interests of all Arts Connect partners

and is responsible for strategic and project oversight.

Jack McBride, Chair
Community Volunteer

John Abodeely
Chief Executive Officer
Houston Arts Alliance

Cathy Bencivenga
Executive Manager of Education & Community Engagement
Alley Theatre

Dr. Rick Cruz
Deputy Superintendent
Houston ISD

Rachel Hemphill Dickson
BOLD Artistic Associate
The Ensemble Theatre

Caroline Goeser, Immediate Past Chair
W.T. and Louise J. Moran Chair of Learning and InterpretationMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston

Harrison Guy
Director of Arts and Culture, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation & Founder, Urban Souls Dance Company

Janette Lindner
Veritas Total Solutions

Deborah Lugo
Executive Director
Arts Connect Houston

Alisa Magallón
Associate Director of Programming and Engagement, Houston Grand Opera

Nicole Moore-Kriel
Program Officer
The Powell Foundation

Eileen Morris
Artistic Director, The Ensemble Theatre

Wenden Sanders
Fine Arts Director
Houston ISD

Contact Us

5280 Caroline St Ste 100,

Houston, TX 77004

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