Board of Directors

 

MAPS board-7Liz Deichmann – Co-Founder

Liz Deichmann has worked in commercial and nonprofit arts as a film producer, music talent buyer, and administrator. She is interested in working with artists and nonprofits to foster sustainable growth and innovative practices. She is a 2012 Community Arts Training alumna and co-founder of St. Louis Secret Sound Society and St. Louis Arts Project. Currently, she is pursing her PhD from the University of Missouri—St. Louis and holds a Master of Public Policy Administration and BA in Art History.

 

 

 

 

MAPS board-6Brigid Flynn – Co-Founder

Brigid Flynn has more than 15 years of arts administration and fundraising experience. She has worked at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts in New York City, and served as the Director of Institutional Giving for the Saint Louis Art Museum from 2008-2016. She currently is the Senior Associate Director of Development for the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University. She is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-St. Louis Chapter and Creative Reaction Lab, as has been a presenter at several major conferences. She holds a BA from Loyola University Chicago and an MA from The Ohio State University.

 

 

 

MAPS board-4Syrhea Conaway

Syrhea Conaway is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. She has and continues to present workshops at local schools and libraries, give motivational speeches and performances for non profit and for profit organizations, and has returned to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA)’s Summer Institute which aims to bring art integration to school curriculum. Currently she is a member of the Great River’s Greenway Artist of Color Council, and is the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis DJ in residence for 2019.

 

 

 

MAPS board-1Caitlin Custer

Caitlin Custer is the Communications and Publications Coordinator at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She is also the co-founder of Eads Music Partners, a two-woman consulting firm serving composers, publishers, and retailers in the classical music industry. Previously, she spent five years working with ECS Publishing Group, where she managed strategic plans and marketing to best serve the company’s composers, performers, and audiences. She holds a BA in Musicology from the University of Illinois.

 

 

MAPS board-10Victoria Donaldson

Born and raised in North St. Louis, Victoria Donaldson is a DJ, photographer and community programmer in the St. Louis area. She is the co-host of Rawthentic on 88.1 KDHX, a member of the Soulition DJs and founder/host of Black Cinema Club. Victoria has been practicing photography for over 10 years and recently had her first solo show at the Dark Room in Grand Center. In addition to her work in the arts, she is the Interim Program Manager for the Green Dining Alliance, a program offered through earthday365.

 

 

 

 

MAPS board-9Misa Jeffereis

Misa Jeffereis is Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where she organizes the Street Views video projection series and has curated exhibitions by Jennifer West, Oliver Laric, and Jonathas de Andrade. Prior to CAM, Misa was Curatorial Associate at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she organized exhibitions by Lee Kit and the Guerrilla Girls. Misa holds a Masters in Art History from Hunter College in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

MAPS board-5Sarah Kelley

Sarah is one of the co-creators at Union Studio, a St. Louis shop that works with over 80 local artists. Before entering the creative world, she studied Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at Brandeis University and worked in non-profits. She recently bought a home in Tower Grove East where she lives with her partner and misbehaved dog, Herman. On days off, you can find Sarah fighting with weeds in the garden, reading for her book club, or having a cold beverage in a cool place.

 

 

 

 

MAPS board-8Sophie Lipman

Sophie is an independent arts organizer and collaborator who works with artists and activists to bring co-created projects to life, using the arts to connect people, build relationships, share under-heard and under-acknowledged stories, foster empathy, find collective power in our creativity, see ourselves and each other through new lenses, and become better neighbors. She formerly served as the Public Programs and Engagement Manager at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, where she worked to engage neighbors and other community members as integral partners in Pulitzer programming

 

 

 

MAPS board-2Mallory Nezam

Mallory is a public artist & urban strategist integrating community development, socially-engaged art and urban planning. She works with civic entities and grassroots cultural organizations to bring arts and equity into community planning, and has helped developed new arts programs at Smart Growth America, PolicyLink and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. As an artist, she playfully disrupts public space through play and participatory performance.

 

 

 

 

MAPS board-12Jason Vasser-Elong

Jason Vasser- Elong is a writer from Saint Louis, Missouri. After earning a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, he published his debut collection of poetry shrimp (2Leaf Press), in April of 2018.  Among other publications, his essay “Treading the Atlantic” appears in the special edition of the Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies – Netherlandic Migrations: Narratives from North America. His most recent poetry appears in Belt (2018), Black Lives Have Always Mattered (2Leaf Press, 2017), edited by Abiodun Oyewole, Crossing the Divide: From the poets of Saint Louis (Vagabond, 2016), and others.

 

 

MAPS board-3Angie Villa

Angie is most happy when her hands are busy and possibly covered in dirt, paint or glue. She thrives on doing, making and getting done. She works for Via Partnership, a consulting group which specializes in public art. They work nationally, but she is proud that many of our recent projects have been based in St. Louis. It is wonderful to be involved in growing the opportunities for artists in this region, especially in an inclusive way. She and her husband enjoy traveling, and seeing friends and family, but mostly treasure sunny days watching our two dogs chew on sticks and chase squirrels in our garden.