Slate: Board of Directors

Each year, the National Council of Arts Administrators holds an election of officers (3) at the Annual General Meeting (held during the annual conference,) for a four year term on the Board of Directors. The membership elects officers from a slate of nominees, initially nominated by members and vetted by the Executive Committee in advance of the election to ensure a fair representation of the membership and skills.

Election to the Board comes with the expectation of significant participation in, and responsibility for the governance of the organization, including leadership on various sub-committees, representation at other professional organizations and attendance at conferences.

Meet the nominees, in alphabetical order:

2018/19 NCAA Nominees 

Jonathan Fohrman Bio

Jonathan Fohrman has served as an administrator of higher education arts programs since 2001.  He is currently Dean of Arts and International Languages at MiraCosta College, one of the community colleges in the San Diego area, where his administrative role encompasses the departments of art, dance, international languages, music, theatre/film.  He commenced his career in arts administration at Te Wananga o Aotearoa (from 2001-2006), a Maori-focused institution in New Zealand, where he began as the director of a bachelor of Maori performing arts program, and ultimately became national director of their School of Performing Arts, which offered programs at a number of campuses throughout the country.  He has also served as Dean of Arts and Languages at San Diego Mesa College (from 2008-2013).

Fohrman holds a Master’s in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, where he also received a BA in General Studies/Ethnomusicology.  He is a member of the Arts Commission for the City of Oceanside, California, where he has recently served two terms as chair.  He is on the advisory board for Pacific Arts Movement (presenter of the San Diego Asian Film Festival); is on the board of directors for LITVAK dance; and has recently served as an academic advisor to the San Diego Symphony for a large community project.  He currently co-chairs college committees focused on outcomes assessment and international education, and has also chaired college committees focused on accreditation, institutional effectiveness, and Asian and Pacific Islander studies, while serving on a host of others.


Jonathan Fohrman Statement

My professional career as an arts administrator in the American community college and in the New Zealand “tribal college” (wananga) systems has made me very mindful of issues of program access, program relevance, community connectedness, equity, and diversity, as well as the need to be responsive to a constantly changing environment.  If elected, these are issues that I would encourage be given consideration in our activities, just as I would seek opportunities for us to explore and maybe even better define the particular challenges and needs of 21stCentury arts programs given the substantial changes that are affecting our society, our institutions, our students, and our professions.

I have found NCAA membership valuable, and appreciate the opportunity to belong to a strong, collaborative group focused on this specific sphere of administration.  I am excited by the prospect of supporting it through Board service.  My initial years in administration were spent in a situation where I had virtually no regular opportunities to connect with colleagues in comparable positions.  As a result, I worked in considerable isolation, and became keenly aware of the support needs of new arts administrators, and of the varied challenges they face.  Informed by this experience, if elected to the Board, I would particularly want to assure that we continue to identify and be responsive to the changing needs of our existing members, while doing outreach to prospective members, and seeking to assure we continue to offer them strong, relevant opportunities for professional development and support.


Lauren Lake Bio

Professor Lauren Lake is currently the Chair of the Department of Studio Art at the University of North Texas. Prior to this appointment she was the Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and concurrently served as the Associate Director, Graduate Chair and Director of Graduate Studio Studies at the University of Florida School of Art and Art History.

Lake’s core values of safety, inspiration, and sustainability frames her administrative goals and leadership vision. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally in numerous exhibitions. She received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Art Education from the University of Florida.

Further professional development includes the HERS Leadership Program at Bryn Mawr College. Lake was the recipient of a 2014 Fellowship from both the National Council for Arts Administrators and the International Council for Fine Art Deans and received the 2007 Southeastern College Art Conference Excellence in Teaching Award.


 Lauren Lake Statement

It is an honor to have been nominated to serve on the NCAA Board. Working and learning with passionate leaders through this organization is something for which I am grateful. Each year I leave the conference with a renewed sense of confidence, comradery, and agency. As a board member, I would work to support the current goals while developing the future goals of the organization. 

I believe NCAA provides opportunities for us to discuss the greatest challenges and opportunities for arts leaders today. This includes addressing issues of inclusivity, diversity, and intersectionality, as well as questioning how we as an organization can best serve our membership year-round. As a board member, I would work to help build a woman’s leadership platform within the organization to encouraging and promote the professional development of women through both formal programming and informal opportunities.

I am eager to expand the range of opportunities available to NCAA members at the conference including sessions devoted to leaders who face distinct challenges and working to provide methods of recourse for each of us. I look forward to working to better meet the ideals of all partners in our membership.

Sarah Meyer Bio

Sarah A Meyer is Professor and Program Coordinator of Visual Communication Design at California Poly Pomona (CPP) and Design Lead for CPP/MIT BeaverWorks Steam Academy whose mission is to connect students across the community, collaborate with CPP and its industrial partners, and create knowledge through team-base, hands-on projects, and online courseware. Sarah has acted as Chair of the Art Department and Interim Associate Dean of CPP College of Environmental Design comprised of Architecture, Art, Art History, Visual Communication Design, Landscape Architecture, Regenerative Studies, and Urban & Regional Planning. She has previously held faculty positions at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, The University of Utah, California State University Fullerton, and has been a visiting professor of visual communications and motion graphics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. 

Sarah has a record of leadership that fosters faculty governance, curriculum development, innovative and academic vision at comprehensive universities. She is co-author of Color Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic DesignersColor Management for Logos: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers, Color Management for Packaging: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers, Choosing Color for Logos & Packaging: Solutions for 2D & 3D Design, and the Acuity Color Matching System. Sarah has been invited to speak at the International Council of Design (ico-D), AIGA, and the College Arts Association on topics related to color theory, curriculum development, and administration. Her design work has been exhibited in numerous publications and received awards of excellence from design associations including The Society of Technical Communications and The Art Directors Club.


Sarah Meyer Statement

The NCAA is a welcoming environment that fosters professional development for the specialized field of art administration at diverse academic institutions. As a member and former 2012 fellow, I particularly appreciate the warm tone, one-on-one engagement, and mentorship from both private art and comprehensive institutional colleagues that the NCAA provides. Thus, I would seek to support the organization through programming that fosters diverse ideas at multiple levels of leadership and over the span of an administrator’s career. This effort is accomplished through conversations that identify areas of innovation within the arts that may be a catalyst for unique administrative problem solving. Beyond the day-to-day facilitation that is fundamental to a board member’s duties and the organization, I believe that promoting the activities and professional connections provided by NCAA will yield recognition for arts leadership and forward-leaning arts programming. An organization of well-supported individuals can instill the administrative skills necessary for future leaders and potentially create a larger presence for the arts at a national level.

 Deanne Pytlinski Bio

Deanne Pytlinski has been Chair of the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2015. She is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art. Dr. Pytlinski earned her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center and her Master’s Degree from Pratt Institute in New York. Her research focuses on intersections between feminism and technology and she has published on women in early video art and on video collectives. In 2014, she curated the exhibition Craft Tech/Coded Media: Women, Art and Technology, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art for which she also contributed a catalog essay. Dr. Pytlinski is currently working on expanding her research on contemporary art and feminism into Cuba and Eastern Europe and is developing student opportunities in those locations as well. She was an NCAA Emerging Arts Administrator Fellow in 2015-2016 under the mentorship of Judith Thorpe.


Deanne Pytlinski Statement

 My vision as a board member is to generate dialogue that helps administrators respond to the current challenges facing arts education including increasing tuition dependency and a federal administration that is hostile in general to higher education. How do we ensure that our students continue to value their investment in arts education and use their creativity to bridge their communities and develop lasting professional and social networks? Within the organization, I would also like to explore ways we can foster leadership not only in ourselves, but in those around us, especially those who might not already see themselves in leadership roles.  Leadership organizations such as NCAA need many voices, and I would be committed to inclusive communication at all levels to advance our work and keep our organization robust.

 Michael Willie Bio

Michael Wille has held the position of Director of the School of Art at Illinois State University for the past four years. He leads the School of Art and collaborates with its faculty to build a strong and relevant set of academic offerings for the 21stcentury art major. He helps lead the College of Fine Arts’ international initiatives that include the university’s first 3+1 agreement with a Chinese university and the first Study Abroad in China. In 2015, he was awarded an Emerging Arts Administration Fellowship from NCAA, and he has also presented as a panelist at the College Art Association annual conference twice in the past three years. In addition to teaching a range of studio courses over the past seventeen years, previous roles include Associate Director of the School of Art, Coordinator of the Visiting Artist program, and steering committee member for the university’s Leadership Initiative.

His small-scale abstract paintings have been included in exhibitions around the country and abroad, including venues such as Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in St. Louis, Galleri Urbane in Dallas, and Resolution Gallery in Johannesburg (South Africa). Wille’s paintings have been featured in New American Paintings five times, and he has also curated exhibitions centered on trends within abstract painting. Wille has lectured about his work at various institutions including Temple University in Japan (Tokyo), the University of Iowa and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg (South Africa).

Wille earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a BFA from Millikin University.


Michael Willie Statement

As an active member of NCAA over the better part of the past decade, I have grown to feel like a connected part of this group of inspired artists, designers, historians, and leaders. My favorite part of our council’s annual conference is the impromptu discussions we have on buses, in hallways, and in lecture halls about the trends and challenges each of us face while representing the arts at our home institutions. I want to help shape the positive, uplifting narrative that the arts are an integral part of higher education and our culture at large.

As a prospective board member, I look forward to offering my energy and ideas to the organization as we chart our organizational future. I want to increase my footprint in the council through active involvement, and hope to play a supportive role in our organization’s future. Whether advocating for the arts, determining the best pathways to internationalize a campus, or how technology fits into a 21stcentury arts curriculum, I have experiences that can help us visualize our future.