Board & Staff

Board & Staff

2019-2020 Board of Trustees

  • Lyn Frankel, Chair, Arts Education Advocate
  • Brian Sullam, Vice Chair, Editorial Manager, T. Rowe Price (Retired)
  • Christine Dietze, Treasurer, Chief Operating Officer, The Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Carole R. Alexander, Carole R. Alexander Consulting
  • Jane Coffey, Director of Development, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
  • Ellen Dew, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Karen Footner, Non-Profit Consultant
  • Martin Knott, President & CEO, Knott Mechanical, Inc.
  • Susan Magsamen, Senior Advisor, Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University
  • Mary Ann E. Mears, Artist, Arts Advocate, AEMS Founder
  • Nicole Nesbitt, Institutional Relationship Manager, Brown Advisory
  • Veronica Thomas, Associate Professor of Marketing, Towson University
  • Danita Beck Wickwire, Senior Associate Director of Principal Gifts, Johns Hopkins University


Quanice Floyd, Executive Director

Quanice G. Floyd is a renaissance woman who wears many capes. Born and raised in NYC, she has spent over a decade in Washington, DC where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Howard University and Kent State University respectively. Her passion for arts administration led her to pursue her second Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University. Quanice is coming to AEMS after previously serving as the Director of Learning and Leadership Development at the National Guild for Community Arts Education. She is also the Founder & Director of the Arts Administrators of Color (AAC) Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators by advocating for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. She has also been a public-school music educator where she taught elementary and middle school general music, chorus, band, and orchestra. Quanice serves as a commissioner for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, a member of the National Teaching Artist Advisory Committee, and is an alumna of Fractured Atlas’ Artist Campaign School, the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Leadership Institute (CAELI), ArtEquity’s Racial Facilitator Cohort, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educators and Arts Administrators Academy, 4.0 Schools’ Essentials Program, and the Arts Education Collaborative’s Leadership Academy. In 2018, Quanice received the Americans for the Arts’ American Express Emerging Leader Award.

Rachel McGrain, Development Director

Rachel McGrain received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Trumpet Performance and History from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a Banneker-Key Scholar. She was president of the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2013, she joined Teach for America and began her teaching career at KASA in West Baltimore. In addition to teaching 7th and 8th grade math, she served as the middle school track coach and 8th grade team leader while earning her Master of Science in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2015. Frustrated by the lack of consistent arts programming offered to her students, Rachel started a brand new instrumental music program in 2016 at Green Street Academy where she collected over 70 instrument donations; over $5,000 in funds; facilitated several after-school programs including bucket band, wind band, and drumline; and taught 7th grade general music and band during the school day. Rachel’s passion for equitable access to high quality arts education continues to drive her work at AEMS and as a volunteer instructor with the after-school band program at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. 

Peter Dayton, Program and Administrative Coordinator

Composer and pianist Peter Dayton has been a member of the AEMS team since November, 2018. An Ohioan happily transplanted to Maryland, Peter earned a Bachelor’s Degree (Summa Cum Laude, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society) from Vanderbilt University majoring in Composition/Theory and minoring in English. He received his Master’s in Composition from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was the winner of the Macht Orchestral Composition Competition and has lived in Baltimore ever since. In addition to his academic pursuits, Peter has been active in LGBT+ charity fundraising and has organized and promoted events devoted to identity-based inclusivity and social justice. Peter’s compositional exploits have taken him all over the United States, to Europe, Hong Kong, and Perú. He has composed works for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, and a short chamber opera about Gertrude Stein. Peter actively produces concerts of modern and contemporary music for the general public. His meaningful experiences with music education were preceded by a rocky start at his academically prestigious high-school with a nearly-unfunded arts program. Peter is honored to contribute his organizational, promotional, and artistic abilities to AEMS’s efforts to make Maryland a world-class example of well-funded and supported arts education programs. Peter also enjoys playing jazz standards in his spare time.

Kate Lynch, artlook® Maryland Coordinator

Lifelong performing artist Kate Lynch received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, where she endeavored to dedicate every moment outside of the classroom to building community through the arts. While finishing her senior year, Kate started working with Baltimore-based Single Carrot Theatre, a company focusing on producing socially relevant works as a form of civic engagement. Upon graduating university in 2017 with a Homewood Arts Certificate in theatre, Kate was selected to join the Single Carrot ensemble where she has participated in several boundary-breaking projects. In addition to her work at Single Carrot, Kate has also served as the producer of the Charm City Fringe Festival and has volunteered and interned for a number of Baltimore non-profits. Driven by her desire to serve Baltimore and further explore the intersection of art, community building, and social justice, Kate became a Baltimore Corps Fellow in September 2019. Kate deeply believes that the arts have the power to change lives as well as communities and is incredibly honored to be joining AEMS where she looks forward to fiercely advocating for equitable access to arts education for every child in Maryland.

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