Press Release: AEMS Announces New Board Members

Peter Dayton
Programs & Operations Manager
(443) 449-9568
February 2, 2021


Baltimore, Maryland. Arts Education in Maryland Schools Announced today the appointment of four new Trustees to the Board of Directors. The new appointees have experience in the arts education, community-building and engagement, and represent Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, and Howard County.

Kristin Cox

Manager of Quality Control for Gas & Electric Programs, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Kristin Cox was born and raised in Towson, MD. She holds a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Business from Loyola University. Kristin has been teaching dance since the age of nine at the Greater Loch Raven Recreation Center serving a diverse group of students in a variety of dance styles. Kristin’s professional career started as an engineering intern for BGE in their Gas Operations before moving into a variety of leadership positions across the company. She now lives in Bel Air, MD with her husband and daughter.

Christen Cromwell

English and Drama Educator

Christen Cromwell is a theatre artist from Baltimore, MD with 20 years of experience. After becoming passionate about equity in education, she earned her MAT in Secondary English and Theatre Education. Her resume includes acting, directing, and writing credits in theatre and film, primarily comedy. She currently teaches English and Theater Arts for Baltimore County Public Schools, at the helm of the Perry Hall High School productions since 2016. She is the Director of Play Development for the newly founded Two Strikes Theatre Collective, an organization whose primary goal is to prioritize stories by Black womxn. Recent community theatre projects include Stick Fly at Fells Point Corner Theatre and Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine at The Strand Theatre.

Nigel-Ray Garcia

Deputy Director, Community Engagement & Recruitment at Baltimore Corps

As the Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Recruitment, Nigel helps to execute a comprehensive recruitment strategy attaining a diverse quality pipeline of talent for all Baltimore Corps programs and initiatives. Nigel plays an integral role in developing collaborative relationships with leaders in the community and across a broad range of interest groups in Baltimore City to further Baltimore Corps’ mission and vision. Nigel-Ray received his Bachelor’s in English Literature from Saint Bonaventure University in 2006. He then returned to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY, to develop and strengthen his client and customer relationship skills in the information technology, marketing, and financial services industries.

Anita Lambert

Coordinating Supervisor, Prince Georges County Public Schools

Anita Lambert has been teaching and involved in music and education since her earliest memories. She began taking piano lessons at the age of four, and teaching students while playing for Vacation Bible School at age ten. An epiphany occurred when watching “The Sound of Music” when first released, declaring “I’m going to TEACH someone to sing like THAT!” Her love for teaching everyone, regardless of other abilities, led her to major in Music Education and Music Therapy at East Carolina University. Her early career was spent in Fairfax County Public schools with Emotionally Disabled students. Her work created the first program of its kind where all students were mainstreamed in music classes. Currently Anita serves Prince George’s County Public Schools as the Coordinating Supervisor for Creative Arts Programs. She is the supervisor for all of the fine and performing arts and collaborates to build arts education and arts integration programs. Anita is privileged to be a member of the Board for AEMS and with the outstanding arts organizations in Maryland.

“The Trustees will bring new perspectives and experience to the AEMS Board and we are excited to welcome them,” said Lyn Frankel, Board Chair.

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