Our Team

Ashlee McKinnon, Director of Education Programs

Ashlee McKinnon serves as the Education Programs Manager at the DC Collaborative.  Ashlee has always connected her passion for arts enrichment and education with the school system, serving as a K-12 Dance Educator and Teaching Artist in the DMV for 10 years, and working with prominent arts organizations such as Dance Place, Story Tapestries, and Imagination Stage, as a champion for equitable youth development and enriching arts programming. Ashlee is an alumnus of the University of Maryland at College Park and Princeton Theological Seminary.  Her membership in the Arts Administrators of Color Network and as an ambassador with Arts Education in Maryland Schools shape her perspective on equitable and diverse arts and humanities programming for our future generations. In addition to her professional work, Ashlee is still a performer at heart and continues to hone her craft with BREathe Dance Project and AftaShock DC. She has been blessed to dance on the stages of and create artistic works for Bowie State University, Sitar Arts Center, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in 2020 and a feature on CBS This Morning in 2017. Reach Ashlee at Ashlee@DCCollaborative.org.


Wendy Wang Pisa, Director of Community Engagement

Wendy Wang Pisa came from an art history and education background, having received her M.A. from University College London with a focus on education programming and community engagement. Prior to her time at the Collaborative, Wendy accumulated her experiences working in museums such as the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, the Phillips Collection, the International Spy Museum, and the British Museum. In another life, she was a kindergarten and elementary school classroom teacher in Taipei, Taiwan.  Wendy supports and advocates for the positive impact that educators make, whether they take place inside classroom walls, museum walls, theater walls, or outside of the likes.  She strives to build bridges between people through the arts and humanities. Reach Wendy at Wendy@DCCollaborative.org.


Penelope Musto, Education Programs Coordinator

Penelope Musto is the Education Programs Coordinator at the DC Collaborative. Originally from Wisconsin, Penelope comes from a performing arts background with cello as her primary instrument. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Olaf College in 2021, where she performed in and toured with in the St. Olaf Orchestra, and played in a string quartet. After graduating, she has continued to feed her love of music by teaching piano and cello privately.
Penelope is a strong advocate for equity and accessibility in the arts, and the power the arts can have when all people can engage with them. In 2020, she conducted independent research on accessible teaching practices in the arts, during which she collected interviews with arts educators about their experiences with remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. These interests have led her towards a career in arts administration, and she hopes to continue working for equity and access in the arts through her work at the Collaborative and beyond. Reach Penelope at Penelope@DCCollaborative.org.

Elizabeth Winkelhoff, Impact Strategy Associate

Elizabeth Winkelhoff is the Assessment and Evaluation Associate at the DC Collaborative. Originally from New York, she grew up going to museums and theater performances and has been passionate about equitable access in arts education ever since. Elizabeth graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a degree in Archaeology, participating in multiple research studies with a focus in bioarchaeological analysis. Previously, she has worked at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, the Maryland Science Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and taught abroad. She advocates for arts and humanities education and strives to apply her skills in data synthesis to support community building and education outreach. Outside of Elizabeth’s work at the DC Collaborative, she is a bookbinder and textile artist with a particular love for embroidery. Reach Elizabeth at Elizabeth@DCCollaborative.org

Lauren Walker, Education Programs Assistant

Lauren Walker serves as the Education Programs Assistant at the DC Collaborative. Originally from Maryland, Lauren comes from a performing arts background, having started out with piano at the age of six, and eventually switching to the flute. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Richmond in 2019, where she was a flutist in the University’s Wind Ensemble. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Lauren is a supporter of education in the arts and humanities, and seeks to explore the role of the arts and humanities in strengthening connections with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Reach Lauren at Lauren@DCCollaborative.org.

Hannah Slattery, Education Programs Consultant

As theEducation Programs Consultant, Hannah manages the Teaching Artist Fellowship program, composes the Teaching Artist Newsletter, and supports the work of implementing DC Collaborative's Education Programs.

Raised in Bowling Green, KY and currently based in Dublin Ireland, Hannah recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from University College Dublin with a master's degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. Prior to graduate school, Hannah was performing internationally as a professional dancer. Dance has been the centre of her life since he was three years old, and led her to Western Kentucky University where studied the art form, as well as Performing Arts Administration, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2014. Highlights from Hannah’s career as a dancer and arts manager include Wicklow Screendance Laboratory (Ireland), Premium Projects (Doha, Qatar), and Celebrity Cruises. Hannah is passionate about arts education, inclusivity, and accessibility, and enjoys teaching at her mom’s dance studio whenever she is home. Reach Hannah at Hannah@DCCollaborative.org.

Jamila Johnson, Social Media & Communications Consultant

Jamila Johnson has worked as a web content manager and copywriter for nearly 10 years. Throughout her career in digital marketing, she's grown as a writer and communicator, developing a love of UI/UX and great design. She is proud to say she has helped businesses across a variety of industries establish and grow their digital presence through online storytelling and social media.

Jamila earned her undergraduate degree in Advertising from Temple University and she is currently pursuing her MS in Strategic Advertising and Marketing. Reach Jamila at Communications@DCCollaborative.org.

Consultants and Advisors

Danielle Boyce, DC Collaborative Data Science Advisor

Danielle Boyce is a researcher, public speaker, and patient advocate. Her work has appeared in dozens of scientific journals and her children’s book, Charlie’s Teacher, is used in children’s hospitals throughout the country. She has worked with academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, nonprofits, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Danielle holds positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis Precision Medicine Center of Excellence. She is the Director of Research at the Gould Syndrome Foundation, serving as the principal investigator of their patient registry.  She is also a scientific advisor to the Cure Mito Foundation.  Danielle has a master’s in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and Doctor of Public Administration.  In her spare time, Danielle is an avid reader, crafter, and museum visitor, and volunteers her data science skills to cultural organizations.  She recently completed a study exploring the organizational resilience of cultural organizations during COVID-19.



Board Members

While membership may vary, the Board of Directors of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative strives to maintain representation from every sector of Washington, DC’s broad and diverse community. Every effort is made to maintain a Board that reflects the ethnic, age, gender and overall diversity of the populations we serve.

Board of Directors

Barbara Stauffer, President, Museum Exhibitions and Programming Professional

Anita Doutt, Vice-President, Audit and Accounting Professional

Kent Withycombe, Secretary, The Washington Lawyers’ Committee

Laura S. Byerly, Treasurer, KPMG


Nathan Diamond, Calvert County Public Schools

Kathryn Keane, National Geographic Society

E. Ethelbert Miller, Poet, Educator and Literary Activist

Jordan Monroe, The Monroe Trust

Samantha Wyer Bello, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Ex-Officio Members

Rebecca Lemos-Otero, Humanities DC

Mary Lambert, DCPS Arts

Jeanette Spencer McCune, The Kennedy Center


Emeritus Members

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, founding board chair
Jade Royd
A Graham Down*
Anne Corbett
Derek E. Gordon*
Mary Hallsy
Dawn McAndrews
Patricia Mitchell
L. Lawrence Ricco
Maurice R. Sykes
Jeffrey Travers
Allen Weinstein*


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Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
Office Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.