Alorie Clark, Executive Director
Alorie Clark serves as Executive Director at the DC Collaborative. This role continues her long-standing career of contributing to the arts and humanities sector, after working for organizations such as the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Step Afrika!, National Arts Strategies, and Washington National Opera. Alorie is extremely passionate about authentically engaging communities and inspiring the next generation of leaders. She has volunteered for organizations such as The Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Arts Administrators of Color Network, and DreamWakers. Alorie earned a bachelor’s in theatre arts administration from Howard University and a master’s in arts management from American University. Alorie can be reached at Alorie@dccollaborative.org.
Ilana Lipowicz, Education Programs Assistant
Ilana Lipowicz is the Education Programs Assistant at the DC Collaborative. Her passion for arts education stems from her formative high school experience taking part in a unique interdisciplinary arts program. Ilana is based in Philadelphia where she entered the education world as an after school literacy teacher and has since taken on a number of teaching and administrative roles within educational organizations. She is dedicated to equity and inclusion when it comes to enriching the lives of young people through arts education. Outside of her work, Ilana shifts between writing poetry and creative nonfiction, practicing the banjo, and meditating through visual art.
Ashlee McKinnon, Director of Education Programs
Ashlee McKinnon serves as the Director of Education Programs 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.
Hannah Slattery, Education Programs Manager
Hannah Slattery serves the Education Program Manager at the DC Collaborative. 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.
NyShayla Williams, Engagement Manager
NyShayla Williams serves as the Engagement Manager at the DC Collaborative. NyShayla had the privilege of working in various charter schools across Washington, DC as a humanities teacher for the last 8 years. It was in the classroom that she witnessed firsthand the transformative influence of arts and humanities education on her students. As the Engagement Manager at DC Collaborative, NyShayla is thrilled to take her advocacy for arts and humanities education to the next level by developing and implementing engagement strategies through marketing, social media, events, and other communications needs. NyShayla earned a bachelor's in science in economics from North Carolina A&T State University and a master's of education in elementary and special education from Johns Hopkins University.
Elizabeth Winkelhoff, Data and Evaluation Manager
Elizabeth Winkelhoff is the Data and Evaluation Manager 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
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.
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
Mary Lambert, DCPS Arts
Jeanette Spencer McCune, The Kennedy Center
Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, founding board chair
A Graham Down*
Derek E. Gordon*
L. Lawrence Ricco
Maurice R. Sykes