Leah Hamilton comes to Drury from the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) where she served as Executive Director until 2013. Under Hamilton’s leadership, the SRAC stabilized its funding, expanded its programming and facilities at The Creamery Arts Center, co-chaired the Arts & Culture plan element of the City of Springfield’s Field Guide 2030 strategic plan, increased the SRAC’s membership, developed a stronger working partnership between the SRAC and Springfield-Greene County Parks, and instituted new programs for corporate development and professional training for SRAC members.
Leah was honored to receive the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s Leadership “Ozzie” Award in 2013 as well as the 2013 Spotlight Award by the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in 2012 and featured in their 40 under 40 class in 2009.
Leah currently serves as the Regional Vice President for Missouri Citizens for the Arts and is a director of the board for the Springfield Rotary Club and Urban Districts Alliance. She also serves on the City of Springfield’s Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee and Good Community Committee.
Hamilton is an accomplished singer who currently performs with the Kansas City, Mo.-based ensemble Octarium and has appeared in a number of Springfield productions for Springfield Regional Opera Lyric Theatre, Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, and the Springfield Symphony.
B.M. Music - Voice Performance, University of Kansas
PGDip, Post-Graduate Diploma, Music - Voice Performance, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
M.S. Arts Administration – Drexel University (2016)
Ron Spigelman, A.R.A.M.
An honors graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, Ron Spigelman is currently the Marketing and Development Director for the Springfield Little Theatre. Prior to moving to Springfield, he was the Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and the Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Other titles have included Music Director of the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Music Director of the San Angelo Symphony, Music Director of the Texas Chamber Orchestra. He is currently Principal Pops Conductor with the Syracuse Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony and also Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
A.R.A.M., Associate of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Music, London, 1996
G.R.S.M., Royal Academy of Music, London, 1989
Sara R. Leonard
Sara R. Leonard is an arts management consultant and researcher specializing in audience development, strategic planning, emerging leader development, and team building. Her experience includes more than a decade in nonprofit administration, including her most recent position as Manager of Concert Programming, Production, and Publicity at Amherst College. Current clients include Missouri Contemporary Ballet and the Delaware Valley Opera Company.
To complement her consulting with nonprofit arts organizations, Sara presented a paper entitled, “Creating Identity, Creating Community: Using Technology to Build Vital Organization-Based Audience Communities for the Performing Arts” at the International Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, and co-led a roundtable discussion, “How to Create Communities: 4 Keys to Developing Loyal and Engaged Audiences,” with Steppenwolf Theatre at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, both in fall 2013. She has twice been an invited blogger for the National Arts Marketing Project Blog Salon.
In addition to her independent work, Sara collaborates on arts and cultural sector research with MBK Analytics, LLC. Her team is current recipient of a contract from the National Endowment for the Arts under which they are analyzing and writing a report on arts data from the General Social Survey, with emphasis on the motivations and barriers that impact arts attendance.
Sara finds opportunities for teaching to be among her favorite and most rewarding work, and is thrilled to work with Drury’s arts administration students. She also serves as a guest lecturer and adjunct thesis advisor for Goucher College’s MA in Arts Administration program, and will be an adjunct instructor at Westminster College (Fulton, MO) in Fall 2014.
Sara holds a BA in Theatre from Davidson College, and an MA in Arts Administration Goucher College, where she was 2012 recipient of the Jean Wilhelm Award for best graduate thesis paper for her community-generating approach to audience development for nonprofit theatre.
B.A., Davidson College, 2003
M.A., Goucher College, 2012
Graduate Assistant & C-Street Gallery Manager
Lucas Carlson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Marketing from Drury University. He is currently a graduate assistant working toward a Masters in Business Administration. This is his first year serving as the graduate assistant in Arts Administration and as the manager of the Drury Gallery on C-Street. His work at the gallery includes inventory management, planning art shows, maintaining artist relationships, and operating the First Friday Art Walks on Commercial Street.
Tammy Flippin, M.S.
Tammy Flippen is the Funding Information Center Coordinator at the Springfield Greene County Library District. She has a master’s degree in library science and more than twelve years of experience in public libraries and training. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and an associate degree in paralegal research from Drury University. Her primary responsibilities have been the management of the Funding Information Center collection, staff and community development and research and reference information services.
Tammy also leads nonprofits and government agencies in southwest Missouri in grant research and writing workshops, presentation creation and technology training.
M.S., Information Science and Learning Technology, University of Missouri, 2002
B.S., Sociology, Drury University
A.S., Paralegal Research, Drury University
Scott Giffen, CFRE
Scott Giffen currently serves as the Vice President of Development for Greenville College in Illionois. He also is a senior consultant for Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc; providing national fundraising counsel and assessment services and creating and implement strategic fundraising and sponsorship marketing initiatives. As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Scott offers full-scale training for development officers, management executives and board members to maximize their fundraising potential
Previously, he served as the Executive Vice-President at the Creamery Arts Center. In this role, Scott led an innovative, multi-year collaborative endowment campaign in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, SRO Lyric Theatre and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative.
He earned his degree in business with emphases in arts management and finance and vocal performance from Greenville College, where he was recently awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus. Scott also completed a masters-level intensive through New York University’s Visual and Performing Arts Administration program in Holland, Germany & Spain.
B.S., Business Management, Greenville College
Emilia Carlson is a licensed attorney in Missouri. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas, and her Bachelor's in Speech from Northwestern University. She earned a graduate degree in Arts Management from the University of Florence, Italy. While in Italy, she worked for the Spoleto Festival, and as an on-camera host for an arts and culture program. Other arts-related positions include The Kennedy Center's Festival of China, and touring as Kate in The Taming if the Shrew with The National Players.