Newcomers and New-at-Heart Meet-and-Greet

Friday, June 14, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

First time at the Annual Convention, or simply want to meet new people in a casual, fun environment? Join us for the Newcomers and New-at-Heart Meet-and-Greet to find a conference buddy, meet rising talent, and get your energy going before the conference kicks off!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Meet new people!
  2. Learn more about what the Annual Convention is, who attends, and explore the schedule of events.
  3. Pick up some new ice-breaker exercises to take back home.


Aileen Alon
Program Manager
Venture Cafe Miami
North Miami, Florida

Aileen is fueled by a passion for building creative, sustainable, inclusive, and engaged communities. She is currently the Program Manager for Venture CafĂ© Miami, where she curates programming and partnerships to strengthen connections, creativity, and collaborations between diverse innovators, entrepreneurs, and others seeking to create positive change in their communities. In addition, Aileen has done consulting around cultural arts and creative placemaking. She previously spent seven years spearheading the integration of the arts and culture into neighborhood revitalization strategies for the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, which was named a case study in for best practices in creative placemaking and community development by the National Endowment for the Art’s Exploring Our Town Program in 2013. Aileen is active on several boards and committees geared towards civic engagement, culture, and leadership development.

Todd Trebour
Organizations Program Director
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Providence, Rhode Island

Todd is the Organizations Program Director the Rhode Island State Council (RISCA) on the Arts, where he manages and oversees the agency’s support for organizations, including granting programs, professional development support for arts administrations, and local and regional network-building.

Prior to RISCA, Todd was the Program Coordinator for the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service (AES). Through his work at AES, Todd helped artists and arts students build vibrant careers and businesses through arts management and arts entrepreneurship courses, trainings, and programming, both on-campus, regionally, and online. Before working with AES, Todd was the marketing and development director at Chester Theatre Company (CTC), a professional summer theatre company in the mountain town of Chester, MA.

Todd has also worked as a professional operatic performer and concert soloist, performing with companies throughout the United States and Canada. Todd received his BA in Music Performance from Whitman College, his MM in Voice from Rice University, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service. Currently, Todd is in his second term on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council at Americans for the Arts.

Ramona Baker
MA in Arts Administration, Goucher College

Ramona A. Baker is an educator, facilitator, speaker, and nonprofit consultant. She is the Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) program at Goucher College where she teaches Leadership and supervises graduate research.  She is a frequent public speaker (nationally and internationally) addressing future trends arts management, leadership for nonprofits, and her own storytelling performances.

As a consultant, she specializes in board development, staff development, crisis management, and organizations in transition.  Ramona also works with organizations in their executive searches and she coaches new executives.  Her experience includes over 25 years of leading cultural organizations through growth, development, and implementation.