Center for Arts Leadership Student Board

The Center for Arts Leadership is excited to introduce the inaugural Student Board. 

MAnders Moriah Hargrove Anders has been active in the arts since her early childhood. She is currently a freshman Electrical Engineering student with the Honors College at the University of Houston. She hopes to be able to connect her fellow engineers with the arts through her involvement with the student board. She is from Kemah, Texas and enjoys living in the big city. 
LEsparza Leah Esparza (Board Secretary) graduated High School in 2010 from her home town in Alvin Texas. She is attending University of Houston pursuing her main passion in studio art painting. Throughout her artistic career she has received multiple awards from Texas rodeo art show to Visual Artistic Scholastic Competitions and was recently placed in an art show, along with her class, at DiverseWorks in Houston Texas. 
AHuang Andrea Huang is part of UH’s first MA cohort in Arts Leadership.  A native Texan but a frequent traveller, Andrea attended the International School of Beijing in China from 2002 to 2008 where she able to gain a worldly perspective of the arts.  In 2008, she returned to attend Texas A&M University, practiced arts advocacy through student organizations, and graduated early with a BA in Theatre Arts.
MLascynski Melinda Laszczynski is a 2015 MFA Candidate at the University of Houston, where she is currently a Teaching Fellow. She graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010 with a BFA in Painting. She has been in numerous exhibitions in the Houston and Cleveland areas, including The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center, Disturbance of Distance at Box13 ArtSpace, and In-Turn at Zygote Press. Her second solo exhibition, Always Plus One Day, exhibited in February 2014 at Fresh Arts in Houston, TX. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections, including University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH and Avery Denison in Mentor, OH.
Rashida Moore (Graduate, Arts Leadership)
JPulido Javier Pulido is a painter looking to bring the artist’s perspective to the Center for Art Leadership’s Student Board. He had his first group showing titled Painting: Questions Not Answers in November of 2013 as part of DiverseWorks DWOW (DiverseWorks on Wednesday) series. He has interests in Methods and Materials and currently serves in the Blaffer Art Museum Student Association as the president as well as being the Chairman of Education in the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library Ambassadors program.
CShannon Chelsea Shannon is a graduate art history student, writer, and jewelry designer. While in previous professional lives she has been an art appraiser, television producer, and pop-up gallery entrepreneur, she currently serves as The School of Art Writing Fellow where she leads art history writing workshops and mentors undergraduate writers. Chelsea's most recent art writing has appeared on
KStraw Kathryn Zolkowski Straw (Board President) joined the central development team at the University of Houston in 2011 as Assistant Director of Foundation Relations. With over 13 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, she has a diversified career working in arts and cultural organizations, social services, and higher education. Formerly, Kathryn was a senior development officer with SEARCH Homeless Services in Houston and served as Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Prior to that, Kathryn spent six years as the grants manager with Atlanta’s Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre and was a member of the Intern Company at both Actor’s Express (Atlanta, GA) and St. Michael’s Playhouse (Colchester, VT). Kathryn holds a BA in Communication and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame and is pursuing an MBA at the University of Houston.
CWhite Cecelia White (Board Treasurer) is a sophomore working towards a BFA in Playwriting with a Certification in Nonprofit Management and a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts. Outside of school, Cecelia has been an active participant in the Houston arts scene, taking on many jobs such as actress, teaching assistant, or technical assistant in jobs with The Catastrophic Theatre, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Art League Houston, and DiverseWorks. She has also worked nationally with The Cornerstone Theater based in Los Angeles, a company nationally recognized in pioneering the field of community-based theatre. Cecelia finds the most purpose working in the fields of community-based art and social practice, and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in those fields.
BZech Brandon Zech is a Tier One Scholar studying Art History at the University of Houston. Now in his junior year, Brandon has interned at organizations such as Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks, and most recently, The Printing Museum. He plans to attend graduate school for the arts and wants to curate a contemporary art space. When Brandon is not attending events in the Houston art scene, he enjoys making linoleum block prints.  

Students were selected to the board via application process, and were selected to reflect a commitment to the arts, creative inquiry and community building. Applications for the 2015 Board will be announced in Fall 2014. More about the Student Board and their responsibilities can be found here.