EdTA Board of Directors

About the EdTA Board of Directors

Helen Duranleau-Brennan
Helen Duranleau-Brennan

Term: 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2024
Literacy and arts consultant | Davenport, IA

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Krista Carson Elhai

Vice President
Term: 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2026
Theatre educator | Claremont, CA

Jeff Whiting, headshot
Jeff Whiting

Term: 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2023
Director and choreographer | New York, NY

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Erin Carr

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2023
Theatre practitioner
Cincinnati, OH

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Monique Chism

Board Director
Term: 9/25/2021 – 6/30/2024
Smithsonian Institution
Upper Marlboro, MD

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Mark Drum

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2023
Theatre educator
New York, NY

Joannerae Ibanez
Joannarae Ibañez

Board Director
Term: 5/5/2021 – 6/30/2024
Theatre educator and administrator
Pico Rivera, CA

Tricia Patrick

Board Director
Term: 12/1/2022 – 6/30/2025
Dir. of Education, Ford’s Theatre
Washington, D.C.

Patricia Santanello, EdTA Board of Directors Member
Patricia Santanello

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2022 – 6/30/2025
Theatre director
Dublin, OH

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Silvia D. Scaife

Board Director
Term: 7/1/2022 – 6/30/2025
Theatre educator
Auburn, AL

Mary Schuttler
Mary Schuttler

Board Director
Term: 5/5/2021 – 6/30/2024
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO

The EdTA board of directors comprises eight elected members, including the president and vice president, and three appointed members. The vice president/president serves a five-year term, two as VP, two as president, and one as past president. Other elected members serve three-year terms and may be re-elected for a total service of six years. Appointed members serve one four-year term.

Board Role

The EdTA board is a governing board (not a working board). What does a governing board do?
  • Sets direction: Reviews EdTA’s mission to ensure that it remains a guidepost, establishes strategic goals and priorities, plans for the future.
  • Ensures and protects resources: The board is responsible for protecting financial assets, physical assets, reputation, and image.
  • Provides oversight: Ensures policies are in place to evaluate infrastructure, programs, and services.
  • Engages in outreach: Understands, interprets, and communicates the diverse needs of the membership. Board directors act as ambassadors and advocates of the mission.
The board is not an honorary post, nor is it involved in day-to-day operations — those are managed solely by the executive director, who is the board’s employee. Board members must be comfortable making strategic and sometimes-difficult decisions that affect the entire membership.

Have a concern or compliment to share with the EdTA board or staff?

In an effort to ensure open lines of communication and transparency, the board of directors has established a way for your voice to be heard. If you have something you’d like to share with the board, we’d like to hear from you. If there are concerns you are facing, we’d like to find the solutions. If something works really well, we’d like to know that, too. We are here to support you and to serve the organization, and this form will ensure that the board hears from you. No submissions will be censored. This form will remain open for the foreseeable future as an additional approach for communicating your needs and concerns to the entire EdTA Board. The board has provided the form below for your feedback.
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