Katy Cupples

Director of Finance and Administration

Katy Cupples serves as Director of Finance and Administration where she is responsible for the Institute's accounting and budgeting, including compliance with grants and contracts. She also oversees its human resources and operations.  

Katy served as Manager of the DeVos Institute from 2009-2014 where she supervised domestic and international capacity building programs, consulting projects, fellowships, and internships, while serving as the liaison to Kennedy Center senior staff.  During her five-year tenure, Katy helped launch the first capacity building programs in the history of six countries, established internal and external policies, and tripled the staff.  When the Institute shifted its operations to the University of Maryland in 2014, she led the transfer of the financial, legal, and programmatic business before moving to Texas where she was a Strategy & Operations consultant for a firm in Dallas.

Katy has also served in the development office of the Kennedy Center working with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Board and Trustees and was the Director of Development for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.  She graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA and attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied cultural policy and diplomacy.  She serves as a mentor for the Archer Center, the DC campus in the University of Texas System.  Katy has been a guest speaker for the DeVos Institute at American University, George Washington University, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Marie Gossman

Manager, Capacity Building Programs

Marie Gossman manages both national and international capacity building programs at the Institute in collaboration with the foundations, universities, and government authorities that support them. In addition, she serves as the Coordinator for the Arts Innovation and Management Program, a two-year training partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies that has worked with nearly 500 organizations since 2015 in 13 cities across the country. Also within her portfolio are the Institute’s leadership training Intensives—including topics such as Board Development, Arts Leadership, and Catalytic Fundraising—and is currently supporting multiple strategic planning processes with organizations across the US.

Marie has a background in corporate event production and theatre company management. As an event producer for Live Marketing, a boutique marketing agency in Chicago, she traveled the country from 2012 through 2015 managing the production of experiential corporate events and tradeshow marketing programs.

Prior to Live Marketing, Marie served as a Management Associate for Davenport Theatrical in New York City, and from 2009 through 2012 was the Group Sales Director and Company Manager of The Awesome 80’s Prom off-Broadway. She also served as an associate for Godspell on Broadway in 2011, and assisted with the creation of the Be A Broadway Star board game, released in 2012.

She is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration

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Syrah Gunning

Director, Training, Research, and Development

Syrah Gunning leads the curriculum development and evaluation efforts of the Institute's training programs, inclusive of domestic and international capacity building programs, fellowships, internships, and the Institute's new research oriented explorations at the University of Maryland. Ms. Gunning began with the Institute in 2011 managing the Institute's mid-career training programs at the Kennedy Center including domestic and international fellowship programs and the Kennedy Center's internship program. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Gunning produced marketing and fundraising events for The Baltimore Museum of Art and Feats Inc., a national event consulting firm, as well as consulted on research and evaluation engagements with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and National Arts Strategies. Ms. Gunning received her MBA from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor's degree in theatre from Florida State University.

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Matthew Kacergis

Project Associate

Matthew assists Chairman Michael Kaiser and the Institute’s senior consultants in the delivery of consulting services to a variety of clients. With a focus on Artistic Programming, his work includes program planning, artist hiring, contract negotiation, and event coordination. In this capacity, he serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. He provides research support for the Institute’s strategic planning and campaign management services and previously served as Program Assistant for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management Program.

Before coming to the Institute, he spent more than a decade as a professional actor, appearing on television, at regional theatres and on tour. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association, he served on a number of national and regional committees, including contract negotiating teams. Matthew also has an administrative and business development background in the hospitality industry, and was the National Sales Director for Fine Wine and Specialty Retail accounts for a family owned winery in the Willamette Valley. His arts advocacy work has led him to serve in a variety of capacities with the National YoungArts Foundation, of which he is an alumnus and a member of its Alumni Advisory Council.

Matthew has studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory and received a Bachelor of Arts University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Core Certificate in Arts Management. He is a member of the incoming Executive Master of Nonprofit Management cohort at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

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Lucy Pope Doughty

Manager, Consulting Services

Lucy Doughty serves as the primary project manager for the Institute's portfolio of pay-for-service consultancies and provides research, internal assessment, and strategy development support for clients across a range of arts and cultural industries. Lucy has a background in visual arts, serving as the Collections Manager and Archivist at Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland, as well as supporting the Biltmore House, Newseum, Reynolda House, and Earl Scruggs Center. She received her master's degree in history of decorative art from the Smithsonian-Corcoran College of Art + Design program with a focus on 19th-century American furniture, as well as a bachelor's degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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Jen Rogers

Executive Assistant

Jen provides administrative support to the Institute’s President and senior consultants as well as delivery of consulting services to a variety of clients. Prior to joining the Institute, she has spent over a decade working in production and arts administration with a focus on logistics and producing. Jen has worked with a variety of arts organizations including Shen Wei Dance Arts, Suspension Productions, The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, Duke Performances, Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Most recently, Jen was the Managing Director for the Heritage Theatre Festival, the professional summer theatre festival in residence at the University of Virginia. She has previously worked with the Institute on their Arts Innovation and Management program and consulting work at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM).

At Georgetown University, Jen created her own major in Performance in Society in Interdisciplinary Studies combining Theatre, Psychology and English at Georgetown University. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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