Victoria Bergeron

Research Associate

Victoria Bergeron began with the Institute in 2015 as an intern working on its domestic capacity building programs. Shortly after, Ms. Bergeron was invited to join the Institute’s team in a full-time capacity where she served as a Programs and Grants Assistant for both national and international capacity building programs. She then served as Executive Coordinator to Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser, while supporting senior staff in delivering training and consultation to national and international clients. Most recently, Ms. Bergeron accepted a position within the company as a Research Associate for the Institute’s consulting services.

She has a background in the performing arts, and returns annually to serve as a Summer Festival Co-Manager for the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. She received her bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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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 serves as the Coordinator for the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) II Program. In addition, she manages both national and international capacity building programs in partnership with foundations, universities, and government authorities. These initiatives provide specialized training and support to arts and cultural organizations across the United States and worldwide. She also manages leadership training programs for the Institute including the biennial Board Development Intensive in Washington, D.C., and the annual InterACT Arts Leadership Intensive in partnership with the Orange County School of the Arts.

Ms. Gossman 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 trade show marketing programs for high-profile clients.

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. Ms. Gossman also worked on the documentary These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue in 2008, 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 joined the Institute’s staff in 2018 as an Executive Assistant, while also providing administrative and conference logistics support 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 and entertainment fields. Most recently, he 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.

Matthew has studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory and Arts Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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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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