Staff

Victoria Bergeron

Executive Coordinator

Victoria Bergeron serves as the assistant for the DeVos Institute’s programs and grants. Miss Bergeron has a background in the performing arts, having served as the Executive Assistant and the Young Trio/Young Composer Seminar Program Coordinator 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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Marie Gossman

Manager, Capacity Building Programs

A graduate of the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Ms. Gossman has a background in corporate event producing and theatre company management. As an event producer for Live Marketing, a boutique marketing agency in Chicago, she traveled the country for three years managing the production of experiential corporate event 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. Supervising 25 employees and four interns, she managed all aspects of the show, including group sales, payroll, expenditure, marketing, house management, and merchandising. 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. In 2015, she joined the DeVos Institute team to coordinate the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program.

megossman (at) devosinstitute.net

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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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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Tanya Surtees

Director, Capacity Building Programs

Tanya Surtees first came to America in 2008 when she became one of two South Africans to be awarded a three-year International Summer Arts Management Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. After handing over the leadership of FTH:K, her theatre company in South Africa, she moved to the U.S. permanently in 2011 to work with Quest Visual Theatre as the Festival Coordinator for its two-week, biennial international festival, QuestFest. In 2014, the DeVos Institute approached her to assist in producing the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, and on closing that project, invited her to stay on in the capacity of Coordinator for both International and Domestic Capacity Building Programs. Since then, she has taken on the position of Manager, Domestic Capacity Building, focusing on the Arts Innovation and Management program in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. With two post-graduate degrees from Rhodes University, she has a background in performance, arts management, and education – with a specific focus on integrating disparate communities. She has co-authored learner books for Maskew Miller Longman and Cambridge University Press, is fluent in English, French, and South African Sign Language, and since relocating to Washington, D.C., is learning American Sign Language.

tgsurtees (at) devosinstitute.net

Aisha Wolo

Executive Assistant

Aisha Wolo supports the Institute's President and senior staff who deliver training programs and consulting services for national and international clients. Ms. Wolo has a background in arts administration and has worked with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She earned her master's in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and her bachelor's from Virginia Tech in Communication with a minor in Art History.

acwolo (at) devosinstitute.net

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