Louise W. Wiener, an arts and education social entrepreneur, founded and directed Learning and Leadership in Families, (LearnLead) She earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an M.Ed from George Washington University. While doing graduate work she partnered with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and the Institute of Museums Services to implement parallel surveys on experiences and opportunities in relationships between Head Start agencies and museums. The information from surveys inspired a relationship with NHSA to test Museum as a Resource and led to the development of LearnLead.
Ms. Wiener held various arts related positions in the private sector in New York City and Atlanta, served in the Carter Administration at the Department of Commerce, founded and sold a data publishing business called Arts & Sports USA and held a senior position at the National Learning Center / Capital Children’s Museum before founding LearnLead in 1995. Based on the impact of her work in Juvenile Justice in Georgia, she served on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Office of Courts Administration and the United Way of Atlanta and was elected to Leadership Atlanta before moving with her family to Washington.
Content Leaders. LearnLead assembled a cadre of leading art and architecture educators whose knowledge and experience in community outreach greatly enriched LearnLead’s efforts.
Pamela Houk, founder and first curator of the Lange Family Experience Center of the Dayton Art Institute, partnered with Wiener on the development of Museum as a Resource and trained the trainers in Dayton, Ohio. Since Ms. Houk’s retirement the Dayton Art Institute has created a distinguished annual arts education award in her honor.
Judy Landau was a major influence on the design and implementation of almost all LearnLead programs and professional development initiatives. When she joined the LearnLead team, Ms. Landau had completed service as Assistant Director and faculty member of the Museum Education Program at George Washington University. She has trained docents and art educators across the country and is currently internship coordinator and lecturer in the Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University.
Janet Felsten, was a seminal part of the design team for Messages of the Built Environment and was lead presenter for Baltimore workshops. An architecture educator and community activist, Ms. Felsten served as Vice President for Education of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, and currently operates Green Map Baltimore, Inc and PlaceWise, LLC focused on place-based education and community engagement.
Roula Tsapalas, an architect, educator and designer was lead presenter and trainer for Head Start agencies for Messages of the Built Environment and Parenting for Literacy in the metropolitan Washington area and part of the program design team. In addition she created the drawings that bring vitality and warmth to the parent and family materials. Ms. Tsapalas is currently Senior Designer and a Principal at Quatrefoile, an exhibit design firm,
Hadley Adams (Mellin), a teacher and social worker managed the Perfectly Punctual Campaign in Baltimore, contributed to the Perfectly Punctual Leader’s Guide and served on the LearnLead management team. She is now a Social Worker in upper New York State.
Betsy Bowers, a leader in arts education, served as manager of the Washington area programs, and for a year as interim director of LearnLead. Ms Bowers participated in the development and delivery of TAP, Teaching Advantage for Parents. She now directs a museum in Colorado.
Sharayna Christmas-Rose, an arts leader and educator, was the first Perfectly Punctual Campaign manager in Baltimore. She founded and is Executive Director of Muse 360 Arts, in Baltimore.
Barbara R. Wille, led LearnLead’s communications and business development efforts. She is a development consultant for non-profit organizations.
Eileen Harrahan, formerly with Fairfax County Public Schools Head Start, designed the materials for Museum as a Resource and the initial iteration of Messages of the Built Environment.
Roula Tsapalas, created the designs for the parent and family materials for Messages of the Built Environment and the initial iteration of the Perfectly Punctual Campaign.
Tan Ly, Visually Dynamic, created the designs for the current iteration of the Perfectly Punctual Campaign.