John Adams - Director of Finance & Operations
John Adams is responsible for all facets of accounting, audits, contracts, office logistics, human resources, technical resources, and other related duties. Joining Urban Gateways in 2006, he has worked in the non-profit arena for over twenty years. Past positions include Business Manager at the Goodman Theatre, Executive Director at Writers' Theatre, and Development Manager at Gay Games VII. John has served on the Board of Directors of the League of Chicago Theatres and the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Glencoe.
Micah Bornstein - Community Engagement Associate
Eric Delli Bovi - Executive Director
Eric Delli Bovi joined Urban Gateways in 2012 to lead a significant expansion of arts programs and services for Chicago’s youth and communities. Eric also serves on the Arts Education Network Council for Americans for the Arts to support national initiatives in the field. Prior to joining Urban Gateways, Eric led the Old Town School of Folk Music’s capital campaign for a new arts education facility and oversaw unprecedented growth in fundraising to support a wide array of education and performance initiatives. Over his 12-year tenure, he served as interim executive director, director of external affairs, director of education outreach, and percussion faculty member. Eric was named a Chicago Community Trust Fellow in 2010 and was elected to the Emerging Leaders Council for the Americans for the Arts in 2005. Eric holds an M.A. from DePaul University with a focus in directing and developing community arts education organizations, and a B.A. from Ithaca College in Social Studies/Secondary Education. A professional musician, Eric also continues to perform in the local music scene.
Sherre Jennings Cullen, CFRE - Director of Development
Sherre Jennings Cullen, Director of Development, joined Urban Gateways in 2009. Prior to Urban Gateways, Sherre led the development efforts at Writers’ Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Previously, she was the Vice President of Development and Communications at the Music Institute of Chicago for seven years where she oversaw the campaign to purchase and renovate the new education and performance facility in Evanston. Sherre currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter and she is the Co-chair of its Peer Mentoring Committee for which she also serves as a mentor. Sherre is also a Co-Convener for Women in Development Professions Chicago. She lives in Evanston with her husband Joe and their son Ethan. She and her family enjoy living by the lake, traveling, and taking advantage of the many cultural opportunities Chicago has to offer.
Albert Cooper - Community Partnerships Manager
Albert Cooper directs and coordinates all program sales at Urban Gateways. He is also Urban Gateways’ community advocate, and he directs and oversees extended community engagement. Albert graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a Master of Business Administration in Finance and has served the nonprofit sector for several years in various capacities.
Erin Dunn - Residency Program Associate
Erin Dunn works with teaching artists, schools, and community partners to implement Urban Gateways residency programs. Erin previously worked as an art teacher at CICS Basil and a teaching artist with the Elmhurst Art Museum. She received her Bachelors degree in Art History from Kansas State University and a Masters degree in Art Education from the University of Houston. While receiving her Masters degree in Houston, Erin worked as a teaching artist with Foto Fest and as a docent with the Blaffer Art Museum. Outside of work, Erin likes to travel and go on adventures with her husband Tim and her son Jacob. Some memorable adventures include hiking up Machu Picchu and rock climbing at Devil’s Lake State Park.
Tarah Ortiz Durnbaugh - Performance Programs Manager
Tarah Durnbaugh has been part of Urban Gateways since 2007. Her arts background spans many disciplines, including over two decades of dance training and a Theatre degree from Northwestern University. Outside of her responsibilities as the Performance Programs Manager, she shares her passion for the arts with students as an instructor and choreographer for the Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble and as the Artistic Director of the Kaleidoscope Krew youth hip hop companies. Tarah is a proud ensemble member and choreographer with Be the Groove, a Chicago rhythmic performance ensemble, and company member with the legendary Joel Hall Dancers. She was also recently featured as an Emerging Arts Education Leader in the National Guild for Community Arts Education's Guild Notes publication. Tarah’s work with Urban Gateways focuses on managing the performance programs with the goal of bringing the best arts experiences to youth and communities across Chicago and the surrounding areas.
Brian Foster - Director of Marketing & Sales
Brian J. Foster, a Chicago resident, is a graduate of Whitney M. Young High School and Illinois State University with his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. His previous work in the not-for-profit world has included serving as the Ounce of Prevention Fund's Communications Associate and at the Community Renewal Society as the Manager of Advertising and Promotions. Most recently he has served as the Director of Marketing for CollectiveQwest Entertainment and Marketing, working with such high profile clientele as the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and Burger King as well as several local businesses. He has been responsible for Strategic Communications, Program & Campaign Management, Targeted Public & Media Relations, Event & Fundraiser Coordination, and Social Media & Web Content Development. An avid music, film, and sports enthusiast, Brian enjoys traveling, playing and participating in various sports, and taking in all the culture and beauty the city has to offer.
Gabe Garcia - Residency Program Associate
Gabe Garcia has always loved working for arts education programs ever since he was a high school student mentor at SAY Sí, a youth arts program in San Antonio, TX. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked as a teaching artist and administrator for organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art, and as a Registrar at the Marwen Foundation. Gabe has lived and worked in Chicago for over ten years and enjoys frequenting museums and galleries, as well as the great Chicago food scene.
Tanya Jaramilla - Grants Manager
Tanya Jaramilla manages Urban Gateways’ portfolio of corporate, foundation and government grant prospects and funders. Her experience includes a background in arts administration as Assistant Director of the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and as a fundraising consultant for multiple arts and culture organizations, along with several years of management experience in the for-profit sector. She is a native Chicagoan and alumnus of some of its finest institutions - Whitney M. Young High School and DePaul University. She holds a B.A. in Management and Communications along with certifications and training from National Arts Strategies, the Latino Policy Forum and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, among others. She dabbles in several art mediums including painting, sculpture, and pottery and has most recently crafted those experiences into elaborate cake designs. When she's not baking, she can be found riding her bike along the lakefront and plotting her next travel adventure.
Kelly Jenkins - Residency Program Associate
Kelly Jenkins is Urban Gateways' newest Residency Program Associate, helping connect teaching artists with students of all ages through various arts programs. Prior to this role, Kelly supported educational programs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. She previously taught pre-K, general music, and after-school music programs in Oakland, CA and the Berkeley Unified School District, and has been an active musician performing across San Francisco, Chicago, Greece, and China. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kelly holds a degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she studied music and early childhood education.
Anna Joranger - Marketing Associate
As Urban Gateways' Marketing Associate, Anna strives to communicate the organization’s story with all the artistry and heart that it inspires. Having studied Creative Writing (and Anthropology) at Macalester College, she is infatuated with fiction and is currently working on her second novel. She is happy to bring her writerly tendencies to the table in her day-to-day work at Urban Gateways. She has previously worked or volunteered in communications for Macalester College, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, and Chicago’s Neighborhood Writing Alliance. She is also a certified instructor of English as a Foreign Language; she spent a year as an English teacher in Quito, Ecuador and six months as a freelance writer of EFL educational materials. When not working or writing, she loves to cook, explore Chicago’s endless neighborhoods and institutions, and travel any time she can squeeze it in.
Claire Meyers - Performance Programs Associate
Claire joined Urban Gateways as the Performance Programs Associate a few hours after graduating from The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Management. At Urban Gateways, she is responsible for coordinating Touring Performances and assists with matters related to performance programs. In this position, Claire spends her days helping to ensure that today's students (as well as audiences of all ages) gain exposure to the power and beauty of live performance. Outside of work, Claire is a company member at Cor Theatre, an after-school tutor, a travel enthusiast, and a wannabe astronaut.
Ellie O’Hagan - Executive Assistant
Ellie O'Hagan has been the Executive Assistant for Urban Gateways for nearly five years. She is also the Office Manager and Board Liaison, and assists the staff with logistics, trouble-shooting, materials and equipment as needed. She has been a Public Relations Director, a Marketing Director, a Philosophy and English Tutor, a florist, a framer, a short order cook and a waitress. She is a practicing artist with a degree in Painting and Philosophy from Northwestern University. She lives in Chicago near most of her huge family, and has two children and four granddaughters.
Dee Dee Pacheco - Program Manager, Residency & Special Projects
Dee Dee Pacheco is the Program Manager of Residency and Special Projects at Urban Gateways. With fifteen years of experience in both the education and nonprofit sectors, her passion and dedication to youth empowerment through creative placemaking fuels her commitment to developing and managing innovative cross-curricular learning experiences. She is responsible for expanding and deepening collaborative partnerships while managing and supporting quality assurance of artist-in-residence programs in school and community-based learning environments. Her prior professional experience includes: External Assessor and Trainer of Youth Development Work Methods (David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality), creative curriculum design, facilitating professional development (at local, state, and national levels), management of content quality for Community Schools programs, and teaching elementary through middle school youth in Texas and New York.
Jill Potter - Director of Education
As Director of Programs, Jill oversees the daily operations of Residency and Performance Programs across a diverse sector of school and community-based learning environments. With a demonstrated history of quality program development and implementation, Jill seeks opportunities to activate youth voice and foster dialogue that encourages diversity of thought and advances cultural understanding. As part of the Chicago arts education community, she has represented Urban Gateways as part of the Chicago Arts Learning Initiative, the Chicago Arts Educators Forum, and the Teaching Artist Development Studio at Columbia College, among other initiatives and conferences. Her previous involvement has included the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network and Richard Thomas Art Gallery. Jill holds a BA in Fine Arts - Art History from the University of New Orleans.
Abby Prescott - Associate Director of Development
Abby is the Associate Director of Development at Urban Gateways focused on individual giving, direct mail, and special event planning including the Art for All Gala. Abby began her career in community arts as a Program Associate with Snow City Arts, an organization that provides in-hospital arts education for pediatric patients in Chicago. Following her work at Snow City Arts, Abby served as Director of Marketing and Communications for Green City Market and later as a fundraiser for the Old Town School of Folk Music, building their membership structure and auto-renewal programs as well as raising funds for their Capital Campaign for the new East Building in Lincoln Square. Most recently, Abby worked for Cannon Design, an international design firm, creating innovative marketing strategies and proposals for their healthcare market. Abby finished her Masters’ thesis on Positive Youth Development and Mentoring Programs and in May of 2010 received her Master's of Arts Management from Columbia College of Chicago. Before living in Chicago, Abby grew up in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois and received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in Photography. When she isn't busy being the Queen of Events at Urban Gateways, she can be found in the yoga studio trying out the latest crazy pose - Flying Pigeon, anyone? Or Dancing Shiva?
Karl Saffran - Finance & Operations Associate
Karl Saffran handles accounts payable and assists with various aspects of finance and operations. He worked previously as bookstore manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center and as gallery manager at The Green Gallery, both in Milwaukee, and as managing director of Flying Object, a non-profit art & publishing organization in Hadley, Massachusetts.