Staff & Partners

Our Team

thumbnail_Headshot  .jpgPresident and founder of the Arts Management Club, MJ Shannon is a senior Arts Management student at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). As a sophomore, she transferred from a local college in her hometown Saratoga Springs, NY when she realized that her passion was embedded in the Arts Management field. MJ now lives in North Adams full time with plans to remain here after college to work on economic and community development. She created the Arts Management club so that present and future students will have an outlet to engage and enhance all of the amazing things MCLA and North Adams communities have to offer.


Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 3.53.07 PM.pngVice President, Maggie Dobson is a junior at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) with an Arts Management major and an Anthropology minor. With her plentiful experience within marketing, financing, and creating, Maggie pushes her work as an arts manager every day with the help of her professors. Although she was clouded by confusion until her sophomore year where she found her various passions, Maggie was able to step up and go for her goals. Now, Maggie plans to use her social media platform skills to be a part of the Arts Management Club so other students and the community to come together to create and engage with art.

cahill.jpgPR chair, Shannon Cahill is a junior at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts studying English/communications with a minor in arts management. After accepting an internship with the music label Sounds and Tones Records, Shannon began to hone her communication and design skills from creating posters to writing press releases and other general social media and marketing techniques. Through this internship and her current work at MASS MoCA as a music festival intern, Shannon discovered a passion for encouraging expression and community engagement through musical and artistic expression. Shannon hopes that the Arts Management Club can become a staple in the North Adams arts community, inspiring collaboration and teamwork between MCLA students and the surrounding area.

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 3.53.17 PMSecretary, Cassandra Lavoie is a junior Arts Management major and History minor at MCLA. Through the classes Writing in the Arts and Museum Studies, she discovered that she has a love for museums and museum work. Over this past summer, she interned at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT and was offered to work there after graduation. She loves the colors orange, purple, and maroon, and her spirit animal is a pug.

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 3.53.26 PM.pngTreasurer, Katrina Staaf is an Arts Management senior, focused on community development and engagement through the arts. Prior to arriving at MCLA in 2015, she attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and held a variety of editorial positions. These positions allowed her to interact with several artists and innovators whose work inspired a career change and a cross-country move to North Adams. Since taking the arts management route, Katrina has interned with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival as well as the North Adams Public Arts Commission. She is currently working with Berkshire Cultural Resource Center as a community engagement intern, in addition to working in retail at MASS MoCA. Through all endeavors, Katrina aims to combine her arts enthusiasm with strong interests in writing and social justice. Her spare time is mostly dedicated to exploring and photographing the beautiful landscapes of New England.


Advisors: Lisa Donovan & Diane Scott, Arts Management Professor at MCLA