Cynthia A. Prost, President
President of the Arts and Education Council since June 2008, Cynthia has held senior management positions leading arts and culture nonprofit organizations for over 17 years. Since 2008, Prost has directed the positioning of the Arts and Education Council as a leader in the St. Louis arts community. Through the use of sound business skills and collaborative community partnerships, her efforts have resulted in numerous innovations, increased fundraising and strategic collaborations.
During her tenure at A&E, the organization purchased the Centene Center for Arts and Education, a unique arts incubator in Grand Center that is home to 17 arts organizations, created the Arts Leadership Management Academy, providing affordable business management workshops for arts professionals, and in November 2013, launched the region’s first crowd funding site for arts and culture, Power2give.org.
Cynthia received her Bachelor’s degree in communications magna cum laude and her Master’s degree in Management from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.
She has been honored as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women, as Outstanding Arts Professional through the Visionary Awards and as a Leader of Distinction for Nonprofit Management by the YWCA.
Cynthia serves as a board member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Private Sector Council of the Americans for the Arts and the St. Louis Forum and is a graduate of the Focus St. Louis Leadership Program.
She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Fontbonne University and serves as an instructor in the Nonprofit Management graduate program, teaching courses in fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and board governance and management.
Kate Francis, Vice President of Development
Kate Francis joined the Arts and Education Council team in July 2014 as vice president of development. In this role, Francis provides leadership, professional expertise and direction to A&E’s philanthropic and development efforts and is responsible for corporate, foundation, individual giving, major gifts and planned giving.
Most recently, Francis served as chief development officer at the YWCA Metro St. Louis. Prior to joining the YWCA, Francis served as director of development and marketing for Jazz St. Louis. She has held a variety of arts management positions including president and managing director of the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois, director of development for Arizona Opera, and campaign manager for the St. Louis Symphony. Francis earned her B.A. (cum laude) in Philosophy from Monmouth College.
In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, traveling, photography, singing and playing guitar. She volunteers her time as Treasurer-Elect of the Lafayette Square Restoration Committee and as a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Stewart House Museum Committee in Monmouth, Illinois.
Marcia Quint, Director of Development
Marcia Quint joined the Arts and Education Council in August 2013, as the Director of Development. In this role, Quint is responsible for implementing plans and strategies to meet A&E’s fundraising goals. Specifically she will collaborate with A&E’s vice president of development to secure annual and long-term support from individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses and other community partners; implement and expand workplace giving campaigns; encourage planned and capital improvement gifts; and lead other special fundraising initiatives. A key responsibility of Quint’s will be to solicit sponsorships for the annual St. Louis Arts Awards, A&E’s signature annual fundraising event.
An alumna of the CORO Women in Leadership program, Quint has worked in the fundraising field for more than 15 years. Most recently she served as assistant vice president for development at Grand Center, Inc. where she spearheaded a women’s philanthropy effort. Quint earned her M.A. in Education from Saint Louis University and her B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and is a member of several professional and arts organization boards.
Heather Edwards, Development Manager
Heather joins the Development team as a manager of Workplace Giving programs in the corporate/professional divisions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts cum laude from Hampton University (Virginia), and is currently working toward a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Her professional experience includes event planning, community relations, media, and other communications roles for the past 11 years, most recently as corporate relations/communication services coordinator with Centric Group, L.L.C. Additionally, she has served on the allocations panel for United Way of Greater St. Louis and is a volunteer with their GenNext program.
As a Thespian, Alpha Player, and trained classical ballet dancer, Heather continues to "keep art happening" by attending dance productions, live theatre, jazz concerts and watching great movies -- her most favorite is, The Wizard of Oz.
Dorothy Powell, Development Manager
Dorothy manages the education and government divisions of development, and she holds over thirty years of experience in the education division. Dorothy and her husband Tommie have two sons and two daughters; Steven, Tommie Jr., Tammie and Wonder. Dorothy is especially fond of her grandchildren (7 boys, 3 girls) who call her “Darling.” Her favorite classical songs are Rhapsody in Blue, The Hallelujah Chorus and Moonlight Sonata.
The Arts and Education Council is deeply grateful to all donors and community partners for sharing our vision.
Patricia Tichacek, Director of Development Administration
Pat has been with the Arts and Education Council since 1972. During her career at the Arts and Education Council, her duties have included raising funds, grant writing, direct mail, organizing workplace giving campaigns, publications, database management, special events, volunteer coordinator, liaison to arts organizations for various projects, and working with the board of directors on assigned programs among other responsibilities. Pat and her husband, Dave, have four daughters and several pets. She enjoys gardening, music, movies, theatre and travel.
Aubrey Dulin, Development Coordinator
Aubrey Dulin, Development Coordinator, processes gifts and memberships and assists the Development Department with daily needs. Aubrey graduated suma cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Eastern Illinois University in 2009, completing a double emphasis in Performance and Directing. She began her career in the arts as an A&E/Boeing funded apprentice with STAGES ST. LOUIS. Upon completing her apprenticeship, Aubrey was hired full-time at STAGES where she worked as an Education Associate, and was later promoted to Development Assistant. Aubrey is thrilled to join the A&E team, the very organization that made her career in the arts possible. Aubrey is extremely passionate about the arts and likes to keep art happening by attending local theatre productions, and by taking the stage herself to perform throughout St. Louis and St. Charles Counties with a professional Children’s Theatre Company. In her free time, Aubrey enjoys spending time with her husband and her entire family, cooking, and watching football.
Susan Rowe Jennings, Vice President, Administration and Grants
Susan Rowe Jennings, Vice President, Administration and Grants, manages the administration for the Council, the Centene Center for Arts and Education and the grant application and allocation process. Susan has been with the Council for nine years and has worked in the arts for over 20 years including managing the AXA/ Equitable Gallery in New York City and working in the Curatorial and Development Departments of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Susan and her husband Michael have two daughters; Alex and Franny. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading, dancing and music.
Joe Soer, Controller
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Ellen Futterman, Communications Content Editor
Ellen has been communications content editor since January of 2009. In that capacity, Ellen contributes to A&E's Happenings newsletter and other publications. In addition to her work at A&E, Ellen is editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light, where she is responsible for editorial operations, including managing both staff members and freelancers. Under her editorship, the Light has won six Rockower Awards, which are the highest awards given for Jewish journalism.