We are a diverse and versatile group of impassioned change makers and artists. Here at the core of the Creative Alliance you will find a dedicated crew with years of experience over a broad range of disciplines including community building, education, music, performance, film and video, and visual arts.

Margaret Footner

Founder | Director Special Projects

Margaret Footner

Margaret Footner is a co-founder of the Creative Alliance which spawned at Halcyon Gallery at Margaret’s Cafe in 1995. Ms. Footner owned and operated Margaret’s as a café/gallery from 1992-2000 before selling her restaurant to work full time as Executive Director for the Creative Alliance.


Gina Caruso

Executive Director

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gina@creativealliance.org

Gina Caruso

Gina moved to Baltimore from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was Director and Film Curator at Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre. A former resident of Baltimore for 16 years, she was Manager of Public Programs at the Walters Art Museum and also worked as an editor, photography editor, and writer for The Washington Post Magazine.


Samantha Mitchell

Samantha first joined the Creative Alliance in 2014 as an intern for the Film Program and Box Office Associate. She has now assumed the role of Film Curator.


Christy Applegate

Director of Finance and Administration

Christy Applegate

In her role as Director of Finance and Administration, Christy manages the financial, human resources, and IT functions for the Creative Alliance. She has worked with not-for-profit organizations for more than 20 years focused on issues of youth, the arts, and social justice.


Laura Stokes

Operations and Rentals Manager

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laura@creativealliance.org

Laura Stokes

As Operations and Rentals Manager at the Creative Alliance, Laura is responsible for oversight of CA’s house staff as well as facility rental. Want to have a party or show at the Patterson? Call Laura!


Shalanda Hansboro

Education Coordinator

Shalanda Hansboro

Shalanda Bond Hansboro, Creative Alliance’s Education Coordinator, wears many hats: she’s a student, instructor, performer, recording artist, songwriter, wife, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is a Baltimore native and attended Tench Tilghman Elementary School and the Baltimore School for the Arts. Shalanda continued her studies in Opera at The Juilliard School in New York City, where she received her B.A.  She continued her studies at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she received her M.A.


Marlo Jacobson

Director of Development

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marlo@creativealliance.org 

Marlo Jacobson

Marlo Jacobson, Director of Development, has spent the last two decades focused on donor centered fundraising and has worked for organizations of all sizes and types. Marlo has raised over $100,000,000 in her career and is happiest when she is coming up with new ways to reach out to donors.  She is thrilled to get to live, work, and play with her imaginative two kids, artists husband, and sweet shy dog right here in Highlandtown!


Brittney Huff

Annual Giving Manager

Brittney Huff

Brittney Huff joined Creative Alliance in 2007 and has previously served as Office Manager, Marketing Assistant and Program Assistant. She now serves as Annual Giving Manager, overseeing individual giving and the membership program.


Brooks Long

Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Community Arts and Programming Fellow

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brooks@creativealliance.org

Brooks Long

Brooks Long was attracted to a wide range of music from an early age and spent much of his youth in various gospel choirs, including the Baltimore Police Youth choir that gave him the opportunity to back country music star Shania Twain. When he was 13-years-old, Brooks took guitar lessons and started writing his own songs. He had written over 100 songs by the time he was a freshman at Washington College in 2004, and when he graduated with a BA in English and Music History in 2008, he had honed his craft in various bands.


Josh Kohn

Performance Director

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josh@creativealliance.org

Josh Kohn

Creative Alliance Performance Director Josh Kohn has been working in the arts for more than a decade, specializing in curating powerful live performance experiences and meaningful community dialogue.


Micah Wood

Marketing & Design Associate

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micah@creativealliance.org

Micah Wood

Micah E. Wood is a photographer, musician, and designer from Newport News, Virginia. He moved to Baltimore in 2009 to pursue his Bachelors degree in Photography at Maryland Institute College of Art. Since graduating in 2013 he has been working and performing in the Baltimore art scene sharing his music, design, and photography. Micah’s work now includes marketing strategy, outreach, and design at Creative Alliance.


Vic Yambao

Office Manager

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vic@creativealliance.org

Vic Yambao

Victor Yambao has been involved in the arts and theater since graduating from Lesley University. He has worked for the Harvard Box Office in Cambridge, MA and the Improv Asylum in Boston. He's a painter and has also worked as an illustrator, prop manager, and graphic designer for various theater groups. He moved to Baltimore and joined Creative Alliance in 2016 as a Box Office Assistant and has since transitioned to Office Manager.

 

Heather Keating

Marketing and Communications Director

heather@creativealliance.org
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Heather Keating

Heather Keating has worked in design, advertising, and event planning in Baltimore for more than a decade. She worked as a designer for Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) from 2002-2004. She also worked on a large-scale design project helping BOPA develop a brand, logo, and style guide for Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the country. In her last position, she was an art director and designer for John Yuhanick Associates.


Maria Gabriela Aldana

Education Director

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maria@creativealliance.org

Maria Gabriela Aldana

Maria Aldana is the Education Director for the Creative Alliance. She works with visual and performing artists to develop original project-based curriculum afterschool, summer and weekend programs which serve more than 2500 children and youth each year.


Adam Cooke

Technical Director

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adam@creativealliance.org

Adam Cooke

A Baltimore native, Adam Cooke has over 20 years experience as an audio engineer, mixing bands in various recording studios and venues in Baltimore and on tour. He started at Creative Alliance in 2003, and now serves as Technical Director, overseeing audio, lighting and video for the theater and Marquee Lounge, and supervising the technical staff. Adam is a drummer and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Production & Engineering from Berklee College of Music.


Thomas James

Visual Arts Curator

thomas@creativealliance.org

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Thomas James

Thomas began his work as a curator in 2015. Before joining Creative Alliance in 2018, he was responsible for crafting exhibitions throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area with organizations such as The Phillips Collection, Town Hall Education and Recreation Center (THEARC), The Jerusalem Fund, Syra Arts, and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. He comes to us from the Maryland Federation of Art where he served as the Exhibitions Manager.


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