An exceptional, seasoned staff is dedicated to making the arts accessible and equitable to people of all ages and abilities. Meet the Arts Horizons team!
Allison J. Davis, Executive Director
An accomplished non-profit leader, Allison is the Executive Director of Arts Horizons. She spent much of her career in television news working at NBC, MSNBC and CBS. An award-winning journalist, she headed up a team of reporters who produced some of the first original journalism on the internet. In the not-for- profit arena, Davis has served as communications' director for the Jackie Robinson Foundation and The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Davis is a contributor to the book “Global News: Perspectives on the Information Age”. She has been recognized by History Makers: The Nation's Largest African American Video Oral History Collection, housed at the Library of Congress and was recently honored by the Boy Scouts of America. She is a graduate of Boston University. email allison at artshorizons dot org. ext. 103
Dena Malarek, Director of Special Education & NYC Residencies
Dena joined Arts Horizons in June 2008. She brings with her over 20 years working in the field of disabilities services. She directs “Creative Special Education” and “Hospital School" programs that have been recognized with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Christopher Reeve Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Dana foundation. She is certified as a recreation therapist and sits on the support committee of the NYC Arts and Special Education Consortium. As a former Director of Day Habilitation for adults with disabilities, she managed educational, recreational and arts programs. Dena is also a modern dancer who performs in the NYC Modern dance community and teaches modern dance and yoga, to students with and without disabilities. dena at artshorizons dot org. ext. 108
Michele Renaud, Senior Manager of NJ Programs & the Artist/Teacher Institute
With Arts Horizons for over nine years, Michele works with schools, organizations, and teaching artists to plan and implement all aspects of New Jersey workshops and residencies and manages the renowned Artist/Teacher Institute. Michele was a former textile designer, creating designs and managing accounts for international clients for the apparel industry including women’s. men's, and children’s wear. She was also the president of the Stillman Elementary School Home School Association, acting as a liason between the parent community and school administration. email michele at artshorizons dot org. ext. 114
Gloria Page, Program Manager of Performances
Gloria serves as the organization’s program manager with special emphasis on recruiting, supporting and managing assemblies and our roster of artists. She joined Arts Horizons in February 2008, managing Special Events such as our annual gala and Community Outreach at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. She manages the school assemblies in NYC and NJ, plans special event performances, and markets our diverse programs in the arts. Gloria is bilingual and has extensive experience in sales and management. email gloria at artshorizons dot org. ext. 120
Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Coordinator
Kiran is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator. Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. While living in India from 2007-2014, he organized free dance workshops and performances for underprivileged students in government (public) schools throughout the country. After returning to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Performance Studies at NYU, he became a teaching artist in the New York public school system and conducted residencies for 3-8th graders which seamlessly integrate poetry, science, and/or reading comprehension with Bharatanatyam. He joined Arts Horizons in December 2016 as a program coordinator, and he serves as a liaison between the administrative team in the New Jersey office and the teaching artists and site coordinators for residencies in New York.
Charlissa Jackson, Program Assistant
Charlissa Jackson joins us as an administrative professional with over 14 years of experience in non-profit and corporate sectors. Earlier in her career, Charlissa worked as a company manager on several Broadway and off-Broadway theatre productions. Additionally, she had held responsibility as a marketing assistant for a community based arts-in-education organization and as a legal secretary at a multinational law firm. In her current role, Charlissa provides support for the NYC Residencies & Special Populations department, managing databases and artist contracts.
Melanie Reich, Finance Manager
email melanie at artshorizons dot org. ext. 104
Marline Martin, Executive Director