Janet “Jan” Newcomb, Executive Director
Throughout her career in arts management and education and prior to becoming Executive Director of the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Performing Arts Readiness Project in 2017, Jan Newcomb directed ten arts organizations, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, four arts councils in NY and SC and a community arts center. Jan served as Director of Grants at the SC Arts Commission and taught modern dance at the University of Buffalo and the University of SC. In 2009, Jan began consulting on leadership transition and development for arts organizations; her clients include Long Wharf Theatre, Lexington Philharmonic, Miami Summer Music Festival, South Arts, and others. In 2015, she designed and was asked to direct the MA in Leadership in the Arts & Entertainment Industries Program at NYIT in Manhattan. She is the 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Service Award from The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Jan works virtually out of her home in Columbia, SC, and holds a BA in Music from Hood College and an MA in Dance from George Washington University.
Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Fund Development and Program Officer
Mollie Quinlan-Hayes joined the NCAPER staff in October 2022 in the new position of Fund Development and Program Officer. She will work with the Executive Director and Steering Committee to advance the goals and objectives of NCAPER and assist in program administration and advocacy efforts. Quinlan-Hayes will continue as Rauschenberg Grants Coordinator for the New York Foundation for the Arts, guiding two artist emergency grant programs. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of South Arts, a Regional Arts Organization, where she led the development of ArtsReady and other regional and national programs; as a consultant and speaker in readiness planning, program design, and advocacy; and as Assistant Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has served on the NCAPER Steering Committee since 2009.
Meghan O'Toole, Program Associate
Kristen Brewer, Program Associate