Madeline Avarese

Madeline works with the Marketing team to provide direct support, resources, and promotional needs to members as Marketing Coordinator. She works directly with members by utilizing the Cultural Alliance’s programs such as the Phillyfunguide, Funsavers, Culturewire, and other marketing tools, to engage with the Greater Philadelphia community by putting their best foot forward. Madeline holds a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Arts Management from Drexel University concentrating in Film and Television. Outside of Marketing, Madeline enjoys cooking, dancing, embroidering, and attending live events with her friends and family.

Marketing Coordinator

Sarah Christy Gowen

Sarah Christy Gowen works with the Cultural Alliance team to develop its financial management and administration strategies to achieve the organization’s strategic goals as Vice President of Finance & Administration. Before joining the Cultural Alliance, Sarah was Interim President & CEO of International House Philadelphia where she previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs, managing Lightbox Film Center. Sarah holds a MS in Arts Administration & Museum Leadership from Drexel University and a BA in Economics & Business from Lafayette College. In addition to being Vice President of Finance & Administration, Sarah serves on the board of cinéSPEAK and enjoys the performing arts, Philadelphia 76ers, and her dog Fosse.

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Hannah Wallace

Hannah Wallace received her Master’s degree in Museum Education from the University of the Arts and holds a Bachelor's degree in African American Studies from Temple University. She now is part of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Creative Youth Development team in the role of Manager of Creative Youth Development. The CYD Manager supports curriculum development, recruitment, event planning, and program implementation. Before joining the Cultural Alliance team, Hannah was a Director of Public Engagement with the Christ Church Preservation Trust. In addition to being the CYD Manager, Hannah enjoys weaving rugs, teaching ax throwing at KickAxe Philly and going out into nature to camp, hike & fish as often as she can!

Creative Youth Development Manager

Abigayle Renk

Abigayle (she/her) provides communications and clerical support to the President & CEO, and other staff, as the Administrative Assistant. Before joining the Cultural Alliance team, Abigayle was Executive Assistant and Director of Special Projects at Moore College of Art & Design. She holds a Master’s in Arts Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from University of South Florida. In addition to being Administrative Assistant, Abigayle enjoys oil painting, digital illustration, and trivia.

Administrative Assistant
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Chad Beegle

Chad Beegle studied music education at the University of the Arts and educational administration at Drexel University and now is part of the Creative Youth Development team as the Senior Program Manager. Before joining the Cultural Alliance team, Chad was a music teacher/ administrator in numerous schools in the Philadelphia region and internationally. In addition to being Senior Program Manager, Chad enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with family.

Senior Program Manager, Creative Youth Development

Kabria Rogers

Kabria Rogers works with the Audience Engagement team to develop leadership, project management and audience building skills in a wide range of activities, including managing sales for the various programs, developing marketing strategies, and leading audience-building initiatives as Audience Services Manager. Before joining the Cultural Alliance team, Kabria was their Interim Operations Manager for Science History Conference Center. Kabria has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing from Kings College. She enjoys reading, writing, daydreaming about superhero adventures and spending quality time with friends and family. 

Read more about Kabria in her Meet an Alliancer blog.


Grants & Programs Senior Manager
Kabria Rogers

Lauren Gilmore

Lauren (she/her/hers) works closely with the President and Chief Officer for Finance & Administration as part of the Administrative team to oversee the Membership Program, DEI & Anti-Racism work, Job Bank and keep things running smoothly around the office as Director of Member Engagement & Administration. Before joining the Cultural Alliance team, Lauren was Assistant Director of Admission at Westminster Choir College. Lauren has a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Voice Pedagogy and Performance. In addition to being Director of Member Engagement & Administration, Lauren volunteers with different arts organizations around the city and enjoys reading, traveling and her yoga practice.

Read more about Lauren in her Meet an Alliancer blog.

Director of Member Engagement & Administration

Roberta Johnson

Roberta (she/her/hers) has a Bachelor’s in Crime, Law, and Justice with a minor in Art History and a Master’s in Arts Administration. As Vice President of Audience Engagement, Roberta oversees the Cultural Alliance’s marketing programs, including the Phillyfunguide, its discount-ticketing program, Funsavers, as well as the Cultural Alliance’s audiences building research initiatives. Prior to joining the Cultural Alliance team, Roberta was a branch coordinator for Settlement Music School. In addition to being Vice President of Audience Engagement, Roberta enjoys knitting, reading, volunteering and is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Pennsylvania Chapter.

Read more about Roberta in her Meet an Alliancer blog.

Vice President of Programming
Roberta Johnson

Frances Ellison

Frances joined the Cultural Alliance in 2016 as the Digital Content Coordinator and became the Assistant Manager of Digital Marketing in 2017 as a part of the Audience Engagement team. As Marketing Manager, she manages the Funsuite (the Phillyfunguide and Funsavers programs), and handles all customer service, digital content creation and inquiry for both programs, building all Funsavers offers and weekly emails and soliciting organizations to submit events for both.

Frances received her B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and Professional Writing in 2015 from Chestnut Hill College. In one of her many past lives, she has written for the Chestnut Hill College Magazine and Philadelphia Weekly. In addition to running the Funsuite, Frances enjoys aerial acrobatics, cooking, gardening and snuggle time with her cat.

Read more about Frances in her Meet an Alliancer blog.


Marketing Manager

Kristen Vinh

Kristen (she/her) studied Journalism at Temple University. As Senior Manager of Data and Communications, Kristen manages survey design and data analysis for research about our members and the cultural community and oversees external communications to our members, advocates and the broader cultural community. Prior to joining the Cultural Alliance team in 2015, Kristen was a reporter for Generocity. Kristen is an avid knitter, enjoys running and reading.  

Read more about Kristen in her Meet an Alliancer blog.


Director of Research and Data