Stephanie Lerner

Stephanie works as the Grants Manager Consultant helping to ensure that the various grant opportunities with the Cultural Alliance operate smoothly. Stephanie is an independent consultant and partners with foundations, nonprofits and consulting firms to help organizations learn from their experiences, make strategic and informed decisions, and implement changes as a result. Stephanie has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she refinishes vintage furniture and is learning upholstery.

Grants Manager

Madeline Avarese

Madeline works closely with our members of the Cultural Alliance to provide direct outreach, support, and resources. She also works directly with members for marketing and promotional needs by utilizing the Cultural Alliance’s programs such as the Phillyfunguide, Funsavers, and other marketing tools, to engage with the Greater Philadelphia community by showcasing why their arts organizations makes an impact on the region. Madeline holds a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Arts Management from Drexel University concentrating in Film and Television. Outside of the Cultural Alliance, Madeline used to be a radio disc jockey and still DJs locally in the city. She also enjoys attending live and local events and festivals, embroidering, and traveling

Membership Coordinator

Sarah Christy

Sarah Christy 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 & Operations. 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 & Operations, Sarah serves on the board of cinéSPEAK and enjoys the performing arts, Philadelphia 76ers, and her dog Fosse.

Vice President of Finance & Operations

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
215-557-7811 Ext. 3533

Chad Beegle

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

Director, Creative Youth Development and Partner Engagement

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