Staff

Janine Tursini, Director & CEO
Brandi Rose, Program Director
Audrey Adams, Development Director
Tim McLoraine, Administrative Manager

Associates

Chris Carr (CPA) and Maureen Carr, Finance
Raffa, Technology


Biographies

Staff

Janine Tursini is AFTA’s Director & CEO and the leading force behind the organization’s pioneering directions and its national recognition for best practices, program design and outcomes: Under her tenure Arts for the Aging has been named a Model Program in Lifelong Learning by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Trailblazer by the Maryland Department of Aging and One of the Best D.C. Area Small Charities for Excellence, Impact and Cost-effectiveness by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. AFTA has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, on CNN News, and in the award-winning national PBS documentary film Do Not Go Gently. Janine is on the Applied Health Equity Education Council with the Rodham Institute of George Washington University (GWU), Maryland’s Age-Friendly Montgomery (County) Advisory Group, the Smithsonian Institution Dementia Programming Advisory Committee. She consults nationally on best practices in the growing field of creative aging. She has served on advisory boards for the GWU Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities, and the National Center for Creative Aging, and she is a member of Leadership Greater Washington class of 2018. Her article, A Person Who Is Becoming, is published in the Creativity & Human Development International e-Journal, and she has contributed to seminal industry resource guides including Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit and Bringing the Arts to Life: A Guide to the Arts and Long-Term Care.

Brandi Rose is AFTA’s Program Director, implementing and developing curricula, and managing AFTA’s artistic faculty and mission programs throughout the Washington Metropolitan community. Among her achievements, Brandi established a Teaching Artist Institute that provides professional development to our faculty, published the book What We Saw Today featuring work by senior artists, and produced AFTA’s first commercial gallery exhibition, Dream Ship, at the Joan Hisaoka Gallery in 2015. She has made field presentations for the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), the D.C. Healthcare Association, and the Maryland Gerontological Association. Career highlights include those with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Opera, Smithsonian Associates, and in Chicago with CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education) and Storycatchers Theatre.  Brandi holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from James Madison University, and a Masters in Arts Management specializing in Arts in Youth and Community Development from Columbia College Chicago. She balances arts administration with her love for singing as a member of D.C.’s all female a cappella group Capital Blend.

Audrey Adams is AFTA’s Development Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Columbia Union College, and has worked in the non-profit arena as a program director, grants and contracts manager, and contracts administrator for such organizations as the Urban Family Institute, Collaboration Council and National 4-H Council; and she has held administrative specialist roles contracting with the Department of Energy. Audrey brings to the development position a deep understanding of AFTA’s operational, programmatic, development, and strategic inner workings having previously served as the organization’s Administrative Manager. Audrey is an arts enthusiast and has been from a very young age. She particularly enjoys dance theater, culinary arts and all genres of music.

Tim McLoraine is the Administrative Manager for AFTA.  He has served in a variety of administrative capacities in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  As an arts administrator, Tim has developed and supported community- based arts programming with a primary focus within the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County Maryland.  As a creator, Tim has worked in the fields of visual art, opera, and classical music with notable projects including a solo exhibition of video art entitled Hindsight: stories and loops at the Dupont Underground, projection design for The Body of an American at Theatre J, and assistant direction for the American premier of Elliot Carter’s opera What Next? at the Tanglewood Music Center.  Tim holds a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University.


Associates

 

Chris and Maureen Carr are AFTA’s accountant-bookkeepers. They live in Kensington, MD and work together performing services for area non-profits in bookkeeping and taxes. Chris is a licensed C.P.A. and graduate of University of Maryland who has spent most of his career in financial and management positions for prominent non-profits in the D.C. area. He is currently C.F.O. and Treasurer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and has held previous financial, operations or development roles at Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Brady Campaign, and Defenders of Wildlife. Maureen Carr has specialized in marketing and membership with non-profit organizations including at the Autism Society of America, the Career College Association, National Grain and Feed Association and the National Association of Life Insurance Advisors.

RAFFA brings its award-winning technology practice to AFTA, advising on top notch technology options, including financial ERP systems, cloud-based accounting and business solutions, network hosting and managed services and key integration, portal and software development tools. RAFFA is also the 3rd largest accounting firm in the Washington, D.C. region (Accounting Today), and performs high-quality audits for nonprofits, as well as accounting support to manage financial processes; the company’s human resources professionals provide organizations the knowledge and support to handle compliance and to maintain a strong workforce.