Our Team


101: Learning through The Creative Process: Standards-driven Creative Spaces Course Facilitators


Alysia Lee

Alysia Lee has received national recognition for her work in furthering equity and access in arts education. Lee has designed and implemented K-12 arts education and professional development initiatives throughout the east coast. She is the Coordinator of Fine Arts at the Maryland State Department of Education.

Alysia is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Award. Recent speaking/teaching engagements include Chorus America, Americans for the Arts, TEDX, Wells Fargo Foundation, Take a Stand/El Sistema Symposium, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland Arts Summit and Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms. Recent recognitions include The Knight Foundation, National Association of University Women, Stockton Bartol Foundation, Uncommon Individual Foundation, and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Dr. Lillian Pailen

Dr. Lillian Pailen has served the arts education field as a teacher and administrator in public school and collegiate settings. She has also served as a specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Office and draws upon these experiences as a consultant for statewide curriculum/assessment projects. She holds a B.A. degree in music education from Howard University, M.A. degree from Columbia University Teachers College, and doctorate in community college education from George Mason University.


201: Veteran Ready Community Arts Provider Training Course Facilitators


Judy Rollins, PhD, RN

With 30+ years’ experience in research, consulting, program development, and education, Dr. Rollins is an established leader on arts in health. She has authored more than 100 academic publications, and is a Scholar at The Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University school of Medicine. Dr. Rollins was the primary author of Arts, Health and Well-Being across the Military Continuum: White Paper and Framing a National Plan of Action.


JW Rone

JW Rone, Director of Veteran Initiatives for the Institute for Integrative Health, brings more than 30 years’ experience in theatrical arts, including work that focuses on arts in education. While serving during the Vietnam War, Rone produced live entertainment for active duty soldiers serving in combat zones. As the head of Vet Arts Connect, Rone has created countless arts and nature experiences for the veteran community. He also plays a mean ukulele.


Maryland Micro-Credentials for Creative Classrooms Administration


Emily Cory

Emily currently works with The Maryland State Department of Education as the Fine Arts Project Manager as well as a theatre teaching artist and director. She is passionate about the arts, and most enjoys working on projects that have an impact on her community, either locally or globally. Her work aims to create opportunities for students and fellow artists.

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Lillian Jacobson

Lillian Jacobson is the Student Exhibition and Data Management Administrator for the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Fine Arts. She is a visual artist and graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in painting.