After a four-month-long, nationwide search process, Youth Education in the Arts announces the appointment of Vicki Ferrence Ray as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ferrence Ray will take over leadership of YEA! on a full-time basis on October 29th. Until then, the Board of Directors will continue to run the organization by committee.
A Cadet alumna, Ferrence Ray will be responsible for leading all operations of YEA! and will report to the Board of Directors. Her management team will consist of the four program directors (The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps, Xcape Community Dance Program, and USBands Scholastic Program). She will also oversee development, marketing, information technology, finance, and human resources.
Ferrence Ray was most recently the Chief National Programs Officer for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. In that role, she oversaw the Program Department staff who supervise 58 U.S. affiliates and 70 program sites across all 50 states, and a network of 4000+ volunteers serving approximately 10,000 students annually. Prior to working for HOBY she served as an Assistant Deputy Mayor for Management and Productivity for the City of Philadelphia.
The second weekend of USBands faced minor delays after a week of watching the radar for Hurricane Florence. Luckily, most of our events were able to run on time with the help of our USBands Event Staff. Looking forward, the upcoming weekend will feature the most events on one day so far this season with shows in seven states. With two shows in Texas, we're excited to return to the Lone Star State for the 2018 season.
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