Before becoming MAC’s Executive Director in January 2006, Alan had been Director of Marketing & Development since January, 2004. He was previously Director of Donor Research in the Office for Development at Clemson University since December, 1991. Prior to returning to Greenville in 1989, he had worked for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Atlanta and Henderson Advertising in Greenville. Alan is a 1982 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Vanderbilt University where he received a B.A. in English Literature and Fine Arts. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Artisphere and the Board of Governors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Department of Visual Arts of Greenville Tech. In 2010, Alan received the Excellence in Arts Leadership Award from the Chamber of Commerce and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
Alice is thrilled to join the team as the Director of Operations as of July 2017. She is responsible for MAC’s quarterly project grant application process, and oversees the annual programs of Open Studios and Flat Out Under Pressure in addition to handling the day-to-day operations of the office. Also a member artist, she enjoys a career as an award winning children’s book illustrator. Her published works include Lilliput (Sam Gayton, Peachtree Publishers), The Wolf Keepers (Elise Broach, Christy Ottaviano Books) and Dangerous Jane (Suzanne Slade, Peachtree Publishers), and is a regular contributor with the Community Journals publications. Also a successful classically trained singer, Alice obtained her degrees in vocal performance from Florida State (BM) University and Boston University (MM). She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music (Boston’s leading presenter of Bach cantatas), Asheville Lyric Opera and Brevard Music Center, and has been awarded several honors in voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and the American Traditions Competition with the Savannah Music Festival.
Gayla is returning to SmartARTS, the arts integration collaboration with Greenville County Schools that MAC launched in 2002. SmartARTS began in one middle school and has now been implemented in 58 schools and throughout all areas of the curriculum. Gayla’s educational background is in vocal instruction and vocal performance. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Baylor University. In addition to many years of teaching and performing, she has extensive experience in luxury resort residence sales, event coordination, project and people management, non-profit fundraising and implementation of artist/teacher training. Gayla has served on the board of the Greenville Chorale and she sings in the Greenville First Baptist Sanctuary Choir. She is also a member of the Clarice Wilson Garden Club.
Erin joined the MAC team in 2013 after graduating from Furman University with a B.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in graphic design and painting. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Erin served as the MAC administrative intern from August, 2012 until her graduation. She proved to be such a valuable asset to the organization that she was hired on a full-time basis. Erin is responsible for the design and implementation of MAC’s print and digital advertising, promotional materials and the MAC website. She helps oversee many of MAC’s programs along with the artist membership roster and the MAC gallery. She is also the MAC liaison for MAConnect, an arts advocacy program for young professionals.