Arts Administration Office
Office Manager - Second Year
Libby Abbott is a second-year Graduate Assistant in the Arts Administration program. A native of Midlothian, Virginia, Libby earned her B.M. in Oboe Performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2016, studying with Professor Linda Strommen as a Premier Young Artist scholarship recipient. While at Indiana University, she attended the Hidden Valley Music Seminar’s Master Classes with Elaine
Office Assistant - Second Year
Mary Finnerty is a second-year Graduate Assistant in the Arts Administration Graduate Program. Her enthusiasm for music began at a young age where she played trombone, bass guitar, and bagpipes in middle school. Due to her love for performing arts, she followed her heart and pursued an education in music. She graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA in 2012 where she received her B.A. in Music with an emphasis on Trombone Performance. During and after college, Mary performed different instruments with many ensembles such as Moravian College Trombone Ensemble, Cedar Crest College Orchestra, Penn York Highlanders Bagpipe Band, and numerous musicals such as Chicago, Leader of the Pack, Hello Dolly, and Music Man. While studying at Cedar Crest, she was Intern to the Executive Director at the Allentown Symphony Association. Being under
Dance Coordinator - Second Year
Weronika Gaudyn is a second-year Graduate Assistant. She received her B.A. in Fashion Merchandising and completed a minor in Marketing and Technology at the University of Akron. She is an international student who received an athletic scholarship
Theatre Coordinator - Second Year
Rachel M. Murar is a graduate of Cleveland State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. As a member of the Mandel Honors College, Rachel was the first student to obtain an Honors Degree in theater from the program. Rachel also was the first recipient of the W. Benoy Joseph Endowed Scholarship, given to a student interested in Management and Marketing. She is thankful to pursue that dream within this program here at Akron, now in her second year. Currently, she is a Theater Instructor at Solon Center for the Arts. She has directed productions at CSU, Twinsburg Public Library, and SCA. She has stage managed with Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and Ensemble Theater. Rachel was an Intern at Cleveland Playhouse and Great Lakes Theater Company. While at Great Lakes, she was a Student Organizer for their Autistic friendly performance of A Christmas Carol. This was a profound experience and she hopes to create more of those in the future. Recently, Rachel branched into new areas and Interned with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. There she created an education program about sharks that will be used in the current school year. Rachel has enjoyed working with her professors in the past year and looks forward to finishing strong at Akron.
Media Manager - First Year
Alyssa Lombardi is a first-year Graduate Assistant in the Arts Administration program. She received her B.A. in 2 Dimensional Art with a minor degree in Arts Management from Bowling Green State University, where she was an Art Ambassador for the School of Art and a coed cheerleader. Some of her other notable experiences while at Bowling Green include serving as the Gallery Manager Intern for the BGSU Fine Art Gallery, the Program Intern at The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and working as a Pilates Group Fitness Instructor. Alyssa’s passion for art organizations grew while volunteering at museums, contributing to community mural projects and serving as a leader in several art based groups on campus. It was through her experiences that drove her even further to pursue a career that would help others express themselves and connect with communities. For the past few summers, Alyssa worked as a Job Coach for Advanced Employment Connection in Canton, OH providing job training to young adults with barriers. All of her involvement has led her to continue her education at the University of Akron. Alyssa plans to use her Arts Administration and studio backgrounds to engage communities with ever growing art opportunities.
Media Assistant - First Year
Sarah Miracle is currently in the first-year of the Arts Administration
Art Gallery Manager - Second Year
Raven Burdette is a second year Master of Arts Administration student. She received her B.F.A. with a dual concentration in Printmaking and Drawing/Painting from the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron in December 2015. As an undergraduate, Raven received: a Dashiell Travel Grant in 2013, a Myers Art Studio Scholarship, and a 2015 Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale International Travel & Study Scholarship. She was a member and officer or several student organizations. Raven has been a member of the Mid American Print
Art Gallery Assistant - First Year
Hillary Butler is a first-year Graduate Assistant from Canton, Ohio. In the summer of 2016, she received her B.A. in Art History, with a minor in Business Administration from Kent State University, graduating on
Theatre Assistant - First Year
Tyler Bokman is a first-year Graduate Assistant in the Arts Administration Graduate Program. He received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance from The University of Akron and his M.M. in Saxophone Performance from The University of Oklahoma. His primary saxophone teachers are Professor Rich Shanklin, Dr. Todd
Past Graduate Assistants
View past graduate assistants' bios since 2014.