Morgan Drewniany, Executive Director of the Cultural District

Morgan attended Hampshire College with a focus on the intersection of environmental chemistry, public health, and social justice. Her passion for serving all of the population, not just those with a high level of education and privilege, brought her to the field of economic development after graduation. She began her professional career as Assistant Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, but was pleased to move into the realm of arts and culture as they relate to all fields of growth for Springfield. These differing experiences combine to help to shape Morgan into the true asset she is for the Cultural District.


Joe Carnovale, Social Media/Marketing Intern

Joe Carnovale is a rising senior at UMass Amherst, majoring in Communication with a minor in Political Science. He was born in Springfield and grew up in East Longmeadow, MA. He enjoys playing guitar and photography in his free time. He is hoping to find a career in communications or social media after graduation. Joe is excited to play a role in helping improve the artistic and cultural vibrancy of Springfield.

Lauren Padilla, Advocacy Intern

Lauren Padilla is a student at Johns Hopkins University studying Writing Seminars, as well as Marketing and Communications. Her previous internships include roles at Girls' Life Magazine, Baltimore STYLE, and Edheads. In her free time, Lauren enjoys creative writing, illustration, and traveling. She hopes to pursue a career in editing or communications.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board - Rus Peotter, WGBY

Vice Chair - Eileen McCaffery, Community Music School

Treasurer - Chris Russell, Springfield Business Improvement District

Secretary - Kay Simpson

Benjamin Smith, Springfield Cultural Council

Bob McCarroll, Mattoon Street Arts Festival

Evan Plotkin, City Mosaic

James Woolsey, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Jay Minkarah, Develop Springfield

John Doleva, Basketball Hall of Fame

John Simpson, Independent Artist and Art Professor

Judy Matt, Spirit of Springfield

Kateri Walsh, Springfield City Council

Kay Simpson, Springfield Museums

Lyman Wood

Mark Checkwicz, Springfield Public Schools

Martin Miller, New England Public Radio

Mary Kay Wydra, Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

Molly Fogarty, Springfield Public Libraries

Nate Harris, MassMutual Convention Center

Peter Salerno, Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Scott Hanson, City of Springfield Office of Planning

Tina D'Agostino, CityStage and Symphony Hall

Wayne Phaneuf, The Republican