Creative Alliance Staff

Creative Alliance Staff

We are a diverse and versatile group of impassioned change makers and artists. Here at the core of the Creative Alliance you will find a dedicated crew with years of experience over a broad range of disciplines including community building, education, music, performance, film and video, and visual arts.

Meet The Staff:

Margaret Footner

Executive Director

Margaret Footner is a co-founder of the Creative Alliance which spawned at Halcyon Gallery at Margaret’s Cafe in 1995.  Ms. Footner owned and operated Margaret’s as a café/gallery from 1992-2000 before selling her restaurant to work full time as Executive Director for the Creative Alliance. The Creative Alliance's structure as community-based arts non-profit linked to area businesses and neighborhood organizations is in part the result of Ms. Footner's vision. The priority given the Creative Alliance's education programs is also an area of special interest.  

Gina Caruso

Managing Director

Gina recently moved here from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was Director and Film Curator at Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre. A former resident of Baltimore for 16 years, she was Manager of Public Programs at the Walters Art Museum and also worked as an editor, photography editor, and writer for The Washington Post Magazine.

Candace Mitchell

Finance Director

Ms. Mitchell joined the Creative Alliance in 2005 and serves as Finance Director. Candace is responsible for day-to-day financial management and planning of the organization. 

Candace holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She has over 17 years of accounting and financial management experience having worked for Maryland Center for Community Development, The Giving Back Fund and National Council of Nonprofit Associations. 

Karen Summerville

Education Director

Karen Summerville joined the Creative Alliance in 2002 as a Lead Instructor in the Open Minds Art Program and now serves as Education Director where she is responsible for the planning and implementation of all Creative Alliance youth and family-based art education programs. She finds special interest in developing and maintaining relationships with community partners to strengthen the quality and accessibility of Creative Alliance youth education programs. Karen holds a BFA in Fine Art from Morgan State University and is presently pursuing her MFA in Integrated Design at the University of Baltimore.

Josh Kohn

Performance Director

Josh Kohn, the newly appointed Performance Director at the Creative Alliance, has been working in the arts for more than a decade, specializing in curating powerful live performance experiences and meaningful community dialogue.

Charlene Conner

Annual Fund Director

In her role as Annual Fund Director, Charlene Conner is happiest when you're happy, and is your go-to person for questions about membership, Art To Dine For soirees, or simply what to wear to the Marquee Ball.