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Intro Text Styling (Heading 2) Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS) is a nonprofit that fosters and mobilizes creative, arts-immersed schools, where students are making and doing, teachers are asking how and why, and schools are engaged in their community.

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Name (Subtitle - bold italic normal) — was educated at the Wharton School and received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Currently retired, he founded and ran three national travel companies. He is a partner in Bluestone Company, a real estate investment management firm, and is on the boards of several other companies.

Gary Gut — is a former strategic management consultant (Bain & Company) and serial entrepreneur, having started Sound Synergy, Medivision, Medical Management of America, John Harvard’s Brew House, and Rural Cellular. Most recently, Mr. Gut served as the President & CEO of the Boston Foundation for Sight, a pioneering nonprofit institute working to improve the lives of those suffering with complex corneal disease. He is former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, a PK-12 independent school in Cambridge, MA and a member of the Advisory Board (and former Trustee) of The Advent School, a K-6 independent school in Boston, MA. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and attended MIT and SUNY Buffalo.

Danna Mauch — is a senior fellow and principal scientist with Abt Associates, conducting health services and economics research on the organization and financing of care delivered to vulnerable populations. Dr. Mauch holds a Ph.D. in social policy, planning and administration from Brandeis and has worked in the public and private sectors as CEO, consultant and director of health care management organizations and government agencies for over 35 years.

Katherine Pell — was Chairman of the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission in the Dukakis Administration. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Harvard School of Public Health. She lives in Weston. While not a musician, she sang in the Bryn Mawr chorus and has a life long love of music. She is particularly interested in the inter-relationship of music and learning.

Stephanie Perrin — was the Head of Walnut Hill School for the Arts from 1984 to 2008 and is now a consultant to schools on arts, arts programming and organizational design. She serves on the Board of the Arts/Learning, Inc. an organization committed to arts for all students in the pubic schools. She is past president of the NETWORK of Schools of Visual and Performing Arts and is a member of the New England Conservatory Board of Overseers. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds an honorary Doctorate from the New England Conservatory.

Anne Snyder — worked at the Shady Hill School for twenty-six years, serving as Director of the school’s Teacher Training Course for ten of those years. Ms. Snyder is a graduate of Lesley University and Earlham College and currently works with Berwick Academy in Berwick, Maine and The New City School in St Louis, Missouri to establish DOE approved site-based teacher training programs. She lives in Cambridge with a piano player and a drummer, and has eclectic taste in music.



Executive Team

Linda Nathan

Executive Director – Dr. Linda Nathan is the first Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS). As the Executive Director of CAS, Linda is responsible for working with the CAS board to develop the non-profit’s strategy, goals and areas of focus.  She oversees key programs, including the Creative Learning Schools Project, Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership, and additional programs under development. Dr. Nathan works closely with the leadership of Conservatory Lab Charter School to support its development as a national model of CAS.  

Dr. Nathan has had extensive professional experience in education, as an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and, most recently, she served as Faculty Director of the Creative Educational Leadership Institute at the Boston University School of Education. Prior positions include Special Advisor to Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Arts in Education and Founding Headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s first public high school for the visual and performing arts. Linda was also the Co-Director of Fenway High School, one of the first pilot schools in the Boston Public Schools.  Linda holds a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, Masters’ degrees from Emerson College and Antioch University and a BA from the University of California. 



Director of Family and Community Partnerships –
Ms. Carmen Torres is a veteran urban school educator and school founder. She founded the Health Careers Pathway at Brighton High School and the first pharmacy program at Fenway High School. She was founding assistant headmaster and then co-headmaster of Boston Arts Academy with Linda Nathan. Carmen has mentored many emerging school leaders. She comes to CLCS from a position as a Clinical instructor at BU. She has also worked as a consultant with ERC leading professional development workshops on culturally responsive teaching practices.