Ekpe AkpanDirector of Human Resources Human Resources
Betsy AndersonCommunications Director Communications
Christopheraaron DeanesAssistant Principal/Dorm Director Administration
Thomas JohnstonDirector of Finance Finance
Lon LamprechtExecutive Assistant Administration
Pam PaulsonDirector of Professional Development and Resources Outreach
Director of Professional Development and Resources
Pamela Paulson, PhD, is one of the founding directors of the Perpich Center for Arts Education. In her position as Director of Professional Development and Resource Programs, Paulson is responsible for professional development programs at Perpich; connecting with state and national arts and education organizations; heading administration of the statewide Perpich Library; and collaborating on data projects for statewide arts education with CreativeMN.
Paulson recently completed a five year term as a Trustee of The College Board. She also chaired the College Board Academic Council and is past chair of the Arts Academic Committee. She was on the Steering Committee of the College Board National Task Force for the Arts in Education. She is the Minnesota representative of SEADAE (State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education), on the Advisory Committee of the Arts Education Partnership and a member of the Leadership/Governance Team for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.
Previously Paulson served as President of the National Dance Education Organization and the Minnesota Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (MN ASCD). Prior to her work at the Perpich Center she created and directed the dance program at Apple Valley High School and taught for seven years at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Ahava Silkey-JonesSchool Director Administration
Ahava Silkey-Jones, a native of Northfield, MN, is an accomplished non-profit and education leader. She has a passion for building community through the arts locally and globally. She has worked to develop and implement high-quality arts programming, global education initiatives and innovative models for school improvement in Chicago, Boston and Newark. Ahava earned an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University.She comes to Perpich from the Newark Public Schools where she served as the Vice Principal for the Girls’ Academy of Newark. Prior to moving east Ahava was an integral component of the arts and education community in Chicago. In her role as the Director of Fine Arts for the University of Chicago Charter School she developed a thriving dance program; designed and led student performance and college tours; and facilitated collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Redmoon Theater, and the Logan Center for the Arts. She was recognized by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute as Employee of the Year in 2013 for her extraordinary service, exemplary practice, and stellar results.Ahava is committed to working on system-level education initiatives, building school and community partnerships, and improving access to quality arts programming. She is the co-founder of a non-profit organization, the Professional Theatre and Dance Youth Academy, which provides performing arts programming for schools in under-resourced communities. Ahava is excited to return to Minnesota, champion the vision of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, and embrace the students, families, and staff of the Arts High School.
Curt TryggestadExecutive Director Administration