Announcing Our New Committees
MEET OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee will assist in the implementation of TILA Studios fiduciary, strategic, and generative plans, policies, and decisions consistent with the organization’s Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles.
Dr. Michelle Turner
Executive Director, USC Black Alumni Association; General Manager, Metropolitan Radiology
Dr. Turner is an accomplished higher education administrator with extensive entrepreneurial, corporate executive and academic experience, who remains deeply committed to involvement that advances policies and practices which improve access, equity and inclusion.
Most recently, Dr. Turner is the author of a newly released book, “AFFIRMED: Life Lessons in
Racial Healing and Transformation” (2019). As Executive Director of the USC Black Alumni Association since 2007, she develops alumni engagement and donor strategies that have resulted in more than $14 million in new scholarship investments.
Additionally, as an entrepreneur for over 25 years, she is General Manager of a privately held corporation which provides radiologist consulting services for diagnostic imaging centers and hospitals. She is a corporate veteran, formerly employed at IBM Corporation as a marketing executive and senior management consultant in the practice areas of mass customization, business process re-engineering and supply chain management. Dr. Turner completed a Doctorate in Global Education Policy from the USC Rossier School of Education, to include international studies (US, China, Qatar, UAE). She holds an Executive MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BS degree from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Senior Vice President, National Recruitment & Leadership Development
Emma Bowen Foundation
For nearly two decades, Sandra Rice has helped to develop the careers of hundreds of college students of color by placing them in internships that help build strong resumes. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits including Union County College Foundation in New Jersey. She is also Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Bergen Passaic Chapter). Prior to joining the Emma Bowen Foundation, Sandra had a successful media career of over 15 years in a variety of roles at ABC ranging from distribution to marketing.
Sandra received her Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Radio & Television from San Jose State University and her Master in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.
Founder and CEO of AHRMS Management Group (AMG)
Marcus Wright is the founder and CEO of AHRMS Management Group (AMG). AMG
Group provides brand development, strategic brand positioning, comprehensive brand
management, and risk management for a select roster of corporate clients, institutions,
Fortune 100 executives, and professional athletes. (www.amggroupusa.com)
In 1991 Mr. Wright founded Child First USA, a community based non-profit
organization that provides educational support services to disadvantage youth, their
families, and those who are at risk of failing academically or have dropped out of school.
Currently Mr. Wright serves as the Child First USA’s Chairman of the Board.
MEET OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Advisory Council will assist with TILA Studios programmatic efforts by evaluating performance, review/monitor/assess specific programs such as our membership program, residencies and fellowships.
Director of Business Operations and Development, Art Collector
Kimberly Peters Fisher is a woman who is determined to leave the world a better place. A native of Fort Lauderdale and raised by her parents, servant leadership was instilled in Kimberly from a very young age. As community advocate who works for the disfranchised and voiceless with a mission is to create a positive lasting impact for differently abled children.
Kimberly is a loving wife to Dr. Dameon Fisher and dedicated mother to one daughter, Mackenzie. In addition to serving her family, Kimberly is the Director of Operations for Fisher Orthodontics, a multi practice group owned by her husband in metro Atlanta. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta, where she received her BA in Mass Communications & Marketing, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Management. Kimberly transfers her professional skills into the non-profit sector where she can inspire and advocate unapologetically with humanity.
Major Gifts Officer, Smithsonian Institution, D.C. Arts Commissioner
Haili Francis is artist, scholar and arts administrator with specialties in African American and contemporary art. Haili has worked extensively with the Kinsey Foundation for Arts and Education and their award-winning private African American art collection, The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, which is one of the largest in the world.
In 2013 Haili relocated to Washington, DC to work at the Smithsonian during their $1.5 billion capital campaign where she has worked on fundraising and curatorial projects, such as the ten-city nationally touring exhibition Men of Change. As an arts advocate and public servant, Haili was appointed to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Board in 2016 by Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC to help steward a $30M budget for arts funding in the nation’s capital. As a proponent of inclusive practices within the cultural sector, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) invited Haili to served on the 2017 National Program Committee for the annual Museum Conference under the theme, “Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.”
In the spring 2019 Haili became an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Washington University where she taught the inaugural African American Art History I & II courses. Haili is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute and the AAM/Getty Career Management Fellowship. Haili has a Masters in Museum Studies from Harvard where she was awarded the Derek Bok Public Service Prize at commencement.
Curator, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
Juana Williams is the Exhibitions Curator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). She holds a BA in Art and an MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Prior to joining UICA, Williams held multiple positions at various art institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Wayne State University Art Department Gallery, the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Williams is passionate about community engagement, elevating diverse voices, and giving a platform to artists for innovative expression. She persistently advocates for supporting artists and preserving art-centered spaces. Williams creates exhibitions to work as a catalyst for dialogue, centered on current cultural topics, and to promote the power of visual arts.