Academy Advisory Board

JP Phaup Board Member

JP Phaup
Wells Fargo Bank, Arts at Mason Board

John Paul (JP) Phaup is Managing Director – Investments of the Phaup Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, in McLean, VA.  He has focused on wealth management and charitable strategies since 1991. Mr. Phaup was an adjunct professor in the Department of Finance at GMU’s School of Management.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for the George Mason University Foundation and is Chairman of the Arts at Mason Partnership.  He previously served on the boards of Capital Hospice and the Country Club of Fairfax. Mr. Phaup earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, an MBA from George Mason University, and was named Mason’s Alumni of the year 2009.

Scott Nurmi Board Member

Scott Nurmi
Mojo Factory Productions

Scott Nurmi is the co-owner of Mojo Factory Productions, a full-service video production company focused on supporting the arts, arts education, non-profits and associations. With more than 25 years of experience in the video industry, Scott produces documentaries, web content and live video performances for professional music, dance and theater companies, along with high school and community theater and dance companies. Scott’s on-going video productions for arts organizations include projects for The Washington Ballet, National Association for Music Education, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Scott is passionate about the arts, and supporting the Mason Community Arts Academy is a natural fit!

 Kevin Murray
Mason School of Theater, Acting For Young People

Kevin Murray teaches Audition Techniques for Stage and Camera and Acting for the Camera at George Mason University’s School of Theater. He works frequently as a freelance actor in films and on television, having appeared in HBO’s Veep and The Wire, House of Cards for Netflix, Paramount’s Runaway Bride, and many other independent films and television programs. As Program Manager, Kevin oversees new student recruitment, marketing and promotion, and special events. He is also a board member of Acting For Young People.

Denny Stokes Board Member

Denny Stokes
Northern Virginia Youth Winds

Denny Stokes is the founding conductor of the NVYW Symphonic Winds. Prior to assuming this position, he directed high school bands at three schools in Fairfax County, Virginia for thirty-two years, and continues to serve as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator in the eastern United States.

Art Teacher Fairfax VA

Dr. Justin P. Sutters

Program Director
Assistant Dean of Research and Assessment, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Art Education
Director, Master of Arts in Education (MAT)

Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district and also taught at an international school in São Paulo, Brazil. He attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. He currently serves as the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University and is an Associate Professor in the School of Art as well as an Affiliate Faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). He recently completed a two-year term as the Faculty Fellow for the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Committee and also another two-year term as the Stearns Center Faculty Fellow for Faculty Writing Support.

Dr. Sutters is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at the state, national and international level in Brazil, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He served as the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Research Commission and in other capacities within NAEA. He served on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place. In 2019, he received a competitive grant from the National Art Education Foundation pertaining to his academic genealogy project and data visualization. In the summer of 2022, Dr. Sutters was selected to participate in the School for Art Leaders at Crystal Bridges, AK, and also was appointed to a two-year term with the NAEA Research Commission and he also attended the annual meeting in Park City, UT. He also was awarded an Emerging Administrator Fellowship from the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) and will attend the annual conference in October,

He teaches numerous courses in the MAT program, is the Advisor for the NAEA Student Chapter, and mentors students on their research capstone. His studio practice and background currently centers around printmaking and he co-teaches a summer graduate course called Print/Paper/Books. He is the School of Art Liaison and an Advisory Board Member for the Mason Community Arts Academy, where he also teaches Portfolio Preparation courses in the summer for high school students.

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Matt Morris

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Jenna Day Board Member

 Jenna Day
Day Violins Music Store

Jenna Day has been surrounded by music her entire life. Coming from a musical family, Jenna grew up listening to her mother and father singing harmony while her father played the baritone ukulele, or her mother played the piano in accompaniment. During her youth, singing, playing instruments of various types, and involvement in music became an important and integral part of Jenna’s life. Entering school, Jenna’s instrument of choice became the piano. By high school she was an accomplished musician, and served as accompanist to the school choir. She also sang in choir, both at school and at her church. She further played flute. Over the years, Jenna has served as accompanying pianist for various choirs, groups and individuals, both instrumental and vocal. She has also sung in various choirs and groups. A highlight of her musical experience has been to serve as the children’s music director of her church, where she has had the privilege and delight to teach young children the joys and beauties of music. Besides working in Day Violins L.L.C., Much of Jenna’s daily efforts are spent as a mother to her 4 children—where one of the primary undertakings is helping her own children explore and develop their musical talents. In her spare time, Jenna has an active “Design” business where she does calligraphy, floral design and event planning.

Anne Sharp
Mason Friends of Music, former FCPS teacher

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Susan Graziano Board Member

Susan Graziano
Mason College of Visual and Performing Arts

Susan Graziano, Director of Development, joined George Mason University in 2003 as the Global Grant Coordinator, Office of the Provost.  

From 2003 to 2014, she provided leadership and support for the advancement of the university’s global initiatives by securing more than $12 million in external funding from the U.S. government, foundations, and foreign governments. Susan supported the conceptualization of global research and education projects across the university, and developed strategic plans for the global goals of the university through her participation in the Vision process.

As Director of Development for the College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2014, Susan plays a leadership role in the College’s overall development efforts. She works with the senior leadership of the College, University Advancement and Alumni Relations, the volunteer leadership of the numerous advisory boards and friends groups, and alumni and community members to provide philanthropic support for the College’s seven academic units, the Center for the Arts, and Potomac Arts Academy. Susan oversees the major fundraising events of the College, including ARTS by George!, Off the Wall, and the Dance Gala Celebration.

Prior to Mason, she was an independent consultant for cultural projects, and Director of the Museum Assessment Program at the American Association of Museums (now American Alliance of Museums), which focuses on the development and evaluation of professional standards for museums nationwide. 

She has been awarded the George Mason University Impact Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award.

She is member of the Grants Committee of the Arts Council of Fairfax County.


  • MA, Arts Management, George Mason University
  • BA, Art, Bucknell University
Ina Mirtcheva Blevins Piano Lessons

Dr. Ina Radeva Mirtcheva Blevins
Academy Teaching Artist and Liaison for Mason Students

Dr. Ina Radeva Mirtcheva is a May 2014 graduate of George Mason University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance. Having earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from George Mason University, she subsequently earned a Master in Instrumental Collaborative Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Mirtcheva currently teaches keyboard skills and is a member of the applied piano faculty at George Mason University’s School of Music, as well as a faculty member of the Mason Community Arts Academy.

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John Wilkin
Mason College of Visual and Performing Arts

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Jen Gibson
Academy Parent Representative

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The Academy will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, April 3rd to Saturday, April 8.