James H. Martin - President

Mr. Martin retired from the USAF, having achieved the rank of Lt Col.  He retired from Headquarters USAF in 1994 where he served as the Assistant Director of Executive Support for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations and as Director of Quality for Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations.

 

Following retirement from the USAF, he spent over twenty years consulting and managing consulting organizations in the commercial business sector and at senior executive levels of US government.  His last 11 years of consulting were at the MITRE Corporation as a Principal Information Systems Engineer, where he advised the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Veterans Affairs on the acquisition and implementation of information systems.  Mr. Martin retired from both government and civilian industry executive-level consulting in August, 2015.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission and Vice Chairman of the Dripping Springs Transportation Committee.

Mr. Martin holds an MBA with a concentration in management and finance.

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Norah Martin - Treasurer/Website Developer

Norah currently is employed as a bookkeeper, marketing coordinator, and property manager for Rainey Ventures in Austin. In her spare time, she costumes local theatre productions. 

Although Norah and Jim Martin, AAoCT President, share the same last name, they are not related to one another. 

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Meg Steiner - Director of Theatre

Meg works as a theatre teacher in Dripping Springs. She dedicates the majority of her time to educational theatre, and has written, produced, choreographed, designed, and directed many productions with the world’s best kids. 

 

In addition to teaching, Meg is an active participant in the thriving Central Texas theatre community. She has performed and choreographed with many companies including Zilker Theatre Productions, Austin Theatre Project, The Wimberley Players, Soubrette Productions, and City Theatre Company. She loves what theatre offers, and strives to instill her passion and drive into the lives of others so that they may share the experience of cultivating a rich, authentic, and well-lived life.

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Rena Reeder - Director of Ballet

Ms. Reeder had the honor to study dance pedagogy through an apprenticeship with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), where she was fortunate enough to observe the teaching styles of various faculty members including another influential teacher, Leslie Hench. During her internship at CPYB, Ms. Reeder gained experience as a teacher’s assistant and teaching ballet to various levels, as well as college students and athletes enrolled at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

 

As a student, Ms. Reeder trained at Munro Ballet Studios in Corpus Christi and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has performed in numerous full-length ballets, including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, and she attended summer intensive workshops at The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet Academy and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

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Tiffany Sierras is a mixed media artist and art educator.

 

She graduated from the Linfield school and received the highest honors in the arts, then continued her education and began employment in interior design, then graphic arts.

 

She moved with her husband and new family in 1997 to South Carolina. She joined the local arts council, participated in juried shows, received commissions from businesses and individuals and involved herself in charities through artistic donations.

 

Since 2001, she has been teaching art classes and workshops. She lives in Dripping Springs, Texas with her husband and four children. She also co-manages Dripping Springs Artisan Market.

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Tiffany Sierras - Director of Visual Arts

Dr. Jan Davis - Director of Orchestras

Dr. Jan Davis began her teacher training at the Southern Illinois University String Preparatory Program under the direction of John Kendall. Davis received a B.A. in Music Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-E), an M.A. in Educational Administration from SIU-E, a Doctorate of Education from St. Louis University, and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

 

Over the course of her thirty-eight years as a Suzuki string specialist with the Ferguson-Florissant School District and the School District of Clayton, Mo., Davis’ orchestras have made seven appearances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, eight appearances at the Missouri Music Educators State Conference, and have also been chosen to perform at the 2002 Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference and the 2006 American String Teachers National Conference. Following “retirement”, Davis moved to Austin, TX and is currently teaching orchestra at St. Andrew's Episcopol Upper School since joining the district in 2018.

 

During her tenure as a Suzuki Strings Educator, Davis has been invited to music festivals and summer camps as a clinician and coach throughout the United States.

 

Awards presented to Davis include the 1992 St. Louis Suburban Music Educator Award of Merit; the 1993 Missouri American String Teachers School Educator Award; the Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award presented at the 2002 American String Teachers Association National Conference; and the 2005 St. Louis Art Educator of the Year presented by the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis

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