Our Board of Directors
Danka Kulikowski, President
Danka Kulikowski is a highly experienced school leader and educator with a diverse and adventurous background. With seventeen years in the field of education Danka has taught middle and high school Theatre and English both in the United States and abroad in amazing international schools in Kuwait, China and Russia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Winona State University in Winona, MN and a Master’s in School Administration from The College of New Jersey. Some of Danka’s accomplishments in her field include directing and producing over thirty theatre productions and receiving the Teacher of the Year Award from Chapel Hill City Carrboro School District. She currently resides in North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she works as a middle school theatre teacher and mini-van driving mother of two active boys, Harrison age 9 and Connor age 8.
Keith Marks currently serves as the Executive Director of Next Stage Arts Project in southeastern Vermont where he also serves on the board for New England Presenters Association. Marks holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of North Florida, a master's in education from Tel Aviv University, and completed National Arts Strategies' Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. Prior work experience includes founding the non profit music organization Avant, producing a weekly radio show on NPR affiliate WJCT, and running numerous community initiatives such as Party, Benefit & Jam, The Jacksonville Memorial Light Festival, & No Meat March. He has worked as a neuromuscular massage therapist, lived in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and enjoys adventuring to new places with his family. www.keithallanmarks.com
Al Maniscalco, Marketing
Al Maniscalco is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Buffet Crampon USA, as well as Group Product Manager for Julius Keilwerth Saxophones. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Al migrated north to Maryland after receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 from the University of North Florida. In 1994, he completed studies to earn a Master of Music degree from Towson State University and remained in the mid-Atlantic region as a performer and educator until 2006 when he began his tenure with Buffet Crampon USA in Jacksonville, Florida.
In August 2006 Al Maniscalco began his career with Buffet Crampon USA in customer service and inside sales, but by 2007 he was offered a position managing sales for the Midwest territory. This position based him in Chicago where he managed 8 states in the Midwest, working with dealers, educators, and artists to promote and support the Buffet Crampon brands. In 2010 Buffet Crampon acquired the Julius Keilwerth brand and Al Maniscalco was chosen to oversee the continued development of this legendary saxophone line as Group Product Manager. In 2013 Al was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for Buffet Crampon USA to oversee sales for USA, Canada, and Mexico and is now based at their North America headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.