2017 Board of Directors



Em Hall, AB’01

President, UChicago Arts Alumni Network

Marketing & communications Consultant, Em +H Chicago, LLC

Em manages a wide variety of marketing and communications projects for nonprofit and small business clients in Chicago and Washington, DC.

Her specialties include: digital campaigns, website development project management, social media site management, marcomm assessments and strategic planning, annual reports, photography, copywriting. In the following sectors: human services, early childhood education, youth empowerment, restaurants, theatres, financial planning services, and health/wellness.
    Julia Friedman, AB’05


Vice President, UChicago Arts Alumni Network

Senior Policy Manger, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Julia leads MEEA's policy team to advocate for all cost-effective energy efficiency within the organization's 13-state region. She is responsible for tracking energy efficiency trends throughout the region, developing key energy efficiency data points to communicate to state policymakers, and develop platforms for sharing best practices.

    Himabindu Poroori, AB’15


Chicago Metro Board Member, UChicago Arts Alumni Network

Curator, Salonathon

Himabindu (Bindu) Poroori is a storyteller, musician, and curator. As co-curator at Salonathon, Bindu creates space for underground, emerging, and genre-defying art in Chicago. Her own work deals with modern South Asian immigrant identity, primarily through music and written/spoken word. Bindu works as a Community Engagement Coordinator with Illinois Humanities, which aims to strengthen society by fueling inquiry and conversation about the ideas and works that shape our culture.

    James Fleming, AB’14


Chicago Metro Board Member, UChicago Arts Alumni Network

Office Manager, Slover Linett Audience Research Inc.

James is a theatre director and producer. As a director, he has worked with Court Theatre, The House Theatre of Chicago, The New Colony, and Route 66 Theatre. He was a participant in the 2016 Chicago Director's Lab. By day, he manages operations for Slover Linett Audience Research, a social sciences consulting firm that serves the arts & cultural sector. By night, he is the Associate Artistic Director of Redtwist Theatre, where he co-leads the artistic and literary departments and develops relationships with artists and community partners.   


Robert Eric Shoemaker, AB’14

Board Member, UChicago Arts Alumni Network

Artistic Director and Founder of Poetry Is Productions; Writer & Theatre Artist

Eric is the Artistic Director of Poetry Is Productions and the Founding Editor of Beats: A Naropan Periodical at Naropa University, where he is a graduate student in Creative Writing. By the end of 2017, he will be the author of three published works. See more at http://reshoemaker.com.

    Magdalen Vaughn, BA’14


Chicago Metro Board Member, UChicago Arts Alumni Network

Director of Operations, YourPortal and Actor

Magdalen leads operations for a growing tech startup, which is a member of the Navigate Solutions suite of startup companies at 2211 N. Elston, funded by CEO Christopher Gersch. Strong skills in customer service, project management and design helped push this transition forward. 

    Ceda Xiong, AB’05


LA Metro Board Member, UChicago Arts Alumni Network

Project Administrator, Warner Bros. Television

Ceda handles all different types of communication between the different departments at WB. Partnering with production companies to produce high-quality entertainment for the millennial audiences. Her focus is on scripted as well as unscripted content across all genres, tailored to a mobile platform. It's pretty exciting stuff! She is facilitating in all areas, from development, to pre-production, production, and even post because we are such a small shop.