Manager, Marketing and Development
Amanda Pugh, Marketing and Development Manager at Maryland Center for the Arts, holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College. She first joined the Maryland Center for the Arts in 2013 as an intern, serving on the volunteer committee for the sixth annual Dancing for the Arts Gala, and as a development and marketing assistant. Amanda stated that she wanted to serve at Maryland Center for the Arts because she enjoys all art forms and believes that an arts center in Harford County will provide a much needed space and opportunity for arts organizations, and members of our community to grow and collaborate through the arts.
Amanda comes from an arts family. Her mother, Kim Pugh, performed as a professional ballet dancer with the Richmond Ballet and dance companies based in Baltimore, and continues to teach ballet in Harford County. Amanda has studied classical ballet since the age of four, and has studied the cello since the age of ten. Amanda completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minor in music from Goucher College in 2008. She danced professionally with Doris Humphrey Restoration Project, Common Ground Dance Company, Baltimore Ballet, Maryland Dance Project, and Harford Dance Theater.
Throughout her college career, she has received distinguished awards including Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Rosenberg Scholarship Award in Dance, Friends of Goucher Dance Award, the Goucher Gala Award, and the Global Citizen's Scholarship Award. In 2015, Amanda received the Maryland Top Twenty in the Their Twenties Award from the Maryland Daily Record, in recognition of her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit at the Maryland Center for the Arts.
Bookkeeper and Office Manager
Carla Sparrow is the Bookkeeper and Office Manager for the Maryland Center for the Arts. Carla is a full-charge bookkeeper and payroll specialist with executive management experience. She utilizes these skills to service small business and nonprofit agencies throughout Harford County since moving here in 2004. She is a member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce where she serves on the Legislative Committee, Executive Assistant to the Route 40 Business Association, VP for the Havre de Grace Rotary Club, Hospitality Ambassador for the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce. Carla also serves as Accounting Manager with the Humane Society of Harford County, and Bookkeeper for Wright's MHV, LLC, a privately owned recreational living community in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Carla was born in New York City and relocated to Maryland in 1983 and became a student at Coppin State College. She majored in Criminal Justice but decided accounting best suited her. She enjoys outdoor activities, the arts and food.
Gifts Processor and Administrative Assistant
Suzanne Zantop serves as the Gifts Processor and Administrative Assistant at the Maryland Center for the Arts. She has been a small business owner and worked in the performing arts in Harford County for over 30 years. She was Artistic Director of the Harford Dance Theatre, Chair of the School Concerts Committee, and an actor in and director of numerous theatrical productions in the Baltimore area.
In Dancing for the Arts 2015, Suzanne raised funds for the Maryland Center for the Arts on behalf of the Deer Creek Chorale, with whom she sings in the Chamber Choir and serves as Treasurer. In her spare time, she writes a blog (www.mygreekchorus.com), studies ballroom dance, and travels.