Patricia Thomson, Ph.D., is the Interim President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Texas Center for Arts + Academics (TCAA). Dr. Thomson has a wealth of nonprofit experience including executive leadership roles with multiple organizations in North Texas and New York. Her formal education focused on environmental toxicology, but she sought deeper fulfillment in her work. When Dr. Thomson decided to pursue a role as executive director of a small environmental education organization, she fell in love with nonprofit work. Dr. Thomson brings strategic insight and fundraising knowledge to our organization with the goal of helping us achieve success and fulfill our missions.
Prior to joining TCAA, Dr. Thomson was Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Texas and Oklahoma for seven years. She also served in executive roles with the American Red Cross Chisholm Trail Chapter, Girl Scouts-Circle T Council in Fort Worth, Girl Scouts of Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie, NY., along with the United Way of Columbia & Greene Counties in Hudson, NY.
Dr. Thomson's fundraising responsibilities have ranged from the implementation and growth of philanthropic programs, spearheading special events, grant writing, campaign oversight, donor relations, and more. She has helped build dozens of director's boards, lead the development and implementation of strategic plans, and worked to increase staff & volunteer retention.
Sheyna Ferraro is an active member of the arts community as a teacher, organization leader, and a former professional dancer. High quality, accessible arts training is Ms. Ferraro’s passion. A graduate from Leadership Fort Worth's Leading Edge program, she serves as a board member for FurtherDance Fort Worth and Expanco and co-founded the Fort Worth Dance Forum. Ms. Ferraro joined the Texas Center for Arts + Academics family in 2003 as a member of the FWAFA dance faculty where she continues to teach and direct their Academy Dance Company. In 2015, Ms. Ferraro was named the Director of the Texas Dance Conservatory and has taken on the role of Director for TCAA’s newest program, the Texas Art Conservatory.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet along with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Dance from Texas Christian University. Even before graduating from TCU, Ms. Ferraro started teaching at local dance studios and choreographing for middle and high school dance programs. She enjoyed performing with both Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth before retiring from performing to focus on teaching. A life-long learner, Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship in 2012 and in the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia to study traditional Balinese style dance. Ms. Ferraro encourages young artists to be life-long learners as she influences them through her dance classes and her organizational involvements.