|The ICCA Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Abby Ballain as Executive Director. She replaces Joe Jennison who resigned in May after four years with the organization. |
Originally from Shenandoah, Ballain, 27, brings a unique background in business and arts management to the corridor role. She most recently served as the Marketing Project Assistant with the Madison Symphony Orchestra where she was instrumental in increasing the organization’s “Club 201” attendance by 20% over one year. She previously worked as a project manager for Epic Systems Corporation in Verona, WI, where she focused on strategic development for ambulatory practice roll-outs, specializing in access and revenue. Additionally, she serves as Manager of Madison’s Ancora String Quartet.
More than 50 applications were received for the position. Applications were reviewed by a five-member Board-appointed search committee.
“We were wonderfully impressed by the intense interest shown in the position and by the quality of the applications we received,” noted Marcia Hughes, committee member. “The process clearly validated the vital role ICCA plays in supporting quality of life in the corridor.”
Ballain received her undergraduate degree in music management from Luther College where she served as the tour coordinator for the Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band, performed with Luther's prestigious Nordic Choir, and coordinated the college’s Center Stage Series as president of the Performing Arts Committee. She earned her MBA in arts administration from the Wisconsin School of Business, serving as president of the Graduate Women in Business organization; Communication Chair for the Graduate Business Association, and a member of the Artful Business Collective group. Ballain has also remained musically active, performing with the Verona Area Community Theatre, the Madison Opera Chorus, and MadFusion a cappella.
“The Board is very pleased that Abby has accepted our offer to be the new Executive Director of ICCA,” said David Kilpatrick, ICCA Board President. “Her education, background, and training will be a strong asset to each of our members and to the organization as a whole.”
“ICCA excels in bringing together artistic organizations in the Corridor,” noted Ballain. “I look forward to joining the ICCA team and working with the members and the Board to continue to build and cultivate an artistic Eastern Iowa, and to make the Corridor a destination for travelers looking for an outstanding artistic experience.”
Ballain begins her duties as Executive Director on Aug. 1. The Board will host a Welcome Reception for ICCA members from 5- 7 p.m. on Monday, July 12 at the Cedar Ridge Winery in Swisher.
“We are anxious to welcome her to the Corridor and are looking forward to her creativity and leadership as we implement our strategic plans for growth and member participation,” added Kilpatrick.