Omari Rush became CultureSource’s Executive Director in September 2017 after serving as the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Rush was responsible for growing the organization’s financial capacity and resources, managing highly visible public arts projects for the City of Ann Arbor and supervising the development staff. Prior to joining the Ann Arbor Art Center in 2014, he worked as education manager of University Musical Society (UMS) for nearly a decade. Rush serves as chair for the governor-appointed Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and is on the board of directors for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, as well as Arts Midwest. In addition, he is on an advisory committee for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and is a member of the Next Generation of Philanthropists of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Rush earned a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan.
Michelle de la Fuente has worked for CultureSource since 2009. She maintains the organization’s comprehensive database and provides website support to the CultureSource staff and its member organizations. Her focus is on customer service and continuous process improvement. Prior to CultureSource, Michelle spent 10 years working for Chrysler in various Sales & Marketing/Finance positions. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Michigan State University.
With CultureSource since 2011, Jane Linn brings to CultureSource more than 30 years of experience managing staff, budgets, programs, and fiscal goals in both the public and private sectors. She has served arts and cultural organizations, including the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and public broadcasting stations WKAR-AM/FM/TV.
Kim Howard joined CultureSource in February 2017, and brings with her more than 20 years of project and event management, as well as fund development. Kim has extensive nonprofit experience, most recently at Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, in addition to the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Michigan Chapter, and the Michigan Colleges Foundation. She has built and strengthened relationships both internally and in the community, created successful programs and fundraising opportunities, coordinated and managed a variety of projects and events, and raised millions of dollars in support of the various communities in which she served. Kim holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Oakland University.
Adam DesJardins joined the CultureSource team in January 2019 with years of experience in, and passion for, arts and cultural programming. Hailing from Ann Arbor and currently rooted in Detroit, Adam has worked for numerous arts organizations including CMAP, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and VSA/Accessibility at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently, Adam developed programs and produced performances as a part of the Education & Community Engagement department at UMS. Adam has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.