Kate Powell, MPA, CFRE
Kate is an arts administrator who discovered her love for organizational development in 2015. Since then, she has served as the Development Manager at the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Director of Fundraising and Grants at PORTCO, Inc., and Director of Development for Tidewater Arts Outreach. She took over as Executive Director in November 2020.
Kate received her Bachelor of Music in Music Industry from James Madison University (Go Dukes!) and her Master of Public Administration from South University. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in June of 2019.
Kate believes strongly in community involvement. She is a board member of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Treasurer of the Norfolk Task Force on Aging, and commissioner on the Norfolk Commission on Aging and Long-Term Care.
Kate can still be spotted playing music with her husband Marc. When not playing music together, they enjoy adopting senior pugs, hiking trails, and trying out new restaurants.
Ashley Carroll, MA, MT-BC
Ashley Carroll is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who moved to Virginia Beach in January of 2021. She has been serving the Hampton Roads community since July through her work at Tidewater Music Therapy, LLC and was elected President of the Virginia Music Therapy Association in January of this year.
She completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Eastern Michigan University in 2010 and her Master if Arts degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in December of 2020.
She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, elementary and middle school special education classrooms, early childhood community music groups, community mental health, elder care, memory care and hospice. As a hospice music therapist she witnessed how pervasive isolation is especially among older adults, and she became passionate about being involved in bringing people together using music. She is excited to change roles, leaving clinical work to focus on building relationships with artists and community partners to eliminate the barriers of access to high quality programming to our communities.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, playing piano, watching movies, and spending time with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
Georgie Darrah, BSW
Georgie recently earned her Bachelor of Social Work from James Madison University (Go Dukes!). Georgie’s love for empowering others has been evident through her work with the unhoused population, hospice care, and working to help children with life-threatening conditions.
Moving to Virginia Beach in July of 2021, Georgie interned at Samantha Makes It a Little Easier (SMILE). The internship started her love for working with nonprofits as well as her love for the amazing community within Hampton Roads.
Georgie is excited to be a part of the Tidewater Arts Outreach team. She is eager to meet new people and reach out to the communities that we serve. In the Program Manager role, she strives to effectively communicate with current and new artists and communities. Feel free to reach out to her as she looks forward to working with you!