Anna Rima Dael brings more than 18 years of nonprofit professional and voluntary experience to her role as the new Executive Director of Country Dance & Song Society. She is passionate about creating sustainable nonprofit organizations and cultivating culturally competent next generation leaders for the sector. She is most passionate about Arts and Arts-in-Education. 

Building on a career foundation and training as an actress and stage manager, Ms. Dael transitioned to work in theatre administration and has held positions at Summer Theatre at Mt. Holyoke College, StageWest, Artpark (Lewiston, NY) and Studio Arena Theatre (Buffalo, NY). Her interest in other areas led to her pursuit of a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of Management & Urban Policy at the New School University where she was a Milano Finance Fellow in Community Development Finance. 

Most recently, Ms. Dael was a founding faculty member of the Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy program at Bay Path College. Ms. Dael taught on campus in Longmeadow, MA and online in their graduate school. Ms. Dael has worked as a consultant to various organizations in the New York City metro area including Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford, CT; Figure Skating in Harlem; Harlem Congregation for Community Improvement; and InnerAction Plus. Locally in the Pioneer Valley, recent consulting clients include Library for American Landscape History, MotherWoman, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Prior to teaching, Ms. Dael served as a Program Manager with the Human Service Forum in Springfield, MA providing capacity building services and training for human service executives. Ms. Dael also was affiliated with the Berkshire Bank Foundation of the Pioneer Valley managing their grants program distributing $400,000 in grants to area nonprofits. 

Ms. Dael’s passion for the Arts continues through her volunteer work with the UMass Fine Arts Center where she served as an advisory board member and co-chair for their Gala fundraiser. She also served on the distribution committee for the Emergency Food & Shelter Program at the United Way of the Pioneer Valley, and was a past chair of the Western MA Funders Forum. Ms. Dael was recognized in the inaugural cohort of 40 under 40 by BusinessWest in 2007, recognizing the region’s up and coming community leaders. Currently, she is 2012 Diversity Fellow with The Partnership Inc. 

A sought after workshop presenter, Ms. Dael has presented workshops on fundraising, volunteerism, nonprofit governance and online teaching at area conferences hosted by the Women’s Fund of Western MA, Women in Philanthropy, Food Bank of Western MA, Capital Campaign Scheduling Committee and Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield. Ms. Dael presented a paper on online teaching in the nonprofit sector at the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in 2010. 

Ms. Dael’s bachelor degree is in Anthropology and Theatre Arts is from Mt. Holyoke College. Originally from the Philippines, Ms. Dael spent her childhood in several Southeast Asian countries, but home is here in the Pioneer Valley. She resides in Amherst, MA with her husband and daughter.