In the “Better-Late-Than-Never” category, TCA is delighted to annouce that after a comprehensive search process by our workforce team we are delighted to welcome Kristina McGaha, TCA’s former Program Manager and current Development Consultant, as our new Executive Director effective July 1, 2022. Those who have worked with Kristina in her other roles at TCA know of her passion for the organization, her energy, her multiple skill sets, and her good humor. We greatly look forward to working with her as E.D.
Kristina brings with her to the role both taiko experience and business acumen. She has played taiko for close to 30 years, having learned the artform originally from Stanley Morgan. Many know her as the Director for Suzuyuki-kai Mogan Daiko in Tucson, Arizona. Now, she enjoys teaching children taiko and will be doing a collaborative summer camp class with fellow Tucson group Odaiko Sonora. Kristina holds a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership. Her work as a business consultant and freelance grant writer have helped to shape many growing organizations. She is also a published scholar and recently wrote a self-help book in 2020 entitled Dr. Widow under the pen name Zarina Garrison. Kristina reports that she is especially excited to be returning to TCA in this role and continue to help support the taiko community.