Mariama Boney joins MMEA as Executive Director

The Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Executive Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mariama Boney as its new Executive Director. Mariama brings over 20 years of work experience serving three associations, five colleges/universities, and two non-profits as a facilitator who has combined her business acumen, technology, and strategic communications expertise. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Mariama is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Master’s degree, a license in Social Work, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).  Distinguishing herself among her colleagues, Ms. Boney has demonstrated experience as a proven author, educator, visionary, strategist, and facilitator who skillfully combined her business acumen, strategic communications expertise, and knowledge of technology to advance and positively impact her work. She has a successful track record of working to positively impact education, major events, diversity & inclusion, and association leadership in complex organizations where opportunities for growth and change were present.

The Search Process

The MMEA Executive Board conducted an extensive search, considering over 100 candidates for the vacancy. MMEA President and search committee chairperson Angela St. Pierre commented about Mariama’s selection, “She very quickly impressed us with her preparation, ease of speaking, depth of knowledge, and passion for education.”  Search committee member and Maryland General Music Teacher’s Association President Jennifer Kauffman added, “When she was asked to provide suggestions on how to move MMEA forward, she provided seemingly endless, creative, and forward-thinking suggestions. We are excited to have her lead the charge as MMEA’s next Executive Director!” 

Mariama has worked at Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, James Madison University, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, The Salvation Army, YearUp, the American Association of University Women, ACPA: College Student Educators International, NAFSA: International Educators Association and now MMEA. She is actively involved in the American Society of Association Executives, is a donor to the music and arts, as well as other alumni associations. Mariama spends time enjoying her role as a trainer, contributing to her faith community, family, and seeing live comedy!


Mariama Loves Music and Education

Mariama has prioritized music and education throughout her life. “My lifelong love for music was shaped and fostered throughout a variety of experiences growing up. I played the violin in middle school orchestra, took piano lessons for a decade (often transcribing my favorite songs because I didn’t actually have the sheet music), and sang in the gospel choir during high school. My eclectic interests in music continue to this day. I engage in and appreciate all forms of music. I am confident that it was these experiences that contributed to my sense of self and helped to develop me as a leader.”

Mariama continued, “As the daughter of two renowned educators, my path of working in and around education has led me to this role serving the needs of Maryland’s music students and educators. It is through my dedication to service, a commitment to create, and willingness to serve as a change agent that I look forward to our collective work of transforming music education in Maryland."

MMEA President Angela St. Pierre said, "Mariama will work with us toward innovation, creativity, and jointly pursuing a strategic vision for the future of MMEA. I am truly thankful to President-Elect Paul Dembowski, the Search Committee, and the MMEA Board for their support during this process. It has been a journey, and a new adventure awaits.”

Mariama will work alongside alongside Mary Ellen Cohn, Executive Director Emerita, for a brief period in November 2018.