Meet Our Administrators

Nick Covault (Program Director)

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Nick is an alumnus of GSA’s 2002 Vocal Music program.  He holds a BM in Vocal Music Performance and a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky.  Prior to joining GSA as Director, he was the Programming & Community Engagement Manager for The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Nick currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange. His professional journey has included participation in the SouthArts Dance Touring Initiative, the Emerging Leader Institute of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Global Fellowship Program of the International Society for the Performing Arts.  He was listed as one of Business First of Louisville’s 2016 Forty Under 40 Honorees, and has been named a Compassion Laureate by Compassionate Louisville.

Erin Quinlan (Senior Program Manager)

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Erin is an arts manager, shape-shifter,   and wannabe chef.  A 2006 GSA dance alumna, Erin returns to GSA after completing her MA in Arts Management from American University with distinction.  There, she focused on how to enhance adaptive arts leadership skills through experience with the National Parent Teacher Association, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and as the Executive Chair of the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium.  Erin has been choreographer and dancer with Moving Collective and Vandivier-Ford Dance Company and is learning to play the cello.


Tess Payton (Program & Student Coordinator)


Tess is an administrator and arts educator with expertise as a visual artist specializing in glassmaking, metal work and sculpture. She is a proud first-generation college graduate and holds a BA in Humanities (Art History & Literature) and a BFA in 3D Studies from the University of Louisville.  Her individual work as a fine artist has been exhibited throughout the city of Louisville, KY. Most recently, she worked as a collaborator on a permanent installation featured in Delta Terminal C’s Wibar in LaGuardia aiport. In addition to her administrative work with the KY GSA, she continues her art-making through manufacturing accessories, homewares, decorative arts and DJing throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Tess serves on the Board of Directors for Art Sanctuary in Louisville, KY, is a fiscal sponsor of Friends of Eastern Cemetery and a volunteer with the upcoming Girls On The Run Kentuckiana 5K.  



 Erica Rust (Program & Alumni Coordinator)

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Erica is GSA's newest team member! She joins the team as a graduate from the University of Louisville with a BA in Vocal Music and a minor in German. Her expertise in alumni relations stems from being a proud GSA Class of 2011 alumna in Vocal Music as well as a GSA Residential Life staff veteran. Before joining the GSA team, she was the administrative assistant for Freedom Forever Ministries in Paducah, where she is now a passionate volunteer. In her free time, Erica continues her art; performing as a dramatic mezzo-soprano and as a member of the Cardinal Singers, a world renowned a Capella chamber choir at the University of Louisville.

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