Meet the CSMA Administrative Team


Robin Tropper-Herbel (she/her) has led CSMA as its Executive Director since January 2007. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, she earned a B.A. in Biology from Cornell, and a B.F.A. in Art Studio from the University of New Mexico. After many years working at universities and nonprofits in California, New Mexico, and Kansas, she returned to this area to assume her role at CSMA. Balancing her work in the busy epicenter of downtown Ithaca, Robin lives in the tranquility of rural Tompkins County with her husband and teenage son. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, the local music and art scene, and her own visual arts practice. 


Lea Davis (they/them, or she/her) is the Production Manager for CSMA Ithaca’s historic third floor event space, Martha Hamblin Hall. Originally from Oxford, New York, they graduated from SUNY Oneonta in Spring 2017 with a B.A. in Theatre, specializing in stage management and lighting design. In addition to their role at CSMA, Lea works in the Ithaca area as a freelance lighting designer and live event technician, and as the co-producer and stage manager of Flame Night Fever, the region’s premiere virtual showcase for drag, burlesque, and unconventional, queer performance. 


Originally from sunny San Diego, Johanna Baena (she/her) moved to Ithaca to pursue her B.S. in Communication from Cornell University but in the process, fell in love with the natural beauty of the area and never left. As CSMA’s Marketing and Outreach Manager, Johanna merges a background in marketing and graphic design with over fifteen years of experience helping companies increase their brand awareness. She currently lives in Downtown Ithaca with her partner, Zach and her rescue Jack Russell Terrier, Roscoe.