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. 


Ben Bookout is a visual artist from Boulder, CO and CSMA’s Administrative Assistant. In addition to working for CSMA, he manages The Rest gallery in downtown Ithaca. As a patron and enthusiast of the arts, Ben appreciates that CSMA allows him to experience various forms of artistic inspiration within the school. He is excited to share his passion for photography and art with the CSMA community.