Our People

OCA BOARD MEMBERS

Cori Swisher Anderson

President

 

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Cori Anderson is a Utah native, having grown up Park City and eventually migrating to the Ogden Valley. The years that Cori spent earning two Bachelors degrees in Art History and French Language from  the University of Utah, was time well spent. If she learned anything, it was that existing in an art-rich environment makes a world of difference in one’s attitude, perspective and approach to life. She holds certifications in fundraising and proposal writing, which is the focus of most of her professional and volunteer work.

Cori spent the early days of her career fundraising for non-profits and did a short stint selling death to the dying at a hospice agency in the Salt Lake Area, before landing in her current role at R&O Construction. She spends her work days organizing people, ideas, pictures and words.  She spends her free time in the mountains with her husband, toddler and two loveable shelter dogs. Her life philosophy is that the time between worn in and worn out is where the magic happens, so make every day count. Her favorite artist works in all mediums and favors improvised performance art, with an emphasis in exploring emotional reactions to life situations.(She’s three and is the absolute joy of her parents’ life.)

Tim Hutter

Advisory Council

 

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Southern California expat and now Huntsville resident, Tim Hutter is proud to be member of the O1ARTS board. While he’s not operating his Aviation Insurance Agency or managing his booming Craft Beer Distribution Company, you can find Tim soaking in all that Ogden area has to offer. From embracing the changing seasons, to enjoying local fares on 25th Street he truly has adapted to the UT lifestyle. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three dogs, whether it be hiking in the summer or snowshoeing in the winter! Tim received his BA in Political Science from Cal State Fullerton and his Associates Degree in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America. He is a member of Weber County R.A.M.P. Board, the Brewers Association, and has served in various leadership roles with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego County Palomar Airport Advisory Committee.

Though not an artist himself, Tim is a longtime appreciator of the arts. He believes in the importance of all types of creative voices being heard, and is passionate about living in a community that celebrates its artists and town legacy while enhancing everyone’s quality of life. He’s honored to a part of an organization like O1ARTS that helps perpetuate this notion and takes strides to preserve the rich history of Ogden

Larry Beddome

Fundraising

 

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Fifteen plus years of highly-focused real estate investment practices as a developer, consultant and business owner. Commercial Real Estate Broker managing a top ten brokerage in Utah based on total sales, purchases and leases.
Past member of Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council, Active Member of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) organization, top tier of Commercial Real Estate Brokers Worldwide. Past Advisory Board Member of Historic 25th Street Association in Ogden, Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce, edcUtah and Economic Club of Utah.

Previous professional work experience includes 24 years in executive consulting in electric and water utilities, specializing in energy consulting, wholesale power marketing, contract negotiations, complex litigation and water law. Expert witness and lobbyist on state and national level.

Live in Huntsville, Ut, patron of the arts, enjoy all outdoor activities especially snow skiing.

Kaceelyn Pouttu

Treasurer

 

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Jo Packham

Marketing

 

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Jo Packham, the creator/Editor-in-Chief of WHERE WOMEN CREATE, has been a leading innovator in the handmade publishing market for more than 40 years. A successful entrepreneur with her own publishing companies, Chapelle Ltd. And WWC PRESS, she has authored, compiled, or packaged more than 1,000 titles for publishers including Barnes & Noble, Time Warner, Meredith, Rodale, Chronicle, Random House, and others.

Jo is currently partnering with Disticor Publishing to produce the best-selling magazines: WHERE WOMEN CREATE, Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women; where women create WORK, The Passion of Success; WHERE WOMEN COOK, The Heart & Soul of Cooking; and her newest imprint: WHAT WOMEN CREATE, Inspiration for Your Imagination.

Between 2000 and 2005 Jo created the Historic 25 Association and together with her daughter Sara Toliver, and several other Historic 25 business owners, worked closely with Mayor Godfrey to actively begin the revitalization and growth of 25h Street.

Jo was Chair of Christmas Village for 11 years and responsible for rebuilding it to become the largest holiday celebration in the state of Utah. She was, also, Chair of The Arts for Ogden Pioneer Days during their 75h Anniversary where her chief responsibility was the creation of the Artist’s Painted Horses on display in downtown Ogden. Jo was born and raised in Ogden.

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Thaine Fischer

Resource Development

 

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A social entrepreneur, Thaine has an extensive background in real estate acquisitions, development, and management. Most recently redeveloping historic commercial buildings in Ogden’s downtown core.

Founder (1989) of Fischer Villa Resorts he acquired, developed and operated multiple resort hotel locations including Arizona: Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tucson. Thaine sold the company to ResortQuest(NSE:RZT), Arizona in 1999.

In 2006 Thaine and wife Tahna moved to Ogden, Utah and shortly thereafter Fischer Regan Enterprises began joint venturing on the purchase and redevelopment of historic commercial buildings. Using NMTC, HTC and RDA tax credits Fischer Regan Enterprises has successfully redeveloped and stabilized multiple income producing assets.

Other career highlights for Thaine was co-founding the Arizona Chapter of Young Entrepreneurs Organization, now EO. Today, Thaine continues to be involved in the Utah Chapter of EO and various non-profit boards benefiting his community.

Olivia Curley

Secretary

 

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Jodi Schmidt

Communications

 

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Jodi Schmidt has been in the advertising and marketing industry for 20 years running her own full-service firm, Out of Bounds Creative. Life is more fulfilling when we can be our real selves and create meaningful relationships. Jodi’s work has always been to help brands build genuine connections with their consumers. The result is consistently worthwhile consumer experiences. Jodi is the proud mom of three amazing people and three very smart dogs. Both are often the subjects of her photos or art pieces. Born and raised in Ogden, Utah Jodi takes full advantage of living in such an adventurous location. She is an avid skier, fly fisherwoman, hiker, and overall outdoor enthusiast. She’s a wanna-be chef, book and theater critic, and party planner.

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Holly Jarvis

Events

 

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Holly Ann Jarvis is a professional aerial coach and performer living in Northern Utah, USA. She is world-renowned as an aerial hammock/sling pioneer and since 2011 her work has influenced thousands of aerialists across the globe. Artistically, she studied contemporary art and received a BFA in 2D Media in 2012. Her own athletic background stems from a competitive, record-breaking swimming career. Her knowledge and experience as the Head Coach of a competitive youth swim team from 2008-2013 has enriched her teaching methods and unique coaching style within the aerial community. This blend of athleticism and artistry has created the foundation of her movement style and performance coaching that she utilizes to this day.

Holly is a full-time, working artist. Her talents extend beyond the aerial classroom with expansive knowledge in social media marketing, branding, graphic design, community outreach and event planning. She is a resident performer with numerous Salt Lake City-based production companies and travels internationally all year long to instruct high-demand workshops and trainings. She produces digital products including tutorial videos, online courses & recently authored & illustrated The Aerial Sling Coloring Book. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Weber State University & will be choreographing numerous productions for the Theatre department & the Department of Performing Arts over the course of the next year.

Kate Bruce

Creative

 

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Kate Bruce moved to Ogden from Chicago 35 years ago with her husband Steve Bruce.   From the moment she arrived in Ogden Kate began volunteering and serving on various boards and committees.  Her volunteer efforts have included Junior League of Ogden, The Stewart Rehabilitation Foundation, Handicapped Equestrian Program Freedom Riders, Guardian Ad Litem,  Ogden Symphony and Ballet Association and currently a member of the AHA Board at Weber State University.

It was through her children, Jane and Claire that Kate really became involved in the production and promotion of the arts.  Volunteering at Ogden High School, Kate helped organize a team of parents to raise money for the theatre program and produce several wonderful musical productions. Kate also involved the students from the Weber State theatre program in the productions at Ogden High.  Kate later went on to assist in theatre productions at St. Joseph’s High School as well.
From this background of volunteerism and musical theatre productions, Kate was honored to be asked in 2006 to serve as the theatre representative on the Ogden City Arts Council.  She was later elected as chairman and continued to serve as chairman until her term expired in 2014. Kate is proud to have been involved with many wonderful public art installations in Ogden.   Adventures Crossroads, Water Cycle, Glide, Soar Fly, the airport installation, as well as the Kiesel Ave Project, to name just a few.  In 2014 Kate was honored with the Mayor’s Award for Art Advocacy.
Now after many years of appreciating, supporting and promoting the arts, Kate has found a new passion in creating art.  For anyone who has seen her work, color and happiness are the essence of her pieces.  Kate paints full time and is fortunate to have her art displayed in many locations in Northern Utah and in collectors homes across the country.

Robbin Daffin

Events

 

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Mark Hilles

Fundraising

 

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Mark is the Owner of Mountain West Architects (MWA) in Ogden with over 35 years of experience in a wide array of building types. Mark and his wife Lita, moved to Ogden in 2000 from El Paso, TX, and have fallen in love with the Wasatch Front. Lita teaches special education in the Weber School District.

 

Mark’s intense design focus on the practice of architecture has evoked a passion for all forms of art and creativity. He has been a creative driver for many renovations and new projects in Northern Utah. MWA has fully embraced the Nine Rails Creative district- with their offices located here. Mark is active in many organizations within the community.

 

His family has been rooted in the arts with his father having a successful architectural practice in El Paso for nearly 50 years. Mark’s uncle, Robert Massey, was a well-known artist and professor of art, at UTEP for about 25 years as well.

 

Mark’s interests include an intense love for outdoor activities- camping, skiing, hiking, traveling the West (and abroad), hunting/fishing, and conservation efforts. Also, dabbles in real estate investment and actually enjoys working in the yard. His Australian Shepherd, Remington (Remi), makes a very energetic travel and play companion and is always ready to roll.

OCA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Maddy Van Orman

Entrepreneur Committee

 

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Zia Hassan

Artist Committee

 

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Jessica Greenberg

Artist Committee

 

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Jessica is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Weber State University and a professional freelance theatre designer. Her work as lighting, sound, and projection designer has taken her to many venues around the country, with diverse projects in theatre, dance, opera, and site-specific installation. New York credits include productions at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, A.R.T.  New York, 59E59, New Opera NYC, and Adjusted Realists. Locally, she frequently works with SB Dance, Salt Lake Acting Company, and Plan B Theatre. Awards include the Design Arts Utah Juror’s Award, the Lowe Innovative Teaching Award, the Lindquist Creative Fellowship, and the WSU Outstanding Mentor Award.

 

She has a BA in Theatre from Hampshire College, a MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a member of the United Scenic Artists Union Local 829. She spends her free time exploring our beautiful western landscapes with her husband and parenting their fluffy cat and goofy dog.

www.jessicagreenberg.com

OCA STAFF

Venessa Castagnoli

Executive Director

 

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Venessa is an Ogden-based artist who graduated from Weber State University with her degree in Fine Arts 3D/Sculpture. She has held several state-wide exhibitions, including a group exhibition at our very own PLATFORMS in 2018 and the Kiesel Avenue Project commissioned by Percent for the Art in 2014. Most recently, Venessa was the Global Events Manager for Tentsile, a small outdoor start-up. Venessa combines a passion needed to make OGDEN CONTEMPORARY ARTS an epicenter of the Arts for our community with established networking, fundraising, marketing, administrative, and managerial skills needed to run our fabulous non-profit.

Jaquelyn Hernandez

Jaquelyn Hernandez

Marketing Coordinator

 

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Jaquelyn Hernandez provides an innovative and social approach to our team as our Marketing Coordinator. Jaquelyn is flexible and adapts quickly to changing situations due to her experience living in four countries (Germany, Mexico, Hungary, and the United States.) However, she declares herself as a proud “Ogdenite.” Jaquelyn graduated from Weber State University in the Spring of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies (Dance, Multimedia Technology, and Graphic Arts).

 

Jaquelyn is a “Jack of all trades”, due to her passionate interests in all art mediums. This includes, but is not limited to, photography, graphic design, architecture, interior design, videography, social media communication, web design. “I like to explore and push my limitations. Art and design are endless, shouldn’t our passion for learning be too?”

 

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