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OCA BOARD MEMBERS

Kelly McLeod

Kelly McLeod

President

 

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Kelly McLeod has worked within Health Care Administration for the past 15 years. Her experience with hands-on project management and implementing operational improvements makes her uniquely qualified as a Producer and Studio Manager. She has been a valuable asset over the years helping raise Cam McLeod Photography production value and streamline the client/creative process. She makes noticeable improvements to production value, client communications, and overall workflow efficiencies.

Cori Swisher Anderson

Cori Swisher Anderson

 

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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.)

OCA-Staff-ThaineFischer

Thaine Fischer

 

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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.

Mark Hilles

 

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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.

Taylor Knuth - OCA Board Member - Fundraising

Taylor Knuth

 

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Taylor Knuth is a lifelong Utah resident who has lived in Ogden for 11 years, having come to Ogden in 2011 to attend Weber State University, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre. Shortly after graduating, Taylor began work for local area nonprofits focused on community engagement and social services. During this time, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration in 2018 from Southern Utah University. In addition, Taylor is beginning his third year as a doctoral (Ph.D.) student at the University of Utah in the Education, Culture, & Society Department, studying organizing and activism in communities of Color in Ogden City, Utah.

 

Recently, Taylor and his husband, Sean, bought a 133-year-old Victorian home on Historic 25th street and have slowly been restoring it to its original condition with their dogs, Ted and George, and their cat, Tina. Taylor is currently the Deputy Director for the Salt Lake City Arts Council, a division of the Economic Development Department of the Salt Lake City Government. He enjoys public service and currently serves on several local boards and commissions including Ogden Contemporary Arts and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah

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Kaceelyn Pouttu

Kaceelyn Pouttu

 

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Kaceelyn Pouttu is an Ogden transplant, born and raised in a small town outside of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She came to Weber State University to pursue an education as well as compete at the collegiate level but has since stayed after falling in love with Ogden’s recreational fortune. Kaceelyn received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Weber State University and has pursued a career in public accounting at Eide Bailly. Her work has provided a tax background in a vast array of industries including real estate, state and local, and private equity.

 

Her passion is helping small businesses thrive by overseeing and assisting with what most business owners love to hate, i.e. taxes, and allowing business owners to focus on what matters most – running a successful business. She is excited to start devoting her time to give back to the community she has grown to love and is looking forward to being a part of OCA’s growth!

 

In her free time, Kaceelyn can be found running the trails with her puppy, eating out at the many local restaurants Ogden has to offer, or getting in a quick 18 at the Ogden Golf and Country Club.

 

Jennifer Primbs – OCA Board

Jennifer Primbs

 

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Born and raised in Utah, Jennifer Primbs spent her childhood playing basketball and volunteering locally in downtown Ogden. Service became a driving force in her life and she spent most of her 20’s working at local non profits, in the roles of Site Manager, Grant Writer and Education Coordinator.

 

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis along with a double minor in Anthropology and Political Science from Weber State University. She then completed her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction from the University of Utah. Her work has been featured at the San Francisco Popular Culture Conference, University of Utah’s Working Dog, as well as the Salt Lake City Weekly.

 

A perennial student, Jennifer loves learning in all forms, particularly about creative and artistic process. She is both teacher and student to her two children who she flex schools. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, shooting hoops, playing the violin and guitar, and exploring Utah’s mountains through hiking, biking and sometimes even a bit of trail running with her husband.

 

Jennifer is currently working on several writing projects, including a creative process book, essays exploring parenting, psychology, and landscape, as well as a volume of short fiction.

 

Ms. Brown also worked as the Chief of Corporate Transformation and Federal Women’s Program Manager for the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Ms. Brown was responsible for creating a culture of strategic collaboration, innovation and efficiency. She served as the liaison between the Air Force Enterprise, Hill Air Force Base, and Utah on workforce requirement strategies. Established collaborative partnerships with Silicon Slopes, federal agencies, state and local government, academic institutions, private sector employers, and community leaders. Developed and led the initiative to deploy innovation centers across the state of Utah, with a mission to drive innovation, a culture change towards cross functional teams, increased employment opportunities, implementing Agile/DevSecOps for F-35 and F-16 teams. She also led the civilian workforce strategy team which coordinates Hill AFB activities in established HR policy, development and deployment of HR tools across the Air Force, workforce analysis, nationwide strategic recruiting, branding, social media, mentoring, TEDx events, professional development, and retention initiatives.

 

As the Federal Women’s Program Manager, she served as the subject matter expert on employment needs and barriers for women as they relate to federal employment policies and practices. In this position, she advises senior leadership on the status, progress and concerns of women on the installation. Ms. Brown is responsible for coordinating recruiting locations and events, committee meetings, special monthly emphasis group activities, etc. Each year she analyzes base statistics that detail the hiring and promotion activities for Hill AFB and works on policy changes that can improve any barriers affecting women at Hill Air Force Base. In addition, she worked with the Pentagon to change DOD wide policies on barriers that affect women in the workforce.

EDUCATION: Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Patrick Ramsay – OCA Board Member

Patrick Ramsay

 

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Patrick Ramsay is a queer Utah-based poet and bookseller who was raised along the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake. He earned his B.A. in English & creative writing at Weber State University, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Metaphor Literary Journal. Patrick owns Happy Magpie Book & Quill, an independent pay-what-you-can bookshop in Ogden, where he regularly hosts free events focused on empowering Utah’s literary arts community. When he’s not hosting bookish events or hiking with his dog Whitman, he works as a marketing manager at a clean-tech startup.

 

OCA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Jessica Greenberg

Advisory 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

Cam McLeod

Cam McLeod

Advisory Committee

 

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Cam McLeod is a commercial and editorial photographer whose work reflects mountain culture, adventurous lifestyles and authentic experiences. His imagery is characterized by its tactile quality, cinematic style with vivid color profiles, lifelike depth and an authentic perspective that equally captures stimulating and subtle movements. His body of work, which extends from adventure photography to environmental portraiture, hinges on narrative experience and McLeod innates ability to build complex storylines from a single frame
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Olivia Curley

Olivia Curley

Advisory Committee

 

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Olivia Curley is an Ogden resident and corporate and securities attorney with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer LLP. Olivia advises clients on securities compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law matters. Olivia was raised in Littleton, Colorado and received her BA and JD from Brigham Young University. Olivia and her husband relocated to Ogden in 2017 and are very active in the outdoors and trails networks in Weber County.

Todd Oberndorfer – Advisory Committee

Todd Oberndorfer

Advisory Committee

 

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Todd Oberndorfer is the Arts Outreach Manager & Advisor for WSU’s Department of Visual Art & Design. He is also an Adjunct Art Professor at WSU. Todd is the Program Director of Arts in the Parks, a summer outreach program that began in 2010 and offers opportunities for children and their families to explore visual and performing arts through hands-on activities.

 

Oberndorfer is a founding member of The Banyan Collective media company. He is host of the Nine Rails Arts Podcast and Co-host of Van Sessions at The Monarch (live audience podcast & music series) and the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show. The Banyan Collective has produced Arts & Adventure podcasts since 2010. Todd Oberndorfer and R Brandon Long, founders of The Banyan Collective, were 2018 Recipients of the “Media Arts” Award at the Ogden City Mayor’s Awards in the Arts.

 

Oberndorfer is Chairperson of the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee. As an Arts Advocate, he frequently collaborates as a Consultant with Ogden City Arts, Ogden Downtown Alliance, Ogden City Community & Economic Development, and Union Creative Agency. Todd is a Certified Change Leader with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, a professional development leadership program. He was the recipient of the “Arts Advocacy” Award at the 2019 Ogden City Mayor’s Awards in the Arts.

 

Todd is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Southern Utah University. He holds a BFA in 2D Design from Weber State University and combines social activism and art by addressing issues such as clean air and population growth in his printmaking and graphic design work.

Robbin Daffin

Robbin Daffin

Advisory Committee

 

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Robbin Daffin is the owner and creative designer of Hope & Evolution Flower Studio in the Monarch, located in Ogden, UT. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a florist, visual merchandiser, and stylist.

Over this time Robbin has also worked for non-profits Tracy Aviary and Ronald McDonald House and volunteers for Rape Recovery Center, Utah AIDS Foundation, KUER, and various food banks.

Born in Brigham City and raised in Ogden Robbin recently moved back to Ogden with her wife, Mary. She’s lived in New York, the Bay Area, Germany, Salt Lake City, and Sacramento. She comes from a long line of artists and creatives and has instilled this in her artistic children as well.

OCA STAFF

Venessa Castagnoli

Executive Director

 

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Venessa Castagnoli is the executive director of Ogden Contemporary Arts, a non-profit art organization. Beginning March of 2020, she worked to rebrand, raise funds, and assist in the overall design of the space for OCA’s Art Center, with the goal of making art accessible and inclusive for Utah’s community. In her role at OCA, she maintains an impressive exhibition schedule, Artist-in-Residence program, developed the Artist Factory, a robust youth education program, and redesigned the Platforms outdoor exhibition space into a sculpture park, which now houses permanent installations. She has experience both as an artist and curator and early in her career created O-Town Arts, a contemporary art collective that was based in Ogden. Venessa’s artwork has been shown in the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Finch Lane Gallery, as well as several state-wide exhibitions and public art settings.

Kasey Lou Lindley

Program & Communications Manager

 

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Kasey Lou Lindley is an artist, educator, and art administrator. She received her MFA from the University of Connecticut and her BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design.

 

Kasey has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, CT; SOHO20 Gallery in New York City, NY; Mobius and Proof Gallery in Boston, MA; Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu, HI; CUAC in Salt Lake City, UT; Ogden Contemporary Arts in Ogden, UT; Tempus Projects in Tampa, FL; Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL; as well as venues in India, Germany, Turkey, and Croatia.

 

Kasey has passed her love of the arts on to her students aged 1 to 18+. She has taught for the University of Connecticut, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Donkey Mill Art Center, Ogden Contemporary Arts, Bountiful Davis Art Center, and Salt & Honey Prism Studio.

 

Kasey has worked as an art administrator for the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and the Donkey Mill Art Center.

OCA Staff – Mariah Johnson

Mariah Johnson

Marketing Coordinator

 

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Mariah is an Ogden born and raised designer who recently graduated from Weber State University with her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Graphic Design. She utilizes various mediums including printmaking, bookmaking, and digital illustration to create her body of work. While attending Weber State she led the Art Guild, encouraging fellow students in exploring new techniques while promoting their art to the community. She was also a proud Gallery Attendant at the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery.

 

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