Our People

OCA BOARD MEMBERS

Cori Swisher Anderson

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.)

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.
Olivia Curley

Olivia Curley

Secretary

 

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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.

Robbin Daffin

Robbin Daffin

Events

 

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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.

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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.

Mountain West Architecture

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.

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

Kaceelyn Pouttu

Kaceelyn Pouttu

Treasurer

 

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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.

 

Jodi Schmidt

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.

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
cammcleodphotography.com

Kelly McLeod

Kelly McLeod

Advisory Committee

 

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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.

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.

Maddy Van Orman

Maddy VanOrman

Advisory Committee

 

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Hi, I’m Maddy VanOrman. I was born and raised in Ogden, always skiing, hiking, biking and enjoying all of the culture and community that Ogden has to offer. I have always had a love and appreciation for the arts. I got my BFA of design from Weber State University and now work as a web designer. I love to travel and have lived in the UK and Hawaii but always find myself missing my hometown after a few months. Ogden will always be my home, and art will always be my passion. So I’m extremely excited to be a part of OCA!

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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.

 

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