Scottsdale Arts

Scottsdale Arts was established in 1987 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) management company vested with the responsibility to manage Scottsdale’s premier arts and cultural facility, then known as the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Since then, Scottsdale Arts has evolved into an organization with four dynamic operating branches that span the visual and performing arts. Through its four branches, Scottsdale Arts offers diverse, high-quality arts experiences to hundreds of thousands of Scottsdale residents and visitors annually in addition to fostering the active engagement of government, business, education, and the private sector in the arts.

Staff Overview & Service Areas

Given the multidisciplinary nature of Scottsdale Arts, as a cultural and creative hub in Scottsdale, our staff operates in support of all branches within the Scottsdale Arts umbrella. Departments that provide multidisciplinary oversight and support services include: Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, Protection Services, Development, and Marketing & Communications.


Gerd Wuestemann, President & CEO

Cassandra Buruato, Executive Assistant

Finance & Administration

Michael Martin, CFO

Teryn Thomason, AP Coordinator 

Sarah Nagy, AR/Payroll Specialist

Human Resources

Lisa DeGroodt, HR Manager

Maria Cruz, HR/ Programming Assistant/Receptionist 

Information Technology

Vinnie O’Hare, IT Manager

Dee Bierschenk, Tessitura Database Manager


Martin Dickey, Facilities Director

Scott Mackeigan, Facilities Coordinator

Jeri Thompson, Operations Administrative Assistant

Protection Services

Michael Hammerand, Protection Services Coordinator 

Brenda Kelley, Lead Protection Services Officer 

Carolyn Zarr, Protection Services Officer 

Cheh Eifler, Protection Services Officer 

Christopher Kelly, Protection Services Officer 

Dale Duhame, Protection Services Officer 

George Eifler, Protection Services Officer 

Lane Honda, Protection Services Officer 

Pia Holt, Protection Services Officer 

Stephen Honda, Protection Services Officer 

Tatyana Williams, Protection Services Officer 

Walter Booth, Protection Services Officer 


Erin Krivanek, Director of Development

Kelly Hicks, Advancement Services Manager

Olivia Homewood, Individual Giving Manager

Denise Wisdom, Corporate & Foundations Relations Manager

Lauren Zapien, Membership and Events Manager

Marketing & Communications

Zacory Boatright, Director of Marketing & Communications

Caitie Quick, Marketing Manager

Ravance Lanier, Senior Graphic Designer

Wen-Hang Lin, Senior Graphic Designer

Virginia McInnis, Public Relations Specialist

Brian Passey, Senior Communications Specialist

Nicole Williams, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist 

Devonaire Stevenson, Digital Marketing Specialist

Justin Morrow, Temporary Social Media Specialist

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation

Established as a unique branch within Scottsdale Arts in 2018, Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation increases the vitality of our community through experiences that result in measurable learning outcomes and enduring understanding by offering a broad scope of programming, ranging from matinee performances and museum programs to hands-on activities, residencies, and arts enrichment workshops.

Natalie Marsh, Director of Learning & Innovation

Laura Hales, Curator of Learning & Innovation

Brittany Arnold, Teen & Family Coordinator

Chris Harthun, Residency & Curriculum Coordinator

Tammy Hinds, Arts Education Coordinator

Charlotte Quinney, Campus Engagement Coordinator

Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts

Opened in 1975, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a dynamic and culturally diverse season of dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater, and comedic performances. The Center focuses on creating opportunities for enjoyable, thought-provoking experiences, and presenting events that foster creative expression, diversity in thought, and awareness of cultural heritage.

Member & Patron Services

Meribeth Reeves, Managing Director 

Brett Johnson, Patron Services Manager 

Keilani Daniels, Patron Services Coordinator 

Ana Spear, Member & Patron Services Representative 

Emma Genessee, Member & Patron Services Representative  

Megan Bevill, Member & Patron Services Representative 

Michael Jennings, Member & Patron Services Representative 

Nitasha Giran, Member & Patron Services Representative 

Shaun Herndon, Member & Patron Services Representative 

Stephanie Faircloth, Member & Patron Services Representative 

Stephen McDonough, Member and Patron Services Representative 

Bill Kelly, Retail Manager 

Raechel Miller, Assistant Retail Manager  

Cindy Anguiano, Lead Retail Representative 


Abbey Messmer, Programming Director

Diandra Miller, Sr. Programming Coordinator

Technical Staff

Zach Ciaburri, Production Manager

Mike Patton, A/V Supervisor

John Doyle, Master Electrician

JJ Hansen, Theater Technician

Kristen Martinez, Artist Services Coordinator

Dorann Matson, Stage Manager


Jamie Prins, Events Director

Whitney Nelson, Festival and Events Manager

Annie Parker, Facility Rentals Manager

Samantha Groff, Volunteer & Events Coordinator

Robert Reidenbach, Food & Beverage Lead

Carolyn Sedlak, Lead House Manager

Wendy Crawford, Assistant House Manager

Marla Hattabaugh, Assistant House Manager

Adele Powers, Assistant House Manager

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Established in 1999, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is the only museum in Arizona devoted to the art, architecture, and design of today. Global in its focus, the Museum is a unique and vital cultural resource for the Southwest with five galleries showcasing changing exhibitions and works from the Museum’s growing permanent collection.

Jennifer McCabe, Director and Chief Curator

Valerie Ryan, Assistant Director

Julie Ganas, Curator of Engagement and Digital Initiatives

Lauren O’Connell, Curator

Laura Best, Exhibitions Manager

Carrie Tovar, Registrar

Keshia Turley, Curatorial Assistant

Scottsdale Public Art

Since 1985, Scottsdale Public Art has created a diverse collection of more than 100 permanent artworks that encompass a wide range of artistic expressions, from traditional bronzes like George-Ann Tognoni’s trio of galloping horses at Scottsdale Civic Center to the six-mile-long designs on the walls of the Loop 101 Pima Freeway by Carolyn Braaksma, Jeff Engelmann, and Andrea Lee Forman. Scottsdale Public Art envisions the entire city as an outdoor gallery, where art is an everyday encounter for residents and visitors alike. Scottsdale Public Art also produces the annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light.

Kim Boganey, Director

Gina Azima, Public Art Operations Manager

Jennifer Gill, Public Art Manager

Susan Hardiman, Public Art Manager

Wendy Raisanen, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions

Tanya Galin, Public Art Coordinator

Gina Amato, Lead Preparator