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.

Administration

Gerd Wuestemann, President and CEO

Finance and Administration

Michael Martin, CFO

Teryn Thomason, AP Coordinator 

Sarah Nagy, AR/Payroll Specialist

Human Resources

Andria Sheridan, HR Manager

Angela Masker, HR Assistant

Information Technology

Vinnie O’Hare, IT Manager

Dee Bierschenk, Tessitura Database Manager

Facilities

Martin Dickey, Facilities Director

Scott Mackeigan, Facilities Coordinator & Events Operations Manager

Jeri Thompson, Operations Administrative Assistant

Protection Services

Keng Cheong, Protection Services Manager

Michael Hammerand, Protection Services Coordinator 

Dale Duhame, Protection Services Officer 

Cheh Eifler, Protection Services Officer 

George Eifler, Protection Services Officer 

Pia Holt, Protection Services Officer 

Lane Honda, Protection Services Officer 

Stephen Honda, Protection Services Officer 

Brenda Kelley, Lead Protection Services Officer 

Christopher Kelly, Protection Services Officer 

Carolyn Zarr, Protection Services Officer 

Development

Erin Krivanek, Director of Development

Denise Wisdom, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

Sam Correa, Membership and Campaigns Manager

Vanessa Guerrero, Development and Events Coordinator

Marketing and Communications

Zacory Boatright, Director of Marketing and Communications

Virginia McInnis, Marketing Manager

Brian Passey, Communications Manager

Madison Nedved, Digital Marketing Manager

Ravance Lanier, Senior Graphic Designer

Wen-Hang Lin, Senior Graphic Designer

Devonaire Stevenson, Digital Marketing Specialist

Sydney Ritter, Public Relations 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 and Innovation

Laura Hales, Curator of Learning and Innovation

Brittany Arnold, Community & Engagement Manager

Chris Harthun, Residency and Curriculum Coordinator

Tammy Hinds, Arts Education 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 and Guest Services

Meribeth Reeves, Managing Director 

Stephanie Faircloth, Guest Experiences Coordinator

KeiLani Daniels, Guest Experiences Representative

Matthew Harris, Guest Experiences Representative

Emma Genessee, Guest Experiences Representative

Megan Bevill, Guest Experiences Representative

Programming

Abbey Messmer, Programming Director

Diandra Adamczyk, Programming Manager

Maria Cruz, Programming Coordinator

Technical Staff

Zach Ciaburri, Director of Production

John Doyle, Master Electrician

JJ Hansen, Theater Technician

Dorann Matson, Production Manager

Paige Lockwood, Artist Services

Events

Jamie Prins, Events Director

Whitney Nelson, Festival and Events Manager

Annie Parker, Facility Rentals Manager

Carolyn Sedlak, Lead House Manager

Rebecca Courtney, Assistant House Manager

Wendy Crawford, Assistant House Manager

Tina Gazia, Assistant House Manager

Sarah Hager, Assistant House Manager

Adele Powers, Assistant House Manager

Samantha Groff, Volunteer and Events Coordinator


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 of Contemporary Art

Carrie Tovar, Registrar

Keshia Turley, Curatorial Assistant

Frank DeCurtis, Exhibitions Manager

Dana Parsons, Visitor Engagement & Retail Coordinator

Tricia Nguyen, Visitor Engagement and Retail Associate


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.

Wendy Raisanen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Kati Ballares, Director of Scottsdale Public Art

Jennifer Gill, Deputy Director Canal Convergence

Talia Ghaffari, Executive Assistant

Tanya Galin, Public Art Manager

Gina Amato, Lead Preparator

Victoria Sajadi, Public Art Coordinator

Peter Lentz, Public Art Events Coordinator