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 operate in support of all branches within the Scottsdale Arts umbrella. Departments that provide multi-disciplinary oversight and support services include: administration, finance, human resources, operations, protection services, development, and marketing.


Gerd Wuestemann, President & CEO

Cassandra Buruato, Executive Assistant

Finance & Administration

Victoria Agudelo-Martin, Director of Finance & Administration

Jama Courts, AP Specialist

Sarah Nagy, AR/Payroll Specialist

Human Resources

Lisa DeGroodt, HR Manager

Information Technology

Vinnie O’Hare, IT Manager

Dee Bierschenk, Tessitura Database Manager


Martin Dickey, Facilities Director

Scott MacKeigan, Facility & Event Representative

Jeri Thompson, Operations Administrative Assistant

Protection Services

Keng Cheong, Protection Services Manager

Michael Hammerand, Protection Services Coordinator

Brenda Kelley, Lead Protection Services Officer

Walter Booth, Protection Services Officer

Sebastian Castro, Protection Services Officer

Dale Duhame, Protection Services Officer

Pia Holt, Protection Services Officer

Lane Honda, Protection Services Officer

Stephen Honda, Protection Services Officer

Michael McLane, Protection Services Officer

Collin Van Orden, Protection Services Officer

Tatyana Williams, 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

Jill Kienow, Digital Marketing Specialist

Ravance Lanier, Senior Graphic Designer

Wen-Hang Lin, Senior Graphic Designer

Virginia McInnis, Public Relations Specialist

Brian Passey, Senior Communications Specialist

Nicole Williams, Email Marketing 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 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

Abigail Clarke, Member and Patron Services Manager

Sean Ryan McBride, Patron Services Coordinator

Micky Small, Lead Member & Patron Services Representative & Group Sales Specialist

Megan Bevill, Member & Patron Services Representative

Karson Cook, Member and Patron Services Representative

Chanel Crow, Member & Patron Services Representative

Shaun Herndon, Member & Patron Services Representative

Stephen McDonough, Member and Patron Services Representative

Grace Timpany, Member & Patron Services Representative

Bill Kelly, Retail Manager

Raechel Miller, Assistant Retail Manager


Abbey Messmer, Programming Director

Diandra Miller, Sr. Programming Coordinator

Technical Staff

Zach Ciaburri, Production Manager

Kyle Colley, A/V Supervisor

John Doyle, Master Electrician

JJ Hansen, Theater Technician

Kristen Martinez, Artist Services Coordinator


Jamie Prins, Events Director

Whitney Nelson, Festival and Events Manager

Annie Parker, Facility Rentals Manager

Robert Reidenbach, Food & Beverage Lead

Carolyn Sedlak, Lead House Manager

Wendy Crawford, Assistant House Manager

Shana Fraser, Assistant House Manager

Marla Hattabaugh, Assistant House Manager

Elizabeth Katheder, Assistant House Manager

Adele Powers, Assistant House Manager

Hannah Weir, Assistant House Manager

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Established in 1999, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 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 Programming

Lauren O’Connell, Assistant 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 approximately 100 permanent artworks that encompass a wide range of artistic expressions, from traditional bronzes such as George-Ann Tognoni’s trio of galloping horses to the six-mile-long designs on the walls of the 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.

Kim Boganey, Director

Gina Azima, Public Art Operations Manager

Jennifer Gill, Public Art Manager

Wendy Raisanen, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions

Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, Public Art Manager

Daniel Funkhouser, Preparator

Tanya Galin, Public Art Coordinator

John Shimkus, Installations Coordinator

Carolyn Zarr, Public Art Assistant