Cathleen J. Wyatt
Anthony (Tony) Manfredi
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Tony Manfredi joined the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) as Executive Director in September 2017. Manfredi provides the strategic direction and leadership for the organization, assessing and overseeing current programming, optimizing business development opportunities for artists, arts organizations and the public, representing the agency and state in regional and national forums, and managing the staff and budget housed within state government. His professional background combines 24 years of strategic planning, management, marketing, creative, and fundraising services for both local and international businesses and organizations. Manfredi is a graduate of the University of San Diego with degrees in Communication Studies and Art. Previously, Manfredi was Senior Vice-President Content and Marketing for Reno’s PBS Member Station, KNPB. During his time at KNPB, Manfredi helped manage steady revenue growth and reduced overall department expenses while analyzing the effectiveness of and changing where necessary, past fundraising activities.
Administrative Services Officer
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Kari R. Ward comes to the Nevada Arts Council with both state and private experience and is very excited to be joining our team. Most recently she worked as a Management Analyst, for the state, at the Division of Healthcare Finance & Policy, Rates Unit. Other state positions she has held, include Program Officer in the office of Secretary of State of Nevada, and Program Officer with the Department of Public and Behavior Health. Her private positions were focused in the medical field as a Radiology Transcriptionist and working in HIPPA Compliance efforts. In addition to her financial, administrative and program manager background, Kari has experience with creating reporting and data analysis systems, working with the Legislature, and supervising multiple staff and contract employees.
Cathleen J. Wyatt
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Cathleen Wyatt joined the Nevada Arts Council in 2016 after returning to school at the University of Nevada, Reno. Cathleen grew up in the Los Angeles area where she worked in Corporate Investments for Great Western Bank and was Vice President of Operations for the clothing manufacturer Judd Heller. She lived in San Francisco and Chicago before settling down in Nevada in 1995.
Arts Learning Specialist
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Maryjane Dorofachuk is NAC’s Arts Education Director. She has been working in the field of arts and culture for over 17 years with experience in arts education, community arts development, cultural tourism, public art, exhibitions, grants, and non-profit administration. A graduate of the University of Arizona, with a degree in Art History and Business Administration, Dorofachuk came to Las Vegas in 2006 and began her work with NAC as the Community Arts Development Associate. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, she worked as the Community Arts Development Manager for the Tucson Pima Arts Council in Tucson, Arizona.
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Rebecca Snetselaar joined NAC staff in 2006 as the Folklife Specialist. She works with artists and organizations statewide to identify, develop, support, and document traditional arts and artists in Nevada. As one of two NAC staff stationed in Las Vegas, Snetselaar works to extend the reach of NAC programs and services to artists and community organizations in southern Nevada and documents the diversity and vitality of Clark County’s many cultural communities. She manages the Nevada Folklife Archives – folk art objects, recorded interviews, and photographs that document the development of Nevada’s rich and varied folk art traditions over the past 25+ years. She graduated from Sonoma State University and worked in the field of community history in California for ten years before moving to southern Nevada in 2003.
Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer
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Stephen Reid joined NAC in the spring of 2017. As the Artist Services Specialist/Art Installer. Reid helps organize the exhibition installations for the agency’s three visual arts programs: the Nevada Touring Initiative-Traveling Exhibition, OXS-Office exhibition, and LXS-Legislative exhibition Series. Reid also assists with answering questions from artists about the grants and helping with the other outreach activities of the Artist Services Program. Reid was an adjunct instructor at Western Nevada College teaching Visual Foundations and Drawing. His introduction to Nevada was as a child via Indian Springs in the early seventies. That relocation had a profound effect on his relationship with the desert landscape which still persists today. He is excited about traveling through rural Nevada and helping to extend its culturally rich art community to its residents.
Grants & Projects Analyst II
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Sierra Scott joined the NAC in early 2018. Sierra started her career in New York City where she worked as an actor/singer/dancer and member of the Actors’ Equity Association. She has performed all over the country in numerous Broadway shows on tour and regional theater productions. She then relocated to Los Angeles to work as a Casting Director for feature films, television shows and pilots for major studios and networks including Warner Bros, 21st Century Fox, Sony, NBC, ABC, CBS, TNT, and the CW. Favorite projects include “The 15:17 to Paris” and “American Sniper” with director Clint Eastwood. She is a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and holds a BFA in Theater Arts from the Conservatory at Webster University in Saint Louis. Sierra is passionate about keeping the arts alive in our local communities; she serves on the Carson City Cultural Commission and regularly directs and teaches for various theater companies throughout Northern Nevada.
Grants Program Assistant
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Krista Ficken joined NAC in late 2019. She’s a Nevadan who has been fascinated by the arts since childhood. She has experience in many different artistic disciplines such as drawing, poetry, yarn work, fashion design, photography and vintage restoration. Her passions, however, have always been in Photography and the beauty of ‘Old Things’. In her teens, she had a poem published in A Celebration of Young Poets, as well as performed with her High School dance team and as the visual aspect of the Marching Band. After graduating, she spent 2 years as an Assistant Dance Coach. For many years she has salvaged, restored, repurposed and sold an array of vintage and antique ‘treasures’, such as clothing, textiles, toys, home decor, and some furniture. She feels that nearly everything manufactured in the past is of far superior quality and craftsmanship than almost any of its modern replacements or counterparts and loves to ‘save’ pieces when she can. She is an ‘ever practicing’ photographer, with some of her work having been published in the Nevada Appeal over the years. In her free time, she can typically be found with a camera in her hand, in the great outdoors, capturing the raw natural light and beauty of the world and people around her. The Arts have always been a rewarding and therapeutic avenue for self-expression for her. It is her hope that she might have a positive impact on increasing the accessibility of the arts to all ages, but especially to school-aged children so that they too can enjoy, and perhaps find passion, in the arts and their personal journey of self-expression.