Staff Members

Tony Manfredi

Executive Director
tmanfredi@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7111

Kari Ward

Administrative Services Officer
krward@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7118

Cathleen J. Wyatt

Accountant Technician
cjwyatt@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7112

Maryjane Dorofachuk

Arts Learning Specialist
mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org | 702.486.3738

Rebecca Snetselaar

Folklife Specialist
rsnetselaar@nevadaculture.org | 702.486.3739

Fran Morrow

Artist Services Specialist
morrow@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7106

Stephen Reid

Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer
NTI-Associate@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7108

Sierra Scott

Grant Program Specialist
s.scott@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7104

Krista Ficken

Grants Program Assistant
k.ficken@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7102


Staff Bios

 

Anthony (Tony) Manfredi

Executive Director
tmanfredi@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7111

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.

 

Kari Ward

Administrative Services Officer
krward@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7118

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

Administrative Assistant
cjwyatt@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.6680

Cathleen J. Wyatt joined NAC in October 2016 as the Administrative Assistant after taking an extended hiatus to raise her two children. During this time Wyatt returned to school to pursue a degree in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she developed interests in historic preservation and museum studies. Wyatt 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, Made in France, before moving to Nevada in 1995.

 

Maryjane Dorofachuk

Arts Learning Specialist
mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org | 702.486.3738

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.

 

Rebecca Snetselaar

Folklife Specialist
rsnetselaar@nevadaculture.org | 702.486.3739

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.

 

Fran Morrow

Artist Services Specialist
morrow@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7106

Fran Morrow joined NAC in 2001 to be part of the Artist Services Program. She received her BFA in Drama with a minor in English from the University of Montana, Missoula, a 5th year from Carroll College, Helena, MT, and has taken graduate courses at California State University, Northridge. During a career centered in the fields of arts education and program management, Morrow has held positions at the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, Montana Arts Council and California State University, Northridge. While teaching Drama and English in Montana at Helena High School and at Hellgate High School in Missoula, she also directed plays and traveled with the competitive drama team. Morrow has performed and directed at theaters in Portland, OR; Helena, MT; Glasgow, MT; Minneapolis, MN; and Missoula, MT. She was a member of the Montana Repertory Touring Company and the business manager at the Fork Peck Summer Theater.

 

Stephen Reid

Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer
NTI-Associate@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7108

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.

Sierra Scott

Grant Program Specialist
s.scott@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7104

Sierra Scott joined the NAC in early 2018. She has been involved in the arts and theatre her whole life and performed in her first professional show at age 10. She recently relocated back to her hometown of Carson City from Los Angeles where she worked as a Casting Director for film and television. While in LA, she worked on 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. Before moving to LA, Sierra was based in New York City where she worked as a professional actor 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 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. As a Northern Nevada native, Sierra is passionate about strengthening the arts community throughout the state, so she is thrilled to be a part of the NAC.

Krista Ficken

Grants Program Assistant
k.ficken@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7102

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.