Staff Members

passionate service in support of arts and creativity

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Tony Manfredi – Executive Director
tmanfredi@nevadaculture.org | 775.297.5955

Maryjane Dorofachuk – Arts Learning Specialist
mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org | 702.486.3738

Krista Ficken – Grants Program Assistant
k.ficken@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7102

Michelle Patrick – Community Arts Development Specialist
mpatrick@nevadaculture.org |702.486.3732

Stephen Reid – Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer
sreid@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7108

Sierra Scott – Grants & Projects Analyst II
s.scott@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7104

Rebecca Snetselaar – Folklife Specialist
rsnetselaar@nevadaculture.org | 702.486.3739

Kari Ward – Administrative Services Officer
krward@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7118

Cathleen J. Wyatt – Accountant Technician
cjwyatt@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7112


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Tony Manfredi

Executive Director
tmanfredi@nevadaculture.org | 775.297.5955

Tony Manfredi joined the Nevada Arts Council 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 28 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 with a dual emphasis in Graphic Communication and Painting.

 

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.

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.

Michelle Patrick

Community Arts Development Specialist
mpatrick@nevadaculture.org |702.486.3732

Over the past decade, Michelle Patrick has worked at the intersections of theater, dance, film, arts programming, and public speaking. Her work currently focuses on non-profit arts organizations, cultural institutions and individual artists.  Originally from Queens, New York, she is also a facilitator, voice over artist and has a varied background as an arts administrator that includes the City of Las Vegas, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Sundance Film Festival. Michelle helped launch the Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, a program dedicated to promoting rural and urban arts-based collaboration. She also implemented IDEAS Through Reconciliation, an initiative designed to evaluate bias in creative spaces through the NAC. Patrick continues to serve as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a board member for the Nevada Women’s Film Festival. She previously served as a board member for the 18b Arts District Neighborhood Association, as an adviser for the City of Henderson’s Arts & Cultural Advisory Council, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, City Park Jazz, and is an alumna of WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color initiative. She is also a YoungArts alumni and outreach presenter. Michelle enjoys reading, traveling and shoe shopping in her spare time.

 

Stephen Reid

Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer
sreid@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

Grants & Projects Analyst II
s.scott@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7104

Sierra Scott joined NAC in early 2018 and oversees and manages all aspects of the agency’s grants program. This includes creating grant guidelines, reviewing applications, conducting workshops and providing assistance to both applicants and subgrantees. Sierra brings experience as a grant consultant and grant writer for various nonprofit arts organizations and has worked across many different areas of the arts sector. After earning a BFA in Theater Arts from the Conservatory at Webster University in St. Louis, Sierra worked as a professional actor and member of the Actors’ Equity Association in touring and regional theater productions across the country. 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. Sierra is passionate about bringing the arts to our community; she is a member of the Carson City Cultural Commission, teaches youth theater workshops, and serves on the board of local nonprofit arts organizations.

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.

 

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. 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

Accountant Technician
cjwyatt@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7712

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.