Staff Members


Tony Manfredi – Executive Director | 775.297.5955

Kassandra Andicoechea – Arts Initiatives Specialist | 775.687.7103

Sapira Cheuk – Artist Services Specialist | 951.223.1297

Maryjane Dorofachuk – Arts Learning Specialist | 702.486.3738

Erica Hill – Community Arts Development Specialist | 775.687-7119

Krista Ficken – Grants Program Assistant | 775.687.7102

Maria Moreno – Administrative Services Officer | 775.687.7118

Michelle Patrick – Community Arts Development Specialist / ADA Coodinator |702.486.3732

Rhonda Peña – Administrative Assistant |775,687.7117

Stephen Reid – Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer | 775.687.7108


Tony Manfredi

Executive Director | 775.297.5955

Tony Manfredi joined the Nevada Arts Council as Executive Director in 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. 

Kassandra Andicoechea-Schmaling

Public Initiatives Specialist | 775.687.7103

Kassandra Andicoechea joined the Nevada Arts Council as the Public Initiatives Specialist in 2022. Kassandra graduated with her Master of Arts in History in May of 2022 from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her Bachelors of Arts in American History from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2018. Her research as a Nevada Historian provides the agency insight into the rich histories of peoples and cultures that have lived in the Great Basin region that we call Nevada today. As a public historian, she is passionate about the humanities, accessibility, and community outreach. She is a Nevadan that loves her state’s diversity of natural beauty, glittering lights, and ghost towns. Kassandra has a wealth of experience as an art educator, curator, and content creator. As an artist, she likes to explore different mediums such as painting, print making, clay, and digital artwork.

Sapira Cheuk

Artist Services Specialist | 951.223.1297

Sapira Cheuk joined the Nevada Arts Council as an Artist Service Program Specialist in 2022. Her duties include providing support for current artists’ services and programs, as well as assist in developing new initiatives. In addition to her role at the NAC, she also serves as Art Editor for the museum of americana and founding board member for Core Arts Concord in Las Vegas. She is a practicing artist, has taught at the Art Department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has over ten years of experience in public administration with the State of California. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree at University of California Riverside, and Master in Fine Art from California State University, San Bernardino. She is based out of the Las Vegas office.

Maryjane Dorofachuk

Arts Learning Specialist | 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.

Erica Hill

Community Arts Development Specialist | 775.687-7119

Erica Hill joined the Nevada Arts Council in the Fall of 2021 as the Community Arts Development Specialist in the Carson City office. Erica graduated with her Masters in Anthropology in May of 2021 from San Francisco State University (SFSU) and has several degrees that include a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (CSUC) and two Associates of Arts degrees. Erica has a wealth of experience as a curator, gallery docent, educator, community outreach coordinator, as well as an abundance of expertise in non-profit management.    

Erica is passionate about philanthropy and builds community everywhere she goes. She seeks to assist in the recovery and expansion of Nevada’s vibrant and dynamic creative communities in her role with the Nevada Arts Council. Her focus will center on deepening community connections and capabilities through networking, relationship building, and professional development. Erica will also work to highlight Nevada’s cultural infrastructure, expand the skill sets of Nevada’s creative community, and increase access to the arts statewide through strategic partnerships and initiative planning. 

Krista Ficken

Grants Program Assistant | 775.687.7102

Krista Ficken joined the Grants Program team of the Nevada Arts Council in 2019 and assists in overseeing and managing all aspects of the agency’s granting opportunities.
Krista is a native Nevadan who, since childhood, has been involved in the arts and fascinated by the beauty and craftsmanship of ‘old things’ and the complex simplicity of this world that we all move through each day. This has translated to her exploration of several artistic disciplines such as performance, visual and literary art. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes sketching, poetry, photography, multi-media upcycling and textile restoration, as well as stage, window display and interactive 3D photo shoot designing and construction.

For decades Krista has salvaged, restored, repurposed and re-sold an array of vintage and antique treasures. Her poetry and photography works have been published at both local and national levels, and her modern retail product photography reaches a global market. She also spent several years working in performance art, initially as a performer, then later as an assistant coach and choreographer to a team of youth performers. The Arts have always been a therapeutic and highly rewarding avenue of self-expression for Krista. And it is her hope to have a positive impact on increasing the accessibility of the arts to all ages, but especially to children, so that they too can enjoy and perhaps find passion, in the arts and their individual journeys of self-expression. She strongly believes that access to creative outlets is imperative during a time in life when the mind is simultaneously innocently curious and openly creative.

Maria Moreno, CIA

Administrative Services Officer |775.687.7118

Maria Moreno joined the Nevada Arts Council in 2022 as the Administrative Services Officer.  She has been in State service since 2007 honing her skills in the auditing and accounting fields.  Maria is a UNR graduate and a Certified Internal Auditor. Her years of experience as a state auditor have given her a wealth of knowledge in the areas of fiscal accounting, internal controls, and state and federal guidelines.  She serves as the lead fiscal contact overseeing the day-to-day accounting processes for the agency.  Maria is a Carson City, Nevada native who enjoys spending her free time outside hiking the Tahoe trails or tubing down the Truckee River during the summer months.

Michelle Patrick

Community Arts Development Specialist |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.

Rhonda Peña

Administrative Assistant |775,687.7117

Rhonda Peña joined NAC in the summer of 2021. She has been in State service since 2006, gaining knowledge from different agencies and brings many administrative tips, tricks, and tools with her to NAC. Rhonda serves as the agency administrative assistant, travel coordinator, and backup for the Accountant Tech and provides general agency support. Rhonda takes great pride in her work and makes a point to always greet everyone with a smile as well as keep up the office moral. Rhonda is a Carson City, Nevada native. She grew up playing many different sports, but soccer has always been her favorite.  She is a dedicated soccer mom of three boys who bring her such joy and happiness as they grow up and become productive young men of society. Rhonda is also a die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fan and an animal lover, especially dogs of all breeds. She enjoys outdoor recreational activities with her family and friends. To relax, Rhonda enjoys kicking back and reading a good book, drawing, or coloring.

Stephen Reid

Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer | 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. Stephen received his BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in Sculpture from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.