Staff Members

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

Kassandra Andicoechea – Arts Initiatives Specialist
kandicoechea@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7103

Sapira Cheuk – Artist Services Specialist
scheuk@nevadaculture.org | 951.223.1297

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

Erica Hill – Community Arts Development Specialist 
ehill@nevadaculture.org | 775.687-7119

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

Maria Moreno – Administrative Services Officer
mmoreno@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7118

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

Rhonda Peña – Administrative Assistant
rhondapena@nevadaculture.org |775,687.7117

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


Bios

Tony Manfredi

Executive Director
tmanfredi@nevadaculture.org | 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

Arts Initiatives Specialist
kandicoechea@nevadaculture.org | 775.687.7103

Kassandra Andicoechea joined the Nevada Arts Council as an Arts Initiatives Specialist in 2022. Kassandra graduated with her Master’s in History in May of 2022 from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her Bachelors from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2018. 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. She loves to read fiction, watch horror films, eat local, and her Boston terrier Oliver.

Sapira Cheuk

Artist Services Specialist
scheuk@nevadaculture.org | 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
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.

Erica Hill

Community Arts Development Specialist
ehill@nevadaculture.org | 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
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.

Maria Moreno, CIA

Administrative Services Officer
mmoreno@nevadaculture.org |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
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.

Rhonda Peña

Administrative Assistant
rhondapena@nevadaculture.org |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
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. Stephen recieved his BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in Sculpture from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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.