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Cameron Green
Executive Coordinator
Cameron.Green@westaf.org

Roy Agloinga

Anchorage, Alaska

Roy Agloinga is the equity and inclusion committee chair for WESTAF, and he is the external affairs program officer for the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, AK. He was elected to WESTAF’s board of trustees in 2015, and brought with him experiences in rural health, government polcy, and Inupiat language preservation. Agloinga also serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, and was previously a local trustee for the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a regional hospital board member, a tribal administrator, and a mayor of White Mountain, AK.

Agloinga is a tribal member of the Native Village White Mountain and a shareholder for Golovin, White Mountain, Sitnasuak, and Bering Strats Natvive corporations. He has maternal roots in northwestern Alaska and paternal roots in Spain, the Philippines and New England. He grew up immersed in Inupiat and Yup’ik cultures. He co-authored the Qawiaraq Iġałuik Inupiat Dictionary, served as a representative on the Alaska Federation of Natives Board and as secretary of his village corporation.

Agloinga has a bachelor’s of art degree in English and degree in secondary education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and he continues to be a student of Inupiaq and Spanish.

Tamara Alvarado – Chair

San Jose, California

Tamara Alvarado is the Program Officer for the Local Grantmaking Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Alvarado previously served as the executive director of the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, as well as the executive director of the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Prior to that position, she was the director of multicultural leadership for 1stACT Silicon Valley. From 2003-2008, she served as executive director of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California. From 1999-2003, she served as program director for the newly opened Washington United Youth Center, a partnership between Catholic Charities and the City of San Jose. She is the past president of the board of directors for ACE Charter Schools in San Jose. Alvarado is also co-founder of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for people of color working in arts, culture, and entertainment now housed at the School. A traditional Aztec dancer for the past 18 years, she is a member of Calpulli Tonalehqueh Danza Azteca of San Jose. Alvarado is originally from Escondido, California and holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature from Stanford University.

Cyndy Andrus

Bozeman, Montana

After working in Yellowstone Park for many years, Cyndy Andrus settled in Bozeman, Montana, where she spent 10 years working for the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce as the Convention and Visitor Bureau director. In May 2011, she left the chamber and started her own consulting business (Andrus Consulting), providing small communities in Montana with strategic planning and economic development tools to enhance the tourism experience in the community. Andrus has served six years on the Bozeman City Commission and was elected mayor in November 2015. She serves on three state governor-appointed councils (the Montana Arts Council (currently chair), the Tourism Advisory Council (past chair), and the Montana Heritage Commission) in addition to her service on the board of directors for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the board of the Western States Arts Federation. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe is from Siksika Nation in Alberta, Canada. Currently, she is visiting faculty in the museum studies and cinematic arts departments at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her latest curatorial projects include organizing the annual fashion show for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and curating an exhibition for the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota titled Blood Memoirs: Exploring Individuality, Memory, and Culture through Portraiture. Previously, she was the director/curator of Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, the largest Aboriginal artist-run center in North America. She has a master’s degree in American Indian studies and a second master’s degree in art history, both from the University of Arizona.

Lisa Becker

Elko, Nevada

Lisa Becker is the director of communications and external relations for Newmont Mining Association. In this position she works with the communities of Elko, Spring Creek, Carlin, and Eureka. Becker enjoys working with these local communities to promote mining education and to fulfill Newmont’s commitment to being a socially responsible community partner. Newmont is a significant company in Northern Nevada, and Becker believes it is important to maintain a healthy working relationship and meaningful communication between the company and the Elko area communities. Since returning to Elko in 2007, Becker has been active on many community boards, including the Great Basin College Foundation and the McCaw School of Mines Foundation. She has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board. Becker received a master’s in communication and leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Hillsdale College.
WESTAF Board Member Bassem Bejjani

Bassem Bejjani

Sammamish, Washington

Bassem Bejjani is the past chair of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA). He also serves as vice president of the board of CARAVAN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building peace through the arts between the creeds and cultures of the East and West. Bejjani is also chief medical officer of Metis Genetics, a company dedicated to telegenetic medicine and genetic counseling. He is interested in arts and science education and the role of art in enhancing creativity, scientific learning, and critical thinking. A pediatrician and medical geneticist by training, Bejjani is a longtime patron of the arts who retired as chief medical officer of Signature Genomics, a company he co-founded in 2003 and sold to PerkinElmer, Inc. in 2010. He also served on the board of the Spokane Symphony, where he was executive vice president. A native of Lebanon, he has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a doctor of medicine degree from the American University of Beirut. He has earned board certifications in pediatrics, medical genetics, clinical molecular genetics, and clinical cytogenetics.

Victoria Panella Bourns

Salt Lake City, Utah

Victoria Panella Bourns currently serves as the director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Bourns has been involved in art activities and cultural organizations in Utah for more than 30 years. She is on the board of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and a member of the Utah Women’s Forum. As a founding member of the Dance Theater Coalition, she produced, directed, choreographed, and performed in numerous original dance and theatre works. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of Utah, she earned a master’s degree in arts administration. Bourns then worked for some of Utah’s premier cultural organizations: Repertory Dance Theater, KUER (FM90), and the Salt Lake Acting Company. In addition, she served as treasurer for the Performing Arts Coalition during the planning and building of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, a model for public-private partnerships. She helped transform the Utah Citizens for the Arts into the Utah Cultural Alliance and served as treasurer for the State Arts Advocacy League of America. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the director for Salt Lake County’s Zoo Arts and Parks special tax district. She also managed Salt Lake County’s public art, art collection, and open space programs. Under Panella Consulting, she developed and facilitated many planning projects, board retreats and organizational succession plans for nonprofit and governmental agencies.
WESTAF Board Member Teniqua Broughton

Teniqua Broughton

Phoenix, Arizona

Teniqua Broughton is a champion for the equitable accessibility and the advancement of arts education for all people. By leveraging her leadership, compassion, strategic planning, and action, Broughton has served in multiple capacities to advance her mission. She has extensive experience serving on regional and national panels around diversity and inclusivity initiatives. Broughton is committed to advocating on Capitol Hill for education and the arts, and for House bills affecting our children. This solidifies Broughton as an agent for change in the arts education community. She recognizes that one must become actively involved in the decision-making process when striving to evoke change. For more than 10 years, Broughton has been committed to imparting her insights on board governance best practices to several arts education organizations, both locally and nationally. Broughton previously managed the Cultural Participation Department at Arizona State University (ASU) Gammage, the largest presenting organization in the Southwest. Broughton has contributed to the Live Nation Arts Education Task Force and serves as vice-chair of the Arts Learning Committee for the City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. Although she leads with her heart, many have recognized her for her tireless work in the community and abroad. Her most recent recognition was the 2014 honor of being named Community Leader in Arts Education by the Arizona Community Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI). Broughton holds a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision and bachelor of integrated studies in education psychology, with an emphasis in theater for youth. She is the founder and operator of Verve Simone Consulting, LLC.

Tatiana Gant

Helena, Montana

Tatiana Gant began her career as a visual artist and has worked in schools and communities as a teaching artist. Her roles in non-profit organizations span program design, resource development, and management. Tatiana entered the state government in Illinois as a grant officer, leading work across state agencies to advance arts learning. Tatiana accepted the position of Executive Director of the Montana Arts Council in 2017. Tatiana has served on a variety of national committees and review panels.

Susan Garbett

Sante Fe, New Mexico

Susan Garbett was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA to parents in the Arts and Entertainment industry. While attending the University of Utah, Susan volunteered for the 2002 Winter Olympics and her interest in operations and live event production was born. From 2004 to 2014, Susan served in ticketing and operation roles at Film and Comedy Festivals including Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival, Sundance, American Film Institute's AFI Fest and HBO's Comedy Arts Festival. In 2014 Garbett joined the opening team of The Theatre at Ace Hotel, developing partnerships and standard operating procedures for the new venue. As the General Manager she oversaw programming initiatives with partners such as CAP UCLA, The David Lynch Foundation and Goldenvoice. Some of her favorite events at Ace include Taylor Macs 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Seu Jorges tribute to Bowie, David Lynch's Festival of Disruption and concerts featuring The Pixies, Patty Smith, Hannah Gadsby, Kamasi Washington, and Tim Minchin. In December of 2019, she joined Meow Wolf as the General Manager of The House of Eternal Return. Susan cares deeply about bringing art to everyone and creating spaces that transport audiences to fantastic realms of story and exploration.

Karen Hanan

Olympia, Washington

Karen Hanan was appointed executive director of ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission) by Governor Jay Inslee effective March 2014. The agency, established in 1961, is charged with speaking up for the public value of the arts, building leadership in and for the arts, and strengthening arts education in the state’s public schools. ArtsWA is also responsible for documenting the impact of the arts on the state’s communities and in people’s lives, and sharing the findings. The agency’s work also includes building participation in the arts and acquiring and caring for artwork in the State Art Collection sited at Washington’s K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies. Prior to her current appointment, Hanan was the executive director of Arts Northwest, the regional service organization for the performing arts. Before that, she was the founder and first executive director of the Olympic Peninsula’s Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, a four-day multicultural, multi-stage festival held each year over Memorial Day weekend. The organization also offers programs, shows, and outreach to locals and visitors year round. Hanan holds a bachelor’s degree from Leeds Polytechnic in England. She is well known as a resource to the greater arts community in the Northwestern U.S. and beyond. In 2014, Hanan was honored with a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of “exceptional leadership and dedication to the field.”

Ann Hudner

Portland, Oregon

As a communications professional with an expertise in strategic positioning, media relations, and community engagement, Ann Hudner has been involved in the art and design conversation on multiple levels in various capacities. She previously served as director of communications at Ziba Design, a global innovation and design consultancy in Portland, Oregon. Hudner integrated the responsibilities of external communications and public programs at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she was also responsible for the reorganization and elevation of the college’s communications function and public programs platform. Also, while in Portland, Hudner developed an art and design management consultancy, working with developers and architects as their business liaison to artists and designers, commissioning and installing local artwork for their properties across the country. Prior to this, Hudner led the External Relations Department at Rhode Island School of Design for 14 years, where she established their national media relations program and developed external collaborations to elevate the college’s influencer platform and global visibility. She has served as a board member of Design Museum Foundation and played an active role in their national expansion into Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Chicago, IL. Additionally, with essayist and design journalist Akiko Busch, Hudner was co-editor on the publication, Szenasy, Design Advocate, a collection of writings by Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis magazine’s former publisher/editor-in-chief published by Metropolis Books, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. With a master’s degree in journalism/news media management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, she has been active for more than 30 years in developing strategic platforms, collaborative initiatives and complex partnerships working with artists, designers, socially progressive businesses, architects, developers, nonprofits, higher education, and the media. Hudner currently serves as a trustee for WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation), a regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to strengthening the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West.

Jonathan Johnson

Honolulu, Hawai’i

Jonathan Johnson was appointed executive director of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) in 2014. He has been with the SFCA since 1988, holding many positions within the agency, including program manager, project manager, conservation coordinator and registrar for the Art in Public Places Program, and director of the Hawai`i State Art Museum (HiSAM). Johnson grew up in Honolulu, was in public education from K-12, graduated from Kalani High School, and attended California Lutheran University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in design with an emphasis on business administration. He developed relationships with government and the arts and architecture communities as he oversaw the creation and installation of monumental art projects throughout the islands. Over the course of his SFCA career, Johnson has managed more than 130 of the commissioned works of art seen in state office buildings, libraries, public schools, university campuses, the convention center, state hospitals, and airports. He has worked on conservation projects, curated exhibitions at the Hawai`i State Art Museum, oversaw the artist-in-residence programs at four dozen Hawai`i public schools, was the project lead on the HiSAM sculpture garden and initiated the HiSAM ArtBento museum education program. Johnson was also appointed the chairman of the Hawai`i Commemorative Quarter Advisory Commission, which guided the design process representing Hawai`i in the 50 States Quarter Program. Johnson has a passion for the concept of a “museum without walls,” and is a strong advocate for arts in public education, ensuring access to arts and encouraging community participation. He draws on his 30 years of arts administration experience as he helps to guide SFCA in carrying out the goals of the agency outlined in the new Strategic Plan for FY2019-2023. The plan’s priorities focus on “supporting the artistic expressions of Hawai’i’s diverse cultures and communities, enhancing public engagement in culture and the arts, strengthening arts education for all learners, and enriching the public sphere through the arts.”
WESTAF Board Member Candace Kita

Candice Kita

Portland, Oregon

Candace Kita is a cultural worker committed to elevating the stories of people of color. Currently, she serves as Cultural Strategy Director at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). Her eclectic background in cultural change work spans visual art, writing, astrology, community organizing, and nonprofit arts administration. She co-founded Arts Workers for Equity, a grassroots collective that advocates for racial equity in Portland’s arts sector and has worked for numerous arts organizations, including the Portland Art Museum, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, and grassroots public art space Tuesday Night Cafe. Kita received her BA in Studio Art from Scripps College. In her spare time, she dabbles in dance and consults as a radical astrologer at www.astroradicals.com.

Michael Lange, ED - Treasurer

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Michael Lange is the executive director of the Wyoming Arts Council and helps strengthen Wyoming communities by using the arts as a vehicle for positive change. Prior to serving as executive director, Lange served as the community development specialist for the arts council and worked for the University of Wyoming, where he used the arts as a catalyst for co-curricular student development initiatives. Lange is a trustee for WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation). His research interests are centered on exploring and creating structures and atmospheres that promote creativity and he is the recipient of the 2017 Northwest College Alumnus of the Year. Lange is also a musician and composer, performing mostly in the jazz idiom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in public administration.

Nikiko Masumoto

Fresno, California

Nikiko Masumoto first learned to love food as a young child slurping the nectar of overripe organic peaches on the Masumoto Family Farm. Since then, she has never missed a harvest. A farmer, artist, and leader, Masumoto works alongside her father to raise organic peaches, nectarines, and grapes. She calls herself an “agrarian artist,” cultivating the richness of life in the Central Valley through farming, food, stories, art, and community. She debuted her one-woman show, What We Could Carry, about Japanese American Redress hearings in 2011 and co-authored her first book, The Perfect Peach (Ten Speed Press), with Marcy Masumoto and David Mas Masumoto. Her artistic work currently is focused on Yonsei Memory Project, which she co-founded with Brynn Saito to awaken the archives of Japanese American history through site-specific creative and public pedagogy. Masumoto has a bachelor’s degree in gender and women’s studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in performance as public practice from the University of Texas, Austin.

Adrian San Miguel

Boise, Idaho

Adrian San Miguel is the Director of Program Services for the Idaho Division of Career Technical Education in Boise. Originally from Texas, he is a music graduate from Baylor University and has spent the last 15 years working in higher education in Texas, Indiana, and Idaho. His career and passion have focused on serving special populations, nontraditional students, and diversity-related initiatives. In his current state level role, he provides state leadership for federal and related programs, student leadership career technical organizations, and program quality of CTE programs at the secondary and postsecondary levels. In 2018, he received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as a Commissioner to the Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA). In addition to supporting the arts through ICA, he is an adjunct faculty at the College of Western Idaho, a two-year community college in the greater Boise metro area, teaching courses centered around popular music, jazz, and global music.

Megan Miller

Reno, Nevada

As Burning Man's Director of Communications, Megan oversees the organization's year-round communications team, which facilitates the flow of information to and from Burning Man’s founders, Board of Directors, volunteers, the media, and the broader public. Before joining the Burning Man staff in 2012, Megan spent ten years in the public and non-profit sectors working for environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, political campaigns, and the United States Senate. Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Megan earned a Bachelor’s degree in English & Art History from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. communities by using the arts as a vehicle for positive change. Prior to serving as executive director, Lange served as the community development specialist for the arts council and worked for the University of Wyoming, where he used the arts as a catalyst for co-curricular student development initiatives. Lange is a trustee for WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation). His research interests are centered on exploring and creating structures and atmospheres that promote creativity and he is the recipient of the 2017 Northwest College Alumnus of the Year. Lange is also a musician and composer, performing mostly in the jazz idiom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in public administration.

Brandy Reitter

Eagle, Colorado

Denver native Brandy Reitter is the Town Manager for Eagle, Colorado and has 15 years of experience working in city management to build communities and improve economic vitality. She started her career in economic development working for the City and County of Denver and the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Prior to Eagle, she was the Town Administrator for Buena Vista and supported art, events, and music in the Arkansas River Valley as an economic driver. She has served in various leadership roles that have helped communities accomplish Space to Create artist work live projects, art in public places, Creative Districts, downtown revitalization, and affordable housing. Having participated in WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Colorado in 2014, Reitter started her journey as an arts and humanities advocate at the state and federal level. In addition to her experiences in municipal government, Reitter received a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs in 2008. Brandy also serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Colorado, Inc. and was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Creative Industries Council. In her free time, Reitter enjoys the outdoors and likes to travel.

Karmen Rossi

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Karmen Rossi is a field representative for U.S. representative Liz Cheney and previously for U.S. Representative, Cynthia Lummis, of Wyoming. In her position, she oversaw an eight-county service area in which she interacted with business and community leaders, assisted constituents reaching out for assistance with federal agencies. She serves as the military affairs and veteran specialist for the district office. Rossi is currently a board member and former director of the Wyoming Arts Alliance (WyAA), a statewide nonprofit arts organization that seeks to provide a voice and effective advocacy for the arts. At WyAA, Rossi oversaw the annual state block booking conference, Arts Advocacy Day, and the general operations of the statewide organization. She has been a grant adjudicator for the Wyoming Arts Council’s Community Support Grants. Rossi is involved in her community by serving as the Chairman for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Western Art Show and sale, the museum’s largest fundraiser for operations. Her other nonprofit experience includes serving as interim executive director of the Wyoming Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, as member of the education team for Laramie County United Way, and as program director for Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming. Rossi holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Italian, and Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
WESTAF Board Member Kelly Stowell

Kelly Stowell

Kanab, Utah

Kelly Stowell has been the executive director of the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts since 2008 and also serves as the Kane County film commissioner. He is a native of southern Utah, where he grew up on a ranch in Parowan. Before relocating to Kanab, he was the executive director of the Utah Student Association with the Utah System of Higher Education. Stowell’s background includes stints in Washington, DC with United States Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah. Stowell earned a degree in business and psychology from Utah Valley University.