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Janae De La 

JanaeJanae De La Virgen is an administrative assistant at WESTAF. She is responsible for front desk duties and assists with a variety of additional projects including acting as the WESTAF Assistant for Arts for Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music business from the University of Colorado Denver. De La Virgen was the first intern for Denver-based record label, Greater Than Collective and recently participated in WESTAF’s 2015 Emerging Leaders of Color Professional Development Program. De La Virgen also serves on the Artist Committee for PlatteForum, a non-profit organization supporting contemporary artists and under-served youth in the metro Denver. Considering herself a “right-brain”, she keeps creativity in her life through playing guitar, singing, craft-making, “DIY”-ing, and baking.


Jena Dicky |

Jena Dickey is the Founder and Artistic Director of Young Voices of Colorado, a Jena Dickeychildren’s community choir and music education organization that serves over 300 children from metro Denver annually. In her position she leads a group of 3 full-time and 5 part-time musicians. Her choirs have sung in 8 states including New York (Carnegie Hall) and in 14 European countries. As a leader in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Dickey was instrumental in establishing the national Children’s Choir Conductors Retreat and hosting it in Denver in 2012. Dickey is also the co-founder of Sing A Mile High International Children’s Choral Festival, which brings together over 400 singers and directors per year for a week-long event in the metro Denver area. She holds memberships in ACDA (national, regional and state organizations) and serves as the chair for children’s and community youth choirs for the Southwestern Region of ACDA. She is also a member of Colorado Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education. Dickey received her bachelor’s degree in music with a music education emphasis from The University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree in music in Choral Conducting from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She has extensive post-graduate study in choral conducting and vocal education for children. She has conducted children’s honor choirs in Colorado and Wales.


John Epps|

John EppsJohn Epps is the vocal music instructor at Hamilton Middle School in Denver, CO. He is serving his 31st year in arts education in Colorado. Epps began as a K-12 music teacher in Calhan, CO, then worked for 18 years in the Falcon School District teaching various combinations of middle school and high school choir, band, and drama. Over the last 10 years, Epps has been instrumental in district arts coordination for Douglas County Schools and Denver Public Schools.



Gisela Flanigan |

Gisela FlaniganDr. Gisela Flanigan is a consultant with more than a decade of experience in advocating for the arts at the local, state, and national level. Her wealth of knowledge and experience includes national and international affiliations, consultancies, site visits and panel participation with various arts organizations. Flanigan has given lecture-recital presentations for the College Music Society regional, national and international conferences, as well as presentations for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Department. As a piano soloist, she has performed internationally in Europe and the Americas, most notably with the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar, at festivals in France, Italy, and in Venezuela at the request of the El Sistema program. She earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from the University of Miami and a D.M.A. from the University of North Texas. She served as faculty at Drake University, Grinnell College, Heidelberg University, the El Sistema Ibero-American Brass Festival, and the Barry Tuckwell Institute. Flanigan’s current civic and professional affiliations include local, state, and national institutions. She is former chair of the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, a member of the Board of Directors for the Crested Butte Music Festival, Arts for Colorado, the Denver-based nonprofit MindSpark (an innovator in the “Maker” movement), and is a member of the Western Colorado Writers Forum advisory board. She is also a member of the following College Music Society committees: Careers Outside the Academy and Cultural Inclusion. She has served as a grant reviewer, conference planner, facilitator, and presenter for Colorado Creative Industries. She is currently the executive director for MusicSpark, an El Sistema inspired program.


Pamela Pleasant-Foster |

Pam FosterPam Pleasant-Foster is the chair of Arts for Colorado, Colorado’s statewide arts advocacy organization. Foster has been involved in the organization for many years and is a strong advocate for the arts in rural communities. A resident of Craig, Colorado, she has been very active in civic affairs at both the local and state levels. She is a leader in Republican party activities in the state with a long history of strong involvement in elections. Pleasant-Foster operates an interior design business that serves communities that are often quite distant from her home base in Craig. She is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

Marion Kahn |

Marion KahnMarion Kahn works for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, where she manages retail stores and drives sales with creative initiatives. Kahn is also a jewelry designer and an oil painter, creating large-scale paintings. She was previously executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, where she oversaw implementation of important new community programs like First Friday Artwalk. Before moving to Colorado, she founded Marion Kahn Communications in Little Rock, Arkansas. She won numerous awards for her work with clients such as Delta Air Lines, Wal-Mart Stores, and the Garden Club of America.


Mandy Lemig |

Mandy LemigMandy Lemig currently holds the positions of founder and proprietor of Mandy Lemig Jewelry, a line of fashion-forward boutique jewelry. Mandy Lemig Jewelry emerged in 2010 from a life-long practice of designing and making things by hand. Drawing inspiration from nature, Mandy Lemig Jewelry is designed to be simple, elegant, and one-of-a-kind. All pieces are handmade in Lemig’s Colorado studio. In 2003, Lemig began building a career in scientific consulting. Beginning in San Diego, she worked her way up from an entry-level position to a project manager within a large-scale consulting firm. Working for a publically traded firm focused both on integrity and profitability has helped her remain disciplined in her own business practices. In 2013, she transferred her business and career back to her home state of Colorado to be closer to family and long-time friends and plans to remain there for the long-term.


Marilyn Leuszler |

Marilyn LeuszlerArtist Marilyn Leuszler studied for ten years in Japan under Masters in Traditional Asian Arts, serves as Chair of the Trinidad Arts & Culture Advisory Commission, Corazon de Trinidad Creative District, and Space to Create Trinidad management team. She is Western States Coordinator for arts-based nonprofit, Fresh Artists and is both advocate and activist for the arts at the local, regional and state levels.



Ann Lukacs | 

Ann LukacsAnn Lukacs has had a long career in the film industry. Her more than 30 years of experience has garnered her credits in films such as Gravity, John Carter, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, The Bucket List, The Laramie Project, and Coal Miner’s Daughter. She produced, directed, and led the camera work on the film Behind the Chutes, an award-winning feature documentary that follows professional rodeo bareback riders through the circuit. A strong advocate for the development of film and video opportunities in Colorado, she has also served as a location scout, permit wrangler, and film logistics manager. Lukacs is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies, Detroit.


Jennifer Mello |

Jennifer MelloJennifer Mello serves as a lobbyist at Brandeberry­-McKenna Public Affairs, where she specializes in health care, budget, regulatory, and consumer issues. Mello’s prior experience includes lobbying, government relations, electoral politics, fundraising, and donor support. She has worked for the Bighorn Center for Public Policy and the Colorado Democracy Alliance. Mello was the policy director for the House Minority Office in 2003-­2004. Prior to her work at the Colorado State Capitol, Mello was a senior associate at Denver-­based BBC Research and Consulting and a lobbyist for the National Governor’s Association in Washington, DC. Mello holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in history and public policy from the University of Denver.


Miles F. Porter IV |

Miles PorterMiles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, and graduate of Adams State College. A second-generation journalist and award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers in Summit County for nearly 20 years. After 34 years in Frisco, they recently moved to Salida, home to many art galleries. Porter continues to contribute news and photos to the Summit Daily News and Salida Mountain Mail. Both Staby and Porter are runners, skiers, boaters and golfers.


Anthony Radich |

AnthonyRadichAnthony Radich has served as the executive director of WESTAF since August of 1996. In that capacity he is responsible for providing leadership to the thirteen-state regional arts organizations’ programs and special initiatives. He oversees WESTAF’s work in the areas of research, advocacy, and online systems development designed to benefit the cultural community. Prior to accepting his position at WESTAF, Radich served as the executive director of the Missouri Arts Council for eight years. There he led the successful effort to create a state cultural trust fund supported by a stream of dedicated state funding. Preceding his work in Missouri, Radich was the senior project manager for the Arts, Tourism, and Cultural Resources Committee of the National Conference of State legislatures (NCSL). As senior project manager, he worked with state legislators from across the country to develop state-level legislation and policy concerned with the arts, tourism, and historic preservation. While working for the NCSL, Radich was appointed by Denver Mayor Federico Peña to chair the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, the city’s arts agency.

Radich earned a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology and a master’s degree in art education from the University of Oregon. He also earned a doctorate from the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Colorado Denver.


Jay Seller |

Jay SellerDr. Jay Seller is the executive director for Think 360 Arts for Learning and the vice president for Arts for Colorado. Seller is the former president of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and the former chapter director for Colorado State Thespians. Seller comes to his current role in arts administration with an impressive 32 years of experience as a high school theatre teacher and fine arts coordinator with Adams Twelve school district. Seller is the recipient of numerous arts educational awards, including: Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame – Nationally recognized Arts Instructor, Colorado State Thespians Hall of Fame, USA Today All-Star Teacher, the Alliance for Colorado Theatre Outstanding Colorado Educator Award, and the Richard K. Knaab Outstanding Contribution to Theatre Education Award. In 2013, the Colorado Theatre Guild awarded Seller and the Colorado Thespians an award for Outstanding Work in Arts Advocacy. Seller has served in numerous capacities, endeavoring to address the needs of the educational arts community in Colorado and across the nation.


Megan Wagner |

Megan WagnerMegan Wagner is the Director of Client Services for the Brandeberry McKenna Public Affairs Lobbying Team. A graduate from Washington College in the State of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Ms. Wagner has over seven years of experience with Maryland State Government. Ms. Wagner began her career as a Legislative Assistant for Delegate Mary Roe Walkup, from the Maryland House of Delegates. In 2006, Ms. Wagner worked for the Maryland Secretary of State under the term former Secretary R. Karl Aumann and former Secretary Mary D. Kane. Megan has been a member of the BBMK team since 2008.

In 2015, Ms. Wagner worked with Council of State Government’s West (CSG West) to plan a three-day transportation forum in Colorado for legislators from all over the US. The forum provided a first hand look at recent transportation projects throughout the Denver’s metro region and a full day discussion forum with key transportation leaders.

Julie Worley |

Julie WorleyJulie Worley is a serial entrepreneur, a small business advocate, and a “creative.” She has owned three small businesses, and has worked in rural economic development for the last 14 years. Worley served for several years on the board of directors of the Colorado Rural Development Council and is a past member of the Phillips County Arts Commission. Worley is a founding member of the Southeast Colorado Creative Partnership, a non-profit grassroots arts organization promoting creativity and the arts throughout Southeast Colorado.

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