Pat Atkinson, Folklife Director
Patricia A. Atkinson joined the Nevada Arts Council as the Folklife Program Coordinator in December 2007. Trained at UCLA in Folklore and Mythology Studies, Atkinson has been a professional folklorist, arts administrator, cultural consultant, writer/editor, educator, and interpretive specialist for over four decades. As a trainer and peer advisor, she has provided consulting and training programs to traditional artists, community groups, non-profit organizations, and folklore associations in more than a dozen states. Atkinson is active as a program and project evaluator, sitting on advisory and grants review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, and state arts councils in Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. She has also been a festival evaluator for the Southwest Folklife Alliance and Tucson Meet Yourself. Atkinson has spoken and written on folklore and thematic interpretation, cultural festivals, storytelling, folklore and rural development, the implications of cultural diversity for achieving organizational goals, preserving and promoting cultural resources, the marketing of tradition, state supported traditional crafts programs, and cultural tourism initiatives. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress from 2010-2016 and was appointed for a second term in February 2017. She recently began presenting classes on Nevada folklore and folklife for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno. Atkinson is also a Certified Culinary Tourism Professional.
Ariana Cramer, Grants Specialist
Ariana Cramer began working for NAC as the Community Arts Development Program Assistant in September 2016 after spending a year teaching English to high school students in France. Previously, she worked at KRNV News 4 as an Assignment Manager and a producer. Cramer was born and raised in Reno, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 with degrees in Journalism and French. Cramer is very involved in community theatre and has performed in plays for UNR, Bruka Theatre and Reno Little Theatre. She is thrilled to be working for an agency that advocates for arts and culture in Nevada.
Kelli Du Fresne, Community Arts Assistant
Kelli Du Fresne is a native Nevadan reared on the Comstock who has lived her professional life dancing on the fringes of the arts field – first as a journalist and today in landscape architecture. She serves as the assistant for Community Arts Development with NAC where she supports Nevada’s arts and cultural organizations. Du Fresne was introduced to the arts early in life and has been taught – but not necessarily learned – voice, ballet, piano, drawing, painting, poetry, writing, photography and ceramics. She loves to travel and explore Nevada’s history and wishes someone would perfect time travel.
Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Director
Maryjane Dorofachuk is NAC’s Arts Education Coordinator. 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.
Linda (Zessin) Ficklin, Interim Executive Director & Administration Services Officer
Linda Ficklin has been with NAC since March 2006, she transferred from the State Health Department, to the Arts Council. She oversees financial management, accounting, administrative services, personnel, and acts as deputy to Susan Boskoff. A graduate from Colorado Technical University, with a degree in Finance and Accounting, Ficklin has worked as an escrow officer, title officer, secretary, accountant, assistant controller and an internal auditor. Born in Sacramento, CA and raised in South Lake Tahoe, CA, Linda and her husband have called Nevada home for over 20 years. Ficklin has two children and four grandchildren.
China Hudson, Arts Learning Assistant
China Hudson is a Walt Disney Musical Theater Teaching Artist and a Southern Nevada Wolf Trap Teaching Artist in partnership with the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. As an African dance instructor and a member of Olabisi African Dance & Drum Ensemble, she is committed to maintaining African culture and tradition through drumming and dancing. Ms. China has established youth cultural and empowerment programs at Pearson Community Center, Walnut Recreation Center, Cambridge Recreation Center, and the West Las Vegas Cultural Arts Center. She is a guest instructor at University of Las Vegas Nevada, College of Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District. In a continued effort for youth excellence, she oversees “After School Fitness” & “Voices” in partnership with the Las Vegas Urban League 21st Century Program. Her experience as a writer, director, actress, Spoken Word artist, African Dancer, and facilitator combined with her love for people forms an explosive package that creates change.
Teresa Moiola, Grants Director
Teresa Moiola joined NAC as the Grants Program Coordinator in the fall of 2016. She oversees the Grants Management Team (GMT) and the Grants Online system for the agency’s breadth of grant categories. Moiola and the GMT works with constituents to complete effective and engaging grant applications, as well as manage their grant funds and requirements. She formerly worked for the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs where she served as director of public information and marketing. There she became highly familiar with all of NACs programs to facilitate the division’s outreach efforts. In her most recent position as Conservation Education Division Administrator at the Nevada Department of Wildlife, she managed federal grants, sub-grant programs and outreach activities on a statewide basis. Moiola received her Bachelors of Arts from University of Nevada, Reno in Public Relations as well as her Certified Public Manager designation. Aside from her time in the NAC office, Moiola performs and volunteers with Bruka Theatre in Reno. She is an avid burner and has worked on several large-scale Burning Man art installations
Fran Morrow, Artist Services Director
Fran Morrow is NAC’s Artist Services Program Coordinator, a position she has held since 2001. She received her BFA in Drama with a minor in English from the University of Montana, Missoula, a 5th year from Carroll College, Helena, MT, and has taken graduate courses at California State University, Northridge. During a career centered in the fields of arts education and program management, Morrow has held positions at the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, Montana Arts Council and California State University, Northridge. While teaching Drama and English in Montana at Helena High School and at Hellgate High School in Missoula, she also directed plays and traveled with the competitive drama team. Morrow has performed and directed at theaters in Portland, OR; Helena, MT; Glasgow, MT; Minneapolis, MN; and Missoula, MT. She was a member of the Montana Repertory Touring Company and the business manager at the Fork Peck Summer Theater.
Susan Raya, Accountant Technician
Susan Raya joined NAC in the fall of 2016. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to Nevada in 1998 with her husband and two children. Previously Raya worked at Department of Public and Behavioral Health.
Stephen Reid, Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer
Stephen Reid joined NAC in the spring of 2017. As the Artist Services Program Associate/Art Installer he 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. Outside of the NAC, Reid is and 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.
Rebecca Snetselaar, Folklife Program Specialist
Rebecca Snetselaar joined NAC staff in 2006 as the Folklife Program Associate. 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.
Cathleen J. Wyatt, Administrative Assistant
Cathleen J. Wyatt joined NAC in October 2016 as the Administrative Assistant after taking an extended hiatus to raise her two children. During this time Wyatt returned to school to pursue a degree in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she developed interests in historic preservation and museum studies. Wyatt 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, Made in France before moving to Nevada in 1995.
Shoshana (Shosh) Zeldner, Community Arts Director
Driven to support Nevada’s vibrant arts communities, Shosh Zeldner joined NAC in early 2016 to be part of the Community Arts Development Program. She is an artist who is passionate about how art can be used as a tool to inspire community building, social change, and active citizenship. Prior to her move to Nevada, Zeldner worked with the Crocker Art Museum’s arts engagement initiative, Block by Block, where she oversaw a grantmaking process for participatory arts initiatives in Sacramento and developed a workshop series for artists focused on social practice art. In addition to this role, she designed and coordinated a teen program focused on public art with a community art gallery in Davis, CA. At the same time, she served as Development Coordinator for an environmental education nonprofit, managing their $1.5 million 25th Anniversary campaign. Zeldner holds an MA in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandies University where her fieldwork and thesis focused on how evaluation and impact assessment can increase the efficacy of arts-based social change projects. She comes to NAC with over ten years’ experience in the nonprofit field which includes program development, coordination, evaluation, and fundraising.