Anthony (Tony) Manfredi, Executive Director
Tony Manfredi joined the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) as Executive Director in September, 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 24 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 the degrees in Communication Studies and Art. Previously, Manfredi was Senior Vice-President Content and Marketing for Reno’s PBS Member Station, KNPB. During his time at KNPB, Manfredi helped manage steady revenue growth and reduced overall department expenses while analyzing the effectiveness of, and changing where necessary, past fundraising activities.
[Vacant], Folklife Specialist
Grace Davis, Community Arts Development Specialist
Grace Davis joined NAC in 2019 as the Community Arts Development Specialist. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Davis was inevitably enchanted by the west. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Art and Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design. Grace has designed and implemented innovative arts programs for all ages and educators for the last 10 years. This programming spans museums, community organizations, and health care including Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, and Renown Health in Reno. She is also a practicing artist working primarily in acrylic and gouache as an abstract painter. She has exhibited across the country and held residencies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jackson, Wyoming, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Davis is excited to join the Nevada Arts Council team, bringing unique experiences while collaborating with a dynamic staff to continue the accessibility of arts and culture throughout Nevada.
Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Specialist
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.
[Vacant], Administrative Services Officer
Fran Morrow, Artist Services Specialist
Fran Morrow joined NAC in 2001 to be part of the Artist Services Program. 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.
Michelle Patrick, Community Arts Development Specialist & ADA Specialist
Michelle Patrick joined NAC in early 2018 as the Community Arts Development Specialist. Patrick is a multi-disciplinary artist from New York City with a B.A. in Performing Arts from Bradford College. She has worked professionally in the theater as an actor and dancer. As the former Program Associate and Interim Artistic Director at People Productions, she helped to design and implement a free arts training program for gifted and underserved youth. The format for the programming promoted African-American art, culture and history. In addition, the training program advanced partnerships with the Salt Lake City Library, Utah Division of Art and Museums, Now Playing Utah and Utah Arts Alliance. Patrick has worked at the Sundance Film Festival and participated at the Institute’s Director’s Lab. In her previous role at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, she was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Professional Development and Public Speaking program. In addition to serving as a facilitator and presenter, she co-chaired the DCPA’s Equity and Inclusion initiative. She was appointed as a Change Leader through Colorado Creative Industries and Utah Division of Arts and Museums. She is an alumna of the Feld Ballet and NFFAA/Young Arts. Her arts advocacy affiliations include artEquity, TCG and WESTAF. She has served on the boards for People Productions, City Park Jazz and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.
Krista Ficken, Grants Program Assistant
Stephen Reid, Artist Services Specialist/ Art Installer
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.
Sierra Scott, Grant Program Specialist
Sierra Scott joined the NAC in early 2018. She has been involved in the arts and theatre her whole life and performed in her first professional show at age 10. She recently relocated back to her hometown of Carson City from Los Angeles where she worked as a Casting Director for film and television. While in LA, she worked on 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. Favorite projects include “The 15:17 to Paris” and “American Sniper” with director Clint Eastwood. Before moving to LA, Sierra was based in New York City where she worked as a professional actor and member of the Actors’ Equity Association. She has performed all over the country in numerous Broadway shows on tour and regional theater productions. She is a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and holds a BFA in Theater Arts from the Conservatory at Webster University in Saint Louis. As a Northern Nevada native, Sierra is passionate about strengthening the arts community throughout the state, so she is thrilled to be a part of the NAC.
Rebecca Snetselaar, Folklife Specialist
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.
[Vacant] Accountant Technician
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.