ART ACCESS STAFF
Sheryl D. Gillilan, Executive Director
Sheryl joined the Art Access staff in 2004 as the part-time Finance Manager. Since that time she has made numerous contributions that have helped the organization grow and gain greater visibility. Sheryl's many accomplishments include establishing the Front Door gift shop and the literary salon program, producing and receiving national recognition for her work with the publication of the Desert Wanderings literary magazine, and streamlining the gallery application and review process. In 2009, Sheryl became Assistant Director. After conducting an exhaustive search throughout the summer of 2011, the Art Access Board of Directors appointed Sheryl to the position of Executive Director.
Sheryl received a B.A. in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, and a Masters in Social Services (MSS) and a Master's in Law and Social Policy (MLSP) from Bryn Mawr College. Before working at Art Access, Sheryl was a stay-at-home mother for 10 years. From 1986-1993 she was a Policy, Budget and Planning Analyst for Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis's and Mayor DeeDee Corradini's administrations. She founded the Salt Lake City Recycling Committee and served as a volunteer for an anti-poverty campaign in conjunction with the League of Women Voters. Sheryl also worked as the Treasurer for the Community Cooperative Nursery School from 1996 - 2011.
Sheryl is an award-winning quilt artist who previously taught art classes on a volunteer basis to elementary school students.
Amanda K. Finlayson, Assistant Director
Amanda joined the Art Access team in 2003 when she was hired as the (then) Programs Coordinator. Over the course of the past 12 year, Amanda has contributed to the growth and expansion of Art Access. Her role has grown and shift to include aspects of marketing, public relations, and development for Art Access. As staff expanded, Amanda became the Programs Director for Art Access in 2010. Amanda has found great pleasure in serving the community and nurturing appreciation for inclusive arts and education through her direction and administration of the majority of Art Access' programming for children and adults. In her new role as Art Access' Assistant Director, she hopes to continue fostering and nurturing relationships with partnering organizations, patrons, clients, and funders in order to sustain the expansion of Art Access programs and services to diverse audiences across the Wasatch Front.
Amanda holds a B.A. in English and a minor in Theatre from Westminster College. As a student, she served the campus community in several leadership capacities, including Secretary of the Associated Students of Westminster College and President of the Westminster Theatre Society. While completing her course work, Amanda served with AmeriCorps National Service Organization to promote literacy and provide social services to underserved families in North Salt Lake. Amanda has served on the board of the Utah Cultural Alliance, committing two years each as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair. She also served as the Western Region Representative on the VSA Affiliate Council from 2008 to 2012, acting as a liaison between the Kennedy Center's office of VSA & Accessibility and VSA affiliates in the Western United States.
Jackelin Slack, PR & Marketing Director
Jackelin graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in advertising. After working for two South Florida ad agencies and for The Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, she followed the calling of the Utah mountains and headed west. In Salt Lake she continued to work in the marketing and public relations field, this time for the Newspaper Agency Corporation and subsequently, at First Security Bank. All the while, Jackelin pursued her passion for photography in her spare time.
With the birth of her first child in 2001, Jackelin took a break from working full time. As circumstance would have it, she found herself in the right place at the right time. An old acquaintance familiar with her work enlisted her assitance on proffesional photography shoots. Fueled by by the moral and creative support of her new mentor, Jackelin quickly learned the art of stock and lifestyle photography.
Now with an established photography business of her own, Jackelin Slack Photography, Jackelin divides her time as PR and Marketing Director for Art Access, freelance photographer, and volunteer photographer for the local non-profit organization, Heal Courageously. As for her role at Art Access, Jackelin couldn't be happier that she gets to have the best of both worlds, career-wise. It thrills her more than anything that she gets to combine her love of art with her background in PR and marketing to promote an organization that offers so much to the local community.
Erin Call, Finance Director
Erin previously worked as the controller at the Salt Lake Art Center and is amply qualified to manage the fiscal aspects of our organization. Erin attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and majored in fine arts with an emphasis in painting.
In addition, she has over 20 years accounting experience in a variety of industriest.
Erin has lived along the Wasatch Front her entire life, currently residing in downtown Salt Lake City with her husband and young daughter. She loves the arts in general and has a particular fondness for the visual arts.
Elise Butterfield, Programs Director
A Seattle transplant, Elise majored in International Studies and Dance at the University of Washington, graduating magna cum laude in 2014. She has worked with arts and development organizations across the Americas, with a particular focus on youth with special needs. Elise worked with Amigos de las Américas in various capacities, most recently in Nicaragua as the Associate Project Director of a first-year program on Arts and Youth Leadership for high school volunteers. She also worked as CFO and Program Director for a budding Seattle non-profit, Reach Out, where she supervised the development of arts and science summer programming for in-crisis youth.
Elise herself is a dancer and a yogi, and is passionate and curious about the power of physical movement as art and therapy. She investigated embodied and transgenerational knowledge in her undergraduate Honors Thesis at the UW. Elise also collaborated and performed in various concerts and projects in Seattle, including From Here, which explored accessibility as an aesthetic in dance. In her spare time she enjoys photography, gardening, and exploring the Wasatch Front.
ART ACCESS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
Susan Anderson, Disability & Literature Book Group Coordinator
Susan began her involvement with Art Access in the fall of 2001. She organized volunteers to staff the gallery during Salt Lake City's 2002 Cultural Olympiad and began editing the Art Access newsletter, the latter of which she did for over 10 years. In 2012, Susan developed and piloted the Art Access Disability and Literature Book Group with the goal of investigating how and why people with disabilities have been depicted in literary texts and considering the historical, social, and cultural impact of these depictions.
Susan received her training in languages, literature, and poetry at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) and at the University of Utah, where she also has taught courses on these subjects. She also has written and recorded non-fiction essays for KUER, managed local theater venues during the Sundance Film Festival, and worked as a freelance writer, editor, and tutor. She is currently working on a dissertation about AIDS poetry and often volunteers for humanities projects at her children's elementary school.
While Susan frequently gets nostalgic for the Midwest, she loves living in Salt Lake City with her husband and two children. She enjoys cooking, organic gardening, reading, playing Scrabble, and exploring Utah's natural and cultural beauty.
Kindra Fehr, Teen Workshops Coordinator (ages 11-16)
Since 1994, Kindra has taught children at the Visual Art Institute, The Salt Lake Art Center (now known as UMOCA), The Children’s Museum, and various schools across the Salt Lake valley. She is currently the art specialist at Montessori Community School while teaching adult and children classes out of her Sugarhouse studio. At some points in her career, she was working with up to 600 children per week.
Kindra earned a BFA in drawing/painting from the University of Utah in 1990, and she has also studied at the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
After many years traveling abroad, Kindra now lives with her husband and their two children in Salt Lake City, Utah.