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 by shooting contantly and taking a photography class at every opportunity.
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
Phone: 801-328-0703, option 8
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 industries and is excited to join the staff of another growing not-for-profit.
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 Administrator
Elise, a transplant from Seattle, is incredibly excited to be joining the Art Access team. 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.
Marina Alexandrescu, Kindred Spirits Children's Workshops Coordinator
Marina Alexandrescu, a mixed-media artist, is the Kindred Spirits Program Coordinator. Marina was educated at the Pratt Institute in Art and Design Education in Brooklyn, NY; she also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a visual arts instructor at Studio in a School, New York City; Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, Chicago; Visual Arts Institute and Institute of Art and Imagination and Kindred Spirits, Salt Lake City. Her work has appeared in several Chicago venues, and she has participated in a two-person exhibit at Pioneer Memorial Theatre in Salt Lake City. She also has exhibited and performed in Art Access Gallery group and holiday shows, and her mixed-media exhibition with an Icarus theme will open here in June 2012.
Originally from Romania, Marina enjoys working on creative projects with children of all ages. She also loves reading, gardening, and hiking with her two sons and their two dogs.
Jean LaSarre Gardner, Teen and Adult Art Workshops Coordinator
Jean grew up in northern Illinois and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1979 with degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. She then joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and made her first travels to the southwest as she spent seven years living and working on the Navajo Nation in Montezuma Creek, Utah. She later earned an MA in Expressive Arts Education where she developed a working philosophy of integrating arts and education. Jean was a special educator for 14 years working with students in Montezuma Creek; Santa Rosa, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and on the island of Guam.
In 1993 Jean and her husband settled in Salt Lake City where Jean began her work with Art Access as an assistant to then director, Ruth Lubbers. During this time Jean and her husband established a school of movement with classes in T'ai Chi and Wing Chun Kung-Fu, along with a Tibetan Buddhist Temple.
After the birth of her daughter, Jean began coordinating the Art Access Teen Art Workshops—and later the Adult Art Workshops—both of which allow her to utilize her experiences as a special education teacher and her love of the arts. Jean is also the dance specialist at Wasatch Elementary and volunteers at Primary Children's Medical Center as a tutor.