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Welcome, new members of the Art Access Board of Directors!

Monday, 10 December 2012 21:19
Published in Blog

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the Art Access board.

Jan Abramson
Jan Abramson is currently the grants and contracts officer at the University of Utah College of Health. As a former employee of Art Access, Jan is well acquainted with the organization's mission, and she believes Art Access holds a valuable space in our community.

Jan brings a broad range of skills with her to Art Access, including volunteer development, community service, special events planning, grant writing, PR and fundraising. She is currently on the board of two other arts organizations and has also served on the board of the Utah Nonprofits Association.

Claudia Nayeli Borjas
Claudia Nayeli Borjas works for the Utah Division of Arts & Museums / Utah Arts Council as the arts education, literary arts, and Chase Museum assistant. She is very familiar with the Art Access mission through the grant application process.

As a member of the Latino community growing up in Utah, Claudia participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition (which she won), one of her first experiences with the arts. That experience propelled her to explore ways in which she could make a difference among her peers – kids who, like Claudia, grew up with little access to the arts. Through her board experience with Art Access, Claudia hopes to reach ethnic communities, especially those with disabilities.

Shaleane Gee
Shaleane Gee is director of major gifts for the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO). She first became acquainted with Art Access while living in Chicago and working at a university art museum that was in the process of creating programs to make the art collection and related resources accessible to people with disabilities, and others with limited access to the museum. Through a friend in Salt Lake City, Shaleane familiarized herself with the mission of Art Access and was impressed.

Shaleane is a current board member of DesignBuildBluff of Salt Lake City and Bluff, Utah. She has also been involved in various capacities with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the City of Chicago, City Arts Program and Bella Voce in Chicago, IL. Her extensive professional experience includes finance and accounting, human resources, policy development, PR and communications, education, special events, fundraising, and outreach.

Josanne Glass
After 30 years in the human resources field, several more years in the clothing business and some time as a part-time gallery associate, Josanne Glass opted to dedicate herself fully to her art. She is currently represented by Phillips Gallery and her art can be viewed at

Along with her background in personnel and human resources, Josanne brings with her experience in administration, community service, policy development, special events, grant writing and fundraising. Josanne also has nonprofit board experience and has served individuals with varying abilities via her involvement with the Maurice Warshaw Foundation.

Virginia Gowski
Virginia Gowski is principal of Gowski & Partners, a consulting firm offering marketing and strategic planning for organizations and corporations. In addition to her marketing background, Virginia has experience in organizational capacity building and group training and moderating.

Virginia is a proponent of the arts and has been involved in various capacities with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, the AFTA Arts Advocacy Day and the Utah Cultural Alliance. Virginia believes the Art Access mission is critical to strengthening the foundation of Utah's community.

Christi Jacobsen
Christi Jacobsen is an attorney with the firm Chapman and Cutler, which specializes in banking, corporate finance and securities, and public finance transactions. She initially became interested in Art Access through a current board member and attended the organization's signature event, 300 Plates, where she became interested in Art Access and its mission.

In her career, Christi has acquired experience in finance and accounting, management, policy development, program evaluation, special events, grant writing, fundraising and outreach. In addition to her professional skills, Christi has a genuine interest for the arts, particularly as it pertains to the local community.

Daren Young
Daren Young is a fine art painter who has been acquainted with Art Access since 2006, when he had a studio in the same building. Since that time, Daren has exhibited at Art Access on several occasions, most recently in October 2012. For the past six years, Daren has participated in the 300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition.

Over the course of his involvement with Art Access, Daren has become a friend and advocate of the organization and its mission. Daren's art can be viewed at