2013 Pre-Conference Speakers
Marina Gomberg (Web Portfolio/ "Digital Footprint")
Marina Gomberg is the Public Relations Specialist for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. She has a BS in Gender Studies from the University of Utah and has been working in communications for the better part of a xdecade. She has experience in the nonprofit, private and public sectors.
Greg Hatch (Job Researching Skills)
Greg Hatch is an Associate Librarian and the Head of the Fine Arts Library at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He has a BA in Theater from St. John's University and a MLIS in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. Hatch's research examines the intersection of libraries and research education in the arts.
Liz Leckie (Interviewing Strategies)
Liz Leckie is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. She has over ten years of experience in student services and holds her PhD in Communications from the University of Utah. Leckie’s research focuses on undergraduate student socialization in higher education, social justice and intercultural communication.
Jessica Mitchell (Career Management)
Jessica Mitchell is a Career Coach at Western Governors University. She studied at Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Western Washington University and the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds her BA in Philosophy and master’s in Education. Her mission is to coach students and graduates to achieve their professional, civic and academic goals.
Kerry O'Grady (Portfolio Design)
Kerry O'Grady is the Director of Education and Engagement at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus. She has a BA in Art and Anthropology from Connecticut College, a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MAT in Art Education from Tufts University. She has taught, directed two university art galleries and curated numerous exhibitions. Her pedagogy and studio work are closely aligned in an examination of perception.
Georgi Rausch (Cover Letter & Resume Writing)
Georgi Rausch is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Management at the University of Utah. She has a BA in Communication Studies and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MA in Organizational Communication from the University of Montana and a PhD in Organizational Communication from the University of Utah. Dr. Rausch's research examines organizational communication study in an educational context.
Gigi Arrington (Arts Organizations)
Gigi Arrington is the Director of Education for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Arrington received her BA and MA from Brigham Young University. She also danced with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, a.ludwigco. and Contemporary DanceWORKS. Arrington has taught at several universities and helped establish the Children’s Creative Dance Lab in Las Vegas and the Sierra Repertory Dance Theatre in Reno.
Heidi Heller Banks (Entertainment)
Heidi Heller Banks is the founder and Executive Director of The Ladder Program, a Los Angeles-based entertainment internship program. With a wide-ranging knowledge of “the industry,” Banks has helped hundreds of students identify their core skills and passions and focus them on an appropriate career path. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre Program, she has appeared on stage in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, on national tours, on the big screen and, most recently, on the little one.
Shaun Boyle (Performance)
Shaun Boyle is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Modern Dance and a faculty member in the Department of Ballet at the University of Utah. Shaun received her BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MA in Choreography from The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Boyle has performed with both classical ballet and contemporary dance companies including: BalletMet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and The Dario Vaccaro Dance Project.
Lauren Gallaspy (Entrepreneurship)
Lauren Gallaspy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah. Gallaspy received her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia and her MFA from Alfred University. From 2009 to 2012, she served as co-director and owner of Trace Gallery in Athens, Georgia with her husband, artist Andy Nasisse.
Sally Gaskill (Arts Organizations)
Sally Gaskill is a life-long arts administrator and has held positions with community nonprofit arts councils, government cultural agencies and higher education arts programs. She currently directs the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) at Indiana University. She is a musician with an undergraduate degree in History and a master’s in Arts Management.
Lela Graybill (Arts Faculty)
Lela Graybill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah. She received her PhD in Art History from Stanford University. Her research and teaching examines historical relationships between the fine arts, popular culture, media technologies, visuality and display.
Kerri Hopkins (Arts Organizations)
Kerri Hopkins is the Director of the ArtsBridge America program for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Hopkins received her BA in Media Study from the University at Buffalo and her MFA in Film Studies from the University of Utah. She is an artist and educator who has been working with youth in Salt Lake City for the past eight years.
V. Kim Martinez (Arts Faculty)
V. Kim Martinez is an Associate Professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. She earned her terminal degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Martinez has received numerous fellowships and awards and exhibits her work both locally and nationally.
Catherine Mayes (Arts Faculty)
Catherine Mayes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Music at the University of Utah. She holds an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from McGill University and a PhD with concentrations in Musicology and Music Theory from Cornell University. Before coming to the University of Utah, Mayes served as a visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology and Music Theory at the University of Notre Dame.
Sydney Cheek O'Donnell (Arts Faculty)
Sydney Cheek O’Donnell is the Head of Theatre Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah. She earned a PhD in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism from the University of Washington’s School of Drama. Cheek-O’Donnell teaches Dramaturgy, Directing, Theatre and Theory, Gender on the Global Stage, Science on Stage and the History of Theatre.
Kerry O'Grady (Arts Organizations)
Kerry O’Grady is the Director of Education and Engagement at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus. She has a BA in Art and Anthropology from Connecticut College, a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MAT in Art Education from Tufts University. She has taught, directed two university art galleries and curated numerous exhibitions. Her pedagogy and studio work are closely aligned in an examination of perception.
Sarah Projansky (Arts Faculty)
Sarah Projansky is the Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, as well as a Professor of Film & Media Studies and Gender Studies. She holds a PhD in Film Studies/Communication Studies (1995) from the University of Iowa. Her most recent book, due out in February, is Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture.
Brittany Reese (Entrepreneurship)
Brittany Reese is the Director and Founder of Sugar Space Studio for the Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Reese has performed as a professional dancer and taught and choreographed with a variety of companies, traveling both nationally and internationally.
Laquimah VanDunk (Arts Faculty)
Laquimah VanDunk is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah. She studied Sociology and Dance at Austin Peay State University. VanDunk currently teaches DANC 1010 Dance in Culture.