Staff and Board

Staff and Board

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Angela Seals

Executive Director

Angela Seals is a creative leader, project manager, public programs designer, and speaker with 20 years of professional experience with nonprofits. She has worked with the Cultural Office in a variety of capacities since 2013, both on staff and as a client of her arts consulting practice, Relevant Project Studio. Angela has built a reputation for dynamic and collaborative impact in her career in Colorado Springs and at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust / Pittsburgh Dance Council, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. She was honored with the 2022 Juneteenth Community Award from Pikes Peak Diversity Council and was a finalist for the Mayor’s Young Leader Award in 2020. Explore her full bio here.

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KATE HERTZ

Engagement Coordinator

Kate Hertz has always had a deep passion for the arts. Therefore, they’re thrilled to support and develop the incredible creative forces in the Pikes Peak region for a living! Kate’s work focuses on strengthening the Cultural Office’s relationships with the creative community by managing communications, partnerships, and events.  When not at work, Kate is usually writing, creating visual art, performing in a play, or strumming the bass guitar. Any and all of Kate’s success is owed to their beloved cat, Ruthie.

dylan craddock

Program Manager, creative economy

Dylan Craddock brings this position to life with her strengths in research, community development, and project management. Craddock is a Colorado Springs native whose nonprofit experience and studies in Spanish language & culture have spanned Memphis, Peru, and Argentina. In her most recent role in the community as an El Pomar Fellow since 2021, she worked closely with many regional partners of the Cultural Office, as well as the Forum for Civic Advancement, and the RISE Coalition in Southeast Colorado Springs. Craddock earned her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Rhodes College, was a Fulbright Scholar, and is certified in project management through Project Management Institute and Equitable Community Change through Cornell University.

Jonathan Toman

Program Manager, Cultural Promotion & Tourism

Jonathan Toman builds local and tourist arts audiences, and the Pikes Peak region’s visibility as an arts destination, using the marketing, communications, and storytelling platforms of the Cultural Office and its partnerships. To that end, he spearheads the Cultural Office’s flagship cultural promotion & tourism program, Peak Radar – the local creative sector’s most powerful promotional tool. An experienced storyteller and program manager (and Pikes Peak region native), Jonathan enjoys amplifying and illustrating the value of the region’s arts sector…and saying all puns that occur to him.

Melissa O'Rear

Program Manager, education

Melissa O’Rear brings over 20 years’ experience in arts education as a teacher, director and administrator to her role with the Cultural Office. She has worked in public, charter, and private schools and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre from NYU. A native to Colorado Springs, her work has taken her all over, including Chicago, New York City, Dublin, and London. She is passionate about creating collaborative spaces for students young and old to explore and discover their creative voices. Locally, she has taught at UCCS, School District 11, The Colorado Springs School, and also at multiple theatre and music organizations. Melissa is the founder and Executive Director of Theatre Across Borders, which focuses on arts-integration programs in schools, such as Science to Stage, along with interactive theatre hikes for families.

2024 Board of Directors

Officers

Krithika Prashant, President
Consultant
Communications, Marketing and Public Relations

Scott Levy, Vice President
Executive Director
Green Box Arts

Ryan Trujillo, Treasurer
Deputy Chief of Staff
City of Colorado Springs

Mari Moxley, Secretary
Filmmaker & Social Worker, Moxley Studio
Deputy Director, Youth Documentary Academy

Members

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Shannon Dunn
Painter

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Holly Flores
Financial Advisor
Wells Fargo Advisors

Rodney Gullatte, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Firma IT Solutions & Services

Matthew Hanson
Market President
Alpine Bank

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Lynne Hastings
Theatre Actor, Director, Administrator

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Kathleen Murphy
Owner & Curator
Art Etc. Gallery and Boutique

Erica Oakley-Courage
Associate VP of Grants
El Pomar Foundation

Michelle Rozell
Director of Heritage Tourism
Cripple Creek

Max Shulman
Theatre Professor & Director of the Heller Center
University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

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Tara Sevanne Thomas
Director
Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Sara Vaas
Executive Director, CONO
Owner, Dizzy Charlie’s Jazz Pop-Ups

Laurie Wilson
Community Engagement Chief
United States Air Force Academy

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