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Executive Office and Development

Hunter O'Hanian
Executive Director

Hunter O’Hanian joined CAA in July 2016 as the organization’s executive director and chief executive officer. Prior to joining CAA, he was the director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Previously, Hunter served as vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the president of Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and executive director of the largest residency program for emerging artists and writers in the US, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Hunter has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. With a long history of community and non-profit volunteerism, Hunter was the board chair of the Alliance of Artists Communities, the organization of artists residencies throughout the US. His honors include an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston, a fully endowed fellowship named in his name at the Fine Arts Work Center, a fund established in his name to acquire art work by diverse artists at the Leslie-Lohman Museum and a 2016 Impact Award from New York’s Gay City News.

Vanessa Jalet
Executive Liaison

Vanessa Jalet (Stanescu) joined CAA in April 2007 as executive liaison, where she assists the executive director in administrative and governance logistics of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, and CAA’s Professional Committees. Previously, she was assistant to Thomas Messer, the Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Jalet left the Guggenheim to join a political consulting firm which directed the campaign of Shimon Peres vs. Menachem Begin for Prime Minister in 1981. Jalet has also managed an art gallery on that represented the English-born sculptor, William Tucker. Jalet has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she majored in English and drama. Upon graduation she trained in Hawaii for the Peace Corps Thai IX group, and was selected to teach English (TEFL) in Sattahip, Thailand. Jalet is the author of the e-book, The Boy with the Yellow Hair.

Programs and Publications

Tiffany Dugan
Director of Programs and Publications

Tiffany joined CAA as director of programs in November 2015 where she oversees the Annual Conference. Prior to CAA she was in charge of events management at Barnard College for 17 years and before that worked at Isabel O’Neil Studio for the Art of the Painted Finish. She went to Sarah Lawrence College as an undergraduate where she studied Italian and literature. She has a Master’s in Organizational Change Management from The New School.

Paul Skiff
Assistant Director for Annual Conference

Paul Skiff is assistant director for the Annual Conference. He joined CAA in November 1998. Paul directs production and operations for the Annual Conference, which includes site selection, contract negotiation, space use, service providers, production, marketing, and sponsorships for the conference Book and Trade show, among numerous other responsibilities. Prior to joining CAA, Paul was assistant director and manager of productions for Olatunji Music, a cultural center promoting music and culture of Africa, founded in 1959 by the Grammy Award-winning Nigerian musician and educator M. Babatunde Olatunji. Paul holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. Paul’s practice as an artist is focused on live events incorporating use of texts, poetry, and extensions through technology. His creative writing has been published by Henry Holt, Inc./Macmillan, and Simon and Schuster. His reviews of books have appeared in Cover-Arts New York, A Gathering of the Tribes, and Art Journal.

Alison Reilly
Programs Assistant

Alison Reilly is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at Florida State University. She studies exhibition models and modern curatorial history. Alison is also the recipient of the Patricia Rose Teaching Fellowship and the Penelope E. Mason Grant for Dissertation Research. She has previously served as an exhibition design consultant for university museums.

Michelle Stanek
Manager of the Annual Conference

Michelle Stanek is the Manager of the Annual Conference at CAA. Previously she curated and produced the national design conference, business & design conference and annual leadership retreat for AIGA, the professional association for design. She earned her M.A. in Art History from Pratt Institute where she taught the Renaissance to Rococo course to undergraduates. She is also an accomplished dancer and aerialist, small business owner and curator of her own contemporary art gallery, The Wall at Body & Pole in Chelsea.

Joe Hannan
Editorial Director

Joe Hannan is CAA’s editorial director. He has served as managing editor and copyeditor for Art Journal since 2002 and has worked closely with some seventy artists to bring their projects for the journal to completion. He has been the managing editor of The Art Bulletin since 2010. He played an instrumental role in the conceptualization and realization of Art Journal Online, and continues to work with editorial and administrative staff on its publishing projects. Before coming to CAA, Joe worked at The Kitchen in New York, where he directed a touring program for performing artists and helped organize the New Music, New York festival. Over the years he has held senior editorial positions with the New York Foundation for the Arts, Lincoln Center Festival, and Museum of Modern Art, New York, where for five years he edited the museum’s monthly magazine.

Alyssa Pavley
Associate Editor of Digital Publications

Alyssa Pavley is the associate editor for digital publications at CAA, supporting the organization’s digital publication efforts. Alyssa works on the production of texts, conversations, and artist projects on Art Journal Open; caa.reviews’s Scalar initiatives; and other publications projects. Previously, Alyssa worked as the editorial assistant in CAA’s publications department from 2011 to 2013. She holds a BA in art history and creative writing from New York University.

Janet Landay
CAA-Getty International Program & Fair Use Initiative

Janet Landay directs the CAA-Getty International Program, which brings art historians from around the world to CAA’s Annual Conference. Now in its sixth year, the program has ninety alumni from forty-one countries. Janet is also the project manager for CAA’s Fair Use Initiative, overseeing all aspects of the development of the Code of Best Practices in Fair use for the Visual Arts. Prior to CAA, she worked for many years as a curator and administrator at a number of art museums in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Communications, Marketing, and Membership

Nicholas Obourn
Director of Communications, Marketing, and Membership

Nick Obourn is the Director of Communications and Marketing at the College Art Association (CAA), where he works on organization-wide communications and marketing strategy and building partnerships across the visual arts field. Previous to CAA, he held positions in communications, public relations, and marketing at Columbia University. He has consulted for the Creative Capital Foundation, start-ups, and book publishers. Nick also serves on the benefit committee for the organization Groundswell. He has written for Art & Antiques Magazine, Art in America, Tin House, and other publications. He holds a bachelor’s in English from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Allison Walters
Web and Graphic Designer

Allison Walters is the web and graphic designer at CAA. Allison started working at CAA in 2015. In addition to editing the website, Allison creates mailers, ads, postcards, tote bags, and other materials. Allison is also an artist.

Joelle Te Paske
Media and Content Manager

Joelle Te Paske is Media and Content Manager at CAA. Prior to CAA she worked in programs and communications at arts nonprofit A Blade of Grass, amplifying the work of socially engaged artists. She was also a registrar at Paula Cooper Gallery and has worked for Kate Werble Gallery, The Drawing Center, and Artforum. Joelle earned her B.A. in Individualized Study at New York University’s Gallatin School, where she studied “Art Practice as Political Play” in New York City and the Czech Republic.

Alison Chang
Sponsorship and Partnership Manager

Alison Chang is the Sponsorship and Partnership Manager at CAA. Prior to her role at CAA, she worked in curatorial departments at the Museum of Modern Art, the RISD Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. Alison holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Alison enjoys dancing and baking intricate desserts.

Doreen Davis
Manager of Member Services

Doreen Davis is the Membership Manager at CAA. In her role at CAA, Doreen interacts on a daily basis with the many members and institutions comprising the organization. Doreen is also active in her church and is the Director of the Young People’s League and serves as the Church Secretary.

Denise Williams
Member Services Coordinator

Denise Williams is the Membership Coordinator at CAA. In her role, she handles outreach to prospective members and member retention. Denise is also very active in her community as a Board of Director’s Secretary in her community doing outreach work for the less fortunate.

Finance, Administration, and IT

Teresa Lopez
Chief Financial Officer

Teresa Lopez is CAA’s chief financial officer. She joined the organization in 2010. Before coming to the organization, she was controller at the Dia Art Foundation in New York and held the same position at David Zwirner and Zwirner and Wirth, two Manhattan-based art galleries. After studying engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, she took up accounting at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Scott Gerhardt
IT Manager

Scott Gerhardt is the IT Manager at CAA, where he oversees all technology services in use by CAA staff. He has more than twenty years' experience in IT management and administration from both the performing arts and financial technology industries. In addition to his technology activities, Scott is also an active classical musician, having received his bachelor's and master's degrees in clarinet performance from the Mannes School of Music in New York.

Wayne Lok
Systems Administrator

Wayne is the systems administrator at CAA. He has nearly 20 years of IT experience, mostly in the non-profit sector. Wayne oversees and provides maintenance for the internal network and telecommunications at CAA’s office.

Roberta Lawson
Office Coordinator

Roberta Lawson is Office Coordinator at CAA. Roberta maintains the physical operations of the office with the building management, purchases supplies, and offers project assistance to other departments as needed. Roberta also oversees the application process for the Professional Development Fellowships awarded each year. Roberta is also an artist outside of work. Prior to CAA, Roberta taught studio art at the university and high school levels, worked in art shipping and storage, and was a studio assistant with professional artists. 

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