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Executive Office and Development
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 (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.
Anna Cline is the development manager at CAA. Prior to CAA she worked in development and special events at Performa, an organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art. Anna has also held various positions and internships at artistic institutions such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Art in America, Paul Kasmin Gallery, and The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She received her BA from Trinity College, Hartford, CT in Art History and Studio Arts. When not in the office, Anna sings with The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Women’s Ensemble.
Director of Programs
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.
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.
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.
Manager of Programs
Katie Apsey is manager of programs at CAA, serving as the administrative contact for conference session chairs, session speakers, workshop leaders, individuals holding special events, conference workers, conference mentors/reviewers, awards jury members, travel grant applicants, and more. In addition to working at CAA, Katie is a dissertator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison writing on Native American Art History and Performance Studies and occasionally works at the Brooklyn Museum with the museum’s ASK app project.
Cali Buckley is a Ph.D. Candidate in art history at the Pennsylvania State University. She spent her last year in Germany as a Fulbright Student researching early modern anatomical models with interactive parts. She previously worked for the Pennsylvania State University Press as an editorial assistant and the multi-press Art History Publication Initiative as the image and permissions manager.
Betty Leigh Hutcheson
Director of Publications
Betty Leigh Hutcheson is director of publications at CAA. She provides oversight of CAA’s three journals, caa.reviews, Art Journal, and The Art Bulletin, and the website Art Journal Open, as well as CAA’s directories of graduate programs and grants to publishers. Betty Leigh joined the CAA staff in 2003 and has worked on almost every publications task possible, from writing obituaries to planning data migration from one program to another. She holds an MFA from Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College. Before her tenure at CAA she worked as a freelance editor and photographer.
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.
Sarah Zabrodski is the editorial manager of publications at CAA. She provides editorial support to CAA’s three journals and oversees the association’s three publication grant programs. She previously worked at the Getty Research Institute and Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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.
Alan Gilbert is the editor of CAA’s online reviews journal, caa.reviews, He has held the position since 2005. Prior to working at CAA, he was the editor of NYFA Quarterly, an interdisciplinary arts magazine published by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Alan is also a widely published poet, art writer, and book critic. He is the author two books of poetry, The Treatment of Monuments and Late in the Antenna Fields, as well as a collection of essays, articles, and reviews entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight. He has a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Publications Department Assistant
Deidre Thompson is the publications department assistant at CAA. She holds a BA in Art History from Bard College and is currently attaining an M.L.I.S. degree at Pratt Institute.
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.
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.
Member Services Assistant
Michael Iadarola is the membership services assistant at CAA. He is also a graduate student in adolescent education at Hunter College. In his spare time he likes to go to museums.
Finance and Administration
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.
Fernando Zelaya is the controller at CAA. He is responsible for general accounting, budgeting, cash management, grant reporting, annual audit, payroll and tax preparation. He is also the self-proclaimed resident soccer expert. He previously worked at Dia Art Foundation as the finance assistant and benefits 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.
Accounts Receivable Accountant
Shabab Rahman is the Accounts Receivable Accountant at College Art Association. Her Key responsibilities are maintaining financial records, reports and logs, creating and processing invoices and receipts, and managing accounts for memberships and CAA’s career services. She graduated from Baruch College in 2011 with a major in Accounting and minor in Political Science. Previously She worked for Omnicom Media Group as Junior Accountant for about three years.
Comunications and Marketing
Director of Communications and Marketing
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.
Communications and Marketing Manager
Vivian is the communications and marketing manager at CAA. She is responsible for managing the long and short-term marketing, communications, advertising, and media strategies and goals for CAA. Working closely with all departments, she is deeply involved in assisting in the outreach and promotion of CAA’s programs, publications, services, and advocacy efforts. Previously, she worked in Hong Kong as the communications manager for the Savannah College of Art & Design’s Asia campus; and prior to that was part of the legal team at SPIN Media, and the Legal Aid Society. Vivian holds a BS in marketing and international business from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a JD from the Cardozo School of Law.
Christopher Howard is editor at CAA. He also served as editor of caa.reviews. Chris has edited essays for exhibition catalogues published by the Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth and the Museum at FIT, and his writing has been published by Artforum, Modern Painters, Art Papers, the L Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Burnaway, and the Art Book, among others. In 2011 he founded In Term Of, a blog publishing criticism on lectures, panels, symposia, conversations, and other live speaking engagements. (In Terms Of received a 2014 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.) Howard is writing a book-length essay on Terry Fugate-Wilcox and the Jean Freeman Gallery. He earned a BA in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Florida and an MA in art history from Hunter College, City University of New York.
Web and Digital Manager
Michael Horton is the web and digital designer at CAA. He is responsible for creating and updating content for websites and managing the technology that the websites are built on. Michael is also involved in technology planning to better communicate with our members. Michael has many years of experience as a web developer, working for several companies including Readers Digest and BD Pharmaceuticals.
Allison Walters is the graphic designer at CAA. Allison started at CAA in 2015, working on the Resource for Academic Art Museum Professionals (RAAMP) project. She assumed the role of graphic designer at CAA in 2016. Allison creates mailers, ads, postcards, tote bags, and other materials, seeking to bring a contemporary vision to CAA’s aesthetic presence. Allison also oversees the design and moderation of CAA Connect, CAA’s online community for discussion. Outside of CAA, Walters is an artist.
Director of Information Technology
Michael Goodman is CAA’s director of IT. He has over 25 years of technology experience with an emphasis in database solutions. Michael is responsible for all technology in use by the CAA staff. Prior to joining CAA, he worked for nine years at Japan Society in New York City, also in the role of Director of Information Technology. Previous to the Japan Society he worked as a member of IT departments at for-profit companies.
Eric Ervin is the database manager at CAA. His work involves organizing data into structures that are informative and helpful and overseeing the membership database.
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.