Staff

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Nichole DeMent, Executive & Artistic Director

Nichole DeMent is an artist, educator, and cultural producer that's worked in the arts for two decades including as curator at non-profit, independent and commercial galleries. A steadfast advocate for arts and culture, she is passionate about empowering the arts community and providing artists with exhibition and professional development opportunities as Executive & Artistic Director at CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art). 

Nichole traveled abroad studying prehistoric art and architecture in France, Italy, Greece and Crete and received a BA from Evergreen State College in Fine Art Photography and Art History. Her personal artwork is found in private and public collections and represented at SAM Gallery in Seattle and WaterworksGallery in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  

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Katelyn Johnson, Gallery Manager

Katelyn Johnson believes that art has the power to improve the world. She received her Master of Arts in Museology from the University of Washington. She began her professional training in museum collections and exhibit design, and during graduate school, specialized in museum administration and fundraising. Katelyn is devoted to working for nonprofit arts organizations that advocate for creativity.

 

Board

CoCA is run by a working Board, which means that in addition to overseeing fiscal and governance responsibilities, our Board members also push up their sleeves and do everything from programming to sweeping the floors. If you are interested in learning how you can become part of this amazing cohort of hardworking, fun loving, creative people, please contact us.

Judy Rayl

Board Chair 2018 - Present
Board Member 2017 - Present
Volunteer Recruiter 2016 - Present


Having become smitten with CoCA in 1989, Judy was overjoyed to re-encounter the gallery in 2016 and immediately signed up to volunteer. Later she accepted the Volunteer Lead role, then also an invitation to join the Board of Directors.  She is the 2018 Board Chair.  

"Being on the CoCA Board of Directors is the culmination of my long-term love of contemporary art.  I am a photographer, and working with CoCA helps keep me inspired."  

Judy's background is in medicine; she earned a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.D. Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Having retired from her medical career, Judy now brings her skills with business and working with people to CoCA. "My goal is to continue to offer the joy and boldness I see in CoCA to our community for many years moving forward."

judy@cocaseattle.org

Sara Everett

Curatorial Committee Co-Chair 2018 - Present
Board Member 2012 - Present
Board President 2017
Board Vice President 2015 - 2016
Marathon Chair 2014
Board Chair 2012 - 2013

With a strong background in group facilitation, she joined the CoCA Board at a time of exponential growth and could utilize her skill set to help organize and facilitate meetings to be more streamlined. Sara has a collaborative approach to organizational management and encourages balance where every voice is heard and respected.

As a working artist, she has exhibited with Seattle's CORE, Ghost, and Twilight galleries and has shown internationally. She's also a curator of site-specific installations for local real estate development.

sara@cocaseattle.org | www.saraeverett.com

Eddie Reed

Board President 2018 - Present
Board Treasurer 2017 - 2018
Board Member 1983 - 1985, 2016 - Present 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
"CoCA is a community-based art organization that shares my passion for raising public awareness of the great contemporary visual arts legacy of the Pacific Northwest."

Eddie achieved his BS in Art and Art Education at University of Maine, Machias and went on to receive his EdD at University of Washington, Seattle. Having a background in education but having long appreciated and produced art. Eddie has experience in public funding campaign management, serving as a board member, and possess skills in public organization leadership.

As an artist, he exhibited in Machias, ME; Dayton, OH; Birmingham, AL; Tacoma, WA; and Lincoln City, OR. Published various education-focused papers as well as acted as a contributing editor on Vision Magazine’s quarterly review of Northwest Contemporary Art from 1983-1988.

Current volunteer at Leschi School Community Support.

eddie@cocaseattle.org

Joseph Bisacca

Board Member 2016 - Present

Joseph was born and raised in Fairfield, CT/NYC, attended college at Gonzaga (Psychology/English majors, Art minor), messed with banking for a few years and then moved out to Seattle and opened Elysian Brewing Co (1996). Joe makes beer, drinks beer, throws epic events, focused on branding and marketing of Elysian. In between, he work on many photographic projects with Miguel Edwards.

joeb@cocaseattle.org

Archis Gore

Board Secretary 2018
Board Member 2017 - Present


"I have a general love for the arts and am an outspoken vocal proponent of the need for contemporary arts."

As a professional scientist and engineer, Archis loves to bridge gaps across “intellectuals” to open minds, nurture ideas and thoughts, and to encourage critical thinking. He especially values the ability for holding “uncomfortable” or “controversial” thoughts which he sees as important for every discipline – scientists require it and artists provoke it through palatable expression. His skills lie in corporate networking and event promotion.

A member of Global Underwater Explorers – an organization that works to conserve, explore and educate on the world’s marine systems. "I spend significant amounts of time traveling and diving to extreme depths to locate lost shipwrecks."

Volunteers as a judge for the ISEF and WESF Science Fairs, as well as a coach and judge for the Marine Tech Remote Operated Vehicle competitions, an organization that teaches K-12 students how to build marine robots for complex missions.

archis@cocaseattle.org

Joseph Roberts

Board Member 2004 - Present
Curator 2018
CoCA Ballard Curator 2007 - 2013
Board President 2005 - 2008

Roberts is CEO of Apulent, a Seattle based hospitality firm that provides event venue management, fine catering and event planning services.
He has curated numerous CoCA exhibits, some of which include:

Haris Purnomo: Visual Poetry
East | West: Emerging Artist Exchange
Tracy Boyd: Seattle Sketches
Momoko Sudo: Linescaping
Sarah T. Skinner: Takako
Jules Frazier: Western Landscapes
Polyptychs
Steven Poster
Carlos Saura: Fotosaurios
Matthew Klein: Context Bends Perception

Roberts also serves as board president of Copper Canyon Press, the preeminent independent publisher of poetry. He is a member of the board of advisers of Art With Heart (art therapy for traumatized children), and he serves as public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority resolving complex securities disputes. He serves a mentor for young people both privately and through formal college programs.

He is a graduate of Washington State University (BA) and of Seattle University (JD). 

joseph@cocaseattle.org

Joy Turner

Board Member 2018 - Present
Development Committee Chair 2018 - Present

Joy was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana with her three brothers and mother. In 2006, she left home to attend West Point where she graduated in 2010. Post graduation, she served as a Military Police Office throughout the U.S. and abroad deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2014 for nine months.  In 2016, she decided to change paths and recently earned a Master of Public Administration (with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation) from the Evans School at UW.  Joy self describes as a kite enthusiast and introverted people lover. 

joy@cocaseattle.org

Devon J. Chan Dunham

Board Member 2018 - Present
Board Vice President 2019
Board Treasurer 2019

“Contemporary art is the telling of universal truths in unforgettable ways.”

After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Devon pursued an installation art career that spanned over a decade, affording him multiple opportunities to showcase his work both in NYC and San Francisco. His exploration of contemporary art also granted him the opportunity to establish himself as a published art critic and writer for an international arts magazine. In the following decade, his concentration shifted to working for major corporations in the private and public sectors where he honed his business prowess in operations and development.

A recent transplant to Seattle, Devon has returned to his passion for contemporary art and the pursuit of his personal body of work as an artist. Throughout his career, he has continued to support artists and art communities in their development of fundamental strategies to succeed in the business of art.

devon@cocaseattle.org

Joel Cazares

Board Member 2018 - Present
Board Secretary 2019

Cazares is an industrial engineering, foreign languages, and fashion graduate from New Mexico State University. He has worked as a program specialist for the NMSU College of Engineering, where he assisted with STEM outreach programs, and created marketing materials and social media content. He enjoys bringing together engineering, art and fashion, and has designed garments for several fashion shows and various personal projects. His designs typically include different types of technology as embellishments or as methods to increase garment functionality. Cazares deeply appreciates the impact that design, art, and technology have in shaping the way we interact with different environments and with each other. 

joelcazares@cocaseattle.org

Kayleigh Wold

Board Member 2018 - Present
Curatorial Co-Chair 2018 - Present
Facilities Lead 2016 - Present

Kayleigh moved to Seattle from the Midwest back in 2013 without ever visiting the city first. While a pretty true Virgo, she also love spontaneity and adventure! After moving, she quickly fell in love with the mountains, music, people watching and volunteering with CoCA. Besides family and friends, the only thing the Midwest has Kayleigh missing are the thunderstorms.

Kayleigh is an artist working in several mediums and dabbling in many others, with her primary focus in painting abstracts using spray paint on recycled windows and glass panes. Her pieces have been shown at CoCA and at the SSC Art Gallery.

Besides making art, exploring the city and hanging with her CoCA family, Kayleigh loves walking on Alki, reading and trying to coerce her two rambunctious cats to cuddle.

kayleigh@cocaseattle.org


Lead Volunteers

We rely on hardworking volunteers to help us with a wide range of tasks, from running our CoCA Archives Project to assisting at special events. Current lead volunteers include:

Miguel Edwards, Adviser, Past Board President
Ray C. Freeman III, Publisher, Adviser, Past Board President
Amanda Hood, Auction Dessert Dash Queen, Graphic Design Support
Liz Ruest, Website Management
Timothy Rysdyke, Curatorial Support

Interns

CoCA supports a robust internship program for students at all levels, from undergraduates to PhD candidates. Current interns include:

Glysed Barboza, Curatorial Intern
Eric Chinn, Social Media Intern
Autumn Grindle, Communications Management Intern
Lianna Hamby, Marathon & Auction intern
Leona Kazi, Tech Intern
Avril Lum, Board Liaison Intern
Brooke McCulloch, Membership Intern
Angeline Nesbit, Development and Grants Intern
Bella Rowland-Reid, Curatorial Intern
Nat Thornton, Curatorial Intern

Interested in joining the CoCA team as a volunteer or intern? We invite you to become part of one of the country's most colorful, and oldest, arts organizations. Working with CoCA will give you the opportunity to hone your skills, build your resume, gain college credits or fulfill your philanthropic desires.

To learn more, go to our Volunteer page. We accept applications on a rolling basis, and projects can vary depending on your availability. If you need to do an intensive, 35 hours per week, we can keep you busy.