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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.
Institutional and Individual Giving Manager
JoAnn Wong is the Institutional and Individual Giving Manager, responsible for CAA’s government, foundation and corporate support, as well as individual cultivation and development. Accumulating over 20 years in the nonprofit sector, primarily as a fundraiser, her experience also includes program management at Dance Theatre of Harlem, served as a grant panelist for the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Center for Arts Education, and served as an Arts Administration Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts. JoAnn received her BS in Management and an MBA, Arts Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.
Programs and Publications
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.
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.
Manager of the CAA Annual Conference
Mira Friedlaender is the Manager of the CAA Annual Conference. Prior to joining CAA she worked as an Exhibitions Manager and in Television Production. Mira is an artist and has exhibited her work locally and internationally. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and Bomb, and she has participated in residencies at the American Center in Bangladesh and Recess in New York City. Mira is also the director of the Bilge Friedlaender Estate and recently cocurated Bilge Friedlaender: Words, Numbers, Lines at Arter in Istanbul. She earned her BA from Tufts University in Religious Studies, BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and her MFA in Visual Art from New York University.
Associate Editor for Digital Publications
Heather Holmes is the Associate Editor for Digital Publications at CAA, where she assists in the publication of Art Journal Open and caa.reviews. Prior to joining CAA in 2018, she was digital editor at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Heather is a writer whose work has been published by The New Inquiry, Art21 Magazine, The New Museum, ICA Philadelphia, and WebSafe 2k16; her serial novellas are published by the Philadelphia-based publishing realm SWAG PURGATORY and are available at Printed Matter, McNally Jackson, and Ulises.
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.
Publications and Programs Editor
Joan Strasbaugh is CAA’s Publications and Programs Editor and the editor of the online review journal caa.reviews. Before coming to CAA in 2017, Joan edited and wrote content for books and publications in the arts and humanities for publishers and organizations including Abbeville Press, American Folk Art Museum, Dorling Kindersley, Jones Books, Rizzoli, and Routledge. She received her degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin and presented her work at The Kitchen and Danspace in New York. She is a committed Janeite and author of The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen. She recently edited The Hidden Art: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Self-Taught Artists from the Audrey B. Heckler Collection.
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.
Grants and Special Programs Manager
At CAA, Aakash manages publication grants from the Terra and Wyeth foundations for American art and the Millard Meiss Publication Fund. He also oversees RAAMP (a project of CAA supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation), CAA’s awards for distinction program, and the professional development fellowships in visual art and art history. Aakash is the primary point of contact for CAA’s affiliated societies and the Annual Conference travel grants, including the Samuel H. Kress foundation travel fellowship for international scholars. Prior to joining CAA he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow in French at University of California, Berkeley, and a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom. He also worked for Springer Nature and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds a BA with high honors in English and art history from Swarthmore College, an MA with distinction in critical theory from the University of Sussex, and an MA in rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley.
Programs and Publications Administrator
Daniel Tsai is Programs and Publications Administrator at CAA, where he catalogues and organizes books, fields book requests, researches and clears image permissions, compiles CAA’s dissertations and directory listings, and assists with other administrative tasks. Daniel earned his Dual-Masters in Art History and Library Science from Pratt; and has worked in non-profit art museums and libraries for over five years. Daniel’s perfect day would be to visit all three Mets – The Metropolitan Museum in the morning, an afternoon Mets game at CitiField, and the MetOpera in the evening. That is, respectively: avocados and arugula, Italian sausage, and champagne.
Re’al Christian is Programs Assistant at CAA, where she assists in the planning of the Annual Conference. Prior to joining CAA, she worked in administrative roles at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the Grey Art Gallery. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in art history and communications from New York University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Art History at Hunter College. Re’al is also a writer, and currently contributes to Art in America.
Communications, Marketing, and Membership
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finance, Administration, and IT
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.
Abdul-Rahman Muhammad is a Staff Accountant with CAA and has been with the organization since 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in accounting at Queens College and has over 15 years of experience in accounting in private industry.
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 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 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.