We are the staff that sustains ACA's vision for the residency field.
Zooey Arnold-Conner | Grants + Development Administrator
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Zooey is a queer, mixed-race artist and administrator. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2019, they worked for the providence Performing Arts Center's digital media team; as an arts educator in science classrooms through Providence CityArts; and directly with local artists. They live in Providence with their partner and pets.
zaconner [at] artistcommunities.org
Quinn Casey | Interim Engagement Coordinator
Quinn Casey is a graduate of Maine College of Art & Design with a BFA in Art History & Curatorial Practice; professionally Quinn has experience in galleries, cataloging private collections and re-engineering + scaling artist-run businesses. Quinn currently lives in Memphis, TN.
qcasey [at] artistcommunities.org
Edwige Charlot | Director of Community Learning
Edwige is a Providence, RI-based artist and strategist. Edwige has worked in the social profit sector over the past decade in previous roles at AS220, the Maine College of Art & Design, and Creative Portland. Her community engagement and service include being a founding member of the Portland Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum; an advisor of the People of Color Fund at the Maine Community Foundation; and the Artist Thrive initiative at the Emily Tremaine Foundation. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from Maine College of Art & Design.
echarlot [at] artistcommunities.org
Lisa Funderburke Hoffman | Executive Director
Lisa is a systems thinker and coalition builder whose work and research examines equitable engagement. A dynamic facilitator, she works with residencies, foundations, and other nonprofits on developing effective strategy and improving the efficacy of teams and programs. A scientist by training, she has served as a herbarium collections manager and public school educator; and has held leadership posts at McColl Center for Art + Innovation and Charlotte Nature Museum, among others. She is currently on the Grantmakers in the Arts Individual Artist Committee, and serves on the board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Rustle Lab and Orion Magazine.
lhoffman [at] artistcommunities.org
Candice Hemphill | Organization Administrator
Candice is a writer, photographer, and former student of classical ballet, Candice has a long engagement with the arts. With a concentration on minority-owned businesses, her past roles have included administrative support in advertising, event production, and hospitality. In 2019, she graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, IL with a BA in Art History and a minor in Visual Arts Management. She previously held positions with SOFA Chicago and Richard Gray Gallery, yet it was her brief time volunteering at Arts of Life in Chicago that influenced her approach to work in the nonprofit sector.
chemphill [at] artistcommunities.org
Antonio Necuze | Interim Finance + Operations Director
A resident of Miami, Antonio comes to ACA as a Finance executive with more than 17 years-experience leading high performance teams in the non-profit + arts communities. Antonio opened the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts where he served as their Accounting Director. After a decade in that role, he moved to the New World Symphony, where as their Financial Controller. He also worked as the Senior Vice President at Big Brothers Big Sisters overseeing Finance, HR, and Operations. Currently, Antonio serves as President of A&M Business Consultants, a consulting company that helps small to mid-size non-profits with their financial and operational needs. Antonio holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Florida International University.
anecuze [at] artistcommunities.org
Flannery Patton | Special Projects + Board Liaison
Flannery joined the Alliance in 2011 and works directly to address member needs, connecting them to available resources. She worked previously as a Development Associate at Rhode Island Public Radio, as a Research Coordinator in the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University, as a Life Skills and Computer Literacy Teacher at the Rhode Island International Institute, as a public programs producer for the National Park Service, and as an English teacher and Curriculum Developer at Open Book in Denver, CO. Flannery also worked as Program Coordinator for Greater Kennedy Plaza, a non-profit offering art and culture programming in downtown Providence; and coordinated monthly art activities for The Hive Archive, a feminist art collective. Originally from Colorado, she came to Providence in 2003 for college; she has a BA in psychology and a BA in art history from Brown University.
Gui Portel | Interim Special Projects + Board Liaison
Gui is a queer, Latinx immigrant and arts administrator. Through past roles (including Program and Communications Manager at Elsewhere Museum and Residency; Creative Director at Motley Local, community development agency) they’ve gained experience in organizational system building, event coordination, grant writing, community organizing, and art curation.
gportel [at] artistcommunities.org
Crystal Sasaki | Programs Administrator
From the Bay Area, Crystal currently splits their time between Portland, Oregon and NYC. She is a dancer, interdisciplinary artist and facilitator. As an arts administrator, Crystal has been co-running The Headwaters, a non-profit theater in NE Portland, has worked for Danspace in NYC and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. She earned a BA in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.
csasaki [at] artistcommunities.org
Chyla Graham, CPA | Accountant
With almost a decade under her belt as a certified public accountant (CPA), Chyla Graham, President of CNRG Accounting Advisory, LLC, is a chief resource manager; helping navigate the accounting and fiscal tightrope walked by nonprofit organizations. Chyla has integrated flying trapeze into her off time for years, and has seen how its process flows right into her philosophy of organizational success. Chyla examines systems, training, processes, procedures, staff, and emotions to strategize a workable plan as a backbone to keep organizations running smoothly.
bookkeeper [at] artistcommunities.org