Emelie Borello is an instructor at Colorado State University for the LEAP Institute for the Arts, as well as a recent graduate from LEAP Master’s program. She has a strong background in management, human resources, and project planning as well as a decade of experience as a director and designer in the local Fort Collins community theatre. In addition to teaching, Emelie is working to create collaborative arts projects within the community, and looking toward pursing a doctoral program in sociology of arts and celebration in the near future.
Artist Debora Bernagozzi works primarily with the mediums of video and photography. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally. Inspired by residency experiences that were transformational for them both personally and artistically, Debora and huband Jason Bernagozzi, along with Hank Rudolph co-founded Signature Culture, an experimental media art nonprofit organization that provides residencies, resources, and exhibition opportunities for artists, researchers, and innovators working in the field. She serves as Executive Director, while continuing to create and exhibit her own artwork.
She received her BFA in Video from the Atlanta College of Art in 1999 and her MFA in Electronic Integrated Art from Alfred University in 2002. She was awarded artist residencies at the Experimental Television Center, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, and the Institute for Electronic Arts. Bernagozzi and her husband were honored to be artists in residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in January 2012, co-sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival (KLEX) and Multimedia University. She has taught at institutions including Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Nazareth College, Syracuse University, and Alfred University.
Haley Carlson is a dedicated arts leader, advocate, and enthusiast, with a passion to advance opportunities for creatives. She has worked at large and small arts institutions alike, such as Dia: Beacon, Southern Highland Craft Guild, BluBus Screen Printing, and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. She received her master’s in Arts Leadership & Cultural Management from the LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University in 2017. Haley serves on the board of S.T.A.M.P. (Sustainable Touring for Artists, Musicians, and Performers) and is the co-founder of the Dream Warriors Foundation.
Sandy Ceas is a nomadic New Englander who settled in the foothills of Colorado to practice her art and to teach at a number of Colorado universities about the value of art in cultural production. Ceas has a Master’s of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), California in New Genres and a Master’s of Art in Humanities from the University of Denver Colorado with an emphasis on Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. She has taught at SFAI, Colorado Christian University, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Metropolitan State University, Vermont College and the Art Institutes in both Colorado and Oregon.
The art practice of social engagement through the vehicle of art production and encounter has been Ceas’ forte. She has organized boundary crossing art programs to open dialogue in various cultures as a means to social change. Some of her endeavors include Juarez, Mexico during heavy cartel wars, Morocco, North Africa to connect young Christians and Muslims in conversation about amity, and New York Intercity projects for community building. In addition to leading these events, Ceas has presented at international conferences about art and social justice, art and spirituality, and art as cultural production. Her most recent colloquium was at the Palestinian Diaspora Conference in Bethlehem, Palestine, 2015. Ceas’ aim is to cultivate young college age students to comprehend the agency of art to promote education and foster solidarity.
Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Coordinator of Internships
Florida State University
As a previous intern at the Central City Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler understands well the value internships hold for arts management students’ professional development. His passion for students and their internship experiences in arts management inspires his research, published by American Journal of Arts Management and the International Journal of Arts Management. Most recently, Dr. Cuyler contributed to an amicus brief to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of Eric Glatt regarding the infamous Fox Searchlight Pictures case. Previous to joining the LEAP faculty as instructor for Internship and Internship Seminar, Dr. Cuyler held faculty positions at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), American University, and Purchase College, SUNY. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Arts Administration & Coordinator of Internships at Florida State University where he also earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Arts Administration.
LEAP Coordinator and Program Advisor
Janice McFadden is serving as the LEAP office coordinator. She has been working in higher education for more than 25 years and has been at CSU for most of that time. Janice holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver. She lives in Fort Collins with her family and enjoys camping, gardening and beading. Janice loves working with students from all walks of life and is committed to helping them be successful in their academic careers and beyond.
Jack A. Rogers
General Manager, The Lincoln Center
Jack has worked in the performing arts for over 24 years. During that time he has been an artist, and advocate, a tour manager, a festival producer, a venue director, and worn countless other hats. Jack received his BFA in Acting with a minor in dance and a concentration in music from Long Island University at CW Post. Jack has received multiple awards for his performance work both professionally and academically. He received his MPA in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. As an advocate, Jack served as Vice President of Programming for the Georgia Arts Network, the state’s official arts advocacy organization. Jack has served as a juror on programming committees for the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies, Georgia Presenters, and the Southern Arts Federation’s Performing Arts Exchange. Jack’s interests include multi-disciplinary collaboration, event management-safety and security, advocacy, and performing arts programming. Jack is a member of Actor’s Equity of America, Americans for the Arts, the International Association of Venue Managers, and the Western Arts Alliance. Jack currently provides administrative, artistic, and operational leadership to The Lincoln Center, a multi-venue events facility and Northern Colorado’s largest performing arts presenter.
Michelle Stanley Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music, Flute
Dr. Michelle Stanley is assistant professor of Music at Colorado State University where she teaches flute and chamber music and classes for the LEAP program. Michelle is a regular performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. From early music to new music, Michelle is a passionate performer and strong advocate of the musical arts. As a dedicated teacher she has an active and successful university flute studio and has enjoyed giving masterclasses from China to the U.S. She has performed in throughout the U.S. and in Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, and Italy.
Michelle is the second flutist/piccolo player with the Colorado Ballet orchestra and is a regular performer in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has presented and performed for the National Flute Convention (2012 Las Vegas, 1999 Atlanta), College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Colorado Music Educators Association conference (2010, 2013), and Music Teachers National Association state and national conferences. She has performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and spent five seasons as the second flutist with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra.
She is a founding member and performer with the Sonora Chamber Ensemble that regularly performs and commissions chamber music. She has commissioned and premiered over 20 works from composers throughout the United States. Her first CD of newly commissioned chamber music was released by Centaur Records in 2006.
In addition to her active performance career, Dr. Stanley is the author of an online music appreciation textbook published by Great River Technologies calledMusic Appreciation: Successful Listening in All Music. This text is used at CSU for over 3000 students per year. She is also a part of a team of faculty who are teaching in the innovative and ground-breaking arts entrepreneurship program called the LEAP Center for the Arts at CSU in Fort Collins.
Michelle received a M.M and D.M.A in flute performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Hampshire. She also attended Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with Anne Cherry. Michelle was the president of the Colorado Flute Association and program chair for the Association’s annual Flute Celebration from 2002-2004, and is currently the College Events Chair for the CFA.
Dr. Stanley is a Best Teacher nominee at CSU, and was named a Writing Fellow for the AY 2012/2013 for her research on writing for music appreciation students at CSU.
Teaching remains a strong passion of her musical career and she works to integrate sound body posture and health principles for her students through the study of body mapping, Alexander Technique, Pranayama breathing, and movement. Her work on movement and breathing in practicing is a mainstay in her day to day teaching.
Jill has 25 years of experience in the public arts and culture sector. From 2003 to 2016, Jill was the Director of Cultural Services for the City of Fort Collins. In this role, she spearheaded Fort Collins’ first Cultural Plan and nominated the City for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award, which the community received. She was proud to direct the Department’s two largest capital projects: the $8.4 million renovation of the Lincoln Center and the $27 million public/private partnership that is the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
Jill has facilitated large vision-oriented projects, like master plans and community cultural plans, but also enjoys the personal aspects of team building and board development. Jill shares her experience with others as an adjunct faculty member at the LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University and at Front Range Community College. She teaches courses in arts management and museum studies and learns as much from her students as they do from her. Jill also engages with her local community through activities like presenting at Start-Up Week.
Jill has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver. She is certified through the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) in planning effective public participation processes.