Nicole Stephan, Director of Creative Vitality Suite, joined WESTAF in 2012 to lead the design and development of the CVSuite software platform. Early in her career, with publisher Harcourt Brace she launched one of the nation’s first distance learning courses. From 2006 to 2010, she served as senior designer for Wall Street on Demand, a Goldman Sachs subsidiary, leading the design of a new charting platform for a Wall Street Journal/ Dow Jones product. Nicole’s passion for interdisciplinary work, led her to graduate studies in the newly emerging field of information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). In 2012, she obtained her master’s of science from University of Colorado Boulder, Alliance for Technology Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute. During her studies, she spent a semester in Kathmandu, completing her research on the uses of technology in design in emerging markets by rebranding Nepal’s largest fair-trade organization.
Paul Nguyen is a data specialist and WESTAF technology associate. He is an architect of the CVSuite project. As a data specialist, Nguyen analyzes and cleans new data streams and designs innovative ways to visualize data. Paul’s other responsibilities range from improving user interfaces to providing technical support for clients and their constituents. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Parsons School of Design in New York. He is currently in graduate school studying data science.
Susan Gillespie is an account executive for the CVSuite. She specializes in finding data-technology solutions for her clients in the arts. Prior to joining WESTAF, Susan managed the arts, culture, and non-profit advertising accounts at the Denver Post and its digital ad network, AdTaxi, where she planned successful campaigns for her clients. She currently serves on the board of directors of PlatteForum, which supports contemporary artists and under-served youth in metro Denver. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where she studied advertising and design.
Natalie Villa is a project associate who manages the social media campaigns for the CVSuite. She also works across programs to assist with communication within the CVSuite team. Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree in film and television at the University of Colorado Denver. Villa leads the production of instructional videos for many of WESTAF’s art and technology projects.
Executive Director, WESTAF
Anthony Radich oversees WESTAF’s work in the areas of research, advocacy, and online- systems development. One of his professional positions prior to joining WESTAF was Senior Project Manager for the Arts, Tourism and Cultural Resources Committee of the National Conference of State legislatures (NCSL). There, he edited Economic Impact of the Arts: A Sourcebook, a publication supported by NCSL and the National Endowment for the Arts. At WESTAF, Anthony has overseen the completion of several economic impact studies for state arts agencies and led the development of the Creative Vitality Index. Anthony holds a doctorate in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver.
Adam Sestokas serves as WESTAF’s director of technical operations. In that position, he is responsible for managing the development and maintenance of several highly-used WESTAF public facing web applications. These include the ZAPPlication® and CallForEntry™ adjudication systems, the Public Art Archive™ and several online grant systems. Prior to joining WESTAF, Sestokas served as the internet technology manager for an INC 5000 company. Prior to that, he spent three years working for a tech-based startup company. In those positions he has acquired experience in roles such as developer, project manager and release engineer. Sestokas holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Buffalo with a concentration in management information systems. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado with a concentration on internet technology management.
Brian Points has extensive consulting experience with clients in the fields of economic development, higher education, workforce development, and the private sector. His experience spans an array of topics including strategic planning, econometrics, economic impact analysis, benefit/cost analysis, and survey and focus-group research. He has conducted several analyses related to arts and culture including economic impact analyses for a music festival and a convention center. His recent project work includes managing research for three defense diversification and supply chain projects for clients in Kentucky and Missouri.