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.
Samantha Ortega is an administrative assistant at WESTAF, assisting the executive director in various tasks. In addition to her work at WESTAF, Samantha manages and maintains CVSuite content, including blog posts and social media campaigns. Samantha has a background in marketing and communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Natalie Villa is a project manager who manages and oversees CVSuite contracting and invoicing services, while also working across programs to assist with communication within the CVSuite team. Outside of her work with CVSuite, Natalie acts as the technical project lead for ZAPP and CaFE. Natalie leads the production of instructional videos for many of WESTAF’s art and technology projects. Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree in film and television at the University of Colorado Denver.
Creative Economy Advisor, 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.