Kelly joined WESTAF in May of 2019 as the business coordinator for CVSuite and GO Smart, aiding in content and contract services, client communications, and marketing. Kelly has a background working in public and socially engaged art and has held positions in marketing and development for organizations such as the Santa Fe Opera, Creative Time in New York City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA Denver). She is also a planning committee member for RedLine Art Center’s 48-Hour Summit. Most recently, Kelly was a contributing writer for Colorado-based magazine Boulder and Cherry Creek Lifestyle, covering arts and culture. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in art history and multicultural leadership at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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.