Staff, Board, Advisory Council

Executive Director:  Mary Schmidt (she/her)  

A New Mexico native, Mary had early dreams of being a commercial artist (back before computer graphics), but realized she’d never be more than thoroughly mediocre. She subsequently held a wide variety of jobs, including executive positions for strategic planning, marketing, and product development in several global technology corporations. She then was a consultant, with clients ranging from companies such as Hewlett-Packard to tech start-ups to sole proprietor artisans. Non-profit clients included Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity and The Loan Fund.  Prior to joining OFFCenter in 2019, Mary was Development Director for the Coe Center for the Arts in Santa Fe. She does her best to live her personal mission statement, “Make a difference and have fun doing it.”

Program Managers

Asenath and Ashley Program ManagersAshley Kincaide (she/her)

Ashley (on the right)  is lead for inquiries re art boxes for groups. Ashley moved to Albuquerque in 2015. OffCenter was one of the first places she visited where she started as a volunteer on projects including the Folk Art Festival and facilitating a collage group. She is a mixed media artist and loves to interact with the community in and outside of OffCenter. You’ll also often see her in our First Friday puppet parades!

Asenath Lizarraga (they/them)

Asenath (on the left)  is lead for the Art Supply Commons and our new print shop. Asenath is an agender mixed heritage Peruvian and Finnish, multidisciplinary artist born on Coast Salish/ Duwamish land, aka Seattle.  Asenath’s creative practices include painting, drawing, print-making, embroidery, sewing, music production, writing and more. The artwork that they create is inspired by their personal experiences of intersecting identities, transformation of oneself, and working with their community to organize for collective liberation. Asenath is passionate about promoting community engagement in the arts and is thrilled to be working as a Program Manager at OFFCenter Community Arts Project for this reason.

Questions? Ideas? Email, we do a lot of multi-tasking as a team. One of us will get back to you shortly.

Board of Directors

President: Ellen Mather

Ellen’s company, Ellen Mather Communications, partners with mission-driven organizations to develop and implement strategic, consistent, impactful messaging and materials that educate, inform and persuade. Ellen joined the OFFCenter Arts Board of Directors in January 2020, inspired by the center’s creative and inclusive culture and the important role OFFCenter plays in our community. While she has little artistic talent herself, she is an enthusiastic supporter of those who do. In addition to her non-profit clients, Ellen has served on arts-related boards including Popejoy Hall and Vintage Albuquerque, which supports arts, music, dance, theater and other artistic education programs for children.

Vice President: Janine Al-Bayati  Janine also chairs our puppet committee.
Secretary: Deb Trevino

Deb is a senior communications strategist and writer, with clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Santa Fe Institute and Getty Images.  She was previously on the board of the Jewish Family Service of Seattle. Her marketing expertise greatly helps OC to spread the word about our services and do more for our community.

Treasurer: Philip Hughes-Luing
Director: Bob LaVallee
Director: Pamela Heater

2021 Advisory Council

Dr. Lee Francis IV, Native Realities
Vanessa Bowen, Bowen Creative
Gabe Gallegos, Abq Artwalk
Helen Juliet Atkins, artist and arts organizer
Joan Costello, retired banker and former ED, Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity
Peri Pakroo, Founder & CEO of Pyragraph
Christi Rein
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