Mika is an artist and arts organizer dedicated to creativity for everyone! A poet, a fiber artist, a baker, a teacher, and a maker, she is a recent transplant to Albuquerque from Spokane, Washington, where she worked as the Program Director for Spokane Arts. With a belief that art is for everyone, and that humans are innately creative, she is absolutely delighted to have found an organization so committed to creativity for all! A graduate of Western Washington University, Mika has lived and travelled throughout the West but feels at home here in New Mexico.
Program Manager: Ashley 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!
Questions? Ideas? Email email@example.com, we do a lot of multi-tasking as a team. One of us will get back to you shortly.
Board of Directors
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
Joan Costello, retired banker and former ED, Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity
Peri Pakroo, Founder & CEO of Pyragraph