Board/Staff

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Fanny Guadalupe Blauer - Board Member

Fanny Blauer is from Mexico City. She is an accountant and works at the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Fanny attended many events of Artes de Mexico en Utah and, in the fall of 2014, fomented a partnership between us and the Natural History Museum on an exhibit about chocolate. Prior to joining the board of Artes, she also created a partnership with Artes and Amigos y Libros, a club of the Salt Lake City Public Library that promotes reading in Spanish. She joined the board in winter of 2014. Fanny serves on our Governance Committee.

Bernardo Flores-Sahagún - Board Member
Bernardo Flores-Sahagún, from Guadalajara, Mexico, is an architect and designer and principal of Flores-Sahagún and Associates. He is a graduate of the University of Guadalajara and the Danish Royal Academy, in Copenhagen. He has designed residential and commercial structures in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, and Europe. In addition, he designs furniture, exhibits, and displays. He has been involved in the Utah arts community for many years. Flores-Sahagún has served on the boards of the Salt Lake Art Center, ArtSpace, The Children’s Museum, Salt Lake Acting Company, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. He is currently on the board of Salt Lake County Facilities, which overseas the arts facilities in Salt Lake County. Bernardo serves on our Fundraising and Marketing Committees.

Edgar Gómez - Board Member
Edgar Gomez is a former trade executive with the Utah Governor’s Office of Trade and Diplomacy where he coordinated international trade missions, opened foreign markets to Utah businesses, hosted international dignitaries, and coordinated international business events for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. He is an accomplished photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout the state of Utah and featured in the Utah Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibit Program. Born in Mexico City, Gomez holds a bachelors and a masters degrees from Brigham Young University. He has lived and worked in Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, France, the United Kingdom, and the USA and travels extensively. He was curator of Artes’s Mexico Then & Now exhibit, which covered seven venues in two cities and is now traveling the state. Edgar serves on our Governance Committee.

Silvia Norman - Board Member
Silvia Norman is Vice President of Latino Banking for Wells Fargo Bank. She is a native of Argentina and grew up in Salt Lake City. Silvia graduated from the University of Utah. She has been in banking for more than 30 years. Silvia is a generous and long-time supporter of the Latino community. Silvia serves as our Board Treasurer. Silvia serves on our Fundraising and Governance Committees.

Renato Olmedo-González - Board Member
Renato Olmedo-González came to us as a volunteer when he was a sophomore at the University of Utah and then became our Art Projects & Outreach Coordinator. Originally from Guadalajara, México, Renato came to the U.S. when he was 15. In 2014, he graduated from the University of Utah in Art History and Latin American Studies. He has given our bilingual talks on Mexican art and art history to thousands of students from second grade through college in our area. He was curator for our Mexico Then & Now exhibit at The Utah Pride Center in 2012. Renato is employed as the Community Outreach liaison for the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City. Renato serves as our Board Secretary and on our Executive and Education Committee.

Alejandro (Alex) Reyna - Board Member
Alejandro (Alex) Reyna currently manages Funding Operations for Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, L.P. Alex joined Goldman Sachs in Mexico City in 2000 in the Finance Division. He later relocated to the New York / New Jersey area where he focused in Regulatory Reporting and transitioned to Funding Operations. Alex earned his B.A. in Accounting with a Major in Finance from the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, from which he graduated as a Certified Public Accountant. Alex was born and raised in Sonora, Mexico. He is a passionate supporter of Latino/Hispanic leaders in the U.S. and believes culture and arts will make a strong difference in the generations to come.

Jorge Rojas - Board Member
Jorge Rojas ia a multimedia artist, curator and art educator. He studied art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas's work and curatorial projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide including at the Mexican Museum in San Francisco and Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach, California.  Prior to relocating to Utah, Jorge resided and worked as an artist in Brooklyn, NYC, and taught mural panting, set design, and other art related workshops in NYC public schools. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he  is currently Artist-in-Residence at Huntsman Cancer Institute and teaches Art History as part of the Clemente Course in the Humanities at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jorge serves on our Education and Marketing Committees.

Jeff Tuttle - Board Member

Jeff Tuttle is an associate at Snell & Wilmer. He holds a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University and a JD from University of Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2009. and was President of the Business Law Associatiion. 

Susan Vogel - Board Member
Susan Vogel is co-founder of Artes de México en Utah. She is an attorney, freelance writer, independent scholar, and author of Becoming Pablo O'Higgins: How an Anglo American Artist from Utah Became a Mexican Muralist. She studied at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), San Francisco State University and University of California Hastings College of the Law. Her writing has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines includingSan Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco ExaminerSF WeeklyVoices of Mexico and Silicon Valley Magazine. In 2012, she was the recipient of Utah Coalition of La Raza's Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Award for Social Justice and the Arts. She has practiced law in Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Susan serves on our Executive and Fundraising Committees.

 

COMMUNITY BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chuck Conrad - Governance Committee Member 
Charles “Chuck” Conrad is an attorney with Dewsnup, King and Olsen in Salt Lake City. A native of Washington State, he received both undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He is admitted to practice in all of the State and Federal Courts of Utah and Washington, as well as the 9thand 10th Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. Chuck specializes in complex business litigation and personal injury cases. In 2012 and 2013 Mr. Conrad was selected to be included in the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40; in 2011 he was named in Utah Business’ Top Lawyers Named By Their Peers; and in 2008 he was named in the top 100 attorneys of Spokane, Washington.

Carly Winslow - Education Committee Member 
Carly is a 4th grade teacher at M. Lynn Bennion Elementary School (Title I school). Carly is Spanish-English bilingual and holds an ESL Endorsement. Carly holds a BA in Elementary Education from Southern Utah University with minors in Language Arts and Spanish. She is extremely knowledgable about developing engaging and culturally rich bilingual curriculum for a diverse classroom.

 

EVENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Karolina Abuzyarova

India Johnson

Joc Romero 

Jennifer Valcarcel 

 

STAFF AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Jendar Morales: Jendar is an independent contractor and Project Director of our Alcanzando Comunidades project that is creating classes on Mexican art and history that will be available for people all over the state to download. Jendar is a graduate of BYU and has a Masters in Museum Studies from New York University. She is originally from Puerto Rico. 

Luis López: Luis is graduated from the University of Utah in Latin American Studies and Chicano Studies. He is recipient of a Nahuatl scholarship and was Latin American Studies Student of the Year in 2016. Luis is from Santa Ana, California and his parents are from Mexico. Previously he worked in the Provo School District in gang prevention.

 

EMERITUS/FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS

Lucy Paredes, Artist/Art Educator

Tina Misrachi Martin, Friend of Frida Kahlo

Mitchell Snow, Independent Scholar, Mexican dance

Susan Vogel, JD, author

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Allen Christensen, PhD, Humanities, Brigham Young University

Angela Espinosa, PhD, Independent Scholar

Maricruz Fimbres, MA, MBA, Spanish teacher, Judge Memorial Catholic High School 

Maria del Mar González-González, PhD, Art History, Independent Scholar

Joel Hancock, PhD, Patzuaro, Michocán, México

Claudio Holzner, PhD, Political Science, University of Utah

Shelbey Lang, graduate student/social media consultant, NYU

Silvia Norman, VP for Latino Banking, Wells Fargo Bank

Donna Poulton, PhD, Curator, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah

Elena Stromberg, PhD, Latin American Art, University of Utah

 

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