Board of Directors
As an accomplished artist, performer, art director, and event planner, GARY VLASIC brings an extraordinarily diverse background of mediums together to create unforgettable visual experiences. These encompass large scale events, interior design, art direction, performance, site specific design, and image making. For 12 years Gary performed with and was co-director of A Company of Four – C04. For the past 20 years Gary has worked extensively in the event and production design arena. His current project, V Project brings to life a studio experience with a diverse team of collaborators and talents to explore the boundaries of art, design, and architecture. His clients include notable organizations such as the Olympic Games, Novell, Samsung, Skyy Vodka, Sundance Film Festival, LOOK3 and the International Sculpture Center.
ERIC HOFER grew up in Loa, Utah as a misfit amongst the small town status quo. His love for art, music, and theatre was planted in that state of futile rebellion, and has grown to a deep appreciation of all forms of expression that challenge the true self to emerge. Eric has an MBA in strategic management from Regis University, and is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he just returned from a long-term assignment in Bangalore, India. In addition to writing music and lyrics, his other creative outlets are his efforts as founder and CEO of Ephemeryde, Inc. (mobile app development in India and USA) and as founder of I Am Solar (environmental education and activism). Married to Ashley Mason, a brilliant and compassionate psychotherapist.
Secretary of the Board HEIDI WESTFALL finds inspiration in remote places that bring us together in an urban world. A native of British Columbia, Heidi now calls Salt Lake City home. With a rural upbringing planting the seeds of constructive creativity, making due with less led to an early entrepreneurial spirit and successful business career that took her around the world. As a financial Advisor with Waddell and Reed creating structure that has balance comes naturally. Specializing in the art of numbers and logistics, Heidi brings a focus to the world of the creative arts that helps provide growth and direction. Described as inspiring, empowering, energetic and thought provoking yet caring Heidi lets others explore deeper levels of self-awareness and experience how this leads to greater personal and business success. With over 15 years of successful business ownership, Heidi helps create a solid business culture while supporting the creative process, that brings out peoples innate ability to deliver an outstanding experience.
Board chair SCOTT HINTON was born in Mississippi, raised primarily in Texas but has lived in Salt Lake City for the past 18 years, where he is raising his children Noah (11) and Mercedes (9). Scott is the owner of Modern Architectural Systems, a building envelope specialist (Natural History Museum, Public Safety Building, Adobe, and others), and designed and built modern homes in Salt Lake City as H Space Design Build. A rock, ice, and mountain climber for the past 24 years, Scott has also planted 281,000 trees, been struck by lightning twice and has frequent dreams of flying.
KATE CREWS-LINSLEY has just joined Nashville Ballet and was previously the Dance Department Chair at The Waterford School, as well as the Director of the Waterford Dance Academy in Sandy, Utah. Kate started working at Waterford in 2012. Kate was a soloist dancer with Ballet West for ten seasons retiring in June of 2010. She was a corps de ballet dancer with Kansas City Ballet from 1995-2000. She has also performed with AVA Ballet Theater and SB Dance Company. Ms. Linsley trained with State Ballet of Missouri School under Todd Bolender and The Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Linsley currently performs in Salt Lake City with NOW-ID Dance company.
Professionally Kate has been highlighted in works in the following world renowned dance festivals and tours: Edinburg International Dance Festival in Scotland, Dance Across America in Washington DC and Fall For Dance in New York City. She has been on staff locally at Creative Arts Academy, Ballet West Academy, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Salt Lake Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet and The University of Utah.
Kate recently was the Chairman of the Board of Inbody Outreach after five years as working as the Executive Director for the non profit. Inbody Outreach is a local nonprofit supplying qualified yoga instructors to populations in need. She has served on staff in the yoga community at Centered City Yoga, The Yoga Center, University of Utah and small group youth classes at Primary Children’s Medical Center. She is certified to teach Vets through the Yoga Warriors Program. Kate has led mindfulness sessions on trips traveling with River’s of Recovery. Kate is also certified to teach at-risk youth under the Street Yoga training. She has completed the on-line course for Mindful Schools to implement mindful teaching in schools.
KAY CUMMINGS attended the preparatory division of the Juilliard School, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum Laude from Elmira College, and has a Masters Degree in Performance from New York University. She has played leading roles off-Broadway, in national tours, stock, repertory theater, television soaps, series and commercials and has appeared in major motion pictures as well as writing and performing in a series of highly acclaimed one-woman cabaret shows. She has created and directed works performed at venues such as The Joseph Papp Public Theater, P.S. 122, Lincoln Center's Serious Fun, LaMaMa, E.T.C., Jacob's Pillow, The Joyce Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop, Minneapolis' Southern Theatre and L.A.'s Cast Theater. Her work has been featured on "Alive From Off Center" on PBS, and she has works presently in the repertory of Zenon Dance Company and Paradigm Dance. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Interarts Program, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium. She has been a Fulbright Panelist, a member of the Outreach Education Advisory Council of the City Center, the dance curator for Symphony Space and an outside evaluator for the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
Ms. Cummings served from 1992 through 2002 as the Chair of the Department of Dance of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and continues to teach choreography and acting there as well as to direct the Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival which she founded. In 1996 she was awarded the N.Y.U. Distinguished Teaching Medal. She has served on the Board of Directors for The Yard, the Limon Company and Zenon Dance Company, has been an Editing Advisor for the Joyce Choreography Residency Program and Dance New Amsterdam and mentors several modern dance companies in New York.
ROBERT WOOD, ACCOUNTANT / LEGAL ADVISOR / BOARD TREASURER
Robert Wood is a Venture Partner of RenewableTech Ventures. He previously was a consultant to EPIC Ventures (formerly known as Wasatch Venture Fund). Robert has consulted for several venture funds in Utah and has taken management and board positions in venture fund portfolio companies including Crystal Canyon, Industrial Training Corporation, eTagz, IntelliSchematic, First Choice Solutions and CopperKey.
Prior to his 21-year consulting career, Robert cofounded and served as CFO for 10 years and as CEO for a short period of time for a publicly traded independent power company that developed and financed renewable energy power projects with capacity of over 300 MW and financing lines of over $400 million. Robert also previously served as the CFO for a real estate development and consulting company, a tax specialist at a major CPA firm and a senior researcher for a university based economic and business research bureau.
Robert's current non-profit activities include serving as Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Utah Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he has served as President, Treasurer and has been a board member for 12 years. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Global Program at Sofia University (formerly known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). He has served on the Boards of Trustees for Rowland Hall St. Marks Schools and the Legal Aid Society.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, and a Master of Science degree both in Economics from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree and a Juris Doctor degree both also from the University of Utah. Additionally, Robert has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University.
NORA PRICE, INTERN / WORKSHOP COORDINATOR
Nora Price is our phenomenal intern and the coordinator of Space As Collaborator 2016. She is a Salt Lake City transplant of seven years. She began her dance training at the Milwaukee Ballet Academy in her native Wisconsin. After attending the Milwaukee High School of the Arts as both a dance and theatre production major and dancing the 2008-2009 season as a trainee with the Milwaukee Ballet II, Nora moved across the country to begin her academic career at the University of Utah and has never looked back.
Nora recently completed her degree in Linguistics with a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Mandarin Chinese and two summers abroad in mainland China speak to her abiding interest in the intersection of language and culture on the world stage. From professional working artists to self-taught creators in a range of disciplines, Nora is committed to facilitating bringing innovative work into new spaces and across cultural and social barriers.