STAFF

Ginger Shulick Porcella
Executive Director and Chief Curator

What do you do at MOCA?
I believe my most important job is to lead and inspire the staff, as well as the general Tucson community. On a typical day I am fundraising, solving HR and admin issues, creating and revising budgets, developing and executing programs, writing exhibition text, doing studio visits, and advocating on behalf of the arts.

Why work at MOCA?
I was inspired by the dedication of the board and staff at MOCA, and I see the unlimited potential for this organization to be a catalyst for change in the community, educating people on the importance of contemporary art to transform our daily lives.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I’m a creepy dog person, so I spend a lot of time with my fur babies Maya Papaya and Radio McGriddles. I also enjoy horror films, crossword puzzles, experimental film and music, reading and thinking about dystopic futures, going to museums and galleries, taking road trips, telling jokes, and discussing conspiracy theories.

phone:520.624.5019 ext. 102

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Taylor Garcia Dickson
Director of Membership and Development
What do you do at MOCA?
I am responsible for making sure we keep our members up to date and engaged. A museum is a community space that provides a beautiful landscape for people to interact with art and also each other. I connect and cultivate members on every level. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be of service to Tucson’s ever expanding creative community.
Why work at MOCA?
I feel strongly connected to the Executive Director’s vision for the impact of contemporary art in society. I have a background in both non-profit and for profit art endeavors, and having spent over eight years working in the field, I believe Ginger’s goals are ambitious, intelligent, and I know I can loyally work to bring them to fruition. It is exciting to serve a mission that exposes people to the transformative power of contemporary art. Every reality is different and so is every art experience. It serves us all to expand the boundaries and borders of creativity, and connect with others in an innovative way.
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I own a shop with my partner called DIRT so when not working on MOCA I happily work on it. It is a potted cactus shop that also carries objects that encourage self-care and positive energetics. When I am not digging deep in DIRT… I like to hang out with friends and family and our two rescue dogs. I love to hike, read, meditate, and do yoga. Travel is in my gypsy blood so whenever I can I try to save up for a new adventure.
phone:520.624.5019 ext. 107

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Alexis Page Smith
Director of Culture & Administration

What do you do at MOCA?
We are a small staff so everyone does a little bit of everything, but my main focus is fundraising events like the Gala and the Fall Fundraiser. It’s a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun!

Why work at MOCA?
I have loved and supported MOCA Tucson since the beginning and when the opportunity to work here presented itself I jumped at it. I love Tucson and think that MOCA is an important part of downtown!

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
Eat good food with great friends, and laugh. Although, we do a lot of laughing at MOCA too!

phone: 520.624.5019 ext. 106

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Eli Burke
Education Director

What do you do at MOCA?
My official title is the Education Director. I get to create curriculum, coordinate youth programming, seek funds through grant research and grant writing and best of all, provide FREE access and education to youth all over Pima County.

Why work at MOCA?
MOCA is so important for a community like Tucson. I am grateful that there is a forum for engaging with contemporary art in our city. Contemporary art is a global conversation and I feel that all communities should have the opportunity to participate in that conversation. MOCA is unique in that creates this opportunity. It is simply a privilege to be a part of that process, not just as someone who values contemporary art but as an artist myself. Also, everyone that works here is awesome!

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I am currently working on my PhD, but you can also find me chasing my children around, making things, thinking, looking at the sky, going on road trips, or sleeping.

phone: 520.624.5019 ext. 103

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Wylwyn Reyes
Exhibitions Manager

What do you do at MOCA?
I handle logistics for all things exhibitions. I work with the curator and the artists to materialize each exhibition. There’s never a dull moment because we have to constantly think outside of the box.

Why work at MOCA?
It’s my chosen family. I love you mom, but we could never work together. The team I work with is incredible, we should have our own reality show. We all wear many hats and we wear them well. MOCA is also great because it reflects Tucson’s nuance. A little weird, a bit edgy, but a lot of fun. MOCA embraces uniqueness and celebrates the quirkiness and grittiness that Tucson is known for.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
My passions are art and design. And bad dry humor to a lesser extent. I’m a visual artist and designer. When I clock out for the day working with artists at MOCA, I work with artists some more. It’s a sickness, a beautiful sickness. My dream is for Tucson to be an art destination.

phone: 520.624.5019  ext. 105

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Wesley Fawcett Creigh
Facilities Manager
What do you do at MOCA?
I help to keep our unique and fabulous building running and looking top-notch. I can often be found swinging a wrench, hammer, paintbrush, etc. on any one of our 3 floors. I write a lot of emails too.
Why work at MOCA?
There’s a new challenge every day which I appreciate because it keeps things fresh and different. We have a great team that I enjoy working with daily and I love catering to the diverse needs of the all the incredible artists we get to feature here.
What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
When I’m not at MOCA I am at my home studio making my own work. I also love eating raw seafood (clams especially) on trips to Kino Bay.
phone: 520.624.5019 ext. 105

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Megan Franz
MOCAshop Manager and Head of Visitor Services
What do you do at MOCA?
A lot! As Head of Visitor Services I’m in charge of all the volunteers and the museum internship program, which can be challenging but also fun. I manage the day-to-day operations of the exhibitions, and make sure that visitors have an enjoyable experience. I also run the gift shop, which allows me to express my creative voice at the museum through the cultivation and curation of the items. The majority of our products come from local artists and makers, and it’s great being able to showcase their work here at MOCA.
Why work at MOCA?
I actually interned at MOCA in 2015, and ever since then I’ve loved everything about it. Even though the space is small, MOCA is always doing big things and it’s exciting and rewarding to be a part of it all. But, it’s the staff that really makes MOCA a great place to work. We are a totally weird, awesome art family.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?

I love being outdoors and going on road trips, but you can also find me binge watching Netflix or painting in my studio.
phone:520.624.5019

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Marica Whittemore
Public Programs and Community Engagement Manager
What do you do at MOCA?
I coordinate and plan the events and programming at MOCA, work on education and outreach, and a whole bunch of other stuff! It’s a busy job but each day is a new challenge and I love it.
Why work at MOCA?
Art is my passion – making it, looking at it, and most importantly, talking about it. Working at MOCA has given me a chance to be part of the conversation about contemporary art in our community.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
Most of my time at home is spent hanging out with the world’s cutest puppy. When she lets me, I like to make art, drink wine, watch reality TV while making snarky commentary with my friends, and spend time outside. I’m currently completing my Master’s degree at the University of Arizona in Art and Visual Culture Education. 

phone:520.624.5019 ext. 104

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Carrie Hess
Bookkeeper
What do you do at MOCA?
I manage the numbers!
Why work at MOCA?
I believe contemporary art is an important part of our culture, especially as Tucson continues to grow. The conversations it inspires us to have and the inspiration it instills in me to continue to think outside of the box, are truly rewarding reasons to work at MOCA.

What do you do when you’re not at MOCA?
I enjoy getting lost in the mountains for days, drinking good beer, and eating good food.

phone:520.624.5019

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Board of Directors

E. Courtney Johnson, President

Kira Dixon Weinstein, Vice President

Joanne Stuhr, Secretary

Sherman Bodner, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

Randi Dorman, Immediate Past President

Frances Allen

Scott Brittenham

John Burcher

Karen Christensen

Terri Kessler

Taber K. MacCallum

Martha Macks-Kahn

Danny Vinik

 

Ambassador Council

Carolyn Bass

Jessica Baylon

Annamaria Biagini

Kim Bourn

Tony Canchola

Elizabeth Cherry

Susan Dubow

Lisa Greve

John Hudak

Rick Joy

Colleen LaFleur

Lisa Lovallo

Debi Chess Mabie

Karen Masbruch

Olivier Mosset

Mary Okoye

Denise Newton

Laura J. Pendleton-Miller

Corky Poster

Jane Poynter

Hope Reed

Coppelia Samaha

Patricia Schwabe

Stacey Spink

Evie Stefenson-Marquart

Jocelyn Blair Stoller

David Taylor

Kyria Sabin Waugaman

Eugenia Woods

Amy Zuckerman

Volunteers and Interns

Current Volunteers & Interns
Interns
Gamini Sethi
Kennady Schneider
Melissa Williams

Volunteers
Aubreya Barnwell
Victoria Davis
Jeanne de la Garza
Mia Garcia
Christine Greer
Michaela Hurtado
Grace Liatti
Amanda Lipp

Interested in volunteering at MOCA Tucson? Contact us at info@moca-tucson.org for more information.No person shall be denied employment, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination in any program or activity, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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