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Judith Kapuscinski, JD. MPH, MS, has served as Kayenta Arts Foundation Chair since its inception in 2011. As a health care compliance consultant and attorney, Judith works primarily with nonprofit entities, assisting them with understanding and operating within legal and ethical parameters. She has written and spoken on topics ranging from the Americans With Disabilities Act to IRS Form 990 and conflicts of interest in nonprofit entities. Judith has been Chair of the Rhode Island Independent Living Council and The Tomorrow Fund and has served on the nonprofit Boards of the Rhode Island Special Olympics, Gateway Healthcare, Inc., the Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations, and the Rhode Island Civil Liberties Union. Judith has been recognized by the Rhode Island Bar Association for her pro bono work and for her community service. Moving to Utah in 2008, Judith welcomed the opportunity to support the visual and performing arts through the Kayenta Arts Foundation.

Donna Howell, BA, MA, Ed D, began her career as a teacher and held various administrative positions. For over 20 years, Dr. Howell provided leadership as Superintendent of Schools in Illinois, Vermont and Colorado.  She also consulted for organizations, coached and mentored individuals and leadership teams, taught graduate level classes, and implemented leadership projects in Vermont and China. In Vermont, she collaborated with the business community and the Snelling Center for Government to develop and implement the Vermont Leadership Project, which trained 75 individuals to assume leadership roles throughout the state.  Donna also collaborated with the Asian Studies Department at the University of Vermont to develop the Sino-American Leadership Project. For seven years, Dr. Howell served as the head of the delegation, keynote speaker and conference presenter at the annual Sino-American Leadership Conference in Beijing, China.  Throughout her career, she has served in leadership roles in many professional organizations and presented at many state and national conferences. After retiring from her Superintendent position in Colorado, Dr. Howell served as the Executive Director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. She also formed a consultant firm that provides services for organizations in the public and private sector, which include organizational assessment, leadership development and executive coaching.  In addition to involvement in professional organizations, Donna has served on the Board of Directors of many nonprofit organizations that include: Illinois Theatre Center; Emerald City Opera; Flynn Theater; United Way of Chittenden County; and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.  After falling in love with the magic of Snow Canyon, Donna and her husband David moved to Ivins in 2010 and to Kayenta in June of 2014.   She currently serves on Board of Directors of Southern Utah Nonprofit Association, American Association of University Women, and is pleased to be appointed as a Director of the Kayenta Arts Foundation.


Susan Talley graduated with the second class of women from Princeton University. While at Princeton, she studied pipe organ at Westminster Choir College and later pursued graduate organ studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen on a Marshall Foundations Grant. Susan served as the first female “organ fellow” at Washington’s National Cathedral in 1976.   Susan recently has retired from 40 years of full-time church music.  Together with her husband Stephen, she served large Protestant churches in Erie, Pennsylvania; Delray Beach, Florida; Boise, Idaho; and Charlotte, North Carolina. While in Delray Beach, Susan and Stephen founded a community chorus, The Delray Beach Chorale, and established it as a 501(c) (3) corporation.  Susan is an enthusiastic chamber musician and accompanist and currently serves as choral accompanist for the Tuachan High School for the Performing Arts and as organist for Grace Episcopal Church. She also sings with the St. George Chamber Singers. The Talleys have one daughter, Laurel, a professional violinist and orchestra conductor for Boise High School.


David Barish BS, MBA, moved to Kayenta in 2001. In the seventies, David served as CFO for The Flying Tiger Line, Inc., the largest cargo airline in the world prior to being purchased by Federal Express and then as President of Sunland Airlines. David retired from his position as President of Barish & Company, a financial management consulting firm in 2010.   David specialized in assisting small entrepreneurial companies with raising venture capital, going public, strategic planning and more.


Jane Blackwell, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist, recently retired from a private practice in Salt Lake City.  Jane was the founding Director of Medical Psychology for St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, UT as well as the founding Director of the Eating Disorders Unit at Cottonwood Hospital and Wasatch Canyons Hospital in Salt Lake City. Dr. Blackwell has taught undergraduate Human Sexuality courses on campuses in Washington and Oregon and has conducted numerous workshops and presentations in California, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, and Hawaii.  She has served as Treasurer and Member-at-Large and as a member of various committees for the Utah Psychological Association. Dr. Blackwell has been a Utah State Coordinator of the Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and served on the Board of Directors for the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City. Currently she serves as the American Psychology Association’s Public Education Coordinator for Utah. In addition to her professional work, Jane conducted meditation programs for inmates at the Utah State Prison for over six years. Jane’s life work of restoring positive mental health to individuals has provided the backdrop for her belief in the benefits of the arts and their synergistic value to the well-being and good health of society as a whole. Jane and her husband, Bruce, retired to Southern Utah where they embrace the beauty of the desert and the stimulating community of Kayenta.


Liisa Lowe Frei was born in Ogden, Utah, where she graduated from Ogden High School and later attended Dixie College. It was there she met her husband Nick.  After living in Ogden and starting their family, Liisa and Nick returned to Santa Clara, Utah, where they raised 6 children. Shortly after moving to Southern Utah, they built and opened a gas station with a convenience store that included a bakery and café. Using many old family recipes, the bakery has since turned into a robust cookie business, which they still operate today. Home building and design also have been a big part of Liisa’s life as she worked with her husband in their construction business.  This led her to a career in real estate where she currently works as a Realtor at ERA Brokers in St. George. Liisa is an avid runner and will join the St. George Marathon 20 year club this year.  Liisa recently retired after 20 years as co-race director of the Santa Clara Swiss Days 5k, the largest 5k in Southern Utah.  Much of Liisa’s volunteer work has revolved around her love of the creative process. She has served as co-chair and designer for many high school grad nights, working with school administrators, parents, community leaders and law enforcement, to ensure safe graduation celebrations for all high school seniors. She has designed award winning seed art for Santa Clara City. Floral design and sketching contribute to her continued exploration of visual arts. Liisa appreciates the opportunity to be part of the Kayenta Arts Foundation as it strives to bring forth its vision of awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment of diverse artistic endeavors to Southern Utah.


Edward (Ted) Hoffman, J.D. is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Agility Defense & Government Services, an international third party logistics provider to governments and public entities headquartered in Alexandria, VA and Dubai UAE. Before joining Agility, Ted was a partner at the law firm of Blank Rome in Philadelphia. He began his career as an attorney for the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency where he rose to Deputy General Counsel of the Agency. Ted attended college and law school in the Philadelphia area. He later served as the president of his law school alumni association for the Villanova University School of Law.  Ted and his wife Teresa were active in the arts community during their 26 years in Philadelphia. Ted also served on the Board of Directors of the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center in Philadelphia. The Interpretive Center, located in the historic Fairmount Waterworks building, is an interactive museum established to showcase the importance of clean drinking water to the community. Ted has two children and five granddaughters living in the Philadelphia area.


Susan Holben, had a 38 year career with the State of Michigan where she spent 37 years in various positions within the State’s economic development agencies and executive offices spanning five administrations.   She worked as personal assistant to Michigan’s First Lady as well as other government administrators.  Susan worked tirelessly to help Michigan’s small business community from start-up to growth.  For 17 years she served as Michigan Business Ombudsman and was appointed by the Governor as Michigan’s Small Business Clean Air Ombudsman.   In the last chapter of her career she enjoyed her responsibilities as Economic Gardening program administrator in coordination with the National Center for Economic Gardening and the Edward Lowe Foundation.   Susan also had the opportunity to serve as chapter president of the Michigan Society of Government Meeting Professionals and on her local government planning commission.  The arts, humanities and architecture have always been passions in Susan’s life.   She and her husband, Alan, retired to Ivins, UT in 2016.  She is an oil painter, member of the Southern Utah Art Guild, the St. George Art Museum, and the American Association of University Women, St. George.   Susan is excited to actively work with the Kayenta Arts Foundation to educate and promote the arts in southern Utah.


Kayla Koeber was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and spent her youth between Washington D.C. and Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Zama American High School in Japan in 1976 and received a degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1981. After many years in the TV and Film industry in Southern California, Kayla and her husband relocated to Southern Utah where Kayla began her second career in 2000 with Merrill Lynch as a Wealth Management Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the St. George office. Over the years Kayla has served on a number of charitable committees and boards. In addition to Kayenta Arts Foundation Director, she is currently Vice President, Programs Co-Chair of AAUW (the American Association of University Women) St. George and was the Co-Chair / Founder of AAUW’s eSMART (Explore Science, Math and Related Tech) Summer Camp for Girls. She also serves on the Vision Dixie Implementation Committee, a smart growth effort for Washington County.  Past volunteer positions include Board Member of The Space Between Theatre Company, Board Member of The Mesa: Artist in Residency Program in Springdale, Utah, member of the Professional Advisory Council to Dixie Regional Medical Center and member of the Vision Dixie Steering Committee. Kayla is an ardent supporter of KAF’s mission statement to promote diversity in the arts. She resides in Silver Reef, UT with her husband Dean and their two yellow labs, Chili and Madi.


As well as being a Board member of the Kayenta Arts Foundation, Matt is also Vice President of Kayenta Development, a position he has held since 2005. He also serves as President of Kayenta Community Services and is the owner of Gulch Design Group, Inc., which offers design, engineering, interior planning, design management and budgeting services exclusively for the Kayenta community. Matt has a Bachelors of Fine Art from California State University, Fullerton. After graduation, Matt worked in Los Angeles with Cole Martinez, Curtis & Associates in retail store design, and Dextra Frankel Associates in exhibit design. Over the years, his design clients have included the May Company, Lord & Taylor, JW Robinson and Company, the LA County Museum of Art, the North Carolina History Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, to name a few. Matt has received the Steelcase Scholar Young Designers to Watch in Architecture and Interiors 1987 Award, and the Claudia Bradshaw Award, for his support of the Southern Utah LGBT Community. He and his design work have been featured in Elan, Design Bureau and Utah Style and Design Magazines. Matt is an avid cyclist and has devoted his time and resources to many charitable organizations, including AIDS rides in California, Boston and the European AIDS Vaccine Ride from Amsterdam to Paris.


Greg Ragland is a painter and sculptor and joined the KAF Board in 2016.  He works in a variety of media from metal, plastic, resin, fiberglass, wood, ceramic and paint. “My education and experience define where I’ve been. My artwork defines where I go.”  He studied architecture at Arizona State University and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Art Center College of Design.  As an editorial illustrator in New York City, his work graced the covers of over 150 books for Harper and Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books, and McGraw Hill. His artwork was featured on covers of Newsweek, Business Week, Money Magazine, Fortune and Time. Greg’s work appeared in almost every major publication from 1982-1992 and was regularly printed in the New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Der Spiegel, and Sports Illustrated. In 2002, Greg earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Utah, beginning his career as a fine artist. His artwork is represented in galleries nationwide and collections world-wide. In 2009, he expanded his work to include public art and now has sculptures in permanent collections including his 20’ bronze “Serve and Protect” for Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building. Greg is a career artist and enjoys every art opportunity that comes his way. He has taught or lectured for the University of Utah; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California; School of Visual Arts, New York City; and Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah.  He is a Visual Arts Committee Member for Salt Lake City Arts Council, judges art festivals, and helped found the Santa Fe College of Design. Greg’s artistic involvement with Theater Production Companies includes 12 years with Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, 8 years for The Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, Park City, Utah, and 4 years with Pioneer Theater Company, Salt Lake City.  Greg moved with his wife Hollie to Kayenta in 2014 and is looking forward to adding his artist’s eye to the Kayenta Arts Foundation.


Larissa Sah, MM, BM, has enjoyed a national and international career as an orchestral violist, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.  She studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, and Birmingham (UK) Conservatoire of Music.  Under the tutelage of some of the greatest viola soloists and teachers in the world, she had the opportunity to learn, perform, and teach.  She is especially thankful to those teachers for their formative influence.  After finishing her formal studies, Larissa joined the faculty of the Edward Said Conservatory of Music.  She performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout the Middle East, and she taught many students of all ages.  Larissa also has performed extensively with many orchestras in Seattle, including the Seattle Modern Orchestra and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra.  Other orchestras with which she has performed either as soloist, principal, or tutti viola include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Orchestra Sinaloa De Las Artes, the Camerata of Sinaloa De Las Artes, the National Symphony of Colombia, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.  As a teacher, Larissa taught masterclasses at the Juan N. Corpas University of Music in Bogota, Colombia,  directed daily classes  in the pre-college music division of “ Unmusica” in Bogota, and assisted as a teacher and guest artist in the music festival “Bogota A Tempo.”  She also has performed at the Cervantino International Festival of music in Mexico, and has performed concerts in Mexico City, and La Paz.   Larissa is planning a recital at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for this spring, and she currently is accepting violin and viola students into her studio in Ivins, Utah.  Most recently, Larissa has performed as a piano and viola duo with fellow KAF Director, Susan Talley.  They have played at the St. George Soup Kitchen and Grace Episcopal Church.