Staff & Consultants

April Chalay, Interim Executive Director

April Chalay is an accomplished arts nonprofit leader, artist, and experienced director in the nonprofit sector. She received a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006, where she developed a strong foundation in interdisciplinary fine art disciplines and conceptual development. She also has a Certificate in Human Resources Management from The ILR School at Cornell University, eCornell. She served as the Director of Operations at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center and as Deputy Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe before joining the staff of 516 ARTS as Finance and Grants Manager and moving into the role of Deputy Director in 2023. She has lived in New Mexico since 2013.

JC González, Programming & Marketing Manager 

Juan Carlos (JC) González is a designer, writer, and artist whose professional history includes various New Mexico-based arts nonprofits. He is originally from Anthony, New Mexico, and re-located to Santa Fe to attend the College of Santa Fe where he acquired a self-designed degree in media arts. Following his education, he pursued a design and communications career which led to working with the Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe, CENTER, and as a freelance writer for various publications including the Santa Fe Reporter. Additionally, González works as an artist and self-publishes a regional, annual artist-showcase zine.

Olivia Ortiz, Curator

In her role as Curator, Olivia (she/her) maintains a passion for reconciling essentialist narratives of identity by advancing relationships to decolonial theory, collaborative programming, cultural revitalization and preservation, and to the poetics of representation. Prior to joining 516 ARTS, Olivia worked for the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) in Santa Fe, NM as well as the Tucson Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Tucson) in Arizona. She facilitated museum education, community outreach initiatives and oversaw artist programs, including the Native Artist Fellowship Program at the IARC. Previous experience includes working in art journalism, gallery management, art education and she served as an Indigenous Educator Corps (IEC) member at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Daniel Ulibarri, Programs Coordinator

Daniel Ulibarri is an accomplished professional photographer and educator. He holds BA degrees in both English and Media Arts from New Mexico Highlands University. He develops youth and educational programming at 516 ARTS, manages social media, develops content, oversees interns, creates video interviews with artists and project videos, and in 2022 he curated the photography exhibition Nathaniel Tetsuro Paolinelli: Downtown at 516 ARTS, which received international media coverage. Born and raised in northern New Mexico, he has been a resident of Albuquerque since 2021.

Kevin Paul, Fulcrum Fund & Development Coordinator  

Kevin Paul is a multimedia artist, writer, and fine arts professional. He was previously the Director of Operations at Peyton Wright Gallery in Santa Fe. He has written about art for many publications, including The Santa Fean, The Essential Guide to Santa Fe and Taos, The Collector's Guide. He is co-founder and co-director of Ecotone Physical Theater. He holds a BFA degree in Studio Art from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and an MFA degree in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico.

Claudia Hermano, Engagement Coordinator

claudia hermano (they/them) is an artist and educator, focused in photography and sculpture. They hold a BA in photography from Hampshire College and an MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico. They were born and raised in New York and Massachusetts but moved to Albuquerque in 2021 to pursue their graduate degree. Their artistic practice employs portraiture and self-portraiture as a tool to understand embodiment and belonging through visual language.

Suzanne Sbarge, Founder  

Suzanne Sbarge launched 516 ARTS in 2006 in partnership with the McCune Foundation. She previously directed Magnifico Arts, Inc. and the Harwood Art Center in Albquerque. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Studio Arts from Barnard College and an M.A. in Art Education from UNM. 


Mandy Funchess, Schlenker & Cantwell, Auditor
Caroline Blaker, Aquarian Web Studio, Web Presence
Traducciones Sanagus, Translation
Kevin Burns, Grantwriter
Joyce Schoppe, Bookkeeper

Andrew Connors, Director, Albuquerque Museum
Devendra Contractor, Architect, DNCA
Roger Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), President, Cota Holdings, LLC
Melinda Frame, Filmmaker, FRAME+WORK, LLC
Carolina Franco, Manager of External Affairs, SITE Santa Fe
Tom Guralnick, Executive Director, Outpost Performance Space
Deborah Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), Artist
Arif Khan, Director, UNM Art Museum
Josie Lopez, PhD, Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum
America Meredith (Cherokee), Publisher, First American Art Magazine
Nancy Marie Mithlo, PhD (Fort Sill Chiricahua Apache) Professor, UCLA
Delilah Montoya, Artist, retired art professor, University of Houston
Marla Painter, Community Organizer
Adolphe Pierre-Louis, Photojournalist, Albuquerque Journal / Actor / Musician
Henry Rael, Program Officer, McCune Charitable Foundation
Mary Anne Redding, Curator, Turchin Center for Visual Arts, NC
Rick Rennie, Historic District Improvement Company
Mark Rohde, FAIA, RMKM Architecture PC
Augustine Romero, Artist, City of Albuquerque, South Broadway Cultural Center
Alexis Salas, PhD, Endowed Assistant Professor of Arts of the Americas 
     in Latin American and Latine Art History, University of Arkansas
Rob Strell, Strell Design