Our CAPE staff members come from a variety of professional and artistic backgrounds, including visual, performing, and digital arts. They bring a unique blend of talents and a strong commitment to arts integration to their work.
Amy Rasmussen, Executive Director
Amy is an experienced arts administrator, strategic planner, marketer and fundraiser. She holds degrees from DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago. President Obama named her a Champion of Change for Arts Education! She plays oboe, flute, alto sax and guitar and has a passion for chamber music, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Avett Brothers.
Scott Sikkema, Education Director
Scott is Education Director at CAPE. He has oversight for all programs, partnerships, professional development, and research. Scott spearheaded CAPE’s development of research as an aesthetic and pedagogical practice, and he led discussions with staff, artists, and teachers towards articulating the CAPE model of the Artist/Researcher.
Kelly Nespor, Office Manager
Kelly is responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations. Prior to joining CAPE’s staff, she worked in the communications department of an international insurance brokerage firm. Kelly holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. from Northwestern University.
Mark Diaz, Program Manager
Mark manages in-school arts integration programs, supporting teacher and teaching artist partnerships in curriculum development and expanding pedagogical arts practice. Mark is an artist and educator. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Joseph Spilberg, Research Program Manager
Joseph manages all after school programming for CAPE where he leads an ongoing, large-scale community engagement initiative. Joseph also manages all research activities across CAPE programs and disseminates findings for the organization through reports, presentations, and public events.
Michelle Green Arnson, Communications Manager
Michelle helps CAPE achieve strategic goals for marketing, communications, and development through the planning, creation, and analysis of public events, donor engagement, and multimedia materials. She holds a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas and an M.A. in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Noelle Garcia, Program & Research Associate
Noelle is an artist, educator and administrator. Originally from Nevada, she now resides and works in the Chicago area. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Ahmad Moghadam, Grant Writer
Ahmad is a Grant Writer at CAPE. Prior to joining CAPE’s Staff, he worked as a Grant Writer at a child advocacy organization in Texas. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Lake Forest College.