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 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 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 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, Associate Director of Education
Mark Diaz, Associate Director of Education
As Associate Director of Education, In-school Programs and Exhibitions, Mark oversees in-school arts integration programs, supporting teacher and teaching artist partnerships to expand pedagogical arts practice. Mark is an artist and educator. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education
Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education
As Associate Director of Education, Community Programs and Research, Joseph oversees all after school and community programming for CAPE. Joseph also oversees all research activities across CAPE programs. Joseph holds a Masters of Science in Non-Profit Management from the Spertus Institute.
Michelle Green Arnson, Communications Manager
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.
Jenny Lee, Research Program Coordinator
Jenny Lee, Research Program Coordinator
As Research Program Coordinator, Jenny assists in research development and supports in After School and community programming. She is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied English and American Studies.
Brandon Phouybanhdyt, Program Coordinator
Brandon Phouybanhdyt, Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator, Brandon liaises with teachers and artists to make sure CAPE is doing the most it can for its partners. Developing and managing professional development workshops for CAPE’s in-school programs, Brandon provides logistical and administrative support for teachers and artists. Brandon has a bachelor’s degree in Art History, as well as certificates in computer science, gender and women’s studies, and digital studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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