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.
Teju Adesida, Associate Director of Education
Teju Adesida, Associate Director of Education
Teju holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She is also the artistic director of Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble, a company founded by African immigrants in Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
Hannah Martin, Program Coordinator
Hannah Martin, Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator, Hannah assists with CAPE’s After School Programs and professional development workshops in West Chicago. Hannah is an alumna from West Chicago Community High School. She holds a B.S. in Arts Administration and B.A. in Chinese Languages and Cultures from Butler University.
AmBer Montgomery, Program Coordinator
AmBer Montgomery, Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator, AmBer supports CAPE's After School and Parent Programming and collaborates on professional development workshops. She graduated from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Minor in Youth Studies.
Giles Lemmens, Finance and Administration Manager
Giles Lemmens, Finance and Administration Manager
Giles is an arts administrator and lifelong musician originally from Atlanta, GA. He completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Georgia, where he studied trumpet with David Bilger. After graduation, he completed a graduate certificate in arts administration at the University of Connecticut and began working at Chicago-area nonprofits in 2016.
Jenny Heyden, Development Officer
Jenny Heyden, Development Officer
Jenny Heyden (Hey-den) returns to CAPE with 15 years of nonprofit fundraising and communications experience, following her 10 years as a veteran teaching artist with CAPE. She holds a B.A. in German Literature and Studio Art from Oberlin College and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from the UWM Helen Bader Institute of Philanthropy.
Michelle Green Arnson, Communications Consultant
Michelle Green Arnson, Communications Consultant
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.