Staff Directory

Oregon Coast Council of the Arts retains six paid staff to oversee various aspects of its mission. OCCA is also governed by a board of directors, headed by current president Sandi Williams.

Catherine Rickbone

Executive Director OCCA/PAC/VAC/Lincoln County Arts/Oregon Coast Cultural Alliance

Catherine Rickbone is the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Executive Director. As executive director of OCCA, her job entails developing and presenting new and existing initiatives along with handling board support, community relations, resource development, and day-to-day management of the arts council. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts has a great board, great volunteers and great staff, as they all work together to get it all done. Rickbone has held other arts management positions, including executive director of the Emporia (KS) Art Council, and executive director of the Grants Pass Museum of Art. As an independent contractor, she has conducted public relations, marketing, writing, business management, speaking, copy editing for a variety of clients including Hallmark Cards, the County Club Plaza Merchants Association, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and Living Opportunities, to name a few. She serves as Chair of the Public Art Committee for the City of Newport, Oregon, as treasurer and grants administrator of the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition, on the board of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, on the Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation and in Newport Rotary. Reach her at 541-574-2652.

Bonnie Prater

OCCA Assistant Director/Business Manager

Bonnie Prater is the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Business Manager. Reach her at 541-574-2655.

Tom Webb

Visual Arts Center Director

Tom Webb has joined the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) team as the new Visual Arts Center (VAC) Director. OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone says “Tom is a great fit with his background in nonprofit leadership and arts programming, as well as his more recent experiences in education.” Raised in Portland, Tom has served as executive director for Orlo, a nonprofit organization that explores place-based issues through the creative arts, and as editor for Orlo’s award-winning publication, The Bear Deluxe Magazine. Tom notes, “Orlo presents a full spectrum of arts programming, including publications, exhibitions, film and video series, educational road shows and numerous community-based arts events.” Orlo and The Bear Deluxe magazine have been recognized by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, Print magazine, the Bumpershoot Arts Festival, and High County News, among others, for editorial and design excellence. Tom’s other recent roles include outreach coordinator for the Honoring Our Rivers project, a program to encourage and publish student work related to rivers and watersheds, and editor at Portland State University. For the past three years, Tom has served as associate professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, teaching a master’s level class in magazine development. “With Tom’s background, we look forward to his creative energies in helping OCCA manage the VAC, create stimulating exhibitions and develop our arts learning program,” says Rickbone. Tom is no stranger to Newport and he admits, “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to relocate to the Oregon coast. I’m more than excited to be here.” In thinking about being the first male to fill the VAC manager position, he replies: “It’s good to know that there aren’t any glass ceilings at the VAC, at least not any more.” Tom is a published author (poetry and creative nonfiction) and an award-winning magazine editor. View Tom’s LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/om/webbtom. He enjoys cycling and tennis and even a bit of competitive duplicate bridge. OCCA encourages readers to stop by the VAC and welcome Tom or contact him at twebb@coastarts.org or 541-265-6569.

Ron Miller

OCCA Newport Performing Arts Center Operations Manager/Technical Director

Ron Miller is the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Newport Performing Arts Center Operations Manager/Technical Director. Reach him at 541-574-2651.

Justin Gleeson

PAC Sound & Acoustic Technician

Justin Gleeson is the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) sound and acoustic technician. Growing up in Kansas, Gleeson had two passions: electronics and music. As a teenager, he studied computer programming and began working for a small database administration company. He also started doing web design on the side and ran a computer repair service out of his mom’s one bedroom apartment. Eventually he decided to pursue a career as a sound engineer and ended up finding The Art Institute of Seattle. He split his courses between studio sound and live sound, and after three years, received his associate’s degree in applied arts. “Sound engineering for me was the perfect way to combine two of my biggest passions, music and technology,” says Gleeson. Gleeson then interned for a cultural arts center in Seattle, and later became the technical manager and ran sound, video and lights for all of their events. He also managed the intern program there. During this time Gleeson also started working as a stagehand, deckhand and audio technician for a national staging company and had the opportunity to work on productions with Santana, Tim McGraw, Kiss, Devo and Rush. “I also did stage work independently and got to setup for Pat Metheny and Tower of Power,” he says. When he moved to the Oregon coast, he quickly got involved with musicians and sound people in the area and started mixing sound for some jazz events. One thing led to another, and he found the PAC and visited with OCCA about helping with the PAC capital campaign efforts on sound and acoustics. “Justin has been invaluable to OCCA as we installed the PAC’s new sound equipment,” says OCCA executive director Catherine Rickbone. “Then he joined the installation team and spent many days helping the Meyer technicians install the new Meyer Constellation acoustic system in the Alice Silverman Theatre. OCCA welcomes Gleeson as PAC sound and acoustic technician. He can be reached at jgleeson@coastarts.org or 541-574-2651.

Barbara Berge

PAC Capital Campaign Assistant

Barbara Berge is the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts’ “Entertain the Future” Performing Arts Center (PAC) Capital Campaign assistant, and works with the OCCA staff and Capital Campaign Chair Mark McConnell. “Working for the capital campaign is both challenging and rewarding,” says Berge. “It certainly utilizes my experience as well as allows me to hone new skills.” Berge has collaborated with McConnell to develop and assist with campaign communications, public relations outreach and fundraising events. She has developed a grant reporting schedule and is responsible for getting out the interim and final grant reports in a timely manner as well as managing campaign record keeping and note-taking at all the Capital Campaign Committee meetings. OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone notes that “an important aspect of Barbara’s work has been to research and recommend donor management software that would reflect not just the capital campaign but all aspects of OCCA’s revenue streams.” Berge is no stranger to the non-profit world, having co-founded a non-profit organization in New Mexico and worked for two others here in Oregon. Her background experience runs the gamut from grant management and reporting to overseeing donor databases as well as publicity, fundraising and general secretarial skills. She brings knowledge and dedication to OCCA and the capital campaign. Berge grew up in the UK and trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. As a professional actress, she worked for 12 years in London, New York, and in regional theater and, given her background, she says, “I feel right at home at the PAC.”

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