Assistant Division Manager
Jeff has special event experience going back almost 20 years. He has worked in various positions in hospitality management, restaurant management, travel and tourism, print services, graphic design, marketing and special events. In addition, he has also developed his artistic talents in the realm of graphic design. Jeff began working at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in 2004, and has been managing the events department for most of that time. In 2008, Jeff graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Political Science with an International Relations emphasis, on what he calls the "ten year plan." Jeff also studied history, human geography and diversity, and sociology; has also developed his graphic design talents during this time. Jeff is now over marketing, events, graphic design, and operations and facilities. He is a member of the APSA (American Political Science Association), University of Utah Alumni Association, and International Festival & Events Association.
You can follow Jeff on twitter @jeffolsen76.
Public Programming Manager
As Program Development Director with the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Susan Klinker is responsible for the development and implementation of programs consistent with the UCCC Mission: "to enrich and strengthen communities by promoting expression of the arts, education, opportunities for economic development and the celebration of human diversity." Susan is especially concerned with the community building potential of our work here at the UCCC, and makes every effort to create events where people of different backgrounds, age groups and income levels stand side by side enjoying first rate arts experiences, and taking away a new sense of knowing and appreciating their neighbor. Collaboration, creative partnerships and civic engagement are the foundations for her work in networking opportunities as they arise in the community. Susan has been involved with the conceptual design and evolution of the Utah Cultural Celebration Center for over 13 years, coordinating much of the public and community input process for the facility's early development. She holds a Masters Degree in International Development, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Minors in Cultural Anthropology, Urban Planning and Design. In addition to project management skills, Susan has experience in non-profit organizational development, managing a small business, and has exhibited as a professional artist. Susan has lived abroad and traveled extensively but currently prefers sticking closer to home, family and community as she delights in raising two boys. Susan is current Chair of the UCCC Advisory Board, and the West Valley City Cultural Arts Board.
Visual & Performing Arts Manager
After receiving his Masters degree in American Studies (folklore emphasis) at Utah State University, Michael Christensen continued teaching humanities, folklore, and composition courses there before moving to Salt Lake City. While teaching at Salt Lake Community College, Michael included folklore topics in his writing and humanities courses. Soon after settling into public sector work, Michael's interests moved from academics to the visual and performing arts. As part of the programming team at the Cultural Center Michael's responsibilities include overseeing and installing gallery exhibitions and working with Utah's folk, traditional, ethnic, and arts communities, assisting them in producing concerts, festivals, demonstrations, and celebrations. Michael has served as a board member for the Utah Cultural Alliance and Human Pursuits: The Western Humanities Concern, and has acted as Vice President and President of the Folklore Society of Utah. Finally, Michael has served for more than a decade as a host and music stage manager at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, and has volunteered at the Living Traditions Festival in downtown Salt Lake City since 2004.
You can follow Michael on twitter @folkloremike.
Kevin Conde, CPM
Special Projects & Hospitality Manager
West Valley City Photographer
Kevin's story with West Valley City started from the very beginning of the city when he volunteered to help incorporate the city in 1978-1979. During his time with the City, Kevin has served in a number of capacities, including being on the project management team for numerous city projects including the E-Center, Hale Center Theatre, West Valley Family Fitness Center, and Utah Cultural Celebration Center. In addition to these projects, Kevin also served as the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics Look of the Games Leader, and in the Parks and Recreation, Public Relations, and City Administration divisions. Kevin currently oversees event operations for West Valley City, serves as the city events photographer and videographer, WVC Police and Fire photographer, and city parade float designer and coordinator. Kevin studied Communications and Music at the University of Utah, is a Certified Public Manager, and belongs to the American Academy of Certified Managers, International Festival and Events Association, and Leadership West. He was a founding member of the West Valley City Arts Council, WestFest Committee, served on the Days of '47 Committee, 2002 Olympic Committee (Hockey Venue, West Valley City), and has won the "City Manager Award" and "EAC Award" each on three separate occasions. Kevin currently serves on the West Valley City Sister City Committee, Community Development Block Grant Committee, WestFest Committee, West Valley City Employee Activities Committee, and WVC Risk Committee. Kevin is also a member of the International Festival & Events Association.
Sales & Event Coordinator
Tempest is a member of the International Festival and Events Association.
Sales & Event Coordinator
Nicole is a member of the International Festival and Events Association.
You can follow Nicole on Twitter @NicoleHdez1600
Anna is enrolled as a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Lakota), and attended college for two years at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. She has worked as an Executive Assistant with private, tribal and government organizations. She is involved in her community and has volunteered as a radio programmer for Living the Circle of Life a Native American program on KRCL 90.9 FM and is a former member of the KRCL Board. She also serves on the Utah Cultural Celebration Center Advisory Board and the Community Development Block Grant committee for West Valley City. Anna is married with two children and 3 grandchildren and enjoys cooking and watching cooking shows. She is proud of her heritage and enjoys life to the fullest, and her signature mark is her infectious laugh!
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The Utah Cultural Celebration Center provides a place where people from all walks of life can come together to share ideas; inspire, nurture, and learn from one another; enjoy arts and culture; concerts and performing arts; and a place for businesses, individuals and other groups to gather for conferences, seminars and other special events.
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Closed most holidays.
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