Our Staff

Access Arts has a dedicated staff of talented people who share their considerable knowledge and skill with our community and one another. Join the team.

Sarah Catlin (she/her), Executive Director

​Sarah was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, and relocated to Columbia from South Carolina in 1999 to work on a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, focusing on women writers of the American South, folklore, and film. For the last decade she balanced raising kids and volunteering on non-profit boards and commissions, including Ragtag Film Society, CARE@Paquin, Citizen Jane Film Festival, YAAL Rock! (CoMo Girls Rock!), the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network, and the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council. She has been a volunteer on-air programmer at KOPN 89.5 FM since 2007. Sarah is happy to be feeding her passion of providing opportunities to underserved communities through her work with Access Arts.

Lisa Franko (she/her), Interim Executive Director

​Lisa is an artist and educator living and working in Columbia, MO. Originally from Ohio, she received her BFA and Art Education degree from the University of Toledo and her MFA from the University of Missouri. Lisa serves as the coordinator for youth programs at Access Arts and can often be found in the classroom planning and teaching lessons. She has had a variety of teaching opportunities as a K-12 substitute teacher, a resident artist, and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri and Missouri Valley College. When not working, Lisa devotes time to her own art practice, creating collaged and printed "room-scapes".

Photo of Lisa Franko, our Assistant Director
Photo of Lisa Franko, our Assistant Director
Kenna Weber (she/her), Director of Operations

​Kenna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and Commercial Art from William Woods University. She has worked as an Interior Designer in St. Louis and later served as a Senior Interior Designer at the University of Missouri Residential Life for over 20 years, where she was the lead designer of 16 facilities. Kenna also worked as a Project Manager at MU Healthcare before retiring in 2023. Outside of work, Kenna has contributed to the community by teaching art units for 4H, serving as a Scout leader, and teaching through Columbia’s adult education and Parks and Recreation. She is passionate about the arts and enjoys quilting, jewelry making, and creating nature collages. Kenna is also a Certified Aromatherapist with products featured at local businesses and runs a Furniture restoration business.

Andrew Ludwig (he/him), Ceramics Studio Manager

​Andrew Ludwig grew up in St. Louis, but has spent the better part of a decade here in Columbia. He got his start in clay here at Access Arts in 2021, and immediately fell in love with the medium. Andrew is excited to take the next step as a potter with the organization where his journey began! His functional ware is characterized by geometric forms and contrasting colors, while decorative pieces often feature the chaos and spontaneity of raku.

Marina Cano (she/her), Weaving Instructor

​Marina Cano has exhibited work in her hometown El Paso, Texas, and with LA ONDA, a traveling, migrating Latine-centered exhibit that continues to tour through Kansas City. Cano is a recipient of the Verna Welfekammer Art Doctoral Fund, the Windgate University Fellowship partnered with Arrowmount School of Craft and a Studio Assistantship with the Penland School of Craft. In 2019 she graduated with a BFA in Fibers at the University of North Texas and received an associate degree in Fashion at the El Paso Community College.

Emily Smith (she/her), Weaving Instructor

​Emily Smith is a multimedia artist from Colorado and (more recently) Virginia, with a B.A. in Heritage Studies and a minor in Studio Art from Randolph College. She has worked in painting, stitch, natural fibers, and dyes since childhood. Formerly the collections manager for the Randolph College Natural History & Archaeology collections, Smith is currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri, pursuing an MFA in Fibers with an emphasis on natural dye processes, spinning, and weaving. Many of her fibers and dyes are foraged from her immediate environment. Smith received the Windgate University Fellowship to study needle felting at the Arrowmont School of Craft. Emily is passionate about the revival and reinterpretation of traditional crafts in contemporary, community-based arts. She exhibits work at MU and at Columbia Arts League.

McKenzie Birdsell (she/they), Youth Programs Coordinator

​​McKenzie is an educator and multidisciplinary artist from Kirksville, MO. She enjoys exploring a wide range of media and techniques, both in her art practice and with her students. Her primary focus areas are fiber art, painting, and printmaking. McKenzie is currently a student at Columbia College, pursuing a Bachelor of Art and K-12 Art Education Certification, and is an active member of the Missouri Art Education Association. McKenzie has professional experience working with individuals with disabilities of all ages and is passionate about bringing quality art education to everyone. She is excited to build her presence in the community and continue to enrich the lives of others through the arts.

Tavia Sanza (she/her), Multimedia Instructor

Tavia Sanza was born in Florida in 1982. In 2005 she received a merit scholarship to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There she explored her love of large environmental work. After earning her BFA she moved to New York City and worked various jobs in fashion, interior design, and education. In 2018 she moved to pursue her MFA at the University of Missouri. Recently she received a scholarship to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg Tennessee, exhibited her work in Kansas City, and at the True/False film festival in Columbia Missouri. Her work with be on display in New York later this year.

Photo of Tavia Sanza, one of our Multimedia Instructors
Photo of Tavia Sanza, one of our Multimedia Instructors
Bee Brookes (she/her), Youth Programs Instructor

​Bee is an artist and teacher from Columbia. She earned her BFA with concentrations in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Missouri in 2007. After a long break, she went back to school and earned her Masters in Art Education from Columbia College in 2020. Bee has taught art in public schools from preschool through high school and workshops for kids and adults. At home, you will find Bee hanging out with her daughter, hand-building clay, sewing costumes, or catching up on her favorite sci-fi shows and audiobooks.

Photo of Bee Brookes, one of our Youth Programs Instructors
Photo of Bee Brookes, one of our Youth Programs Instructors
Kate Dodig (she/her), Spinning Instructor

​​Kate moved to Columbia from Las Vegas in 2021 and apprenticed under Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser. She is a multimedia artist who loves to spin, felt, weave, forage, and dye. She loves to share her knowledge of art history, fiber arts, and natural materials. She is now teaching the spinning classes at Access Arts and participates in community events with the Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild.

Marc Chauvin (he/him), Youth Programs Instructor

​Marc Chauvin was born in Gretna, Louisiana, and spent his formative years in Columbia, Missouri. An alumnus of Moberly Area Community College, receiving his Associates of Arts and his Associates of Arts in Teaching. Upon graduation, Marc Chauvin transferred to the University of Missouri where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmaking and Bachelor of Philosophy. Beginning in 2016, Marc Chauvin began assisting with summer art camps and more recently has been planning and teaching youth art programs at Columbia Art League and Access Arts.

Photo of Marc Chauvin, one of our Youth Programs Instructors
Photo of Marc Chauvin, one of our Youth Programs Instructors

Much of our programming and other offerings are possible not only with the staff members listed above, but also due to the wonderful artists we have in attendance through our Artist in Residence program. Check out our current resident artists at the link below.

K-12 Summer Camp Teacher
This position is temporary and seasonal. The dates of camp are July 1-August 16, 2024. Camps run Monday-Friday of each week. Applicants will ideally be available for the full summer schedule, though we will consider applicants who are only available for some of the weeks.

Deadline to apply is May 1st.

We're hiring!

Summer Camp Adaptive Aide
This position is temporary and seasonal, with the possibility to extend into the school year on an as-needed basis. The dates of camp are July 1-August 16, 2024. Camps run Monday-Friday of each week. Applicants will ideally be available for the full summer schedule, though we will consider applicants who are only available for some of the weeks.

Deadline to apply is May 1st.