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Ben Shockey and Elizabeth Quinn are passionate about helping non-profits to function effectively so their outstanding creative programming can shine. With a combined 30 years of experience in organizational leadership, Ben and Elizabeth bring skills from a variety of organizational contexts to support non-profits in many sectors, with a particular focus on small and mid-sized organizations in the arts, environment, and residency programs.

Ben Shockey was most recently Executive Director at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, OR, where, among other things, he spearheaded the expansion of the center's vision through the acquisition of a new 80-acre property and launched initiatives to better integrate place, science and the arts in Sitka's residency and workshop programming. Previously Ben occupied executive positions at a public art center and with a performing arts organization. Ben holds a PhD in English Literature & Cultural Studies. Prior to entering the non-profit arts sector, Ben spent more than a decade as a teacher, researcher, and administrator in multiple institutions of higher education.

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Elizabeth Quinn was most recently Programs Director at Caldera. Previous to her work at Caldera, Elizabeth was the Founding Editor of High Desert Journal, a publication that strives for a deeper understanding of the interior West through arts and literature. She also helped found Playa, a residency program in Summer Lake, Oregon, and was the Director of The Dalles Art Association. Having worked in a variety of areas, Elizabeth has developed in-depth knowledge of arts communities across the state and an understanding of the unique needs of artists from diverse backgrounds.