Staff & Board


Megan Hallett

I have been an art educator for over 15 years in a variety of school and museum settings. I currently teach at Escalante Elementary. I am also an assistant instructor at the University of Utah with the Master of Arts in Teaching program. My work/education background is in arts, education, and horticulture. I appreciate that Salt Lake is a small town and that it is easy to make connections with good people. Importantly, Salt Lake has a growing number of programs and organizations that are serving youth and families in the communities that need it most.


Shawn Teigen

I’ve been working in public policy for the past 12 years. I am currently the Vice President and Research Director of a 70-year-old, non-partisan, non-profit organization called Utah Foundation. I focus on education policy, energy, the environment, and more. In addition, I teach at the University of Utah in the Master of Public Policy Program. I am also on the boards of Envision Utah and the Bicycle Collective. One of the topics I’m most interested in is educational equity.


Amy Edwards

I am a mental health counselor at Jewish Family Service of Utah, and have twenty years of experience in museum education and administration.. I have lived in Salt Lake for almost 20 years and can no longer imagine living anywhere else. A particularly meaningful part of my job is the work I do with parents. I teach parenting classes and work individually with parents helping them to stay connected with their children.


Kerri Hopkins

I am originally form Buffalo, NY, but I’ve been calling Salt Lake City my home for over a decade. My background is in film and photography but I was drawn to arts education during graduate school. I run the ArtsBridge program for the University of Utah and I love having the opportunity to work with students and provide arts outreach to schools with limited resources. Every kid deserves the chance to regularly engage in the arts and express their creativity.


Matthew Castillo

I have been engaged in art in one way or another since I was a young child. I grew up playing piano and French horn in elementary school through college, took a jaunt to New York City as a nonprofit CPA, and now work as the financial analyst and grants coordinator at the University of Utah, College of Fine Arts. Becauseart has played such an important role in my life, I want to help others have an opportunity to experiencethe arts as well.

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Julie Peaslee

I am a relationship/couples therapist in private practice in Salt Lake City. Much of my therapeutic work involves the particular ways in which people embody, understand, create, and project personal narratives in relationship. Before becoming a therapist, I worked as an attorney in various settings. I consider myself a native Salt Laker and have loved seeing Salt Lake grow and develop over many years, becoming more diverse and inclusive in the process. I am the proud mother of two West High Panthers.


Tommy Hamby

Tommy Hamby is a Salt Lake City native and one of those people unabashedly proud of their hometown. The youngest of eight kids, and first generation American, Tommy is the first college grad in his family. He received his undergrad in Communications from the University of Utah and went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration (also from the U). Tommy has worked at the Salt Lake City Public Library since 2003 and is passionate about fostering belonging and connection in the community. His background is in public service, public programming, and project management and is currently working as the library’s first data analyst. You can find Tommy biking around SLC or playing pub trivia at a local bar. If he’s not doing that, he’s home with his partner Jason and cat Fatty (his Royal fatness, the king of cats).

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Virginia Catherall

My love of art began in high school when I became a docent at my hometown museum in Springville. That experience led me to my current job as Curator of Education at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts where I get to realize my vision of fun, interactive, and informal learning for families. I am also a practicing textile artist and knitwear designer. In my art I find meaning in landscape and translate that to wearable knitted art.

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David Marx

I am from Salt Lake but have lived in Boston as well. I currently work at Dorsey & Whitney, where I am a corporate and securities attorney. I enjoy working with nonprofit corporations in Salt Lake and seeing the positive effects their work has on the community.