Kim McCarty, Executive Director
Kim brings over 20 years of experience in community relations, marketing, communications, human resources and fundraising to PlatteForum. Kim’s most recent position was as the director of Marketing & Development with the Art Students League where she helped ASLD create new funding sources while dramatically increasing the League’s exposure. Kim studied journalism and art at Arizona State University and continues to dabble in visual art and creative writing as a hobby. She has volunteered for multiple nonprofit organizations and is a member of the DAM Associates and MCA Denver.
Rebecca Vaughan, Artistic & Programming Director
Rebecca received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and BFA cum laude in Sculpture at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ms. Vaughan has fifteen years of teaching at the college level and mentoring emerging artists, having served as the former Chair of Fine Arts and Head of Sculpture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. She also worked as the Program Director of the Art Students League of Denver and held a residency as a Resource Artist at Redline Denver from 2011-2013. Previously she worked as the project manager for Ann Hamilton’s 2008 Circles of O performance, and assisted in other projects in Dialog: City, a city-wide arts event for the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She served as an Artist-Teacher for the Vermont College of Fine Art and was a visiting instructor at Bowling Green State University, OH.
Amanda Flores, Youth Programming Coordinator
Amanda is a youth activist dedicated to creating space for students to explore the arts. After graduating from Colorado College with a degree in Creative Writing, she realized her passion for community building and social change. Amanda found that one of the most valuable aspects of art-making was sharing the process and experience with others. She spent the last three years developing a one-on-one mentorship for youth experiencing homelessness to develop a personal art practice and address social justice issues affecting their lives. Through her work Amanda has fostered a deep appreciation for the different ways youth learn and how art holds space for everyone’s experience. She is a lover of poetry, experimental art-making, walkabouts in the forest and wild rumpus.
Amy Cara (Ex-officio Chairperson), East West Partners, Denver, Inc.
Renata Dolz (Co-Chairperson), The Art Connection
Jerry Barnett (Co-Chairperson), Founder of Moments Notice Entertainment
Susan Gillespie, Technology Sales and Strategy, WESTAF
Emily Hippen (Secretary), Commercial Real Estate Attorney
Brad Brallier (Treasurer) Realtor, Re/Max Alliance
Mariette Moore, Sales Director, ARTINFO
Kim McCarty, Executive Director, PlatteForum (non-voting)
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PlatteForum Ex-officio Chairperson
East West Partners, Denver, Inc.
Amy is a partner at East West Partners in Denver, currently overseeing the rejuvenation of the Landmark condominium and retail project. Prior to this, she oversaw the financial and land use matters for all of East West Partners’ Denver developments, including the Riverfront Park master planned community and the Denver Union Station redevelopment. Amy started her career with East West Partners in 1999 when the company formed a team for the development of Riverfront Park, where she was responsible for lending and equity relations and financial oversight of the Denver operations. She also has also been an integral part of the entitlements, development planning, negotiation of land acquisition and sales, and contractual oversight of residential sales and office and retail leasing for Denver development. In addition to these roles, Amy has been an active participant on the management team of the Union Station Neighborhood Company, the joint venture formed to facilitate the redevelopment of Denver’s Union Station.
Deeply committed to the arts and responsible land development through her charitable involvement, she is committed to creating inspiring places to live. When she is not working on the above communities directly, she is working to create Denver’s first commuter bike station, connecting youth with artists to plan and produce bodies of work at PlatteForum, and fostering good stewardship in development through leadership as Chair of the Urban Land Institute Colorado.
The Art Connection
Renata is a marketing and sales enthusiast, with a checkered past that includes brand management, new business acquisition, retail channel development, category management and market research. Her conception is in consumer-packaged goods, where she has led both national marketing and sales teams down unconventional paths with enviable success. From the ripe age of 5, she exhibited an innate talent in art-entering and winning contests, which eventually resulted in commissioned art projects on the side. She has worked creative magic with corporations like T-Mobile, First Western Trust, Vectra Banks, KPMG, CBRE, YPO, Newmont Mining, Star Foundation and more. In addition to the contributions made here at PlatteForum Renata is a contributing member of the DU Marketing Round Table, volunteers for Non-Profits including Dress for Success, Adam Morgan Foundation and ARK.
Moments Notice Entertainment, Founder
Growing up in Detroit, Jerry was surrounded “motor city music.” With degrees in music from the University of Michigan, he taught while honing his professional skills performing with the likes of Jack Jones, The Spinners, Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney. He created MOMENTS NOTICE ENTERTAINMENT in 1980 and today there is no question that his integrity and creativity are a part of every event. Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the International Special Events Society and ICON proves Jerry’s lasting impact on event production across the country.
WESTAF, Technology Sales and Strategy
Susan has always been excited by the arts and music scene in Denver since moving here in 1998. Her first job was at the Tattered Cover, which she still considers her best career move. Since then, she has served as the PR Chair for CulturHaus, worked with the arts & culture advertisers at the Denver Post, and currently provides technology solutions to arts organizations around the country at WESTAF. She has a weird obsession with all things David Byrne, plays guitar horribly, and has never seen a Star Wars movie. Regardless, we welcomed Susan to the PlatteForum board in July 2016.
Commercial Real Estate Attorney
Emily Hippen joined the PlatteForum Board in 2015. Professionally she focuses on commercial real estate finance, and represents commercial real estate owners in matters relating to their commercial real estate acquisition and disposition needs. Emily is a graduate of Drake University’s selective Career Opportunity Program, having completed the majority of law school while balancing a full-time career.
Re/Max Alliance, Realtor
Brad joined the PlatteForum Board in 2015. He provides professional and courteous representation of
both buyers and sellers in all facets pertaining to real estate throughout the Denver Metro market. In
his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, travel, skiing, and basically anything
ARTINFO, Sales Director
Mariette joins the PlatteForum board after recently returning to Colorado from New York City. She is a passionate supporter of the Denver art community, and is on the board of the Denver Center Alliance, as well as a proud member of the Museum Associates at the Denver Art Museum.
While living in Atlanta and attending Agnes Scott College, Mariette began working for local art gallery White Space, and credits its owner Susan Bridges for her encouragement to pursue a career in the arts. This confidence brought her to New York City to work for a private dealer turned gallerist, Blair Voltz Clarke, who mentored her in the business practices and philanthropic protocols of the modern artistic space. Inspired with this insight, she pursued a unique opportunity at a fine art media company, Louise Blouin Media, where she still works today. Mariette manages a portfolio of international clients, including major museums and galleries, to promote their message to the masses both digitally and in print. While in New York City, Mariette was a founding board member of the American Folk Art Museum’s Young Folk membership group. Motivated to offer the same encouragement and support to Denver’s youth, Mariette returned to Colorado and is proud to support the Denver community. Additionally, Mariette enjoys hiking, travelling, and volunteering with the Denver Junior League.