The CCA Team
Columbia Center for the Arts consists of many individuals working to increase access to the arts and provide unique educational opportunities. Members of the staff, Board of Directors, and outstanding CCA volunteers play a key role in helping CCA thrive.
Leith has always been passionate about the arts. Prior to becoming the ED of CCA Leith was the Director of Arts in Education of the Gorge, and served on CCA’s Education and Theater committees, and the Oregon Cultural Trust Committee for Hood River County. She also had a wedding planning business for over 15 years. Before moving to The Gorge, Leith held event manager positions at One Reel, an arts production company in Seattle and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. She studied art in Europe and received an BA in art history from Vassar College. She is driven by community building and creative collaborations. Her creative outlets are stage acting and writing. Her advice for staying healthy: laugh…often and regularly.
Tim Ortlieb joined the CCA team in January of 2020. He assists Leith Gaines and the rest of the CCA team with administrative support. He also manages live streaming, web maintenance, data base work and video production. Tim’s passion is in live music and he aspires to bring national musical programs to CCA in the future.
Board of Directors -2021
Anna C. Cavaleri – Chair
Dena Gadomski, Treasurer
Fundraising & Development Committee
Abigail Merickel, Artist, printmaking, arts educator at Arts in Education of the Gorge and Columbia Gorge Community College
Dena Gadomski, Current CCA Board Member
Anna Barker, Cathedral Ridge exhibit space liaison, Past CCA Board Member
Marketing & Communications Committee
Anna C. Cavaleri
Joe and Leilani Gibson
Anna C. Cavalari