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CCA Team

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 Gaines

Executive Director
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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.








Rachael Erickson
Gallery Manager
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Rachael is a practicing artist who heralds from Northeast Ohio. Before becoming CCA`s Gallery Manager, Rachael received her BFA from Kent State University in 2010 and MFA at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2014 with a focus in glass. She has received scholarships to Pilchuck School of Glass as well as Pittsburg Glass Center. Rachael has also taught workshops at various schools around the U.S.

Post MFA she worked as an artist assistant, was manager at the Mark Payton Glass Center in Louisville Kentucky, and worked as Gallery Assistant and Gaffer at Nichols Art Glass in The Dalles.

All of her experience as an artist, educator, instructor, and manager have led her to her current position at CCA.  Being relatively new to the Gorge, she is thrilled to be able to spend her free time enjoying all of the beauty and outdoor activities the area has to offer as well as drawing inspiration from it for her craft. Rachael strongly believes in living in the present moment and trying to make light of life. One of her favorite quotes to live by is “ Man suffers only because he/she takes seriously what the Gods made for fun”-Alan Watts







Mattea Schwab

Gallery and Administrative Coordinator

Mattea joined the CCA team in February of 2021 and looks forward to being more immersed in the art community of the Gorge. She has lived in the Columbia Gorge her whole life and loves and appreciates the beauty of her hometown! Growing up she always knew she wanted to be an artist and be in a creative environment. She is so grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing local artists who have become some of her most valued mentors. She enjoys working in a creative atmosphere and collaborating with creative people. Amidst the pandemic she received her Associates of Arts with a focus in Studio Arts & Illustration from Central Oregon Community College in Bend, OR. She aspires to share her love for art with the community and spreading kindness and love to those around her.








Hannalies Bosman
Operations Manager

Hannalies joined CCA in March of 2021. Working behind the scenes in a number of small to medium enterprises over the years, she has served and supported organizations to effectively manage, organize and optimize their results. A master of the client journey, organizational systems and processes, Hannalies brings together diverse information in projects into a format that is easy to understand and cohesive to automation and scalability. When she’s not at CCA, Hannalies works with clients as an RTT hypnotherapist and coach. She has lived in the Gorge for 11 years and was raised in a musical household with a love of theater, live music, and the classics. She is an avid gardener, baker, knitter, and amateur herbalist.







Tim Ortlieb

CCA Video Producer

Tim Ortlieb joined the CCA team in January of 2020. He assists the CCA team with video filming and production services for special projects including interviews, workshops, and livestream performances. Tim’s passion is with the local music community and he aspires to find ways to weave the local music community and CCA closer together.







Joe Garoutte
Tech Manager & Operations Support
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Board of Directors -2021

Judie Hanel, Board Chair
Anna Cavalieri, Co-Chair
Ashley Huckaby May, Secretary
Tim Mayer, Treasurer
Ron Cohen
Genevieve Scholl
Amirra Malek


Gallery Committee

Kristie Strasen, Artist, Colorist, Designer, Rep for and member of the White Salmon Arts Council.

Scott Stephenson, Artist, and Executive Director of The Dalles Art Center.

Abigail Merickel, Artist, printmaking, arts educator at Arts in Education of the Gorge and Columbia Gorge Community College

Anna Barker,Cathedral Ridge exhibit space liaison, Past CCA Board Member

Amirra Malak, Artist

Dena Gadomski, Current CCA Board Member

Marketing & Communications Committee

Anna C. Cavaleri


Theatreworks Committee

Judie Hanel
Joe Garoutte
Leilani Gibson
Jim Yue
Emily Vawter
Tom Burns
Bill Weiler



Tim Mayer
Anna C. Cavalari
Ron Cohen


Fundraising & Development Committee

Leith Gaines
Judie Hanel
Tom Lehman
Genevieve Scholl
Cathy Carter


Finance Committee

Ron Cohen
Dena Gadomski
Judie Hanel
Chris Smith
Tim Mayer
Leith Gaines

Columbia Center for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8877
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Center Hours

Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
(Closed during installations
each month the Sunday-Tuesday
before First Friday.)

We are committed to proper
COVID precautions. We require
everyone visiting the gallery to
wear a mask and observe
social distancing procedures.
We look forward to seeing you.

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