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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
541-387-8877 ext. 3

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

CCA Video Producer/Administrative Assistant

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.

Nubia Contreras Villa
Latinx Coordinator
541 490-8795 (cell)

Joe Garoutte
Tech Manager & Operations Support
541-387-8877 ext. 6

Board of Directors -2021

Anna C. Cavaleri – Chair
Judie Hanel
Dena Gadomski, Treasurer
Ron Cohen
Joe Garoutte
Tim Mayer
Genevieve Scholl

Fundraising & Development Committee

Leith Gaines
Judie Hanel
Tom Lehman

Finance Committee

Ron Cohen
Dena Gadomski
Judie Hanel
Chris Smith

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.

Calvin Ross CarlArtist, former owner and Curator of Carl and Sloan Contemporary, Creative Director at Parliament.

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

Theatreworks Committee

Judie Hanel
Joe and Leilani Gibson
Jim Yue
Emily Vawter
Tom Burns
Bill Weile


Tim Mayer
Anna C. Cavalari
Ron Cohen

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-Sunday , 10am-5pm

Open Christmas eve (12/24) 10am- 2pm
Closed 12/25 - 1/2



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