Staff & Board of Directors

Gallery Staff

Sarah Jo Lightner, Confluence Gallery ManagerSarah Jo Lightner, Executive Director

Sarah Jo Lightner is the Executive Director of the Confluence as well as a working silversmith. She studied agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and metalsmithing at the Oregon College of Arts and Craft. Sarah Jo worked in the restaurant business for 22 years, including owning her own restaurant in Portland, Oregon before joining the staff at CGAC.

Sarah Jo loves to meet new artists and gain an understanding of their creative process so that she can display and show their work dynamically in the Gallery and Gift Shop. In her free time she still loves to cook, go to the lake and boat, as well as run after her twin girls.

Fun fact: SarahJo has been to 83 Phish shows.


Rose Weagant Olcott, Gallery Program Administrator

Rose joins the Confluence staff as the new Gallery Program Administrator. The daughter of artists, Rose has worked in many creative capacities, none more creative than being a parent.

Board of Directors

Gary Ford, Chair
Loy Young, Vice Chair
Jill Sheley, Treasurer
Valerie Kardonsky, Secretary
Penelope Kern, Events Committee
David Wright, Building Operations
Mandy Shoger, Show Committee

Each member of the Board of Directors serves a three (3) year term. The Board meets monthly and is active in every aspect of CGAC from strategic planning, fundraising, building maintenance, volunteer coordination to the exhibit and show committee. Interested in joining this fun-hard working group? We’d love to hear from you. In addition to completing the volunteer application, please tell us a little about yourself and what you’d like to contribute as a member of the Board of Directors.

View/download Volunteer Application [PDF]