Mary Clare Stevens

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Mary Clare Stevens directs the vision of the Foundation with the Board of Directors and oversees the administration, operations and initiatives of the organization. She was the artist’s studio manager for many years and was a trustee of his estate, serving a key role in the transition from a working artist’s studio to a non-profit foundation. Prior to her work with Kelley’s Studio and the Foundation, she worked in arts education, video and art production, and museum administration. She is also an artist and holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Stevens appears in Kelley’s Day Is Done as an extra and contributed vocals to several songs for the project. Originally from Philadelphia, she has lived and worked in Los Angeles for over 20 years.

Mark Lightcap

Collection Manager

As Collection Manager, Mark Lightcap oversees the artworks and related materials in the Foundation art collection: managing loans, conservation, and advising on installations. Mark began working for Mike Kelley as a lead fabricator and project manager in 2006, and later serving as shop manager and head of fabrication in 2010. Prior to his time with the Kelley Studio, Mark worked as a freelance jack of all trades, carpenter, art fabricator, preparator, and owner of a transcontinental art trucking company. As a musician and recording artist, he is a founding member of the bands Acetone, Dick Slessig, Natural Numbers, and Spinout. Mark received his BFA in Music Performance and Composition from CalArts.

Amy Via

Registrar and Database Manager

As the Registrar and Database Manager, Amy Via works closely with Mark Lightcap in the Collections Department to care for, maintain, and preserve artworks in the Foundation’s art collections, in addition to making them accessible via exhibition loans and rights and reproduction requests. Amy came to the Foundation over six years ago, from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she oversaw a permanent collection inventory of over 6,000 artworks as the Assistant Registrar. She has previously held positions at U.S. Art Company, Inc. and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. Amy holds a BA in Art History from the College of Charleston, Charleston.

Mary Haberle

Archivist

Mary Haberle joined the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts as the first staff Archivist in January 2019. Her prior work experience includes positions at the Internet Archive, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Franklin Furnace Archive. Her diverse experience working in archives spans digitization projects, processing of textual records, and web archiving. Mary attended McGill University where she earned a BA in History and Religious Studies and an MLIS in Archival Studies. She completed a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate through the Society of American Archivists in 2014.

Rochele Gomez

Grants Manager

As the Grants Manager, Rochele Gomez oversees the Foundation’s Artist Project Grants (APG) program. Coming to this role as an artist, she is interested in continually developing and implementing the APG program in response to the pressing issues facing artists and arts organizations today. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs as an Arts Manager, and in the James Lemont Fogg Library at Art Center College of Design. She co-runs QUEENS, an artist-run space in Los Angeles and remains active as an artist. Rochele received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach, and her MFA from the University of California, Irvine.

Justin Edwards

Office Manager

Justin Edwards serves as the initial point of contact for the Foundation as the Office Manager. In this role, he supports the Executive Director and Board of Directors, manages the facilities and IT infrastructure, and oversees all daily office operations. Justin came to the Foundation from San Francisco, where he cultivated a fine art practice and established the performance art trio, Toxic Waste Face. He has previously worked at the Oakland Museum of California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Justin received his BA in Art History and a minor in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dana Kelly

Bookkeeping and Financial Services

Dana has worked regularly as the Foundation’s Bookkeeper since 2016 and provides full cycle bookkeeping, budgeting and other financial management services for the organization. Her experience includes work with such prestigious organizations as RKO Pictures, and Center Theatre Group. Dana received her degree from the University of Oregon, Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, and is the CEO of LA Bookkeeping & Business Management—a consulting business founded in 2012 which services small, medium, and large for-profit and nonprofit organizations.