Staff Bios

Lisa Dent, Interim Director

Lisa Dent, Interim Director

Lisa Dent is the Director, Resources & Award Programs at Creative Capital, and the Interim Director at DDPAA. As a member of the Foundation’s senior management team, Dent oversees the financial services programs and advises awardees regarding the full realization of their projects, providing strategic insight and connecting them to a wide range of internal and external resources. Previously, Dent served as the associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and was a director at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York.  In addition, Dent has worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director, and producer on numerous projects. From 2004-08, Dent owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. She has taught courses in art history and production design at Cooper Union, University of California, Davis, Columbus College of Art and Design, and The Ohio State University. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies.

Jaime Kight, Assistant Director

Jaime Kight, Assistant Director

Jaime is a native Floridian, dancer, writer, and performing arts professional. She has held various positions at arts organizations including Danspace Project, Dancewave and New York Live Arts, and has assisted dance scholar Dr. Sally Sommer (Director of the FSU in NYC Program). Jaime has been published in the Dance on Camera Journal, manages her own blog (With Muchness), and is working on her first novel. She also had the privilege of assisting dance critic, Wendy Perron, with the publication of her book Through the Eyes of a Dancer. At DDPAA, she oversees the day-to-day logistics, coordinates the panels for both Award Programs, manages recipient’s grant funds, and is the primary liaison between the recipients and the Program. Jaime earned a BFA in Dance Performance and a MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University where she studied with Lynda Davis, Gerri Houlihan, Dr. Sally Sommer, Dan Wagoner, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (among others).

Valerie Guido, Program Associate

Valerie Guido, Program Associate

Originally from West Virginia, Valerie is a dancer, exercise physiologist, and arts enthusiast. She moved to NYC upon graduating summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Dance. As DDPAA’s Program Associate, Valerie manages all social media, builds the eligibility list for the Duke Artist Award, plans events, and is a resource for the program’s artists. As a professional dancer, she has studied and performed around the US and abroad with notable teachers, including David Dorfman, Betty Jones, and Allegra Kent. Additionally, she is a founding member of West Virginia’s Friends of Dance Advisory Board. Valerie is thrilled to continue her performance career in NYC while assisting other artists in the field through her work at DDPAA.

Megan Callaghan, Program Assistant

Megan Callaghan, Program Assistant

Growing up a dancer, Megan went on to receive a BFA in Dance from Florida State University.  While at FSU, she took Jennifer Calienes’ (Founding Director of MANCC) Dance Administration class and was prompted to pursue administrative work upon graduation.  After college, Megan began working with several small dance companies in the northeast, including Jody Oberfelder Projects, the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, and Jennifer Muller/The Works, providing support in grant writing, finance, production, and special events.  In the fall of 2014, she began working as Elizabeth Streb’s Executive Assistant at SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) and as an Intern at DDPAA. The following year, she was promoted to Program Assistant and helps with grant making and operations.