Michael Gill – Executive Director, Editor/Publisher
Having worked as an arts journalist, arts administrator, and as an individual artist, Michael Gill was uniquely prepared to be co-founder of Collective Arts Network and founding editor/publisher of CAN Journal. His writing for publications including the National Endowment for the Humanities magazine (Humanities), Cleveland Magazine, the Cleveland Free Times, and Cleveland Scene has won multiple awards from the Press Club of Cleveland, including in the Best in Ohio: Essays category, in 2007. He has a BA in English from Hiram College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. His wood block and letterpress artist books have been exhibited in solo shows at William Busta Gallery, Tregoning and Company, and BAYarts.
JoAnn Dickey – Designer
JoAnn Dickey is a graphic designer and artist who lives and works in Cleveland. Born and raised in Michigan, she relocated in 1999 to accept an amazing opportunity, to be the head of the Graphic Design Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2007 she shifted to higher education, as the Design Manager in the Marketing Department at Case Western Reserve University. In May of 2010 she started her own business, JoAnn Dickey Design, specializing in publication and magazine design as well as book design, branding, annual reports, higher education, and arts organizations. She’s been the Art Director of CAN Journal since its inception in 2012. Her work has won acclaim by AIGA Cleveland, FOLIO, APEX, Admissions Advertising Awards, and The Society for Experiential Graphic Design. When not designing for clients she works on her mixed media “plaid bird” line and volunteers for local causes through pro-bono design work and other service opportunities.
Jada Renee Hobson – Newsletter Manager
Jada Renee Hobson is a photographer and videographer, creator of the Destination Dream Video Series, and CEO of The Indi Group. Destination Dream is a video series focused on shedding light on the creativity of youth they’re chasing. The Indi Group is a media team specializing in social media, creative strategy, content marketing, community engagement, and other services. The Indi Group has worked with such clients as LAND Studio, The Sculpture Center, Fresh Fest, MidTown, Graffiti Heart, and many others.
Leah Trznadel – Development Director
Leah Trznadel is an artist, grants writer and arts educator from Buffalo, New York. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art and currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. Her practice consists of photography, performance, multimedia installation and handmade books. Her work has been exhibited at the Cleveland Institute of Art, H Space Gallery and the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio and Roy G Biv Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. She received a creative book project grant from the Rowfant Club in Cleveland in 2018 and two awards from the Cleveland Institute of Art for excellence in photography in 2018 and 2019. She has taught for the Cleveland Institute of Art and Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association and previously held the position of Grants & Marketing Manager at the Morgan Conservatory. She currently holds positions as the Development Director at Collective Arts Network, Research & Administrative Assistant at Future Ink Graphics and Studio Staff at Praxis Fiber Workshop.
Julaine Duffield – Copy Editor
Julaine Duffield has a BA in English from Hiram College, and is enjoying the evolution of the Cleveland art scene from the perspective of her copy editing role at CAN Journal.
Tara Tonsetic – Advertising Sales
Tara Tonsetic joined the CAN team in 2019. She has previously worked for 78th Street Studios and Norhteast Ohio Parent magazine. She Loves the fall, naps, and meeting new people. Things that bring her joy include chips + salsa, a good book, John Hughes movies, her family, being a mama, a newly printed magazine, good coffee, hand-written notes (sending + receiving), gifts, home + stationery stores, and awesome art. For the last 20 years, she has worked in the world of business development, marketing, and events for a variety of companies and non-profits, as well as herself. She says, “I hope to one day be living on a farm in the country filled with goats, llamas, chickens, and more, but for now, I happily reside with my hubby, 7 year-old-son, and cat in the suburbs.”