OUR STAFF

PHINNEY BROWN

Executive Director

Phinney Brown began her role as Executive Director for the Arts Center Task Force in July of 2021. She joins Arts Center Task Force as a nonprofit professional with a passion for the arts. She brings welcome expertise in fundraising, marketing, networking, event planning, and more.

Phinney has called the Tri-Cities home since 2006, having grown up in Hermiston, OR. She has been involved in the local performing arts community for many years as an actor, singer, director, and costumer. She is also a visual artist, working primarily in Indigenous style beadwork and moccasin making, and is a lineal descendant of the Coeur D'Alene Tribe. Phinney has worked with many local arts organizations over the years including The Rude Mechanicals, Richland Players, and Columbia Basin College Summer Showcase.

Phinney's professional background is in nonprofit management, marketing, and event planning, and she is eager to use her skills and experience to help bring a much-needed performing arts center to the Tri-Cities.

She can be reached via email at phinney@artscentertaskforce.com

ALICIA BRIONES

Operations Manager

Alicia Briones grew up in the Tri-Cities but left for Seattle after high school to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she went on to pursue her Master of Criminal Justice at Seattle University.  She worked for the ACLU of Washington in the legal department for several years while earning her master’s degree, working on legislation that won rights for same sex marriage, and the legalization of marijuana in Washington State. She also served on Harborview’s Neurological Services Unit board. After getting married, she moved back to the Tri-Cities to be closer to family and immediately sought out ways to help her community, including joining the Safe Harbor/My Friend’s Place board, and working as the Team Read Director at the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia. She has also worked for the Richland Public Library as a reference librarian, and is an adjunct professor, teaching Criminal Justice at Columbia Basin College.

 

While her professional life has mostly been justice-oriented, Alicia has been deeply involved in the arts her entire life, believing that social justice and the arts are two sides of the same coin. She has worked with The Rude Mechanicals, and The Richland Players as a stage manager and producer, and in her spare time she paints, sculpts, makes jewelry, creates textile and fiber art pieces focused on her Mexican/Indigenous and Coahuiltecan heritage, and reads 100 books a year. She also loves to cook, much to the joy of her husband, and her old boy Atticus, a yellow lab/foxhound mix.

 

Alicia is thrilled to bring her twenty plus years of experience in the non-profit world, and her eclectic skill set to ACTF, and be a part of an important project that will forever bring the Tri-City area joyfully new experiences.

 

You can get in touch with Alicia at alicia@artscentertaskforce.com

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JAMES CALLAGHAN

Studio and Facilities Coordinator

James Callaghan joined Arts Center Task Force in December of 2021 in the new role of Studio and Facilities Coordinator, where he'll help manage Digital Studio projects, and facility rentals. He has been involved in the performing arts in Tri-Cities for many years and brings his wealth of experience in technical theatre to the new ACTF Headquarters and Digital Studio.

James grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Kennewick in 2007. He attended Columbia Basin College where he studied technical theatre and performing arts. He has experience on and off the stage, as an actor, stand-up comedian, director, and lighting, sound, and set designer. He also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Richland Players until the end of his term in 2021.

If you'd like to learn more about our Studio services and facility rental, get in touch with James. He can be reached via email at james@artscentertaskforce.com

PAMELA HARVEY KIZITO

Administrative Coordinator

Pamela Harvey Kizito joined the Arts Center Task Force team in January of 2022 as the part time Administrative Coordinator. She graduated from Western Governor’s University with a degree in Business Management, and also works for the Mid-Columbia Symphony as their Business Manager.

 

Pamela grew up in the Tri-Cities, but spent many years working in Uganda for nonprofit organizations that offer education for women who are displaced or impoverished. She developed a passion for community and economic development, women’s empowerment, youth education, and advocacy work during her time working with these groups. She also volunteered in the American Peace Corps, where she was a health educator at a rural health center in northern Uganda. During her service she hosted a cervical cancer screening camp, and youth vocational skills training camps. 

After a few years abroad Pamela came back home to settle down with her family. She is excited to make a difference in her own community. In Uganda, the arts are vital to the health and wealth of society. She is humbled at the mission of ACTF and excited to be a part of reaching the goal of building a performing arts center and advancing the cultural and economic vitality of the Tri-Cities. 

 

You can reach Pamela via email at info@artscentertaskforce.com

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