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SMAC Staff Directory


Jody Ulich
Director, Convention and Cultural Services
(916) 808-5105

Lennee Eller







Lennée Eller
Metro Arts Manager, Art in Public Places
(916) 808-8877

Lennée has a strong background in public art, exhibition programming, and museum management. Her professional goals in her career have been to integrate the arts into the fabric of the community, through excellence, equity, and education. Prior to working for the City of Sacramento, Lennée established and directed the Phoenix Airports Museum, home to one of the largest airport art programs in the United States. During her tenure, the Airport’s Museum built a collection of more than 900 works of art and showcased art in 35 exhibition spaces throughout the airport complex and managed the Phoenix Aviation Archives. Lennée has been active in the Museum and nonprofit Arts for more than 30 years. When not being an artist administrator, Lennée is a visual artist. Her work: sculpture, screen prints, drawings, and paintings are in private and municipal collections, both nationally and internationally.


Donald Gensler, Art in Public Places Project Manager






Donald Gensler
Art in Public Places Project Manager
(916) 808-8493

Donald joined the Arts Commission staff in January, 2018. He manages restorations, ongoing projects, and new build public art projects for the City of Sacramento. He is both an attorney and visual artist with a passion for and experience in making and managing public art projects both nationally and internationally. Having worked as an attorney in land conservancy and site acquisition, he understands the unique land use and contract challenges involved in locating projects in public spaces. For over twenty years he has worked as a visual artist in community arts, private, public, and non-profit public art programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California, and internationally in Dublin, Ireland. He understands the challenges artists face in working with municipalities and project stakeholders. He was an Adjunct Professor in public art at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and was a Lecturer in public art and mural making for ten years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia, PA where he also worked with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, developing social justice centered arts programing. He actively writes about public space, mural making, social justice, and public art. His murals and writings on public art have been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer and in recent publications such as books by Maureen O’Connell, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice, Kiriakos Iosifidis, Mural Art: Murals on Huge Public Spaces Around the World Vol. 2, and Jane Golden, Natalie Pompilio, and Robin Rice, More Philadelphia Murals.

Photo of Melissa Cirone







Melissa Cirone
Arts Education Programs Coordinator   
(916) 808-3983
As Program Coordinator for Arts Education, Melissa oversees the City’s Any Given Child Program. Prior to coming to Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Melissa has managed organizations and public programs in a variety of artistic disciplines, including visual arts, literary arts, theatre, and dance. She served as Executive Director of Circuit Network, a Bay Area, nonprofit arts management organization, where she developed direct services and led educational workshops in audience and community engagement, grassroots marketing, and fundraising for hundreds of California performing artists. Melissa has also served as program consultant for Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California and was director of Communications and Visitor Experience for the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA.  Melissa joined the Arts Commission in 2017.

Mannylyn 'Allen' Timoteo







Mannylyn (Allen) Timoteo
Administrative Analyst 

(916) 808-3982

Allen Timoteo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Business Management there. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting. She moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and became a resident of Sacramento in 2003. Her career with the City began in 2013 when she joined the Convention Center as an Accounting Tech. She was promoted as an Administrative Analyst in 2015 with the Parks & Recreation Department, where she handled the financials and the State and Federal grants for the 4th "R" after-school program (18 school sites) and Access Leisure, which serves youth and adults with disabilities. She is excited to be a part of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission because one of her aspirations is to be more socially and culturally active in the arts world. 


Ray Gargano

Ray Gargano

Grants & Cultural Programs Coordinator



Ray Gargano joins the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Council from the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa as Director of Education and Community Engagement. At the Center, he developed a new department that served more than 40,000 youth and families annually in theatre, music, dance and visual arts. He began his career as a high school English and theater teacher and has served as a director of programming and education at performing arts centers in Madison, WI and Cleveland, Ohio and as a director with Orange County Cultural Arts & Cultural Affairs in Orlando, Florida. He just completed his term as President of International Performing Arts for Youth, the industry organization for performing arts to advance artists and arts for young audiences and families. He is looking forward to using his experiences in the arts, programming and fundraising in his role at SMAC.


Diana Roofner

Arts Program Assistant




Susanna Tu

Arts Program Assistant