Art Access Staff & Contractors


Shandra Benito, Executive DirectorSHANDRA EDIT 10


Office Phone: 801-328-0703, option 3

Cell Phone: 206-412-2973

Shandra is a social worker, disability rights advocate, trumpet player, and art enthusiast from Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Masters of Social Work Program and has worked alongside and served many different communities including individuals with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, immigrants, refugees, and native and indigenous people.

Most recently, Shandra worked as the head of fundraising at the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services, while also serving on the City of Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, and the Legal Voice Violence Against Women Task Force. She is proud to identify as a person with a disability, as a member of the Deaf community, and is thrilled to be able to bring her experiences working toward equality and equal access, non-profit development and fundraising to Art Access and Salt Lake City. Shandra joined Art Access as executive director in January of 2017.


Erin Call, Finance Director


Phone: 801-328-0703, option 8

Erin previously worked as the controller at the Salt Lake Art Center and is amply qualified to manage the fiscal aspects of our organization. Erin attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and majored in fine arts with an emphasis in painting.

In addition, she has over 20 years of accounting experience in a variety of industries.

Erin has lived along the Wasatch Front her entire life, currently residing in downtown Salt Lake City with her husband and young daughter. She loves the arts in general and has a particular fondness for the visual arts.

Elise Butterfield, Programs Director


Phone: 801-328-0703, option 4

A Seattle transplant, Elise majored in International Studies and Dance at the University of Washington, graduating magna cum laude in 2014. She has worked with arts and development organizations across the Americas, with a particular focus on youth with special needs. Elise worked with Amigos de las Américas in various capacities, most recently in Nicaragua as the Associate Project Director of a first-year program on Arts and Youth Leadership for high school volunteers. She also worked as CFO and Program Director for a budding Seattle non-profit, Reach Out, where she supervised the development of arts and science summer programming for in-crisis youth.

Elise herself is a dancer and a yogi and is passionate and curious about the power of physical movement as art and therapy. She investigated embodied and transgenerational knowledge in her undergraduate Honors Thesis at the UW. Elise also collaborated and performed in various concerts and projects in Seattle, including From Here, which explored accessibility as an aesthetic in dance. In her spare time she enjoys photography, gardening, and exploring the Wasatch Front.


Megan Daigneau, Development and Volunteer Manager


Phone: 801-328-0703, option 5

Megan graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Consumer and Community Studies and Family and Human Development. She has been a mentor and crisis-worker for at-risk youth with substance abuse disorders and for survivors of sexual trauma for the past several years. She sits on several fundraising and event planning committees, was recently selected as 1 of 5 scholarship recipients through the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Utah Chapter in recognition for her work as young fundraising professional in Utah. She is passionate about social justice, working towards creating equitable opportunities for historically excluded communities, and creating spaces in her own community where everyone can experience the power of art.

She's been involved in the arts in a variety of ways since she was a young, overly dramatic, teenager, and especially enjoys spoken word, poetry, and theater. Though these days she is more of an observer than a performer. When not trying to figure out how to save the world, Megan can likely be found at the dog park, reading new cookbooks, and practicing yoga.


Ramona Lucius, Education and Outreach Manager

Phone: 801-328-0703, option 6


Ramona (Lucius) Burns graduated with a BFA in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  She holds a certificate from the Moscow Art Theatre and has been a professional artist, inclusive arts educator, and interactive storyteller for over a decade. 

Ramona founded Hands-On Folktales which conducts inclusive arts workshops and residencies for K-12 schools, transitional youth centers, and special educators.  Hands-On's mission is to promote literacy and inclusion through arts integration by removing barriers to access. 

Ramona is glad to join the Art Access team, and continue to advocate for inclusion.   



Misty Penman, Office and Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 801-328-0703, option 7


Misty is currently in the Interpreter Training Program for ASL/English at Salt Lake Community College. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts of Utah as a troop leader and is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.

She was born and raised in Northern Utah and can often be found drinking tea while working on a cross stitch or embroidery project, gardening, or gathering her friends around social justice activism or board games. She would eventually like to travel and live in a variety of places in the United States, influencing positive change wherever she lands. She is excited to join the Art Access team as the Development & Outreach Intern and is looking forward to working toward comprehensive accessibility in the arts.


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