Our Staff

Sandra Bassett

President & CEO

Sandra Bassett has earned her M.B.A. in Business Administration from Walden University and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Kentucky State University. Sandra has a rich background in executive and managerial positions in the for-profit sector for brands such as Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Hostess Brand, Inc, and Mars Inc.

She is also an engaging, entertaining, and gifted strategist, educator, trainer, motivational speaker, and professional musician. Originally from Detroit, MI and now based in Phoenix, AZ, Sandra embraces the musical history of her birthplace and enjoys performing in many styles, including Jazz, R&B, Blues and Motown. She is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and other community and professional organizations.

Michael DensonGallery Director

Michael earned his Master of Arts in Innovation and Leadership from Kilns College and his Bachelor of Arts in Photography from The College of Santa Fe. Michael has years of combined experience in gallery operations and as a leader and implementer of innovative programs. He honed his skills and cultivated his knowledge through his work for The Rag Collection and Food for the Hungry, Valley non-profit organizations serving the youth, the marginalized, and the disadvantaged. Michael’s goal as the Gallery Director is to widen opportunities, strengthen existing collaborations, and build new partnerships to cultivate appreciation of the arts and enhance the culture of West Valley cities and communities.

Perpetually optimistic and a true visionary, Michael is also an educator, photographer, and professional mixed media artist.  Michael is originally from Detroit, MI and has lived throughout the Phoenix Metro, but now resides in the West Valley with his wife and son. When not creating visual art focusing on spiritual and abstract themes, he enjoys traveling and tackling DIY projects with his wife. Michael’s gallery of artwork can be viewed by visiting www.densoncreative.art.

Chezale Rodriguez

Program Director

In 2014, Chezale founded the first dance program for Eastpointe High School in its twenty-year history; serving underserved youth for over five years as a Dance Educator and Mentor. Since 2016, she has collaborated with Africana Studies at the University of Arizona as a practical dance instructor for Hip Hop dance courses under the nation’s pioneering Hip Hop Minor. Chezale is also represented as an actress and voice talent by Dani’s Agency in Arizona. Her passion in music is still prevalent with two full-length, studio recorded albums and collaborations under her belt. Some of her professional affiliations include that of non-profit organizations Owl & Panther, Creative Flowers of Unlock Creative, The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

She is a recent graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and was recently accepted into the graduate program at University of Northern Colorado studying a Master of Arts in Dance Education. Chezale is passionate about the Arts, incorporating mindful, intercultural and inspirational components to her work.

Bernadette “Bernie” Campbell

Executive Assistant & Internship Coordinator

Bernie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Davis. She has wide-ranging experience in administration within the areas of office operations & accounting, records & data management, technical support, human resources & staff training, and customer service. Throughout her administrative career, she sharpened her skills and advanced her knowledge working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Although not a professional artist, she appreciates all modes of artistic expression and strongly believes the arts promote strong, stable communities and has an inherent benefit on an individual’s health and well-being.  This long-time West Valley resident enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading classic literature and popular graphic novels, and being an armchair astronomer.

Lindsay Gagnon

Gallery Attendant

Lindsay is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Communication at Northern Arizona University. She has prior experience working with non-profit theaters across the West Valley, both on stage and behind the scenes, which has given her a deep appreciation for all forms of art. Utilizing her education, she wishes to introduce storytelling as a way to uplift artists.

The performing arts have had a profound impact on her life, and she encourages others to enjoy the stage as well. Lindsay is also a competitive public speaker and debater at the collegiate level, having won national awards. In her spare time you may find her tutoring students in public speaking, reading fantasy novels, or taking care of her plants.

Daisy Brady

Exhibitions Preparator

An Art and Marketing student, Desiree “Daisy” Brady earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Columbia College Chicago while selling her handmade jewelry in local boutiques and working as a Merchandise Display Designer for Hallmark. After graduating, she became a Public Relations Account Executive and Special Event Coordinator, representing retail magnates like Rainforest Cafe. After marrying and moving about the East Coast with her Marine husband, their family settled in Surprise, Arizona over 20 years ago.

Daisy was a Kitchen Designer for Home Depot for 8 years, a Feature Writer for the West Valley Real Producers Magazine, and a Guest Teacher for DUSD West Point Elementary, later seamlessly filling in in their Arts Academy classes. She also designed campus-wide art projects, dance decorations, fundraiser marketing, and created costumes, props, and scenery for their annual Arts Academy musicals.

Awards

  • 2019 Westmarc Best Of The West: Quality Of Life Community Award
    • West Valley Arts Council
  • 2015 Governor’s Art Award
    • Gallery 37
  • 2013 Surprise Regional Chamber Of Commerce
    • Non Profit Of The Year
  • 2008 Best Of The West: Arts, Culture & Entertainment
    • Big Read – To Kill A Mockingbird
  • 2007 Best Of The West: Arts, Culture & Entertainment
    • West Valley Culture And Heritage Blueprint
  • 2005 Best Of The West: Arts, Entertainment & Sports
    • West Valley Fine Arts – Full Season
  • 2001 Best Of The West: Service To Communities
    • Gallery 37
  • 1993 Governor’s Art Award
    • West Valley Fine Arts
  • 1992 Inaugural Best Of The West
    • West Valley Fine Arts – The Arts

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! Your investment in the arts enriches the West Valley by helping to grow a vibrant and connected arts and cultural community!

Program Sponsors

  • Arizona State University
  • APS
  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • Constance W. McMillin Trust
  • Dolores Miller Charitable Endowment
  • EPS Group
  • Estrella by Newland Communities
  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission
  • Kiwanis of Litchfield Park
  • Nancy Root
  • Okland Construction
  • Orcutt | Winslow
  • Sandi Staehle and Keith Johnson
  • The Links, Incorporated
  • Thunderbird Charities
  • Victory at Verrado
If you would like more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact [email protected]. We will accept any donation that positively contributes to our mission. We would love to hear from you!!