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.

Melody Kokora Programs & Events Manager

Melody has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Her education supports her drive to improve processes, efficiency, and quality in programming. She is a self-taught artist who loves to create and appreciate all forms of art.

Her experience as a tutor and general aide to West Valley students and teachers grew her passion to set them up for success. The combination of her knowledge in business, love of art and passion for education motivates her to bring transformative art programming to West Valley schools, teachers, and students. Originally from New York, she has lived in the West Valley for 15 years.

Bernie Campbell

Office Manager

Bernie has 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 and accounting, records management, technical support, staff training, and customer service. Throughout her administrative career, she honed her skills and knowledge working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

She finds tremendous satisfaction and pride in being the” backstage crew” supporting this talented team of professionals. Although not an artist, she appreciates all modes of artistic expression and strongly believes in the inherent benefit of the arts and culture on one’s health and well-being, as well as in promoting a strong sense of community. When not working, this West Valley resident of over 13 years enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading classic and popular graphic novels, and perfecting her breadmaking skills.

Awards

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

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 bcampbell@westvalleyarts.org. We will accept any donation that positively contributes to our mission. We would love to hear from you!!