Orem Arts Council Members

Adam J. Robertson — Arts Council Chair

Adam J. Robertson’s professional, marketing, public relations and major events portfolio is extensive. He was the assistant director of America’s largest Fourth of July celebration, “America’s Freedom Festival.”  As Director of Marketing and the Venue Director at the North American Museum of Ancient Life, the world’s largest dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point, Adam coordinated sponsorship, marketing and development with the Discovery Channel, Disney Corporation, NBC Today Show, AT&T and Universal Studios. He has also worked on the domestic and international public relations teams at NUSKIN Enterprises. Adam co-founded and produced “Plays of the Week,” a collegiate athletic segment used by ESPN and television stations across the country. He has also created and managed numerous non-profit and profit companies, and serves as a Corporate Analyst and Consultant.  He is actively involved in many community activities.  Since 2004, He has served as the President & CEO of the SCERA in Orem.  In 2006, Adam was honored as “Business Man of the Year” by the business community.  He has served, and serves on many prominent boards, including Utah Valley State College, The Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, The National Republican Congressional Committees-Business Advisory Council, and the American Red Cross.

Cody Clark — Vice Chair

Cody Clark has been a member of the Orem Arts Council since 2013. Cody is an award-winning entertainment journalist and film critic, most recently from 2004 to 2013 at the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, where he won multiple awards for film, theater and music criticism, and also humor writing. He is currently managing editor at an information technology media company, which pays a tiny bit better even than being a celebrated arts critic. Cody presently pursues his interest in film as a co-host of the Movie Stream Cast podcast and as an occasional guest on other film podcasts. He lives near Cascade Park with his wife, Heather, and their three children.

Cassandra Barney

Cassandra Christensen Barney paints personal visual narratives. Her paintings quietly depict stories about love, gratitude, sorrow, and hope. Cassandra enjoys the hot, arid summers of Utah and the lushness of her garden. Her paintings are rich in color, and she is inspired by her environment, the liveliness of her home, and travels. She is a mother of three beautiful girls. Her husband, Daniel, is also an artist and educator and considers himself her biggest fan. Cassandra Barney received her master’s degree in Fine Arts from Brigham Young University in 2000. Her artwork can be seen in galleries across the United States.

Cindy Clark

Cindy Lewis Clark loves teaching, creating, learning, reading, hiking, and being a gramma. She has been recognized as outstanding art educator for Utah, received the Arthur Watkins award as educator of the year, received a national endowment for the arts scholarship, and many other awards. She has been arts specialist for Alpine School District where she worked with elementary schools and their principals to integrate dance, drama, music, and visual arts into their teaching. A veteran teacher, she taught advanced placement art at Orem High for 23 years, plus she taught junior high art as well.  She has been an adjunct professor at UVU and BYU and also a student teacher supervisor. In addition, she works with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson arts program at BYU.  She has exhibited her own works of art in several juried shows including Utah Watercolor Society, BYU Museum, Woodbury Museum, Covey Center, Springville Museum, Artist’s magazine, and her work is published in Incite 3 a Northlight Book. She has a Masters Degree in educational leadership, and a BA degree in Art/English.

Cody Hale

Cody Hale is the youngest son of Ruth and Nathan Hale, the original founders of all of the Hale Theaters. Cody has been on stage since his infancy and still performs when he gets the chance. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education, pursued a career in music, became signed artist with MCA Curb Records and co-founded the Hale Center Theater Orem. He currently is a co-manager of the Hale Center Theater Orem and has produced over 144 productions and counting. Cody is married to Linda and they have five children and three grandchildren.

Kate Monson

Anna "Kate" Burton Monson graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in Composite Dance in 1996. She then finished a master's degree in choreography at Ohio State University. She returned to BYU and is currently part of the Dance Faculty. Monson has choreographed numbers from scores by Lester Horton, Bebe Miller, Yvonne Rainer, and others. In 2011 Monson was part of the Heloise Crista Project, funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts.

Barry Merrell

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Nancy Peterson

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John Reinhard

John Reinhard currently does desktop support at Brigham Young University. John and his family enjoy the many different arts opportunities here in Orem, including everything from music and theater to visual arts. John has seen way too many Phineas and Ferb episodes, and way too many different productions of Jane Austen novels.

Joseph Sorensen

Joseph Sorensen was born in northern California, but spent just two years there before his family moved overseas for his father's job with the Foreign Service. Joseph spent 16 years overseas, moving every two or three years to various countries in Africa, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Despite the traveling, Joseph and his family were able to spend most summers in Utah, and it wasn't long before Joseph developed a real love for the state. After graduating high school, Joseph started at Brigham Young University, then served an LDS mission to Chicago. Soon after returning, Joseph joined the US Army Reserve Corps in 2011. Later, he began a career at Vivint, Inc. in customer service. He has been with Vivint since 2012, and currently works managing Vivint's social media and other online support channels. He met his wife Emily at Vivint in 2012, and they were married in April 2014. They have one son, Gabriel, and have lived in Orem since their wedding.

Mark Seastrand — City Council Liaison

Third-term Councilmember Mark Seastrand is a lifelong Orem resident and graduate of Orem High School (class of 1977). Mark is the CEO of Inspire Graphics in Orem and has two children with his wife, Shelly.