WBC Staff

Staff bios available below

Rob Hanson
Executive Director
rob@westbroadway.org

DeVon Nolen
Market and Community Outreach Manager
devon@westbroadway.org

Carla Schleicher
Artistic Programs and Communications Coordinator
carla@westbroadway.org

Farrington Llewellyn
Outreach and Communications Specialist 
farrington@westbroadway.org

Dudley Voigt (Contractor)
FLOW Artistic Director
info@flownorthside.org

Staff Biographies

Carla Schleicher graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Graphic Design and minors in Fine Art, Sociology, and African American and African studies. Prior to the WBC, Carla worked as a designer and student committee member at Northrop, a non-profit arts organization at the University. She also currently works as a freelance designer/artist for clients that include the National African Language Resource Center, and African Fashion Week Chicago. She joined the WBC in the summer of 2013 as a Graphic Design Intern. She produces graphic design and branding for FLOW and the West Broadway Farmers Market and other organizational projects and programs.  She also provides branding assistance for area businesses by designing logos and other marketing collateral.

 

J. DeVon Nolen is the Project/Market Manager for the West Broadway Farmers Market. She has worked in tandem with the community for over 15 years, holding various roles in non-profit work and running her own event planning business as well. In her role as Market Manager she provides technical assistance to vendors, coordinates programming, manages outreach, promotion and fundraising, and builds partnerships within the broader food justice movement. Before joining the WBC, DeVon was Co-coordinator for the Northside Fresh Coalition, where she continues to lead the Operations Team. DeVon serves on the Executive Committee of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, the Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) and with the Council on Black Minnesotans.

 

Rob-copyRob Hanson holds a BA in Geography from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Economic Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council, and a GIS certification from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Rob oversees the West Broadway Business Improvement District, Open Streets, the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl, as well as works with businesses and the City of Minneapolis to help revitalize the West Broadway Corridor.  Rob was previously the Economic Development Coordinator for the 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation (The Corridor). The Corridor is a non-profit that works with over 150 businesses to stimulate economic growth in Milwaukee. I have completely overhauled the organizations website, and designed marketing material for businesses. Additionally I have conducted planning and community outreach for a 45 million dollar green infrastructure development, organized fundraising events, assisted businesses in obtaining financing for improvements and expansion, and helped to develop an initiative to grow the 9 billion dollar metals manufacturing industry in Southern Wisconsin

Farrington Llewellyn graduated from Augsburg College with a BFA in Communications Studies: PR and Advertisement. Prior to WBC, Farrington worked at Bedlam Theatre, a non-profit organization in Lowertown Saint Paul. His work at Bedlam led him down a path of documentation and telling the stories of various intersections of communities around the Twin Cities. Diversifying his job description, He eventually started doing Creative Placemaking in at-risk neighborhoods, which led to him meeting the WBC in 2014. Increased involvement in programs like Play on Penn and FLOW Northside Arts Crawl led to him helping coordinate Open Streets for the 1st time ever on West Broadway in 2016.  Farrington has an equal passion for 1.) Sharing his Story through music and poetry.  2.) Sharing the Stories of others through documentation, media and event production. 3.) Building community through celebration, real connections and creative organizing.

Dudley Voigt is the founder and Artistic Director of FLOW Northside Arts Crawl. She has transformed vacant spaces into event, gallery, and performing arts spaces throughout the Northside. In addition, Dudley has created, produced, directed and stage-managed theatrical productions, educational tours and community programs and events as a freelancer for almost 20 years. In her role at the WBC, Dudley utilizes her relationships with area artists, businesses and arts institutions to orchestrate creative pop up events and installations that activate space and create unique experiences.