Staff Members

Cheryl Caponi, co-founder of Caponi Art Park with her husband Anthony, is Executive Director and oversees the daily operations of the park including program development, fundraising, and financial management. Cheryl was among a group of 13 women named “2011 Exceptional Business Women” by the Dakota County Tribune. She is a past member of the Dakota County Public Arts Commission. Of recent interest Cheryl participated in the ArtSage Arts and Aging MN Professional Development program.

Lauren Balogh, Education Programs Manager, is responsible for developing Caponi Art Park’s educational programs that explore the connections between art and nature. She also works to ensure that other organizations are able to visit Caponi Art Park and enjoy an interesting and educational experience through their participation in tours and art workshops. Lauren received her MA in Art History and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of St. Thomas and her BA in Studio Art and Museum Studies from Beloit College.

Ryan Borden, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, is responsible for carrying out the events and performances that take place at Caponi Art Park. He works to create broad access to memorable arts experiences and to facilitate learning in informal settings. Ryan earned an M.M. in performance from the University of Missouri and a B.M. from Illinois State University.

Dante Leyva, Groundskeeper, is responsible for general maintenance, gardening, weed trimming and light repairs around the Park and its sculptures. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in plant biology and is an active musician playing with multiple bands around the Twin Cities. Dante incorporates his passion for nature, music, and community building into his work at the Caponi Art Park.

Kelly Mroczek, Communications and Development Associate, is responsible for the Park’s communication efforts both online and offline as well as providing support for special events and fundraising activities. Kelly has an MA in Organizational Leadership and over 15 years of experience in helping nonprofits share their story.

Erin Stahl, is a Teaching Artist for Caponi Art Park and will also serve as Interim Education Programs Manager this late spring/summer. She teaches in-person and virtual classes at Caponi Park and through the Caponi on the Road program. Erin earned her BFA in Painting from Drake University and has been an artist, graphic designer, and community art teacher for over 20 years.

Board of Directors

Cheryl Caponi

Jyoti Checka

Daymond Dean

Stephen Gumnit

Erin Paulson

Andrew Pimental

Sara Stokman

Ashley Wilson