Artist INC Live Omaha Management


Emily Moody grew up in a small town in South Dakota with one stoplight and no public art.  One of the only Bs she got in high school was in art class.  Therefore, she decided to pursue a career in the sciences at the University of South Dakota and, after changing majors 5 times, settled on Psychology/Criminal Justice and earned a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.  She was already positioning to be an Executive Director of an arts non-profit.  But first she practiced Physical Therapy for 15 years primarily making house calls to the elderly and, most recently, as an Ergonomic Specialist at Mutual of Omaha where she educated folks that sitting at their desks all day was killing them.  Emily loves music (from Bach to The Faint) and attending local art shows (mostly for the wine in those tiny plastic cups).  She lives in the best neighborhood in Omaha with her wonderful husband, Craig, and two sweet daughters, Lydia and Janie. 


Anna Dewey Nance  is an Omaha native, who has always felt lucky to be from a small community with just enough culture to keep it interesting. She was drawn to the arts at a young age, constantly drawing, making sculpey dioramas, and building lego rollercoasters. She attended the Savannah College of Art & Design and received a BFA in fibers. After spending four years in sunny Los Angeles working on a passion project called “The Dog Show USA”, Nance moved back to Omaha, married musician and overall “great guy” David Kenneth Nance, and found her way to the Omaha Creative Institute. She also works part time as Mary Zicafoose’s weaving assistant, and teaches a fashion and sewing class for teens at the Refugee Empowerment Center. Nance enjoys using her brain to figure out how to make life in Omaha better for artists.


Mary Talen brings to Omaha Creative Institute many years of experience in the non-profit world, both as a volunteer and a development professional. Mary served as Development Director for The ARTery in Omaha as it expanded the arts program "Dancing Classrooms" into area schools. She has worked as a Development Officer at the University of Michigan and as Project Director for the World Assembly of Youth in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mary holds a BA in Philosophy from Grinnell College in Iowa and an MA in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. While raising her two sons, in addition to continuing freelance writing and development work, Mary engaged in extensive volunteer efforts in the public schools, including holding leadership positions in parent/teacher groups, fund raising for special projects and serving as co-president of the Central High School parent organization. Mary is a certified yoga instructor and teaches hot yoga at One Tree Yoga. She and her husband, attorney Joe Hawbaker, live in the Dundee area.