Meet the experts who help us to help you: The AIM Hatchfund team is supported by an advisory board that helps us deliver a truly world-class experience. Our advisory board is comprised of leading artists, community figureheads, and knowledgeable philanthropists collaborating to provide Hatchfund invaluable advice and guidance.
Senior Vice President, Omaha Steaks International, Inc.
President, OSSalesCo, Inc.
Vice-Chairman, Omahasteaks.com, Inc.
Todd Simon is a fifth generation owner of the Omaha Steaks® group of companies. In his various roles, Mr. Simon is responsible for consumer sales and marketing of Omaha Steaks branded products and services. Mr. Simon joined the family business 25 years ago after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He carries on the strong commitment Omaha Steaks and the Simon Family have always had toward community philanthropy. Mr. Simon is extremely involved in shaping his family's leadership in supporting the arts as well as social and human services agencies and programs. He serves on the boards of a number of philanthropic organizations including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Omaha Community Foundation and the Young Presidents' Organization.
Mr. Simon and his wife Betiana are passionate contemporary art collectors, promoters, and supporters.
Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, CA
Hesse McGraw directs the Walter and McBean Galleries and oversees SFAI’s public programs, visiting artists series, and community education programs for youths and adults. From 2008 to 2013 McGraw served as chief curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, where he developed an exhibition program focused on site-specific, immersive, cross-disciplinary, and socially engaged projects, including major projects with artists Theaster Gates and Michael Jones McKean. McGraw was formerly associate director of Max Protetch gallery in New York, and was the founding director and curator of Paragraph, which operated under the non-profit Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. He lectures widely and his writing has been published in Afterall, Art Papers, Outpost, and diverse exhibition catalogues. Recent grants include an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, an ArtPlace America grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, and an NEA Our Town grant. McGraw holds a BFA from the University of Kansas and completed graduate research at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Executive Director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Adam was appointed the Executive Director in February 2013. Most recently, he was director of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Adam graduated from Harvard Law School and Columbia University.
Theatre producer and director, Hatchfund artist
Los Angeles, CA
Adelina is a critically acclaimed and award winning two-spirited Xicana lesbian multi-genre artist, cultural activist, teaching artist, director and producer. The themes in her works address colonization, feminism, trauma, ancestral memory, gender, health, race & ethnicity, immigration, sexuality, land & environment, and issues generally affecting the queer/lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities. She has nearly 20 years of stage experience and has garnered Best Actress nominations and awards. She was most recently awarded the Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship through Film Independent's Project Involve program.
Her first short film as writer-director, Forgiving Heart, which has screened at various film festivals, premiering last year at the Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film festival. The second short film she wrote, You're Dead to Me, was executive produced by Film Independent Project Involve and the National Minority Consortia for PBS; this short film is currently on the festival circuit and premiered at the L.A. Film Festival.
She is currently in development/pre-production for her first feature film Bruising for Besos. She is also developing the feature film, But Not Buried, with her Project Involve mentor, Ruth Atkinson.
Artistic Director/Performance Artist, Maureen Fleming Company, Hatchfund artist
New York, NY
Maureen was born in Japan. In her multi-media performances, Fleming invents surreal movement poetry with the discipline of a classicist and the imagination of an iconoclast and explores through metaphorical images our never-ending search for what is universal about the journey of the soul. After extensive study in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, co-founder of Butoh, an avant-garde movement developed in postwar Japan, Ms. Fleming went on to perform with his son Yoshiro Ohno and to tour internationally with performance artist and choreographer Min Tanaka. Fleming continued her training in the United States as a scholarship student under the Cecchetti master Margaret Craske. In 1984 she became an artist-in-residence at La MaMa ETC in New York and has conducted residencies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and recently at The Seoul Institute of the Arts and The Juilliard School. Connecting cultures and art forms, Fleming is renowned for her original form of visual theatre.