Brett John Johnson, MFA

Brett John Johnson joined Torpedo Factory Art Center 2017. He has implemented a number of innovative programs and partnerships at the Art Center and was recognized for his efforts by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as one of the 2018 40 Under 40. Brett previously served as the director of visual arts and head curator at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia. He also held positions as gallery director at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland; studio programs manager at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware; exhibits specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and preparator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, College of Art and Design. Brett is currently taking part in The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership & the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Institute for Regional Excellence Regional Executive Development Program. Brett holds a master’s of fine arts in painting from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, and a bachelor’s of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Deri Collingwood, MS
Private Event Rental Manager

Deri Collingwood is a seasoned event planner and a gregarious extrovert who enjoys partnering with clients and vendors to create the guest’s ideal experience. She joined the Art Center in 2019. She began her career in Old Town Alexandria working for a startup, then spent a decade in Manhattan, first with a small event firm then with a Fortune 500 while she attended graduate school. She has a master’s in hospitality industry studies and an advanced degree in customer relations management from New York University, as well as a bachelor’s in speech communications from George Mason University.

Daniel Guzman, MSPM, CPP
Curator of Public Programs

Daniel Guzman joined the team in 2015, overseeing public programs and projects focused on cultural growth, community engagement, and art opportunities in Alexandria and the greater D.C. metropolitan area. Prior to his time at the Art Center, he worked in New York for 10 years, developing culture crawls, pop-up events, workshops and roundtables for various organizations. Daniel serves as Board Co-chair for the Arts Administrators of Color Network and contributes to several of their planning committees. He has served as a panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. He is a Certified Program Planner (CPP). He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in Project Management at George Washington University.

Richard Johnson
Facilities Manager

Richard Johnson joined Torpedo Factory Art Center staff as gift shop manager with the City of Alexandria’s Department of General Service in 1999. He believed in the promise of the Art Center and was a fixture from its earliest days, spending hours volunteering and worked part-time starting in the 1980s. He started his working career helping in a family grocery store and ice cream shop and went on to manage other shops and restaurants. By the late 1960s, he managed several bookstore chains in the Washington, D.C. area, before landing at the Art Center. In his free time, Richard is an artist and certified yoga instructor.

Catie Leonard
Exhibitions Assistant

Catie Leonard joined the Torpedo Factory Art Center after serving as an Exhibitions Intern in 2021. Previously, she has interned at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Glen Echo Photoworks, and worked as a darkroom, digital, and lighting studio technician at The George Washington University. In addition to working at the the Art Center, Catie is a Museum Assistant at The Phillips Collection, photographer, and photo assistant. She holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at GWU.


Leslie Mounaime, MA
Curator of Exhibitions

Leslie Mounaime focuses on supporting emerging and mid-career artists with professional exhibition opportunities. She is also dedicated to bringing world-class artwork that captures that public’s imagination to the D.C. region. Leslie first came to the Art Center as the gallery assistant in 2015. Prior to that, she worked in contemporary art venues such as Artisphere and Art Whino. She is an art historian and curator with a master’s in art history with a focus in contemporary art and post-colonialism from George Mason University. She also earned a bachelor’s in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Catherine Pierce
Graphic Designer

Cat Pierce joined the Art Center in 2021 after serving as a design intern previously in 2018. She specializes in branding and art direction. She previously worked as a designer at the James Madison University Alumni Association and was a Communication Consultant at the JMU Learning Center. Cat graduated from JMU with a bachelor’s of fine arts in graphic design, a bachelor’s in creative advertising, and a minor in studio art.