855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Board

David Powdrell, Co-Chair

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David Powdrell, who was named Carpinterian of the Year in 2014, has a private practice as a Certified Public Accountant, having earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado and a Masters Degree in Taxation from Howard Taft University. David is passionate about the arts. He is a talented photographer and plays keyboards for the band The Nombres. He has also served on the boards for Summer Solstice, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Friend of the Carpinteria Library, and as Treasurer for the Rotary Club. He is particularly interested in engaging children in the arts.

Norm Arnold, Co-Chair

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Norman Arnold attended UCSB and Cal Poly Pomona, studying philosophy and business and earning a B.S. in Finance. He is now retired from a career as owner and administrator of residential care facilities and nursing homes. In addition to serving as board co-chair, Norm chairs the Human Resources, Board Recruitment, and Site committees. He has also served on the boards of the Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center and the YMCA. He is an arts enthusiast and an accomplished painter and is convinced that the Carpinteria Arts Center is a great place to be.

Gary Campopiano

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Gary Campopiano is a past board chair of the Arts Center and has served on the Site Development, Gallery and Program committees. He attended California State University at Fresno and graduated with a degree in Art and a minor in business, along with a teaching credential. He is now retired from the Ventura Unified School District. He has also served on the Carpinteria Architectural Review Board and has been on the board of the Carpinteria Valley Association and the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs. He enjoys seeing the results of the hard work of many to make the Carpinteria Arts Center what it is today. 

Amanda McIntyre

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Amanda McIntyre is on the Leadership Committee for the Building a Home for the Arts capital campaign. She has a passion for the arts, having graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Studio Art and English. She had a career in advertising and design, and also worked as a teacher and a flight attendant for World Airways to Viet Nam and elsewhere. She has been a docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for 20 years and serves on the board of the Carpinteria Friends of the Library. In Los Angeles, she helped to organize the Rape Crisis Hotline in the 1970s. She is a true friend of the arts in Carpinteria. 

Charles LoBue

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Charles LoBue serves on the Leadership Committee and on the Planning Committee. He has a deep passion for the arts as a patron, a spectator, a collector and an admirer. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He was the Director of International Human Resources for RCA and has won many awards for his service, incuding the Santa Barbara County Award for Volunteerism, Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce Best of the Best Award for Volunteerism, Special Award from the Carpinteria City Hall for Contributions to the Community, and the President Obama Award for Volunteerism. For more than 30 years he has volunteered in the community; his service includes Catholic Charities, the Food Bank Brown Bag program, and the Masons.

Al Clark

Al Clark - Carpinteria Arts Center

Al Clark has been a volunteer for the Carpinteria Arts Center for many years prior to joining the board. He is now retired from a career that spanned real estate development, nursing home administration, and industrial safety engineering. He currently operates an online antiques business specializing in . He graduated from UCSB and holds a Masters degree from California State University San Diego. He has lived in Carpinteria since 1986 with his wife, Kathleen Lord.Al has served on the board for 9 years and has served on boards of numerous other non-profit and government organizations. He is currently serving on the Carpinteria City Council.

Shannon Coletti, ED.D

Shannon Coletti is currently teaching at the Summerland School, after retiring as Principal and Director of Educational Services at the Carpinteria Middle School. She has many years of experience in education throughout Southern California.

She graduated from California State University Northridge and received a Masters degree from California State University Channel Islands and her Doctorate in Education from University of California Santa Barbara. She served as president of the Region XIII of the Association of California School Administrations and has held other leadership positions in education. She joined the board this year.

Lety Garcia

Lety Garcia - Carpinteria Artist

Lety Garcia is the Programs and Public Relations Manager for the Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UCSB. Prior to that, she was employed as the Assistant Registrar in the Collections Management Department at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for 10 years.

A professional artist in her own right, Lety is also a painter. She served on the board from 2006 – 2009 and is now back for another term. She is on the Programs Committee and is helping to develop a Teen Arts Mentorship program for Carpinteria’s youth, in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club.

Susan Meismer

Susan Misemer - Carpinteria Arts Center

Susan Misemer has lived in Carpinteria for over 45 years where three of her children were raised. She retired from FedEx in Goleta, CA and from a real estate business in Ventura, CA. As a part-time caterer for several decades, she brings office, kitchen, and service skills to her volunteer activities at the gallery and on the board. Her dedication and interest in promoting the arts in Carpinteria can be traced back to the transforming ideals learned at the Lou Grant Parent Child Workshop and the long-lasting friendships developed during her time with the organization. She enjoys supporting the Carpinteria Arts Center's many programs, receptions, and community youth art projects.

Lynda Fairly

Lynda Fairly - Carpinteria Arts Center

Lynda Fairly graduated from USC with a major in Education and minor in Psychology. She taught second grade in Los Angeles and taught second and first grade at Taiwan American School. She received a Masters degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, in Counseling and Guidance and became Assistant Dean of Women at the the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She moved to the Community College in Whittier as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and then came to Santa Barbara City College, first as Assistant Dean of Student Activities, then Admissions, then Student Affairs, and finally Vice President of Adult Education with 50,000 students.

Lynda Fairly retired from Santa Barbara City College and moved to Carpinteria several years ago. She is in her 2 year on the board and is serving on the Capital Campaign Leadership Committee. Every week she volunteers as a co-facilitator of a caregivers support group for Parkinson’s caregivers and also creating meals at Food from the Heart. She serves on the boards of MOXI, the Friendship Center, and the Parkinson’s Association; formerly, she served on the boards of the Council for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA), Pathpoint, Catholic Charities, and the Center for Successful Aging.

Tilda Pilcher

Tilda Pilcher - Carpinteria Arts Center

Raised by artist parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, Teda Pilcher has had a life-long love of the arts. She returned to California in 2010 after a 25-year sojourn back East with her husband in pursuit of education, careers and family. A Member of the CVAC Board of Directors and Chair of the the Gallery Committee, Teda also finds time as a docent and board member of the Docent Council at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Teda is excited to share her passion for the arts and to lend her talents in program development and team-building to CVAC. She has high aspirations for the organization’s continued role in fostering local artists, providing art education for the community, and creating opportunities for our young people to explore the vital role of the arts in a full and meaningful way in their lives. Teda’s husband, Michael, is a professor and psychologist, and her son, Clay, is a local photographer.

Mary Selfridge

Mary Selfridge - Carpinteria Arts Center

A Carpinteria resident since 1987, Marty Selfridge is a retired school teacher. She continues to work in school, both as a classroom volunteer and as a student of ceramics and geology. Marty has been on the board for 2 years and serves as chair of the program committee. She and her late husband, Jock, have a wonderful son, Sam. Marty enjoys daily walks with her two dogs, Dusty and Milo.

Staff 

Rebecca Stebbins, executive director 

Rebecca Stebbins was hired as executive director in 2016, after serving as campaign consultant to support the Building a Home for the Arts Capital Campaign, which is nearing its $3.1 million goal. She is working closely with the board and leadership team to wrap up the campaign and begin renovations of the building at 865 Linden Avenue, while overseeing the development of new arts programs for the community as well as public relations and ongoing fund development.

Rebecca was the first development director at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara for 6 years and also the first development director hired at the Santa Barbara Foundation, where she spent 7 years developing their donor advised funds, agency endowments, planned giving, Katherine Harvey Fellows, and Women in Philanthropy programs. Rebecca is also an oil painter and teaches art at The Howard School in Carpinteria.

Kristina Calkins, Coordinator

Kristina joined the team in 2016 to be the Carpinteria Arts Center coordinator, taking on the marketing, registration, and operations of our Arts by the Sea summer camp and workshops and classes for youth and adults. She also coordinates the volunteer program and supports the development program with her database wizardry.