855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Board of Directors at the Carpinteria Arts Center

David Powdrell, Board Chair

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David is passionate about the arts; he is a local photographer talented in capturing the soul of everyday life and the spirit of beauty in his countless images.  His work may be viewed at https://www.davidpowdrell.com.  He is also a musician who plays keyboards for a favorite local band, "The Nombres".  Particulary interested in engaging children in the arts, his involvement in the Arts Center goes back over a decade.

David was named "Carpinterian of the Year" for the year 2014, an annual local honor bestowed upon outstanding individuals recognized for their community service.  He has a private practice as a Certified Public Accountant.  David earned a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and a Masters degree in Taxation from Howard Taft University.

He has also served on the boards for Summer Solstice, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, and Friends of the Carpinteria Library; as well, he has served as Treasurer for the Carpinteria Morning Rotary Club.

Casey Summar, Board Vice Chair

Casey Summar

In addition to serving as Board Vice Chair, Casey chairs the Governance Committee.  She and her husband relocated to Carpinteria from Tennesee where she was the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.  Casey founded Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in 2006 which became the Arts & Business Council, providing artists with services they need to thrive. She was the 2016 Nonprofit CEO of the Year for Middle Tennessee and was one of Nashville’s 2015 Top 40 under 40.  She received her JD with honors from Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University with a BFA in Photography.

She is now an independent consultant for artists, arts nonprofits, foundations, and councils on strategy, program development, business and legal matters; clients include the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (New Haven, CT), Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture, Springboard for the Arts (St. Paul, MN), and Joan Mitchell Foundation (New York, NY). She is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  Casey was on the board of Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council and now serves on the board of the national Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

Norm Arnold, Site Development Officer

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Norm is deeply interested in figurative art as a painter himself and an arts enthusiast.  In addition to serving as Site Development Officer, Norm chairs the Human Resources and Site Committees.  He has also served on the boards of the Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center as well as the YMCA.  

He is retired from a successful career as owner and administrator of residential care facilities and nursing homes.  He attended the University of California Santa Barbara and California Polytechnic University Pomona, studying philosophy and business and earning a Bachelors degree in Finance.  

Norm served in the United States Air Force as an Airman Second Class in Airborne Weapons Control Systems; his tours of duty in the 1950s included posts in Germany and Africa.

Christine Fidler, Treasurer

20180822 - Board and Staff - Christine Fidler

Christine is an accomplished pianist and brings her passion and expertise in both finance and the arts to the board where she serves as Treasurer.

She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) who owns her own company, Fidler Financial, where she advises individuals and small businesses with financial, retirement, and tax planning.  She was on the faculty at California State University Channel Islands for several years, where she taught graduate accounting and finance, prior to opening her own business.  She earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.  

Prior to starting Fidler Financial, Christine worked as a tax advisor and held senior management positions in several large financial institutions, including serving as Senior Vice President with Bank of America.

Marty Selfridge, Secretary

Mary Selfridge - Carpinteria Arts Center

Marty has been on the board for over 2 years and serves as Secretary and chair of the Programs Committee.  She is an avid student of the arts with a deep interest in ceramics; she also continues her studies in the science of geology.  

Though a retired school teacher, she continues to work in the classrooms of our local schools as a educational volunteer.  

She and her late husband, Jock, have a wonderful son, Sam.  A Carpinteria resident since 1987, she daily enjoys walks in our wonderful town with her two dogs, Dusty and Milo, by her side.

Gary Campopiano

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Gary is a past Board Chair of the Carpinteria Arts Center and has served on the Site Development, Gallery and Program Committees.  His passion for and involvement with the Arts Center goes back over a decade, and his service continues in developing and implementing creative and engaging classes and workshops for community members of all ages.  

He is now retired from a successful career with the Ventura Unified School District.  He earned a Bachelors degree from California State University Fresno with a major in Arta and a minor in Business; he also earned a teaching credential.

He has served on the boards of the Carpinteria Valley Association and the Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs; addtionally, Gary was on the Carpinteria Architectural Review Board.  After so many years, Gary truly enjoys seeing the results of the hard work of many to make the Carpinteria Arts Center what it is today. 

Al Clark

Al Clark - Carpinteria Arts Center

Al has been on the board for over a decade and contributed many hours as a volunteer prior to joining.  He is currently serving on the Carpinteria City Council as a policy maker and community leader responsible for good stewardship of the city.  Al also operates an online antiques business as he deeply enjoys the craftsmanship and beauty of artisans of old.  

He is now retired from a career that spanned real estate development, nursing home administration, and industrial safety engineering.  He earned a Bachelors degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters degree from California State University San Diego.

Al has lived in Carpinteria since 1986 with his wife, Kathleen Lord, and has served on boards of numerous other non-profit and government organizations.  

Lynda Fairly

Lynda Fairly - Carpinteria Arts Center

Lynda is in her third year serving on the board at the Arts Center and is instrumental as a member of the Leadership Team for the "Building a Home for the Arts Capital Campaign" and its $3.1 million goal.  Her passion is for creative arts programming and activities to welcome and engage every member of the community now and for many years to come.

She currently volunteers creating meals at "Food from the Heart" and as a co-facilitator of a caregivers support group for Parkinson’s caregivers.  Lynda also serves on the boards of MOXI, the Friendship Center, and the Parkinson’s Association.  Previously, Lynda served on the boards of the Council for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA), Pathpoint, Catholic Charities, and the Center for Successful Aging.

She is retired from a distinguised career in public education: teacher of second grade in Los Angeles and second and first grade at Taiwan American School; Assistant Dean of Women at the the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Whittier Community College; Assistant Dean of Student Activities, Admissions, and Student Affairs, then Vice President of Adult Education, at Santa Barbara City College.  Lynda earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Southern California with a major in Education and a minor in Psychology, as well as a Masters degree in Counseling and Guidance from Montana State University Bozeman.

Alan Koch

Alan Koch

Alan is a new board member whose deep love of the arts naturally attracted him to the Arts Center.  He is a key member and participant on the "Building a Home for the Arts Capital Campaign" and its $3.1 million goal.  He and his wife, Carol, serve in many local capacities having immersed themselves in local organizations and non-profits, as they believe in and support Carpinteria as a community of volunteers. 

He is retired from a long and successful profession in the business industry working in technology, finance, and operations; his career culminated as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America.  Alan earned his Bachelors degree from Stony Brook University (where he lettered 3 years playing DIII basketball) and his Masters degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University.  

In his initial retirement, he served thirteen years as a basketball coach for the girls team at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, CA.  A native of New York City, he and his wife moved to Carpinteria several years ago to be closer to family; they love contributing to the incredible town they now call their "forever" home.

Charles LoBue

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Charles has a deep passion for the arts as a patron, a spectator, a collector and an admirer.  He has served on the board for many happy years and currently is on the Leadership Committee and the Planning Committee.  He was the Director of International Human Resources for RCA and earned a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University in Management.

For more than 30 years, Charles has volunteered in the community.  His invaluable service includes Catholic Charities, the Food Bank Brown Bag program, and the Masons.  He has been recognized and honored for his service by many awards, including 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".

Amanda McIntyre

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Amanda is on the Leadership Committee for the "Building a Home for the Arts Capital Campaign" and its $3.1 million goal.  She has a passion for the arts, having graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Studio Art and English.

She enjoyed a successful career in advertising and design.  Her background includes teaching as well.  Amanda also was a flight attendant for World Airways to Vietnam and elsewhere.  In Los Angeles during the 1970s, she helped to organize the "Rape Crisis Hotline" which served countless members of the community.

For twenty years, Amanda has been a docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  She also serves on the board of the Carpinteria Friends of the Library.  She is a true friend of the arts in Carpinteria. 

Staff at the Carpinteria Arts Center

Rebecca Stebbins, Executive Director 

Rebecca Stebbins, executive director

As the Executive Director, Rebecca oversees the development of our arts programs, exhibitions, public relations, and fund development, and supervises our staff of four professionals.  

Rebecca joined the Arts Center after serving as a campaign consultant to support the "Building a Home for the Arts Capital Campaign" and its $3.1 million goal.  

Previously she was the Development Director at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara for six years, the first Director in that new position.  

She was also the first Development Director at the Santa Barbara Foundation, where she served seven years developing their donor advised funds, agency endowments, planned giving, Katherine Harvey Fellows, and Women in Philanthropy programs.

She is also an art teacher at the Howard School in Carpinteria, where for over ten years she has nurtured the creativity of students from kindergarten through eighth grade.  

Rebecca is an accomplished local artist herself, passionately interested in en plein air landscape; she paints across the United States and makes an annual pilgrimage to the southern areas of France and Spain.  Her work may be viewed at http://rebeccastebbins.com.

Kristina Calkins, Arts Center Coordinator

Kristina Calkins

As the Arts Center Coordinator, Kristina manages the business administration, operational requirements, and programs execution for a successful and productive facility as well as for an engaged and excited community.

Kristina brings her considerable business acumen and professional skill set to the benefit of the staff and board, as well as to the community writ large who benefit from the incredible array of programs and activity happening each week under her care.  

She is of particular critical positive impact to our success each year of the "Arts by the Sea" summer camp program.  Hundreds of children arrive each summer for the seven weeks of arts education, and she stewards their days to be filled with memorable activity and summer fun; at the end of each week, the art show and musical/dramatic performance is the capstone of their time with us and Kristina ensures parents and children alike look forward to coming back for more.  

Kristina also manages the seasonal semester-based classes and workshops for youth and adults.  Integrally engaged with the Program Commitee, she explores the creative potential out there in the community and builds a home for teachers to bring their artistic skills and transfer them to students of the Arts Center.  The programs are crafted by semesters tied to the seasons, and she manages the entirety of the business administrative processes required to offer such depth and breadth of opportunity to the community, including database management, accounting, registration, etc.

Additionally, she manages the recruitment, placement, and appreciation of the amazing volunteers who contribute countless hours to the spectrum of work occuring at the Arts Center.  Her kind and friendly demeanor attract and retain community members of all ages to roll up their sleeves and get involved.  It is her personal touch that most volunteers remember, as well as her real interest in their volunteer experience being one of creative depth and experiential satisfaction.  

Kristina earned a Bachelors degree from Westmont College with a double major in International Relations and Spanish.  She is a well-known and well-loved local volunteer in our schools and Girl Scouts, helping to bring arts programs into the classroom and serving in troop leadership positions for over 10 years.  Her dedication to others earned her the "Silver Volunteer Service Award" in 2015 from the President of the United States for completing over 450 volunteer hours in a single year.  

Kristina has travelled extensively internationally her whole life and currently has a passion for exchange student programming, hosting up to four international students in her home each year, while educating her talented daughters on the art and culture of the beautiful world in which we live.

Marcella Johnson Franklin, Community Relations Manager

Board and Staff - Marcella Johnson Franklin

Marcella is working in the newly created position of Community Relations Manager for the Arts Center and its $3+ million-dollar physical expansion and ongoing engagement/growth strategies. She is part of a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and board members working to bring together sponsors, subscribers, and contributors to amplify the spirit and power of the arts. All of her activity seeks to foster collaborative opportunities within the community and advance the mission: strategy development, relationship growth, integrated marketing, public relations.

Previously, Marcella worked for nearly 10 years in Afghanistan and Iraq as a Program Manager, Advisor, and Foreign Service Officer on mission with USAID/State and the Marines, Air Force, and Army. She represented the U.S. Government, most often as an official embed with a military unit in a kinetic location.  

Prior to her time overseas, she was a Program Manager and Environmental Scientist. After the terrorist attacks on 9-11, she conducted analysis in and around “Ground Zero” during the human remains and evidence recovery period. The depth of the national response to 9-11 and her own profound personal experiences while in New York led her to volunteer for deployment/duty to Iraq and Afghanistan as above.  

After returning from the two wars, she joined the American Red Cross as the Central California Regional Program Manager for "Service to the Armed Forces" to invest her extraordinary experiences overseas in support of those still serving. In that role, she recruited/trained volunteers, assessed needs and established programs in response, and developed key military and community relationships.

She studied marine biology and environmental science at the University of Chaminade Honolulu, the University of California Santa Barbara, and the University of San Diego where she earned a Bachelors degree.  Marcella met her husband, SGT Morris Franklin (US Army), in 2009 while they were both serving in Iraq; they married in 2012 during their mutual time serving in Afghanistan. As a military spouse, she volunteers in support of military families. She also volunteers for the Carpinteria Morning Rotary Club, a local service organization. After a very long time away, Marcella resides again in her hometown of Carpinteria; her husband is currently serving on a 400-day overseas deployment to “Operation Enduring Freedom”.