855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

Board

David Powdrell, Co-Chair

Our Board of Directors

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 Carpinteria 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, 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.

Susan Misemer

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.

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.

Casey Summar

Casey Summar

Casey Summar was the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville until she and her husband relocated to Carpinteria. 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 an adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.

Casey serves on the board of the national Craft Emergency Relief Fund and was on the board of Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council. She received her JD with honors from Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University with a BFA in Photography.

Alan Koch

Alan Koch

Alan Koch is a native of New York City. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and received a BA at Stony Brook University, where he lettered 3 years playing DIII basketball. Alan obtained his MBA at Adelphi University and joined Citicorp as a Financial Analyst. He came to Los Angeles as the Financial Controller of a credit card subsidiary, where he met his future wife Carol. 

Alan joined Bank of America in San Francisco to ensure that the newlyweds could stay in California. Over 20 years he worked in finance, technology, and operations, ending his career as Senior Vice President. Alan retired from BofA in 2001 and began a new career of giving back to the community, serving 13 years as the high school girls basketball coach at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. 

In 2015, Carol and Alan decided to return to Southern California to be closer to family, discovering Carpinteria and making it their ‘forever’ home. They have quickly immersed themselves in local organizations and non-profits, seeing that Carpinteria is a community of volunteers. Their love of the arts naturally attracted them to the Carpinteria Arts Center as members and participants in the Capital Campaign.

Staff 

Rebecca Stebbins, executive director 

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 Calkins

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.