Kristina Calkins, Executive Director
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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. 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. 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.
Lann Ledbetter, System Administrator
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Lann manages the website, database, and art intake for the art center. A digital painter and a writer, Lann brings an artistic and critical eye to promotional fliers and webpage layout, as well as organizing backend codes for smooth administrative operations in the staff’s software.
As a native Carpinterian, Lann has grown with the city all of their life and is proud to be part of its community. Even with a technological background and skillset, Lann’s favorite places in the city are the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and the Seal Sanctuary overlook.
Lann graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a Bachelor’s of Science and an emphasis in 3D modeling and animation, receiving a Best Integrated Capstone award for an interactive project that combined 3D assets and programming in C#. Proficiencies in graphic design, image-editing software, and computer building were also part of the department's program.
Lann’s most recent personal artistic endeavors involve combining original poetry and digital paintings in animations.
Elsa McFarlin, Senior Accountant
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Elsa grew up in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. After earning her liberal arts degree from Santa Barbara City College, she transferred to University of Cal-State, Northridge to earn a Bachelors degree in Accountancy. She has worked with individuals, start-up businesses and non-profit organizations providing bookkeeping, financial statement preparation and tax preparation. She relocated back to Carpinteria in 2017 after spending ten plus years living in Los Angeles.
In her spare time, she enjoys staying active doing yoga, running, hiking and dancing salsa and west coast swing. In addition, she enjoys Carpinteria beach, local museums and parks with her daughter Vivian and two dogs, Yogi and Wolfie.
Jodi Wilson, Development Director
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Jodi was raised in a family of civic-minded art, theater and music lovers in the West San Fernando Valley. She developed a love for community service as Philanthropy Chair and President of Alpha Phi International Fraternity at the University of Arizona where she majored in Art, English and Sociology.
Returning to Los Angeles, Jodi earned recognition as an award-winning graphic designer and art director at internationally renowned advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson. Her career focus transitioned to include corporate sales, marketing, event planning and leadership development while she raised her three boys as a single Mom.
As a former V.P. of Sales for a variety of national multi-million dollar companies, Jodi brings over twenty years of strategic development and execution to the Arts Center.
In her role as Development Director, Jodi, a local Carpinterian, will oversee the annual fundraising event Palate to Palette, develop membership campaigns, increase corporate relationships, and coordinate collaborative programs and events with community businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Jodi serves on the Board of the Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and is a committee member for the Boys and Girls Club annual fundraiser, the Santa Barbara Alzheimer’s Walk and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation annual gala.
With a focus on inclusivity and relationship building, Jodi is passionate about helping the Arts Center’s impact extend to our entire community. “Art brings families and communities together. I am so excited to help the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center’s legacy grow, so that future generations of Carpinterians can experience their own sense of joy and confidence gained through artistic expression.”
Lana Ziegler, Program Coordinator
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Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Lana Ziegler moved to Carpinteria in 2006 and fell in love with the small town. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2007 with a BA in Sociology, and subsequently taught Pre-Kindergarten at The Howard School while also serving as the Preschool Director. After the birth of her first child in 2012, she stayed home to raise her children. During that time, she developed a relationship with The Arts Center by enrolling her children in the homeschool art class, after school art class, and Summer Camp. Married to an artist, art has been a priority for her family and she was delighted when she was asked to be the Arts by the Sea Summer Camp Director in 2022. She enjoyed her time at the Art Center so much, that she accepted the position of Program Coordinator and works in the cottage office in support of the program committee and other staff in the smooth operation of the Art Center’s many offerings.
In her free time, she loves to volunteer in her children's classrooms, participate in school activities and lead small group arts and crafts during “Family Friday.” On the weekends Lana and her family love to get together with friends for beach days or go camping.
Alec Bennett, System Administrator
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Alec was born and raised in Simi Valley. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Lutheran University, receiving a B.S in Computer Science. He then continued his education at CLU, earning his M.S in Information Technology, with an emphasis in Data Analytics. Alec was introduced to the Carpinteria Arts Center through his mother, who regularly volunteers and was featured in the “5th Dimension ” gallery exhibition in 2022.
Outside of the tech world, Alec coaches collegiate volleyball at CLU for the women’s program, high school volleyball at El Camino Real Charter High School, and club volleyball in Woodland Hills.
Christy Schofield, Gallery Coordinator
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Bio coming soon...
Alan Koch, Board Chair
Alan is a 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 and then a resident of the bay area, 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.
Carla Stein, Treasurer
A native of Los Angeles ("I love LA!") who moved to Carpinteria in 1980 with her husband Brad Stein, former City Councilman and two time Mayor of Carpinteria. She is a founding member of the Carpinteria Arts Center serving as its first Treasurer and later as Chair of the Endowment Fund Committee. She also served as Treasurer of the Lou Grant Parent Child Workshop for eight years.
Carla earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and she is currently employed as the General Manager of a 78 unit condominium complex near the beach in Carpinteria. Prior to working in Property Management, she has held careers in Banking and Finance, first with Bank of America specializing in consumer and small business loans, then with Chase Bank as a Real Estate Lending Specialist.
She is the mother of three grown sons, Eric, Jeremy and Kevin, who attended Carpinteria schools before going away to college, and she is a huge fan of college football and college baseball because of them. Avid reader, keen traveler, theater goer and art collector. "I don't create anything myself, but I admire what others have created and living with beautiful objects gives me great pleasure and peace."
"I am thrilled to be a new board member of the Carpinteria Art Center. Art has been a big part of my life since my childhood. My parents were artists and musicians, so, to me, the smell of oil paint, wet clay and the strumming of a guitar are part and parcel of a good life. I also bring a business attitude to the board having been a co-owner of the retail shop, porch, for 11 years. I love Carpinteria and have raised my two wonderful children here, educating them in Carpinteria’s public schools. I believe that Carpinteria is the last of small, Southern California beach towns and I am passionate about maintaining that through art and community service."
Tim Cohen and his wife Janey have lived in Carpinteria for over 35 years. Tim brings a 30-year management background in the engineering design and environmental services industry. In addition, he served on the board of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria for 12 years and helped lead the design and construction of their current facility on Foothill Road. Tim is also currently serving as a local youth mentor for the Santa Barbara County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) school-based mentor program.
He has also been involved in education-related activities throughout his career. He has a long-standing relationship with UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where he serves on the Dean’s Council and as Chair of the Corporate and Foundation Partners Program.
Kathy Dubock joined the board with a background of over 33 years of teaching and as an avid volunteer for the community. She studied communication studies at UCSB and went on to UC Irvine for her teaching degree which culminated with teaching in the SBUSD for 30 years.
In addition to being a gallery host and helping with events at the Carpinteria Arts Center, Kathy also assists with the events for the Carpinteria Friends of the Library. When she is not volunteering or walking with friends she loves to read and enjoys participating in a monthly book club with colleagues and friends.
Kathy and her husband have enjoyed living in Carpinteria for over 38 years!
Lynda is in her fifth year serving on the board at the Arts Center and was 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 for Carpinteria Beautiful, collecting litter once a week over a 3 mile stretch. Lynda enjoys being the facilitator for the Parkinson’s Transition Grief group. Besides the Arts Center Board, she sits on the boards of Food From the Heart and Center for Successful Aging. Previously, Lynda served on the boards of Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA), PathPoint, MOXI, Friendship Center and the Parkinson’s Association.
She is retired from a distinguished 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.
Jesus is a native Carpinterian whose family has lived in the valley for over one hundred years. He has had a long career in education. Jesus has worked at SBCC, the Ventura County Community College District, University of Redlands, California Lutheran University, and CSUN. He has worked as a Dean, a Vice-President, an Assistant to the Chancellor, and as a tenured professor.
Jesus was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and has received three National Endowments for the Arts Fellowships, including one to study Medieval Italian art in Italy.
Jesus has also been active in community organizations that support culture and the arts. He served as president of the Carpinteria Valley History Society, vice-president of the Ventura County Historical and Art Museum, Chairman of the Oxnard Arts Commission, president of the Oxnard Foreign Film Society, and volunteers with the Carpinteria Arts Commission.
Jesus is married to Dr. Theresa FergusonGonzales, also a retired college professor and a volunteer for the CAC. Together they have 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and on great grandchild. Jesus and Terry travel yearly to Europe and spent 70 das in Paris for Terry’s 70th birthday. Together they are delighted to be part of the CAC.
Debbie Murphy has been the owner and broker of Murphy King Real Estate since 1982. She brings a wealth of volunteer experience ranging from the Carpinteria Sanitary District to serving on the board of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning board, the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce and the California Avocado Festival board, for all of which she also served in the position of President.
Debbie also volunteers internationally, helping with many Rotarian service trips and serving as a Spanish translator and assistant for Aeromedicos during three years on trips into Baja California to provide medical and dental services in the pueblo of Cadaje, Baja del Sur.
Debbie also enjoys her eclectic art collection, gardening at the community garden, traveling the world and even making art herself from time to time.
Lenny grew up in a small rural community, Cooperstown, New York, and enlisted in the US Army as a trumpet player upon high school graduation where he met his future wife, Lisa Pekkanen, a trombone player from Carpinteria.
Their first few years of marriage were spent in college and developing their professional careers outside of Carpinteria. In 1991 they moved back home to Carpinteria where, along with Lisa’s dearly departed mother, Maija Pekkanen, they raised their two children, Laura and Erik.
As a musical artist, Lenny has performed on a multitude of stages from Santa Maria to Solana Beach to Oahu with local bands South on Linden, The Upbeat, SoLuna, The Brewery Boyz, The Flashbacks, and the SBCC Good Times Jazz Band.
Lenny’s professional career highlights are Technical Escalations, Sales and Training, Banker, Golf Pro, Purchasing Manager, and Facilities Engineer. He holds an AA degree in Liberal Studies from SBCC.
Maija Pekkanen was an early supporter and advocate of the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council. She would have loved the continuing evolution of the present day Carpinteria Arts Center. Lenny is proud to join the CAC board and help carry on her love of the arts in Carpinteria.
Roland joined the Board in late 2018, as the latest chapter in a long history of active service to and involvement in our local community. As past President of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria, he stewarded a fine group of Rotarians in service-over-self projects to enhance the quality of life for others; he continues to contribute his positive energy there as Club Administrator. As past Board Chair of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce, he guided fellow business-owners through targeted improvements in local economics and community relationships; he continues as a member of that board so as to be active in community affairs.
With his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Rotz has specialized in providing a full range of diagnostic and clinical services to children and adults for over 30 years. He has provided local psychotherapy services for the past 20 years and is the owner/director of the Lifespan Development Center in Carpinteria. Dr. Rotz is a nationally recognized expert on ADHD, and consults and presents both locally and nationally. His focus is on appreciating and embracing the complexities of the unique characteristics associated with gifted, twice exceptional, ADHD, and learning challenged students.
He and his wife have been married for 40 years and have twin daughters grown up and living elsewhere who greatly enjoy visiting with them in Carpinteria. Dr. Rotz’ involvement with the Arts Center comes right from the heart, as he deeply understands the power of the creative arts to equally reach all students, transfigure a mind, and progress favorable development in every aspect of a cherished life.
Nini Seaman brings diverse art experience to the board as an artist herself. She started her studies in Montevideo, Uruguay in South America and ended with a Masters degree from Tufts University and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. Her volunteer experience ranges from helping local schools and homeowners’ associations to serving on the boards of Laguna Blanca School, Calm, and Girls Inc.
Nini enjoys spending time with her family, who are also artistic, and her two dogs.
Bob Stokes, Secretary
Robert Stokes, who recently moved to Carpinteria in 2018 after living in New Jersey for 35 years, jumped right into volunteering in our community.
In addition to being an active member of the Carpinteria Lions Club and Carpinteria Beautiful, he volunteers with the Carpinteria Hosts and serves as a gallery host in the Lo Bue Gallery at the arts center. Bob adds his vast experience as an IT project management consultant and systems development manager along with being on the board of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey to the board of directors.
Robert earned both his BS degree in finance and Master’s degrees in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to earn his Reading Psychology Master’s degree from the Temple University. He has been able to share those talents with the community by volunteering as a reading and math tutor in his original hometown’s GED/Adult Literacy program.
Simon Palmer, an Architect with 10 plus years of commercial and residential experience, moved from Sydney, Australia to Carpinteria in December 2018 with his family. In Australia, he had the opportunity to design and install public installations for the Vivid Light Festival, a festival of lights held at night in Sydney each year. His work is not limited to just Architecture, but as a manager and specialist of building design information, he has fostered software and web development skills that he uses to also create tools for design professionals.
Since moving to Carpinteria, he has become a member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning. He especially enjoys participating in the maintenance of hiking trails and Tomol Park. Simon is passionate about combining art and science to inspire creativity in the community.
Lourdes Trigueros became a part-time resident of Carpinteria in 2010 and in 2019 was thrilled to become a permanent resident. She and her husband are committed to being active members of the community. She presently serves as a board member of the Carpinteria Morning Rotary and consistently volunteers at other nonprofits in Carpinteria. Lourdes is committed to supporting and empowering the Hispanic community and working towards the betterment of Carpinteria as a whole.
Lourdes was born and raised by her grandmother in the small rural Village of Tarimoro in Michoacan, Mexico. Her mother moved to the United States to better provide for children, and at age 13, Lourdes joined her and started working by picking vegetables in the fields of Salinas, CA. Upon graduation from high school, Lourdes enrolled at Glendale Community College to improve her English and finished a training program in medical office management. Pursuing higher education was a dream, but an impossibility at the time due to her financial and legal status in the United States. Fortunately, due to the Amnesty program established by then-president Ronald Regan, Lourdes acquired legal status by obtaining her permanent residency and became a proud U.S. Citizen five years later.
Lourdes started her career in medical management and billing at City of Hope Medical Center. Lourdes then went on to start a medical billing business, E & M Medical Management. In the last thirty years, Lourdes has grown the business into a successful small corporation that has provided services to Mission Hospital in the San Fernando Valley, Harbor UCLA in the So. Bay, San Antonio Medical center in Upland, CA., Queen of The Valley Hospital in the high desert, and many other medical entities. Due to her vast knowledge and experience in medical management, Lourdes is contracted by Medicare to assist in medical audits of physicians and medical facilities. She has also been sought after by law enforcement to help with medical fraud cases. Lourdes is now retired, but still maintains leadership in the corporation.
Lourdes loves to travel domestically and abroad. She enjoys hiking and is a prolific beachcomber, hunting for the elusive sea glass, which she uses in her love for arts and crafts. Lourdes crochets, knits, and loves everything related to art. She has recently taken on the new hobby of photography!
Leo is a Native Carpinterian that feels very fortunate to have grown up with art programs in the local school district. Leo currently is the Vice President and Branch Manager of the Carpinteria Branch of Montecito Bank & Trust. He has over 33 years in the Retail Banking Industry including 16 of those years in Carpinteria.
He has been passionate about the Carpinteria Community and has volunteered for several local non-profits over the years including the Carpinteria Valley Lions Club, The Rhythmic Arts Project, Carpinteria Education Foundation, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club, and has been on the board of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber, and the California Avocado Festival with two years as the Board President.
Leo still enjoys painting when he gets an opportunity and thoroughly enjoys all things Carpinteria, including the downtown district, surf fishing and beach walks with his wife Marian, adult children, Justin and Katie, and his granddog Panda.