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."
Tim Cohen 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 volunteered to help 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 been involved in education-related activities throughout his career, including being a part-time middle school teacher, professional tutor, in-house corporate trainer, and college-level lecturing and career counseling. He also 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.
Tim and his wife Janey have been part of our community for over 35 years. They love living here, and they love giving back.
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 fourth 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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Rosso, Executive Director
Linda built a successful licensed general contractor and real estate developer business in Stockton and began volunteering, working with nonprofits and the school district as a fundraiser. Linda relocated to Santa Barbara a decade ago and continued to volunteer and lead, serving on nonprofit boards and joining numerous nonprofit organizations: University Club, California Missions Foundation, Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the UCSB Customer Experience Certification Board. In addition, Linda served as the Executive Director for Courthouse Legacy Foundation and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, Linda was the Director of Development & Communications for the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County.
Linda attended San Jose State University and the Fielding Graduate University for Nonprofit Leadership. Linda and her husband have three adult children. " I am honored to be selected to represent this highly esteemed organization and know, as a team, we will make great strides, fulfilling the mission and goals" Linda stated.
Kristina Calkins, Operations Manager
As the Arts Center Manager, 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, I.T. & Graphic Designer
Lann manages the website, creates the program fliers, event posters, and online forms for the art center, and also sees to I.T. installation and documentation. 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 the creation of environmental and character assets for interactive stories, as well as looking into the future of 3D printing for its artistic and practical uses.
Elsa McFarlin, Bookkeeper
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.