Paige Van Tuyl, Executive Director
The Executive Director at the arts center, Paige has a deep passion for the arts, social justice, education and the community of Carpinteria. As Art Director of The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Paige oversaw four shows a year. As the Event Director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, she produced dozens of events for thousands of art lovers. As Annual Fund Director of the SBCC Foundation, she raised millions for education. Paige believes that, “when arts are central to the community, everybody wins.”
Her most recent work has been with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, where her vision brought together a community interested in supporting girls and women. Through fund development, mission-driven immersive events, stewardship and organizational culture awareness, she helped the organization soar to new heights.
In her spare time, Paige travels, cooks, works in the Carpinteria Garden Park, sings, walks her two elderly Shis-Tzus on the beach, and loves to read. A recent graduate of Antioch University’s Women in Leadership program, she received the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 40 Under 40 award in 2013. Having done her undergrad at the University of California Santa Barbara, she says, “Getting my degree in the History of Art and Architecture inspired all of the moves in my career that have thankfully landed me here. It’s the smartest thing I’ve ever done.”
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.