OUR PEOPLE

Leadership

Bob Smiland

President and CEO View Bio

Bob Bates

Co-Founder and Artistic Director View Bio

Jennifer Carroll

Associate Director of Education View Bio

Dolores Chávez

Director, The Rosenthal Theater View Bio

Bianca Dobrikovic

Director of Institutional Giving View Bio

George Garcia

Director of Operations

Tom Grond

Director of Facilities View Bio

Jan Kirsch

Director of Professional Development View Bio

Vy Pham

Associate Director of Communications View Bio

Matt Scelza

Chief Development Officer View Bio

Rebecca Swisher

Director of Development View Bio

Beth Tishler

Director of Education & Community Initiatives View Bio
Staff

Anthony Aguilar

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Rachelle Arias

Staff Accountant

Susie Buckman

Inventor & Instructor, Creativity Lab View Bio

Myrna Cristerna

Theater Associate

Wendy Cruz

Administrative Associate

Dana Eitches

Professional Development Assistant

Mark Gonzalez

Programs Coordinator View Bio

Anisa Hamdan

Programs Manager View Bio

Marissa Herrera

Teaching Artist, Dance View Bio

Holli Hornlien

Programs Manager View Bio

Erica Larsen

Teaching Artist, Animation & Multimedia

Mindy Lee

Teaching Artist, Graphic Design View Bio

Joannza Lo

Teaching Artist, Animation, Multimedia & Graphic Design View Bio

Samantha Longman

Studio Assistant, Creativity Lab View Bio

Ivan Lopez

Studio Assistant, Media Arts View Bio

Nick Manuguerra

Assistant Facilities Manager View Bio

Karina Mata

Studio Assistant, Visual Arts View Bio

Jay McDonald

Grant Writer View Bio

Kristy Messer

Teaching Artist, Drama & Film View Bio

Valerie Miller

Professional Development Manager View Bio

Lizbeth Navarro

Teaching Artist, Ceramics View Bio

Eva Perez

Teaching Artist, Visual Arts View Bio

Shalini A. Persaud

Development Manager View Bio

Gretchen Reyes

Development Associate View Bio

Diana Rivera

Teaching Artist, Drama View Bio

Ross Rodriguez

Technician, Ceramics Studio View Bio

Michelle Solorio

Teaching Artist, Ceramics

Cyndi Sorrell

Executive Assistant to President & CEO

Madeleine St. John

Volunteer Coordinator

Rebecca Tager

Teaching Artist, Ceramics

Zoë Tomasello

Professional Development Associate

Susan Truong

Events Manager View Bio

Jessie Tucker

Facilities Manager View Bio

Edith Vargas

Teaching Artist, Music View Bio

Edlin Velasquez

Programs Associate View Bio

Angela Villarreal

Teaching Artist, Creativity Lab View Bio

Sadie Yarrington

Teaching Artist, Dance

  • John Miyasaki
  • Paula Perlman Teaching Artist, Dance
  • Beth Peterson Teaching Artist, Maskmaking
  • Michelle Seabreeze Teaching Artist, Drama & Dance
  • Steve Sobalvarro Teaching Artist, Media Arts
Board Officers

  • Rick Madden Chairman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Geoffrey Anenberg Vice Chairman, Creative Space
  • Jonathan Schreter Treasurer, Bolton & Company
  • Silvia Marjoram Secretary, American Business Bank
Board Members

  • Erikk Aldridge AEG
  • Jon Basalone Trader Joe's
  • Craig Benell Morgan Stanley
  • Al Brooks JP Morgan Chase
  • Eric Coleman The Walt Disney Company
  • Dan Erlij United Talent Agency
  • Mitchell Frank Spaceland Productions
  • Eugene L. Hernandez Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Douglas Hinchliffe Seventh Street Development
  • Jeffrey Jaeger Standard Property Company
  • Sam Kunianski California United Bank
  • Susan Luehrs Wells Fargo Bank
  • Jay Mangel Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Scott Morielli Graff Californiawear
  • Joseph Sanford Advisory Board, U.S. Bank
  • Steve Schoenholz Tempted Apparel
  • Mithra Sheybani
  • Doron Silverman Bespoke Furniture Inc.
  • Tom Stillwell Midnight Oil
  • Joni Topper JP Morgan Chase
The Founders

  • Bob Bates Co-Founder
  • Irwin J. Jaeger Co-Founder
Founder's Board Members

  • Wallis Annenberg
  • Kim Baer
  • Bill & Tamara Bagnard
  • Frank Baxter
  • Alan Berro
  • Michael Becker
  • Holly & Charlie Bowyer
  • Cynthia Harnisch Breunig
  • Laurence K. Brown
  • Marvin G. Burns
  • Vera R. Campbell
  • Ira Cohen
  • Bob Davidson
  • Carol G. Emerling
  • Susan Emerling-Torres
  • Bobbie Greenfield
  • Crosby Haffner
  • Linda Hothem
  • Paul C. Johnson
  • Glorya Kaufman
  • Laurie Konheim
  • Melanie Lundquist
  • Michael Maltzan
  • Jeff Marine
  • David Merritt
  • Randy Miller
  • Connie Moran-Romero
  • Anthony E. Nicholas
  • John Peterson
  • Drew Planting
  • David Rainer
  • Maura Rampolla
  • Monica Rosenthal
  • Martha Saucedo
  • William Schoenholz
  • Eric Schotz
  • Michael Schreter
  • Robert Walker
  • Bob Shearin
  • Mark Slavkin
  • Beatriz Stotzer
  • Thomas Strickler
  • Ned Sutro
  • Katerina Tana
  • Craig Watson
Young Professionals Advisory Board Officers

  • Aretta Frazier Board Chair, LA's BEST, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Toyin Moses Board Vice Chair, Actress
Young Professionals Advisory Board Members

  • Brittney Middleton Sports & Entertainment Management
  • James August Vogl Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Aaron Kollitz Lee Tran & Liang LLP
  • Jen Simmons Domenika
  • Tom Huffman Tribune Company
  • Scott Salter Simple Films
  • Amanda Hovest KBDA
  • Tracy St. Dic Teach for America
  • Sarah Hanner Charly West
  • George Sacco The Private Bank of California
  • Crystal Hale G&C Equipment Corporation
  • Liz Nuestein Wilshire Boulevard Temple
  • Gabe Goldstein Tennenbaum Capital Partners
  • Rick Garzon Residency Art
  • Jeremy May St. Cloud Capital
  • Zach Cohen Idell James Casting
  • Sarah Chenault The Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Erick Martell Port of Los Angeles
  • Lauren Bergman Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • Oscar Magallanes Oscar Magallanes Studios
  • Justin Bain Shortlist Digital

"That's what I love most about art. There's no mistake; there's no A. It's interpretive to the person. Inner-City Arts teaches that you can succeed at any level."

– Eric Schotz, President, LMNO Productions, Inner-City Arts Board Member

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