OUR PEOPLE

Leadership

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Bob Smiland

President and CEO View Bio
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Bob Bates

Co-Founder and Artistic Director View Bio
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Jennifer Carroll

Associate Director of Education View Bio
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Dolores Chávez

Director, The Rosenthal Theater View Bio
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Sue Gosney

Chief Financial Officer
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Tom Grond

Director of Facilities View Bio
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Jan Kirsch

Director of Professional Development View Bio
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Gillian McCarthy

Associate Director of Professional Development View Bio
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Rebecca Swisher

Director of Development View Bio
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Beth Tishler

Director of Education & Community Initiatives View Bio
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Mary Yeko

Director of Institutional Giving View Bio
Staff

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Rachelle Arias

Staff Accountant
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Susie Buckman

Inventor & Instructor, Creativity Lab View Bio
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Jennifer Cohen

Volunteer Manager View Bio
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Myrna Cristerna

Theater Associate
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Jeseca Dawson

Development Coordinator of Institutional Giving View Bio
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Dana Eitches

Professional Development Assistant
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Peter Gilman

Individual Giving Coordinator View Bio
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Mark Gonzalez

Programs Coordinator View Bio
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Anisa Hamdan

Programs Manager View Bio
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Marissa Herrera

Teaching Artist, Dance View Bio
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Holli Hornlien

Programs Manager View Bio
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Erica Larsen

Teaching Artist, Animation & Multimedia
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Mindy Lee

Teaching Artist, Graphic Design View Bio
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Joannza Lo

Teaching Artist, Animation, Multimedia & Graphic Design View Bio
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Samantha Longman

Studio Assistant, Creativity Lab View Bio
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Ivan Lopez

Studio Assistant, Media Arts View Bio
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Nick Manuguerra

Assistant Facilities Manager View Bio
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Karina Mata

Studio Assistant, Visual Arts View Bio
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Kristy Messer

Teaching Artist, Drama & Film View Bio
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Valerie Miller

Professional Development Coordinator View Bio
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Lizbeth Navarro

Teaching Artist, Ceramics View Bio
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Eva Perez

Teaching Artist, Visual Arts View Bio
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Vy Pham

Communications Manager View Bio
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Luciano Pimienta

Teaching Artist, Ceramics
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Gretchen Reyes

Development Associate View Bio
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Ross Rodriguez

Technician, Ceramics Studio View Bio
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Zoë Tomasello

Professional Development Assistant
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Susan Truong

Events Manager View Bio
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Jessie Tucker

Facilities Manager View Bio
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Edith Vargas

Teaching Artist, Music View Bio
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Edlin Velasquez

Programs Associate View Bio
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Angela Villarreal

Teaching Artist, Creativity Lab View Bio
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Sadie Yarrington

Teaching Artist, Dance

  • Paula Perlman Teaching Artist, Dance
  • Frances Ramirez Administrative Associate
  • Diana Rivera Teaching Artist, Drama
Board Officers

  • Rick Madden Chairman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Geoffrey Anenberg Vice Chairman, Creative Space
  • Jon Neustadter Secretary, Attorney
  • Jonathan Schreter Treasurer, Bolton & Company
Board Members

  • Jon Basalone Trader Joe's
  • Craig Benell Merrill Lynch
  • Al Brooks JP Morgan Chase
  • Vera Campbell KWDZ Manufacturing LLC
  • Eric Coleman The Walt Disney Company
  • Dan Erlij United Talent Agency
  • 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
  • Silvia Marjoram American Business Bank
  • Scott Morielli Graff Californiawear
  • Joseph Sanford Advisory Board, U.S. Bank
  • Martha Saucedo AEG
  • Steve Schoenholz Tempted Apparel
  • Eric Schotz LMNO Productions
  • Mithra Sheybani
  • Tom Stillwell Midnight Oil
  • Katerina Tana Katerina Tana Design
  • Joni Topper JP Morgan Chase
The Founders

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

  • Wallis Annenberg
  • Frank Baxter
  • Michael Becker
  • Alan Berro
  • Holly Bowyer
  • Laurence K. Brown
  • Marvin G. Burns
  • Ira Cohen
  • Bob Davidson
  • Carol G. Emerling
  • Bobbie Greenfield
  • Paul C. Johnson
  • Glorya Kaufman
  • Laurie Konheim
  • Melanie Lundquist
  • Michael Maltzan
  • David Merritt
  • Randy Miller
  • Connie Moran-Romero
  • Anthony E. Nicholas
  • John Peterson
  • David Rainer
  • Monica Rosenthal
  • Michael Schreter
  • Bob Shearin
  • William Schoenholz
  • Mark Slavkin
  • Beatriz Stotzer
  • Thomas Strickler
  • 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

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

"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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