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

Sue Gosney

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Grond

Director of Facilities View Bio

Jan Kirsch

Director of Professional Development View Bio

Rebecca Swisher

Director of Development View Bio

Beth Tishler

Director of Education & Community Initiatives View Bio

Vy Pham

Associate Director of Communications View Bio
Staff

Rachelle Arias

Staff Accountant

Susie Buckman

Inventor & Instructor, Creativity Lab View Bio

Jennifer Cohen

Volunteer Manager View Bio

Myrna Cristerna

Theater 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

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

Gretchen Reyes

Development Associate View Bio

Ross Rodriguez

Technician, Ceramics Studio View Bio

Zoë Tomasello

Professional Development Assistant

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

  • Paula Perlman Teaching Artist, Dance
  • Wendy Cruz Administrative Associate
  • Cyndi Sorrell Executive Assistant
  • Diana Rivera Teaching Artist, Drama
Board Officers

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

  • Jon Basalone Trader Joe's
  • Craig Benell Morgan Stanley
  • Al Brooks JP Morgan Chase
  • Vera Campbell KWDZ Manufacturing LLC
  • 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
  • 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 Members

  • Wallis Annenberg
  • Bill & Tamara Bagnard
  • Frank Baxter
  • Michael Becker
  • Alan Berro
  • Holly Bowyer
  • Laurence K. Brown
  • Marvin G. Burns
  • Ira Cohen
  • Bob Davidson
  • Carol G. Emerling
  • Susan Emerling-Torres
  • Bobbie Greenfield
  • Crosby Haffner
  • Paul C. Johnson
  • Glorya Kaufman
  • Laurie Konheim
  • Melanie Lundquist
  • Michael Maltzan
  • David Merritt
  • Jeff Marine
  • Randy Miller
  • Connie Moran-Romero
  • Anthony E. Nicholas
  • John Peterson
  • David Rainer
  • Monica Rosenthal
  • Drew Planting
  • Michael Schreter
  • Bob Shearin
  • Maura Rampolla
  • William Schoenholz
  • Mark Slavkin
  • Beatriz Stotzer
  • Thomas Strickler
  • Ned Sutro
  • Robert Walker
  • 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
  • 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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