BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AVA's Board of Directors is elected by the membership at its Annual Membership meeting, in October of each year. The most recent Annual Meeting was held in the Lovell Showroom at Fort George Brewery, in Astoria, on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Directors serve two-year terms. Officers are elected by the Board at its first meeting after the Annual Membership meeting.
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L.C. Smith, President (2018-20)
Lisa Smith is a consultant in higher education and government relations, most recently employed by New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Lisa is the former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at NYUAD, where she played a central role in the planning, coordination, and facilitation of strategic institutional initiatives for the college, which opened in Fall 2010 in the United Arab Emirates. A former senior producer for KCTS/Public Television in Seattle and executive director of the Tillicum Foundation/KMUN Community Radio in Astoria, Lisa received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon and Master’s from Harvard. Lisa currently serves on the Board of the Tillicum Foundation. She and her husband are co-sponsors with the University of Pennsylvania of the annual Clearman Cottage Writer's Residency, which supports the work and creative process of young writers.
Rebecca Rubens, Vice President (2018-20)
Rebecca Rubens, a native Oregonian of Finnish and Chinookan descent, studied at the Pacific NW College of Art, Portland; the School of Visual Arts, New York; SACI in Florence, Italy; and completed her Masters in Studio Art from New York University. An award-winning artist, Rebecca has shown nationally and has been included in exhibits at the Portland Art Museum, Coos Bay Art Museum, and the Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA. She worked on the Astoria Column Restoration Project, and the historic D.K. Warren House (Craftsmanship Award from the National Trust Historic Preservation). She completed a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida) with Brice Marden, and in April 2013 completed the Arteles Residency in Finland.
Catherine De Long, Treasurer (2018-19)
Cathy De Long is Chief Operations Officer at The Catalyst Foundation. She spent 15 years with New York University, and was the Chief Financial Officer for its School of Law and NYU Abu Dhabi. Prior to working for NYU, Cathy was the Controller for the Financial Insurance Group of CNA Insurance, and held various other positions in the insurance and banking industries. She serves on the board of the Makindu Children’s Program, a not-for-profit in Eugene Oregon which supports programming for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya, which Cathy helped to establish in 1998. Cathy is a graduate of Marquette University, where she received a B.A. in Accounting, and of NYU’s Steinhardt School, where she received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Jamie Boyd, Secretary (2017-19)
Astorian Jamie Boyd is a founding member of the arts cooperative Studio 11, an early AVA board member, and has served as part of the Astoria Open Studios Tour (AOST) planning group. She also has been a member of the Fisher Poets Gathering Planning Committee since 2012. Jamie has worked with glass as an art form since 1980 and has taught classes in kiln-formed (fused) glass through Studio 11 since 2004. Jamie has had her work accepted into many juried exhibitions regionally, including at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and the 2010 Emerge show with Bullseye Glass. She shows locally at Studio 11 and the Cannon Beach Gallery.
Kim Cooper (2018-19)
Kim Cooper is a Managing Broker licensed in Washington, with Cascade Sotheby's International. She relocated to Seaview WA in 2016. An interdisciplinary thinker and lifelong appreciator of beauty and the creative process, Kim studied biogeography and photography at The Evergreen State College. Her first career was with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore as Supervisory Plant Ecologist, followed by several years as Public Engagement Specialist with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in San Francisco. During the latter period she worked on site with the For-Site Foundation during such installations as International Orange at Fort Point and Presidio Habitat's, and with artists such Andy Goldsworthy, Ai Wei Wei and Mark di Suvero. Ensuing years as a real estate agent in San Francisco further informed her understanding of the operational and community aspects of art, design and architecture.
David Coyne (2018-20)
The arts, particularly visual arts, have always been a large part of David Coyne’s life. He attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and was exposed to a wide array of mediums. During high school, David began an internship at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and continued to work there for five years in the education department by giving tours and teaching art to school groups from second grade to high school, and even the art teachers themselves. David’s BFA in illustration was earned at California State University/Long Beach. While he was there he completed an additional program in medical illustration and participated heavily in the animation department, including working on the personal animation of the animation department professor. Seeking a new environment and chance to try another creative pursuit, brewing beer, David moved to Astoria in 2013. Since then he has participated in a large-scale mural on 11th street, group gallery shows, the restoration of the Astoria column painting, an AVA a-i-r residency, and freelance illustration, including bottle labels, logos, apparel illustrations, and plenty more.
Loretta Maxwell (2018-20)
Loretta Maxwell has been a member of AVA's Board of Directors since 2007. She studied business and computer science at Cal Poly Pomona and earned certification as a California Certified Legal Secretary (CCLS) in 2000. Loretta is continuing her education and lifelong learning at Clatsop Community College and, also, Eastern Oregon University.
Ray Merritt (2018-20)
Ray Merritt is a retired Astoria School District teacher. He is a Board Member of Astoria's Downtown Historic District Association and Design Committee Chairman. Ray is a committee member for the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. He is also a co-founder of Studio 11's Sidewalk Prism Glass Repair Project. Ray served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Tillicum Foundation, the governing body of the local public radio network of stations KMUN (Astoria), KTCB (Tillamook) and KCPB (Warrenton), in a number of essential capacities. He continues to provide technical and engineering expertise for the broadcast chain and for computer operations and is instrumental in planning and engineering for the annual Fisher Poets Gathering.
Jill Mulholland (2018-20)
Originally trained in archaeology, Jill Mulholland has practiced, taught, researched, written, designed and built with light and lighting as a theatrical lighting designer, an architectural lighting designer, professor, scholar, and, now, as a light artist. She has taught architectural design studios, visualization, and lighting classes at Texas A&M and the University of Oklahoma and was awarded the Baker Chair in Light and Design at the University of Oregon. Jill is employed by the International Association of Lighting Designers Education Trust, where she works with an all-volunteer board of professionals to help ensure the future of the profession. Jill’s creative passion is rooted in the beauty of light and its ability to be felt on a physiological level. “An example of this,” she says, “is that involuntary ‘ohhh’ that escapes from us during fireworks, when we palpably feel that ineffable beauty in our being.” Jill was selected for the Summer 2018 AVA a-i-r program.
Cindy Price (2018-20)
Cindy Price is an accomplished writer, editor, and researcher, with substantial experience in strategic planning and analysis. She has produced numerous public and cultural affairs programs for the regional public radio station, Coast Community Radio. Cindy is an Astoria City Councilor, representing Ward 3, the central business district and north slope of Astoria. She has served many previous terms on AVA's Board of Directors, and is the webmaster.
Meagan Sokol (2018-19)
Meagan Sokol works at the Cannon Beach Arts Association Non-Profit as the Arts Education Director bringing fun, creative, and inclusive arts opportunities for ages 3 to adult through CBAA's Summer camp, adult workshops, environmental series, and in-school projects. Meagan also worked as a licensed art therapist over the past 10 years serving children and adults with chronic illness, grief, loss, and trauma based issues. She feels strongly that art-making is a necessary and powerful healing modality. As a working artist, she knows deeply the transformative healing that can arise from creating something special and loves the idea that with curiosity and warm encouragement anyone can experience creative flow.
Valerie Whittlesey (2018-20)
Valerie Whittlesey has been an artist all of her life, first painting with oils at age 8 and showing her art for the first time in the 7th grade, through a university juried show for young artists. Valerie has also gardened from an early age and considers her gardens “outdoor paintings”. She received her undergraduate degree in English literature from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and her graduate degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Missouri/Kansas City. She has had many years of progressive healthcare and human services leadership/management experience, including planning and organizational development, most recently at Multnomah County. She has also served on non-profit boards of directors and has held board leadership positions.
AVA employs two part-time contractors to help the Board lead and manage projects. We currently are seeking external funding to help us create and sustain a full-time, permanent position of Executive Director.
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