Kristen is a Connecticut native and graduate of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She has been living in Mammoth Lakes since 1995 and joined Mono Arts Council in 2008 serving as Secretary, Vice President and now President. For over 20 years, Kristen has worked as an independent artist and teacher in addition to working at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in food & beverage management. She achieved success in revitalizing Mono Arts Council by rebranding and developing programs such as Art & Wine while also enhancing MAC’s summer art festivals. Inspired by the beautiful Eastern Sierra, she continues to be an advocate for the arts and its power to strengthen communities and ensure quality of life.
A passionate scenic photographer, Alan has been involved with photographic art since the 1970’s, when he first developed his talent on Catalina Island. He held a job for 30 years in the business world until 2011, in an outside technical and sales support role, while also pursuing his photographic desires. He has been living in the Eastern Sierra since 2009, and has been serving on the Board of the Mono Arts Council as Treasurer for just as long. He also serves on the Wheeler Crest Fire Safe Council as President, and was a Board member and officer on the Catalina Art Association for many years before moving to the mountains. He considers it a heartfelt pleasure to serve the art community of the Eastern Sierra, and to support the resurgence and recognition of art taking place here, and throughout the world.
Nora has lived in Mammoth Lakes, California for five years with her husband and two grade-school children. In 1992, while in her last semester at the University of New Hampshire, Nora took painting classes (for fun) and it was discovered that perhaps art school should’ve been her path. Hoping her kids discover their own artistic talents sooner than later, Nora fully supports the work of MAC to bring art classes into the elementary and middle school classrooms of Mammoth Lakes.
Stacy grew up in Lancaster, CA, making the drive up highways 14/395 for ski trips several times each winter as a kid. Stacy was drawn back to the Eastern Sierra in her twenties after earning a B.A. at UC Irvine and M.A. at UC Berkeley, where she also did Ph.D. work and taught undergraduate courses. Like so many locals, Stacy came to Mammoth for a season and ended up staying and making a home here. She spends as much time as possible outside in the mountains (on foot and on skis), connecting with nature.
Janet is a UC Riverside graduate with a BA in Studio Art. She has been an Eastern Sierra resident for over 25 years. She has been a teacher and is now the Director of Alternative Education at the Mono County Office of Education. Immersed in arts and education she continues to pursue the arts through personal practice and public service. She especially appreciates the ability of the arts to foster community through creative expression and shared experience. Janet is an advocate for youth, and public music and arts. She is the coordinator for the MAC sponsored June Lake Jam Fest, which had its inauguration September 2015. The event has been designed to bring a quality music event to Mono County, as well as serve as a benefit to support music programs for school-aged Mono County students. She is happy to support and be a part of the MAC arts in education and community arts programs.
Noelle has a degree in art — she began drawing as a child and enjoyed using crayons, colored pencils, and oils. She has continued taking classes in various media throughout her adult life. She has shared her knowledge by teaching art in her classroom, as well as for after-school and summer classes. She’s been a Mammoth homeowner since 1986 and joined the Mono Council for the Arts Board (as MAC was then called) in 2006. While on the board, she helped create summer art camps and brought art to the local schools for classes during the school day and after school. She enjoys skiing and hiking and often brings her sketchbook and camera with her to record the beautiful Eastern Sierra scenery. She is pleased to return to the MAC board with its dedicated members and hardworking staff.