Board + Staff

Inyo Council for the Arts Board and Staff


Board Members:

President Pete Watercott, Retired Inyo County Senior Center chef, musician, Bishop, CA.

Vice PresidentJose Garcia, Language Services at Northern Inyo Hospital, Bishop, CA.

Secretary Nancy Upham, Retired U.S. Forest Service, Bishop, CA.

Treasurer Dr. John Wehausen, U.C. biologist, musician, Bishop CA.

Linda Arcularius, Inyo County Board of Supervisors, Round Valley, CA




Full-time staff:

Lynn CooperExecutive Director, heads the staff of Inyo Council for the Arts.  Lynn is a native Californian and has lived in the Eastern Sierra off and on for approximately 25 years.  Prior to becoming the E.D. in 2001, Lynn was employed as a staff accountant for a local accounting firm and was instrumental in setting up and maintaining ICA’s current financial systems for the previous two directors. Lynn also volunteered at Arts Council activities for three years before being selected, and was passionate about programs being offered to the public. She has served on several boards including the Inyo County School Board, Friends of the Jill Kinmont Boothe School, and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her work as an accountant for 20+ years, she had experience in the non-profit world in recruiting and managing 100+ volunteers as Director of Canine Development for Guide Dogs of the Desert. Under her direction in the last 12 years, ICA has become the leader in advancing the arts in the Eastern Sierra.

Part-time staff includes:

Cyndi Nelson, Production Assistant, was born in Bishop, California and has lived in the Eastern Sierra for the majority of her life. She has worked in the accounting field for the last 35 years and has volunteered her time in local theater, art shows, arts and crafts events and music festivals. She is the seasonal employee who helps with the production of arts and craft shows, manages our membership program, and helps in all areas of production of the annual Millpond Music Festival.

Elizabeth McAteer, School Arts Coordinator is a native Californian and recent transplant to the Eastern Sierra. Her teaching credential and background in arts education made her a logical choice when funding became available to offer arts education instruction to both teachers and students in Inyo County schools. She has inaugurated a music appreciation program in 65 classrooms in the county and coordinated the offering of after-school and week-end arts classes for teachers. In addition, she has initiated a new program, a winter and spring schedule of classes involving local artists teaching their art to children and adults.

Maryann Thomas, Gallery Coordinator, was born in New York and raised in Southern California.  She completed her formal art education at Art Center College of Design, graduating with honors in illustration.  Following college, Maryann enjoyed a very successful career as a freelance illustrator. From 1994 to 2007, she worked for Disney studios, initially as a background illustrator and eventually as Art Director.  In 2007, Maryann left the corporate art world to focus full time on her passion of creating fine art. Luckily for ICA, Maryann and her husband relocated to Inyo County and she joined ICA’s staff in June of 2008.  Maryann’s duties as gallery manager include maintenance of the gallery calendar, coordinating with artists for pick up and drop off schedules, hanging and displaying shows, and planning artists’ receptions.

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