Board + Staff

Inyo Council for the Arts Board and Staff


Board Members:

President Laura Smith, Bishop City Councilmember, Bishop, CA.

Vice PresidentPete Watercott, Retired Inyo County Senior Center chef, musician, Bishop, CA.

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

Leslie Chapman, Inyo County Auditor Controller, Independence, CA.

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

Harry Peterson, Inyo County business owner and Vice President – Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Board.




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 Friends of the Jill Kinmont Boothe School and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as an Inyo County School Board member. 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 10 years, ICA has become the leader in advancing the arts in the Eastern Sierra.

Part-time staff includes:

Jeff Griffiths, Administrative Assistant, was raised on a dairy farm in Ohio and earned a Bachelors Degree in Forestry from the Ohio State University.  After college Jeff served in the Peace Corps in Panama teaching sustainable agriculture and water systems.  Jeff relocated to the Eastern Sierra in 2002 to raise his two young sons.  Twice elected to the Bishop City Council, Jeff has served as the Mayor of Bishop and is very involved in the community.  Jeff is president of the Eastern Sierra Foundation, past president of the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club, past chair of the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority Board of Directors, and has been involved in children’s activities such as 4H, PTO, foster parenting, and and the Inyo County First 5 Commission.  A long-time Millpond and ICA volunteer, Jeff is excited to bring his leadership and organizing skills to advancing the arts in Inyo County.

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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