Board + Staff

Inyo Council for the Arts Board and Staff









Board Members:

President Pete Watercott, Retired Inyo County Senior Center chef, musician, 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

Jeff Griffiths, Inyo County Supervisor, District 2, Bishop, 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:

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.

Debbe Eilts, School Arts Coordinator, has lived and worked in the Eastern Sierra for over 40 years. She migrated to the mountains from southern California to ski and never left. Debbe spent 14 years with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, eventually becoming executive director.  In May 2015, after volunteering for many years with ICA, she joined the ICA staff as the School Arts Coordinator.

Beverly Schroeder, Gallery Coordinator.

Ryan Finch, Administrative Assistant, grew up in Bishop, and after having gone off to the bay area for college, returned to the Eastern Sierra.  An avid musician, Ryan’s musical talents were nurtured early on with support from the ICA and the arts community in the area.  He is pleased to be back in his hometown helping with all aspects of the Arts Council’s operations.

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