Board and Staff
Rebecca Bruhn uses her ability to see the bigger picture, as inspired by natural cycles, to support new models for creative expression. She brings her skills in time management, team leadership, council facilitation and passion for creative social change to SCAC.
She has developed community recycling programs that provided free up-cycled supplies for art and environmental education, for 7 years taught urban & wilderness living skills to youth/teens, and taught for the Poetry Out Loud program in Siskiyou County. Rebecca enjoys bringing together workshops where women can explore and model self regenerative systems that support the demonstration and elevation of human values.
Rebecca is currently training with The Ojai Foundation in the Way of Council. She has also studied at Metalwerx School for Jewelry & Metal Arts, lapidary arts at MassArt and dance improvisation with Anna Halprin. She has trained extensively at multiple Wilderness Survival Schools, interned with Paul Pitchford in the integrative healing arts/Five Element nutrition, and graduated from the Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Training at Spirit Rock and the Moving Body & Spirit (dance leadership) training with Paula Byrne.
Monica Zinda is mosaic artist and tile contractor, and serves on the planning commission for the city of Weed. She has created many public art mosaic installations throughout Siskiyou County and the State of California.
“The formality of my architectural work and the adventure of the art form are simply two different aspects of my love for this medium; ceramic, stone and glass tile, crockery, metal and found objects. The ability to create beauty that my clients live with everyday is a blessing.”
As a tile contractor, with 15 years of design and installation experience, Monica is able to rise to most any technical challenge. As an artist, with a Bachelor of Science in Art degree, she can take these challenges anywhere her imagination leads. Through a mastery of materials, and the study of ancient and modern techniques, Monica provide her clients with the quality of works that they most desire from architectural tile installation to commissioned mosaic murals or emblema, furniture and sculpture.
Rosanne Esposito (Duck Holland) has had more than a few ‘second acts.’ After receiving her Masters degree in Celtic Languages and Literature in Dublin Ireland, and an apprenticeship at the Royal Irish Academy, where she was trained in manuscript restoration, she returned to the US.
She lives in Portland where she continues to persue her interest in the arts include music, all types of visual arts, particularly works of art on paper, and encaustic.
Lugene Whitley, Executive Director, brings a wealth of experience working as an arts consultant for the last eight years after attending the Claremont Graduate University for an MA in arts administration.
As a consultant, Lugene has worked in arts education, exhibitions management, marketing and community outreach and has assisted arts organizations in needs assessment and strategic and program planning. She was the founding director of education for a regional art museum and a founding direction and grants manager for a private foundation granting to the arts.
Before devoting herself to the arts, Lugene spent 15 years in the private sector working in the hi-tech industry, and then in higher education managing a research group at the Peabody Museum/Harvard University.
Lugene is also a visual artist (and former musician) specializing in botanical art and illustration. She has a strong commitment to creativity in all its forms and to helping build community around the arts.
Lauri Sturdivant was the founding Executive Director of Siskiyou County Arts Council and continues to bring her valuable support and wealth of knowledge to SCAC as a Consultant. She has been an arts administrator as the Executive Director of the Siskiyou Arts Council from 2005-2012 and founding Executive Director for the Siskiyou Arts Museum from 2012 to 2014.