Our Team 2017-12-18T20:12:52+00:00

Our Team

Rebecca Bruhn
Rebecca BruhnPresident

Rebecca Bruhn brings her skills in time management, team leadership, council facilitation and passion for creative social change to SCAC. She believes the arts have the power to inspire, inform, engage and positively transform individuals and society.

Rebecca is currently on the path to be a Council Trainer with The Ojai Foundation/Center for Council. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Training and OneDance’s Moving Body & Spirit (dance leadership program) with Paula Byrne. She enjoys mentoring youth in wilderness living skills, authentic movement and self awareness practices. She has taught for the Poetry Out Loud program in Siskiyou county and has developed community recycling programs that provide free up-cycled supplies for art and environmental education.

Monica Zinda
Monica ZindaSecretary

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
Rosanne EspositoTreasurer

Rosanne was a founding member of AXS, a member of the first JPEG standards committee and worked in the tech industry, founding Busy Box. She was the Chief Security Officer/Chief Operating Officer of TRUSTe, and the Director of Financial Services and Operations of EBay and Paypal.

Rosanne opened a restoration studio for works of art on paper in Northern California after receiving her Masters degree in Celtic Languages and Literature in Dublin, where she was an apprentice at the Royal Irish Academy and was trained in manuscript restoration. From the ‘valuable’, to children’s drawings, and her interest in new ‘luggable’ computers, led her to compile the first database for treatment of works of art on paper. Rosanne continues to pursue her interest in the arts including music, all types of visual arts, particularly works of art on paper, and encaustic. In the world of music, she is known as the bassist, Duck Holland and can be found performing with her partner Buzz Holland.

Marilyne Shamansky
Marilyne ShamanskyBoard Member

Marilyne has spent her entire adult life in the North State in the shadow of The Mountain. She built a career in higher education in middle management and teaching (children’s art and learning), raised two boys, has a Master’s degree in Education Administration and is currently working at the Visitor’s Bureau with Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce.

With a career and parenting behind her, Marilyne is now asking, “What matters?” As a gifted teacher, lifelong learning matters. As an artist, expression, creativity and art matter. Bringing people together in harmony and peace and shared direction matters. The environment and its protection matters a great deal. Marilyne is often out on the trails with the Mt. Shasta Trail Association helping to build, maintain and protect the natural wonder of Siskiyou County. She has taken a number of drawing and painting classes at Shasta College and CSU Chico and kept busy with hiking, traveling, painting, fiber arts and yoga (certificate in 2015).

Lugene Whitley
Lugene Whitley Executive Director

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.

Sherri Bilbro
Sherri BilbroCoordinator- Poetry Out Loud

Bio coming soon!

Lauri Sturdivant
Lauri SturdivantFounding Director

Lauri Sturdivant was the catalyst and the  founding Executive Director of Siskiyou County Arts Council.  She 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.

She brought the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud Initiative to Siskiyou County High Schools in 2007 and acted as the County Coordinator for many years.
Sturdivant is an art teacher and junk artist.
Sabine Griffin
Sabine GriffinSocial Media Ghostblogger

Sabine is more than a figment of Griffin’s imagination. She makes regular appearances on our social media platforms, posting on behalf of the Siskiyou County Arts Council. She prefers to remain anonymous, while she can be found speaking through all of us.