The volunteer Board of Directors are at the helm of the Center, setting the strategic direction, but also managing the regular operations that allow us to put on the programs. Directors are elected by the CCA members at the annual meeting in October and serve for one-year terms. The current Directors are:
Mari Fedrow, President
Mari Fedrow and her husband Jim have lived in Cambria for over seven years. Her past career as an educator included teacher, instructional coach, principal of two schools and school district administrator. Mari also worked with school districts across the country as an independent educational consultant in the area of leadership development. She brings knowledge and experience of strategic planning, setting and attaining goals, and building inclusive decision making to CCA.
Judy Levine, Vice President
Judy joined the Board in early 2019 as a member-at-large and became vice president in 2020. She has focused on helping the branches with technical, communications and strategy projects. Judy is also the Operations Director for the Cambria Film Festival, having served on the steering committee for the annual Festival since its inception. Judy’s career included executive positions in marketing, product development and corporate social impact for technology companies and nonprofits.
Ginny Aitkens - Secretary
Before coming to Cambria, Ginny worked for the LA Department of Parks and Recreation in the Special Events Unit of the Cultural Arts division; she was elected to the Saddleback Valley USD Board of Education in 2000, where she served for 16 years; and also served on the Board of the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library for many years. Since coming to Cambria in May 2017, she has volunteered with the Cambria Film Festival and helped out with “front-of-house” duties for CCAT performances. A strong believer in the importance of the arts in our community and in our schools, Ginny joined the CCA Board of Directors in 2019 as a Member-at-Large and became secretary in 2021.
Treasurer – VACANT
Helmut Kuhn, Membership Director
Helmut has had a varied career, including Audio/Visual Engineer, Web & App Developer, Photo- & Videographer, Drone Pilot, and – he reports -- sometimes, Artist. Helmut is from the European Culture & Art Mecca: Vienna, Austria. He moved to the United States 20 years ago to the Southwest, and has lived for 7 years in Cambria with his wife and Art Collaborator, Dena. Helmut says “Cambria Center for the Arts is a wonderful place in our little town as a communication and connection for artists and art lovers. I enjoy being part of the board to bring in my talents, knowledge and interest.”
Jill Turnbow, Managing Artistic Director of the Theatre
Jill has been an integral part of the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre for more than a decade as a director, actor and, since 2017 the Managing Artistic Director of the Theatre. Jill is an accomplished actor and stand-up comedian whose work has been seen around the world.
Managing Artistic Director, Gallery - VACANT
Dennis Frahmann , Film Festival Director
Dennis Frahmann grew up in Wisconsin, majored in English and philosophy at Ripon College, and then earned a master’s in journalism at Columbia University. After a short stint as a restaurant reviewer with Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, he spent most of his career as a marketer for several high-tech firms. Now retired, he lives on the Central Coast of California with his husband Robert Tieman. He is the author of four novels, including The Long Table Dinner, which is set on the Central Coast. Dennis has been instrumental in the creation and continuing success of the Cambria Film Festival and is involved in numerous other civic and cultural activities serving Cambria, including being on the board of the Cambria Scarecrow Festival for the past 8 years.
Ruth Fleming, Member-at-Large
Ruth has faithfully served on CCA Board of Directors for many years. She has a background in theatre and music. She also serves as Historian, providing our board with important information about our organization’s past. Ruth also serves as a volunteer for theatre and film festival events.
Judith Pratt, Member-at-Large
Judith is Retired Emeritus Professor of Communications at California State University, Bakersfield, a job she had for 31 years. Prior to that, she was a journalist in Canada and in Bakersfield. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Canada, University of Kent in Canterbury, UK; and University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Judith has lived in Cambria for 8 years moving here with her wife, Beth, in 2011. Judith has been an active volunteer at CCA for several years, she joined the CCA Board of Directors in 2019.
Member-at-Large - VACANT
Gallery Manager - Janet Rooney
Theatre Production Manager - Jane Lloyd
Art Talk Chair - Carolyn Pye
Community Outreach and Education Manager: Jamie Metzger
Scholarship Coordinator - Judy Levine
Newsletter Editor - Judith Pratt
Workshop Coordinator - vacant at this time
Interested in serving on the Board or in a leadership position? Click below for more information or contact us to learn more! Email Mari Fedrow, Board President