Board of Directors

Executive Board of Directors

President: Judy Levine

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.

Vice President: Jane Lloyd

To chase her theater dreams in the early‘80’s, Jane moved from Texas to Southern California. She landed work to help build and run the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown LA. The intense work with amazing new artists honed her skills as she worked on more than 200 productions as a staff lighting designer and technician in the 4 theater complex. Since that time, Jane worked in sitcom production, as a business software trainer and in print and online magazine publishing. After retiring to Cambria, she has returned to her first love of theater by volunteering at the wonderful CCAT.

Treasurer and Film Arts Director: Dennis Frahmann

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.

Secretary: Ginny Aitkens

Ginny has been involved in the arts, and in volunteer service from an early age. She discovered Drama Club in high school and quickly gravitated to various behind-the-scenes duties. It was with the Genesians Drama Club that she held her first board position. Before coming to Cambria she worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation in the Cultural Arts division, was elected to the Saddleback Valley USD Board of Education, where she served for 16 years, and also joined the board of the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library.  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. Ginny joined the CCA Board of Directors in 2019 as a Member-at-Large, and during this past year, she assumed the office of Secretary for CCA. She has enjoyed getting to know many dedicated people associated with the organization, and is a strong believer in the importance of the arts in our schools and community.

Branch Directors

Gallery: Sheri Parisian

“I am dedicated to Cambria Center for the Arts and have worked for 4 years with the Gallery. Being retired from nursing, my husband and I teach clay to students at our home studio. My love of art and people has brought me to volunteer at the Gallery. 
I have been the Marketing Director for the Gallery via newspapers and social media until just recently. I am currently the Gallery’s Volunteer Coordinator for over 30 volunteers. Lots of fun! Come join us! I am looking forward to being a committed member of our Board and learning how this all works! Thank you for this opportunity.”

Theatre: Jill Turnbow

Jill is an accomplished actor/director and stand-up comedian who has been an integral part of the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre for more than a decade. She has been seen on the CCAT stage in such productions as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Vanya Sonia Masha & Spike, Fuddy Meers,  Holiday Dinnertainment, and Menopause the Musical. Directing projects include Seascape, Quilters, Company, And the World Goes Round, Something's Afoot and The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!).  She has been committed to bringing high-quality entertainment to the community. 

Community and Learning: Gail Lampert-Thomas

Gail Lampert-Thomas became involved in the film festival shortly after moving to Cambria in 2018. Helping plan and run the Opening and Award nights for the Festival. Gail is also currently on the CCA Community and Learning Committee working to set up classes and workshops through CCA Academy. Gail is a certified meeting professional and spent decades managing events for major corporations in Silicon Valley. She also had a technical communications firm where she and her team designed many websites and programs for various clients. Gail is also a registered yoga teacher and  a credentialed teacher who has taught the arts to all grade levels.. She is very dedicated to bringing the arts to our community and really enjoys being involved with all the creative and vibrant people at CCA. 


Bryce Prunty

Bryce Prunty is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and studied Theatre at San Jose State University. He has performed in several productions at PCPA and SJSU. At CCA, he has directed and performed in several stage productions in the last couple of years. During the day, he is an Executive Vice President for STAND 8 technology solutions company.

Cindy Steidel

"My business background is Project Management and Finance, which resulted in an operational skill set that is analytical and assessment based.   Finding an outlet in the creativity of watercolor painting after coming to the Cambria lifestyle was consequential for me and with the byproduct of a heightened awareness of left/right brain use.  I’m drawn to the breadth of the CCA components and how those are brought to the community at all levels.

Helmut Kuhn

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 25 years ago to the Southwest, and has lived for 10 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.”

John Nixon

John and Mary Nixon moved permanently to Cambria in 2011, after having lived many years in Orange County. John’s career was in higher education, serving as faculty and in administration. He retired as President of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut California. Active with non-profit organization in Cambria, he volunteers with the Lions Club, Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Cambria Scarecrow Festival, and the Cambria Film Festival.

Lucas and Jennifer Pierce

Lucas and Jennifer moved to Cambria two years ago but have deep roots on the Central Coast. Jennifer was born and raised in Atascadero. Lucas graduated from Cal Poly and lived in San Luis Obispo for nearly 20 years. Together they are raising their two children, Pixley (7) and Wesley (4), in our town of Cambria. Lucas currently serves as a lecturer of Computer Science at Cal Poly and is VP of Engineering at a finance company. Jennifer is Chief Operating Officer of a sustainable startup and homeschools the kids part-time. Both Lucas and Jennifer are passionate about the arts and look forward to continuing to grow with CCA.

Director Emeritus

Ruth Fleming

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.


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