Annual Membership Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting October 28
Important Information for all Current CCA Members
Thank you for your continued involvement and support! Our CCA Board of Directors and our other amazing volunteers have been working hard to continue to keep the Cambria community engaged in all of the arts.
Annual General Membership Meeting
Our annual General Membership Meeting and Election will be held on October 28, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. via Zoom. (Link to be provided by email closer to the date.) At this meeting we will review our accomplishments over the past year. We will also be voting on 1) Updates to our bylaws, and 2) The slate of directors for November 2021 - October 2022.
Updates to the Bylaws
The board has recognized the need for some revisions to our bylaws in order to accomplish the work that needs to be done to fulfill our vision of engaging our community in all art forms. These revisions include a change to the Board of Directors structure, adding two more Directors (a Director of Community and Learning, and an additional Director-at-Large), redefining the role of the Directors-at-Large, and adding an Emeritus Board Director (Article 8, Sections 2 and 5).
Our board is a working board, we each take on many responsibilities to help CCA to thrive. We hope that in dividing the work load more people will want to become involved by using their special skills and expertise to support the arts. Directors-at-Large will select responsibilities in areas such as technology and systems; outreach to members and volunteers; communications and publicity, development/fundraising, and managing facilities and our new CCA store.
The role of the Director of Community and Learning is to seek out opportunities for community arts projects (such as the Community Mural and Photo Challenge) and setting up arts related classes, workshops, or lectures for adults and youth.
Election of Board of Directors for 2021 - 2022
Under the condition that the revised bylaws are approved, the positions for the 2021 - 2022 Board of Directors will include: four Officers, four Branch Directors*, and five Directors-at-Large. (*Note: directors representing the gallery, theatre or film arts can be any member of the steering committee for the branch).
The slate of candidates below contains the nominations to date for 2021 - 2022.
Candidates for the Board of Directors 2021-2022
President: Mari Fedrow
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.
Vice 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.
Treasurer: Dennis Frahmann
Move from Film Branch 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.
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.
Gallery: Sheri Parisian
New to the Board
“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, andSomething's Afoot. She looks forward to showing off all of the improvements in the theatre once the doors have opened!
Film: Robert Tieman
New to the Board
Robert grew up in Austin, Texas, moving to California as an adult, where he established his career in the library world. After five years at the Getty Museum, he switched gears to become Archivist for the The Walt Disney Company. Researcher, guest speaker at fan conventions and cruise lines, and author of several books about Disney history, Robert enjoyed 22 years there. After retiring, he moved to Cambria full time in 2013 with his husband, Dennis Frahmann. It was a perfect segue to join the Cambria Film Festival, and Robert serves on the film selection committee and is also one of the judges.
Community and Learning: Jeff Plummer and Lilliana Montero Plummer
New to the Board
Jeff and his wife Lilliana have lived in Cambria since 1997. Since 2001, they have operated Montero Corporate Services together, focusing on serving the entertainment industry. His past career as a Community Television coordinator for a national cable television company involved production in both film and video mediums. He also worked as a freelance editor and cinematographer for clients including ESPN, The Food Network, and MTV. Jeff and Lilliana have two sons who are award-winning filmmakers. As a family, they have produced several projects together. Jeff brings his vast knowledge of the film, television, and music industry to CCAT.
Lilliana Montero Plummer
New to the Board
Lilliana emigrated from Costa Rica to Los Angeles in 1964 and has lived in Cambria since 1997 with her husband Jeff and their two sons Kyle and Carlos. In 1993, Lilliana founded Montero Corporate Services, a business compliance service for firms in the entertainment industry. She previously served as Assistant Corporate Secretary for various subsidiaries of Security Pacific Bank and as a Corporate Paralegal for various major law firms and a production company in Los Angeles. Through her extensive work experience and establishing her business, she has gained the invaluable skills of effective leadership, management, planning, goal setting, and communication.
Move from 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.”
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.
New to the Board
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.