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Amanda Chiado Director of Arts Education
Work Phone: 831.636.2787

Amanda Chiado is a published poet and credentialed teacher.  She holds a BA and MFA in Writing.  She is an active member of California Poets in the Schools, an organization founded in 1964.  CPITS engages professional, published poets to teach youth of all ages the basics of writing and the creative process. CPITS poets help students recognize and celebrate their creativity and intellectual curiosity through the writing process.

Mrs. Chiado is a trained poet teacher who brings her experience and love of craft into her work at the Arts Council, as well as into the classroom.

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Heidi Jumper Marketing & Brand Manager
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Heidi fell in love with the arts in grammar school while attending an arts education program at the San Jose Museum of Art. She quickly developed a passion for all types of art: visual, literary, and performance. These interests stuck with her through college, leading her towards professional careers involving visual merchandising, marketing, graphic design, and business management. Over the years, she has also been involved with several volunteer organizations. Heidi believes that involvement in the arts brings joy to individuals and valuable culture to communities. She is excited to bring her creativity and skill set to the San Benito County Art Council.

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Jennifer Laine Executive Director
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Jennifer Laine has served as Executive Director of the San Benito County Arts Council, a local arts agency based in Hollister, California, since 2010.  In her tenure as Executive Director, she has raised over $1 million in arts funding for the county, opened two multi-disciplinary art spaces in downtown Hollister, founded the City of Hollister’s Public Art Review Committee, advocated for arts in education and developed dedicated arts programming for some of the area’s most underserved communities, including low-income families, veterans, students with disabilities and incarcerated youth. Jennifer has served as a grant panelist for the California Arts Council, Silicon Valley Creates and Center for Cultural Innovation and also serves on the Board of Trustee to the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation.  She is a member of Americans for the Arts and the Northern California Public Art Network.

Prior to her work at SBCAC, she worked with other cultural and international organizations, including the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University, the International Diplomacy Council, Kato-gun Board of Education, Japan, and as an independent consultant in Dresden, Germany.  She holds a B.A. in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, a M.A. in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany and is trained as a modern dancer.

Jennifer resides in Hollister with her husband and three children.

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Michelle Leonard Operations & Development Coordinator
Work Phone: 831.636.2787

Michelle Leonard has been involved in the arts for many years…as a dancer, culinary artist, “dance mom”, collaborator and avid arts supporter. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Arts Council through her vast experience in office administration, customer service, event planning and project management and is also well-connected to the local community.  Michelle is half-Korean, half-Mexican and considers herself “mostly” bilingual, bringing an invaluable cultural perspective to her work.

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Allison Barnes Director
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Sal Duran Director
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Cesar Flores Founding Member & Past President

Cesar Flores is a Founding Member of the San Benito County Arts Council and served as President for 11 years.  He continues to be active with the organization as an advocate, arts supporter and advisor.

Cesar is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), has over 30 years experience with El Teatro Campesino.

His most recent theatrical endeavors include La Pastorella (El Teatro Campesino), Rain of Gold (Western Stage Company), and The Late Henry Moss (Magic Theater, SF). He has also been involved in numerous television and film projects.

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Robb Lee Director
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Rebecca Pearson Director
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Louise Roy Board President

Louise is a board member of the San Benito Art County Council and the president of the Hollister Art League. She moved from Long Beach, California to Hollister 25 years ago to teach art and ceramics at San Benito High School. She was the Art Department Chairperson for three years and received the honor of Teacher of the Year 1997. Having always been involved in some form of art and teaching, she danced professionally and worked in the motion picture industry in Los Angeles before moving to Hollister.

After taking an adult education class in oil painting Louise changed her major from dance to visual art. She graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a B.A. in Art and a Single Subject Credential in Art. She received her Masters in Art from North Western University of Louisiana, with emphases in painting. In 2005, Louise received a teacher’s scholarship to attend the Academy of Arts College of San Francisco where she studied life sculpture and plein air oil painting.

Her work hangs at Hazel Hawkins Hospital, San Benito County Public Library, Hollister City Hall, Mars Hill Coffee Shop, and in private collections. She has won many first place awards at the San Benito County Fair, Gilroy Arts and Wine Exhibit, and first place purchase award for a ceramic bust of a young woman from the California Teachers Association, just to name a few.

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Dylan Sandstrom Director
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Barbara Scott Director
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Brenda Weatherly Director

Brenda Weatherly is a California native from Lompoc and graduate of CSU Fresno with a degree in Advertising/Journalism and a minor in Art.

She has lived in San Benito County since 1986, and had worked locally in sales and marketing before becoming the Executive Director for the Hollister Downtown Association in 2005.  She has been actively involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Corporation for San Benito County as well as in other local service clubs and non-profit organizations over the years.  Brenda is also a certified Life Coach.

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