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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
Work Phone: 831.636.2787

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
Work Phone: 831.636.2787

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 millions of dollars in arts funding for the county, opened two multi-disciplinary art spaces in downtown Hollister, co-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 youth, veterans, students with disabilities and youth in corrections. Jennifer has served as a grant panelist for the California Arts Council and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation and Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates.  She is a member of Americans for the Arts and the Northern California Public Art Network.

Previously, Jennifer worked with other cultural and international organizations, including the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University, the International Diplomacy Council and Kato-gun Board of Education, Japan.  She holds a B.A. in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, a M.A. in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig, Germany.  She is trained as a modern dancer and currently teaches Zumba at Oasis Fitness in Hollister.

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SanDee Adams Board Member

SanDee Adams is an artist based in Aromas.  She is a member of Aromas Hills Artisans and has served on the San Benito County Arts Council’s Board of Directors since 2018.

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Allison Barnes Board Member

Allison Barnes was born and raised in Hollister, Ca.  She is the owner and instructor of Barnes Academy of Irish Dancing.

Allison been teaching Irish Dancing for 20 years and received her certification under An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha in 2001.  Her dancers have performed at many events in San Benito County as well as many Irish Dance completions at local, regional and National event.

Allison Barnes also is an Artist.  Allison took many art classes growing up.  Today, she enjoys painting and using mixed media techniques different to create her art pieces.  If Allison isn’t teaching an Irish Dance class you will most likely find her painting and creating new Art work.

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Pamela Brown Board Member

Pamela Brown is an attorney based in Hollister and Salinas, CA.  She serves on the board of Door to Hope, is a graduate of Stanford University and Pepperdine University School of Law.

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Sal Duran Board Member

Sal is proud to have been born and raised in Hollister. Happily married for 43 years to Marty Duran whom he has known since the second grade, he and his wife have been blessed with three wonderful children. In 1980, Sal and his family moved to Southern California, to attend the Pasadena Art Center College of Art & Design, where he majored in Advertising Illustration. While there, he learned to work with a variety of media, but particularly enjoyed marker rendering and airbrushing.

In 1996, he moved back to Hollister, and is currently employed by the San Benito County Assessor’s Office as a Supervising Computer Mapping Specialist. In addition to the Arts Council, Sal is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the San Benito County Amateur Radio Association, the American Red Cross, and serves as the current Treasurer for the California Cadastral Mapping Association.

While the majority of his career has been spent working in the real property title and computer mapping fields, he still loves dabbling with paint and sketching when time permits. He most recently participated in a portrait painting class at the Art Space, which he credits for rekindling his love for art, and his hope is to be more involved with San Benito County’s art community.

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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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Rebecca Pearson Board Member

Although Rebecca Pearson is a native Tennessean, she has lived in seven other states from east to west coast before finally landing in California. She holds an undergraduate degree in Studio Art (photography) from Hollins College in Virginia. She worked in graphic design on Macintosh computers in the early days of desktop publishing.  Eventually, she earned a Masters degree in Elementary Education from University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She is a credentialed California teacher and most recently taught at Cerra Vista School. In addition to teaching and art, Rebecca immensely enjoys outdoor activities like tennis, hiking, camping, skiing, and birding, most notably banding birds of all sizes. Currently, she sits on the board of Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (fall bird banding project in North Carolina). Other board experience includes the San Benito Oriana Chorale with whom she has enjoyed singing with for the past sixteen years.  She and her husband, Kristopher, have lived in Hollister for 18 years and have two children, Andrew (18) and Julia (16). I am honored and excited to serve on the San Benito County Arts Council Board.

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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 Board Vice President

My name is Dylan Sandstrom. I was raised here in Hollister and grew up from humble beginnings . As a teen I viewed the world from skateboard, tattoo and lowrider magazines which was the complete opposite of my rural reality so I created the world I wanted so badly to be apart of inside my sketchbooks. At the age of 18 I left Hollister to pursue a career in the custom Harley industry but picked up tattooing along the way. I now operate my own tattoo studio and have over a decade in the skin. Tattooing has taken me all over the country, most recently the greater San Jose area and Bay Area peninsula. Recently my wife and I decided it was time for us to move back home to Hollister and raise our sons the way we had been raised. The small town feel and sense of community has never been more important to me than it is now. I am very excited to be on the Board of Directors and look forward to bringing my years of art experience to San Benito County.

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