Board of Directors


Jamie Dufek, President

A native Minnesotan, Jamie fell in love with nonprofits at a young age through volunteer work. She continued to cultivate this passion in her role as  Director of Service Learning Camps for Augustana,  partnering with over ten nonprofits in the Twin Cities. In 2010 Jamie moved to Santa Barbara and  worked in programs and development for the Turner Foundation. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Village after school program, the  Fund for Santa Barbara's Youth Making Change  Program, and Partners in Education. Jamie received her BA in studio art from Gustavus Adolphus and is currently pursuing her MBA at Antioch University while working at the Hudson Institute of Coaching. Jamie is also an active artist in Santa Barbara and enjoys working with mixed media and printmaking. She is excited to combine her passion for the arts and give back to the community through her board membership at The Arts Fund.

Shirley Dettman

Shirley Dettmann,
Vice President and Secretary

Shirley, a founding member and past President of The Arts Fund, has served on the board for more than 30 years. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she moved to Santa Barbara over 40 years ago. Shirley is a strong advocate for the arts community and has been actively involved with many local committees and organizations over the years.

Shirley has previously been Chair of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Treasurer of Bayer Sculpture Chromatic Gate Committee and Founder and Co-Chair for the Creative Arts Co-op in Goleta. Shirley has also been a troop leader for Girls Scouts of America, President of the Goleta Valley PTA, and part of the Steering Committee for the Holderman Endowment for La Patera. She has worked with Catholic Charities and the American Association of University Women, and served as a docent of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 20 years. She is currently the Vice President for Resource Development at the Assistance League of Santa Barbara.

Kyle Slattery

Kyle Slattery, Treasurer

Kyle joined The Arts Fund Board of Directors in 2014.  He is licensed CPA with significant accounting, auditing and financial reporting experience.  He has worked in both governmental and private sectors, and currently supervises the Internal Audit function of the Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller’s Office.  Kyle graduated magna cum laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he studied business, accounting and economics.

Kyle also received a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.  In addition to The Arts Fund, Kyle serves as Treasurer of Montecito Trails Foundation and the Los Padres Forest Association.  Kyle’s other interests include music composition, adult baseball, and outdoor recreation.  A Santa Barbara native, Kyle participated in various local arts and music programs as a child and understands the lifelong benefit these programs provide to the youth in our community.

Gary Elkins, President

Gary Elkins

Gary was President of The Arts Fund board from 2013-2015, and is a past chair of the Mentorship Committee. He has lived in Santa Barbara for over 40 years. He has served as Policy Chair for the California Arts Education Association as well as CAEA Youth Arts Month coordinator for Santa Barbara County.

In 2010 he became a Board Member at The Arts Fund after retiring from Carpinteria High School where he spent his career in arts education.  He spent 32 years in the classroom as an art teacher and 4 years as Assistant Principal at Carpinteria High School. He also taught classes as Adjunct Professor at SBCC in the School of Media Arts and currently teaches jewelry fabrication classes through Santa Barbara City College continuing education.  He received a BA in Art from CSU Long Beach and a ME from Azusa Pacific University.

His focus is on the arts community and helping young people obtain valuable experiences through the arts. As our schools retreat from the business of arts education, students still have the need to have quality arts training to allow them to grow creatively. Gary believes in The Arts Fund mission to provide students with these kinds of art development experiences.

Rosemarie Carrillo Gebhart

Rosemarie Carrillo Gebhart

Rosemarie joined The Arts Fund Board of Directors in 2014.  She is passionate about the arts, and is herself an artist whose study has spanned many years and locations.  In Arizona she studied oil painting at the Scottsdale Art School and botanical illustration at the Phoenix Botanical Garden. She served as a docent for the Heard Museum for Indigenous People and for the Phoenix Art Museum.

After moving to Santa Barbara, Rosemarie became a docent for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  She has continued her studio art studies including traditional etching techniques at the Crown Point Press in San Francisco.  She has also taken various painting, printmaking and assemblage classes and workshops with well-known artists in southern California, Scotland, and Santa Fe, NM.

Stephen Haitt

Stephen Hiatt

Stephen moved to Santa Barbara in 1982 as a student at UCSB. After graduating with degree in engineering he started an IT consulting company, TEK Computer Services. In 1993 he joined the docent program at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and is currently a Senior Active Docent with and emphasis on Latin Modernism. He served 4 years on the Docent Council board and in 2008 joined the board of The Arts Fund.

Joanne Holderman, Co-Founder

Joanne Holderman, Co-Founder

Joanne is a founding member of The Arts Fund. During more than 30 years on the board, she served as President for 8 years and currently chairs the Development Commitee.  She is on the board of the Community Arts Music Association and a sustaining member for the Junior League of Santa Barbara.

Joanne was president of the Junior League of Santa Barbara during their 50th Aniversary year and was a board member for 12 years at the Music Academy of the West. She was the Organizing Chair for the County of Santa Barbara Arts Commission which she then chaired for 3 years.

Among a long list of involvement with other organizations, Joanne has been a board member for the California Confederation of the Arts and she is the Honorary Chair of the Advisory Committee to H.E.L.P. (Holderman Endowment for La Patera Grade School). Through her work as the Advisory Chair, Joanne helped to raise $400,000 for the school over the course of 8 years. In 2002, Joanne received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award in recognition of her long standing commitment to the arts in the Santa Barbara community.

Ashley Hollister, SecretaryAshley Hollister

Ashley brought her extensive experience in the Santa Barbara nonprofit community to The Arts Fund when she joined the board in 2012. Raised in Connecticut and California, she holds a BA from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont schools, in English and Art History.  She earned an MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art London, concentrating in 19th and 20th century Fine and Avant Garde Art. Ashley began her career with stints in the fashion closet at Conde Nast in NYC before working at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, Clinton Kyle Hollister, and their two dogs. She is currently the Executive Director of the Morris Squire Foundation.

John HoodJohn Hood

John was raised from an early age in Los Angeles where he began my lifelong fascination with the sea. He is considered a non-objective painter, best-known for his highly textured mixed-media surfaces with meditative forms.  John began his artistic journey after moving back to the mid-west in the early 1980s, where academic studies took him in the direction of experimental filmmaking. In the early 1990s John held his first solo exhibition of painting and film at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery in Oklahoma City.

John’s works began to be viewed nationally and abroad with group exhibitions in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Paris and Florence. By 1998 he was working both as an artist and educator, becoming a tenured faculty member at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. From that period to the present, John has worked with the Central Coast artistic community as exhibition organizer and juror for a variety of art shows. Over the last few years he has devoted much of his time and attention to both family (twenty five years with my lovely wife Debra and two beautiful daughters) and academic issues, where he continue to be an advocate for emerging local artists in Santa Barbara County.

Ted MillsTed Mills

Ted joined The Arts Fund Board of Directors in 2013. Ted is a writer, filmmaker, and artist, born in Santa Barbara but with stops in Japan and the UK. Recently he co-curated Standard Deviation, a pop-up gallery in the heart of Santa Barbara during Fiesta, featuring local multi-media artists. He also writes on the arts as freelancer for the Santa Barbara News-Press, as well as a popular and long-running cocktail column. He has won awards for his short films "nowhereland" and "Wallace Carothers". He teaches film production at Santa Barbara City College.

Mary Whalen

Mary Whalen

Mary joined the board of The Arts Fund in 2008 and is a past Vice President of the board. Mary has been a  Santa Barbara resident and community volunteer for more than 43 years. She has been involved with a number of organizations including The Children's Home Society Auxiliary, Transition House Auxiliary, Santa Barbara County Courthouse Docent, YMCA Fundraising Campaigns, Youth Employment Services Board and served s an officer in an investment club.  Mary is now a board member and Vice President of the Coalition For Sensible Planning,  and is an active member of the Assistance League of Santa Barbara. Mary's passions are working to promote local arts and artists and to preserve and protect the beauty and environment of Santa Barbara.