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.

Nancy Gifford, Vice PresidentNancy Gifford, Vice President

Nancy Gifford moved to Montecito in 2008 with her husband Michael from London and Florida. While in Miami she sat on the patron board of MOCA where she was also a founding member of the Wynwood Art District.

She joined The Arts Fund Board of Directors in 2009, and serves as Vice President and as chair of the Community Gallery Committee.  She was instrumental in helping to launch the Funk Zone Second Saturdays Art Walk. Nancy also joined the board of the Contemporary Arts Forum in 2009 and currently serves on the Finance Committee to help CAF in its transition into the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. She is a founding member of The Museum Contemporaries for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and serves on the Arts Council for the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. As a guest curator she heads the gallery program at Ganna Walska Lotusland, and curated the SWARM exhibition in 2013. Her interests extend to poetry and she started the SB Poetry Initiative in 2012 to help support poetry in Santa Barbara County.

As an artist Nancy exhibits in galleries and museums internationally and throughout the United States.

Kyle SlatteryKyle 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.  

Catey Dunkley

Catey Dunkley, Secretary

 Catey moved to Santa Barbara in 2010 and joined    The Arts Fund Board of Directors in 2014, following    extended volunteer fundraising assistance to the  organization.  Her enthusiasm for community arts is  evidenced by her dedicated service to the Santa  Barbara Museum of Art Women's Board, the Music  Academy of the West Women's Auxiliary, Santa  Barbara Visual Artists, SCAPE and formerly Santa Barbara Newcomers.  She has been heavily committed to fundraising events for local arts organizations.

Catey's involvement with community arts has enabled her to get to know many local artists who have been a motivating force in the pursuit of her own artistic explorations in abstract painting.  Since moving to Santa Barbara with her husband Ken, she has attended numerous painting classes, workshops and art tours.  She enjoys applying her analytical and financial skills in helping the local nonprofits she serves operate more effectively and efficiently.

Catey's professional career has been in executive management and restructuring of financially troubled businesses.  Previously a CFO of a Boston bank and CPA with Price Waterhouse in Boston and London, she earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a MBA from Columbia University.  

Gary Elkins, PresidentGary 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.

Kelly Grogan

 Kelly Grogan graduated from College of the  Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine in 2011, and moved  to Santa Barbara in late 2013 after living for two  years in Boston. She is currently pursuing her MFA  in Creative Writing through the Whidbey Writer's      Workshop, where she will soon complete her first novel and a collection of short stories. In addition to writing, Kelly brings a passion for storytelling and design to the Arts Fund, and hopes to use her talents to impact the lives of others in ways great and small. Kelly works at the Hudson Institute of Coaching, and volunteers as an assistant fiction editor for the Soundings Review. In her free time she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, gardening, hiking, photography and origami.

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.

Shirley Dettmann, TreasurerShirley Dettmann

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.

Rosemarie Carrillo GebhartRosemarie 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 HaittStephen 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

Joane 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.

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.