OUR TEAM

"A SMALL TEAM, COMMITTED TO A CAUSE BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES, 

CAN ACHIEVE ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING."

-SIMON SINEK​

The Arts Fund could not carry out it's mission without the talented staff, volunteers and board of directors. 

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Kate Dalforno (she/her/hers), Social Media Coordinator

Kate was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is now a 3rd year student at Pepperdine University studying Art and Marketing. All throughout high school Kate was heavily involved in the Arts Fund, participating in four years of teen mentorships. The Arts Fund not only fostered her passion to pursue art, but also helped her gain valuable, professional experience in the field. She has played violin for 11 years, as well as pre-professionally studied ballet for 15 years. In her free time Kate enjoys playing soccer, spending time in the ocean, and playing with her two dogs. 

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Lynette Ledbetter, Grantwriter

We’re excited to welcome our new grant writer, Lynette to The Arts Fund Family.

 

Lynette is a Santa Barbara native, former English teacher and writer who has been creating children’s content for entertainment and publishing companies such as Disney, Mattel and LeapFrog for thirty years. She is also a committed human rights advocate who volunteers for the United Nations and a nationwide crisis and resource hotline for transgender youth. She’s a skydiver who’s afraid of heights, a long distance runner who dislikes exercise, and an enthusiastic but cringe-worthy piano player.

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Natalie Vong (she/her/hers), Community Gallery Intern

Join us in welcoming Natalie Vong as our newest intern to The Arts Fund Family!

 

Natalie Vong is a 4th-year Film and Media Studies major and minors in museum studies at UCSB. She joined the Arts Fund because she is interested in learning how an art exhibition works and would like to support local artists, promoting their art to the beautiful community of Santa Barbara.

 

Fun fact about Natalie: She represented Macau’s artistic swimming team and danced ballet for 16 years!

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Jamie Dufek (she/her/hers), Acting Executive Director

Jamie Dufek has been serving on the board of the Arts Fund since 2015. A native Minnesotan, she earned a BA in Studio Art and holds a MBA with a specific focus in nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility. Currently she works for TIGER 21, a membership organization for successful, high-net worth entrepreneurs and has her own consulting business for non-profits focused on fundraising and board cultivation.

 

Jamie's passion is centered around service and community, and currently serves as  Communications Chair for The Women's Fund and also serves on the board of A Different Point of View. Jamie is a mixed media and print artist and teaches art classes on the West Side with students K-12. 

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Dominique Padron, North County Program Outreach Volunteer

Dominique Padron is a Santa Maria native and Teen Arts Mentorship Program alumni. Dominique assists with program coordination and outreach in North Santa Barbara County. After taking 4 years of mentorship classes, Dominique is now studying Nursing and Graphic Design at Allan Hancock College.

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Kelly Grogan, Graphic Design Volunteer

Kelly is an experienced and innovative creative professional with demonstrated skills in communications, editing, graphic design, marketing and branding, grant writing, and business development. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts and Antioch University, Los Angeles with the support of a private grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She also hosts OUT LOUD, a bi-monthly reading series in Santa Barbara.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time exploring the mountains near Santa Barbara with her partner and their two dogs.

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