“Open Call” for Board Members and Grants Committee Members
The Arts Council of Placer County is currently seeking qualified applicants for both the Board of Trustees and the Community Grants Committee.
If you are interested in learning more, please read the documents below for instructions on how to proceed.
The Arts Council of Placer County is governed by a Board of Trustees, which meets on a regular basis, usually the 3rd Monday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and minutes are published here.
If you would like request being place on the agenda, please contact Executive Director Jim Crosthwaite at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Killebrew is retired and lives in Applegate, CA. She spent thirty years in the retail travel industry and owned a travel agency in Oakland, CA for eighteen years.
Karen’s knowledge of sales and marketing led to her second career as a marketing and public relations consultant, developing and implementing marketing and media plans for businesses and non-profit organizations.
Karen worked with the Arts Council of Placer County from 2006 to 2014 as a contractor and as a member of the staff. Projects included designing and implementing online programs including an Arts Calendar and Arts Directory and conducting training and workshops. She coordinated the Autumn Arts Studios tour in 2013 and 2014.
Other duties included Public Relations and Website Content Management of PlacerArts.org and SierraNevadaArtsAlliance.org, database marketing and Social Media.
She was an active participant in and presented Cultural and Heritage Tourism conferences and workshops on behalf of both PlacerArts and California Watchable Wildlife.
Her skills include project management, media relations, and website content management. She has conducted numerous seminars and workshops for a variety of organizations and is a skilled meeting facilitator.
Karen is a 2007 graduate of Sierra Business Council’s Sierra Leadership Institute, and she enjoys applying the skills learned in this respected leadership program.
Other organizations Karen has worked with include California Watchable Wildlife, Hawaii Watchable Wildlife, American River Conservancy, High Sierra RC&D Council, Placer Land Trust, Sierra County Historical Association and Foothill Farmers Market Association.
She served on the board of the International Ecotourism Society from 1995 to 2005, and the board of PlacerGROWN from 2006 to 2010. She is currently a member of the board of the Placer County Visitors Bureau (term expires June 2018).
District 3 Representative
Twiana Armstrong – a transplanted Texan who moved her roots in CA in 1993! She is semi-retired after a 31 year career in the corporate world, and her appreciation for giving back to the community keeps her busy volunteering to ensure Rocklin continues to be a hidden gem.
She recently launched a business consulting company, It’s Personal Enterprises, to share her wealth of leadership and business performance knowledge. Her most important honor is being a mother to her daughter, Alix, as she blossoms into an amazing young woman.
District 2 Representative
Barbara lives in Sun City Lincoln Hills after thirty+ years running her own business as a certified residential and commercial interior designer in Michigan and in Montreal, Canada.
In addition to raising a family, Barbara has been a tireless volunteer starting in her early married years. She has volunteered for the National Ski Patrol, was a special need art history instructor, an event planner, parent volunteer leader, and fundraiser, for the Clarkston Schools in Michigan.
Barbara is a Charter Member of the Art League of Lincoln, 2013, and for the last three years has served on the board of directors, Vice President for over two years, Gift Shop Manager for five years, and curator of seven exhibits.
Barbara grew up in Michigan, raised her family there, lived in Montreal, Canada for eleven years before moving to California in 2011. She has two adult children, a son in Berkeley, CA and a daughter in Sydney, Australia.
Barbara loves promoting the arts, enjoys sports and watching sci-fi movies and believes that you should have a passion for what you do.
District 5 Representative
Julie has been a local art lover and advocate since her family moved to Placer County 15 years ago. Volunteering as an art docent in her children’s elementary school gave her an appreciation for the importance of art education and how young people thrive in surprising ways when creativity is encouraged. Later, Julie saw how positively the local youth theatre & high school dance programs contributed to her daughter’s preparedness to flourish as a young, well-rounded adult. Julie now very much enjoys her new painting hobby in her spare time.
Professionally, Julie graduated from Cal Poly, S.L.O. with an industrial engineering degree and worked in the high tech field for many years. As life evolved, Julie is now a full-time licensed Real Estate professional in Auburn’s downtown Coldwell Banker Office. She regards our arts community as one of the many great attributes of our region and joyfully introduces clients to the many offerings throughout the year. Also, Julie has been a business sponsor for the Placer Artists Studios Tour for the last 5 years and has served on various ACPC business sponsorship committees.
Julie is thrilled to be on the Board of Trustees to support and help grow the ACPC’s role as advocate and grant provider for Placer County’s visual and performing arts programs.
District 5 Representative
Janet Nicholson has worked with her husband Rick for forty one years as Nicholson Blown Glass. Thirty nine years have been spent in North Auburn where she has immersed herself in the local art community. As a founding member of The Arts Council of Placer County, she has seen many changes through the years but has always appreciated the commitment and passion of the dedicated artists, volunteers and administrators. “Art is an extremely important part of a healthy community and I want to help where I can to support Placer County’s goal to create connections and build a vibrant cultural destination”.
Together on nine acres, Janet and Rick have made a home and business where they raised two daughters. Heather is a neonatal intensive care nurse in San Francisco and Hannah has continued in the Nicholson Blown Glass tradition with her business partner, Alana van Altena. Janet is thrilled to be able to step back from the studio and transition into semi-retirement allowing time to participate on the ACPC board.