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Kathryn Ervin, Chair

Kathryn Ervin is a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University San Bernardino and is serving as Department Chair. She served on the faculty at Michigan State University. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and Illinois State University. She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama and African American Theatre and Film and Culture.

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Mario Suarez, Board Secretary

Mario attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California where he completed degree requirements for a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. Mario also holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Over the past twenty three years, Mario has worked for several local government agencies in Arizona, Nevada and California. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the Congress for the New Urbanism Accreditation (CNU-A).

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Miriam Nieto, Board Member

Miriam Nieto, 30 years old is a resident of San Bernardino. Growing up in Los Angeles she moved to the Inland Empire in 2007. She moved to riverside to attend school at Riverside Community College, she later transferred to the University of Riverside, graduating in 2011 with a BA in Political Science International Affairs and a BA in History in Latin America. In 2015 she moved back to San Bernardino where she currently resides.

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Anne Viricel, Board Member

Dr. Anne L. Viricel is not a person who likes to waste time. As the Executive Director of the San Bernardino Symphony, she spends her days creating opportunities for visibility and fundraising for the region's longest running and most prestigious professional orchestra. In the evenings, she is a professor for the University of Redlands School of Business specializing in quantitative operations and strategy coursework. She is also the Adjunct Liaison at the University, assisting other professional faculty become more effective in the classroom. In addition, she is a member of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees.

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Danielle Yellen, Board Member

Danielle Yellen is a recent graduate of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), where she earned her B.A. in both Art History and Studio Art. During her time at CSUSB, Ms. Yellen was the Education and Visitor Engagement intern for the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA). Ms. Yellen produced audio tours for each exhibition in RAFFMA, to increase visitor participation. Ms. Yellen also was the Development Intern for Community-based Art’s, Prison Arts Collective program initiative.

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Dorothy (Dotti) Garcia, Board Member

Dorothy (Dotti) Garcia is a retired teacher and education administrator. She has taught courses at San Bernardino Valley College in Creative Experiences for young children. She is a member of the San Bernardino Symphony Guild since 1989, where she served as the president in 1998-2000 and served as a docent in the Music in the Schools program for many years, going to classrooms in SBCUSD and providing instruction about instruments of the orchestra.

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Sandra Espada, Board Member

Sandra Espadas is Senior Director, Community Development with Hope through Housing Foundation. She has extensive knowledge in community organizing, data and policy analysis, building police-community relationships and placed based strategies. Ms. Espadas has worked with various stakeholders in communities throughout the County of San Bernardino to improve their quality of life. Most recently, 

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Merrill Grady, Board Member

Merrill Grady started her textile career at the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Science from the College of Agriculture.  After moving to Southern California she worked as a volunteer designing and constructing costumes at various venues in Southern California including Lewis Family Playhouse and Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga. 

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Loretha Nwosu, Board Member

Employed by the City of Ontario, Loretha graduated from Argosy University and holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Human Resources Management. She worked in the private sector for a number of years as a Regional Human Resources Manager. Loretha was also employed by the City of Rancho Cucamonga as an Administrative Assistant


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