Board of Directors

Naimeh Woodward is the Founder and President of Encinitas Friends of the Arts and has served as one of the City of Encinitas Arts Commissioners. She is an active participant in several art and civic organizations such as Scripps Health, Synergy Art Foundation, San Diego Visual Art Network, LITvak Dance, and Society for Arts in Health Care and plays a key role in advocating for cultural arts in Encinitas and San Diego County.

Deanne Sabeck is the owner of Deanne Sabeck Studios/Kuivato Glass Gallery. She has also served as an owner and director of Casa Candelitas, an art and yoga retreat located in Costa Rica. She is also part of the San Diego Visual Arts Network Greencinita.

Anne Howard has lived overseas for much of her life experiencing and enjoying many different cultures. Anne is an attorney specializing in the area of family law. Anne is a long time North County resident who just returned from two years in Ecuador. In Ecuador, Anne helped North American ex pats with their estate planning while she managed her family law office. Now settled back in North County, Anne looks forward to working with EFA to help promote art awareness and enjoyment in North County. She believes everyone will benefit by EFA helping to incorporate art into the environment and making cultural and art events more accessible.

John Campbell is the President and Founder of Smorgborg, a website platform for organizations. Customers include organizations looking to streamline their technology tasks and collaborate with other like- minded organizations to create a better experience for their collective users. John has a B.A. in Communication from SDSU and has held a variety of positions in companies such as UPS, Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney.

Angela Jackson is a mixed media artist and art educator who has exhibited in many group and solo shows throughout the United States. She is inspired by the beauty and therapeutic aspects of the ocean which are expressed in her work. Angela teaches Visual Art at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas. She received her BFA in Art from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.Ed in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts from Lesley University, Massachusetts.

Randall Sims is a recording artist and member of the Encinitas Arts Commission. Randall has produced numerous musical compositions for filmed media on prime-time network television and across channels such as Discovery, NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV and a host of others.  As a DJ and tastemaker, Randall performs worldwide, and hosts a monthly FM radio show that is syndicated throughout South America.  Residing in Cardiff By The Sea, he enjoys surfing and being active in the Encinitas community in his free time.

Brent Ringoot is a California native who lives in Cardiff by the Sea and enjoys helping clients make smart real estate decisions. Brent is pleasant to work with and demonstrates a sense of mental toughness with negotiating the best price for his clients. When not working, Brent finds great joy in surfing, snowboarding, tennis, golf, volunteering and advocating for the community.

Erin Seelert is a southern California native and a member of the Encinitas Art Commission. She’s a professional Costume Designer and Illustrator and has spent most of her career designing for the Halloween industry, Film & TV. She also owns and operates her own small clothing brand and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Otis College of Art + Design. When she isn’t working, she enjoys playing classical piano, practicing yoga, distance running and exploring the outdoors.

Monica Moreland is the Director of Sergott Contemporary Art in Rancho Santa Fe. She is passionate about connecting underserved areas and youth with artistic opportunities and education. Monica grew up in San Diego and developed a love for the arts at a young age. She studied English and International Relations while an undergraduate at Stanford University.  While there, she was also a part of a National Championship Volleyball Team. She continued on to pursue a Masters in Anthropology with a focus on Ecotourism. Monica worked as an educator, initiated campus sustainability programs, and consulted in the educational technology arena. She believes that the arts are a vital and magnificent part of our community for all ages to participate in and enjoy.   She enjoys writing, hiking, traveling, and time in the ocean.

Cheryl Ehlers is an avid arts advocate, and works with organizations on a volunteer basis in causes elevating the awareness of the arts in communities. As an artist, one passion is representing essential elements of global conservation through art. Her outreach spans far as Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and France. While also Enjoying commissions that have included city festivals and marathons. She is a known presence in North County, San Diego, and is an art advocate championing for emerging and professional artists alike. As well as expanding her artistic practice by founding The Stardust Arts, which provides art and education to underserved youth/adults, empowering those with confidence in using creativity as a language for a lifetime journey into self-exploration.

Soori McEachern is a visual artist, graphic designer, and the owner of SooriArt, Inc. and Sooridesigns Graphic Design Services. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Graphic Design from the University of Central Florida, in 2005. Soori is also a promoter of interfaith dialogue & an active member of the interfaith community who has been providing volunteer services and organizing events in promotion of oneness and unity for the past 20 years. She practices Sufi Meditation regularly and enjoys many forms of art & creativity, Running, Swimming, Dancing & Cooking.

Advisory Board

Laura Diede works at The Leichtag Foundation/Coastal Roots Farm as their Office Assistant and Receptionist. Prior to joining the Foundation, Laura worked for Athena San Diego as Program Assistant, as a Community Manager for 10 different HOA’s, a General Manager at an architectural survey company and as a manager of the Farmington Woods Pro Shop. Her passion has always been non-profit work and being a part of the Leichtag Foundation is a dream come true.

Joann Johnson is a certified Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach who has been facilitating Creativity Workshops since 2003. Joann has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University and has over ten years of grant writing experience working with non-profit organizations in both Colorado and California. Joann previously worked with a variety of organizations including the Boulder County Latina Women’s League, League of Women Voters NCSD, North County Photographic Society. She is currently the Treasurer for the Encinitas Friends of the Arts.

Teresa Barth is a third-generation resident of the North Coast area. She served on the Encinitas City Council from 2006 -2014 and was an advocate for the arts. Barth is the founding president of Engage Encinitas, a nonprofit that aims to enrich the lives of city residents by encouraging collaboration and strengthening civic engagement.

Sayat Asatryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and trained in Russia at the Voronezh Ballet school and St. Peterburg Ballet Academy. He received a comprehensive arts and humanities education at the St. Petersburg Ballet Academy and Voronezh Ballet Academy with the Master Degree in Dance and Arts. Additionally, he completed Certified Performing Arts Executive program from University of New Orleans focused on the management aspects of performing arts tour booking and presenting. He has been dancing professionally in the United States and throughout the world over the past 23 years, and teaching ballet technique and choreographing for the past 20 years.

Dr. Beatriz Villarreal has worked to assist the Latino community for more than 27 years, providing community resources for the prevention of juvenile delinquency, gangs, drug abuse, and violence. From her over 8 years of service as a director of a counseling program at San Diego’s Juvenile Hall, to founding the Mano a Mano Foundation–a non-profit organization that works to support at-risk youth– Dr. Villarreal’s actions demonstrate her work in students achieving the American dream.

Patricia Frischer is a founder and the coordinator of the non-profit San Diego Visual Arts Network, which lists approximately 2500 visual arts resources in San Diego County and receives over a million hits a year. She also writes editorials, art reports, and has managed many gallery operations in San Diego, as well as London. Patricia Frischer’s vision is to see the San Diego region recognized as a hub of excellence for the visual arts.

Ana Helena Silveria joins Encinitas Friends of the Arts in an advisory capacity with an extensive knowledge and working experience of organizing and managing major cultural, sports, and entertainment events.  Ana is from Brazil and has been living in Encinitas since 2015. In her last position she led the Organizing Committee of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.  She enjoys yoga, hiking, and attending local cultural events.

Creative Director- Ballet Folklorico de San Dieguito- Encinitas

Nadia Arambula was born in Mexico where she studied business in tourism. She began dancing Mexican folkloric dances at the age of five and came to the U.S. fifteen years later to follow her dream of creating her own ballet folklórico program. After six years as an instructor in San Diego and Oakland, she established Ballet Folklórico de San Dieguito & El Tapatío at the Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista and the Encinitas Community Center. She has also supported the Folklórico and Mariachi Association (FAMA) at the University of San Diego since 2012.

City of Encinitas Liaison

Jim Gilliam is the Arts Administrator for the City of Encinitas, a position he has held since 2005. Previous positions include Arts Administrator for the City of Santa Ana and Executive Director of Imagination Celebration of Orange County. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for Advocates of Classical Music and is a member of the Steering Committee of the North County Arts Network. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Vanguard University and holds certificates in fundraising, conducting and the Kodaly Method of music education. For more than 30 years he has held director of music and choirmaster positions for churches in Orange County, California.

Social Media Coordinator & Webmaster

Sean Hnedak is a web designer, UX designer and visual artist with an interest in community engagement and the environment. Outside of updating the EFA website and associated social media, Sean is an active oil painter, capturing the natural beauty of San Diego in a style know as “plein air” or the art of painting outdoors. After graduating from USC with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Design/Painting in 2016, he returned to his hometown to pursue his passions.