We will involve our members and other supporters by seeking their views and listening to their suggestions.  We will strive to create programs and opportunities that address our members’ art challenges while developing relationships that enrich our community. 

We have many years of experience in mothering, fathering, volunteering, raising kids, making a home for abandoned pets, running a business, project managing, practicing law, farming, marketing, strategic planning, and IT tech. We believe our experience and creativity in making relationships and things work in the real world will be helpful in guiding the Art League in providing excellent art services to Lincoln and the surrounding area. One of our greatest assets is as a group we are flexible so we can adapt to rapidly changing environments. But most of all we are passionate about collaborating with others to restore health, economic vitality, fun, and a sense of community as we enter the post pandemic era for our town. 

We are:

Gia McNutt, President

Judy Schmidt, Vice President

Diane Wood, Treasurer

 Members at large
Tom Jones, Board Director
Aubrey Cook, Board Director
Julie Hirota, Board Director
Cailin Wailani, Board Director

Advisory Board Members
Janet Phinick, Grantwriter
Jean Cross, Public Art
Stefanie Spikell 
Irene Matson

Gia McNutt


As Board President and volunteer for the Art League of Lincoln, my primary goal is to build sustainability for our organization. I am committed to growing our membership, volunteer and stakeholder base, and creating more synergy with the community at large. We plan to offer more educational programs for youth and adults, expanding public art, and celebrating the rich history of clay in the rapidly growing community of Lincoln.

I was founder and CEO of Special Order Systems, a high technology company founded in 1992. I led and managed all aspects of the business including operations, sales, human resources, organizational, marketing, and culture. I also have a great deal of experience with non-profits and philanthropy, having served as Board chair for local non-profit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento area, and general board member for Los Rios Community Foundation. I am also an artist and musician, and strongly believe that the arts are critical in the continued evolution and well-being of humanity.

Judy Schmidt
Vice President

My professional background includes over 35 years of management experience in private and not-for-profit sectors, as well as over 25 years of teaching and facilitating various groups, ranging from top management to elementary school students.

Most recently, I worked with Sierra College and Ohlone College, where I was Dean of Workforce Development.   Before that, my experience included 10 years as a training manager and consultant for several Silicon Valley organizations.   Before moving to California in 1984, I was Vice President of Educational Services for the Midwest Industrial Management Association in Chicago, an organization with a membership of over 1,000 manufacturing firms.

My education includes a B.A. from Knox College and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Administration, Higher and Continuing Education from the University of Illinois.   As a Board member for the Art League of Lincoln, I hope to use my skills to assist the League in achieving its goals through planning, facilitation, community outreach and building partnerships.

Diane Wood

I have a passion for the arts and believe a strong art presence in our community is vital to offer beauty, inspire creativity and provide an outlet for expression.

My first career was as a professional ballet dancer. In my twenties, I retired from performing and shifted my primary pursuits to a career in business.  I graduated from Sacramento State in Business Administration-Finance and have been a business professional for over 30 years. I’ve worked for large corporations, a not-for-profit and a family business, in telecommunications, economic development and agricultural marketing and distribution, respectively.  For the past 16 years I have worked in Lincoln for Fiddyment Farms, first as their business manager/controller and then in 2013 as general manager. In 2020, I stepped down as general manager and am now an internal consultant, vice president of the corporation and a member of their board. Additionally, I currently sit on the finance committee for the American Pistachio Growers Association.

As a board member, I want to provide support, guidance and decision making that balance ALL’s mission and goals with the need for organizational and financial sustainability. Through my years as a professional ballet dancer, I experienced first-hand the value art brings to us as individuals and to our communities, and the importance of organizations like ALL in supporting and sustaining the arts.  I am eager to interact and work with the many creative people that are ALL’s members and stakeholders to ensure the organization’s ongoing success.

Tom Jones

Board Director

With more than 39 years in the art industry, and 29 of those years in Lincoln as owner of Sierra Hills Framing, I have been an active part of the Lincoln community since 1993.  Some of the community groups I have been involved with are the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce since 1994, including serving multiple terms on the Chamber’s Board of Directors; founding committee member for the Downtown Lincoln Farmer’s Market; (16) years as President of the Lincoln Native Sons of the Golden West for 20 years; and a major supporter of the Lincoln Area Archives Museum since its inception.

Some of my other volunteering contributions have been with the Placer County Ducks Unlimited Committee (including 14 years as Chairman), and being coach for Lincoln Girls Softball and Lincoln Youth Soccer.  In 2007, I was selected as the2007 Volunteer of the Year by the Lincoln Volunteer Center.

On the business side, founding member of the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA), participate on several of the DLA committees, and have been instrumental in the production of the immensely successful Lincolnopoly game fundraiser.  My company, Sierra Hills Framing, has won Best of the Best Awards from Lincoln News Messenger readers over different years in several different categories.  I was honored to be selected Lincoln business man of the year and many other local and regional awards

I am proud to be a part of the wonderful community of Lincoln, and despite the continued economic downturn, I am able to continue the practice of donating over $10,000 annually in materials and services to deserving community organizations.

Aubrey Cook

Board Director

Retired IBM employee with over 20 years focusing on combined internal business and IT controls.  I served as an advisor to management, often utilizing internal reviews to assist management in instituting an effective control environment to ensure proper governance with proactive tools.

My goal as a board member for the Art League of Lincoln is to work with the board to build an effective set of internal controls to achieve its mission, goals, and objectives as a non-profit organization.  In order to do this, we hope to look at the organization’s plans, methods, and procedures to ensure that they follow an appropriate separation of duties, required authorization, and current documentation.


Julie Hirota

Board Director,

General Members

Roseville Joint Union High School Board Elected Trustee. Special areas of service include Finance and Governance. Strengths are Non-profit management and fundraising.

My goal is to rebuild the functional foundation for ALL, build a succession plan, and restore Feats of Clay with the support of Gladding McBean. 

Cailin Wailan

Board Director,

General Members

I take much pride in being from Lincoln and see so much potential for growth in ALL.  I would love to be a part of this growth; to help ALL flourish and bring in new members of all ages and career levels.  

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