BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Judy Schmidt, President
Kristine Mollenkopf, Vice President
Stephen Himes, Secretary
Tom Jones, Treasurer
Members at large - Director
Judy Schmidt, Ph.D., 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.
Kristine Mollenkopf – Vice President
As Vice President of the Art League of Lincoln, I will strive to support our Board, staff, volunteers, members and art lovers in our community to create a vibrant art experience for Lincoln.
After graduating college with a music degree and then going to law school, I have been practicing law since 1996, with experience in complex civil, construction and business litigation. The past 6 years I have focused exclusively on municipal law and governance. I bring the ability to perform comprehensive analyses, evaluate best business practices and support the internal operations of ALL.
In previous cities, I volunteered and served on the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration Board of Directors for over 10 years, the Santa Maria Philharmonic Board, as well as Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade. I have been a Rotarian since 1998 and will be serving as Lincoln Rotary’s President in 2021- 2022, my third time serving in such capacity. I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful, growing community.
Steve Himes - Secretary
I see my role as a member of the Art League Board of Directors as assisting the president to be the best president she is capable of being.
As the corporate secretary, I will accept responsibility for and perform all tasks assigned to that position as stated or implied in the Art League’s bylaws.
I have a 45-year career in corporate management and operations in a family waste management business in Elkhart, Indiana, starting as a truck driver and dispatcher in 1965. By 1974, I had worked my way up to President and Chief Operating Officer of Borden Waste-Away Service, Inc.
In 2000, the company expanded its operations and services, rebranding itself as Waste-Away Group, Inc., where I assumed the vice president’s role managing human resources, safety programs and overseeing the company’s legal requirements. I remained in that position until 2010 when I retired from the company.
I have been a member of several community boards, including the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and the Elkhart County Solid Waste Management Board. I was also a supervisor for the Elkhart County Soil and Water District. I am particularly proud of my service with the Elkhart County 4-HFair, one of the largest county fairs in the United States, serving as its president in 1987.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. And, I have participated in several management seminars and programs at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Michigan State University, the University of Wisconsin and the US EPA.
Tom Jones - Treasurer
With more than 37 years in the art industry, and 26 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; 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, I currently serve as Vice President for the Downtown Lincoln Association, 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 Businessman of the Year for 2013.
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.
As founder and CEO of Special Order Systems (high technology company founded in 1992), I led and managed all aspects of 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.
As a board member and marketing resource, I am committed to the Art League of Lincoln to reaching and serving more of the greater Lincoln community, and continuing to enhance our services into the digital arena. I am also committed to further partnerships surrounding education, to give access to the arts and art education to all students.
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.
Art Center Executive Manager
Honored to hold the position of Art Center Executive Manager, for the Art League of Lincoln. Equally delighted to be part of fulfilling its mission as a diverse visual arts organization in south Placer County, California. I an excited about the opportunities that lay ahead through the various gallery components such as the 580 Gallery, Gift-Shop expansion, and Spotlight Gallery. While continuously building up our community creative-outreach programs, in education, affiliations, partnerships, and signature annual events.
Making one's way as a professional solopreneur artist as a primary living takes a strong belief system, serious commitment, guidance, business smarts, and a lot of confidence. I am proud to have owned and operated my award-winning graphic design business. I collaborated as a designer on many projects in diverse campaigns from brand conception, full enhancements, in traditional and digital arenas here in the Greater Sacramento Region and nationally for twenty plus years.