Board of Directors
Our board is a broad representation of our Inland Communities.
In addition to design emphasis, required Biology classes unexpectedly helped form her future. A study of native plants and flora of the San Bernardino mountains sparked another passion, which eventually led to her future business, Garden Interiors. Earleen discovered she could use her design talents and knowledge of living plants to create three dimensional ‘art’ for clients.
She has ‘grown’ her company into a multi-dimensional firm which offers its mostly corporate clients a wide range of design services. The special events side of the business has developed a strong client base throughout Southern California, Arizona and southern Nevada.
Sharing her talents and resources with non-profit organizations has become an integral component of Garden Interiors’ plan, by supporting fundraising events for several local groups which include the Cystic Fibrosis Association, San Bernardino County Museum, The Heart Association, Assistance League’s Headdress Ball and the San Bernardino Symphony Association and Guild, which is most dear to her heart! Earleen leads a group of young people in the Symphony Debs and Red-Tie Guys program which supports Symphony functions during the concert season and enables the youth to learn more about the values and joys which symphonic music can provide.
Since retiring, Ernie has devoted himself to promotion of the visual and performing arts. He sang with the Inland Master Chorale, Canto Bello Chorale, the University Symphonic Choir and acted in plays by the Rialto Community Players , the University Theater, and most recently in 2 plays presented at the Garcia Center for the Arts.
He served on the Board of the San Bernardino Symphony for many years, and was one of the founders serving for two terms as President of Sinfonia Mexicana. Ernie has served multiple terms as President of the San Bernardino Valley Concert Association, most recently from 2010-2016.
Dr. Garcia is a member of the San Bernardino Art Association, which he was responsible for reviving in 2012, and the Inland Empire Artist Association, and has participated in the exhibits of both. He serves on the Board of the National Orange Show, is the curator of the National Orange Show Permanent Collection and coordinates the annual NOS Juried Art Competition.
The Garcia Center for the Arts was named for Dr. Garcia in 2015, because of his involvement in the arts and his activity as a founding member of the Center and overseer of the renovation. He continues to serve as the volunteer Executive Director.
Richard worked in the War-On-Poverty programs in his hometown after graduating. He volunteered in the Civil Rights and in the Chicano Movements. He graduated from the Leadership Development Institute hosted by The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), in 1967. He helped organize the El Chicano Newspaper through the auspices of the UCR Extension Department.
In 1970, he directed the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at UCR where he managed to double the percentage of Chicano students.
He led the Chicano Federation of San Diego County in 1972 in the landmark suit against the FCC in the acquisition of Time-Life television station channel 10 by McGraw Hill. The agreement included a five year Affirmative Action Plan to hire Chicanos at all levels within five years to match the percentage of Chicanos in San Diego County that was then set at 17%. The Federation was empowered with appointing the five-member citizen advisory board to McGraw Hill to ensure compliance with the terms.
He published a bilingual newspaper – El Papel San Diego Times in 1973-74. Later he consulted with Daniel Munoz to establish a successful newspaper in San Diego – La Prensa.
Later Mr. Gonzalez settled on a career in Building Inspection. He served as a Code Enforcement Officer in Ontario; A Building Official in Colton; and, retired as a Plans Examiner in Redlands.
He volunteered for various positions as a member of the Affirmative Action Commission of San Bernardino County, Transportation Commission of Rialto; Planning Commission of the City of San Bernardino, Visions for the Valley Group sponsored by the San Bernardino Sun, Sinfonia Mexicana, San Bernardino Symphony, and the Kiwanis of Greater San Bernardino.
Mr. Gonzalez is a recipient ot the Silver Pen Award from the San Bernardino Sun for his tribute to Tennessee Ernie ford.
He is single and resides in Redlands.
Jorge Oswald Heredia
Rinne participates in poetry readings all over southern California including: “spider with wings,” Artist Talk & Poetry Reading, RCAA, Riverside, CA 2015, “spider with wings” Community Outreach Poetry Program, Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA 2015, “The Ugly Mug,” Featured reader, “spider with wings,” The Poetry Idiots, Orange, CA 2015, “Spectrum: 140 SoCal Poets,” Don Kingfisher Campbell, editor, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, CA 2015, “The Second Poetry Circus,” Nicelle Davis host, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 2015, “The 52 Project,” Sue Mitchell host, Guest Lecture, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, 2015, “Arts Walk: Literature on the Lawn, Speaking Through Sediment,” Featured Reader with Michael Cooper, Inlandia Institute, Riverside Public Library, Riverside, CA, 2015, and many others.
Jonathan Horstmann MD
Jon graduated from Washington University School of medicine in St. Louis and did his residency training in San Diego, Chicago and Long Island, New York. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Long involved in the training of medical students and younger physicians, Jon is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UCR School of Medicine.
Jon believes strongly in giving back to the community. He has participated in numerous volunteer medical trips over the years, primarily to clinics in Mexico. Presently, he is a volunteer physician at the Lestonnac Free Medical Clinic in San Bernardino.
For recreation, he and his wife Nancy are avid sailors and enjoy sailing in the San Pedro area, Catalina and Mexico. They are members of the first Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino.
Dr. Anne Viricel
In addition, since 2000, she has been a professor at the University of Redlands School of Business where she specializes in quantitative operations and strategy coursework. She has been awarded the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award twice, in 2013 and in 2018.
Dr. Viricel was appointed to San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees in 2015, then elected to the Board in 2016. In this role, her focus is on policies that improve operational efficiencies and campus safety, and increasing opportunities for student success.
Dr. Viricel is also an author, having published numerous of academic and industry articles and, most recently, collaborated on the autobiography of educator and civil rights activist Dr. Margaret Hill. In addition to her role as a San Bernardino Valley Concert Association Board Member, she is a current member of The San Bernardino County Natural History Museum Foundation Board and the County’s Arts Connection Board. She is also an active member of the American Association of University Women, the Bonnes Meres Auxiliary of the Children’s Fund, the highland Woman’s Club, and the Assistance League.
Her recent awards include Assembly District 40 City of Highland Woman of the Year, League of Women Voters Citizen of Achievement Award, the Black Culture Foundation’s Black Rose Award, and she was named a Woman of Distinction by Senator Mike Morrell for both the cities of Highland and San Bernardino.