Those behind SBVCA's Operations

Board of Directors

Our board is a broad representation of our Inland Communities.

Jim Pierson

President


Jim Pierson is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino, where he taught from 1971 to 2010. He was inducted into the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame in 2014. He is a Past President of the CSUSB Retirees’ Association and a member of the Board of Directors of both the San Bernardino City Library Foundation and the Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library.

Alex Avila

Board Member


Alex Avila, a native New Yorker, hails from the Bronx, New York City. A Black Latino Honduran, he explores issues of identity and biculturalism in his works of prose and poetry. He is a Cal State University creative writing MFA graduate, with a specialty in multi-modal digital storytelling. Alex serves as an editor and writer of Ghost Town, the national literary. He was accepted into the Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop, one of the top writing programs in the United States, where he studied advanced poetics. In 2006, Mr. Avila attended the University Of Iowa on a scholarship, in the department of social work. Alex is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Mr. Avila has worked with Rickerby Hinds, playwright and professor from the University of California, Riverside as a co-writer for Buckworld One, Uncovered: A Pageant of Hip Hop Masters,and Uncovered 2. He also worked with Maura Townsend on Project21Dance. Mr. Avila has authored Nina Simone Tribute, Katrina Dedication poetry and Black History Civil Rights poetry, dance performances, and also performed with Rev. Bronica Martindal’s The Last Emancipation. Mr. Avila is currently a motivational speaker for English Learners in the San Bernardino school district and is an English professor at Cal State University, San Bernardino.

Earleen Dudley

Treasurer


Dudley’s early love of drawing and sketching led to painting, ceramics and graphic design classes at San Bernardino Valley College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree.
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.

Ernie Garcia

Board Member


Ernest F. Garcia, Professor Emeritus, and former Dean, College of Education, California State University, San Bernardino.
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 Gonzalez

Board Member


Richard was born and raised in San Bernardino’s Meadowbrook area where he clerked in his parent’s grocery store. He joined the Navy after graduating from San Bernardino High School. Upon his return, he attended San Bernardino Valley College and then earned a BA in Economics from California State University at Fresno in 1966.
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.

Diane Grant

Board Member


A native of Riverside and 20-plus year resident of San Bernardino; Ms. Grant has a deep and abiding love of the Arts in all forms. She has a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in glass from CSUSB as well as AA degrees from San Bernardino Valley College in Art, Graphic Design and Liberal Arts. She was an original member of the Oak Glen Dulcimer Players Association, plays the fretted (or “Mountain”) dulcimer and would like to learn to play numerous other folk and classical instruments. She also loves writing (and reading!) and is a former member of the storytelling group, “Prophets and Liars.” As a visual artist, she enjoys working with almost any and all media she can get her hands on, and has even been known to sculpt with dryer lint when the project called for it.

Gloria M. Harrison

Board Member


Ms. Harrison, a graduate of San Bernardino High School, received an AA degree from San Bernardino Valley College and BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Riverside. Gloria has balanced two careers plus family and community activism since the early sixties. She is one of the founders of El Chicano (1969). Today, El Chicano publishes weekly along with nine other community weeklies.

Ms. Harrison served as President of Crafton Hills College for 12 years and as Vice President of Instruction for six. She taught for 20 years at San Bernardino Valley College and was Dean of Humanities for three. She retired in 2011 and was elected to the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees in 2012. She was re-elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Jorge Oswald Heredia

Board Member


Jorge has a BA in Political Science from Cal State University San Bernardino. He is currently a board member of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance, and an active member of San Bernardino Generation Now.

Cindy Rinne

Board Member


Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She brings myth to life in contemporary context. Cindy is the author of Quiet Lantern (Turning Point), spider with wings (Jamii Publishing), Breathe in Daisy, Breathe out Stones is forthcoming (FutureCycle Press), and she co-authored Speaking Through Sediment with Michael Cooper (ELJ Publications). Cindy is a founding member of PoetrIE, an Inland Empire based literary community. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in Blue Heron Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Driftwood Press, The Honest Ulsterman (Northern Ireland), The Whirlwind Review, Birds Piled Loosely, and others.

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.

Margaret Worsley

Board Member


Margaret Worsley is Principal Clarinetist of the San Bernardino Symphony, and Professor of Music at San Bernardino Valley College. Originally from Huntington Beach, she is an active freelance musician throughout Southern California. Margaret has obtained degrees from California State University, Fullerton (Bachelors of Music), the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (Artist Diploma), and University of Michigan (Masters of Music). She is a member of both the Clarendon Quintet and the West Coast Wind Quintet, is the Artistic Director of the Orange County Clarinet Consort (OCCC), and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians—in both Locals 7 and 47. Margaret has an enthusiasm for reading, tending to animals big and small, singing badly in community choirs, faking it in the wine-tasting scene, and playing about five chords on her electric guitar. She’s married to Frank Lenz, who plays the drums and writes songs.