Board of Directors

Thomas Burns

Executive Director

Thomas was the founder and director of the annual Carmel International Film Festival for 9 years – a five-day festival spotlighting independent film, contemporary photography, fine art and music. He is also the publisher of ARTWORKS Magazine.

Victory Grund

Founder and President of the Board, National and Local Youth Leadership

After the loss of her parents, Victory became very dispirited until a friend introduced her to the therapeutic power of clay.

Richard Grund

Chairman of the Board, National Industry Leader and Construction Industry Owner

For over 30 years, Richard served in all management positions, retiring in 1998 as Chairman and CEO of the Quixote Corporation, a holding company for three other firms.

Jeff Geldermann

Vice President of the Board, Data Technology and Firm Owner

Jeff co-founded Credentials Solutions in Northfield, Illinois, in 1997 and is currently President and Chief Technology Officer.

Betty Saidel

Board Secretary, Insurance Consultant and Business Owner

Betty retired from two distinctly different, yet successful, careers. The first as owner of a business insurance agency at which she was the Key Agency for one of her carriers.

Fran Davidson

Family Enterprise Owner and Philanthropist

Fran joined the OTAS Board in late Spring of 2015. She and her husband, Bob, call Seattle their primary home and spend five months of the season here at their home in La Quinta.

Matt Johnson

Commercial Real Estate, Property Management and Business Owner

Matt is the President of Johnson Commercial Real Estate, Inc. in Rancho Mirage. Mr. Johnson specializes in the sale, leasing and development of new and existing facilities for growing companies here in the Coachella Valley.

Bob Wright

County Economic Development and Business Owner

Bob was appointed to the East Valley Coalition Manager’s position in March of 2016 by Supervisor John J. Benoit. He comes from a forty-five-year career in the nursery industry and served as CEO of DTF INC.

Marc Glassman

Professional Photographer and Business Owner

Marc moved to the Desert in 1979 to work for the Desert Sun and in 1980, was hired by Palm Springs Life magazine as a staff photographer. In 1982, he founded Marc Glassman Photography.

David Turner

Civil Engineer, Real Estate and Business Owner

David is President of Coachella Valley Engineers (CVE), a local Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Company. He is also the President of companies concentrated in the Real Estate, Farming, and Cattle industries.

Sean Webb

Desert Sands Unified School District Foundation Executive Director and District Experience

Sean holds a master’s degree and has worked in education his entire time in the Coachella Valley; as a teacher, assistant principal, and now as Director of Community Engagement and Education Foundation for Desert Sands Unified School District.

Millie Pearson

Development Techniques and Business Owner

Growing up in a family of artists, Millie has been drawing and painting since childhood, selling her first painting at age 13 and commissioned at age 14 to do her first public piece: a hand painted 14’x 48’ billboard in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.

Leslie Locken

Real Estate Manager

Leslie Locken is the Real Estate Lease Manager for Lamar Outdoor Advertising and is responsible for negotiating new real estate leases for billboard structures as a revenue stream for landowners.

Christy Majors

Senior Vice President Banking

Christy is the Senior Vice President at Pacific Premier Bank in Palm Springs. She is responsible for bringing new business clients to the bank, managing a client portfolio, and community relations.

Mission & Vision

We are dedicated to ensuring that art remains a vibrant part of the creative fabric of the Coachella Valley – from art programs in schools to lifelong learning. 


Our commitment to make art available and accessible to members of our community is the reason for the Outreach Programs.

Why We Serve

The individuals we touch through art include children and families in need, kids in after-school programs, children and adults with special needs, seniors and veterans.

Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated board members that bring Old Town Artisan Studios and its mission to the community.


Adult and Children's classes available for Pottery, Watercolor, Fused Glass, Elements of Art, and Theatre.


Try a one-day workshop or private lesson! Remember, some projects take time to be fired and may not be ready for pick up until 2 weeks out.

Paint your own Pottery

Pottery painting is ideal for birthday parties, corporate events, baby or bridal showers. Spend quality time with family and friends.

Summer Art Camp

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat? Join us for Summer Art Camp! This week-long camp offers students the chance to work with a wide variety of mediums.


With your valued support we are able bring art to our friends who need it most- children, seniors and our underserved population.


We need Ambassadors to help us spread the word about our work and mission.


We believe art is healing and has an everlasting positive impact on each of us.


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