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Board of Directors

Betty Saidel

President of the Board, Insurance Consultant and Business Owner

Betty has been affiliated with Old Town Artissn Studios since 2010. First as a student, then board member, board Secretary, board Secretary/Treasurer and today as board President. She retired as owner of Integral Insurance and Financial Services, a business insurance agency and more recently as co/owner of Logic Packaging, Inc. Free Arts for Abused Children, AIDS Project LA and City of Hope are examples of her past philanthropic personal and business involvement.

Jeff Geldermann

Chairman of the Board, Technology Entrepreneur, Now Retired

1973 Developed all trade processing software for CBOE Options Exchange. 1983 Co-founded GMI Software in Chicago to develop the premier global system for financial instrument accounting. 1997 Co-founded Credentials Solutions providing web-based services for colleges and universities. 2021 Inducted into the Futures Industry Association Hall of Fame. Part-year La Quinta resident since 1998.

Sean Webb

Vice Chairman of the Board; Director I, Literacy Outreach at Riverside County Office of Education; Executive Director of Read With Me Volunteers

Sean Webb is a dedicated education professional with a rich history of service in the academic and community realms. With over two decades of experience in the field, Sean’s journey began as a Teacher at various schools in the Coachella Valley, where he demonstrated a passion for both classroom instruction and extracurricular engagement.

Transitioning into administrative roles, Sean served as Assistant Principal at Palm Desert High School, La Quinta High School, and Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School, overseeing diverse educational programs and fostering community partnerships. Notably, his tenure as Director of Community Engagement and Educational Foundation at Desert Sands Unified School District showcased his adeptness in securing funding and organizing impactful events.

Currently serving as Director I, Literacy Outreach at Riverside County Office of Education, Sean continues to champion literacy initiatives through his role as Executive Director for Read With Me Volunteer Programs. His commitment extends beyond education, as evidenced by his active involvement in various volunteer organizations, including Leadership Coachella Valley and Old Town Artisan Studios.

Sean resides in the city of La Quinta with his wife Tara, daughter Brooklyn, and two dogs, Piper and Penny. His multifaceted expertise and unwavering dedication make him a driving force in enhancing educational opportunities and community engagement.

Deborah Tryon

Secretary of the Board

Deborah Tryon currently serves as the Secretary of the Board at OTAS.

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.

David Turner

Land Surveyor

David is President of Coachella Valley Engineers (CVE), a local Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Company, specializing in commercial, residential, and land development projects.

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 Sr. 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. In addition, Leslie is a Licensed Real Estate Agent practicing in the Coachella Valley and also serves as a Committee Member for the Bermuda Dunes Community Council.

Sarah Schmolke

Board Member

Sarah Schmolke serves on the board at OTAS.

Erin Eslinger

Program Advisor, St. Jude Dream Home® Showplace

Erin has provided customized strategic planning and efficient marketing solutions for small businesses, national brands, and nonprofit organizations for over 20+ years.

As a multi-passionate creative, Erin was excited to discover a new love for ceramics at Old Town Artisan Studios.

Advisory Board

Andrea Carter

John Conley

Kim Hetherington

Mary Lou Green

Nicole Trigg

Robert Ault

Bill MacMillan

Esther Bertram

Kate Spates

Leslie Flores

Melita Martin Radtke

Patrick Evans

Brooke Beare

Gayl Biondi

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Lisa Banks

Michele McDonough

Paulina Larson

Diane Gall

Jean Kirby

Kenn Ulrich

Marge Dodge

Nan Tomasko

Renee Woodward

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