Board


Board Members

Lendre Kearns, President

Lendre Kearns has worked in arts management and marketing for 45 years including stints with Broadway in Tucson, La Jolla Playhouse,

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Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and more. She has facilitated retreats and taught workshops in the U.S., Canada, England and Australia in a variety of subject areas among them, presenting, touring, strategic planning and marketing. She has taught at Goucher College, the University of Toronto and Thunder Bay Community College. She is a self-described “arts dilletante/worker bee”, serving on boards and volunteering her services for a number of Tucson organizations, most notably, Arts Express.  She is also occasionally taking on projects including workshops and facilitating planning for a variety of organizations outside Tucson.

Warren Hatcher, Vice President

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Gail Kolenda, Treasurer

Art, music, singing and dance have been a part of her life since a child.

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Gail has both a B.A. in Art and a B.A. in Theatre/Speech from Bloomsburg University back in PA. She became involved with Arts Express singing in the July 4th concert. Being on the Board of Directors now for several years Gail is past President, and has done volunteer work, stage management, acting in the ensembles and helping with the kids’ summer camps. She also is very involved with the Monte Awards. In her less busy times, she teaches art and continues to take classes. Her specialty is watercolor and sculpture. As a mom of 3 and a grandmother of 5 she encourages that the arts are important in your life, no matter your skill set!

James Barnhart

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John Spangler

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Susan Thibodeaux

After 30 years in the defense industry, Susan retired from Raytheon as a Director of Finance.

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She has a BS from Stanford and an MBA from UCLA. In high school and college, she performed in numerous musical theater productions and is enjoying performing again in Art-Express productions of Secret Garden, Christmas Carol and Carousel. She has sung with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Arizona Repertory Singers, St Philips in the Hills Canterbury Choir. She studies voice with Elliot Jones. She is a Board Member of the Stanford Club of Southern Arizona, and the Advisory Board for UA Presents.

Jonathon Crider

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