Meet the Arts Commission Board Members:
Gary AmbrosierE-mail: email@example.com (Appt 5/15; term ends 2/18)
Gary Ambrosier is a retired music teacher with teaching experience of over 35 years. He is currently the band director for the Grand Junction Centennial band. Gary is currently the President of the Colorado Music Adjudicator Association for the Colorado High School Activity Association.
Gary is also involved with the community: playing for IHM; teaching CPR and 1st aide to organizations who need this skill. He also teaches for WCCC Med Tech, CMU lineman and the Career Center. Gary involvement with music has him helping with the local schools: giving clinics, teaching trumpet lessons, guest conductor for various organizations.
Gary has been recognized and received several honors from the state organizations: Distinguished Service Award from Colorado High School Activity Association in 2010; National High School Federation Teacher of the year in 2011; Colorado Band Masters Hall of Fame in 2011; Colorado High School Activity Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
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Elizabeth (Betsy) Brodak is a retired CMU Library Director. She was raised in Wisconsin, married a Grand Junction native and has been an active member of the community for forty plus years. Musical arts and providing educational access to Grand Valley history and culture are primary interests. She feels that the art and culture define a community, helping to keep it relevant and vibrant.
Currently she is a member of the Legends of the Grand Valley committee, the One Book One Mesa County steering committee, and is on the board of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. In past years, she was a cellist with the GJSO, participated in the collection and indexing of oral histories from early Grand Valley settlers, and a founding member of the Grand Junction Junior Service League.
Betsey DickE-mail: email@example.com (Appt 5/15; term ends 2/18)
Betsey Dick, originally from New England, came to Grand Junction in 2008. She began working at Mesa County Public Libraries and is currently the Head of Collection Management. Betsey has always been interested in the arts. She studied Art History in college and wrote her thesis on Art Therapy for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Betsey has been working in academic and public libraries since 2004, receiving her Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science in 2010.
Through the experience of planning programs for adults at the Library, Betsey was able to meet and work with several local artists, writers, poets, photographers, and other creative individuals, and was always inspired by the enthusiasm of the instructors and talents of the participants. Betsey has also been on the Library’s One Book Committee since 2010. This annual event unites the community through reading a selected title and enjoying weeks of programming before a finale author presentation. These activities have made evident the capability for art and cultural programs in our community to connect individuals and inspire passions.
Betsey enjoys the opportunity to learn more about and contribute to the artistic and cultural offerings of the city, for the benefit of all residents, and especially for her children.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Appt 4/13; term ends 2/16)Born in the south, raised there and in the Rocky Mountains, Darcy had the good fortune to grow up in and marry into a family of painters, potters and art patrons. She is a botanical watercolor artist and photographer who dabbled, took classes, joined the local art association and began her weekends painting with some talented and supportive botanical artists while raising her family and working professionally as a human service administrator for local government on Colorado's front range. Now in Grand Junction, she has the ability to focus her artistic and public service interests and mingle with some extremely talented artist on the western slope. In addition to serving as the Chair for the Arts & Culture Commission, she is a member and patron of the Brush and Pallet Club, Western Colorado Watercolor Society, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Louisville Arts Association, and Thunder Mountain Camera Club. She has been a judge for Altrusa Art Fair, the Veteran's Art Center and coordinates group art exhibits for United Way. Darcy also continues her work in human services as Director of the Community Food Bank. Darcy is honored to be affiliated with the City of Grand Junction's Arts and Culture Commission supporting the city's efforts to recognize and promote the talent and diversity of local artists and cultural programs.
Roseann M Lyle
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Roseann Lyle is a professor Emerita at Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, where she earned a PhD degree in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition/Public Health in 1986 and then taught, conducted research and advised graduate students until her retirement in 2015. Since their sons had moved to Colorado in the mid-90s, in May 2016, she and her husband, finally decided to follow them West, choosing to make their home in Grand Junction.
Prior to her arrival at Purdue, Roseann was an Assistant Professor at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where she coached, taught dance in the physical education program and advised the student dance group. Dance has always been an avocation for Roseann and over the years she participated in the Meadville Community Dance Exchange, the Purdue Repertory Dance Theater and Contact Improv Group, and Project IN Motion, which staged intergenerational dance and theater performances.
Roseann currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine as well as on their Advisory Board for the American Fitness Index, an annual report of the Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan areas in the US (Denver ranked 3rd overall in the 2016 report).
Roseann is honored to have this opportunity to contribute to the quality of life in her new community via her support of and participation on the Commission on Arts and Culture.