Our Board

The Commission is governed by an 11 member volunteer board appointed by the City Council.

Left to right: Kristian Hartter (vice-chair), Roseann Lyle, Mark Marino, Sarah Dishong (Chair), Honora Thompson, Dean Harris, Donna Fullerton, Gary Ambrosier, and Bennett Boeschenstein (Council Representative).

Meet the Arts Commission Board Members:

Gary AmbrosierE-mail: ag1.ambrosier@gmail.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.

Sarah Dishong - Chair

E-mail: rockhunter67@yahoo.com (Appt 4/17; term ends 2/20)

Sarah Meredith-Dishong is a Colorado native and raised in Grand Junction. She has been involved in the Grand Junction art community most of her working life. As a professional picture framer and amateur artist, she has worked closely with many of the talented artists in our community.

She hopes her wide variety of hobbies (including painting, camping, rock-hounding, hiking, photography, and even playing with her grandsons) will help offer a unique perspective for the future of the Grand Junction art community.

While running an art gallery on Main Street, she used her 25 years of experience to provide custom picture framing for many local clients and artists. On her down time, she will be found enjoying a quiet time with her family, painting or indulging in the breathtaking camping opportunities offered by the local landscape.

“Artists of every caliber: painters, musicians, dancers, actors, potters, etc., must come together to make our community stronger in artistic presence.”, is a firm belief of hers. Sarah’s philosophy on developing a strong art community is not for personal gain, but for truly seeking to build a stronger, more attractive, and compelling community. She believes that every creative industry brings a special element to our Grand Valley, increasing its appeal to become a cultural hub for Western Colorado.

Donna Fullerton

E-mail: dnote627@gmail.com (Appt 4/18; term ends 2/21)

Donna Fullerton is a multi-faceted, working artist whose passions include photography, painting, travel, and music. In the Marine Corps Band, she played the flute and piccolo, eventually earning a degree in Flute Performance from Seminole State College. A perennial student, she continues her education with workshops and seminars in the arts.
She has been passionate about volunteering in numerous capacities including art and music instruction, community bands/choirs and working with the under served youth even teaching English to children in Brazil.
As a nature and portrait photographer, she has worked with or won awards from the following: NPS, NPF, PSA, International Audubon Society, DOI, and Walt Disney World. Being a lifelong lover of animals and the planet, her greatest honor was being published by National Geographic.
Outside of work, Donna is an art and culture enthusiast, attending openings and visiting museums in the
US and abroad with her husband, Steve.

Dean HarrisE-mail: actusreus1959@gmail.com (Appt 9/18; term ends 2/20)

Dean is a long-time lover of the visual and performing arts and member of vocal performing groups, including the Arvada Center Chorale and the Schumann Singers. Dean has served on the board of trustees for the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and the Thornton Community Chorus, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Mesa County Planning Commission. Dean is the Western Slope Area Manager for the Employers Council, representing, training, and advising employers on all aspects of employment law and human resources, including several cultural nonprofit organizations on the western slope.

Kristian Hartter -Vice Chair

E-mail: physicsdump@gmail.com (Appt 4/18; term ends 2/21)

Kristian Hartter was born and raised in Colorado and has proudly called Grand Junction home for 16 years. He has dabbled in arts from playing trumpet and bass guitar to mixed media collage work, stone sculpting, photography, blacksmithing, and even performing in community theater. He owned and operated two art galleries in the past few years, writes for local magazines, teaches continuing education classes at WCCC, and is active in helping produce arts events for the Grand Valley.

Having helped establish the Bookcliff HomeBrew Club as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, Kristian is excited to work with the commission to help other nonprofits and artists to continue to make Grand Junction a place where arts are fostered and will thrive. He believes in community service and the value of arts, both visual and performing, as not just part of society, but as fundamentals.

Kristian is currently owner/operator of Residential Window Service and is returning to CMU to continue his own education.


Roseann M Lyle

E-mail: rlyle@purdue.edu (Appt 8/16; term ends 2/19)

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.


Mark Marino

E-mail:markoart2015@gmail.com (Appt 9/18; term ends 2/21)

Mark Marino resided in Grand Junction from 1980 to 2000 where he worked in the Architectural/Engineering field. He lived in northwest Wyoming from 2008 to 2018 where he created several art shows and art studio tours while continuing to improve his art career in the areas of wildlife, Western, and landscape painting. Mark returned to the Grand Valley in April of 2018 due to his affinity for western Colorado. He has spent a lifetime learning sound artistic principles through dedicated practice. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado with emphasis in the areas of: painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and art history.

Mark enjoys all that Colorado has to offer and he desires to contribute to the enhancement of arts and culture in this area. He says, "Exceptional art will stimulate the spiritual senses by engaging the imagination; all human advancement begins in the imagination." This is the vision that he brings to the Arts Commission and he will work toward the benefit of the community through advancements of the arts.


Honora Thompson

E-mail:honorasb@gmail.com (Appt 4/17; term ends 2/20)

Honora Thompson grew up playing piano and clarinet. As a child and young adult, she has fond memories of taking part in permanent community murals and studying music and photography. Honora has spent her career working in media, communications and marketing, and enjoys telling stories with video and sound.

Honora gained experience with grant funding through her work with a local nonprofit. She's also involved in organizations like the Mesa County Communications Officers’ Association 

Honora believes art and culture can provide a sense of belonging, celebrate an area’s uniqueness and inspire different perspectives. She enjoys First Friday events, Art on the Corner and seeing a variety of live performances.

City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

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