Our Board

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

Left to right: Gary Ambrosier, Betsey Dick, Sarah Dishong, Honora Thompson, Darcy Johnson, chair, Andy Hamilton, vice-chair, Roseann Lyle, Betsy Brodak, Ellen Moore, Merritt Kinsey, and Sandie Nadelson

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.

Betsy Brodak

E-mail: bebrodak@coloradomesa.edu (Appt 5/15; term ends 2/18)

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: bdick@mcpld.org (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. 

Sarah Meredith-DishongE-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.

Andy Hamilton

E-mail: hamtron5000@gmail.com (Appt 4/17; term ends 2/19)

Andy Hamilton is a musician and library employee who is passionate about the role of art in the life of our community. A musician by training, Andy studied French horn at Drake University and the University of Northern Iowa and has played professionally in four states, including several seasons with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with orchestras, wind bands, and chamber music ensembles.

 Beyond music, Andy works at the Mesa County Public Library in the Public Services Department, where he enjoys interacting with patrons from all walks of life. His interests outside the arts include hiking, camping, travel, the environment, and technology.

Darcy JohnsonE-mail: johnsonda111@gmail.com (Appt 4/13; term ends 2/16, Reappt 3/16; term ends 2/19)

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 rangeNow 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.


H. Merritt Kinsey

E-mail: hmkinsey@gmail.com (Appt 4/17; term ends 2/10)

H. Merritt Kinsey is currently President and CEO of Western Slope Industries, a large local Grand Junction manufacturing firm that specializes in building machinery for the paperboard carton industry.  Mr. Kinsey holds a B.A from Lafayette College and an MBA from University of Michigan.  He has been in Grand Junction since 1996, and is active in many community events.  WSI is known world wide for its innovative machinery, especially for the manufacture of such items as milk cartons and beverage cartons.

He is a past President of the Grand Junction Rotary Club, and also serves on the Board of the Museums of Western Colorado.  He is also on the Museum’s finance committee and the HR committee.  He and his wife, Lois, have travelled extensively worldwide and enjoy visiting other cultures and countries.

He is also the bass player and singer for the King ‘n’ Trio, a well-known local band that specializes in playing music for all ages, and which has over the past 15 years, contributed some $300,000 to various charitable causes.  The King ‘n’ Trio has played all over the U.S.


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.


Ellen Moore

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

Ellen Moore moved to Grand Junction two and a half years ago from Roswell, NM, where she was Curator of Education at the Roswell Museum and Art Center for 13 years. In that position she wore many hats: director of Studio Art Programs, director of Public Programs (film, lecture series, arts days for children), designer of gallery interactive materials, curator of some Indian and multi-cultural art exhibits, part of a team that redesigned and reinterpreted Indian and Western exhibits, and director of outreach through docent and school programs. Prior to her work in Roswell, she was Assistant Curator of Education at the Phoenix Museum of History where, among other duties, she designed a year-long multi-cultural series of programs by ethnic groups that had established Phoenix. At the Arizona Museum for Youth she helped prepare exhibits and teach children about art. Her career in museums spanned 17 years before she retired in 2012.


Ellen’s lifelong passionate interest in the arts comes from both personal participation in the arts (painting, kiln-formed glass, dance, music, writing) and professional involvement as a museum arts educator and teacher of English and Creative writing in the Newton Public Schools for 22 years (her first career). For years she has been an advocate and creator of arts integration programs. She is author of Navajo Beadwork: Architectures of Light, about the cultural material underlying Navajo beadworkers’ creative processes. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and an M.A. in Museum Studies and Anthropology from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching English from the University of Chicago. Her career change to cultural anthropology and museum studies focused on ethnographic research with Indian artists, particularly Navajo painters and beadworkers.


In Grand Junction Ellen studies watercolor and water media, observing and hiking the natural beauty of our area. She attends multiple cultural events and is excited about being part of a team to further the role of the arts in peoples’ lives. She looks forward to helping enhance our arts and cultural opportunities in the Grand Valley and supporting artists and arts integration in innovative ways.


Sandy Nadelson

E-mail:sandienadelson@gmail.com (Appt 5/17; term ends 2/18)

Sandie Nadelson has loved the arts since she was a child. Her grandparents shared with her a deep appreciation for musical instruments and of dance. She continues to love all things melodic. Her true passion is making things with her hands including paintings and metalwork art objects.

Art changes the world. Enthusiasm for the arts is contagious and should be spread. Over the years, she has shared her passion with many children and adults. Sandie and her husband Louis Nadelson have created and donated many pieces of art to various communities and charitable organizations. They have a metal sculpture called “Rising” on permanent display in the downtown area of Puyallup Washington.

In addition to being an artist, Sandie is the Director of the Health Sciences Department and an associate professor at Colorado Mesa University.  She is a nurse with a passion for helping people develop to their potential in health care, education, and the arts.

Sandie Nadelson feels very much honored to be able to serve on this board. Her hope is that she can continue to share her love for the arts through the work with the commission and help Grand Junction become an even better place to live.

 Honora Thompson

E-mail:honora@uwmesacounty.org (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 moved to Grand Junction after college. While working at KJCT News 8, she familiarized herself with the area and local organizations. She spent four years working in media and enjoys telling stories with video and sound. 

Now, Honora is the Marketing and Events Manager at United Way of Mesa County. She has experience with grant funding through her work with local health and human service agencies.  She’s also involved in organizations like the Mesa County Communications Officers’ Association and the Young Professionals Network of Mesa County.

Honora believes art and culture can provide a sense of belonging, celebrate an area’s uniqueness and inspire different perspectives. She enjoys the rotating artwork at her office, the Grand Junction Symphony and visiting local galleries. Honora hopes to use her skills in communications to help further the mission of the Commission on Arts and Culture. 

City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

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