Our Board

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

Left to right: Gary Ambrosier, Honora Thompson, Donna Fullerton, Kristian Hartter, Nora Hughes, Merritt Kinsey, Sarah Dishong, Vice-Chair, Andy Hamilton, Chair, and Roseann Lyle.

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

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.

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.

Kristian HartterE-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.



H. Merritt Kinsey

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

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.


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 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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