Board of Directors

The Redwood Art Association is governed by a Board of Directors responsible for management of the affairs of the organization, coordinating activities and making decisions about how the organization can best serve the membership and the community. It is a working board and members donate their time, skills and energy to present successful events and worthwhile activities. All decisions are made in accordance with our member approved bylaws. 

The Board meets at 11:00AM on the third Tuesday of each month at the RAA Gallery or via Zoom. If you would like to communicate with the Board or a Board Member, you may send an email to and your message will be forwarded.

If you wish to be a Director, please complete this form and email to

The Officers and Directors for 2022 are:

Erica Brooks, President

Local artist and student. BFA from the East Coast, secondary art education teaching credential from HSU, and a MFA from Academy of Art San Francisco. Currently pursuing a second MFA in illustration. Specializes in pet portrait commissions.


Sara Kimber, Vice President

Former large scale project manager, recognized for her leadership, community building and team development. Enjoying supporting our member community while pursuing new learning and growth in a life filed with art. BFA in Sculpture from HSU, beginning an MFA in Ceramics. Primarily a figurative ceramic sculptor using clay and bronze enhanced with wood and found objects.

Jonah Simmons, Secretary

Received a BA in Studio Art from HSU. He is an aspiring art historian and teacher. His art practice focuses on sculpture, woodworking, and photography.


Jon Exley, Treasurer
Former marketing, IT business analyst and process manager for an international transportation company. Discovered photography while stationed overseas, and is an active member of the Redwood Camera Club.

Lindsay Lacewell Kessner
Prior to teaching at College of the Redwoods, Kessner worked for ten years at The Armory Center for the Arts and other institutions in the Los Angeles area, where she developed and led programs to engage young students in art-making as a way of exploring nature, strengthening community, fostering academic extension, and exploring identity and personal agency.


Steven Lemke
Has an Applied Math Degree with a career as a hydrographic survey engineer updating nautical charts. Discovered his love for pastels after retirement. Enjoys landscape, still life and portraiture painting.

Claudia Lima

A full time painter in Humboldt County. Her work concentrates on an impressionistic style of the subject matter of logging and agriculture in Humboldt County.  

Jeff McCallay
Street and travel photographer living in Eureka. Private pilot with degree in Airport Management. Retired from the FAA as air traffic controller in 2005. Part-time ATC instructor at the Aeronautical Center in OKC.


Lynn Niekrasz
Retired from a 29-year career salon business. After eight years of studio and plein air study including workshops with Jim McVicker, she joined RAA and continues to learn from many of Humboldt’s gifted artists.

Diana Schoenfeld
Holds a MA in Studio Art and Photography and a MFA in the History and Practice of Photography, has taught photography at the university level, and her photographs have been exhibited internationally.

James F. Woglom

An artist/educator and Associate Professor of Art Education at Humboldt State University.  He received his PhD from the University of Georgia, where he studied arts-based research methodologies and socially engaged practices. His co-authored graphic novel on social justice-oriented teacher education, On Mutant Pedagogies, was awarded the American Education Research Association’s Qualitative Research Group’s Outstanding Book Award and the Society of Professors of Education Book Award in 2017. He loves to paint and teach.