Current Board Members
The Coalition is currently accepting applications for new board members.
ERIKA LEPPMAN, PRESIDENT
Erika joined the board in 2014. She is a Professor at the Southern Oregon University, the former Director of the Schneider Museum of Art, and a board member for the Oregon Museums Association.
ERIC FOSTER, TREASURER
Eric Foster joined JCCC in 2011. He is a lawyer with Foster Denman, LLP. When he’s not helping people work through their trusts, estates, and business transactions in his practice, he can be found playing the piano around Talent and Ashland with the jazz band, Sonic Gravity. He believes that community service adds important value to the community. He volunteers with The Oregon Community Foundation, ACCESS, and the Oregon State Bar.
JULIE BRIMBLE, BOARD MEMBER
Julie is the Area Manager for SMART® Start Making A Reader Today in the Rogue Valley. She is passionate about children and books, and she enjoys working with the many volunteers who give their time to SMART. In her spare time, Julie raises and exhibits English Setters, is an assistant 4H Leader helping with a dog club. Julie and her husband live on a small farm in Gold Hill where they have cashmere goats and one adorable miniature donkey.
MARY BUCKLEY MIKKELSEN, BOARD MEMBER
Mary has been a board member since 2018. She is retired from 35 years in Theatre Arts and Arts Education. Mary is a member of the Gold Hill Historical Society, the vice-president of Gold Hill Can-Do, an advisor to the Cantrell-Buckley Park committee and active in several groups supporting Indigenous Peoples causes. Mary is a descendant of the pioneer Buckley family who homesteaded in the Applegate Valley in 1854.
MARY JANE CEDAR FACE, BOARD MEMBER
Mary Jane, a librarian at Southern Oregon University, has her master’s degrees in Anthropology and Library Science from Rutgers University. She finds nothing more satisfying than helping a student with research and observing their ‘aha!’ moments. She loves the diversity of her responsibilities which include coordinating collection development and special collections, teaching research skills, and assisting students at the reference desk.
CHERI CURTIS, BOARD MEMBER
Cheri has previously worked for Head Start in Health and Nutrition for over 20 years. While working for Head Start, Cheri saw how low-income populations do not always have access to the arts, heritage or humanities programs. She feels that all children should be able to participate in outlets for creative expression. She advocates for educational access and opportunities for all. Cheri is active in Soroptimist International and served as the Garden Tour Chair for her local club’s major fundraising event. Cheri loves art in nature especially outdoor photography. She has served on the board of Jackson County Cultural Coalition since 2017.
THERESA HART, BOARD MEMBER
Theresa joined JCCC in 2018. She is currently involved with Soroptomist SIN Valley; Gold Hill Community Development Organization-CanDo; Gold Hill Historical Society; Central Point Garden Club; and Community Confluence Consulting as the Consultant/Owner.
RACHEL JONES, PAST PRESIDENT
Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in education and the arts, and holds a master’s degree in Arts Management from American University. As Director of Outreach & Engagement at Southern Oregon University she is passionate about providing enrichment opportunities for youth and older adults and cultivating a love of lifelong learning.
VICTORIA SNOW MOUNTAIN, BOARD MEMBER
Victoria Snow Mountain joined the JCCC board in 2018, after retiring as the Managing Director of Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre, a local Mexican folk dance troupe. She is also a retired high school teacher, having served 19 years as an English Second Language teacher at South Medford High School. She now sings with Women with Wings Choir and is a student and board member of the Ashland Hula School, Halau Hula Ka Pi’o Anuenue.
MARY O'KIEF, BOARD MEMBER
Mary O’Kief sings with the Women With Wings choir, a 50+ member choir started in the fall of 1995 by women drawn together by their love of singing. She retired (Faculty Emeritus) from Rogue Community College, in 2016, after seventeen years working as the Grants and Strategic Planning Coordinator. Previously, Mary helped start and direct Southern Oregon Women’s Access to Credit; and served as the Program Development Coordinator, The Job Council; Assistant Director, United Way of Jackson County; Family Advocate, Southern Oregon Head Start; and co-Director, Dunn House.
SARA KING COLE, ADMINISTRATOR
Sara is the Administrator for the JCCC.