Board and staff
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Christina has lived in Colorado Springs for over 20 years and says that her passion for the arts started as a toddler when she was first sprinkled with Mary Mashburn fairy dust. In addition to the typical run of music lessons, Christina grew up taking classes at the Bemis School of Art. As a student at The Colorado Springs School, she was exposed to and participated in all aspects of fine arts thanks to the strong arts curriculum.
After receiving a scholarship based on the merits of her entering portfolio, Christina chose to attend Miami University. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Minor in Arts Management. While at Miami, she played Baritone in the Marching Band and was an active member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Service Fraternity. Additionally, she was a grant recipient in the Miami University Summer Scholar program. Visiting museums across the country, she researched and then architecturally designed an arts center for youth.
In 2007, Christina was selected to join El Pomar Foundation’s leadership and professional development fellowship. She worked on the Ackerman and Hambrick Funds, the Empty Stocking Fund, and oversaw the compliance program.
Christina has participated in Leadership Arts, a nonprofit arts and cultural board training program hosted by the Colorado Business Committee of the Arts; Leadership Pikes Peak’s Signature Program in 2011; and is a 2010 and 2013 graduate of the Center for Creative Leaderships Community Leadership Program and Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, respectively. She also serves as a Trustee on the boards of the Colorado Springs School and El Pomar Foundation.
Angela is an arts professional whose passion for community, innovation and quality has inspired a decade of experience at diverse organizations. As Program Manager at the award-winning Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, she managed over 400 programs annually for 250,000 visitors, founded the FINE Artist Residency Series and Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire and co-produced an online maker show for children. In Pittsburgh, she served on many regional committees and actively volunteered in the arts community, including chairing the red carpet Work of Art Awards in 2008. She is as happy to emcee an event for 1,000 people as she is to sweep up the confetti afterward. Her curiosity and joy in people inspires her to explore, from Alsatian wineries to Appalachian snake-bagging festivals to moving across the country to Colorado. She joins Colorado Springs with her husband, David, the new Community Networks Program Director at TRG Arts, and their beautiful “boxador”, Georgia.
Community Arts Development Specialist
A 2013 graduate of Colorado College, Lila is a recipient of the college’s Public Interest Fellowship Program, allowing her the opportunity to work with COPPeR for a twelve-month period. Lila’s passion for the arts began at a young age in the form of piano lessons at a university in her hometown, Wichita, Kansas. The arts remained an extracurricular outlet through high school, but it was not until her college career that Lila began to pursue visual art academically. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and minors in Spanish and Museum Studies, Lila’s artistic work primarily utilizes printmaking techniques. Noteworthy pieces include a commissioned mural for the lululemon athletica showroom in Colorado Springs, CO and an artist book titled “My Trip with Grandma,” which was featured in the Abecedarian Gallery’s Spring 2013 book show in Denver, CO and now belongs to Colorado College’s Special Collections. Following internships with Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Lila is thrilled to join the COPPeR team and absorb everything the Pikes Peak Region has to offer.
2013 Board of Directors
Philanthropy Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
Lara Holman Garritano
Creative District Manager, Downtown Partnership
Medicare Enrollment Specialist, Kaiser Permanente
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Thomas Puckett Advertising
Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Community Outreach, Inc.
BL Speer & Associates
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Colorado Wealth Management of Raymond James