2016-2017 Board of Directors
Mimi Clark - President
Mimi grew up in Iowa and received her BA in Public Relations and Marketing Communications from St. Ambrose University and her MBA from Western New Mexico University. She grew up in a very musically talented family. Her parents were both in the performing arts and her mom was a gifted music teacher. In 2010, her husband accepted the Head Football Coaching position at Western New Mexico University and they settled into Silver City. Mimi is an entrepreneur who works from home, but is highly involved in various community projects and other charitable work. Mimi looks forward to serving more families and to integrate the arts in more schools and homes in our community.
Maureen Craig - Vice President
Maureen is an active volunteer with MRAC and loves being a member and contributor. She moved to Silver City in 2006 with her husband Ira and their dogs. Maureen brings a professional background in nonprofit organization development, training and volunteer coordination. She worked over 20 years with national groups such as Very Special Arts, the National Council for International Visitors, and as executive director of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. Maureen has a B.A. from Boston College in elementary and special education and a Master of Public Administration degree from George Mason University. She was a substitute teacher from 2003-2014, except from 2008-2011 when she worked at the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments. She studies piano and in the past classical guitar. Maureen is an avid quilter and an American Quilters Society certified appraiser of quilts.
Claudia Elferdink - Secretary
Almost two decades ago, Claudia began visiting family in Silver City and immediately saw how the Mimbres Regional Arts Council enriched life in this community. She had cultivated a love for the arts growing up in California public schools, including UCSB. Watercolors, pottery, and jewelry-making became life-long passions. After living in Philadelphia, she and her husband John Egnal, moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, where they raised their family. Claudia was a PBS producer at WGBY-TV, and later an independent producer specializing in cultural documentaries. She later went on to Harvard Divinity School to study for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. After frequent visits to Silver City, they started building a small passive solar home here. Recently Claudia and her husband retired and moved to Silver City to join their children, Martha and Stuart and their families. Claudia is delighted to support the Mimbres Region Arts Council serve on the Board.
Bruce is a former computer programming nerd who now works on real estate in Silver City. He is the owner of College Street Plaza and the Agave Ridge Retreat. Bruce moved here from the Pacific Northwest in 1999. He had his 15 minutes of fame as author of a popular programming book you probably haven’t heard of (Hardcore Visual Basic). He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who occasionally performs around town. He collects visual art, particular textiles.
Jason was born in La Grande, Oregon and moved to Grant County in 1989. He attended both Cobre and Silver Consolidated School Districts and graduated from Silver High School in 2002. After three semesters attended at NMSU Jason enlisted in the United States Air Force for a six year commitment. While in the military he deployed to Kuwait in 2006, Iraq in 2008, and Afghanistan in 2009. He separated from the Air Force obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant (E5) and returned to Silver City in 2011 to attend Western New Mexico University, where he has obtained a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Business Administration. Jason is employed with the US Forest Service and has recently became a board member in 2016. He is married to his wonderful wife Amy Quimby and has two beautiful children who he plans to raise in Silver City. Jason is elated to serve his community through the MRAC Board and believes enhancing the arts through music and artistic expression is a pivotal cornerstone of a sound community.
Hallie graduated from The University of Akron in 2010 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Anthropology. After living in Philadelphia, PA and Akron, OH she moved to Silver City, NM in May 2014 to be part of a multicultural community. Embracing the diverse opportunities as well as the beautiful weather, she began volunteering for Silver City Main Street, the Tour of the Gila, and the MRAC flagship events. She is also an avid runner and hiker that loves our local trails. She joins the MRAC Board with a dedication to keep culture accessible and encourage people to visit and enjoy Silver City, NM.