Julianna Albershardt received a BA in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She traveled the country as a sound engineer and photographer before landing in the art town of Ojai, California. After working in the arts, recreation, and psychological fields, she spent ten years in Reno, Nevada, where she played folk harp in the Valley Harpers Ensemble. Drawn to the beauty of New Mexico and the small town, artistic ambience of Silver City, Julianna and her husband bought the Murray Hotel in 2004 and moved here full-time in 2009. The hotel continues to be a work of art in progress, and a home for arts, music and culture in Silver City.
Mimi Clark, President, grew up in Iowa and received her BA in Public Relations and Marketing Communications from St. Ambrose 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. They have one dog, a cat and a growing family. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator at Western New Mexico University.
Maureen Craig 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 A third generation Southern Californian, Claudia cultivated a love for the arts in public school. Water colors, pottery, and jewelry making became life-long passions while studying at UCSB and the College of Wooster in Ohio. After living in Philadelphia, meeting her lawyer husband John Egnal, and receiving an M.Ed. at the Antioch Graduate School of Education, they moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, where they raised their family.Claudia taught elementary school, then became a PBS producer at WGBY-TV, and an independent producer specializing in cultural documentaries. Claudia later went on to Harvard Divinity School to study for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. After frequent visits to family in 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 and its vital work.
Amanda Holguin was born and raised right here in Grant County. After graduating from Cobre High School, she attended Eastern New Mexico University, where she studied Art. Though she has lived throughout the Southwest in places such as Taos, NM and Tucson, AZ, she decided to return to her hometown in 2013. Currently, she works at Gila Regional Medical Center in Marketing and Public Relations. Upon her return home, she began looking for ways to become more involved within the community. With her strong background and passion for the arts, she decided to join MRAC as a way to become more intimately involved with her love of art and community.
Bruce McKinney 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.
Sherri Moser, born and raised in Sylvania, Ohio, was introduced to different forms of the arts at a young age. Music and visual arts were part of her childhood and continues to be a focus in retirement. Sherri worked in education most of her career and spent the past twenty-five years in higher education working in the President’s Office, alumni relations, conference and event planning, and student engagement. Sherri has three grown children, and four grandchildren, and has lived in Ohio, North Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico. Sherri and her partner Ed, moved to Silver City in June of 2014. Together, they enjoy retirement by working on their property, hiking and traveling with their three dogs, and visiting family and friends throughout the US. Sherri has volunteered with MRAC for a year and is proud to now be a member of the board.
Hallie Richwine 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.