INLANDIA is led by talented and committed Board of Directors with input from an inclusive and diverse regional Advisory Council. The work of the organization is accomplished by a strong committee system of the board and advisory council and a small, dedicated staff of volunteers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ellen Estilai, President/CEO
Matt Stowe, Vice President
Jill Vassilakos-Long, Secretary
David Namazi, Treasurer
Larry Burns, Immediate Past-President
Marion Mitchell-Wilson, Advancement Committee
Doug McCulloh, Marketing Committee
Karen Rae Kraut, Programs Committee
Glenn Williams, Publications Committee
Jeff Kraus, Director Emeritus
Cati Porter, Executive Director
Mike Sleboda, Programs Assistant
Isaac Williams, Programs Volunteer
Dr. Surekha Acharya
Professor of English and Anthropology at Riverside City College; holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Riverside.
Author, A poetry editor for the online journal Poemeleon and Inlandia: A Literary Journal; poetry award winner; and leader of the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshop in Palm Springs.
Retired Library Director, Riverside Public Library; Children’s librarian for 35 years; curriculum coordinator for University of California, Riverside’s Life Society; co-chair of the Program Committee.
Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds
Associate Publisher Black Voice Newspaper; Adjunct Faculty, English Department, La Sierra University; Director of Black Voice Foundation, concentrating on Media, History and the Arts.
Author; Director of Career Services, DeVry University, he holds an MFA Creative Writing and teaches it at the University of Phoenix. Larry serves on the Finance Committee.
Author, Associate Professor in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She serves on the Publications Committee and is the fiction editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey
Poet, author, a Kundiman, Macondo, and Lambda Fellow, and the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Red Hen Press). MFA in Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside; former Inlandia Intern.
Playwright and novelist, author of the play Name of My Own; Professor of English (retired), Riverside City College; former Chair, California Council of the Humanities; participant in Inland Empire Humanities Coalition; member of the Board of Directors.
Author and educator; she serves on the Publications Committee and coordinates the website’s For Youth page.
Librarian, Teacher at La Sierra High School; he is a member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Program Committee
Author, artist, Director of Small Wonders Foundation and Chair of the Riverside Cultural Consortium. She is the co-editor of the Inlandia Creative Writing Annual Anthologies.
Writer; retired Executive Director, Riverside Arts Council and Arts Council for San Bernardino County. She is the Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Marketing Committee.
Director, Museum of History and Art, Ontario; former Curator, Mission Inn Foundation and Museum; participant in the Inland Empire Humanities Coalition. A member of the Board of Directors, she is the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Artist; Photographer; Chair, Art Department, California State University, San Bernardino. She serves on the Finance Committee.
Dr. Judy Khronenfeld
Poet, Lecturer Emerita University of California, Riverside Creative Writing. She serves on the Publications Committee and is an editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey
Director of Governmental and Community Relations, University of California, Riverside. He is the President of the Board of Directors.
Karen Rae Kraut
Storyteller, variety entertainer, comedienne, singer, and teaching artist and workshop presenter. She earned a masters degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University.
President, Crafton Hills College; active in the Inland Empire Humanities Coalition’s Chautauquas in 1990s. She serves on the Advancement Committee.
Publisher at Heyday; publishing partner of the Inlandia Institute.
Artist; Author; Chair, Art Department, La Sierra University; Director, Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University.
Former Local History and Special Collections Librarian; founder and writer, The Queen’s Own Blog—Inlandia Author Interviews.
Business developer; actress, played Mine Okubo in Name of My Own by Mary Curtin; Executive Vice President of Surado Solutions. She serves on the Publications Committee.
Artist; photographer; writer; author of Dream Street; partner/owner of the marketing and graphics design firm Geographics. He is the Vice President of the Inlandia Institute’s Board of Directors.
Former Chair, Riverside Cultural Heritage Board and Riverside County Heritage Commission; a member of Riverside’s pioneering William Irving and Mathew Gage families.
Artist and member of several Riverside community groups, including Riverside Museum Associates, Multicultural Council, Riverside Heritage Consortium, Save Our Chinatown Committee, Riverside Community Arts Association, and Riverside Arts & Culture Consortium.
Assistant Professor of English, College of the Desert. She is the editor of No Place for a Puritan. She leads the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshop in Riverside. She serves on the Publications Committee and is co-editor of the Inlandia Creative Writing Annual Anthologies.
Poet, Assistant Professor, English (Creative Writing and Literature) California State University, San Bernardino.
Poet, editor and publisher of Poemeleon. She is the chair of the Publications Committee and of the Literary Laureate Program. She also edits the Inlandia Institute’s online literary journal – Inlandia: a Literary Journey.
Artist, realtor, longtime Riverside arts and culture advocate.
Communications Director for the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District. She serves on the Marketing Committee.
Writer, editor and Associate Professor of English (Creative Writing) at Riverside City College. She serves on the Publications Committee.
Author; National Book Award Finalist; Edgar Allan Poe, Lannan Foundation and Guggenheim Fellowship awards recipient; Professor, Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside. She is the 2010-2012 Inlandia Literary Laureate.
Author and Associate Adjunct Professor at the College of the Desert. She leads the Inlandia Creative Writing Workshop in Idyllwild.
Dr. Deborah Wong
Ethnomusicologist; Professor, Chair, Music Department, University of California, Riverside
Dr. Katherine Wright
Retired Superintendant, Alvord Unified School District
Librarian/University Archivist, California State University, San Bernardino. She serves on the Program Committee.