Steve Baker, Chair

Jeff Tyler, Commission Chair and Public Art

Jeff Tyler is a founding member of the Cultural Arts Commission, serving the community since the commission's formation in 2011. Currenty Tyler is the Chair of the Commission as well as the leader of the Public Arts Program Area. For many years Jeff Tyler was Director of Corporate Advancement and Development for Lamb’s Players Theater where he used both his MBA and a strong management background developed as a senior U.S. Naval officer and as President of a San Diego Electronics Company. Currently as a realtor with Ascent Realty, Jeff brings a long history of community involvement and a true love of the arts to his current position as the Commissioner of Public Art. He is excited with the opportunity to help make a difference inspiring and stimulating artistic awareness of Coronado residents and visitors. Already his leadership, initiative, focus, and communication skills have contributed to community collaborations enhancing Coronado’s Public Art opportunities.

Doug Metz, Vice-Chair

Doug Metz, Commission Vice-Chair and Arts and Advocacy

Doug Metz is an avid supporter of the arts. He is the past-president of the Washington D.C. Symphony Orchestra and supports a number of local art organizations including the San Diego Symphony, Bach Collegium (Baroque choral and instrumental), San Diego Early Music Society and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.  Locally he has volunteered for Art Walk and has supported Coronado School of the Arts. Metz is past president of the Coronado Unified School District Governing Board and currently serves on the board of Coronado Pathways Charter School. He also is past president of the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association and was appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Oversight Board (former Community Development Agency). Metz recently retired but is a beginner painter in acrylics, a fledgling prose poet and sporadic member of various choirs. Elected as Vice Chair of the Commission and overseeing the Arts Partners and Advocacy program area Metz will be leading the Strategic Plan Process for the CAC which will launch in late 2015.

Appointment in Progress, Literary Arts


Frances Howdyshell, Development and Special Events

Frances Howdyshell joins the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission as Commissioner of Development and Special Events. Frances is a new resident of Coronado and brings to Coronado 15+ years of community volunteerism, fundraising and community involvement. Her commitment to volunteerism includes serving on the Rancho Cucamonga Community Foundation promoting city pride and raising funds for community programs, Board Member of the Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation raising funds to promote literacy and raisings funds for a new library and cultural arts center, and serving as a Commissioner of the Rancho Cucamonga Historic Preservation/Planning Commission. Frances looks forward to working with the city, exploring and securing opportunities for sponsorship of CAC programs and continuing the success of promoting the great works of the Arts Partners.

Kris McClung

Maryellen McMahon, Visual Arts

Maryellen McMahon joins the Cultural Arts Commission as Commissioner of Visual Arts with a love and appreciation of the arts.  She brings 30+ years of experience in the profession of Interior Design, owning her own business for more than 24 years in central Texas.  Since making Coronado her home in 2011, she was the design lead for the Qualcomm design team at BKM Officeworks in San Diego and served in account management on many local and out of state projects.  Art installations have always been an integral part of her interiors projects. In 2015, Maryellen became a licensed Real Estate professional to complete a passion she has always said will benefit from her previous work as an interior designer.  She currently works for Teles Properties and a member of the Alan Kinzel Professional Realty Group, who just completed sponsoring Coronado’s very first community wide “Coronado’s Got Talent” talent show. Maryellen has two daughters, her youngest a 2013 musical theatre graduate of CoSA. 


Bill Lowman

William M.  Lowman, Arts Education

Bill Lowman graduated from the University of Redlands with a BA in History, Music and Civilization.He started out as a young vocalist, conducting church and community choirs as well as performing as a tenor soloist. He helped found the Las Vegas Symphony, consulted for many small arts organizations and moved into arts administrationas the founder and Director of the Nevada School of the Arts; a summer music camp and year round community school. In 1985 he was appointed the Executive Director of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. He retired in 2011 as the President of Idyllwild Arts. From 2012-2014 he served as Director of the University of Redlands Salsburg Semester. A new resident to Coronado, Bill brings to the Cultural Arts Commission and the program area of Arts Education a wealth of experience, having over the years assisted in the development and training of many of the outstanding musicans, dancers, artists, actors, writers and film makers who are working at the heart of contemporary art and culture across the US, Europe and Asia. 

Sherril Altstadt

Sherril Altstadt, Communication: PR & Media

Sherril Altstadt joins the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission leading the Communication: PR and Media program area. She is the former CEO of Coronado Home Care and a published author. Sherril has been a resident of Coronado for over five years.   Dedicated to the arts, Sherril believes that the offering of the arts is a hallmark of a great community.  Sherril served as a volunteer for the inaugural Coronado Film Festival, a CoSA Gala volunteer for the past six years, and was a CoSA Parent from 2009 through 2013. Sherril volunteered for the Commission as a CoSA Parent Liaison where she advocated having the talented youth of Coronado be included in future programs of the Commission.  Sherril is leading the Communications: PR and Media Program area of the Cultural Arts Commission and is responsible for the website and the popular weekly e-mail publication 3 on Thursday.


Kelly Purvis, Contract Arts Administrator

Kelly Purvis is the first Contract Arts Administrator for the City of Coronado and staff liaison to the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. She joined the team in December of 2013.  A local arts supporter and longtime community volunteer, Purvis assists the Cultural Arts Commission in fulfilling its mission to strengthen, coordinate and connect the arts with the citizens of Coronado. Purvis served as the first director of development for the Coronado Historical Association and did event coordination for San Diego political fundraising firm of Dorsee Productions. Volunteer experience includes work with the University of Southern California, Coronado Unified School District, the City of Coronado on the City's original Residential Standards Improvement Committee and Coronado MainStreet Ltd.