Jeff Tyler is a founding member of the Cultural Arts Commission, serving the community since the commission's formation in 2011.
Helen Kupka has been fascinated by the performing arts since she was a little girl. Growing up, she played the viola in the school orchestra, performed as a folk singer and sang in a jazz quartet later in life. She studied piano for many years and plays on a regular basis. She minored in Theatre Arts at Denison University. She is an avid art collector and donor/subscriber to the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theater. Helen volunteered with the Cultural Arts Commission during Coronado's 125th Celebration planning an open-air jazz concert and a family fun night, both in the Coronado Cays Park. Helen was the co-owner of TLA Technology. An engaged resident of the Coronado Cays, Helen served on the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association for four years including service as President for two years. Under her leadership, the Cays partnered with the City of Coronado to redesign the entryway to the Cays to improve safety. She acted as the project manager for the $3 million dollar renovation to Montego Village.. Helen's ability to organize and energize groups around a common goal makes her uniquely poised to serve with Coronado's Arts Partners.
Lei Udell joins the Cultural Arts Commission as Commissioner of Literary Arts as a life-long reader with a love of the written word. A 24-year resident of Coronado, Lei grew up in and maintains ties with Iowa City, Iowa, home of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a UNESCO City of Literature. She reads and writes for business as an appellate attorney, and reads for pleasure as a member of two local book clubs and a volunteer with Coronado Friends of the Library. For many years
Mariah Gillespie, Arts Education,
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 graduated from the University of Redlands with a BA in History, Music, and Civilization
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 CoronadoARTS.com website and the popular weekly e-mail publication 3 on Thursday.
Kelly Purvis was hired as 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. In February 2019 she was hired as a Senior Management Analyst for Coronado and continues to work in support of Arts and Culture and the Cultural Arts Commission. 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 the San Diego political fundraising firm of