Board of Directors



Cindy Starr

Cindy is a retired dental hygienist who moved to Cedaredge to marry the love of her life, David.  Through travels with her husband, Cindy discovered the benefits of arts in a community.  As a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, she conducted a survey and found that the Cedaredge community was eager for a visual and performing arts center.  Cindy is an experienced non-profit president, skilled networker, and a visionary. She coordinated bringing the GMAEC from a dream to reality.

Cindy enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, traveling, and being with family & friends.

David Starr

Vice President

David Starr

David spent the early '80's in Aspen before returning to his native Arkansas. He was steered toward Cedaredge by an old Aspen friend and found that it had a great small-town vibe with room to grow.  David is a touring musician, songwriter, producer and concert promoter.  He has owned Starr's Guitars on Main Street in Cedaredge for 19 years.  As a traveling musician, David saw what an arts center can bring to a small town; entertainment, education, engagement, and realized how all of this could lift a community spiritually, artistically and economically. David has served on numerous boards and currently organizes and promotes concerts performed at the GMAEC.

David enjoys working in his yard and enjoying the perfect summer days at the base of the Grand Mesa.


Perry Hotz

Perry moved to Cedaredge in 1976 when his wife was offered a teaching position here.  His career transitioned from a successful builder and contractor to real estate broker.  Perry has always believed in giving back to his community.  A self proclaimed 'career volunteer' Perry saw that the GMAEC was an opportunity to bring a cultural and entertaining experience to Cedaredge.  Perry has served many philanthropic organizations and his business background has helped to bring more structure to GMAEC as an organization.

Perry loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, skiing and 4-wheeling.


Linda Lichtendahl

Linda moved to Cedaredge to be with her partner, Bob, an organic farmer on Cedar Mesa.  Linda is a retired fundraiser who also served as an event and marketing director for the town of Frisco.  She has served on boards and chaired events for many non-profits.  She is currently on the steering committee for the 2019 Western Slope Philanthropy Days and a member of the Cedaredge Rotary Club and Cedar Mesa Community Club.  Linda has enjoyed the challenge of a grassroots effort to open the GMAEC and was eager to contribute her grant writing, fundraising and event planning experience.

Linda enjoys working at her partner's orchard, hiking, alpine and cross country skiing, and playing pickleball.  

General Board Member

Sue Beachman

Sue is a retired teacher who moved to Cedaredge in 2012. Her grandparents settled as homesteaders in this area. It was this sense of “home” that brought her and her husband to retire in this beautiful area.  Celebrating art, educational opportunities and a sense of community prompted her to become one of the first volunteers at the center. Sue is currently organizing dedicated volunteers for our Center’s art gallery.  Her goal is to help volunteers and visitors alike feel welcomed and appreciated at GMAEC.

Sue enjoys hiking, skiing, camping and quiet moments watching Sandhill Cranes soar overhead.

General Board Member

Judy Fairchild

Judy is a native Coloradan and moved to Cedaredge to take on a teaching position.  Now retired from teaching, Judy became part of the vision-to-reality team for the GMAEC.  Judy believes in doing something positive for her community that will outlast our lives, and has contributed much of her time to the success of the GMAEC.  Judy currently helps organize events at the center.

Judy enjoys writing, hiking and playing pickleball.

General Board Member

Dea Jacobson

Dea lived in our neighboring community, Paonia, from 1971 to 1982.  She was a founding DJ on KVNF Public Radio.  She then worked for the Senate and Congress in Grand Junction, and finally moved to Cedaredge in 2000.  Dea is a Yoga Therapist and has been guiding students and clients for 23 years.  Dea was also a part of the concept of an art center from the beginning, spending many hours brainstorming with Cindy Starr to make the GMAEC dream come true.  She contributes her knowledge in press, PR and advertising to the GMAEC.

Dea enjoys hiking and snowshoeing.

General Board Member

Terry Hotz

Terry moved to Cedaredge in 1976 with her husband to take a teaching position with the Cedaredge school district.  Terry was committed to GMAEC from the beginning because of the opportunities that it would bring to people in the community from all walks and ages of life.  She is the chair of the GMAEC Education Committee and has coordinated many educational and community events for Cedaredge area students.  

Terry enjoys spending time with family, particularly her nine grandchildren.  She is an outdoor enthusiast and takes advantage of the activities available on the Grand Mesa, as well as educational and local events.

General Board Member

Kacy Stillings

Kacy and her husband moved to Cedaredge in 2005 to pursue career opportunities.  Kacy is the Market President of the Bank of Colorado Branch in Cedaredge and has current funding and local economy expertise. She is active in several community based non-profit organizations.

Kacy loves the outdoor opportunities in Western Colorado.

General Board Member

Heidi Weissner

Heidi and her husband moved to Cedaredge in 2018 from the front range.  She and her husband started their own business making wind noise reduction products for cyclists in 2012.  Heidi is a retired paralegal and worked in numerous areas of law.  While working for the State Attorney in Illinois, Heidi was a board member for the Child Advocacy center and was interim Director upon start up.  Heidi recreated a dynamic website for the center and has volunteered for many other projects and events.

Heidi is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, cycling, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, rappelling, boating, and sharing those experiences with her grandson.

General Board Member

Dottie Whitlock

Dottie was lured to Cedaredge after visiting friends here.  She spent the majority of her career in medicine, and became a massage therapist in 1990.  Dottie firmly believes in being involved in her community in any capacity.  She volunteers on a regular basis at the GMAEC and is on the Events Committee for the center.

Dottie enjoys reading, dancing, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Deborah’s career as a highly-successful Operations Management and Customer Relations professional includes twenty-five years in government, regional, national and joint venture organizations. Her various positions in the delivery of clinical laboratory services allowed her to acquire a diverse skill set; budgeting, customer service, personnel management, networking, conflict resolution, project management, process implementation, training, leadership, team building and facilitation. Her success was demonstrated by rapid, progressive promotions and the respect of individuals at all levels of the organizations and customers she served. Deborah was recognized by colleagues for unwavering honesty, integrity and communication skills. She delivered optimal customer satisfaction and consistently exceeded objectives. Upon her relocation to Cedaredge in 2004, her positive experiences with employee development and mentoring led her to pursue a coaching certification and shift her professional emphasis to coaching individuals and consulting with small business to build interpersonal skills and achieve objectives. The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center fulfills a life long goal of applying her art history education to inform the community of the value of the arts and their historical significance.


Deborah Shaffer

Executive Director

Advisory Council

Joe Agne

Hunter Campbell

Jo Dickes

Lynn Grotrian

Bruce Joss

Stacy Malmgren

Dale Russell Smith

Nancy Snowdon

Rob Wolcott