For Immediate Release: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Appoints New Board Members

Escondido, California — :

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s (the Center) Governance Committee appointed two new members to their Board of Trustees at the annual meeting on Thursday, September 18. Andy Washburn and Robert Dudley accepted a three-year term. Washburn and Dudley join Board Chair Karen Jobe, Vice Chair Cynthia Weir, Treasurer Barbara Fischer, Secretary Christin Hodous, Robert Will, Robert Cafaro, and Chris Cochran.
The Board of Trustees engaged Non-Profit Management Solutions to assist the existing Board on strategically expanding its members.
Jobe remarked, “We are thrilled to welcome Andy and Robert to the Board of Trustees. This year – the Center’s 20th anniversary – is one of growth and opportunity. These gentlemen will help serve as stewards toward our mission of creating and celebrating the visual and performing arts.”
Washburn has been involved with the Center since it opened in 1994. He was an original contributor and annual member; since 2013, he served as a volunteer usher. He retired from Chrystal Software (A Xerox New Enterprise Company) in 2000, and has stayed active in the Valley Center community and the arts as a Charter Member of the Valley Center Community Theater, a Stage Manager for the Valley Center Community Theater (2011-13), and an Associate Producer of “All the Time in the World,” a play supporting the Escondido Arts Partnership (2010). Washburn is married to Nazarena and has two daughters, Katherine, 24, and Alexandra, 21.
Dudley, a founding patron of the Center, was raised in Washington D.C. where his interest in the arts was nurtured with frequent visits to the National Gallery of Art, The Corcoran Gallery, The Phillips Collection, and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Rochester as history major with an emphasis in art history. He moved to San Diego in 1976 and has been the President of Amerisat, Inc., a satellite television company, since 1996. He has served on the boards of Big Brothers of North County, The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, and The Child’s Primary School (TCPS). Dudley is the father of three grown sons,



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