• Rena Wilson
    Rena Wilson President

    Rena Wilson is presently the President of the Mancos Creative District, on the steering committee of the Mancos School of the West, and curates the art at “Olio” a restaurant/gallery in downtown Mancos.

    She is an artist, interior designer, art director, and photographic stylist. Rena has been involved in the town of Mancos as a business owner and was the past president of the Mancos Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Mancos for the past 24 years and is passionate about this little western town. In her free time, Rena loves horseback riding, skiing, cycling, kayaking, hiking, tennis and golf.

  • Jim Dodson
    Jim Dodson Vice President

    Communications specialist and an award-winning graphic designer with over 25 years of experience.  Specialize in: development and expansion of existing brand awareness, and graphic design solutions.

    Co-Founder, Southwest Discovered.  Online magazine. Celebrating the travel, arts and foods from the heart of the American Southwest.  

  • Betsy Harrison
    Betsy Harrison Treasurer


  • Sarah Allen
    Sarah Allen Secretary

    Born in the Midwest, raised in the Colorado Rockies and landing in the Mancos Valley 8 years ago.  Sarah comes from a long line of artists and musicians, studying fine arts herself starting in the early 90’s.  Her love of Photography and Ceramic Arts has evolved into creating a Community Art Center for people from all walks of life and age groups to explore their artist selves and offer support to everyone interested in the arts.  Beyond the arts, Sarah loves to travel abroad, dance, garden, live and build simply & sustainably. Sarah loves teaching and enjoys showing her work locally and inspiring others to create their own.

  • Amy Dodson
    Amy Dodson Board Member

    Co-Founder, Southwest Discovered.  Online magazine.  Celebrating the travel, arts and foods from the heart of the American Southwest.  

    Commercial Photography.  Coverage, Food and Landscape.  Virgin Atlantic, Livestrong, Huffington Post, New Mexico True, and numerous other publications in the United States and abroad.


  • Corey Hiseler
    Corey Hiseler Board Member

    Corey moved to Mancos from Telluride in 2015, choosing to semi-retire in the Mancos Valley for its rich community of artisans and the wonderful mountain to desert transition. Working in fiber, dye and paint mediums (sometimes all in one project), Corey is excited to immerse herself in the vibrant and creative Mancos arts community.

  • Patty Russell
    Patty Russell Board Member
    • Life-long cattle rancher
    • Retired Civil Engineer
    • Jewelry Designer
    • Member of Artisans of Mancos
    • Peace Activist
    • Chamber of Commerce Board
    • Past President Chamber
    • Creative District Board
    • Historical Society Board
  • Lille Diane
    Lille Diane Board Member

    Lille Diane is a Durango native, artist, teacher, musician, and a lifelong, creative entrepreneur. Since the early 70’s Lille has owned and operated several successful small businesses and traveled nationwide as a conference speaker including being a representative for the Art Institutes. Currently, Lille teaches a variety of art classes online and at the Painted Turtle Studio & Gallery in Mancos. She calls herself a human sparkler and is excited to share her gifts, experiences, and knowledge with the Mancos Creative District and help shine a light on small businesses throughout the Mancos Valley.


  • Carol Mehesy
    Carol Mehesy Board Member


  • Anne Beach
    Anne Beach Executive Director

    Executive Director of the Mancos Creative District, where the charge is to promote local artists, community engagement, and place-making to further the economic development of Mancos, Colorado.

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