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Meet the Board of Directors

Jane Jenny


Jane is a multi-dimensional artist, award winning house designer, teacher and past president of the non-profit art organization Side Street Projects in Los Angeles. Jane earned her MFA in 1999. Jane is a true patron of the arts and supports important NTA programs such as Kids Art Camp and our annual fundraiser, Monet's Table.


Ryrie Valdez

Ryrie is a founding member of Sierra Artist' Network, now NTA.  She was owner of Frames by Ryrie in Tahoe City (27 years), and Ryrie’s Art & Home in Reno (9 years). An advocate for the arts, Ryrie served on the Board of the Nevada Arts Council for 2 + terms.  Ryrie is a current board member of Sierra Arts Foundation.  The arts add value to our communities, and NTA and its talented group of artists have the ability to inspire and offer the joy of art to those who walk in the door.


Heidi Reeves


Heidi has been contributing to North Tahoe Arts for years and here multitude of talent  and dedication shines true for Tahoe art community. Heidi is a prize winning Pastel artist and excels at various mediums. She also hosts the Bi-Monthly Gathering of Artists, as well as teaches classes here at NTA. We are more than thrilled to have her enthusiasm and talent on our team.

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Pam Sutton



Pam joined NTA as a glass artist in the ARTisan Shop in 2007. She grew up in LA and lived many years in the Bay Area. After earning an MBA she worked in marketing and program management for several large high tech companies before moving to Reno in 1990. She has served on several nonprofit boards and is passionate about helping NTA thrive as a cultural and artistic hub in North Tahoe/Truckee area.


Laura Homen

Kids Camp Co-Director


As a teacher of art, Laura Homen is always excited to share her philosophy. She believes it is as much about the process as it is about the product. Art makes us feel good, whether we are making it, looking at it, buying it or giving it away. We need to feel good about art. Laura has been a credentialed teacher for over 40 years, earning her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Foundations in Education. She was an art docent/teacher in the public schools for 27 years.  Her enthusiasm for art and love of learning is obvious when you visit North Tahoe Arts Kid’s Art Camp where she shines while working with our “budding artists”. 


Geoff McGilvray

Tahoe City Shop Liaison


Geoff McGilvray is an award winning landscape & nature photographer based out of Incline Village, NV. He has lived in the Lake Tahoe Basin since 1975 and has a passion for capturing the different moods and the beautiful lighting of the Lake Tahoe region and the surrounding high Sierras.

Meet the Staff

Le'a Gleason

Executive Director

Le'a Gleason is a creative writer, journalist, and performer passionate about fostering community connections. With a professional background in marketing, communications, and event planning, her aim is to steer North Tahoe Arts to make a stronger community impact and expand its programs to further reach our community members. Her experience working for nonprofits for over 10 years has taught her the potential for large scale community impact that is possible when people creatively work together to brainstorm new and innovative ideas. 

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Carolyn Stark

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Carolyn Stark is the key backbone to North Tahoe Arts, keeping our finances in order and taking care of so much more! Carolyn is a native to North Lake Tahoe and now based in Incline Village. Outside of her work for NTA, she is passionate about animals and the environment and volunteers locally. 

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