Board, Staff, Donors

Shemer HouseThe Shemer Art Center & Museum Association (SACAMA) is a nonprofit, 501C-3 open membership organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the City of Phoenix and Arizona residents by providing a “home for the arts” that nurtures creativity and imagination.

In July, 2010, the Shemer Art Center, a city-owned facility, faced the threat of closing when the City of Phoenix announced it could no longer manage the day-to-day operations.  SACAMA took on the challenge of not only maintaining the Shemer, but growing it into a viable art center that provides our community with a unique and inviting atmosphere to enjoy and learn about visual art through exhibitions, classes and programs.

Board of Directors:
Sandra Whyman, President
-Retired Art & Curriculum Specialist
Kim MacEachern, Past President
-Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Council
Laura Cohen-Hogan, Vice President
-Retired Educational Consultant & Administrator
Betsy Johnson, Secretary
-Benefits Manager, Empire Southwest
Joanne Itow, Treasurer
-Managing Director, Manufacturing for Semico Research
David Benton, Board Member
-Attorney, Sims, Murray, Ltd.
Tom Chapman, Board Member
-Arts Advocate/Civic Leader
Goldthwaite Dorr, Board Member
-Former Art Museum Director
Teddy Irvine, Board Member
-Ed.D Educator
Andre Taylor, Board Member
-Realtor, Coldwell Banker
Elizabeth Teitel, Board Member
-Arts Advocate
Betty Wagner, Board Member
-Principal/Interior Designer, Wagner Partnership

Barry Shemer
Jack Shemer
Orme Lewis
Michel Sarda
Howard Hirsch
Jim Lowman
Herb & Debbie Paine

Jocelyn Hanson, Executive Director
Seth Trent, Program Coordinator
Averi Gutierrez, Program Manager

Benefactors ($5,000)
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture
Patrick McCue

Friends of Martha Legacy Sustainers: ($3,000)
Lisa Baird
Howard Hirsch
Brian & Linda Levitt
Jim & Marcia Lowman
Barry Shemer
Jack Shemer
Sandra Whyman & Jim Tanner

Advocates: ($1,000)
Laura & Billy Cohen-Hogan
Betsy Johnson
Lindsay Rohlfsen Dezigns
Thomas J. Eldridge
Unity Church of Phoenix
Roney Family Foundation
Mike Crane/Candy Hanson Charitable Fund
Michel Sarda
CBS Outdoor Advertising
Framin’ Works
AZ Chapter of AIA
Wells Fargo

Contributors: ($500)
Sandra Blain
Jocelyn Hanson
Robert & Jacqueline Hutt
Joanne Itow
Paul Loomans
Betty Wagner

Supporters: ($100)
Arizona Artists Guild
Paul Barnes
Sandra Bonstelle
Tom Chapman
Lauren Cohen
Donna Earl
Janet Eisen
Geraldine Fishman
Barbara Foley in memory of Mark Johnson
May Gin
Midge Golner
Victoria Granberry
Michael Hogan
Cynthia Hoxie
Jocelyn Hanson
Robert Hutt
Kathryn Jackson
Roslyn Shemer
Ryan Shemer
Litamae Sher
Betty Shults
Jim Tanner
Ron Tolesko
Lynda Weckstein


AZ Commission Arts Programming supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts through funding from
the National Endowment for the Arts & the Arizona State Legislature.
AZ Artists Guild Arizona Artists Guild
AZ Humanities Council Arizona Humanities Council
Phoenix Precast Phoenix Precast Products
AZ Art Supply Arizona Art Supply
Utrecht Utrecht Dick Blick Artist Supplies
Marjon Ceramics Marjon Ceramics
Framin Works Framin’ Works
srp SRP
cityofphoenix City of Phoenix – Office of Arts and Culture