About Us

Mission Statement

The Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre is a community non-profit organization. Its purpose is to insure the annual presentation of the California Historic Outdoor Pageant, Ramona, contribute to tourism and continuing educational programs that promote the arts, California history, national humanity efforts, and native American history with quality outdoor theater entertainment.


Board of Directors

Lori VanArsdale, Past President
VP Peace World International

Stacey Bailey, President
Retired West Valley High School Theater Instructor

David Hockenberry, Treasurer
Regional Manager for Circle K Corporation

Al Cordova, Vice President
Business owner

TJ Hepburn, Director
West Valley High School Band Instructor

Dee Cozart, Director
Business Consultant

Steve Covinton, Director
Business owner

Elena Kern, Director
Artist

Jimmy Bouchard, Director
Sergeant at arms

Linda Krupa, Ex Oficio
Hemet City Council

Russ Utz, Ex Oficio
San Jacinto City Council


Auxillary Board

Irene Bedard

Irene BedardActor, activist, and educator Irene Bedard, known for her great performances in such classic films and television series as “Smoke Signals”, “Longmire”, and most notably, as the voice of “Disney’s Pocahontas”, brings to The Ramona Bowl Advisory Board a true sense of awareness of the historic importance of the play “Ramona”, its long commitment and dedication to portraying Southern California’s native cultures in a realistic light, and a strong desire to help further the amphitheatre’s overall significance as a California landmark. Ms. Bedard, who has in recent months been very active in her role as an official observer at the United Nations, making great strides in the quest to bring a further awareness of indigenous peoples world wide, has been especially focused on developing the “Fresco Project” for the Ramona Bowl. This project, with the anticipated help of arts and cultural entities such as the Getty Foundation, The Autry Museum, The National Museum Of The American Indian, and The Smithsonian Institute, will be putting forth an effort to restore one of the Ramona Bowl’s most treasured artifacts, the Milford Zornes Fresco, a WPA Program art piece produced at the Bowl in 1942. The Fresco Project’s goal would be to restore, preserve, and protect this amazing piece of art history for generations to come. We are proud to have Ms. Bedard’s insight and knowledge as a part of the Ramona Bowl family, as well as bringing her recorded voice to the play “Ramona” as the narrator of our newly revised production.

Michael Croke

Mr. Croke is president and founder of The Baylor Group, Inc., an international events, promotions, and marketing agency providing a unique blend of strategic leadership, fresh ideas and engaging brand experiences globally. The Baylor brand has become synonymous with companies such as Accura, Hyundai, Kia, and Suzuki, and major annual events such as The Los Angeles Auto Show, The New York and Detroit International Auto shows, The Hollywood Bowl Summer Concert Series, and many others. Mr. Croke adds a strong business ethic and scope to our advisory board, and The Ramona Bowl is proud to be associated with the commitment to excellence that he brings.

Stewart Goldman

Stewart GoldmanStewart is Chief Operating Officer of CELS Enterprises, the parent company of Chinese Laundry footwear and accessories and a member of the company’s board of directors. Stewart is a fearless leader, streamlining operations, strengthening the product lines, and driving growth. He has served as a continuous facilitator of improvement for 30+years. He spends his downtime with his wife, 3 children, and his grandson. Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Stewart Goldman serves on the advisory board for Soles4Souls as well as the advisory board for the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre.

Juan Ruiz Anchia

Juan Ruiz AnchiaJuan Ruiz Anchia is one of Hollywoods most prolific and well loved cinematographers. His list of Blockbuster Hollywood films includes “Glengarry, Glen Ross” with Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey, “At Close Range” with Christopher Walken and Sean Peen, and “Disclosure”, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. Mr. Anchia, who hails from Balbao, Spain, is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, and the Directors Guild of America. He brings to the advisory board a unique cinematic eye, and a flair for the style that is so much a part of Helen Hunt Jackson’s original vision of Ramona’s world.

 

Conor O’Farrell

Conor O’FarrellMr. O’Farrell is a well known and well respected television, film, and stage actor and teacher, with starring roles in series such as “Justified”, “True Blood”, “CSI”, and two of HBO’s greatest mini series, “From The Earth To The Moon” and “The Pacific”, and in film roles that include “The Lincoln Lawyer” with Matthew McConaughey, “Flash Of Genius” with Greg Kinnear, and “Stir Of Echoes”, where he starred alongside Kevin Bacon. Residing mostly in Idyllwild, California, Conor is familiar with the history of Ramona’s world, and the play itself, and brings a true love and a working knowledge of theater to The Bowl.

Trinity Houston

Trinity HoustonTrinity Houston’s life has (from a very early age) been driven by a single, undeniable force: Creativity. After exploring an interest in health and wellness as a pre-med student in college, Ms. Houston’s artistic desires began to pull her in a different direction, and she embarked on a career in entrepreneurship; with business dealings throughout the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. Her strong background in Entertainment Publishing, Event Planning, Trade Show Management and Public Relations, has contributed in significant ways to her success as the current co-owner of 8 Days a Week, an international entertainment and marketing firm based in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. As Video Marketing Director for a number of renowned Caribbean resorts, one of Trinity’s creations has been Vacation Entertainment Television, broadcasting daily on travel and leisure channels in numerous languages globally, and she made quite a splash as the creator and producer of INdTelevision for Time Warner Cable, an arts and entertainment programming entity spotlighting talent in Independent Film, Music and Culture. Trinity’s creative drive has now led her into film production (she has produced two feature films, with more in the works,) and ironically enough, recently placed her in front of the camera, anchoring a daily vacation news show. As if her life schedule is not hectic enough, Trinity has also taken on the task of executive producing the world renowned Idyllwild International Festival Of Cinema, with the same visionary idealism that first launcher her career into the world of international entertainment.

 

Advisory Board Members

Linda Livesay
Brenda Moody
Deni Antionette Mazingo
Steve Covington
Gloria Ayala
Linda Greilich
Jim Bouchard
Alex Ballard

Staff

Stephanie Parssinen – Office Manager

Cora Vasquez – Volunteer Coordinator

Jose Torres – Maintenance Supervisor

Carlos Torres – Maintenance