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SMAC Staff Directory

 Lennee EllerLennee Eller
Cultural Services Division Manager, Interim Executive Director
 Email Lennee Eller
 (916) 808-8877

Lennee joined the City of Sacramento, Convention and Cultural Services Department in the summer of 2016. As the Cultural Services Division Manager Lennée’s goal is to support and collaborate with staff to succeed in our mission to provide exceptional cultural and educational opportunities that enrich the quality of life in the Sacramento region. She currently sits on two nonprofit boards: the Powerhouse Science Center Board and the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts.  Prior to working for the City of Sacramento, Lennee established and directed the Phoenix Airports Museum, home to one of the largest airport art programs in the United States. Its goal is to showcase Arizona's unique artistic and cultural heritage to more than 41 million passengers who travel through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport a year. Lennee has been active in the Museum and nonprofit Arts for more than 30 years. When not being an artist administrator, Lennée is a visual artist. Her work: sculpture, screen prints, drawings and paintings are in private and municipal collections, both nationally and internationally.


photo of Dianne CripeDianne Cripe
Art in Public Places Specialist
Email Dianne Cripe
(916) 808-8493

Dianne Cripe is the Art in Public Places Specialist for the City and County of Sacramento’s Art in Public Places Program. Cripe joined the Arts Commission after managing the City of Las Vegas public art program of permanent and temporary projects. She also directed the Art in Public Places program for the State of Hawai’i Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Previously, as the inaugural director of public art for Arizona State University, she developed numerous exhibition and outreach programs and coordinated both permanent and temporary projects. At ASU, Cripe co-wrote the masters-level Certificate in Public Art and taught Public Art 101 at the Herberger Institute of Art and Design. In 2015, she consulted with the university on the conservation of the public art collection. Cripe also established the City of Goodyear (AZ) public art program, developing policies, public art plans and programming several exhibition spaces throughout municipal buildings. She has contributed articles to Public Art Review and ASU Research Magazine.  Cripe holds an M.A. in Art History and an M.Ed. in English Education, both from Arizona State University.

Anja Aulenbacher Anja Aulenbacher
 Grants & Cultural Programs Coordinator  
 Email Anja Aulenbacher 
 (916) 808-3986

Anja Aulenbacher is the Grants and Cultural Programs Coordinator at the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Anja manages the Arts Commission’s grant programs, Sacramento Poet Laureate program, research projects and media. Anja administers several grant programs including general operating funds for nonprofit arts organizations (Cultural Arts Awards) and the Holiday Music Series presented at the Sacramento International Airport and other sites in Sacramento County. Anja directs the Sacramento Poet Laureate program, having managed the application process and tenures of the past three Sacramento Poets Laureate. Anja also oversees the Arts Commission’s newsletter, website and social media sites. Anja earned a BA from California Lutheran University, and after working on the production crew for local news broadcasts, joined the Arts Commission in 2005.

photo of Hilary AmnahHilary Amnah
Arts Education Coordinator
Email Hilary Amnah
(916) 808-3983

Hilary Amnah is the Arts Education Coordinator for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Prior to working at the Arts Commission, Hilary was a Community Arts Coordinator for the Utah Division of Arts & Museums where she developed the Local Arts Agency program and served communities throughout the state. During her career, Hilary has worked in a variety of arts administration capacities, including creative placemaking, a VSA, rural arts, a gallery, folklife, and local and state arts agencies. She currently serves on the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council and the Robert E. Gard Foundation board. Hilary holds a BA in Music from The Ohio State University and an MS in Arts Management with a Community Arts concentration from the University of Oregon.

Laura Norman Laura Littlefield
 Arts Program Associate
 Email Laura Littlefield
 (916) 808-3979

Laura Littlefield has been an Arts Program Associate with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission since 2007, serving first in Grants and Cultural Programs and currently in Arts Education. Prior, she worked with children and families, both as a Case Manager for a publicly funded childcare subsidy program and as a Head Start preschool teacher. Laura has two BA's from Humboldt State University, one in Studio Art and the other in Sociology. 

Debra Waltman

 Debra Waltman
 Administrative Analyst 
 Email Debra Waltman 
 (916) 808-3982

 Debra Waltman began her career with the City of Sacramento in 2007 with the Human Resources department. From there, she has worked for the Public Works department and the Information Technology department, respectively. Through her career with the City, she has excelled at program auditing to discover efficiencies and cost-savings and implementing control mechanisms through administrative policy and procedures to ensure consistency through the department. She graduated with her Master of Business Administration in July 2013 and has been able to leverage her education and skills in strategic planning, leadership and financial acumen to each of her projects.  She has been an asset to the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission since July 2014 and is responsible for all of the business operations of the organization including the Arts Commission's fiscal health, personnel, program and project management and the general day-to-day office management. 

Employment Opportunities

The people who comprise the staff of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission are dedicated employees of the City of Sacramento. Openings for staff positions are posted, and applications handled, by City of Sacramento Human Resources department at (916) 808-5726.  Job postings for the entire City can be viewed on the City website.