New President | Board Elects Sandra Kitto as President of SPARC

The Board of Directors of the South Pasadena Arts Council has elected SPARC veteran and South Pasadena resident Sandra Kitto as President of the 9-year-old, non-profit arts organization.

PHOTO: Steven Lawrence | | SPARC board members joined by the gala sponsors and City Council members

“I am honored and thrilled to have been elected president of SPARC,” Kitto said, “and I’m looking forward to this new responsibility. I am committed to continuing the delivery of the successful and exciting events and projects that SPARC has become known for.”

Working with SPARC CEO Howard Spector and fellow Board members (Lissa Reynolds, Vice-President; Scott Brown, Treasurer; Lynne Heffley, Secretary; Andrew Bernstein; Ed Donnelly, Delilah Rabina, James Reynolds, Dean Sheldon Serwin, and Blue Trimarchi), Kitto plans to emphasize volunteer recruitment to help sustain SPARC’s current programs and support additional growth, “and to build on our existing partnerships with business and arts organizations and create new ones, in order to extend our reach in the community.”

Formerly the vice president of the knit fabric division for a local textile company from its inception to its establishment as a $13,000,000 a year business, Kitto is currently an independent consultant for a major yarn manufacturer based in North Carolina with responsibility for sales support, customer service, and logistics both domestically and internationally for the company’s California based customers.

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Kitto and her husband, Joe Walters, have lived in South Pasadena for 15 years. Her daughter and son, Christine and Sean Willard, are both South Pasadena High School graduates.

Founded in 2009, SPARC contributes to the cultural and artistic life of the city of South Pasadena through hands-on, creative experiences, multidisciplinary community and educational arts programming, art exhibitions, public art projects, and literary and performance events.