The ARTree Community Arts Center

Developing the Roots of Creativity

About ARTree


The ARTree offers and provides opportunities to explore, create, and nurture artistic potential for children throughout the community of Santa Clarita.

Classes and Events

We offer classes and events throughout the year. Check the calendar to see what’s coming up.


Read about the wonderful things people are saying about ARTree!

ARTree Documentary

Our own Board member, Noel Bermudez, has put together a documentary on ARTree. Take a look!

Board of Directors

Bob Hernandez

Bob Hernandez


Bob Hernandez graduated from California Institute of the Arts, BFA with honors. Bob was a Design Director for KCBS, Fox Sports Network, Telemundo and has served on the Executive Board of The Broadcast Designers Association.

With his own company, Bob Hernandez Design, he lead creative teams in formulating multimedia projects and producing art for such companies as Simon & Schuster, IBM, and Time Warner.

The teaching bug hit years later and Bob got an opportunity to take on a teaching position at Cal State Northridge, teaching design and experimental film.

Soon after the multi-media craze hit, both his illustration and design talents began to flourish. His multi-media work for Simon & Schuster on The Amazon Jungle and Animals of the World has been on display at The Smithsonian Institute.

Though Bob has been nominated several times, won an Emmy, and has various National and International awards during his career, Bob confesses that his true joy is teaching children, and heading up the ARTree's efforts in bringing arts education to the community.

As well as his position as President of The ARTree Community Arts Center, Bob is the art instructor at Santa Clarita Christian School.

Bob lives with his wife, Diane in Santa Clarita and has two grown sons that are executives in the entertainment industry.

Dianne Foderaro

Dianne Foderaro

Vice President & Education Chair

Dianne Foderaro is an artist and a teacher with thirty years of teaching experience in the Saugus Union School District. During those years she was named Teacher of the Year in 1990. Dianne spent two summers teaching with the Von’s Teach the Teachers technology program in Ojai., California.

She has a Master of Arts degree in education with an emphasis on art, and completed research proving the importance of drawing in the development of visual perceptual skills.

Dianne’s grant-funded projects include guiding students to design and create public murals as well as the development of student based video projects.

As a welded metal artist, Dianne creates whimsical life sized people. All of her pieces include recycled materials. She has two public art pieces installed in Santa Clarita, a trailhead piece, “Crossroads at Iron Horse Trailhead,” developed collaboratively with Idelle Okman Tyzbir, and a second piece, “The Spirit of Santa Clarita,” on the South Fork Trail. Her works are part of private collections throughout California.

With two grown children and four grandsons, Dianne enjoys bringing an interest in the arts to her own family as well as to the children of Santa Clarita.

Melissa Lackman

Melissa Lackman


Melissa Morton Lackman grew up surrounded by artists and musicians and has always loved fine art. She took a B.A. in Art from Seattle Pacific University in 1977, before turning to a career in law. After earning her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1981, she was a full-time litigator for 11 years.

Melissa has been directly involved in nonprofit management at the board level since approximately 1995, serving a variety of organizations, both local and national.

In addition to her studio practice, she has passion for children’s mental health, children’s arts education, music, language learning, and travel.

Mrs. Lackman serves as the Treasurer of the ARTree as well as is Chief Business Officer of International Encaustic Artists.

Eileen Zeidner

Eileen Zeidner


Eileen is presently the Secretary for The ARTree. She also assists instructors in teaching art classes to children in the community. Her passion for nurturing children also shines through with her work in tutoring first-graders for the SCV Education Foundation's Read With Me Program.

Mrs. Zeidner studied at Adelphi University for a career as a Legal Assistant and coupled with her experience as a Medical Library Assistant at Jamaica Hospital, New York she practiced as a Paralegal specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury for 25 years. As her education and experience did not fully translate out of the jurisdiction of New York State she took an early retirement and started on the volunteer track in 1999.

Eileen is a Master Gardener in the state of Texas and served at the Coppell, Texas Community Garden both in growing fruit and vegetables and on their steering committee. She volunteered at the Denton County Food Bank providing recipes for the produce donated by the community garden.

In California Eileen has developed a passion for helping to provide community members with low cost arts activities and classes through her work with The ARTree. She has also volunteered for the Assistance League, the Library and Hosting Foreign Students. She has a passion for cooking and practices in her copious spare time!

Andrew Tyzbir

Andrew Tyzbir

Fundraising Chair

Andrew has been a Valencia resident since 1984. He is married with two adult daughters and is a Realtor with Pinnacle Estate Properties specializing in residential and commercial properties throughout the Los Angeles and Ventura county areas.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree from New Hampshire University. He is retired from Unocal, a major oil company that was ultimately purchased by the Chevron Corporation. At Unocal, Andrew working in the Human Resources Division, managed the administration of the Company's benefit plans and programs.

As a Board Member of The ARTree, Andrew's primary responsibility is fundraising. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Valencia Hills Homeowners Association and is a committee member for the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Association.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking and gardening. His beautiful wife Idelle, an artist, is also a very active volunteer in The ARTree.

Noel Bermudez

Noel Bermudez

Communications Chair

Noel Bermudez has been on the ARTree board since 2012. His focus is on the organization’s external communication, overseeing the ARTree e-blasts and publicity. He also writes articles for various local publications to maintain the organization’s profile in the SCV community. Additionally, Noel teaches and assists in a variety of ARTree classes, concentrating on storytelling and activities in movement and expression. Noel’s experience in working with children began during his undergraduate studies in communication and theatre at Oklahoma City University. Noel was a member of a school’s traveling troop that brought participatory theatre to rural areas in Oklahoma, as well as performing in numerous college and community plays.

Having a career in the entertainment industry engaged in production and finance, Noel has worked with major networks and studios including CBS, Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Miramax and HBO. He served as finance director for Interscope Communications, Executive in Charge of Production for Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, and is currently controller for Prodco, a division of ABC Cable Network Group.

Noel recently earned a master’s degree in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University, and is an adjunct professor at Santa Monica College, teaching public speaking and interpersonal communication. Noel has been a resident of Santa Clarita for over 30 years, is married, and has two adult sons.

Kay Kaminski

Kay Kaminski


Kay is a visual artist, with formal studies in photography and graphic design. She has been an assistant and instructor for ARTree classes for several years. She also puts together our monthly newsletter.

With a B.A. in Education from Michigan State University, working with the ARTree fits her well. Formerly a manager and buyer at a large independent bookstore, followed by managing and curating exhibits at a respected art gallery, these positions brought her great personal satisfaction from their strong ties with the community. After moving to California from Michigan in 1999, she studied graphic design at UCLA and began freelancing.

Kay’s household includes her husband Cary, a writer, her young son Donovan, and her Mom, Karene. When not busy learning a new craft technique, she can be found digging in her garden.

Michael Powell

Michael R. Powell


Michael is an artist and musician. He co-owned an art studio in Saugus, CA. where he taught an after school art program. He also taught art classes at an elementary school in North Hills, CA.

Michael has assisted with and instructed art classes for The ARTree for the past few years. He joined the ARTree because of how the other instructors seem to enjoy teaching the kids from the community.

Michael is very passionate about art and music, saying; “if you can see it, you can draw it and if you can hear it, you can play it.”

Michael has been a resident of Santa Clarita for over 29 years, is married and has six grown children and three grandchildren.