Staff & Board of Directors


Virginia May  (vmayatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)  
Administrative Director

Virginia May,  MFA Ph. D. Virginia’s background includes project and small business management. She owned the local Painted Door gallery of contemporary aboriginal art and has completed a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2011. She is a longtime Petaluma resident and artist.

Lyndi Brown  (lyndiatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)  
Development Director

Lyndi Brown knows Petaluma intimately and is a skilled public relations and development professional, with many established relationships in the community. She recently completed a two-year major donor campaign for the expansion of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma Campus (2006-2008). From 1985 to 1993, she led a promotional effort for the City of Petaluma through the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce. Her work enhanced Petaluma’s image from a “dusty cow town” (Time Magazine) to a “Victorian riverfront town” (Associated Press), and paved the way for Petaluma’s delightful mix of amenities enjoyed by residents and tourists: history, business, hospitality and arts.

Abigail Ferris  (aferrisatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)  
Office Administrator

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Board of Directors

 Robert Bailey   (rbaileyatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)  was co-founder and Vice President of AMS Planning & Research, an international arts management consulting practice. Currently he is a consulting associate with the firm and works part time on arts facility development projects nationwide.  Bob was the lead consultant for the 2004 feasibility study that led to the creation of the Petaluma Arts Center. He is married to Mary King, a physician for the State of California and has two adult children. Bob currently serves as Board Treasurer.

Charles A. Davis  (charlesatcadavislawdotcom)   Marin County YMCA parent of the year, Commodore Richardson Bay Yacht Club, member of American Inns of Court, Consumer Attorneys of California, California Employment Attorneys Association, e clampus vitus; Judge pro tempore for the San Francisco and Marin County Superior Courts; Special Master for the California State Bar. Charles A. Davis has received seven awards from the California State Bar for pro bono work for those in need. Past President of the International Association of Workplace Professionals,  California.

Mary Dooley  (maryatmadarcdotcom)  of MAD Architecture, served as the architect for the new Petaluma Arts Center. Also an artist and resident of Petaluma for the last 20 years, she teaches art classes to elementary and middle school children at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley.

 Michael Gorman  (Mikeatwiikenandgormandotcom)   I serve on the Board of the Petaluma Arts Council because the Arts Center provides wonderful opportunities for our community to experience and participate in the arts. Michael J. Gorman, CFP® is owner of Wiiken & Gorman LLC, an independent fee-only financial life planning firm in Petaluma.

Gloria McCallister  (gloriadotesp4uatyahoodotcom)  

Geri Olson  (geriolsonatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)  Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Sonoma State University where she teaches classes on personality, creativity and the expressive arts. She has integrated the expressive arts into her work for more than 30 years and teaches doll process workshops to art therapists, educators, parents, doll artists and children. Geri currently serves as Board Vice-President.

Karen Petersen  (karenpetersenatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)    Retired: Librarian, Mahoney Library, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, is also a founding board member. Ms. Petersen is active in the arts county-wide including the City of Petaluma Public Art Committee, Sonoma County Book Festival, the Literary Arts Guild and the Sitting Room, a community-based library in Cotati. Karen currently serves as Board President.

Advisory Council

  • Sheila Bride
  • Dennis Calabi
  • Harvey Charnofsky
  • Greg Colvin
  • John Crowley
  • Warren Dranit
  • Kristina Flanagan
  • Perry  Freeman
  • Linda Frost
  • Marjorie Helm
  • Christine Jones
  • Christina Kauk
  • Alison Marks and David Keller
  • Annee Knight
  • Thom Knudson
  • Elly Lichenstein
  • Elizabeth Marquardt
  • Jane McDonald
  • Maureen McGuigan
  • Beth Meredith
  • Katherine Rinehart
  • Murray Rockowitz
  • Maggie Roth
  • Gretchen Singer
  • Abraham Solar
  • Carla Stone
  • Victor Thuesen
  • Drew  Washer  and Jack Haye
  • Gail Wilson
  • Public Art Forum – April 19th

    Public Art Forum – April 19th
  • Winemaker Dinner – April 25th

    Winemaker Dinner – April 25th
  • DJVal’s Dance Party – April 26th

    DJVal’s Dance Party – April 26th
  • For Arts Sake – June 28th

    For Arts Sake – June 28th
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    230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma In the Historic Railroad Station (707) 762-5600 NEW Center Hours: 11-5 pm Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
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