Staff & Board of Directors


Val Richman | | Executive Director

Val Richman has been a Petaluma resident for 27 years and is an experienced nonprofit director. Before joining the Petaluma Arts Center, she served as executive director for Mentor Me Petaluma. Richman also was education and marketing director at Cinnabar Theater and has volunteered for many organizations and causes in Petaluma and Sonoma County. She was a founding member of Le Cercle Français de Petaluma and El Grupo Español de Petaluma. As DJVal, she produces Twist & Shout Funky Dance Jam, Lunch Beat Petaluma, and keeps the dance floors full at events and parties. Richman served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Wine Country Chapter and is a volunteer with ARTery at Burning Man. She was a longtime Girl Scout Leader, a tutor and PTA President, among many school-related volunteer positions.


Hilary Blyth | | Operations Manager/ Volunteer Coordinator

Hilary Blyth brings 30 years of experience to the Petaluma Arts Center. A New York University graduate with a degree in Marketing and Business, coupled with project team management and business ownership, provides the ability to manage the day-to-day operations and volunteer coordination for the Arts Center. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland she has lived in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Sydney, Australia. Petaluma has become a forever home after 14 years here where she has raised her two sons. Her passion for art and Petaluma are crucial to the ongoing operations and community outreach related to the Petaluma Arts Center.

Board of Directors

Charles DavisCharles A. Davis | 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.


5D3_0030-EditMichael Frost | Michael has spent the better part of his childhood living in Germany, Japan and the outskirts of Washington, D.C., as his family followed his father, a civilian working for the U.S. government. After one year of college in Boston, Mike heeded the call from the West Coast and never looked back. He moved to Sausalito in 1972, attended New College of California and received a degree in Humanities. Unwilling to move indoors, he began a career in residential construction, making two forays to Fairbanks, Alaska and otherwise living and working in the Bay Area. He moved to Petaluma in 1989, buying a house and forming Scout Construction, specializing in residential construction.

His interests have included sailing on San Francisco Bay, bicycling, backpacking in the High Sierra and spending time outdoors in California for any reason whatsoever. He lives with Katherine Plank, artist and member of the PAC Exhibits Committee, in obsequence to their cat, Jupiter.

Mike would like to see PAC bring exhibits and educational opportunity to Petaluma from sources outside our normal courses of experience, to challenge and enhance an already vibrant Sonoma County. He anticipates PAC becoming an essential asset to the City of Petaluma and North Bay communities.


Michael GormanMichael Gorman | Michael began volunteering with the Arts Center in early 2010 by helping to manage the investment account.  Mike is a Fee Only Financial Planner and a principal with Wiiken & Gorman LLC.  He received his B.A. from Boston University and graduate certificate in personal financial planning, awarded with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley.  Before joining W&G, he founded and ran a successful business in San Francisco for sixteen years and was president of several small business and trade associations. He joined Wiiken & Gorman in March 1999. Mike enjoys traveling, spending time with family including grandchildren and is an avid golfer.


Michael Nistler Michael Nistler | During his corporate career, Michael worked in technologies including satellite earth stations, telephone and computer network management and packet communications, manager of mini-computer maintenance, long-range strategic planning engineering, global marketing and sales, regulatory/legal/contract negotiations, Bell Labs software engineering manager and business modeling. In recent years, Mr. Nistler turned internet entrepreneur with startups in online video-based education services, as well as a video travelogue providing instruction on how to capture the best photos while touring California. Michael grew up in Redding and has lived in Petaluma the last 40 years. He has served on local Boards including President of the Petaluma Golf and Country Club and currently supports the Petaluma Rotary Club and the alumni for Leadership Petaluma.


David Powers David Powers | David began photography in 1974 working as a photojournalist for the SF Bureaus of Time, Newsweek, and Business Week. In 1980, he started working with designers on annual reports and opened his San Francisco studio in 1989. His photography assignments involved domestic and foreign travel, and centered on projects depicting real people and their stories. He received awards from Graphis Photo, Western Art Directors Show, SF Show, Applied Arts Awards Annual, New York Show, IABC Gold Quill, Mead Annual Report Show, How Magazine, and the Addy Awards.

In 2003, he joined founder Beverly Schor as a partner in West County Gardener, a San Francisco based company which designed and manufactured high tech garden gloves for the independent garden center market. He managed sales and operations and produced and licensed his photography for the company’s marketing and advertising materials. The business was sold in 2008.   He moved to Petaluma in 2010. He joined the Petaluma Arts Center board in August 2014.

As a photographer, he was actively involved in the ongoing development of photographers’ rights organizations and served as the National Co-Vice President of the Advertising Photographers of America (APA). He is the past vice president of the APA/SF Chapter, and was both a member of the SF Academy of Art Advisory Board, and a Juror for the SF Academy of Art’s Year End Student Show.  When not engaged in Arts Center activities or with various gardening projects, he can be seen on the roads of West County putting in miles on his road bike.


5D3_0032-EditGreg Reisinger |has been a resident of Petaluma for going on 20 years where he has been active in a number of community organizations including Petaluma Bounty, Friends of Shollenberger Park where he serves as Treasurer, the Steering and Executive Committees of the Petaluma Day Labor Initiative, a former member of the board of the Petaluma Art Association, and current Board Chair of Petaluma Tomorrow.   He was a founding board member and later President of the California Olive Oil Council where he authored and successfully managed the adoption of a truth in labeling law for California olive oil.  He lives on Howard Street with his wife Valerie and two cats and enjoys gardening, watercolor painting (many years of class with local artist Jean Fulton Logan), and practicing his violin.  He is currently an analyst with the California Public Utilities Commission, previously was a partner in a California olive oil company where he managed the company’s award winning product design (as well as its 250 acre olive grove) has managed a political campaign and worked for much of his career as a management consultant.  Greg earned a BA from Villanova University, an MA from Brown University and an MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia.

Advisory Council

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

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