Staff & Board of Directors


Val Richman  (vrichmanatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)   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  (hblythatpetalumaartscenterdotorg)   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

 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.  

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

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