Staff & Board of Directors

Staff

Val Richman | Send Email | 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.

 

Exhibitions Manager – Kim Chigi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing and Rentals Manager – Lawrence Ricardo
Lawrence Ricardo is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing and Management concentrations, with a Psychology minor. He has a wide range of marketing experience accumulated throughout his college career continuing through his postgrad. Lawrence first started as a marketing mentee at the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA where he job shadowed the Senior Marketing Director for a semester, learning and job shadowing the different organization structures of an arts organization, inspiring him to pursue a marketing career. From then, he worked as a Marketing Assistant at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA and as a Marketing Coordinator at the Petaluma Arts Center in Petaluma, CA. Working marketing at different organizations allowed him to focus on different aspects of marketing that gave him the ability to understand the all-encompassing marketing world. Currently, Lawrence still devotes his time to the Petaluma Arts Center while holding a full-time position as a Marketing Specialist at Bradley Real Estate in Novato, CA.

Lawrence is proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign where he has experience designing graphics for online usage as well as print marketing materials including brochures, flyers, and banners. In addition, he has done videography work in the past using programs including Sony Vegas, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere Pro. In addition, his marketing work has allowed him to become proficient in other marketing tools including: MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, Webvanta, Social Media, and Microsoft Office. Lastly, Lawrence has experience outside of marketing content creation through his work in community outreach, metric gathering through user research, surveys and focus groups, photography, event planning, and production management.

 

Operations and Volunteer Manager – Debbie Hourigan
Debbie Hourigan brings 30 years of office and management experience to the PAC. Her skills include hotel management, finance for startups and e-commerce. Her interests include kayaking, hiking, traveling, home improvement projects and reading.
Debbie grew up living in Europe until the age of 14 as her father worked for the United States Government. She attended San Marin High School and graduated with a degree in journalism from San Diego State University. Debbie is a 30+ year resident of Petaluma. She lives with a rescue dog named Rosie and shares living space with Chili the cat. Her son Ryan is attending school in Boulder, Colorado.  She is delighted to be a part of the Petaluma Arts Center.

 

Board of Directors

 

PAC_4-11-16_TWC-11Garth Bixler | Born and raised in Southern California, Garth moved to Petaluma in 1976.  His interest in the arts has been life-long and he has earned both a BA and MA in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University.  For many years he worked as a free-lance artist creating faux finishes in acrylic glazes for residential and commercial settings in the Bay Area.  These days he is semi-retired and can be found managing the historic commercial building he has restored here in the center of our town.  Garth and his husband Steven Barclay live in Petaluma with their two quirky wirehaired dachshunds named Bunny and Bruno.  He loves hiking and gardening.  His favorite sport is downhill skiing which he especially enjoys with his daughter and grandson.  His biggest passion (perhaps obsession) is reading.

 

Llisa Demetrios began her archiving career at the Mies van der Rohe Archive at MoMA in New York. As a granddaughter of the Eameses, she continues her services as a board member of the Eames Foundation and archivist and Registrar of The Eames Collection. She has recently prepared exhibits in London, Lisbon, Sacramento, Pasadena, and Singapore, and has led “Powers of 10” workshops for all age groups. A third-generation sculptor, she has been practicing her art for over twenty years. She graduated with a BA in History from Yale University.  She is married with two children.

 

Michael 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.

 

Cinda Gilliland | is a Marin County native who moved to Petaluma in 2003, after meeting and marrying her husband, Larry Reed. Cinda is a landscape architect who, while a principal at SWA Group in Sausalito, worked on projects throughout California as well as internationally. She has a lifelong passion for art and remembers bemoaning the short shrift art was given in grammar school. She went on to receive an undergraduate degree in drawing and painting before moving to NYC to pursue art.  Life intervened, providing a daughter and a graduate degree in landscape architecture.  She and her husband currently have a landscape architectural practice in Petaluma and the reduced commute has afforded Cinda time to devote to PAC.  She is excited by the potentials that PAC offers to the community and the chance to engage with artists and other creative professionals to build a more resilient community and to optimistically pursue goals of equality, acceptance, and understanding.

 

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Carin Jacobs | began her role as Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Sonoma State University in August of 2013. A specialist in adult education with extensive experience in arts administration and curriculum development, Carin most recently served as Director of the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. At previous stages in her career, she served as Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley and as Interim Manager of Adult Programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She holds a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelors Degree in French Literature from UC Santa Cruz, and has taught courses in both Museum Studies and Food Studies at the graduate level.

 

David Powers | began photography in 1974 working as a photojournalist for the SF Bureaus of Time, Newsweek, and Business Week. He opened his San Francisco commercial studio in 1989. His photography projects centered on projects depicting real people and their stories, and involved domestic and foreign travel. He was recipient of a number of awards for his work on these projects. He served as the National Co-Vice President of the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) as well as vice president of the APA/SF Chapter. He was a member of the SF Academy of Art Advisory Board, and a Juror for the SF Academy of Art’s Year End Student Show.

In 2003, he joined his wife Beverly Schor as a partner in her start-up West County Gardener, which designed and manufactured high tech garden gloves for the independent garden center market. After selling the business in 2008, he moved to Petaluma in 2010. He joined the Petaluma Arts Center board in August 2014. Favorite activities include gardening, cooking, cycling and traveling, and exploring the new discoveries opened by the world of art.

 

Greg 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.

 

Sandy Rozmarin | Sandra Rozmarin moved to the Bay Area in 1989 from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her long career in healthcare began as a registered nurse at the bedside and later included teaching, quality improvement, epidemiology and administration. She retired from Stanford Medical Center as a director of ambulatory care and in 2015 moved from Redwood City to begin an intense love affair with Petaluma.

Sandy is a member of AAUW (American Association of University Women) and is involved with local political groups. Since taking golf lessons last year, she has become an avid golfer. She joined the board of the Petaluma Arts Center in early 2017.

When asked about the arts, she says, “Whether directly involved in my own study of drawing and painting or viewing works of professionals, I considered the arts an essential part of a full life, both for the individual and the community. The Petaluma Arts Center is a vital resource and establishes our place among the most vibrant and forward-looking communities.”

 

Kristie Sheppard | is a Senior Communications Specialist for A. Bright Idea, a full service creative agency with offices in Glen Ellen, California and Bel Air, Maryland. After 15 years in leadership roles at museums across the country, Sheppard turned to marketing and advertising as her next career endeavor. She has her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Before working at A. Bright Idea, Sheppard was the Executive Director of the Napa Valley Museum, and prior to that, the Executive Director of the Napa County Historical Society.

She is also the owner of Kieran Robinson Wines with her winemaker husband, Kieran Robinson. When not busy working, Kristie enjoys trying new restaurants, tasting unique wines, visiting museums and relaxing with her pets.

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