Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

Molly Best – Operations

Molly is thrilled to be surrounded by the talent that fills the Art Center.  She is now the PAC’s operational manager and has been busy getting up to speed over the last couple weeks. 

Having grown up in Petaluma and now raising her children here, she is very invested in helping her local community grow creatively.  She is an artist, a baker and in a past life, a butcher. 

You may recognize her from her days at the Tea Room Cafe or Thistle Meats.  She is no stranger to Petaluma and we welcome her on board the PAC team. 

Board of Directors

Carole Barlas, Ph.D. | Carole is an adult educator and independent consultant in the field of organizational development and transformative learning. Carole has been a community activist for many years. She served three four-year terms for the Petaluma Hospital District and was elected President in her last term. She was elected to the Petaluma City Council for a four-year term, which began in 1993. Carole has served on the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women and various county and city task forces, including the County Task Force on Domestic Violence. She has worked with multi-cultural community women leaders in a statewide community leadership development program. Carole is currently an artist and is studying acting. She currently serves on the Board of the Petaluma Arts Center. Carole has lived in Petaluma, California for over 54 years. She is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.


Daniel Backman
| Daniel is Architect and Artist living in Petaluma. He is joining the Petaluma Arts Center board with an eye towards creating greater opportunity for making, experiencing and discussing art in Petaluma.

Daniel’s passion for art is rooted in his experience as a youth artist at Artists for Humanity, an extraordinary non-profit art studio that has employed thousands of Boston’s young people as professional artists and designers over the past 30 years. The values of entrepreneurship, mentorship and innovation instilled in him at AFH remain at the core of everything he does. Daniel’s interest in the urban environment that began as a young artist led him to the study of architecture. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Art History from the University of Pennsylvania before relocating to the Bay Area to pursue the Master of Architecture degree at UC Berkeley.

In over a decade of professional practice as an Architect, Daniel has designed a wide variety of project types and sizes, ranging from classrooms to shopping centers, offices, restaurants and multi-family housing. In his current leadership role at Santa Rosa’s TLCD Architecture, Daniel is heading up the design and construction of several significant arts education facilities at Community Colleges across the Bay Area. This includes the modernization and expansion of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Auditorium and a new Visual and Performing Arts Complex at Saratoga’s West Valley College.  These programmatically rich and technologically complex projects have given Daniel the opportunity to work closely with art educators to understand and implement their unique creative visions and aspirations. Daniel has dedicated his career to making spaces that support creative growth and public engagement.

Outside of the office, Daniel is an accomplished visual artist who has exhibited his paintings and collages at numerous galleries in Boston, Oakland and Santa Rosa. Daniel has lived in Petaluma with his wife Madeline for over five years. Together, they restored a 120-year-old Victorian home which won a Heritage Homes Preservation Award in 2015. They have two young children and are eager to expose them to the amazing culture and creativity that Petaluma has to offer.

 

Drake Cunningham | Drake has been a resident of Petaluma since 2005, when he and his wife, Ann Ingraham, found the city by accident while living in SF and searching for affordable housing. Originally from Baltimore, Drake has a BA in Sculpture and an MA in Writing and Design. His artistic awakening was in poetry, first as a writer then as a publisher, when he co-edited The Pearl, at the time Baltimore’s oldest literary journal.

After years of operating his own construction company, Drake is currently the General Superintendent for a residential contractor in Sausalito. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together Petaluma, a non-profit that utilizes volunteers to repair and renovate housing for the elderly, veterans, and those in need.

When not working or volunteering, Drake can often be found hiking the redwoods, biking around town with his son, or pouring coffee over his paintings at Peet’s on the boulevard.

 

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Llisa Demetrios | Llisa 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.

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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.

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Cinda Gilliland | Cinda 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.

Corazon Guzman-Thornton | Corie brings solid business experience with past roles ranging from a CFO, Finance Director, Controller and Business Manager for various companies. She was also the founder of Integrated Management, which provided business financial management consulting services specializing in architecture and interior design firms. Corie was a long-time resident of Marin County and was involved in community non-profit groups such as Marin Link, Marin Green Business Forum and the Buck Institute, where she has been invited to participate in steering committees. In 2012, she and her architect husband moved to Petaluma.Corie’s toolbox includes a B.S. in Accounting, an MBA in Strategic Leadership, a Certificate from The Advanced Management College from Stanford University, and an NLP Coaching Certificate. Corie has also taken up oil painting in 2016 and follows the classical methods of the masters.

 

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David Powers | David 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.

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Greg Reisinger | Greg 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.

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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.”

Travis White | Travis has been a resident of Petaluma for more than 20 years. He has been humbly married to his beautiful bride since 2002 and is a proud father of three children. Two of those children are adults and the third is keeping him young at home while she attends middle school. Also keeping him young is the family English bulldog, Daisy Mae.

Travis’s father was in the military and Travis lived in exotic places growing up such as Guam and less exotic places like Wisconsin and Texas. After graduating high school, Travis joined the US Army himself and was stationed in both Colorado and Alaska. After leaving the Army in 1992, he moved directly into the field of Finance. He has held many roles in the finance field working primarily for banks but considers his most rewarding work to be his current role as an independent Financial Advisor / Wealth Manager. Travis currently works with Oculus Financial in Petaluma where he happily helps select clients across the country define and realize their financial goals and dreams.

Travis is not an artist but recognizes the valuable role the Petaluma Arts Center plays within the community from both a cultural and educational perspective.