Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921

PACIFIC ART LEAGUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Updated February 2018)

Theo Keet, President

Theo Keet has a 40+ year career in Finance, Marketing and General Management at global high-tech companies as well as local start-ups, in software and life science. Theo has served as CFO at Philips Electronics and several local start ups. Prior to 1997 Theo held increasingly responsible executive positions in finance, auditing and marketing during his 16-year tenure at Unisys Corporation. Theo started his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in The Netherlands with long-term assignments in Portugal and Brazil. He holds a degree in finance and accounting and CPA certification from The Netherlands.  He is a mentor at the GSBI program of the Santa Clara University and a member of the Rotary Club. Theo was elected to the Board of Directors for three years from January 2016 - December 2018. He can be contacted at president (at) pacificartleague.org

Kay Culpepper

Pacific Art League Instructor - Beginning Watercolor
Kay is a credentialed teacher who has served on the Pacific Art League Board of Directors in past years in an effort to promote progress in arts, education and to prevent the sale of this building. Her previous PAL Board positions include the Chair of the Membership Committee, the Chair of the Exhibition Committee, and a member of the Education Committee.  Kay also served PAL in the past as its volunteer coordinator. Kay was elected to the Board of Directors for three years from January 2016 - December 2018.

Kay has volunteered throughout her 40+ years in Palo Alto.  Her long volunteer career includes President of the Escondido School PTA, Chair of the School Site Council, Palo Alto High School PTA Board Parliamentarian, the Tinsley Committee for PAUSD and the Ventura Parent Education Project for Spanish-speaking families.

Kay's teaching positions include: PAUSD Adult School, Palo Alto Art Center, Abilities United and Pacific Art League.

Patricia Freitas

Originally from Brazil, Pat moved to the Bay Area in 2001. Pat has been working as a mental health professional for twenty years and has cultivated her passion for Art Therapy and social and behavioral sciences. She has a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Special Education and a M.A. in Education with a concentration in counseling and student personnel. For the past 16 years, Pat has served the Palo Alto community assisting individuals with disabilities and gifted talents. Currently, Pat works as a counselor at the Stanford Online High School, part of the Pre-Collegiate Studies department at Stanford University. Her involvement in wellness and educational services combined to her interest in community exchange opportunities have brought her to the Leadership Palo Alto program and to the PAL board. In her free time, she enjoys appreciating art, traveling, watching movies, hiking, swimming, practicing yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Hazel Keelan

Hazel Keelan was elected by the members to Pacific Art League’s Board of Directors in November 2016 for three years from January 2017 - December 2019. Hazel is a committed visual artist and established musician performing regularly in local orchestras and chamber concerts while also teaching violin and piano to inspire as many people as possible to enjoy creativity in their lives. Hazel holds a Higher National Diploma in Fine Art in the Community and a Foundation in Fine Art and Design from the United Kingdom. She has also studied the use of art in therapy and education.

Hazel currently resides with her family in Menlo Park and is working on innovation in classical performance, visual expression, community and technology. Her latest venture, Sight and Sound, incorporates digital art, hi-tech and audience participation. Hazel also has experience working with in the non-profit and government sector businesses in both the US and the UK.

Dan Kostenbauder

Dan Kostenbauder was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2016 and elected by the members in November 2016 for three years from January 2017 - December 2019. Dan is thePacific Art League’s Treasurer. He retired recently from Hewlett-Packardwhere he served in various capacities within the Tax Department ending his tenure with the organization as the Vice President of Tax Policy.  Dan has worked on assignment to Geneva, Switzerland; He has chaired numerous trade association tax committees and has testified before the United States House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees on several occasions.

Mary Beth McWright

Mary Beth McWright was elected by the members to Pacific Art League’s Board of Directors in November 2016 for three years from January 2017 - December 2019. Mary Beth holds extensive and progressive experience in operations, process improvement, leadership development and succession planning. She has a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions for complex business issues.

Mary Beth has applied her expertise in roles with Arthur Andersen, Cisco Systems, H&R Block, Booz Allen-Hamilton and other organizations leading change management, talent acquisition efforts. Mary Beth holds a BBA in Finance/Accounting from University of Iowa and earned her certification as an Executive Coach from the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She is passionate about learning and taking herself as well as other executives to the next level.

Celeste Parisi

Celeste Parisi is currently working as a Faculty Member at Apple University. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Francisco, Celeste has spent the entirety of her professional career at Apple, working in various roles: Recruiting, Marketing and Communications, and Employee Education. Her expertise includes teaching, writing, and curriculum development. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors, try out new recipes in the kitchen, and develop her watercolor and oil painting skills. 

Theresa Peek

Theresa Peek was appointed to the Board of Directors as Chair of the Events Committee in April 2016 and elected by the members in November 2016 for three years from January 2017 - December 2019. She has been involved in organizations including Agros, St. Joseph School and Church, Water First and Leadership Foundations, applying her organizational and implementation skills to these nonprofits. She is a former long-time resident of Seattle. In raising four children between the ages of 16 and 32, her role of parent has gone from “Sage on the Stage” to “Guide on the Side.” Theresa will forever cuddle with her loving Golden Doodle, Chloe. Theresa enjoys participating in adventure travel, tennis, biking, and entertaining.

Clifton Poon

Clifton Poon was appointed to Pacific Art League’s Board of Directors as the Board Secretary in August 2016 and elected by the members in November 2016 for three years from January 2017 - December 2019.  Clifton is an experienced tax professional. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in San Francisco after acquiring his Master of Science in Taxation at Cal Poly SLO.  He now works at BPM in East Palo Alto with experience in nonprofit tax returns.  His hobbies include woodworking, landscape photography, and gardening.  He has and continues to be a student of the Palo Alto Adult School, where he has taken woodshop and gardening classes.

Brendon Reutebuch

Originally from Southern California, Brendon moved to San Francisco twenty-five years ago, where he earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts and his teacher's credential. Brendon has been teaching art, ceramics, 3-D design, and drawing at Saint Francis High School for the past 18 years, and has been the head of the visual arts department for the past 7 years. His dedication to education has been recognized with different prizes, and his commitment as a water polo coach has awarded him a title of California State Coach of the Year in 2010, nine Central Coast Section titles, a NorCal championship, and the Honors Coach Award. Besides being a varsity head coach, he runs a water polo nonprofit club called Bay Area Polo, and has helped hosting national Junior Olympic events in the past eight years. Brendon has also dedicated many of his free hours to lead immersion trips and student and staff retreats. He has the unique coaching power of affecting lives as a motivational speaker and as an educator. In his free time, he enjoys appreciating art, traveling, watching movies and sports, working on his 59' Corvette, and spending time with his family and friends.

Teri Vershel

Teri has been an art lover her entire life and wants the arts to thrive in her community.  She’s been in the Bay Area for over 30 years and has contributed on other arts’ boards, as well as, school boards and fundraising boards. She has a degree in Computer Science and worked in industry for over 15 years. She and her husband, Mark, have a daughter out of college and a son in high school, so she has many connections in the community through the schools. She recently finished a photography degree and enjoys taking street photographs and portraits. She is a photographer at Pro-Bono Photography, an organization that pairs non-profits that need photography services but have no budget with photographers. She also enjoys theater, music, reading, yoga and traveling.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is made up of five or six leaders from the local business, social, and artistic community.The members of the Advisory Council assist the board of directors in evaluating new programs and revitalizing existing programs. As leaders in the community, they offer unique insight and contacts to aid Pacific Art League in developing new programs and initiatives.The Council typically meets once a quarter, usually during a lunch hosted by PAL.