BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 appointed to the Board of Directors for one year in January 2015. He was elected as President, by the Board of Directors for the calendar year in February, 2015. He can be contacted at president (at) pacificartleague.org
William (Bill) Bruner
B.A. Stanford University. Licensed architect and Architect of Record for the Pacific Art League building renovation. Bill Bruner has had several individual art shows at PAL, since 1991, including etching, print and pastel shows. He was elected to the board Jan 2008-Dec 2010. He served as President in 2008. He was reelected to the board Jan 2011-Dec 2013 and Jan 2014-Dec 2016.
Joy Chase has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She has a diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism. Joy Chase has been a member of the Pacific Art League since the mid-1970’s. She is part of a Mixed Media group that has showed their art since 2013. She works part-time at Evergreen Valley College Library and teaches online for Brandman University. Joy Chase served as President of the Board from January 2010-December 2013 and has served on the Education, Exhibition, Events and other committees. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2008 and elected January 2009-December 2011, reelected January 2012 - December 2014 and reelected January 2015 – December 2017. She is the Governance Committee Chair and can be contacted at secretary.PAL(at)gmail.com.
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 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.
Dan Kostenbauder retired as Vice President – Tax Policy after spending most of his career in various roles in the Tax Department at Hewlett-Packard Company. While at HP, Dan had an assignment as European Tax Manager (Geneva, Switzerland), served as chair of a number of trade association tax committees, including the National Association of Manufacturers, and testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee on a number of occasions.
Outside of the tax area, Dan has served on the Board of Trustees of Palo Alto University (formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology) since 1984 (as Chair from 1987 to 1995). Dan has served as Treasurer and Board member of the Yale Club of Silicon Valley since 1993. Dan also served on the Board of Gifts in Kind International from 1989 to 1997 (as Chair from 1995 to 1997).
Dan received his B.A. from Yale University (Economics) and both his J.D. and L.L.M. (in Taxation) from New York University School of Law. He also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Sondra Murphy is a Social Scientist with a master’s degree in Child and Families Studies. She has served on National and Community-Based boards both as a Founder and Trustee: The Brazelton Foundation (Founder and Development Chair), the New York Women’s Foundation (Founder and Chair of Fundraising), Trustee of Greenwich Hospital (Major Fundraising and Events Chair), The Greenwich Arts Council (Board member and Education and Outreach Committee) . Sondra is an artist with paintings hanging in many homes, including the Clinton White House. At the Pacific Art League she has served on Events, Development, Education, and Exhibition Committees. She is elected to the Board of Directors from January 2015-December 2017.
James is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive with a strong Financial and Technology background. This includes senior executive positions with Profit & Loss responsibilities at Red Hat as Vice President of Engineering Services, as well as Vice President and General Manager overseeing Europe, India, Australia, Middle East and other Pacific Rim regions.
Post-Red Hat, James was Co-Founder of an Open Source Company named Specifix, which he followed up by running a small San Francisco based Technology Company as their CEO and President.
James has a passion for Music and Arts. He is a musician and performs with several ethnic bands locally in the Bay Area.
Glen Rojas has over 37 years of local government service. 32 years at the executive level with 15 of those years as a City Manager. Extensive experience managing and leading complex organizations during strong and weak economies. Worked closely with community organizations and non-profits assisting them in providing valuable services to the community. Most recently served as City Manager for the City of Menlo Park. The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive managing and leading an organization of approximately 250 employees and an overall budget of $80 million. Served as City Manager for the City of Chino with a population of 80,000. Managed a dynamic ethnically-diverse community that has experienced a smooth transition from an agriculture background to a vibrant urban environment. During my tenure as Director of Community Services (17 years) and City Manager (10 years) assisted in developing a thriving community theater and the foundation for a Cultural Arts Center which included working closely with the arts community. My volunteer efforts include serving at various levels of leadership with the Rotary Club of Menlo Park with a current title of Assistant Governor (overseeing 6 clubs). Serve as the Senior Advisor to the San Mateo County Managers Association which encompasses 20 City Managers, County Manager, San Mateo Transit Authority and other government agencies. Adjunct professor, Public Administration at San Francisco State University. Retired and enjoying my two grandsons that live in Redwood City. He was appointed to the Board February 2015 – December 2015.
B.A. Studio Art. UC Santa Barbara and Teaching credential. PAL instructor since 1991. She is a talented, successful watercolor landscape artist and her work can be viewed online at www.robinscholl.com. Robin served on the Board Jan-May 2008 and was reelected Jan 2012-Dec 2014 and reelected January 2015-December 2017. Robin has served on the Education (as Chair), Exhibition and Events committees and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and the Art Programs Committee.
B.A. Teaching credential. She is a retired Financial Planner and an artist. As chair of the Events Committee 2009 – 2014, she helped PAL raise considerable funds with the Carnivale galas each year. Josephine has previously served on the Board and was elected Jan 2009-Dec 2011 and reelected Jan 2012-Dec 2014 and January 2015-December 2017. Josephine is chair of the Nominating Committee.
Throughout her 18-year career, Rebecca White has focused on building audiences for growing businesses by applying modern digital marketing principles and creative, adaptive storytelling techniques to the traditional marketing process. Her systems expertise includes CRM, marketing automation solutions, social marketing and networking tools, and ultimately, delivering sustainable marketing engines that are designed to build audiences and drive reliable, predictive revenue streams. Currently marketing consultant, Rebecca White Consulting and formerly was Interim Vice President of Marketing Nginx, Inc. She has a BA in English from the University of San Francisco. Rebecca White was elected to the Pacific Art League Board of Directors January 2015-December 2018. She is Chair of the System Improvements Committee.
Nancy Wong, MD, is a long time member of the Pacific Art League, who steadfastly supported its transition and metamorphosis into a modern arts organization. She is a proponent for member Education and Exhibition. As a physician and artist she became increasingly interested in the balance between arts and sciences. When she retired after thirty years of Medical practice, she resumed her early fascination with painting and photography. Her landscapes and florals have been displayed nationwide.
Her education includes a BS from Penn State University, a MS in Physics from Columbia University. She combined her enthusiasm for science and people with an MD degree from Jefferson Medical College. She practiced general medicine, and then specialized in dermatology, and practiced for over 30 years, in Pennsylvania, Florida, Hawaii and California.
She was elected twice as President of the Garden Club of Palo Alto. She was Publicity Chair for the Garden Club of Palo Alto’s very successful “Holiday Affaire”, and was a Board Member of the predecessor organization to Momentum for Mental Health. She co-Chaired the “Ohlone School Harvest Festival” which was the then most profitable event to date. While Honolulu, she joined the Hawaii Medical Society and was President of the Hawaii Dermatologic Society.
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.
Shannon McDonnell, Executive Director
A seasoned development and marketing professional, Shannon has more than 15 years of experience at some of San Francisco Bay Area’s top arts institutions, including San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony and TheatreWorks. She comes to Pacific Art League after serving seven years as executive director of Esme’s Pack, a non-profit organization that provides care and services to street dogs in India where she was concurrently honorary coordinator at Roots & Shoots, a Dr. Jane Goodall Environment Initiative, from 2008 to 2013. During her tenure there, she successfully secured over $200,000 in international grants that included awards from Whitley Fund for Nature and The Disney Foundation.
Devan John, Gallery Manager
With an education background in Arts & Cultural Management and Studio Art from Michigan State from Michigan State University (Go Spartans!), Devan moved to the Bay Area over a year ago and has made her mark at places like the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto. She's an avid runner and surfer who also enjoys mountain biking and rock climbing. As PAL's gallery manager, Devan wants to contribute her love and passion to this organization and bring more people closer to art.
Natasha Cook, Accounting Manager
Iris Chen, Volunteer Coordinator & Office Manager
E-mail: Iris(at)pacificartleague.org | volunteer(at)pacificartleague.org
Anna Speaker, Education Programs Director
Anna received her B.A. in Art History from Sonoma State University. In addition to managing the PAL gallery and exhibitions, she is an active volunteer at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and a volunteer arts programming consultant for the Police Activities League of Redwood City. Anna is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley. When not at PAL, Anna enjoys exploring the Bay Area, spoiling her two dogs and tackling household repairs.