Gabi Blumberg, Interim Executive Director
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 Speaker is Director of Education Programs at Pacific Art League. She received her B.A. in Art History from Sonoma State University. She previously served as the Gallery Manager and Development Coordinator at the Pacific Art League before moving into the Education Programs Director position in 2015. Passionate about the arts and culture in the Bay Area, Anna is an active volunteer at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and a volunteer grant writer for the San Mateo County Historical Association. Anna is currently pursuing a graduate Certificate in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley. When not at PAL, Anna enjoys exploring the Bay Area, making art, spoiling her two dogs and tackling household repairs.
All staff can be reached at 650.321.3891
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
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.
Hazel Keelan was elected by the members to Pacific Art League’s Board of Directors in November 2016. 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 was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2016 and elected by the members for a 3-year term in November 2016. 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. 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.
Theresa Peek was appointed to the Board of Directors as Chair of the Events Committee in April 2016 and elected by the members for a 3-year term in November 2016. 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 was appointed to Pacific Art League’s Board of Directors as the Board Secretary in August 2016 and elected by the members for a 3-year term in November 2016. 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.
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.
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.