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Jo Killen, President
M.A. Art Education, Manhattanville College, B.A. Art and Psychology, Sarah Lawrence. Jo is a sculptor and ceramic artist and has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director. She was a project manager at Hewlett-Packard. Jo was appointed to the Board Apr-Dec. 2012 and elected Jan 2013-Dec 2015. Jo is Chair of the Executive Committee. She can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Theo Keet, Treasurer

Theo has a 30+ year career in Finance, Marketing and General Management at global high-technology companies and local start-ups, and is currently a partner at Tech-Rx. Previously, Theo has served as CFO at YY Technologies, a text recognition software start-up, at Philips Electronics, at the Consumer Electronics division and at Horizon Navigation Inc., a GPS software developer. 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 assignments in Portugal, and Brazil. He holds a degree in finance and accounting; and CPA certification from The Netherlands.


Diana Diamond, Executive Secretary

B.A. University of Michigan. Journalism fellowship, Stanford University. Diana Diamond is a former board member and artist who has had several shows at PAL. She is currently a columnist for the Daily News, a former Editor-in-chief with many awards. She had her own consulting company for ten years specializing in marketing communications. Diana helped plan and organize a Centennial campaign at Stanford University. She is elected from Jan 2013-Dec 2015. Diana is on the Executive Committee and the Development  and Nominating Committees.

Robin Scholl, Executive Committee member
B.A. Studio Art. UC Santa Barbara and Teaching credential. PAL instructor since 1991. She is a talented 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. Robin is a member of the Executive Committee and serves also on the Education and Events Committees.

Ron Andrews, Past President
Ph. D. Retd. Vice-President of the Advanced Technology Center of Lockheed Martin, Palo Alto. Ron in a watercolorist who has had individual shows at PAL. His website is ronsartgallery.com. He was elected to the Board Jan 2009 – Dec 2011 and reelected Jan 2012-Dec 2014. Ron served as President in 2009. He is Chair of the Building Steering Group.

Joy Chase, Immediate Past President
M.A. Library and Information Science. B.A. English Literature. Diploma in Journalism, London School of Journalism. Joy has a long association with PAL, attending shows and taking classes since the 1970s. Joy enjoys painting abstracts in multi-media. She organized and was in a group show of Contemporary Mixed Media artists in Dec 2013 at PAL. Joy was appointed to the Board in May 2008 and elected Jan 2009-Dec 2011 and reelected Jan 2012-Dec 2014. Joy served PAL as President Jan 2010-Dec 2013. She is a member of the Education Committee and the Building Steering Group. She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bill Bruner, Past President
B.A. Stanford University. Licensed architect and Architect of Record for the Pacific Art League building renovation.  Bill has had several individual shows at PAL, since 1991, including several etching, print and pastel shows. Bill was elected to the board Jan 2008-Dec 2010. Bill served as President in 2008. He was reelected to the board Jan 2011-Dec 2013 and Jan 2014-Dec 2016. Bill serves on the Building Steering Group.

Judy Lin, Director

B.A. UC Berkeley. Judy is a retired software developer and executive.  She has created successful products for a number of companies including Hewlett Packard, Apple, VeriSign and Cisco.  She is now turning her creative energy towards fine art.  She was appointed to the Board Aug. – Dec 2013 and elected Jan 2014- Dec 2016. Judy is Chair of the Education Committee.

 

 


Celeste Parisi, Director

 

B.A. University of San Francisco graduated Valedictorian. Celeste has experience in marketing and communication, website development, project management, recruiting, fundraising and development.  She was appointed to the Board Aug. 2013-Dec 2013 and elected Jan 2014-Dec 2016. Celeste is Chair of the Membership Committee.

 


Cynthia (Cindi) Napoli-Abella Reiss, Director

Ph.D. Art History, UC Irvine. M.A. Art History, San Francisco State University. B.A. Art History, UC Irvine. Cindi is a tenured Art History professor at West Valley College with experience in grant writing, non-profit governance, education programming and governance and policy-making.  She currently serves on the Board of Oakland Leaf and the Living Love Foundation.  Cindi is completing her book entitled: "Silenced Histories and Trauma in the Works of Three Latin American Artists."  Cindi serves on the Education Committee. Her website is westvalley.edu/faculty/reiss.html. She was elected to the Board Jan 2014 – Dec 2016.

 


Josephine Shuster, Director
B.A. Teaching credential. Retired Financial Planner. Artist. Josephine has previously served on the Board and was elected Jan 2009-Dec 2011 and reelected Jan 2012-Dec 2014. Josephine is Chair of the Events Committee and is on the Nominating Committee.

Jessica Tipton, Director
J.D. Santa Clara University School of Law. B.A. Spanish and B.S. Philosophy, Saint Mary's College of California. Jessica is Corporate Counsel at Ruckus Wireless, Inc. responsible for corporate compliance. Previously, Jessica was Assoc. Counsel at Visa Inc. and litigation assoc. at Morrison & Foerster working in contract negotiations, privacy and social media. She is on the Board of Leading Women in Technology and Equal Rights Advocates. She also has experience in strategic planning, organization, governance and event planning. Jessica has committed to one year as PAL's legal counsel and is Chair of the Governance Committee. She is elected Jan – Dec 2014.

Robin Welles, Director
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, N.Y. Former VP Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Board. Palo Alto Studios since 2003. Has done sculpting, monotypes, repousse'. Welles Fine Art Publishing, owner 1996-2003, designed and published fine art posters.  Set designer, office designer, formerly Creative Director of Hudson Bay Music, N.Y. Screen Gems Columbia Pictures, and L. A. assistant to the president. Appointed to the Board Aug – Dec 2013, elected Jan 2014 - Dec 2016. Robin is on the Development and Events Committees.