Board of Directors
Sarita Camille Waite, President and Chair of Board of Directors
Former Social worker, Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program San Francisco Legal AideSociety, law clerk Contra Costa County Legal aid Program, law clerk Admitted to California and Federal Bar 1970 Adjunct professor Hastings School of Law, San Francisco Alameda County, Small Claims Court Judge pro tem, Lecturer CEB., Family law and Procedure, Child custody Retired attorney, private family law practice Alameda County Best Lawyers in America List 1986
Currently Sculptor with private and public commissions Owns and operates mixed -use properties Oakland, California University of California at Berkeley , BA 1963 Golden Gate Law School ‘ JD 1970
Marilyn Heilman, Vice President, Board of Directors
Parent Educator, San Francisco Community College; Families for Affordable Living; Glide Church; Casa de Las Madres, (shelter for abused women & children); Tenderloin Child Care Center; California State PTA Chair Early Childhood Education; California Dept of Education, Preschool consultant; Sacramento Adult Education Parent Participation Preschool Teacher; Sacramento Headstart teacher. Lifetime certification, Parent Education and Child Care Centers.
Elbow Room precedent to SARA (Save the American River Assn.) Formed first Ranger Rick Nature Club of National Wildlife Association. Sierra Club cleanup of Hilton Lakes trail; Regular donor Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern Poverty Law Center; Bee Keeper; sculptor; UC Berkeley, BA. Retired property management.
Karen Bearson, Secretary, Board of Directors
Professional Photographer, Digital Asset Manager, Archivist, Artist, Member of Axis Gallery–Artist Exhibition Collective, Sacramento, CA
Former: Senior Photo Editor and Manager of North American Editorial Collection for Getty Images, Los Angeles, CA–tasked with identifying, assessing and securing international and domestic collections; Publicity Coordinator and Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, an artists’ think tank; Staff photographer for PBS affiliate, KQED San Francisco, CA; Archivist and Member of Jaybird Hill on the Cosumnes, Land Conservancy, El Dorado County, CA
International Center of Photography, New York, NY 1989-1990 Vermont Studio Center Residency Award, 1990 University of California at Berkeley, BA in Practice of Art 1985
Carole Bremer, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Over forty years of experience in the accounting field. B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis on accounting from the University of California, Berkeley. Accounting manager at Chromatronix, a subsidiary of Spectra Physics, for seven years and then the accounting manager for Ball Computer Products, a subsidiary of Ball Corporation, for five years. The Chief Financial Officer at TAP Plastics, Inc. for thirty-five years. TAP Plastics is a chain of twenty specialty retail stores, custom fabrication services and has a website presence.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth.
Erica C Garber, Board of Directors
Director of Philanthropy at CatchLight, Berkeley, CA
Former: Director of Development, Seneca Family of Agencies, Oakland, CA; Independent Curator, New York, NY; Permissions for Art Resource, New York, NY; NYC and SF Representative at International Arts and Artists; Exhibitions and Public Programs Manager at Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Gallery Manager at Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA; Art teacher for 7 years at various schools, including as a Peace Corps Volunteer at Ashanti Deaf School, Ghana.
MA Modern Art History from Columbia University; 2011 OYASAF Fellow, BA Art Education from University of Arizona.
Jaynelle St. Jean, Board of Directors
Creator of Oakland-based PieTisserie, which she launched in 2010 after staging the window of her mother’s home as an iconic country scene with homemade pies set out to cool. She gave away slices to passersby happy to eat with neighbors. Although she knew how to make only three pies at the time, the experience was so delightful she decided to start a small business with a big vision: to cultivate genius through pie. Jaynelle believed that pie, an American mainstay, was under-appreciated and that it was her job to enliven it. Through all her work, Jaynelle — a recipient of the award in 2014 — hopes to encourage a cultural shift, one where each person feels at liberty to create a unique mark in our world with their very own special, sometimes unexpected talents.
Shirley Lucier, Board of Directors
During the Vietnam War, flew with World Airways to transport US military troops in and out of VIetnam under live fire and conducted evacuations of wounded soldiers and Vietnamese families.
Started fundraising program in support of Laurel Hill Coop Nursery School in San Francisco which operated solely on donations from within the community. This successful funding program is still being used by the School after 34 years of continuous operation.
Currently, and since 1986, Facility Manager of a large Urban Design and Planning Firm in Berkeley handling all insurance certificates for the firm’s clients and arranging all rentals on its on-site Meeting Facility, used primarily for classes in the arts or as a retreat venue for various non-profit organizations.
Seventeen year volunteer for the Annual White Elephant Sale in Oakland raising approximately $1,500,000 per year in support of the Oakland Museum. Personally prepare food and distribute to homeless individuals on the street and in our community. Recent owner and curator of a small antique shop in Oakland.
Virginia Rigney, Board of Directors
Prominent sculptor, ceramic artist, jewelry maker and advocate for public art; Past President, Board of Directors – Richmond Art Center; Led “1.5% for Art Program” initiative, which dedicates a percentage of capital improvement project costs to the purchase of public art (Richmond, California); Helped establish award-winning and nationally recognized Neighborhood Public Arts Mini-Grant Program (Neighborhood Public Art Project), Richmond, CA; Past Chair Richmond Arts and Culture Commission; led community planning process to establish Richmond Cultural Master Plan, Rosie the Riveter Memorial Coordinator (Richmond, CA); Contra Costa County Award for Achievement in the Arts (1998); Home Town Hero Award Bay Area News Group (2008);
B.A. in Art (Stanford University); M.A. Psychology (JFK University); Marriage and Family Therapist, Retired Child Welfare Supervisor, Retired Arts and Culture Manager, Richmond, CA
Principal and the Creative Director for MIG, a planning and design consulting firm focused on creating environments, organizations and tools in support of human development. 1995-present
Art Director, small business owner of graphic design studio focused on the arts and children’s education. 1980-1995 Graphic Designer for various book publishers and newspapers 1973-1980