Who We Are

Meet the ArtsOC Board and Staff and learn about what we do

We acknowledge with respect our presence on the ancestral lands of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians - Acjachemen Nation and the Tongva People.

ArtsOC Board of Directors

ArtsOC Board Members bring decades' worth of expertise and leadership from the diverse artistic, business, civic, and educational sectors that make up Orange County

Officers

Rick M. Smetanka, Partner-in-Charge, Audit and Business Advisory Services Group, Haskell & White LLP, Irvine

Chair

Susan K. Hori, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, Costa Mesa

Secretary

Mary A. Lyons, Civic Leader, Newport Beach

Past Chair

Members

Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director, Mission San Juan Capistrano

Marleena Barber, Director, VSA Orange County & Consultant, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa

Dr. Stephen Barker, Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine

Ellen Breitman, Former Director of Education, Newport Harbor Art Museum

Logan Crow, Executive Director, The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana

Thúy Võ Đặng, Ph.D., Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive, University of California, Irvine

John Forsyte, President, Pacific Symphony, Irvine

Jennifer Frias, Director/Curator, Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery, California State University, Fullerton

G. Patrick Gandy, Founder & Executive Producer, The Silence is Broken, Monarch Beach

Sara Guerrero, Founder & Artistic Director, Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, Santa Ana

Monica V. Guillena, MSW, Administrative Director, Hispanic Education Endowment Fund, Newport Beach

Robert J. Klein, First Vice President-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, Newport Beach

Kim Le, Owner, Pacific Conservatory & Executive Director, Pacific Foundation for the Arts, Orange

Ernesto Maldonado, Vice President Specialized Banking/Head of Third Party Escrow, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Jerry Mandel, Ph.D., President and Chair of the Board, Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dr. Al Mijares, Superintendent of Schools, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa

Harish K. Murthy, Executive Director, Ektaa Center, Irvine

Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Owner, Journeys to the Past, San Juan Capistrano

Cheer Pan, Executive Director, Pan America Chinese Dance Alliance & Director of Cultural Engagement, South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, Irvine

Marlene Peña-Marin, Artistic Director, Relámpago del Cielo Grupo Folklórico & Director, Ballet Folklórico Dance Conservatory, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana

Alberto Sandoval, Senior Director, Community and Government Relations, University of California, Irvine

Tim Shaw, President, Tim Shaw & Associates, Irvine

Paula Tomei, Managing Director, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa

Tina Van Dam, Managing Attorney, Manning Gross + Massenburg, Irvine

Edmund Velasco, President, Orange County Musicians Union, Local 7, American Federation of Musicians

Debora Wondercheck, Founder and CEO, Arts & Learning Conservatory, Costa Mesa

Walter Yenkosky, Chief Operating Officer, OC Music & Dance, Irvine

Emeritus

Dr. David Emmes, Founding Artistic Director, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa

Carl Neisser, President, The Neisser Company, Costa Mesa

David R. White II, Retired Partner, Haskell & White LLP, Irvine

ArtsOC Staff

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Richard Stein

President and CEO
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Karen Ahola

Advancement Officer
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Nicholas Thurkettle

Program Coordinator

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