The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center is fortunate to have a dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Directors and a small, but committed and experienced staff. Together they are building a legacy of the arts for generations to enjoy.
Leann Standish brings more than 20 years’ experience in leadership and development of cultural arts organizations to the Foundation, spanning from Portland, OR to Miami FL. Most recently, she served as the interim director and deputy director for external affairs at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Leann is a tireless advocate for arts accessibility for students.
John and his wife Elizabeth grow a variety of red wine grapes in their vineyard west of Paso Robles. A statistician by training, John moved here from Southern California where he was a professor of statistics at the University of Southern California. Previously, he spent 24 years on the RAND Corporation research staff where he founded RAND’s statistical research and consulting group.
Simone has been the president and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp, parent company of Heritage Oaks Bank and Business First Bank, since 2011. Simone has more than 20 years of experience in executive management positions at California financial institutions. She currently serves on the boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Alzheimer’s Association’s California Central Coast Chapter.
Maryellen spent most of her professional career as a legal administrator, retiring from Andre, Morris & Buttery in San Luis Obispo. Today she focuses on management consulting with both nonprofit and for profit clients, including the SLO Symphony, Festival Mozaic, and the SLO Little Theatre. She has also served on several local boards and is the Immediate Past President of PCPA Foundation.
Trudie is co-founder of Trust Automation, has been its CFO for over twenty years and serves on its board of directors. She is a former member of an international management advisory and educational consulting firm. Her board experience includes twelve years with a local non-profit whose major fundraiser brings in 500+ participants to the area annually.
Jill founded Pacific Repertory Opera (now, Opera SLO), in 1985 and lead the opera for 23 years, producing more than 35 successful operas. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/Voice from Pomona College, a Master of Music degree in Opera from the University of Southern California, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Mrs. Armstrong is the First Lady of Cal Poly. In addition to supporting President Armstrong as university ambassador and host, Armstrong currently serves as co-chair of the Campus Wellbeing Committee, a presiding member of the Student Affairs Advisory Council, and volunteers at French Hospital. Mr. & Mrs. Armstrong are also Foundation supporters at the Founders level.
Anthony is a Vice President with Morgan Stanley and began his Wall Street career in 1977. He has previously served on the boards of the American Heart Association, CASA of San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (Festival Mozaic). He and his wife Christi reside in San Luis Obispo. They have two daughters, Olivia and Natalia and son Vincent.
Kathleen Choal has been the President & General Manager of KSBY-TV/CW 5 since 2011. Kathleen has spent most of her career in the news world, most recently at a sister TV station in Tuscon, AZ, and earned her BA in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in SLO, and joined the Foundation’s board in early 2016.
Kristin is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. She provides leadership for all human resource functions including strategy, recruitment and retention, organizational development, and benefits and compensation for nearly 800 employees at the hospital. Kristin also serves on the board for the Workforce Investment Board of San Luis Obispo County.
Joey is the President of StudioGood, an award-winning digital agency that has built campaigns for Fortune 50 companies and global nonprofits. He’s directed cause campaigns that have raised over $100 million for non-profits across the United States. Joey also serves on the Board of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum.
Ziyad is a founding partner of Carmel & Naccasha LLP, a fast growing SLO County law firm. His focus is on providing counsel to domestic and international companies, their shareholders and officers in a variety of matters relating to their formation, business structure, litigation and insurance needs. He also serves as the firm’s primary litigator.
Nina is the Chief Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Luis Obispo. A County resident since 1968, Nina has served on the boards of Mission College Preparatory High School, Old Mission School, and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. She continues the Clark family’s historical involvement with development of the PAC and a multi-generational commitment to further her parents’ vision.
Skylar has 24 years of experience in the wine industry, currently serving as the General Manager for Halter Ranch. Born in Portland, he has lived around the world and holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Skylar also serves on the Rhône Rangers Board of Directors, Partner Advisory Board MUST! Charities, and Trade Marketing Committee of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.
Libbie worked as a Registered Investment Advisor and founded her own company, Libbie Agran Financial Services, in 1979 in Los Angeles. She has lectured nationwide on the Economics of Being a Woman and developed a seminar series that educated over 20,000 women in Los Angeles. Libbie works on projects promoting economic justice for women in Myanmar.
Jim moved to the Central Coast in 1981 to work for Ziatech, where he stayed as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing until the company sold to Intel in 1998. He lives in Arroyo Grande with his wife Carlen and their pet donkeys Lolita and Lulu, and enjoys helping to organize Hospice of San Luis Obispo’s annual Avila Beach Concours fundraiser.
Robert has played a leading role in the American wine industry for over half a century. As Managing Partner of Tablas Creek since its foundation in 1989, he has spoken in favor of organic viticulture, minimum-intervention winemaking and wines of terroir and sophistication, both locally and at festivals across the country. He founded the Winery Partners of the PAC in 2009.
Dr. Brendan “Ben” McAdams
Ben has been a notable contributor (Founder) to the Foundation and the PAC since its inception. He most recently served as chair of the Encore campaign, during which he and his wife Kathryn “Pat” McAdams pledged a substantial legacy gift to the Foundation to permanently secure community access to the arts.
Clifton served as Chair of the Music Department at Cal Poly; during his tenure the program achieved accreditation. He founded the Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra in 1967, conducted the San Luis Obispo Symphony from 1972 to 1984, and helped found and conduct the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival from 1971 to 2004. Clifton and his wife Jane are still active musicians.
Matt founded Linne Calodo Cellars in 1998, and began meticulously crafting wines that reflect the West Paso Robles region. Taking a hands-on approach ingrained by the “learn by doing” philosophy taught at Cal Poly, Matt participates in all aspects of Linne Calodo, from farming to marketing; selling wines throughout the United States.
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