The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center is fortunate to have a dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Directors.

Meet our Board

Board Members


Geri LaChance

Geri LaChance is President/CEO of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, the largest financial institution headquartered in San Luis Obispo County serving the community since 1942. In addition to FPAC, Geri is serving on the Cal Poly Corporation board, the SLO YMCA board (chair 2015-2017), the CA Credit Union League board and Martin Resorts advisory board. She is past chair of the SLO Chamber board of directors, and previously served as a board member with Leadership SLO and the SLO Housing Trust Fund. Geri has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times five times; SESLOC Federal Credit Union has been selected as one of the “Best Places to Work on the Central Coast” multiple times by the same publication.


Vice President

Tom Strait

Prior to assuming his current role, Tom was the Executive Vice President and Region Manager of the Central Coast. Mr. Strait’s banking experience spans three decades, with banks in Los Angeles, San Diego and Texas. He has held a diverse array of positions during his career in banking including, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Credit Officer and Managing Director of Alternative Delivery Channels. Mr. Strait is active in the local nonprofit community, recently serving as the Board Chair of Goodwill Central Coast. He proactively seeks out sponsorship opportunities with valued community groups, such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County. Mr. Strait actively participates in ongoing education through the California Bankers Association and the Risk Management Association.


Morgen Houlis

Morgen Houlis, a CPA and Principal with Glenn Burdette for 25 years, is an expert in cost segregation studies and fixed and capitalized asset concepts, focusing on the hospitality industry. She is also passionate about trust administration. In addition to serving as acting Treasurer for the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, Morgen serves as Treasurer for RISE, an organization which provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. Morgen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly and has practiced as a licensed CPA in New York and Wyoming. She is the former Treasurer of both SLOHS Boosters and San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.


Brandon Downing

Brandon Downing is a Strategy, Policy, Organizational Effectiveness, and Engagement Expert with Pacific Gas and Electric Company at Diablo Canyon Power Plant. He joined PG&E in 2023 after working in local broadcast television for 27 years, most recently as Marketing and Creative Director at KSBY-TV. Mr. Downing has been recognized for his exceptional work and is a four-time Emmy award winner from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is highly active in the local community, serving on numerous non-profit boards and is a member of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. He spent most of his childhood in the small coastal town of Cambria and is a graduate of Cal Poly. He and his wife Shannon live in Arroyo Grande with their son, Carter.


Nicole Mainini

Nicole is a SLO native and is deeply connected and involved in our local community. She is a CPA and Partner at Russell, Mainini, and Franklin, LLP. She earned a Master of Business degree in Financial Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Cal Poly and is a devoted Mustang! Nicole has enjoyed volunteering with organizations in the community, including the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the VITA Clinic at Cal Poly. Nicole danced through high school with local studios in San Luis Obispo, grew up performing on the stage of the Performing Arts Center, and eventually concluded her college career choreographing with Cal Poly’s dance program. She loves living on the central coast, spending time with her big family and sweet puppy Sadie, and serving the San Luis Obispo community.


Skylar Stuck

Skylar has over 24 years of experience in the wine industry. 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 of MUST! Charities, and Trade Marketing Committee of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.


Stacy Sullivan

Having moved from Seattle in 2021, Stacy continues to advocate for the arts here in San Luis Obispo. She served on the Pacific Northwest Ballet board for a decade and was instrumental in growing DanceChance, PNB’s successful youth outreach program. Stacy reviewed performing arts for county grant-funding purposes at 4Culture and fundraised with SAMS, the Seattle Art Museum Supporters group. She was raised in Ventura County, holds a BA in English Literature from UCLA, is an RYT200 yoga instructor, and is very grateful to be back near her family in California.


Claude Swain

Claude works with Farmers Insurance in Atascadero. He has always been passionate about music and has maintained a presence in a variety of musical groups. Whether as a session musician or leading original music ensembles, his love and commitment to the arts has always burned brightly. Claude resides in San Luis Obispo with his wife Amanda, and their beloved dogs.

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