Jim Maresca has been involved in Community Service for nearly two decades. He has been a member and President of several boards of Directors including the Monte Rio School Board, The Occidental Center for the Arts Board, the West County Community Services Board, the Palm Drive Healthcare District Board, and now the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Board.
Before moving back to Sonoma County Jim had a 22 year career in the technology including leading a team that pioneered the application of GPS to the public transit industry. His last position was CEO of Nextbus Information Systems (now part of Cubic Corporation) which developed a system to tell public transit users when the next bus will be at their bus stop.
Prior to his technology career Jim was an Assistant Dean at University of San Francisco and owned a political campaign management firm.
He currently has an investment management business, Maresca Money Management LLC, and lives in Guerneville with his wife, Sandra, an artist.
Jim’s roots in Sonoma County go back to the late 60’s when he taught at Cardinal Newman High School.
Timothy Near has directed plays in New York, L.A. and at major professional theatres around the US for 40 years. She is also an OBIE award winning actress. For 21 years Ms. Near was Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre where she produced over 120 plays, contributed significant leadership to the design and construction of a state-of-the-art theatre facility, the Hammer Theatre. Near is the recipient of the San Jose Woman of Achievement Award in the Arts and The Janet Gray Hayes Women in Leadership Award, and was named one of “the 100 Most Powerful People in San Jose.” In 2007 Near retired from San Jose Rep and she and her husband moved to Sebastopol. She continues to work as a free lance director.
Erica Edell Phillips moved to Sonoma County in 2017 from Los Angeles, after retiring from her career a Costume Designer on feature films and television.
She is a member of the Costume Designers Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where she served on the Foreign Film Committee, screening and voting on thOscar hopeful submissions from around the world.
She was an invited artist asked to exhibit costumes from the film Soldier at the Cine Mode Di Biennale di Firenze. She has been nominated for a Saturn Award (Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy) for RoboCop and won that award for her costumes in Total Recall.
She has been active in raising funds for the Cancer Support Community Wellness Centers in Los Angeles and co-chaired a recent fundraising event.
She is an advocate of supporting the arts and believes that creativity and imagination are essential ingredients for implementing positive changes in the world.
Past President, Sebastopol Center for the Arts Board of Directors
Lu, a native Californian and licensed CPA, brings extensive business and managerial economics and accounting experience to SCA. Lu is also Past President of Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Board. She especially enjoys promoting art, traveling, reading and gardening. Lu has two sons and one grandson.
Sue is Founder and President of Studio L’Image, an environmental graphics and wayfinding design company, specializing in signage and identity development for cities, nature trails, transit centers, public spaces and business/non-profit organizations. Her company is committed to creating sustainable cities and dynamic, pedestrian-friendly downtowns. Sue also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and continues to actively pursue her interests in street photography, printmaking and film.
Sally is a watercolor artist living in Sebastopol. She earned her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her secondary teaching credential from the University of Southern California. Sally participates in Art at the Source and Art Trails, the open studio events in Sonoma County. She is a partner at the Graton Gallery and owner of My Daughter the Framer in Santa Rosa. She is also a Board member of Main Stage West.
Art has always been something intertwined with my career and life. Early on, I attended an art magnet school and this sparked a passion for drawing, painting and expressing myself through art. Once I finished my undergraduate and graduate school at Sonoma State University in psychology and counseling, I began working in the nonprofit world as a school counselor. I soon moved back to Santa Rosa where I was given the opportunity to work with children in foster care, and where I met Anjana. I then transitioned to working in an elementary and middle school as the counselor and continue to foster creativity and express through art in our children. In my free time I am on my bike, trail running, swimming or hanging out with my dogs. Competing in triathlons and coaching has been a passion and lead to different cycling teams and all sorts of adventures. I now have found a team that allows me the creativity to incorporate photography and competitive racing. I am so grateful to support children, adults and the community through the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and am excited to continue to inspire young artists.
As a former San Francisco Public Defender, who represented our youth for over eight and years and adults for four, I continue to be concerned about how exposure to traumas affect our youth, particularly those from the marginalized parts of our community. Art programs have been demonstrated to help children work those traumas.
I started my own firm to continue to serve the family law needs of our low income, while at the same time advocating for all necessary services. I also have experience working with the juvenile dependency, mental health, developmental disability and special education systems.
I have served on a number of nonprofit boards and currently serve as the board chair of Child Parent Institute Board’s human resources/board development committee and on the board of the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, I serve on the American Bar Association’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Commissioner and am Sebastopol’s appointee to our Library Commission. Am proud to be an Army Veteran.
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