The Sonoma Plein Air Foundation was created and is managed by a volunteer board of community leaders.
2017 Board of Directors
Mandy Bolling President Anative New Yorker, Mandy moved to Northern California in 1989 where she worked in San Francisco for Earth Day, Friends of the River, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mandy currently serves as Senior Clinical Health Educator in the Dept of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. Mandy earned a BA from Oberlin College and a Masters in Counseling from Sonoma State University. She lives in Glen Ellen with her husband David, and daughter Kate (Flowery Elementary School). Her stepdaughters, Ana and Olivia, have both flown the coop.
Gerry Brinton Treasurer Gerry has served on numerous non-profits with a focus on education and health care. She was a member of the Finance Committee for the Sonoma Valley Hospital and previously served as board chair and chair on several committees for San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and Sutter Health. She is currently on the board of the Mentoring Alliance and Jack London State Park. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Gerry’s professional career experience includes accounting and tax work, management consulting, real estate development, property management, and business start-up and development. Gerry and her husband Bill live in the Sonoma area.
Dorinda Parker Secretary A native Oregonian and graduate of the University of Oregon, Dorinda moved to Sonoma in 1999 and jumped into community activities, serving on the Sonoma Film Festival and Sonoma Valley Art Museum boards. Her business career spanned 35 years in executive positions with Xerox Corporation and IKON in Portland and M Squared Consulting in San Francisco. In Oregon, she served on several commissions and boards, including the Oregon Economic Development Commission, World Master’s Games’ board & Portland Art Museum Advisory board. She joined the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation Board in 2016. Dorinda and her husband, Bill Blosser, live in Sonoma and Portland where they enjoy retirement time with family and friends and pursuing community interests.
Gayleen Brown Gayleen grew up in the small mining town of Goodyear’s Bar, California. She is now raising her two kids, Henry and Katy, with her husband Larry in Sonoma, where she has lived the past for 12 years. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in English. She is currently a Landscape Designer with Garden of Ease in Sebastopol, where she combines here love of art and horticulture. Gayleen enjoys lending a helping hand in the community wherever help is needed, often with her children’s schools and of course with Sonoma Plein Air!
Louann Carlomagno Louann grew up in San Francisco and moved to Sonoma in 1974. She attended Altimira Middle School and Sonoma Valley High School (SVHS). After graduation she attended Santa Rosa Junior College and then transferred to UC Davis as a Regent Scholar. Louann received her Bachelor of Science in Genetics in 1985 and then worked as a researcher in the Protein Biochemistry department of Genencor International. She became interested in teaching, earned her teaching credential in Chemistry and Life Sciences and joined the faculty at SVHS where she taught science for 5 years. From there, Louann moved to Sonoma Charter School and taught integrated math and science to middle school students while obtaining her Administrative Credential. She then became Vice Principal at Altimira Middle School where she spent a year before being appointed principal at El Verano Elementary School. During her six years at El Verano, Louann received her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Sonoma State University. She was hired as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Sonoma Valley Unified School District in 2006 and appointed SVUSD Superintendent, in January 2010. Other local board appointments include: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Lisa Conner In addition to serving as a board member for SPAF, Lisa currently leads the College & Career Center at Sonoma Valley High School where she was an art teacher until 2012. In addition to her career in education, Lisa has served on numerous community organizations in the East Bay and Sonoma including Children’s Hospital, Alameda’s Blossom Garden Branch, and St. Joseph’s Elementary School where she was president of the Parent Teacher’s Group. Lisa served on the Teen Programs committee of Boys & Girls Club, and was a mentor with the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Although she holds a BA in Art from UCLA and a Single Subject Teaching credential from CSU Long Beach, Lisa currently is earning her College Advising Certificate from UCLA Extension. Lisa and her husband Tim moved from Alameda to Sonoma, where both their sons were members of the SVHS cross-country team.
Irene Cook Irene began her career with American Airlines. With a passion for travel, history and art, she visited museums and art galleries throughout the United States and abroad. After retiring from the airlines, Irene began volunteering with Guide Dogs for the Blind (San Rafael) raising Guide Dog breeders. Raised in San Francisco and Marin County, Irene and has been at home and active in the Sonoma community since 1972. Irene began volunteering with SPAF in 2013 and enjoys the role of artist liaison.
Susan Cook Susan is a charter member of SPAF and her volunteer work extends to serving on the boards of the Junior League of SF, the Sonoma Valley Fund, and Quarryhill Botanical Garden. After graduating from Vassar College in Art History/English, Susan lived in Paris for two years and London for a year. She and her husband Lew currently live in Glen Ellen where she is a passionate gardener and a struggling golfer.
Gretchen Gardner Raised in the country north of Pittsburgh, PA, Gretchen Gardner is the daughter of an eclectic artist, and went on to study art in high school and at Denison University, where she majored in literature and writing. She went on to combine her writing and art talents with a career in advertising, and found her way to San Francisco where she and her husband Bob owned a major local advertising agency and raised two daughters. After 30 years they disbanded the company, moved to Sonoma, and built their dream house where they are living happily ever after.
Cathy Good A native Californian, Cathy has been involved with SPAF since 2007. Prior to moving from Oregon to Sonoma in 2004, Cathy’s long-time volunteer activities include active involvement at her kids’ schools, Christ Episcopal Church, and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. A graduate of Mills College with a BA in English, Cathy fondly remembers her grade school art teacher whom she credits with her enduring appreciation for art. Cathy and her husband David live in Sonoma where David’s family’s roots trace back to the early 1970s.
Judy Hallden Judy has spent her career following two passions: travel and art. Living in NYC in the 1980s, taking classes at the Art Students League, she learned to appreciate the arts realized she wasn’t a painter or a sculptor but found her talents in interior design. After moving west, she attended San Francisco State focusing on Interior Design. She ran a San Francisco interior design business and an import-export business focusing on Asian antiquities. Judy believes that art is an instrumental part of education, and found her cause with Sonoma Plein Air. Starting as a volunteer doing the flowers for the gala event, to co-chair of the Quick Draw event, she joined the board in 2017.
Ellen Hoover Ellen comes to the SPAF board with stellar credentials. After earning a BA in Art History at Dominican College, Ellen was a painting specialist at Butterfield & Butterfield Auctioneers in San Francisco. She was the founding partner of Montgomery Gallery, an internationally recognized gallery that specializes in late 19th and early 20th century American and European art. Ellen and her husband, local architect Sid Hoover live in Sonoma.
Polly Hultquist Polly’s volunteer contributions began long before moving to Sonoma in 2001. While living in San Francisco, Polly served as president of Young Audiences of the Bay Area and the University High School Parent Association. She served as a board member of the San Francisco Community Music Center and currently serves as trustee of Cathedral School for Boys and co-chair of the Boys Study Committee. After moving to Sonoma in 2001, Polly volunteered at La Luz community center teaching ESL (English as a second language) to adult Mexican immigrants. She currently serves on SPAF’s board, sings in the local Sonoma Valley Chorale, and is a docent at the diRosa Museum. In her spare time, Polly loves to garden. A native Nebraskan, Polly moved to California in the mid-sixties and taught in Monterey County and San Mateo County schools. Polly and her husband Gary currently live in Sonoma.
Nancy Pollock Nancy Legge Pollock spent her career in the travel industry working for an airline, various cruise lines, and an Internet travel startup company. After moving to Sonoma in 2000 Nancy quickly became involved with such wide-ranging organizations and activities as the Sonoma Valley Visitors’ Bureau, Master Gardeners, La Luz, the Red & White Ball, and others. She is a founding – and current board member of Sonoma Impact 100. Nancy lives in Sonoma with her husband Bill.
Linda Rosso Linda began her career in magazine publishing and went on to serve as marketing and communications strategist, counsel, writer and spokesperson for some of the nation’s best-known companies. She divides her time between a marketing consulting practice, property management and painting, Before relocating from Marin County in 2015, she served as a board member of the Volunteer Center of Marin, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Outdoor Art Club. She served for six years as Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in Mill Valley and led a non-profit corporation to raise funds for high school music programs. Linda and her husband Michael live in the Sonoma Valley.
Keith Wicks Co-Founder As founding member of the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, Keith donates his time and paintings to various causes including the Ronnie Lott Foundation’s “All Stars Helping Kids” and the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, where his works are auctioned for charity. With over thirty years experience, Keith devotes considerable time to teaching art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and to various charities that promote art education in public schools. Keith began painting at the age of 11 and won his first city-sponsored art award in the sixth grade. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena Ca, Keith is a signature member of the California Art Club, and exhibits his work around the country. Keith and his wife Terri currently live in Sonoma.
Judy Vadasz Co-Founder and Director Emeritus Soon after arriving in Sonoma in 1998, Judy met local artist Keith Wicks who had an idea to bring fine artists to Sonoma to paint, sell their work to the public for the benefit of art education in the 4th and 5th grades, while providing much needed funds to help art education in public schools. Through the Vadasz Family Foundation, Judy provided financial support to help create the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation and has served on the SPAF Board since its inception in 2002. A project oriented person, Judy has volunteered for KQED, Interplast, and various other groups. She spent many years working with at-risk freshmen in the counseling department at Mountain View High School, and helped form a parent-teacher preschool in Sunnyvale when her sons were small. Judy came to California from her home in Nebraska via Boston where she met her husband Les. Currently living in Sonoma, Judy and Les have been on the Peninsula since 1962.