Tom Brinck

Selina Kaing

Shruti Sheorey

Barbara Carman

Gurmeet Lamba

Christina Solove

Cynthia Cole

Nicole O'Malley

Roland Stevens

Judy David

Marcia Pugsley

Karen Valladao

Sally Glaser

Bhaskar Rangarajan

Jonathan Whitmore

Tom Brinck is a user experience (UX) leader at Cisco and has led design and innovation teams at Samsung, Amazon (A9), BroadSoft, and his own design agency. Tom has taught graduate school courses in UX at the University of Michigan and Academy of Art University and co-authored the book Usability for the Web.  He’s excited about the intersection of design and technology, a big fan of community participation in the arts, and promotes integrating art & design into our careers and daily lives.

Barbara Carman believes being creative has been the key to her success and happiness.  In 2013, Barbara retired from Intel Corporation after 29 years where she spent much of that time helping young scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators through world-renowned science and entrepreneurship competitions. She returned to the Palo Alto Art Center after 20 years to pursue one of her favorite endeavors - designing and fabricating metal and stone jewelry. In 2016 she worked with the center to create the Holiday Studio Sale, featuring jewelry and ceramic studio artists and joined the Foundation Board. 

Cynthia J. Cole is currently Special Counsel at Baker Botts LLP in Palo Alto where she counsels clients on technology transactions and deals, big data, data privacy, data sharing and IP licensing, often creating bespoke agreements in novel technology fields. She is a published writer and is passionate about the Art Center and its mission in art and education. Cynthia currently chairs the governance committee of the Foundation board.

Judy David currently works at a start-up; before the allure of Silicon Valley brought her to California, she lived and worked in Hong Kong, Mexico & Japan.   With each new adventure, art was the initial connection to the local culture and community.   Moving to California created a similar opportunity.   A friend's invite to an event at the Palo Alto Art Center turned into many visits and ultimately an invite to join the foundation board where she now presides as co-President.

Sally Glaser is a retired cancer epidemiologist who conducted population-level research into cancer causes, directed the federal/state cancer registries for the Greater Bay Area, and served as CEO of a mid-size cancer research non-profit.  A long-time lover of art and crafts, she first became involved with the Art Center as a ceramicist in the 1970s, when she moved to Palo Alto. 

Selina Kaing joined Google in 2010 and currently leads partner development for Google with key U.S. retailers. Prior to Google, she worked extensively in procurement and supply chain across a variety of major companies including Gillette (now part of P&G), The Walt Disney Company, Nestlé, and Express (formerly part of Limited Brands). Selina holds a B.A. in English Literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Oxford University. 

Gurmeet Lamba is a technology executive from various startups and public companies where he developed and commercialized industry disruptive products in Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Digital Marketing and Unified Communications.  
An engineer and maker by heart, he discovered art at the Palo Alto Art Center and strongly believes in the balancing role it plays in the tech-infused culture of Silicon Valley.  You can find him on weekends on a potter’s wheel at the art center with hands (and clothes) covered with clay.  He’s messy. 

Marcia Pugsley is a retired Human Resources executive at a hi-tech firm. She currently serves on the Foundation’s Governance Committee and is a Trustee on Channing House’s Board of Directors. Twenty-two years ago she happened upon artists sketching outside of the Art Center and wanted to do the same. Several excellent Art Center instructors awakened her passion for doing art and helped instill some skills while endearing the Art Center’s mission for her.  Marcia is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board and help keep the arts alive and available for the community.

Shruti Sheorey joined PAACF board in 2018. She is a Principal Product Manager at Amazon, where she works on solutions that enable customers to discover products using their camera and photos. She has over 12 years of experience in developing various products for imaging and visual recognition. Shruti has a deep interest in technology, art, and volunteering for social causes. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with MS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.

Christina Solove is currently legal counsel in the products group at Apple. She has been on the Foundation board since 2016 and is presently on the governance committee. In her free time, she likes to dabble in photography and scrapbooking, enjoy the great outdoors, and hang out with her dog, Bowie.

Roland Stevens, Jr is a CPA who has worked closely on issues for not-for-profit entities, closely-held investment companies, and high-net-worth individuals. Roland is passionate about keeping art accessible to under-served communities, and to people of all ages. Roland received his Master of Taxation and Bachelor of Accountancy degrees from Arizona State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Roland joined the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Board of Directors in 2017 after becoming inspired by the organization's positive impact on the youth in the surrounding area.

Karen Valladao is a partner in the firm’s Tax Practice, working primarily out of our Palo Alto office. She provides tax, financial, and estate planning services to clients in various sectors of Silicon Valley and has 24 years of public accounting experience. Her clients include venture capitalists, key executives, philanthropists, and family owned businesses. 

Jonathan Whitmore works as a data scientist in the tech industry and enjoys teaching data science topics. He loves experiencing and creating art. Jonathan has served on the PAACF Board since 2017 and supports the board through his data analysis skills and through his efforts to engage the tech industry.

About PAACF Board of Directors 

The Emeritus Advisory Council is composed of former members of the Board of Directors. They are advocates and advisors of the Art Center, representing various business, community, education, and artistic perspectives.​

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The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation is governed by a robust Board of Directors, who are committed to supporting our mission. These community leaders also secure resources to strengthen the art and educational programming of the Palo Alto Art Center and its visibility in the community. Our Board of Directors make vital contributions to the long-term success of the Palo Alto Art Center as a community institution.​

Emeritus Advisory Council 

Board of Directors

Brigid Barton

Sid Espinosa

Patty McGuigan

Loren Saxe

Pat Bashaw

 Joanne Gee    

Roxane Mehta

Jan Schachter 

Bern Beecham

Anne Gregor  

Amelia Norris

Carolyn Tucher

Lucy Berman

Mary Kelley

Cornelia Pendleton

Lisa Van Dusen
Melissa Caswell

Carol Kenyon

Susan Rosenberg

Teri Vershel
Jeannie DuisenbergIris Korol