Board Of Directors
Christine Geltz – President: Christine is a retired energy efficiency consultant experienced in community outreach, stakeholder engagement and marketing and social media. She was a frequent speaker and conference presenter on energy efficiency topics who has served on the boards of directors for national energy services and energy manager professional associations. She is also a professional musician and amateur painter with a passion for nurturing the arts in Monrovia and the region. Christine has served on the MAFA Board since 2006 and chaired the 2015 through 2018 Celebrate the Arts Shows and ChalkFests. She was also the 2016 recipient of MAFA's Heart in the Arts Award. She was recently honored by Assemblyman Chris Holden as the 41st Assembly District's Woman of Distinction for the City of Monrovia for her work to promote access to the arts and art education in the area.
Darcey Arena - Vice President: Darcey was born and raised in Monrovia. She is second of three generations to attend Monrovia schools. Darcey has retired from her 35-year career as Vice President of Sales for a construction and industrial supply company based in Arcadia. She has played an active role in our community as a member and president of the Wildrose PTA, Monrovia Youth Baseball League and Monrovia Jaycees. She has also hosted free ceramic painting sessions for the Monrovia Girls Republic. Darceyʼs artistry is in Dichroic Glass fusing.
Joan Whitenack - Treasurer: A longtime Monrovian, Joan’s work experiences include nearly twenty years as real estate broker specializing in investments and exchanges, as partner and VP in an industrial supply company and as president and owner of a plastic manufacturing company. In her most recent position as the executive director of Foothill Unity Center for 17 years, she helped it grow from a small food pantry serving approximately 300 families to a multi-service regional organization serving over 4,000 low-income families in eleven cities. After retiring from Foothill Unity Center, Joan discovered the joys of painting with oils on canvas. She often paints scenes from her travels and loves to share her work with friends and family. She has recently joined MAFA and hopes to help it become even more of a positive influence in the community.Brian Xiao - Recording Secretary: Brian is an industrial designer, user experience designer, and brand strategist. Growing up in Southern California, he spent his life learning both left- and right- brain skills and is fiercely passionate about creating things that work well. Brian has had experience working on high profile commercial projects ranging from an app for the rock band Slipknot to branding for Coaniquem, a South American charitable organization dedicated to rehabilitating child patients. Brian graduated with from Art Center College of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and recently received his Master's degree in Integrated Innovation for Products and Services from Carnegie Mellon University. www.brianxiao.com
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Lisa Barrios - Member at Large: Lisa is the recently retired owner of Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Art Gallery located in Old Town Monrovia. She has been a MAFA Board member for 19 years. Her passion for the arts is demonstrated by her dedication and work bringing art to our community at large. Partnering with MAFA has allowed her to bring this creative experience to all ages. Lisa has hosted workshops in her studio for the elderly, special needs and at-risk youth just to name a few that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the arts. She was the first recipient of the Heart in the Arts Award by MAFA and Citizen of the Year by the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce for her work as a businesswoman with a volunteer heart.
Carol Curtis – Summer Art Walk Chair: Carol, an English as a Second Language Professor at Pasadena City College, has been a MAFA member for 13 years. With a BA in photography, Carol has work on file at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA. Carol was the Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist in 2011 and is MAFA's immediate Past President.
Katie Gundersen – Member at Large: An occupational therapist by profession, Katie is also a retired dance competitor and continues to teach social dancing in Monrovia. She is widely known in Monrovia and surrounding communities for her volunteer leadership and service for many civic and nonprofit organizations. She has been named Monrovia’s Volunteer of the Year with her husband John Watson. Katie served as MAFA’s Treasurer for 11 years and received MAFA’s Heart in the Arts Award in 2014.
Becky Shevlin – City Council Liaison: A resident of Monrovia since 1988 and a sitting Monrovia City Councilmember since 2009, Becky is also a hard-working participant and supporter of many local volunteer and nonprofit organizations in her efforts to help build and sustain a strong and responsive community. She has a passion for the arts and was awarded MAFA's 2015 Heart in the Arts recognition for her support. Becky helps MAFA coordinate seamlessly with City Hall and Community Public Services.
Eric Watkins - Member at Large: Eric is one of the newest MAFA board members of MAFA but is no stranger to the arts. He’s been an actor, singer, dancer and mime in the performing arts as well as a graphic designer for many years. Eric joined MAFA right before the summer of 2016 and since then he’s painted a utility box for the City of Monrovia and won an award as “Best of the Show” in the first Juried Art Show in 2018. Eric is also a member of PVAA (Pomona Valley Art Association) in Pomona Valley. You can see Eric’s art hanging in various restaurants, galleries, and art walks throughout the surrounding communities. email@example.com
Frank Zgonc – Jury Committee Director: Frank is a professional photographer, blogger and bon vivant. A Board member since 2007, Frank chaired the annual Celebrate the Arts Festival from each year from 2005 to 2011. He was Board President in 2006 and Vice President in 2005 and 2007 through 2013 and was named Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist in 2007 and received MAFA's Heart in the Arts Award in 2017.
MEMBERS EX OFFICIO
Anko Chang - Member Ex Officio: Anko is a talented fine artist and oil painter. Growing up in Taiwan, she has been painting since the age of 4, participating in many competitions (and often winning them) and staying active in the art community since early childhood. She has been all around the world with her paintings, most recently gifting a piece to the city of Xi'an, China, symbolizing friendship between the two countries. Anko graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.ankochang.com
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