Regina Gilligan, President
Regina’s background is in art and she received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her art career has included art shows, teaching, technical theater, artist-in-residences and grants for collaborative work from the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation and San Francisco Schools and volunteer community projects. A current project, a collaboration with Tarnel Abbott, “The Iron Heel” premiered at the 6th Annual Ankara Theater festival, Turkey and local productions followed in 2014. In addition, for the last dozen years, she has partnered with her husband, Peitsa Hirvonen, in SESCO Electrical Inc, an electrical and solar photovoltaic contracting company. She is president of the board of Solar Roots, a non-profit bringing solar systems and energy efficient technology to communities in Africa and Asia without. Her work can be found at reginagilligan.com
Julia Gilden, Treasurer Julia Gilden is a movement-based expressive arts educator and a photographer. She completed Tamalpa Institute’s training program for expressive arts, which combines all art modalities with humanistic psychology principles, and developed classes for elders with memory loss. She has performed, taught, and choreographed dance, likes to sing in close harmony settings, and has produced dance, music, opera, and other theater events throughout the Bay Area. She spent a decade as a newspaper reporter, and founded the Potrero Hill Archives Project, still going strong nearly 30 years later. While living on a boat in Sausalito, she created a genre of “movement” based photography. One show she participated in was called “Roshamon”, four artists’ perspectives of Richardson Bay at the at the US Army Corps Bay Model. These days she photographs dance and different types of motion. She has degrees in Psychology and Education, and her guiding philosophy is: It’s all about relationship.
Kenoli Oleari, Secretary
Recognized as one of the country’s leading practitioners of large-group dialogue and deliberation techniques, Kenoli has over 30 years experience in community organizing. Kenoli has worked closely with leading innovators in organization development practice and large-group dialogue collaboration methodologies, including Marvin Weisbord, Sandra Janoff and Kathy Dannemiller. His article, “Whole Systems: A powerful Tool for the 21st Century Manager”, was featured as the cover story in the December, 2000 issue of Public Management, the journal of the International City Managers Association. He is the author of chapters in sever anthologies on large group methods.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
Gary-Paul Barbosa Prince