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, 2016 and 2017 Celebrate the Arts Show and ChalkFest. She was also the 2016 recipient of MAFA's Heart in the Arts Award.
Carol Curtis – Vice President in charge of Summer Art WalksAnko Chang - Co-Recording Secretary
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.
Brian Huffman – Co-Treasurer
Brian is a professional photographer who specializes in customized personal portraiture, theatre (live stage), and architectural photography. A MAFA Board member since 2015, he is passionate and dedicated to capturing and emphasizing the essence of his subjects, whether animate or inanimate. www.brianhuffmanphotography.com
Joan Whitenack - Co-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.
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 currently sits on the MAFA Board of Directors, where she hopes to help further creativity and arts education in the community. www.ankochang.com
Brian Xiao - Co-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 ArtCenter College of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and is currently getting ready to attend Carnegie Mellon University's Master's degree program in Integrated Innovation for Products and Services. 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.
Rouzanna Berberian – Youth Programs
An art educator at South Pasadena High School, Rouzanna was the Featured Artist of the MAFA’s 2009 Celebrate the Arts Show and received MAFA’s Heart in the Arts award in 2014. For many years she has taught after-school and Friday night teen art programs in Monrovia as part of MAFA’s services to the community. Rouzanna’s master's thesis exhibit at Cal State University Los Angeles can be seen here: www.facebook.com/fineartsgallerycsula
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.
Bill Hyatt – Member at Large
Bill is a metal sculptor of some renown in the area. A former student at Citrus College and Art Center School of Design, Bill executes his sculptures beautifully, with their design ranging from the surreal to literal representation of their subject matter. He donates his time and his artwork to benefit children's art programs and has been involved with MAFA for many years. He has been named Featured Artist of the annual Celebrate the Arts 2-day show in the fall and works tirelessly to ensure its success. www.hyattgallery.com
Becky Shevlin – City Council Liaison
A resident of Monrovia since 1988 and a sitting Monrovia City Councilmember since 2009, Becky Shevlin 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. Becky 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.
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.
Darrell Brooke, Esq. - Member Ex Officio
A resident of Monrovia for 20 years, Darrell Brooke is the principal of The Brooke Law Group, PC, whose office is in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. He has been a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization since 1997. Darrell is President Elect of the Monrovia Rotary Club, Treasurer of the Pasadena Playhouse and past President of Levitt Pavilion LA – Pasadena and of Pasadena Quarterbacks. Darrell serves as legal counsel for the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, and he negotiated the contract with the U.S. Postal Service to secure the Bear Mural in the Community Room of the Monrovia Public Library in perpetuity. He received MAFA's 2017 Renaissance Award for his support of the arts in the Monrovia community and region. www.monroviatrust.com