Who We Are
Jennifer A. Gately
Jennifer brings over 25 years of diverse leadership experience in the arts that includes serving at the Director of Visual Arts at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts where her work engaging diverse audiences through a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary issues and local histories drew the attention of the Portland Art Museum. There she was honored to be the first Curator of Northwest Art responsible for the care, research, and presentation of the museum’s collections dating back to the 1800s and for establishing innovative new programs featuring regional contemporary artists. Here, her days range from curating exhibitions and developing related programs, to coordinating fundraising efforts so that the museum may remain free, for all. Hailing from a small Victorian-era agricultural village in New England and having spent her childhood summers at the beach, Jennifer is right at home in Bolinas. When she’s not wearing the many hats of a non-profit Director, you might find her planning global adventures, walking the beach with her Jack Russell, or communing with the waves, pelicans, and great whites out in the line-up in this little corner of heaven. She became the Bolinas Museum’s Executive Director in 2012.×
Curator of Coastal Marin Art & History
For several years before joining the staff of Bolinas Museum, Elia Haworth volunteered and curated several exhibitions for the museum. In 1999 the museum director Dolores Richards asked Elia to be her assistant for a month. That was 19 years ago and today she holds the institutional memory of the organization. Elia has worn many hats at the museum including curating more than 100 exhibitions and gathering Bolinas community history. Elia supported herself as an artist in many mediums before joining the staff. Her creativity is inspired by nature and natural history. She has lived in coastal Marin for 47 years.×
Office Manager & Development Associate
Chris Borg has worked at the Bolinas Museum since 2008 and is currently Development Associate and Office Manager. Beginning as the museum’s Bookkeeper and Registrar, Chris has a strong sense of the varied tasks involved in running a small museum. She is devoted to ensuring the museum thrives and that donors, members, and visitors feel part of our museum family. Prior to joining the museum team, Chris worked for twelve years in administration for several San Francisco art galleries, a software developer, and various other art related organizations, after receiving her B.A. in Art History from UCSC.×
Registrar & Exhibition Coordinator
Nicole has worked with museum collections for the past ten years. After graduating from Scripps College with a studio art degree, she gained experience in arts administration. From 2007 – 2013 she remained in L.A. County and worked at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, which was emerging as a newly founded museum dedicated specifically to ceramic arts. After moving to Marin County in 2014 she worked as a photo curator traveling small exhibits for the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and interned at the Bolinas Museum. Now her role at the Bolinas Museum allows her to work with the collections, which are comprised of both fine art and local history. She facilitates the Collections Committee and new acquisitions, and recent projects include cataloging and digitizing the archives. As the registrar and exhibition coordinator she feels fortunate to meet exceptional artists living in coastal Marin and to witness how each exhibition connects Bolinas to bigger issues, concepts and the greater Bay area art scene. She creates watercolors, monoprints, and music and you can find her exploring Point Reyes and the beach with her young son.
Board of Directors
Chrysanthe Gussis is an investor and advisor to early stage companies. She has deep finance, operational, legal and business strategy experience shaping new industries, new business models, and new asset classes, and scaling high volume, high growth businesses. She has been in the trenches with founders in the most critical moments of building a company, and has particular expertise with businesses whose products reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, she serves on several corporate, government, non-profit and advisory boards.
As an early hire at SolarCity during an 8-year period of year-over-year doubling in growth, she helped make solar energy cheaper. Developing and scaling its financing programs and products, she played a key role in SolarCity’s growth from a small startup to a transformative energy platform and publicly traded company, deploying gigawatts of solar assets across the United States. She also has 20 years of experience in a wide range of financings, partnerships, acquisitions, and consumer, commercial, and corporate transactions.
She splits her time between San Francisco and Bolinas with her husband and 6 year old daughter. During her free time, among other things, she paints large abstract canvases. A student of art history and ancient archeology, art has always been a part of her life. She loves the changing exhibitions at the Bolinas Museum, and the community it has brought to her life. She has served on the Board since 2016.
Richard A. Heckler, Ph.D
Richard has always had two careers. As an artist, he began as a newspaper photographer in Oregon, then gravitating to fine-art/wilderness imaging in the U.S., and humanitarian/cultural photography in Asia. Richard also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, PA in Psychology & Education. He was a professor of Graduate Psychology for 25 years, owned and directed one of the pre-eminent psychology training institutes in the Bay Area, and now works as a consultant through his company, The Next Step, to business owners, CEOs, organizations, institutes, and creatives of many kinds. Richard has served on a number of Boards, the last being 10 years with Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Richard joined the Bolinas Museum Board of Directors in 2017.×
Sara is a partner with the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP where she heads their Northern California litigation practice and is global co-leader of their Securities and Shareholder Litigation practice. Sara, her husband, two children and dog have been part time residents of Bolinas and frequent visitors to the Bolinas Museum for 15 years. She is also on the board of the Legal Aid Society in San Francisco. Sara joined the Board in 2014 and currently serves on the Finance & Governance Committee.×
Leah Vermulen Lopez
Leah Vermulen Lopez is a fashion analyst/equity research consultant and photographer. Following a 12-year career as Sr. Vice President at Tiburon Research Group in San Francisco, she founded LVL Research, an independent equity research boutique. During her 15 years in San Francisco, Leah leaned into her Art History/Business degrees advising local artists and fashion designers and is excited to be putting the credentials back to use in West Marin.
As a mechanism to “celebrate” the epic light of coastal fog and to keep up with the growing body of artwork from her young daughter, Leah is currently working on her own fine art eco-photography. Also, under the moniker LeftCoastHost, she’s working to inspire her peers and corporations to reduce their carbon footprints. Leah joined the board in 2018 and hopes to contribute to the continued success of the Bolinas Museum by bridging gaps in community and engaging more youth.
Terry has been a resident of West Marin for 30 years. She is best known for her extensive work as a sales and rental agent for Bolinas Real Estate.
Terry earned a BA in Literature from SUNY at Oneonta, and then attended St. Nicholas School of Theater in Chicago while working for various stock/options brokerages on the CBOE trading floor. The early ‘80’s found her involved in innovative theatrical productions of the Chicago scene as actor, director, stagehand, and/or costume designer. She moved to Stinson Beach in 1986 and produced a number of community theatrical events like The Bong Show, Cirque du Lagoon, and three Stinson Beach Haunted Houses. She also co-coordinated the capital campaign to move the Stinson Beach Library to its current location and refurbish the Bolinas Library. While raising her son, Taran, her day jobs included a managerial apprenticeship with The Point Reyes Jeweler then as Director of Volunteers and Assistant to Bolinas Museum’s then Executive Director, Dolores Richards. In 2001, after she embarked on her real estate career, she was invited to join the Museum Board in 2003 and is a member of the Curatorial Committee.
Thanks to the museum, she produced Bruno and Darlene Frascone’s Mainstring Theatre Marionette show at the Peace Barn (2001), and curated two popular exhibitions: :Going Origami: From Art to Math to Science + Beyond” (2009); Barry McGee “Leave it Alone” with Clare Rojas “Together at Last” (2010).
Terry has been a licensed EMT during her entire time in West Marin joining first the Stinson Beach Volunteer Fire Department then, for the last 15 years, the Bolinas Volunteer Fire Department.
Victoria is a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist who was raised and educated in Northern California, having received her BAs in English Literature and Biochemistry from UC Berkeley, and her medical degree from UC San Francisco. She is active on Kaiser Permanente San Francisco hospital and wellness committees, and teaches OB/Gyn residents and UCSF medical students. She has an abiding passion for West Marin, and an appreciation for the inspired regenerative relationship that occurs here between place, community and creativity. She enjoys trail walking, biking, dancing, yoga, playing music, mothering two teens, caring for others, complementary and alternative medicine, and has served on the Board since 2014 and is a member of the Development Committee.×
Jack, along with his wife, Adrienne, have maintained a home in Bolinas for many years. Jack brings to the Board years of marketing and business strategy experience. After majoring in history (Dartmouth) and earning his MBA (Stanford GSB) he briefly became a “Madmen” in NYC marketing P&G products before moving to Time, Inc. to manage sales for Time-Life International Recordings in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He later relocated to Tokyo as Consumer Marketing Director for Time Magazine in Asia. After Time he joined Saturday Review Industries in San Francisco to launch four monthly magazines.
With this experience he started Ladd Associates, Inc. and was involved in the launch or restructuring of many special interest magazines. He developed two software planning systems that are currently licensed by direct marketers and publishers such as National Geographic, Conde Nast and Hearst magazines.
Jack has served on the boards of Point Blue Conservation (Chairman), Presidio Golf Club (President), and has participated in several pro-bono projects for the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team, which is dedicated to helping Bay Area non-profits achieve success.
Both Jack and Adrienne are ardent fans of the Bolinas Museum and believe it adds great value to the community and West Marin. Jack joined the Board in 2018.
Vera Louie was born and raised in San Francisco and enjoys her time in Bolinas. During her working days, she worked for several tech companies providing critical support. As a parent, she volunteered with the schools and churches her children attended, including coordinating fundraisers and crab feeds, to teaching cooking classes and much more.
She served as a member at large with the Bolinas Museum in 2007-2008 and returned in 2016 after her busy work life wound down. She greatly enjoys being a student of botanical illustration and she finds much gratification helping the Bolinas Museum and the thriving creative community. Vera serves on the Development Committee.
Nick’s passion for Bolinas began with his first Bolinas Fourth of July Parade in 1947, missing few since then. Following schooling, the last forty-five years have been spent in varying capacities in the design world, with many a weekend in Bolinas where his family was part of the original "Summer Colony" of the late 1800s.
Nick joined the Board of the Museum in 2005 and has been a strong supporter for updating the museum’s buildings, expanding the permanent collection, and helping to ensure that ones visit is an enjoyable one. He currently serves on the Collection Committee and the Building and Operations Committee of the Board.
Roger moved to Bolinas in 1967, a refugee from the Haight-Ashbury. As a jeweler and sculptor, he was one of the founders of the Baulines Craftsman’s Guild. He enjoyed the process of building his home and studio on the Mesa, so he morphed into the designing and building of residences as Peacock Designs. He has served on the Bolinas Museum Board over 20 years and is a member of the Building and Operations Committee.×
Randolph Rush is a retired endodontist. He and his artist wife Donna have maintained a home in Bolinas since 1975. They spend their free time traveling and flyfishing. He has been involved with the Bolinas Museum since its beginning. Randy joined the Board in 2010. Randy serves on the Finance and Governance committee.×
Dieter Tremp and his wife, Lauren Pollak, have lived in Bolinas since 2002. Lauren is the 2nd grade teacher at the Bolinas School where their two daughters are students. Their dog Zoe greets every passer-by on Alder.
As an artist, Dieter Tremp has been an active member in the Bay Area art community since 1986. Dieter has been an active volunteer at the Bolinas Museum since 2004, starting first with curating exhibitions in the Coastal Marin Artists Gallery under Dolores Richards. Following these initial contributions, Dieter served as Curator of Exhibitions for seven years. He continues to serve on the Museum’s Curatorial Committee and has consistently contributed his art and his services to local organizations and issues. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Dieter Tremp was born and raised in Kiel, on the Baltic coast of Northern Germany. In 1986 he immigrated to San Francisco, following his love for Northern California. Considering publishing the closest relative to his passion, art, he joined o Miller Freeman publishing house in San Francisco.
In addition to his studies in art and art history (Tremp holds a double master’s degree in business and in industrial engineering), before moving to Bolinas to focus on his family and his art, he was head of magazine publishing, tradeshows and new media for Outdoor Retailer in Laguna Beach, California.
Dieter’s Board experience includes many years on the Board of Directors of the US Outdoor Industry Association and as member of the Executive Board of the North American Sea Kayak Trade Association. Closer to home, Dieter has served on the Board of the Children’s Center and on Bolinas-Stinson School’s Finance Committee. He also co-organizes the annual Bolinas-Stinson Open Studios.
Nancy Tully is a retired family law attorney. She has enjoyed being part of the Bolinas community for over 50 years. Her husband, Herb, is a 5th generation Bolinas resident and has great memories of spending time with other "summer colony" families. Nancy has been member of the Bolinas Museum Board sine 2000. She currently serves on the Development Committee, and has helped plan the annual Art Auction, July 3rd Cocktail Party, and other memorable museum events.×
Kirsten Andrea Walker
Kirsten Walker is the founding Principal of Walker Construction Management, a firm that assists both private and public clients in overseeing the development of their Commercial, high-end Residential and Governmental Public Works. With a Masters in Architecture focusing on the historical redevelopment of post-industrial sites, Kirsten has been working in the field of Design and Construction Development for over three decades. Collaborating with Owners, Architects, Engineers, Land Use Attorneys and General Contractors, she has overseen the successful implementation of a variety of projects ranging from custom beach houses to craft distilleries and public parks. A long term Bolinas Resident, Kirsten has served as a Director of the Bolinas Museum Board for nearly a decade, including serving as President.She currently serves on the Building and Operations committee. Active with environmental and non-profit organizations, she previously served on the San Francisco Councils of both Natural Resource Defense Council and World Wildlife Fund. Kirsten is a mother, problem solver, and community advocate.×
Janis Yerington loves her family, her students, and her chickens. Janis is an active community member, and believes in the ability of art to knit community together. Janis is an art teacher at the Bolinas-Stinson School and Nicasio School, and a local artist. Her driftwood whales can be found all around town, and currently she is working on an intimate still life series focusing on the abundant produce of West Marin and her own backyard. She enjoys beekeeping and helping with the family honey business. Janis’ art has been exhibited nationally and internationally particularly in Germany and Poland. Janis brings her prestigious art history background, professional success as an artist, and her personal warmth and joy to her work at the Bolinas Museum.×
Renee Zellweller is a native Californian who works as a freelance curator producing projects that celebrate left coast idealism and blur the boundaries between art, craft and design. She is also the founder of Summer School SF, a Bay Area arts program, where Renee encourages artists to explore ideas while documenting their stories and modes of work. Her most recent projects were Stan Bitters, Modern Primitive in 2014 and Carla Fernández, Design Culture Mexico in 2015, both held at Heath Ceramics Boiler Room in San Francisco. Renee enjoys time with her family, at their home high above Stinson Beach, whenever she can. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and serves on the Curatorial Committee.×
Soo Choi manages Google's startup ecosystem and relationships with venture capital community. She was previously Chief Commercial Officer at DevOps Research and Assessment (acquired by Google) and co-founded Anso Labs, (acquired by Rackspace). She met her husband when they were at NASA Ames and they now live full time in Bolinas with their two children. She is also very active with the Bolinas-Stinson school. They love traveling together as a family - they recently spent a month in Bali, Indonesia.
Businessman & Art Collector
Developer & Former Board Member
Former Board Member & Mathematics Educator
Former Board Member & Former Bolinas Fire Chief
Collection Committee Chair
Artist & Former Board Member
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Former Board Member & Librarian
Former Executive Director & Arts Professional
Former Board Member & Physician
The Bolinas Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all of our donors and members, at any level, and it is with great enthusiasm that we list those who have chosen to support the museum for five consecutive years or more through their membership dues or other contributions. This loyal group of donors makes a lasting impact on every aspect of the museum. We thank you for your continued support of the art, history, and culture of coastal Marin!
Arlene Allsman and Rick Hall
Vic Amoroso Judy and Robert
Aptekar Starrs and Will Arnot
Nancy and Joachim Bechtle
Donald Bird and David Young
Maureen and Joe Blumenthal
Martha Borge Rose and Roy Borrone
Daphne and Robert Bransten
Linda H. Bucklin
Susie and Mark Buell
Marilyn Burns and Jeffrey Sellon
Tim Burns and Nathan Draper
Terry and Ralph Camiccia
Pam and Jim Campe
Kathryn and Gerry Cirincione-Coles
Joyce Clement, Susan Robinson & Lucy Reid
Chrissie and Brooks Crawford
Bret Davenport and Barry Zorthian
Cristina di Grazia
Karen and Tom Dibblee
Linda and Jerry Elkind
Olivia Erschen and Steve Starkey
Pamela Fabry and Ed Chiera
Virginia and Will Felch
Ann and Donald Fragale
Kimberly Goosherst and Shervin Kheradpir
Trudy Greenlaw and Phil Binley
Melinda Griffith and Aenor Sawyer
Carol and Dexter Hake
Kathie and Remick Hart
Jane and David Hartley
Harry and Susan Hartzell
Harriet Heyman and Michael Moritz
Sha Sha Higby
Mary Daniel Hobson
Sandra and Charles Hobson
Wendy Hunt and David Horning
Susan and Richard Idell
Wendy Jaffe and Bruce Lowry
Katherine and James Kirkham
Leslie and Hal Kruth
Adrienne and Jack Ladd
Michael Light and John Lum
Vera Louie and Bill Braasch
Frank Mainzer and Lonnie Zwerin Arline
Mathieu and Lyndon Comstock
Claudia Ceniceros and Eric McDougall
Joan and Robert McGrath
Tauni and Lance Meade
Judy and Rich Morrisey
Edward Nicolaus III
Pam and Howard Nurse
Mary Belle O’Brien
Anne and John Page
Woodward Payne and Beverly Anderson
Perry Eloise and Ted Pollock
Patsy and Charlie Raven
Sherry and David Richman
Jane and Bill Robbins
Brenda and Dexter Roberts
Donna and Randolph Rush
San Francisco Public Library
Elizabeth and Bill Shea
Jane and Don Slack
Barbara and Craig Smithson
Nancy and Josiah Thompson
Shirley and Mike Traynor
Nancy and Herb Tully
Susy and Sergio Vergara
Ann and Jeff Walsh
Amy and Warren Weber
Kay and David Werdegar
Matthew Werdegar and Monique Schaulis
Laurellee and Suzanne Westaway
Clay and Helen Wiens
Polly and Ward Wolff