Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jean Durant
Board President
Lauren Fernandez
Vice President
Tom Neff
Treasurer
Tierney Sneeringer
Secretary
Sharon Shrank
Board Member
Zoa Town
Board Member

Board Advisory Committee

Howard Flax – President, Flax Art and Design
Danielle Fox – Owner; Slate Contemporary Gallery and Art Consulting
Moss Kardener – Chief Brand Advisor, OnStrategy Consultants
Pam Versaw – Business Development and Operations Consultant, Venture Capital and Biochemistry

Arts Venue Committee

Jean Durant – Committee Chair and Board President
Chandra Cerrito – Owner, Chandra Cerrito Art Advisors
Meghan Faulkner – Principal, Local Language
Christine Ferrouge – Artist, Werkshack
Danielle Fox – Owner – Slate Contemporary Gallery and Art Consulting
Johanna Poethig – Artist, Mercury 20 Gallery
Erica Wright Belle – Owner, RBA Creative
Ginny Van Dine – Administrative Support, Slate Contemporary Gallery and Art Consulting
Jan Watten – Owner, Gray Loft Gallery

Programming and Events Committee

Tierney Sneeringer – Committee Chair and Board Member

Liz Sdregas – Project Management, Senior Delivery Manager at Corbalt

Open – Volunteer Programming and Events Coordinator

Marketing and Communications Committee

Sharon Shrank – Committee Chair and Board Member

Carolyn Smith – Social Media and Marketing Expert

Kyra Cyphers – Public Relations, Vice President at DKC

Lisa Timonova – Graphic Design

Development and Fundraising Committee

Jean Durant – Committee Chair and Board President

Tom Neff – Co-Chair and Board Treasurer

Celine Piser – Grant Writer, Researcher, Editor

Open – Volunteer Membership Coordinator

Community Engagement and Outreach Committee

Lauren Fernandez – Committee Chair and Board Vice President

Joshua Bane – People Services Manager, Employee Experience at Galileo Learning

Open – Volunteer Coordinator

Board President

Jean Durant

Director, Gap Inc.
A curious thinker, change agent and leader of creative teams for retail organizations such as Old Navy, Gap, Gymboree, Blockbuster and most recently Banana Republic. Jean is passionate about growing Oakland’s diverse and electric visual arts communities by connecting the public to the arts and creative spaces that make the Town so special.

Vice President

Lauren Fernandez

Assistant Director of Employee and Labor Relations at San Francisco State University

Treasurer

Tom Neff

Managing Partner / Tax Stockholder / International Tax Co-Chair

Tom Neff, CPA, is RINA’s Managing Partner, Co-Chair of the International Tax Practice Group, and manager of the firm’s Wealth Management division. Tom advises businesses and individuals investing abroad and foreigners investing in the US on tax structuring and multinational tax planning.  Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Tom spent 5 years with a CPA firm located in the US Virgin Islands. He is passionate about the local Performing Arts scene and can be seen monthly performing at the All-Out Comedy Theater in Oakland with his improv troupe.

Secretary

Tierney Sneeringer

Communications Specialist, Exploratorium

Tierney is dedicated to increasing access to the arts, cultural organizations, and lifelong learning opportunities. She works in PR at the Exploratorium, sharing its story and nerding out about the organization. Prior to the Exploratorium, Tierney worked in the arts for nearly a decade in small to large organizations, like Oakland Art Murmur and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She received her Masters in Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Board Member

Sharon Shrank

Vice President Marketing, Old Navy

Board Member

Zoa Town

Vice President, Asset & Property Management, TMG Partners