Board of Directors

Meeting Schedule: Board of Directors: Bi-monthly meetings second Monday, Committee meetings alternate months, Advisory Board: 2 meetings per year

WEAD Board of Directors 2016

Krista Anandakuttan
Christina Bertea

Hagit Cohen
Isabella LaRocca
Carol Newborg
Karen Petersen
Sharon Siskin
Susan Leibovitz Steinman
Andrée Singer Thompson
Mary Bayard White
Raheleh (Minoosh) Zomorodinia

 Krista Anandakuttan enjoys creating playful functional art, particularly when it enhances awareness of our relationship to water. A union trained plumbing contractor, she has worked with Greywater Action for 5 years, educating the public about water conservation through use of greywater, rainwater, and compost toilet systems. She has helped install high tech rain and greywater systems throughout the bay area. In the early 90‘s she designed and built a permitted passive-solar rammed earth cottage as urban infill in Oakland.  Christina is a certified Harner Method Shamanic Counselor. When carving stone she collaborated with the “spirit” in the stone to create pieces that demonstrated shamanic values.  Christina believes wholeheartedly in the power of art to impact culture and attract people to sustainable behaviors. 2013-present. Exhibitions.  Vice Chair

Christina Bertea enjoys creating playful functional art, particularly when it enhances awareness of our relationship to water. A union trained plumbing contractor, she has worked with Greywater Action for 5 years, educating the public about water conservation through use of greywater, rainwater, and compost toilet systems. She has helped install high tech rain and greywater systems throughout the bay area. In the early 90‘s she designed and built a permitted passive-solar rammed earth cottage as urban infill in Oakland.  Christina is a certified Harner Method Shamanic Counselor. When carving stone she collaborated with the “spirit” in the stone to create pieces that demonstrated shamanic values.  Christina believes wholeheartedly in the power of art to impact culture and attract people to sustainable behaviors. 2013-present. Exhibitions.  Vice Chair

Hagit Cohen is a mixed media artist who works primarily with digital images. In her work, she explores the relations between human, nature, and spirit, and the power of personal ritual to effect healing and change. More recently, she has focused on the element of water through which she draws attention and awareness to nature’s fragile balance in the face of human intervention. Hagit holds an MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also taught for several years. Once in the Bay Area, she developed her career in interactive multimedia as an illustrator, art director and producer. Hagit has exhibited her artwork in Israel, Canada, New York , Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. Her body of work “Acid Rain” was shown at the Tides Foundation in San Francisco in 2013. Hagit lives and works in Berkeley, CA.

Isabella LaRocca is an artist, educator, and activist working primarily with photography and motion pictures. Her work is part of a long tradition in photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded – hidden, unconscious, commonplace – not in the service of commerce or reportage, but with integrity, compassion, and generosity. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in Photography from Indiana University.  Awards for her work include the Ferguson Grant from the Friends of Photography in San Francisco, CA for excellence and commitment to the field of photography.  Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States including a solo show at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY.  She currently teaches Multimedia Art at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, California, and Photography at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. Web site Committee and Documentarian

Carol Newborg has created installations for over 30 years and is deeply involved in arts in corrections, working as a teacher and exhibit organizer in California prisons. She received her MFA from UC Berkeley in 1981 and has taught in a number of community venues including Cal Poly Pomona. Many of her early installations were sanctuary installations, creating a potentially meditative space. Carol’s recent installations have been inspired by elements of nature, especially water, while still having a meditative aspect. Carol exhibits her work nationally and in Mexico. Recent exhibits include the de Young artist-in-residency, the SFMOMA rental gallery, and the Tides Foundation. In 2014 she’ll exhibit several series of work at Oxnard Community College. She received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, among other awards and artist residencies. 2013-present. Co Chair Exhibitions

Sharon Siskin is a visual artist, a community-based artist and an art professor engaged with contemporary social justice and environmental issues, currently teaching at Berkeley City College, Laney College, John F. Kennedy University, California College of the Arts and is a Faculty Advisor in the MFAIA Program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. She received a Visual Arts Fellowship from the California Arts Council, Potrero Nuevo Prize, Noetic Arts Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Market Street Art in Transit Commission, 12 California Arts Council Artist in Residence Grants and was an Artist in Residence at Recology. Her artwork has been featured in publications that includeNotes on the Need for Beauty: An Intimate Look at an Essential Quality (2007), by J.Ruth Gendler; Women Artists in the American West (2003), edited by Susan Ressler, Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society (1997), by Lucy Lippard, Connecting Conversations: Interviews with 28 Bay Area Women Artists (1988), edited by Moira Roth andSite to Sight, Mapping Bay Area Visual Culture (1995), edited by Lydia Mathiews. Her teaching is featured in a book entitled Outside the Frame: Teaching Art for Social Change, by Beverly Naidus, published by New Village Press in 2009.

Susan Leibovitz Steinman, a conceptual artist, social sculptor and ecofeminist, produces large-scale “greenscapes” involving diverse stakeholder participation. Exhibited globally, this art models ecological strategies: organic gardens, slow food, community revitalization, native plants and green tourism. Her gallery and museum work incorporates salvage and organic materials. Cofounder of WEAD, WEAD—Women Environmental Artists Directory, she created and edits WEAD’s online Magazine. She holds an M.F.A. in sculpture from California College of the Arts. 1995-present. Magazine Editor and Co Founder

Andrée Singer Thompson is a longtime Bay Area artist and teacher who has exhibited internationally and nationally. Much of her sculpture, site-specific installations and performance pieces deal with individual and communal survival issues, which are interactive and educational. She designed and still teaches the course a course she designed, EcoArt Matters, which brings creative energy to urgent environmental and social justice issues. She is presently team teaching with fellow WEAD board member Sharon Siskin at Laney College in Oakland. WEAD Treasurer 1995-2012  1995-present.  Exhibitions Committee

Mary Bayard White is a Bay Area sculptor/arts educator and adjunct instructor at St. Marys College. She is currently Chair of the WEAD Board of Directors. From 1985-2005 she served as head of the San Jose State University Spatial Arts/ Glass Program. For two semesters, 2009-2010, she was a visiting Fulbright Scholar and Lecturer at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. In 2010 she completed a collaborative flood level marker project in Boulder, Colorado with 18 scientists, engineers and flood  mitigation activists. She earned an M.F.A. in Glass and Painting from California College of the Arts and a B.F.A. from CCA in Ceramics. 1996-present.  WEAD  Board Chair and Governance Committee

Raheleh (Minoosh) Zomorodinia is an Iranian educator, multimedia artist primarily working with photography, video, performance, and installation. She believes in and trusts the intuitive creative process to reveal and give form to unconscious and deeper mysterious truths. She uses the medium of photography and video to make visible what is in her mind’s eye and reflecting her emotional, psychological and subconscious experiences inspired by nature. She serves on the environmental artists group Open Five in Iran. She received an MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute (2015), an M.A. in graphic design (2006) and a B.A. in photography(1998) from the Art and Architecture Azad University in Tehran, Iran. She has received MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute (2013), Photography Award from Pocono Arts Council (2015), Honorable Mention in 8th Annual CCC Student Film Festival in California (2012), and the Headlands Graduate Alternate Award (2015). Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally in Iran, USA, Finland, Romania, South Korea, Canada, England, and Mexico.

2015

Christina Bertea
Judith Blankman
Hagit Cohen
Rachel Craft
Verona Fonté
Michele Guieu
Carol Newborg
Karen Petersen
Sharon Siskin
Susan Leibovitz Steinman
Andrée Singer Thompson
Katherine Wallace
Mary Bayard White
Raheleh (Minoosh) Zomorodinia

2014

Judith Blankman
Patricia Bentson
Christina Bertea, Vice Chair.
Lauren Elder, Exhibitions Co-Chair
Suzanne Girot
Carol Newborg, Exhibitions Co-Chair
Danielle Siembieda, Website Chair
Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Magazine Editor
Lorna Stevens, Fundraising, Finance and Advisory Board
Amy Stewart, Treasurer
Katherine Wallace, Memberhship Chair
Mary White, Chair
Raheleh Zomorodinia, Documentarian

 

2013

Judith Blankman
Patricia Bentson
Christina Betera
Lauren Elder
Suzanne Girot
Michele Guieu
Katherine, Keefer
Carol Newborg
Danielle Siembieda
Andree Singer Thompson
Sharon Siskin
Vickie Jo Sowell
Susan Leibovitz Steinman
Lorna Stevens
Amy Lee Stewart
Katherine Wallace
Mary White
Minoosh Zomorodinia

2012

Judith Blankman
Lauren Elder
Suzanne Girot
Danielle Siembieda
Andree Singer Thompson
Sharon Siskin
Vickie Jo Sowell
Susan Leibovitz Steinman
Lorna Stevens
Amy Lee Stewart
Ruth Tamura
Kerry Vander Meer
Sally Weare
Mary White
Sharon Wilchar
Minoosh Zomorodinia

2011

Phoebe Ackley
Krystle Ahmadyar
Judith Blankman
Sahar Khoury
Marella Pedersen
Sharon Siskin
Vicki Jo Sowell
Susan Leibovitz Steinman
Ruth Tamura
Andrée Singer Thompson
Kerry Vander Meer
Patricia Watts
Sally Weare
Mary B. White

EMERITUS

Estelle Akamine
Linda Fries
Jo Hanson (in memorium)
Donna Ozawa
Praba Pilar
Susan Plum
Isis Rodriguez
Sophie Chang Saeed