Arts Orange County – Board of Directors

Board MembersArtsOC Board and staff at the 2019 planning retreat.


Rick M. Smetanka, Partner-in-Charge, Audit and Business Advisory Services Group, Haskell & White LLP, Irvine

Susan Hori, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, Costa Mesa

Mary Lyons, Civic Leader, Newport Beach
Past Chair


Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director, Mission San Juan Capistrano

Matt Bailey, Director of Ecosystem Development, UCI Applied Innovation

Dr. Stephen Barker, Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Executive Director, Institute and Museum of California Art, University of California, Irvine

Ellen Breitman, Former Director of Education, Newport Harbor Art Museum

William Cusato, Director - Service Engineering & Operations Center, Commercial Aviation Services, The Boeing Company, Seal Beach

Thuy Vo Dang, Ph.D., Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive, University of California, Irvine

John Evans, Senior Vice President (retired), Wells Fargo Bank, Newport Beach

John Forsyte, President, Pacific Symphony, Santa Ana

Sara Guerrero, Founder & Artistic Director, Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, Santa Ana

Robert J. Klein, First Vice President-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, Newport Beach

Kathy Kramer, CFE, CFEE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer, OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Ernesto Maldonado, Vice President/Fiduciary, Pacific Premier Bank, Irvine

Jerry Mandel, Ph.D., President, Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dr. Al Mijares, Superintendent of Schools, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa

Kay Mortenson, Artist & Professor Emeritus of Art, Golden West College, Huntington Beach

Tim Shaw, President, Tim Shaw & Associates, Irvine

Todd DeShields Smith, CEO & Director, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana

Paula Tomei, Managing Director, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa

Debora Wondercheck, Founder and Executive Director, Arts & Learning Conservatory, Costa Mesa


David Emmes, Founding Artistic Director, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa

Carl Neisser, President, The Neisser Company, Costa Mesa

John Stahr, Retired Partner, Latham and Watkins, Costa Mesa

David R. White II, Retired Partner, Haskell & White LLP, Irvine

Arts Orange County Board Members - Past & Present