Here is the Studio Channel Islands 2014 Board of Directors, including each member’s community and professional affiliations:
Retired Ventura County Supervisor; former Elementary School teacher; served on Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival Board; Co-founder, past President, Executive Director and Parliamentarian of Studio Channel Islands
Private equity investor with distinguished career as an executive in the medical device and biotechnology sector. CEO at Phoenix Initiãre since 2011 and Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners since 2003. Served as Vice-President, Drug Product and Device Development at Amgen—and in other executive capacities from 1995 to 2010. Prior to joining Amgen, served as President, Hall Surgical Division of Zimmer—and in other capacities from 1980 to 1995. Director, World Affairs Council and Camarillo Sustainable Growth; Author, Freelance MD; Member, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Camarillo Ranch Foundation; and Elder, Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Financial planner with Edward Jones Company; Board member Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and past board member of Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival; community representative to Cal State University Channel Islands, active in Camarillo Rotary Club and church organizations.
Rachel was born and raised in Camarillo. She has a BS in Social Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and recently formed a partnership where she owns and manages mobile home parks and residential properties. She worked as a Branch Manager and VP/Area Manager for Sizzler International, Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank where she was responsible for managing sales, production, service and personnel. She was hired to open three start-up businesses which were then sold to larger companies. Rachel’s strengths are communication skills, creating a positive work environment, team-building and conflict resolution. She especially enjoys building and maintaining strong relationships with personnel, customers and local business owners. She is a past member of Rotary and a current member of the American Association of University Women. She volunteers for Hospice, Relay for Life and The Ventura County Scholarship Foundation. Not an artist herself, Rachel appreciates the opportunity to participate in art events and to be surrounded by talented artists and the people they attract to our community. Rachel is married, has two dogs, loves the beach, running, reading, movies and live theatre.
Secretary: Max Copenhagen, Camarillo
Forest Supervisor (ret.)
Max is a retired Deputy Forest Supervisor with degrees in science from the University of California and Humboldt State. While working at Forest Service headquarters in Washington D.C, he also served as a resource advisor with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Brookings Fellow with the 106th Congress. For several years, he was a volunteer jazz DJ for KTOO public radio and served as a director on the board of the Alaska Folk Festival. Max recently served as President of the Camarillo Rotary. Although not claiming to be an artist, he enjoyed making zinc plate prints and is excited by the creative process.
An Agribusiness degree from California Polytechnics State University San Luis Obispo started this Santa Rosa Valley resident on her diverse and broad path in sales and marketing. Positions in the agriculture industry to the automotive aftermarket spanning over 15 years have led to the successful operation of a private Ventura County business for the last 10 years.
Members at Large
In 1962, Jeanne began her teaching career at El Rancho School, PVSD. Exactly 40 years later, she opened that facility as University Preparation Schools at CSU Channel Islands, a university partnership forged with Handel Evens, CSUCI Founding President. Her keen interest in international schooling brings invitations to consult and conduct seminars in Asia, Europe, Africa, Russia, Canada, Cuba and the U.S. Jeanne serves on six area non-profit Boards, is a charter member of the Camarillo Arts Council, and an appointee to Camarillo City Council’s Citizens Advisory Committee. She has received a number of administrative excellence and Woman of the Year Awards as well as California Professor of the Year, California Hart Vision Award, International Celebrate Literacy Award, and induction in the Educator’s Hall of Fame.
Jeanne Adams has been a Studio Channel Islands Art Center supporter, champion and participant since the organization was founded on the CSUCI campus.
Owners, Coastal Capital Management Corporation. Specialize in helping people reduce risk and minimize their tax burdens during retirement, using financial and insurance products from some of the world’s largest and most stable institutions. Bob and Janice have over thirty-five years of experience in this field and are considered by their clients to be extremely competent, trustworthy, and caring advisors. They are very active in community and civic affairs and are especially proud of their activities in Rotary Club International. Their creed is “Safe, Secure, & Stable.”
A fourth-generation resident of Ventura County, Mr. Edsall received a degree in Agriculture Economics from UC Davis. He received his law degree from Western State University of Law in San Diego in 1979 and was admitted to the California State Bar. He served as President of the Camarillo Breakfast Rotary Club, Chairman of the Board for the Camarillo Family YMCA and currently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Camarillo and is on the St. John’s Hospital Foundation Board.
Barbara Pickles, Camarillo
Marketing Co-chair, Artist In Residence, Business Owner, Educator
Barbara is a commercial and fine art photographer, graphic designer, print maker and commercial producer. In all her work she attempts to create a narrative with her imagery. Upon graduating from Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, Barbara went into advertising as an art director and commercial and music video producer in Los Angeles. She returned to Camarillo with her husband to raise their three boys. Earning her MFA in Photography from Brooks Institute in 2010, she is an Artist In Residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center. In addition to her photography and graphic design business, Barbara writes and teaches classes in photography and printmaking. She is a regular teacher at Studio Channel Islands’ Children’s Summer Art Camp and can be seen with her camera at most Studio Channel Islands events.
Retired as a Corporate Secretary, Sheila is a community volunteer with a lifelong interest in art and art history. Sheila has supported Studio Channel Islands since its inception on the university campus and applauds its progress as an important part of our community. She has served on the Boards of Casa Pacifica (past president); Rubicon Theatre Company; Interface Women’s Golf Clinic Director/Chair; Casa Pacifica Angels past president; Ventura County Symphony League, Camarillo Chapter (past president); LPCC Women’s Golf Association, Hospitality Chair; and St. Mary Magdalene Bereavement committee
Joyce Resnik, Camarillo – Board Liaison to Resident Artists
Business Owner / Community Service Leader
Volunteer for Ventura County Scholarship Foundation since 2004; Member United Women’s Leadership Council since 2007; Member of SCIART; board member of Studio Channel Islands; Served on the 1988-89 Ventura County Grand Jury; Senior member of Recipe Testing and Development Bon Appétit Magazine 1978-1990; Food writer for syndicate providing articles to small newspapers without test kitchens 1978-1990; Cooking teacher Ventura County 1978-1988;
Business owner since 1959: Somis Nut House, Somis California; Education: Dominican College of San Rafael 1956-1958, UCLA 1966-1970. Art interest: Book artist/binder with primary interest in historical models.
After pursuing dual careers in biochemistry and weaving, Michael left behind a job as director of an Amgen research lab in 1998 to devote full time to this work. Weaving has been a fervent activity since 1973. Formal training in drawing, color and design came from the Alfred Glassel School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Over the years, activities included lectures, workshop teaching, juror, show organizer and exhibitor in many local, national and international juried and invited shows.
Recently his work has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, exhibits at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum in New York, the invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, from Lausanne to Beijing (twice), Houses for Nomads (a solo exhibit at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania), an exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego and the permanent collections of the Mingei, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the Ventura County Musuem of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Edy Santangelo is delighted to serve on the Board of Studio Channel Islands. Over the past years, her association with many of the artists in residence impacted her life with their friendship and artistic talent. She knows their presence in Camarillo is of tremendous value to our community.
Currently, Edy is in practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She serves as Treasurer of the Board of Many Meals of Camarillo and is a Rubicon Theatre Grandes Dames. In the past, she served on the Board of Camarillo Hospice and was their Executive Director for seven years. She also volunteered with United Way, Casa Pacifica and the Ventura County Bereavement Council. She is a former Microbiology instructor at Ventura and Oxnard Colleges and was a science teacher at Villanova Preparatory School.
Her interests include gardening, travel, skiing and enjoying time with family and friends.
Executive Director / Artist
Born and raised in Germany, Karin graduated from Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich and worked as a school teacher until she moved to the US in 1995.
Karin is an artist and owns a catering business. She teaches art and German classes. After serving as President of Studio Channel Islands Art Center from 2008 to 2009, she became Executive Director in 2010.
Jodie Henslee-Soto, Full Charge Bookkeeper, joined SCIART in March 2014. Jodie is currently continuing her education in Accounting and as a QuickBooks Pro Advisor. Prior to joining Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Jodie spent the last 10 years as a self-employed bookkeeper/accountant, providing a wide range of bookkeeping and administrative services to small businesses. Jodie has over 20 years of bookkeeping/accounting experience. Jodie has also served with PTA, Kiwanis, Optimist Club, American Legion, Education Foundation and other local organizations to serve the community she came from.
With a deep passion of the Arts, Dania Gutierrez is happy to be a part of Studio Channel Islands Art Center as Executive Assistant. Dania graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a Bachelors of Art in Art History. Her focus of study consisted of Modern to Contemporary Feminist and Multicultural Art. She greatly enjoys sharing her interest and enthusiasm of art history with others. Dania is excited to aid in SCIART’s outreach and growth, bringing a vital Art presence to the community.