Board Members

All board members are volunteers! Interested in volunteering with our organization? Send us an email to info@chicoartsandculture.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Parks
President
Other Community Roles: I am parent and a local Realtor. As a parent I serve on the Hooker Oak Elementary parent board and help provide the school with the benefit of our parent volunteers time and resources, which adds to a richer school experience for students, staff and teachers. As a Realtor I find I am often the first face of those who are new to the area and I love showing them all the public art as well as introducing them to all our music and theater venues, galleries and great restaurants, parks, etc.
What inspired you to take part in CACF?: It is important to me as a citizen, parent and a community member to give volunteer time in areas of importance to my quality of life. Working to promote a vibrant arts community here in Chico helps me fulfill that
In your opinion what roles do you think arts have in the community?: I think the arts play a part in bringing the community together. In a community where there is a vast cross section of people it the one thing we can all agree is important and provides a common thread.

Monica McDaniel
Vice President; Founding Member
Other Community Roles: I am also a mom, an active member of the Chico Arts Commission, and former two term Chair, and I do outreach and capital development for a local arts based charter elementary school.
What inspired you to take part in CACF?: I was inspired to found this organization because I saw a need for support of public art and public arts organizations.
In your opinion what roles do you think arts have in the community?: It is my opinion that arts and culture are a vital part of the health and well being of a community

Jenny Breed
Secretary, member since 2014.
Other Community Roles: I am a single mom of an 8th and 6th grader. I work at CSU, Chico Center for Healthy Communities.
What inspired you to take part in CACF?: I wanted to give back to my community and being a strong supporter of the art and culture programs for all ages, CACF was the perfect place.
In your opinion what roles do you think arts have in the community? : Arts and culture programs bring people together for expression and entertainment.

Mary Gardner
Member at Large
Other Community Roles: I manage created4Acause a downtown retail store and online shop owned by the Work Training Center. We sell wood, fabric, and ceramic items made in production facilities that employ adults with developmental disabilities.
What inspired you to take part in CACF?: I am proud to be part of an organization whose mission is to raise money specifically earmarked for local arts programs and projects in support of the City of Chico Arts Commission Arts Master Plan.
In your opinion what roles do you think arts have in the community?: Creativity fuels every aspect of our daily life and I believe that we can measure our health as individuals and as a community based on the health of our arts and culture. Or, as Robert Shumann said, “The artist’s vocation is to send light into the human heart.”

Edward Philippi
Member at Large
Other Community Roles: I am an educator by trade. I’m also the father of two amazing teens, a husband, an amateur historian, theater aficionado, singer, and beginning ukulele player.
What inspired you to take part in CACF?: Although I moved to Chico in 9th grade I regard this place as my hometown. I understand the importance of the arts in our society. In these days of shrinking budgets and societal disconnect it is more important than ever to keep support for the arts alive.
In your opinion what roles do you think arts have in the community?: The arts help create community. From the earliest of times people have gathered to hear stories, dance, and play music. This is how communities are started. The same holds true today people come from everywhere to arts-centered events weather it is a concert at a club or auditorium or a child’s school play. Today the arts are more important than ever. Being raised by a single mother we could not afford to go out to many events. Fortunately being in Chico we had the opportunity to be involved in Community Theater, music, etc. Exposure to the arts allowed my sister and I to see the full potential of the world and ourselves, not just what we were exposed to in our day-to-day lives.

 

Salena Mitchell
Member at Large since 2016