Board of Directors

The Castro Valley Arts Foundation Board of Directors is a group of community members who share a common interest in supporting the Center for the Arts by providing high quality art experiences to students and the community.

Our Board of Directors

  • candi

    Dr. Candi Clark earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership Administration and Policy from Pepperdine University.   She is the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Castro Valley Unified School District. Dr. Clark is committed to the long-standing partnership between the Castro Valley Arts Foundation and CVUSD.  Dr. Clark and her husband, Eddie, have two children, Eddie III and Amaya, who attend Castro Valley schools.

  • MaryAnn

    Mary Ann DeGrazia has lived in Castro Valley since 1972 and served within the Castro Valley Unified School District for 25 years. She worked at Canyon Middle School as a teacher and administrator and helped to open Creekside Middle School in 1996. She recently retired after 15 years as Creekside Middle School Principal.

  • eva

    Liz Eva is a former high-tech journalist who currently works as a senior editor for a San Francisco marketing communications firm. A resident of Castro Valley since 1989, she has been an active volunteer in Castro Valley schools and local organizations since 1998.


  • Serena

    Serena Foxworthy has been a Castro Valley resident for many years. She was Owner / Partner of Foxworthy's Tire Pro Shop in Castro Valley and the Hayward Branch Manager for Certified Personnel Services Inc, of San Francisco. She is a member of the Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce and has served on numerous committees and boards. Serena currently works at the Castro Valley Adult School.

  • Randy

    Phillip Ghaderi is a Castro Valley native graduating from Chabot Elementary School (1990), Canyon Middle School (1993), and Castro Valley High School (1997). Phillip earned his B.A. from Cal. State Hayward in 2001, received his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2009 and started his own law practice that same year. Now he lives in Castro Valley with his wife Karin and their son Benjamin. Growing up in Castro Valley, Phillip was involved with the CVUSD’s music program, playing the flute in elementary, middle, and high school. He also played soccer (SACSYL) and baseball (CV Independent), competed in wrestling, cross-country and track, and is an Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 708.

  • Mitzi

    Mitzi Gitlin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Affairs from the University of Nebraska, and serves on the board of the Bay Area Nebraska alumni chapter. She works for a national brokerage firm as a sales manager in the food industry. Mitzi has lived in Castro Valley since 1999 and has volunteered at the Center for the Arts since it opened in 2006. In fact, volunteering at the Center for the Arts has been a family affair. Mitzi’s husband, Terry; son, Monroe; step-sons Tomas and Michael; and daughter-in-law, Katrina have all contributed time and talents to the Center for the Arts over the years.

  • homer

    Susie Homer has lived with her family in Castro Valley since 1983. She is an educator who has substituted for the Castro Valley Unified School District for many years and now tutors one-on-one. In addition to teaching, she volunteers at Wardrobe for Opportunity as a stylist and at The Right to Read Adult Literacy Project. The Castro Valley Arts Foundation is a program that she has wanted to work with for some time and she is excited about joining this organization.

  • Natalie

    Natalie Hung is a school secretary in the Castro Valley Unified School District and a big supporter of the theater. She has been involved in the arts for several years as a musician and performer. Natalie has performed in the bay area as well as in southern California where she lived for several years after college. She is married and has a daughter, Caty, who attends Castro Valley Schools. Caty is following in her mother's footsteps as a budding performer.

  • Bernie

    Bernie Kempen is a Certified Family Law Specialist with a practice in Castro Valley, Modesto and San Francisco. He is Past President of the Castro Valley Rotary Club, has been PTA President at Proctor, Creekside and Castro Valley High School as well as serving on the Proctor Elementary School Site Council and several other CVUSD Boards. Bernie also serves as Vice-President of the San Francisco School of Arts (SOTA) PTSA and is a Board Member (alt) of the SOTA School Site Council. He and his wife Kathy live in Castro Valley with their two sons, David and Nick. Bernie appears in some local productions with son Nick just for fun.

  • Sherrie

    Murline Monat earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from San Francisco University and a B.A. Degree from CSUB. As a realtor, Murline finds satisfaction in helping neighbors, family and friends transition and follow their dreams. As a board member, she hopes to help Castro Valley Arts Foundation achieve their goals, to entertain by bringing music to our theater, to educate by providing opportunities for students to participate in live theater and to enrich by bringing access to the arts directly to our community. Murline and her husband, Alan, have lived in Castro Valley for the past 30 years and their son Ian attended Castro Valley schools.

  • Berenice

    Berenice Ku Sullivan is a pediatrician and practicing neonatologist at Kaiser San Leandro and Walnut Creek. Berenice has been an active volunteer in the Center for the Art's Box Office and enjoys photography. She has photographed for Golden State Theatre Productions and Castro Valley High School productions.

  • Terry

    Terry Liebowitz is an educator, arts advocate and founding member of the Castro Valley Arts Foundation. She is a writer and a regular contributor to the Castro Valley Forum's Arts and Entertainment section.


  • Bill

    Bill Nott is a Mechanical Engineer and retired from Lockheed Martin Space Systems in 2007. He worked on a number of satellite programs including the International Space Station. Since 1994 he has worked with various organizations locally and nationally to bring engineering to the primary & secondary grades. He volunteers with FIRST Robotics Competitions, Castro Valley Rotary, the East African Medical Relief Foundation, the Chabot Space & Science Center and the CV Arts Foundation. To soften his ‘techie’ bent, he attempts to harmonize with the New Dimension Chorus, an ‘a capella’, Barbershop style group."

  • Leslie

    Leslie Rothwell is retired from the Castro Valley Unified School District after 30 years of service. She was principal of Vannoy Elementary, Castro Valley High School and Director of Pupil Services. Leslie spent 12 years on the Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and served as president in 2002-03. Leslie and her husband, Wayne, have lived in Castro Valley for 35 years and their two sons, Bolton and Austin, are graduates of CVHS.

  • Erma

    Erma Smith is co-founder of the Smith Center for the Study of Private Enterprise at Cal State East Bay, and co-owner and Board member of the Nutek Corporation, a medical and surgical device sterilization company. She is a founding member of the Castro Valley Arts Foundation.


  • Morgan

    Michael Morgan (Honorary) is music director for the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He serves with many other musical organizations and is a widely acknowledged expert in arts education.



    • Our thanks to Worthington Photography in Castro Valley who provided many of the photographs on this page.