Board of Directors


Daryl Henline, Executive Director
Composer and musician Daryl Henline, is the principal founding member of BridgeMaker Arts. Through his enthusiasm and vision he converted a Richmond Storage business into a flegling art space and then assembled the group of artists which were to become the foundation organisation for the BMA. He is also a founding member of the internationally famous Conspiracy of Beards, men’s accapella choir with over 30 members who sing Leonard Cohen songs as a tribute.  COB has become an integral part of the San Francisco music scene with performances at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Jewish Music Festival, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco City Hall, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as dozens of bars, bookstores, galleries, hospices, and various other community centers. The choir has also been featured on several radio programs including NPR’s “West Coast Live,” “The California Report,” “Weekend Edition,” KQED, KFOG, KPFA, WFMU, and on PBS television.

Gwynessa Aetherwyn
Gwynessa Aetherwyn is a transdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco, whose work focuses on experience and explores personal moments of vulnerability.  She uses art as an intimate, visual journaling process that can communicate in a public way.  Originally from Sacramento, she earned a BFA from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland.  In 2014 she received the Jay deFeo Award.  Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and is in private art collections in Japan, China, Switzerland, Australia, and the United States.  She has also exhibited extensively in the Bay Area.  Along with BridgeMakerARTS, she works with the AGAC of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  Her art can be explored at Gwynessa.com www.facebook.com/gwynessa.art and Gwynessa_Art on Instagram.

Julia Gilden, Head of Volunteer and Intern Program

Julia Gilden is a movement-based expressive arts educator and a photographer.  She completed Tamalpa Institute’s training program for expressive arts, which combines all art modalities with humanistic psychology principles, and developed classes for elders with memory loss.  She has performed, taught, and choreographed dance, likes to sing in close harmony settings, and has produced dance, music, opera, and other theater events throughout the Bay Area. She spent a decade as a newspaper reporter, and founded the Potrero Hill Archives Project, still going strong nearly 30 years later.  While living on a boat in Sausalito, she created a genre of “movement” based photography. One show she participated in was called “Roshamon”, four artists’ perspectives of Richardson Bay at the at the US Army Corps Bay Model. These days she photographs dance and different types of motion.  She has degrees in Psychology and Education, and her guiding philosophy is:  It’s all about relationship.
Regina Gilligan
Regina’s background is in art and she received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her art career has included art shows, teaching, technical theater, artist-in-residences and grants for collaborative work from the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation and San Francisco Schools and volunteer community projects. A current project, a collaboration with Tarnel Abbott, “The Iron Heel” premiered at the 6th Annual Ankara Theater festival, Turkey and local productions followed in 2014. In addition, for the last dozen years, she has partnered with her husband, Peitsa Hirvonen, in SESCO Electrical Inc, an electrical and solar photovoltaic contracting company. She is president of the board of Solar Roots, a non-profit bringing solar systems and energy efficient technology to communities in Africa and Asia without. Her work can be found at reginagilligan.com

Steve Hurst
Former saxophonist and singer, Winthrop Steven Hurst, grew up in Ida B. Wells housing projects on Chicago’s south side. He studied graphic design, painting and photography at New York City Community College and School of Visual Arts where he earned a BFA. From 1983 to 2010 he operated a graphic design business. He is well known in the Bay Area for the unusual clocks he creates from recycled and repurposed items. His work has been displayed in one-man shows in Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio and California. Steve has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, West County Times, Diablo Magazine, The Richmond Globe and in Bay Crossings. His work is in the collections of the City of Richmond, Magic Johnson, Mayor Rosemary Corbin, Oprah Winfrey, Marin Health and Wellness Center, Courtyard Marriott and Richmond’s sister city, Shimada, Japan City Hall. He resides and maintains a studio practice in Point Richmond, CA. His work can be found at stevenartclocks.com
Kenoli Oleari
Recognized as one of the country’s leading practitioners of large-group dialogue and deliberation techniques, Kenoli has over 30 years experience in community organizing. Kenoli has worked closely with leading innovators in organization development practice and large-group dialogue collaboration methodologies, including Marvin Weisbord, Sandra Janoff and Kathy Dannemiller. His article, “Whole Systems: A powerful Tool for the 21st Century Manager”, was featured as the cover story in the December, 2000 issue of Public Management, the journal of the International City Managers Association. He is the author of chapters in sever anthologies on large group methods.
Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez
Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez grew up near San Juan, Puerto Rico and discovered painting through a scholarship from the Art Students’ League of San Juan. She went on to complete a BFA at the University of Puerto Rico and moved to San Francisco in 1985. There, she worked as a bilingual teacher while she completed her doctorate, then went on to teach education at Sacramento State to the children of farmworkers and refugees. She returned to the East Bay in 2005 with the goal of focusing on her painting, but supported herself working for the Bay Area and National Writing Projects as well as for the Richmond Art Center as Director of the Art in the Community Programs and Deputy Director. You can learn more about her paintings of urban landscapes and portraits of Latino immigrants at garcia-gonzalez.com.

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
Daryl Henline, Executive Director
Gary-Paul Barbosa Prince, Chair, Chief Strategist, Head of Curatorial

Allan Wagner, Financial Officer
Kit Pappenheimer, Chair
Tiffany Doesken
David Borengasser, Secretary
Steven Hurst
Regina Gilligan
Julia Gilden

 

 

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Allan Wagner, Financial Officer
Kit Pappenheimer, Chair
Tiffany Doesken
David Borengasser, Secretary
Gary-Paul Barbosa Prince, Chair, Chief Strategist, Head of Curatorial
Charity Romero
Elizabeth Tennant, Financial Officer
Jacqueline Cooper