ABOUT

ABOUT

Board & Staff

Our Board of Directors represents a cross-section of the arts, education, legal, technology, business and philanthropic sectors. Our staff is experienced not only in arts administration and program design, but also in teaching and performing.

Staff

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JOHN ALECCA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
415-974-5554, ext. 7260
john@ya-nc.org

Throughout his career as an arts administrator and marketing communications executive, John has had the privilege to work in both non-profit arts and commercial entertainment industries and has developed a variety of initiatives and programs that lead each institution into the new stages of development. Adept at building mutually beneficial business partnerships, John has developed a unique blend of creative, strategic, and entrepreneurial programs. He has worked for Blue Man Group Las Vegas, Mesa Arts Center/City of Mesa, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Magic Theatre and CuriOdyssey (Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education).

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CHRISTELL LEWIS

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
415-974-5554, ext. 7262
christell@ya-nc.org

Christell Lewis is an arts educator, actor, singer, and dancer. She is dedicated to empowering youth through arts education. As an arts educator, Christell believes that every young person should have the opportunity to experience the power of the arts. She has provided transformative opportunities for young people through her work with children's theater companies, public schools, and non-profit organizations. She received a BA from Howard University in Journalism, and a MA from New York University in Educational Theater.

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GEMA CANTU

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
415-974-5554, ext. 7261
gema@ya-nc.org

Born and raised in the Valencia district of San Francisco, Gema serves as the Development Manager at Young Audiences of Northern California. Gema is responsible for creating fundraising initiatives as well as developing and maintaining existing relationships with individuals and organizations for support. She is dedicated to bringing creative experiences and art access to youth and the Bay Area. Through the intersections of art, culture, and activism, Gema believes in the power of storytelling and self-expression in order to foster dialogue and connection. Gema is currently a board member at Development Executive Roundtable and has received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University.

RUTH MANKIN

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
415-974-5554, ext. 7265
ruth@ya-nc.org

Ruth has been with Young Audiences of Northern California in various roles throughout the years. Ruth is the go-to person for all assembly scheduling as well as curating that perfect program for schools and educator partners. 

Board of Directors

Justin Warren, President

Erick Kostuchek, Vice President
Su Rim, CPA, Treasurer
Beth Miller, Secretary

Susan Adams, Sarah Nantais, Don Wexler

Honorary Board of Directors

Thomas P. Campbell
Director and CEO
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Gretchen B. Kimball
National Board Member
Young Audiences Arts for Learning

Matthew Shilvock
General Director
San Francisco Opera

David Stull
President
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Michael Tilson Thomas
Music Director Laureate
San Francisco Symphony