John lives in Christian Valley with his wife Therese. They have two grown children, Vanessa and Keith. John’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, traveling, stonework and climbing mountains!
John holds a B.S. Urban Planning/Architectural design from California Polytechnical University Pomona. He retired from Placer County after a 30-year career working in a variety of capacities including: architect, facilities manager, Administrative Officer to the Placer County Board of Supervisors and Director of the Community Resources Development Agency. In the latter position, he was responsible for handling environmental review of projects and for coordinating review of the largest, most complex development proposals facing the county, all during a period of explosive growth.
He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Placer Land Trust.
John lives in North Auburn/Christian Valley. He has three grown daughters and three grandchildren. John’s hobbies include snow shoeing, fishing – especially in Alaska and Mexico – and travelling. John also loves working with clay and can often be found in his ceramics studio working on sculptures, wheel thrown pottery and hand built Neolithic Celtic figures.
John retired from Pacific Gas & Electric after a 35-year career working in a variety of capacities, including: network specialist; data management analyst; leading a team of Senior IT Architects responsible for PG&E’s network and desktop technologies; and Relationship Manager for the Microsoft Enterprise contract. His years of experience in these many integral roles led to his ultimate promotion to Chief of Staff, where he managed the “Business of IT” for the Computing Services director. Tasks in this position included consolidation of facilities management, including PG&E’s three data centers; a two-year initiative to review and validate 200 IT contracts for compliance and actual spend; and, savvy financial management of the $50M labor and contract pool, resulting in a total savings of $6M.
John holds a B.S. degree in Biological Science with emphasis in the Marine Environment from California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, and an M.S. degree in Project and Systems Management from Golden Gate University, Walnut Creek and Sacramento, CA campuses.
District 3 Representative
Karl Sense, a CPA from the Roseville/Rocklin area, brings a skill set of budget, financial and program management to the Board. He has managed his own accounting firm as well as serving as a partner at GALLINA. He has worked with non-profits in the community and brings a strong interest in the arts to PlacerArts. Karl serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee.
District 4 Representative
David likes to “hang out” with his wife Andrea. They share an interest in art collection, particularly of California funk art. He is a fan of Stanford and 49er football and Kings basketball. David has a continuing interest in politics and government matters and has also been involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations including the Placer Community Foundation and Blue Line Arts. He and Andrea reside in Granite Bay.
David is an attorney at the Burton Law Firm located in east Roseville and has nearly 40 years experience. He has a broad background in the law with experience as diverse as managing complex real estate acquisitions to drafting wills and powers of attorney. As a mediator, he empowers clients to develop options and take charge of resolving their own disputes. His unique strength is the ability to combine a sense of trust with the wisdom of a mature practice and the creativity to “think out of the box” that results in satisfying client-oriented solutions.
David holds a J.D. from Stanford University law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Sanford University.
Cindy is a long time resident of Placer County (Newcastle), where she raised her 2 sons along with her husband Robert. She can vouch for the kids, but the jury is still out on Robert.
Cindy has put in 30 years plus in the corporate mainstream as well as in the start up world, successfully getting people to either sign up, ask for more, or getting clients to work together with her to learn something new and exciting!
She is a fan of our arts and cultural community and wants everyone to know about it and support it too!
When she’s not enjoying the arts here, she is planning trips with her husband to enjoy the arts and culture of other communities and countries abroad, and sneaking in a hike, some golf and maybe some fishing with Robert up in Alaska.
Karen Killebrew is retired and lives in Applegate, CA.
She spent thirty years in the retail travel industry, and owned a travel agency in Oakland, CA for eighteen years.
Karen’s knowledge of sales and marketing led to her second career as a marketing and public relations consultant, developing and implementing marketing and media plans for businesses and non-profit organizations.
Karen worked with the Arts Council of Placer County from 2006 to 2014 as a contractor and as a member of the staff. Projects included designing and implementing online programs including an Arts Calendar and Arts Directory, and conducting training and workshops. She coordinated the Autumn Arts Studios tour in 2013 and 2014.
She was an active participant in and presented Cultural and Heritage Tourism conferences and workshops on behalf of both PlacerArts and California Watchable Wildlife.
Her skills include project management, media relations and website content management. She has conducted numerous seminars and workshops for a variety of organizations, and is a skilled meeting facilitator.
Karen is a 2007 graduate of Sierra Business Council’s Sierra Leadership Institute, and she enjoys applying the skills learned in this respected leadership program.
Other organizations Karen has worked with include California Watchable Wildlife, Hawaii Watchable Wildlife, American River Conservancy, High Sierra RC&D Council, Placer Land Trust, Sierra County Historical Association and Foothill Farmers Market Association.
She served on the board of the International Ecotourism Society from 1995 to 2005, and the board of PlacerGROWN from 2006 to 2010. She is currently a member of the board of the Placer County Visitors Bureau (term expires June 2018).
New Board member as of November 2017. Bio coming soon.