Board & Team

Board of Trustees

John M. Kennedy- Chair
John lives in North Auburn/Christian Valley. He and his wife have 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 home 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.

Karl Sense- Treasurer
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.

David Kelly
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.

John Marin
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.

Shana Laursen
Shana Laursen is a philanthropist and art aficionado who serves as a Trustee of the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the African Wildlife Foundation. She has a background in education, community outreach and community projects with strong fund raising skills and corporate affiliations. Shauna also brings experience with the maturation of several non-profit boards to the PlacerArts Board.

Glenda Gonzales


Jim Crosthwaite, Executive Director,

Rachel Christofferson, Administrative Coordinator,

Mickie Giacomini, Marketing Director

Darci Frank, Graphic Designer

Linda Green, ARTspace Coordinator

Barbara Wauters, Bookkeeper

MaryTess Mayall, Placer Artists League Chair

Janet Paehlig, Sponsorship/Partnership Chair

Carol Grismore, Art Walk Chair

Gia McNutt, Studios Tour Chair

Rosie Stilwell, Outreach

Janet Nicholson, Outreach