The Board of Directors oversees Artists United’s administration. The board meets four times per year, including once per year in person, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Board members also commit to helping raise funds to support our work. In addition, board members serve as ambassadors to spread the word about the organization.
Jennifer Wallace has spent 15 years in Fortune 500 marketing, business development, and program management roles. She currently works for a large financial institution designing and launching their new family dynamics offering, which helps families navigate the social and emotional dynamics of wealth stewardship and transfer across the generations. She spent the first part of her career as a nonprofit fundraising and program development director for legal aid and educational organizations. Jennifer is a first-time documentary filmmaker, producing and directing a film about her personal journey to locate and build community with patients of the surgeon who rebuilt her face after the devastating effects of a large facial tumor she developed at birth. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College, where she was Dean’s List and First Group Scholar. She lives north of San Francisco and is passionate about independent film, cooking, running, yoga and ballroom dancing.
Jeff Brock is a charismatic, right-and-left-brained communicator with more than 20 years expertise in web design and web development, and 11 years as a photographer, journalist, and media-relations professional. The WordPress expert has spoken at WordCamp conferences in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
A graduate of Stanford University, he’s committed to social change. He worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation from 1996-2007 (first as media spokesperson, and then webmaster). In June 2003, he bicycled 585 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle, raising thousands of dollars for the AIDS Foundation.
Some of his recent work for nonprofits includes Equal Rights Advocates, DaVita Village Trust, BioBricks Foundation, and InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters). Jeff lives near Seattle with his wife Roberta, and two rescue cats.
Janis DeLucia is an actor, teacher, voice over artist and filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was trained at the American Conservatory Theater and Hamilton College. Her stage roles include Anna in Pinter’s Old Times, Sarah in Pinter’s The Lover, Ilana in Animals Out of Paper, and Solange in The Maids. In 1998, Janis co-founded Coffee and Language, a film production house. She has starred in, directed and/or produced six feature films, including Coffee and Language (Best Film nomination Hamptons International Film Festival) and Stephanie’s Image (starring Melissa Leo). Janis also received a nomination for Best Editing at the Milan International Film Festival for Stephanie’s Image. She works as a private acting coach and has taught at Stanford University.
Growing up in New Orleans provided Doug with a deep appreciation for art, music, food, and celebration. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Marketing, he continued to strengthen his passions by spending over 10 years in Austin, TX. During that time he supported education by working with companies such as Dell and Apple Computer. At the turn of the century, he took time off to travel the world and explore the cultures of Europe and Asia. Doug retuned home to New Orleans within six months of Hurricane Katrina and has spent the last ten years helping the city rebuild, and working as a distributor of in the healthcare industry. He loves to spend his time studying, supporting, and exploring new ideas.
Susan Hess Logeais
Susan Hess Logeais brings her passion as a social activist to her work as a filmmaker, creating films that are thought provoking and inspiring. Her background as a dancer, actress, and perpetual student allows her to craft stories that do more than entertain. She also blends the knowledge and understanding earned from over 30 years of spiritual exploration with her technical experience as a filmmaker, providing her with a unique perspective on building projects that draw the viewer into a heartfelt experience of the story. Holding a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Transformational Entertainment and Human Consciousness, Susan recognizes her responsibility as a creative to produce content that serves the human spirit. Currently, Susan is working on a feature documentary highlighting the discoveries of psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer, Stan Grof. Working directly with Stan, she is weaving a story that incorporates her personal exploration of his techniques, revealing the extraordinary healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Recent work includes Soar, a documentary focusing on two sisters —both dancers, one a quad amputee, that aired on PBS, and a project documenting the work of Spacial Dynamics founder, Jaimen McMillan. Past work includes writing and producing the award-winning indie feature, Not Dead Yet.
Ken Hoffman earned his MBA from Kaplan University , and is currently a VP with the Bank of Oklahoma Financial’s Wealth Management area. He has been serving the financial industry for more than three decades in Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and now Phoenix. He is also a regional director for the United States Bowling Congress (2 years), and president of the non-profit Phoenix Unified Gay Bowling Alliance (member and director for 14 years, president for 6 of the last 7 years). He has been married to fine art photographer, Thomas Fleisher, for the last five years of their 14 years together. On frequent trips for bowling tournaments and holiday travel, the pair can regularly be found on side trips to museums and galleries, often adding to their eclectic personal collection of artworks and objet from around the world.
AYINDE HURREY was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina. At an early age, he began his career on the stage as a percussionist with The Cultural Movement, Inc., a company founded by his father, Raymond “Nilaja” Hurrey, the original percussionist for The Last Poets. Ayinde’s background in African dance and percussion has provided him with the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with various dance companies all over the country and abroad.
Hurrey studied at North Carolina Central University in Durham, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and pursued his graduate training at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received his M.F.A. in Acting. Ayinde’s most accomplished works have been writing and directing his solo show, Nappy Journeys; which was chosen as one of the main stage productions at the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival, working as an instructor at Harlem School of the Arts in NYC, working as a season regular with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, and becoming a new addition to the Board of Directors for Artists United.
As an educator, Ayinde has trained elementary to university level students, teaching the various aspects of the working theatre. Ayinde has worked full-time in public school districts in Oklahoma City, New York, North Carolina, and Florida.
Now residing in OKC, Ayinde continues to spread his theatrical energy to audiences both near and far through the efforts of Hurrey-UP Consulting & Performing Arts. Hurrey-UP aims to deliver quality residencies and workshops in acting, West African dance and drumming, play productions, and arts consulting. The company maintains a particular focus on cultural awareness, diversity, and education.
Sam is a professional director, teacher, designer, creative consultant, acting coach and performer. He has directed award winning productions both on stage and in film, won numerous design awards and has appeared as a performer in over 60 productions including opera, stage, film, and TV. He has worked in Las Vegas as an Assistant Show Director and as a Director for Sabre Latin America both in Miami and Orlando, Florida. Sam has worked with Universal Studios, Artists Repertory Theatre, The Cantilever Project, Bump in the Road Theatre, Van port Square Studios, Staged!, Running Deer Films, Seaside Music Theatre, Hot flash Films and the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA) where he served on the Board of Directors. He was a professor of Theatre for 17 years and has taught at the University of Florida, St. John’s University, College of St. Benedict, Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, PCC and The Art Institute of Portland. Sam has presented at the American Theatre of Higher Education conference (New York City) and served as an international consultant to the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) in Vancouver, BC. Sam holds an MFA from the University of Florida and two Bachelors from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Sam has built his career on producing, directing and reinventing artistic opportunities for women. He encourages women to look beyond the limitations set by the industry and find new and exciting methods of communicating with the world at large. His primary mission is to raise the awareness of limited opportunities for women in the arts, with a goal of advancing the definition of “women’s work” and creating outlets and partnerships for women in the professional and educational arenas. He is currently serving as the Executive Director and Founder of ARTemis an organization advancing women artists through knowledge building, exposure, and support.
With roots in the Silicon Valley and the East Coast, Cady (pronounced like Elizabeth Cady Stanton) now lives in micro-urban Champaign, IL with her husband, dog, and cat. This events professional is a long-time multi-media artist and “maker” of things with a bachelors degree of Art in Architecture and Urban Planning.
Her work has been published in a scientific journal, and she has been commissioned for artwork from private parties for over ten years. Looking forward, Cady wants to make more of her art and creations available for the general public to enjoy. Not only does she have a lot to share, there is a lot that she wants to learn. Being connected through Artists United is the catalyst by which she and so many artists can thrive, and she is thrilled to be part of it.
Lila LaHood is the publisher of the San Francisco Public Press. She has worked as a nonprofit consultant, and as a freelance writer and editor. She was previously a business writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered retail and real estate. Lila is president of the board of directors of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University.