MEET THE ACCV BOARD
The ACCV Board Members are elected and represent the following roles:
ED SMART - Ed Smart is honored to be serving on the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley. He is an award-winning composer for television and film, having composed themes and scores for series on Discovery, HBO, CBS, A&E, TLC, Velocity, Nickelodeon and OWN, among others. He has composed the scores to the Oscar-nominated documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, executive produced by Denzel Washington, and the off-Broadway play Hit-Lit, written by Robert Wuhl. As a multi-instrumentalist and orchestrator, Ed has worked with many award-winning artists, including Beyonce, Jewel, Amy Grant, Jennifer Hudson, Shaquille O'Neal, Michael W. Smith, Kirk Franklin, Pat Boone and on the show American Idol. He also serves as Director of Music Ministries for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village. Ed and his family live in Thousand Oaks, and they greatly appreciate the impact that the arts in the Conejo have had on their lives.
BILLY PARISH - is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, The National Theater Institute, the Moscow Art Theater, The Ballroom Dance Academy, and holds a bachelor in Theater from Occidental College. He holds an advanced certificate with high recommendation from the British Society of Fight Directors and is a certified Ballroom teacher through the Dance Vision International Dance Association. He’s been both a producer and performer on stage and in film, and served as assistant to the director of the National Theater Institute. He has taught students of all ages in topics from Stage Combat to Acting to Voice to Ballroom, and is currently the Director of Content and Curriculum for Gold Coast Theater Conservatory in Thousand Oaks. He is honored to be serving as the Vice President for the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, and with this group of amazing board members.
TONY GITT - Please click here for Tony's credentials.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
PATRICIA SMART - Patricia Smart served as Executive Director of the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles, Founding Partner of Los Angeles Times Reading by 9, President of the Southern California Library Literacy Network, Founding Director of the Literacy in Media Awards in association with the Writers Guild Foundation, and National Outreach Coordinator for KCET (PBS). She currently manages the national awards program for the local USN division, and is a founding administrator of Author Adventures (John Corcoran Foundation). She has published numerous works in the public sector, served on the ABC-CLIO American History Board, and earned an innovation recognition from the US Department of Education. Locally, she was the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra treasurer, a Lang Ranch Elementary talent show co-producer, and a Westlake High theater volunteer. She has a Master’s in Information Science (UCLA), Bachelor of Science (University of Miami), postgraduate certifications (Columbia University, University of Denver), and completed a year abroad at University of Kent. She is most proud to be the wife and mom of the Ed Smart family.
GERI SCHONBERG - After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Philosophy, I moved to Manhattan while my husband completed medical school. While living in Colorado I completed my graduate studies in Art History at the University of Denver. Thousand Oaks has been my home for most of my life. I served as a docent at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Finally, about 30 years ago, I took some art classes and painting and art began to be the focus of my life. In addition to my membership on the board of the Arts Council, I am a member of the Thousand Oaks Art Association, the Los Angeles Art Association and Women Painters West. Increasing participation in the arts and public art in our community is the reason for my work for ACCV.
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIPS
LAURIE HANIG - Laurie is a credentialed Art and Special Education Teacher who has taught for over 25 years in both the private and public school settings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from UC Santa Cruz and Credentials from California State University, Northridge. After retiring from Los Angeles Unified School District, she went on to pursue her passion in the arts by creating and implementing a curriculum to teach Judaic Art to children. Through teaching creative art lessons that incorporated a variety of new techniques and materials into her mixed media projects, Laurie’s career as an artist began to grow. She has showcased and sold her work at local art and craft fairs, boutiques and is frequently commissioned by private parties. Her painting of The Tree of Life is part of the permanent collection of art at Temple Etz Chaim. As a mixed media artist, she focuses on subjects related to Jewish history, traditions and symbolism. Laurie’s art also seeks to raise awareness around social and global issues. Her current project speaks on the pandemic and depicts a series of decorative mixed media face masks constructed on canvas, that were submitted to the WLVG Members Art Show for January 2021. Laurie is certified by Monart School of the Arts and is a member of the Westlake Village Art Guild.
DIRECTOR OF PR/MARKETING
JEAN SAUNDERS - My professional background is health care management in both the provider and payer arenas including many years as a hospital administrator. My education includes a B.A. from Cal State and a postgraduate degree in Health Services Administration from UCLA. My interests include interior design and for several years I had a part time interior design business in addition to my executive career. After retirement I did business consulting with local hospitals and then made a major shift and assisted my partner in developing and managing a successful local custom picture framing business that focused on local designers and artists. This reflected my lifelong love of art and interior design and enabled me to work directly with artists and designers. My current interests include supporting local nonprofits including the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, Community Conscience and the recently created California Museum of Art. In addition to supporting and enjoying the arts, my interests include nutrition and physical fitness and fully enjoying the benefits offered by retirement.
DIRECTOR OF EXHIBITIONS
CONNIE TUNICK - Prolific artist and Hillcrest Galleria Co-Curator, Connie’s work ranges from experimental paintings with collage and mixed media to printmaking. Connie Tunick has worked as a professional artist for many years, and is well known in the art publishing world. Connie belongs to the Thousand Oaks Art Association and Women Painters West, both juried art organizations. As a Board Member of Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, she is involved with the Conejo Cottontails. This is a public art project with collaboration between ACCV and Art Trek. She spends much of her time working and teaching at her industrial studio in Newbury Park. A Northwestern University graduate from Illinois, she is an educator and children's art specialist with a California credential and MA degree in Education from CLU, Thousand Oaks. The experimental quality and artistic sense of play that can be found in children's art is integral to her work.
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES
JOHN PILLSBURY - I am the incumbent Director of Information Services. I have also served the ACCV as treasurer and as head of the Bylaws Review Committee. I am at present: the producer and corporate secretary of the Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Co. and treasurer of the Philosophical Research Society. I should also note that I do have significant experience with computers and networks, and have arranged for the donation and servicing of all of the computer related equipment which the ACCV currently possesses. I look forward to continuing to help the ACCV to promote the arts and education in our community. I would also like to thank all of our member organizations both for their support of the ACCV and the good work that they do.
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS AND HOSPITALITY
ANTHONY ANGELINI - Anthony Angelini is a JD candidate at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles where he is direttore di scena of the Loyola Law Orchestra and treasurer of the Loyola Federalist Society. He currently serves as the Field Director for State Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares in her Ventura County offices where he focuses on community outreach and constituent services. He sits on the board of directors for the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, Gold Coast Performing Arts Association, and A New Dimension of Hope Organization. In 2017 and 2018, he produced the City of Thousand Oaks' Excellence in the Arts Awards at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, and in 2020, he was appointed by the Mayor of Thousand Oaks to sit on the City's Arts and Culture Roundtable. He graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a degree in History and Middle Eastern Studies. He was married in September 2020 to his high school sweetheart, Meisha, who he met in the Westlake High School choir.
DIRECTOR OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA
BRIAN GAFFNEY - is currently the Vice President of Business Development for CODEX, an X2X Media Company. CODEX is an Emmy award winning design and technology company supporting Hollywood. Brian is also the SVP of Business Development for X2X Creative Services, a sister company, that specializes in production dailies and the final creative color process for Cinema and TV releases. Brian also develops the content the company website. Prior to Brian’s role at CODEX, he was the Product Manager for Technicolor’s Advanced Production Technology Group in development of Cloud Based Workflows. Most recently he held the position of Vice President of Technicolor’s On-Location Service, focused on assisting Productions, on and near set, by enabling unique workflows associated with digital acquisition. Brian Gaffney founded Creative Bridge in 2005 and joined Technicolor in 2006. Prior to this Brian was President of Turbo Squid, an online 3D asset management company. Prior to Turbo Squid, Brian worked as Vice President of Sales for MTI Film, a film restoration services company, and manufacturer of the industry standard DRS product line. Brian’s roots are in Visual FX (VFX), and he has worked in Commercial Post as an Executive Producer and was the Director of Sales for the Americas for Autodesk, manufacturer of the academy award winning Flame and Inferno products. He worked with the marketing team to draft the proposal submission that led to a Sci-Tech Academy Award for the product Inferno. With Technicolor Creative Bridge, Brian has worked on over 100 projects using DP Lights, an on-set color correction system.
DIRECTORS AT LARGE
PAT JOHNSON - Who I Am and How I Got Here! I was born in Chicago a long time ago and am an only child. After attending years of Catholic schools and graduating from DePaul University, I married my college love. We produced 6 amazing people and was rewarded with amazing adults. During my first marriage, we lived in Lombard, IL, Casper, WY, Reno, NV, Salt Lake City, UT and finally lovely Thousand Oaks. I have 9 intelligent, beautiful grand kids (of course) and 2 great grandchildren married sweet Walt 22 years ago and can’t complain! I’ve been involved in the following: Village Voices Chorale for 32 years, serving in various board positions including President for 4 years. In addition, I have been involved with the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley for 15 years with 6 as President. Plus, the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks for 6 years serving on several committees. 5 years ago, in collaboration with Art Trek and the Arts Council, we created Conejo Public Art and Conejo Cottontails (20 rabbits, painted by professional artists) perhaps you’ve seen them. Currently, I’m on the Legacy Scholarship, Hang with the Best and the May Open Show committees. The Arts give me joy, serenity and feeds my spirit.
STEPHANIE WILSON - Stephanie Wilson, CFRE is currently the Deputy Director/Director of Development for the New West Symphony. She’s produced, written and directed award-winning equity theatre for the Olympic Arts Festival and her own companies, The Encino Playhouse and Gold Coast Plays. Her original works have been presented at the TaperLab, Covent Garden and Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. She created Arts Ed at The Granada in Santa Barbara, and has worked in Development for Cal Lutheran, VCCF and many other organizations. She chaired California Alliance for Arts Education, Ventura County Arts Council, The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County and the City of Thousand Oaks Arts Commission. She served on the Board of Governors for the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and three regional boards for Association for Fundraising Professionals. Stephanie has also taught theatre to thousands of young people since 1981.
KRISTINE CLARK - I am a proud and fortunate mother to an ever curious and creative 15 year old. Artistic expression, in many forms, are part of our daily life- participation, as well as, pure enjoyment of. As a Para Educator in Special Education at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills for the last twelve years, I am a strong advocate for the Arts to be accessible to all students, especially those I work with. I graduated from UCLA, majoring in Art History, and I have volunteered for various organizations, including the Getty and the Malibu Stage Company. Also, I served on the Native American Cultural Resource Advisory Committee and the Trails Committee for the City of Malibu. Art is a passion of mine, and I am a strong believer that a community needs various artistic platforms where people may acquire, manifest, and benefit from creativity and culture.
JOHN JOHNSON - Has taught art courses at both the University of LaVerne and Concordia University. He has written and implemented art curriculum for private and public schools/universities. John has served as a committee member in developing California Educational Standards for the Art Curriculum. He holds a degree in Art from Concordia University and a Masters in Administration degree from California State University, Fullerton. John has served on numerous art committees throughout Southern California and has served as a juror for art exhibits. In addition, he has worked with the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Head Dress Ball in Los Angeles and many corporate, business and private events. He is well known for working with retailers merchandising and installing window displays in several stores throughout Southern California and Colorado. For 8 years he curated art exhibits at the Proverbs Coffee House in Camarillo. He is presently co-curator with Connie Tunick at the Hillcrest Galleria in Thousand Oaks. His most memorable art exhibits that he has organized were the “Black Magic” exhibit which consisted of a variety of art media only in black and white and the “Touching the Art” exhibit, which allowed visually impaired guests to touch the artwork that was also accompanied with braille signage.