Picerne Family Foundation

Artist Outreach Project

Picerne Family Foundation Artist Bios and Photos

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Ines Amaya – Bilingual Vocalist, Guitarist, and Music Therapist

Ines continues to lead the English/Spanish music therapy program she established for The Orange County Children's Therapeutic Art Center. Ines is paid by them and is helping this nonprofit secure funding for her program. She is collaborating with the Art Center’s staff to submit a grant to the Saint Joseph Health System Foundation.

Barbara Banks – Pianist and Music Teacher

Barbara continues to bring her music and crafts programs to underserved groups in North County San Diego. She volunteers her services and seeks out payment when possible.

Salvador Barajas – Bilingual Muralist and Graphic Artist

Sal pursued two paid projects that emerged because of exposure he received through the Artist Outreach Project. The first project was a new playground mural with elementary school students. The second project involved collaborating with seniors to design and complete an indoor mural at a Senior Wellness Center in San Diego.
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Adrienne Chavez McMillan – Storyteller and Performer

Adrienne continues her writing and storytelling project with youth living at the Joplin Detention Center. Her work with youth at Joplin inspired her to seek a position as a commissioner on the Juvenile Justice Commission in Orange County. Adrienne was sworn in as a new commissioner in January 2011.

Anita Carter – Expressive Art Therapist

Anita continues to lead the expressive arts program she established for Wounded Warriors on a volunteer basis. She is collaborating with a nonprofit organization to secure long-term funding for her expressive arts program. The nonprofit would like to expand its services to include expressive arts programs for disabled service men and women.

Chanara Casey Richmond – Singer, Composer, Recording Artist, and Producer

The activities director at one skilled nursing facility was impressed with Chanara's ability to engage residents, and secured funding for Chanara to continue her sing along program as a paid service provider.

Sue Diaz – Professional Writer, Author, and Freelance Journalist

Sue continues to facilitate writing workshops with veterans experiencing PTSD at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. She has also established a website called the Warriors Wall for veterans and their families to write, share their stories, and connect with each other. Sue subsequently published a book called Minefields of the Heart: A Mother's Stories of a Son at War.

Bay Duong – Bilingual Performing Artist, Hát Bội

Miss Bay established a Hát Bội Club that performs traditional Vietnamese dances. The Hát Bội Club supports itself though honoraria and donations for performances at community events. Miss Bay also started a radio talk show on National Vietnamese Radio in Southern California.

Cheryl Ehlers –Visual Artist – Painting, Sculpture, and Mixed Media

Cheryl successfully secured public, corporate, and foundation funding to continue and expand her Stardust visual art-exploration program with elementary and junior-high school students. The California State Assembly and San Diego County Board of Supervisors recognized Cheryl's program for making a valuable contribution to the communities in North County, San Diego.

Tim Harlan – Glass Artist and Teaching Artist

Their experience with Tim's Art Glass program led seniors at an affordable housing community to start an Art Club at the site. Tim remains involved as a volunteer, assisting another artist who leads a visual art class. He also helped the art club raise money for art materials through art sales.

Joel Harris – Mixed Media Artist and Illustrator

Joel expanded his art expression program to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla and he continues his work with patients at Scripps Rehabilitation Center. Joel has also launched a nonprofit called Healing America's Heroes. He established a website that is dedicated to exhibiting rehabbing veteran's art and promoting the healing power of art. He has secured support for Healing America's Hero's from American Combat Veterans of War, The Front Porch Gallery, and individual donations.

Lonnie Hewitt – Award Winning Writer, Lyricist, and Playwright

Lonnie continues to produce "Women on the Far Side of Fifty" performances with many of the women whom she mentored through her Project. Most recently, her group performed to a sold-out audience at an 800-seat performing arts center in Poway, CA. Lonnie is seeking out opportunities to generate national attention for this show.

Doris Keats – Visual Artist, Author, Poet, and Educator

Doris continued the volunteer work she started through the Artist Outreach Project with patients at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas.

John David (JD) Keller – Actor, Director, and Producer

John contributes his time once a month as an advisor to the Reader's Theater group he established at the San Marcos Senior Center. One participant in John's group was inspired to write a screenplay and submit it for publication.

Jane LaFazio – Mixed Media Artist and Art Educator

Jane sustained her free after-school program, Mundo Lindo, for 4th and 5th-grade children in Escondido, California through support from foundations and individual donations. Mundo Lindo recently gained sponsorship from the Escondido Center for the Performing Arts.

Alex Long – Ceramic Artist and Potter

The Boys and Girls Club continues to fund the pottery program that Alex established. Alex contributes his time as an advisor to the club, helping volunteers and employees implement the program successfully. He has been instrumental in helping the club secure additional equipment. Alex also volunteers his time mentoring former students who participated in his Ceramic Arts Program.

Kathleen McVey – Artist and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Kathleen's nonprofit host asked her to expand her program to a site that serves low-income adults suffering from AIDS-related illnesses. This nonprofit is seeking funding to support her work and continue the fine art class she established with low-income seniors at an affordable housing site.

Manuel Ortega – Bilingual Guitarist

Manuel is receiving payment from the Santa Ana Police and Activity League to continue teaching guitar at its after school program. The director is also seeking funding to build a music room for the club.

Dyana Preti – Professional Music Educator and Owner of First Steps in Music

Dyana successfully collaborated with the Boys and Girls Club in Vista to secure grant funding for her music program from a local family foundation. She continues to provide piano and singing lessons to children who attend the club.

Frances Rios – Bilingual Pianist and Story Teller

Frances teaches individual piano lessons to children who showed promise at the shelter where she contributed her time. She secured a piano for one of the children whose parents could not afford to purchase one. Frances also volunteers her time for group lessons at the Children's Museum that hosted her project.

Frank Ritenour – Professional Photographer and Owner of Ritenour's Photography

Frank's experience teaching photography to youth inspired him to pursue a new business idea for his professional photography studio. Frank added photography workshop experiences for children's gatherings to the ¬services he provides.

Richard Rivera – Sword Combat Choreographer and Nationally Recognized Writer/Producer

Richard continued his stage sword-combat program with the support of the library that hosted his Artist Outreach Project.

Grace Songolo – Ceramic Artist and Sculptor

Grace is continuing her visual art and photography program known as Project Focus for youth living at a domestic violence shelter after collaborating on a successful fundraising effort for the program. She also expanded her program to a second shelter.

Nancy Torbitt-Stewart – Visual Artist

Nancy continues her weekly visits to create art with young people as a volunteer at the Orange County Children's hospital. She is also working on a book that will share the art and experiences of children affected by cancer. It is intended to be a source of hope and information for anyone in a family with a child suffering from cancer.

Ron Woskow – Professional Musician and Music Educator

Ron was inspired to begin voice lessons and start a singing career. Ron continues the work he started at the San Marcos Senior Center as a ukulele instructor and he expanded this program to other senior centers. He also started an advanced ukulele group that performs at community events throughout San Diego County.