Board of Directors

CHRIS HASEGAWA, Director and President

Home: Spreckels
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of California, Davis; Master of Arts, Education, University of California, Davis; Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Oregon.
Business Background:  Retired Professor, union president, department chair, development officer and currently Dean of Extended Education and International Programs, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Development of University programs in Teacher Education, Liberal Studies, Telecommunication, Multimedia and Applied Computing; instrumental in raising $10M to complete CSUMB Science Academic Center. Board, International School of Monterey. Board, Camp SEA Lab. Development Officer, CSUMB College of Science. Media Arts and Technology. Vice President of Development, CSUMB. Wrote successful grants totaling more than $1 million.

 

STEVE DENNIS, Director and Vice President

Home: Carmel
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Management Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Business Background: Founded Smith, Dennis & Gaylord in 1973 and SD&G Healthcare Systems. Served on Board of Directors of Pointshare Corporation. Earlier in his career, Steve worked for General Electric on the Apollo Moon Project (Cape Canaveral, FL.) Steve has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Sea Studios Foundation, the Point Lobos Foundation, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Sealife Conservation, and the Monterey County Family Service Agency.

 

ROBERT BIANCHI, Director and Treasurer

Home: Pacific Grove 
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Accounting, University of San Francisco 
Business Background: Managing General Partner, Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP providing public accounting & tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, non-profits, trusts & estates, as well as auditing and business valuation services; former partner in successful oil & gas exploration company.
 

JUDD PERRY, Director and Secretary

Home: Pacific Grove (10 Years) 
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, History, Columbia University; Doctor of Law, University of California, Berkeley 
Business Background: 35+ years in the practice of business and corporate law; Vice President & General Counsel to Kaiser Industries Corporation, Kaiser Steel Corporation and Prodigy Services Company.
 

GEVA ARCANIN, Director

Home: Pacific Grove 
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, Graduate Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of the Pacific; Master of Arts, Management and Healthcare Administration, Central Michigan University 
Business Background: Business development, management, management consulting, marketing and sales in a variety of healthcare- related businesses, including hospitals, medical clinics, pathology laboratories and health centers; experience in start-ups and turn-arounds; and legislative advocacy in professional fields.

 

HANK ARMSTRONG, Director

Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: BA English, Stanford University
Business Background:  Vice President Communications, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Experienced in directing communications and marketing programs, including media relations, web/website operations, graphic design, community relations, marketing and advertising.  (26 years.) Board member, Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Board member, Monterey County Hospitality Association. Former board member and committee member Monterey Visitors and Convention Bureau. AAM professional member and PRAM committee member. Professional and committee member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

 

DEDE BENT, Director

Home: Monterey 
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley; Masters of Arts, University of Oregon 
Business Background: Owner, Personnel Resources (Monterey); Human Resources Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium; Administrator, Marin Museum of Science; Seminar Coordinator, Young President’s Organization; Assistant Registrar, Guggenheim Museum.

 

SCOTT BRUBAKER, Director

Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts - College of Letters and Science - Organizational Studies /  Economics, University of California at Davis. Chartered Financial Analyst. 
Business Background: Associate Wealth Advisor & Fund Analyst at Hayashi Wayland Investment Services. Provide financial solutions for individuals and fund analysis & selection for 401(k) retirement plan solutions. Nine years as an Underwriter for CNA Financial in San Francisco & New York. Fundamental analysis and corporate governance analysis for fortune 500 companies. Providing fiduciary solutions for company board of directors and C suite executives. 

 

JASON BURNETT, Director

Home: Carmel
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Stanford University; Masters of Arts, Earth Systems, Stanford University
Business Background: Principal at Burnett EcoEnergy, a consulting and investment group, which supports financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; Associate Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (energy and climate change policy and greenhouse gases regulations); testimony before Senate and Congressional committees and continuing engagement with federal and state policy leaders on regulation of greenhouse gases; Director of Consulting and Structured Investments, Evolution Marketing.

 

ED CLIFTON, Director

Home: Monterey
Degrees:  PhD Geology, The Johns Hopkins University, BSc (with High Distinction in Geology), The Ohio State University;
Business Background:  Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (1963-1991), Chief, USGS Pacific Branch of Marine Geology (1978-1981); Aquanaut, Man-in-Sea Projects Tektite 1 and 2 (1969, 1970); Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology, Stanford University (1982-1991); Senior Research Fellow, Conoco, Inc. (1991-1999). Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America. Past National President, Honorary Member and Francis Pettijohn Medalist: The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

 

DAN CORT, Director

Home: Pacific Grove
Business Background: CEO of the Cort Companies: preserving and renovating historic real estate in Northern California for the past 30 years.City Council Member, Mayor Pro-Tem and Mayor, City of Pacific Grove, California 2004 – 2009. Pacific Grove Planning Commission, 1999-2004., Chairperson - 2003-2004. Ocean Council, Oceana. Board of Directors, Sealife Conservation. Board of Directors, Pacific World History Institute. Advisory Board, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific. Advisory Board, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). International Advisory Board, MIIS. Founding Board Member, Vice-Chairman, Downtown Stockton Alliance .  Board of Directors, United Way of San Joaquin County. Founding Member, Board of Directors, The Children’s Museum of Stockton. Lifetime Member, California State Teachers Association.

PAUL DAVIS, Director

Home: Monterey
Degree: Bachelor of Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 
Business Background:  Paul has been in the field of Architecture for over 25 years, first as a Project Architect for Davis, Jacoubowsky, Hawkins and Walker Associates, Inc. and now as a partner of The Paul Davis Partnership.  Paul currently serves as a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Monterey, Chair of the Design Review Board for Sand City and Consulting Architect for CSU Monterey Bay.

FRANK PENNER, Director

Home: Pacific Grove
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Physics, Manhattan College; Master of Business Administration, Pace University; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSUMB 
Business background:
Director of International Marketing and Product Management, Compaq Computers and Hewlett Packard; 6th Grade Core instructor, PG Middle School; past-President of the Pacific Grove Museum Association 

 

LILA STAPLES, Director

Home: Pacific Grove (30 Years) 
Degrees: Ph.D. in interdisciplinary Museum Studies / Education Theory; Master of Arts in Arts Education; Bachelor of Arts in Art History 
Business Background: 10 years, Professor of Museum Studies and Art History, California State University Monterey Bay; 11 years, Art Teacher, Pacific Grove Middle School
 

TERRY TROTTER, Director

Home: Pebble Beach 
Degrees: Pacific Grove High School 1968; AA degree, Monterey Peninsula College; Bachelor of Science, Psychology, California State University, Hayward 
Business Background: Manager and Buyer, Antiques International, Ltd., San Jose; Employed in family business, Trotter's Antiques, Pacific Grove; Currently co-own and operate (with Paula Trotter), Trotter Galleries, in Pacific Grove and Carmel, which focuses on California's artistic heritage (1875-1950), with emphasis on the early artists of the Monterey Peninsula. Trotter Galleries has a long history of association with museums and institutions on a local, state, and national basis. Certified appraiser of American furniture and Fine Art by the International Society of Appraisers.