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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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PRESIDENT David Sibbet is founder and chair of The Grove Consultants International, a general purpose organization development firm in San Francisco known for pioneering visual facilitation and process leadership. He was married to Susan Herron Sibbet, former ED and Board chair of CalPoets.
VICE PRESIDENT Rob Eskridge is a grandfather of five munchkins who are growing up with poetry in their lives. Rob’s career as a strategic planning consultant for businesses has taken him to more than 40 industries and 15 countries. His Board service with Cal Poets, reading poetry and mountain biking at the coast offer a wonderful balance to the world of work. Santa Clara University BA Economics. Univ. of Southern California MBA. UCLA postgraduate work.
TREASURER Suresh Krishnamoorthy is a tech leader with extensive experience in building complex computer hardware. He's a long-time activist in promoting literacy. Rich non-profit experience. Sports enthusiast. Enjoys the gamut - Escape from Alcatraz swim to pick-up tennis with his nephew. Closet poet.
Angelina Leaños is a student at California Lutheran University with the hopes to become a published author, as well as an English teacher. In high school, she won the Poetry Out Loud competition both at the school and county level and has since returned as a coach to other participants. Leaños has had several poems published and organizes a monthly poetry open mic with the Ventura County Arts Council in partnership with the Oxnard public library.
Jackie Huss Hallerberg brings a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching poetry and has been a Poet-Teacher since 2001. Throughout her academic studies in science, business and education and her work in the private and non-profit sectors, she has held a strong belief in poetry as a powerful tool for creativity and communication. M.B.A. & B.S. Univ. of Michigan
Amanda Chiado is the Director of Arts Education for the San Benito County Arts Council in Hollister, California. She is a credentialed teacher and chair of the Arts and Culture Commission for the City of Hollister. Amanda has served as a Calpoet for over fifteen years. She loves her family, horror films, and dancing. M.A. Grand Canyon University, Educational Administration M.F.A California College of the Arts, Writing Post B.A. Elementary Education B.A. University of New Mexico writing
Zoya Ahmed is a student at the University of California San Diego completing her bachelors in Psychology with a specialization in Social Psychology and aspiring to go into medicine. An integral part of her identity includes being a South Asian American poet. In 2019, she won Poetry Out Loud on the county level and Poetry Ourselves on the state level. Her experiences pushed her to partake in multiple poetry readings across California and become Sonoma County’s first Youth Poet Laureate in 2020.
Eva Poole-Gilson has published poetry, stories, and journalism nationally in over 20 journals and newspapers. In Jan. 2016 she was selected with eleven others to study with former U.S. Poet-Laureate Billy Collins at the Key West Literary Workshop. Eva has also written two plays: BAREFOOT IN THE SANCTUARY and WHO’S LYING DOWN IN YOUR HEART? Eva is a long-standing Poet-Teacher with CalPoets.
Nels Christianson joined the Board in 2009 after judging that year’s Poetry Out Loud Contest in Madera County. Nels is a published poet and former Area Coordinator for LA County. Nels recently retired from the International Relations department at UCLA Medical Center. He now spends his time writing, making ceramic pots, gardening and traveling to visit cacti and succulents in habitats around the world. B.A. UC Santa Barbara
Tim Blair is President of Native Trails, a sustainably focused kitchen and bath fixtures manufacturer in San Luis Obispo, CA and Certified B Corporation. He helps several non-profits with social media and marketing, plays guitar and writes poetry for fun.
SAGE ON THE STAGE - R.I.P. John Oliver Simon - one of the legendary poets of the Berkeley Sixties who grew by steady dedication to his calling. Published from Abraxas to Zyzzyva, he has received an NEA fellowship for his work. For his lifetime of service to poetry, the Mayor of Berkeley, California proclaimed January 20, 2015, as John Oliver Simon Day. In May, 2016, the Berkeley Poetry Festival presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
President Emeritus Daryl Ngee Chinn has been a Poet-Teacher since 1987. As an artist in residence, he has taught in Montana, Nevada, Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska. M.A. Johns Hopkins University B.A. UC Santa Barbara