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David Sibbet President

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.

Rob at SD

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.

Suresh Krishnamoorthy

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.


SECRETARY 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


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.

Angelina Leaños

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

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

Tim High Res

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.

Angela Phillips

Angela Phillips, a dedicated Stockton educator, boasts two decades of experience educating students and parents in the Stockton Unified School District and four years on the SUSD School Board. Presently, she leads as the Executive Director of TEAM Charter, a local charter school. A passionate advocate for arts in education, Angela finds joy in reading and writing poetry, and supporting students.

Linda Ravenswood

Linda Ravenswood, BFA MA PhD abd, is an award-winning poet and performance artist from Los Angeles. Author of 5 solo poetry Collections, Linda is the founding editor of The Los Angeles Press, est. 2018, Linda’s interests include travel, reading, walking, writing, & performance.

Don Kingfisher Campbell

Don Kingfisher Campbell is a retired professor and teacher who taught Creative Writing and Writers Seminar in the Occidental College and USC Upward Bound programs. Don is a former Poet-Teacher, LA Area Coordinator and Board Member of CalPoets. Kingfisher is an award-winning and widely published poet. MFA Creative Writing Antioch University, BA California State University, Los Angeles.

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