Board of Directors
FoSOTA’s Board comprises respected business and civic leaders who volunteer their time, their talents and their resources to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission. Together they work to gather support from school constituencies and provide the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts with sustainable funding and resources that will advance student artistic and academic achievement.
FoSOTA, Executive Director
Colleen Ivie was officially named Executive Director of the Friends of SOTA Foundation in August 2012. Beginning in 2008, as a new SOTA parent, Ms. Ivie worked tirelessly as the volunteer director and was instrumental in transitioning management of the art department funds to FoSOTA and establishing policies and procedures and sound management practices. In her current role, Ms. Ivie is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the nonprofit including the artist-in-resident program. Under Ms. Ivie’s management, the nonprofit’s revenues have increased 275% over the past 10 years allowing the school to maintain its programs and to expand many of the learning opportunities afforded its students.
Previously, Ms. Ivie directed a financial services consulting firm where she provided project management and support to clients in pursuit of various government contract opportunities. She was also the Vice President of a real estate consulting firm whose primary line of business was providing asset management, conduit underwriting and due diligence to government agencies and investment banks. She began her career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where she was responsible for the management and disposition of large commercial loan portfolios.
Angie Doctor, FoSOTA President
Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, Writer/Manager
Angie Doctor, a studio singer and live performer who began her career in Chicago doing commercials, voice-overs and recording projects, has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area vocal music community since 1995. Angie is a song-writer and arranger; vocal coach and clinician for school music ensembles and solo singers; background singer for groups such as The Manhattans, Heatwave, Gene Chandler, Barbara Lewis, Billy Paul, and many others; studio singer and voice-over talent; the soprano in the jazz vocal quartet Clockwork and is currently in the wackiest of all a cappella groups, The Bobs. In addition, she has been a singer and soloist for music projects with Bobby McFerrin, Sufjan Stevens, Sweet Honey in the Rock, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, performing at venues that include Zellerbach in Berkeley, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Philharmonie Berlin. Her vocal work can be heard on many recording projects, including as a featured soloist on the Grammy-nominated recording of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” (Harmonia Mundi), conducted by Kent Nagano. Angie is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers and has brought her extensive experience in solo and small group harmony singing to workshops and festivals as a judge and clinician over the past eighteen years.
Janice Evans, Interim Treasurer
Financial Services Executive, Gen Re
Janice M. Evans is a financial services executive, formerly Second Vice President at Gen Re, with significant domestic and international experience. She marketed, produced and underwrote facultative and portfolio books of business and brokered reinsurance to domestic and international markets. Janice is an innovative collaborator with a proven record of developing new areas of business and maintaining long-term customer relationships.
The mother of Zoe Bruce, a student in SOTA’s World Music Department, Janice has served SOTA as a board member of both the PTSA and FoSOTA and as a liaison for the World Music Department. She has been instrumental in promoting performances through marketing, media/press outreach, securing headline acts to attract larger audiences, and fundraising.
David Fortescue, Interim Secretary
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sr. Technical Project Manager
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Liz Jaroslow has worked in a variety of educational settings since moving to San Francisco from NYC twenty years ago. While in NYC, Liz earned a MS in the field of Child Development and and Ed.M in the field of Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. Liz currently works as Head of School for Brightworks. In addition to her extensive professional educational experience, Liz has served on the Parent Advisory Council to the San Francisco Unified School District and on the Board of Directors of The SF Children’s Art Center. She is currently on the Board of Directors of PerDev Clinic in New York City. Liz lives in San Francisco with her husband, their four children, and three dogs. Her high school aged son is a Junior at Asawa SOTA in the Architecture and Design Department.
Erin Malcolm is an alumni of the Asawa SOTA Instrumental Music Department (Class of 1993), and the mother of a Theatre Department Alumni and a current student in Musical Theatre. She has worked closely with Mayor London Breed during her time at the African American Cultural Center and is a lifetime member of the National Council of Negro Women (http://ncnw.org) where she also served as secretary on the Executive Board. No stranger to working with school communities, Erin served as a board member of the Friends of New Traditions Elementary School and the Little Children’s Development Center and was a former member of FoSOTA where she organized many alumni events with Joe Rosenblatt and Gail Baugh. Erin currently works for the City and County of San Francisco as a transit operator for Muni.
Asawa SOTA, Musical Theatre Director
An Asawa SOTA alumnus (Technical Theatre, 1995), Ron has a wide range of professional experience, having worked with ABC/Disney, BBC Worldwide, the San Francisco Opera, American Conservatory Theatre, the Mendocino Music Festival, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, among others. His credits include: (Television) Dancing With The Stars, GCB, (Theatre) Company, Gypsy, Steel Magnolias, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, The Skin Of Our Teeth, The Colored Museum, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Boys from Syracuse, Bizet’s Carmen, Gian Carlo Menotti’s L’Amour à trois, and the West Coast premieres of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, Heather McDonald’s The Rivers and Ravines, and Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, with Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Founder of Ron Sebastian Designs, his couture line has been featured in OUT Magazine. In 2015, he received a double nomination for Best Costume Design of a Musical from the BroadwayWorld.com Awards, where he was also featured for his work directing the 2016 SOTA Spring Musical,CABARET.
A tireless advocate for youth, Ron has been involved with various local and national organizations and city governments for more than 20 years, working to create and implement programs and systems inclusive of the wants and needs of young people. He has worked with the San Francisco Youth Commission, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former Mayor Willie L. Brown, LYRIC, Community Network For Youth Development, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Friends of the School of the Arts Foundation, and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He was the founding President of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School Alumni Association, and has been recognized by the California State Assembly and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Walter Van Riel,
LiveWell Medical Clinic, Business Administrator
Walter has lived in the Inner Sunset neighborhood with his wife Maria, and two children, Katrien and Julia since 1994. He lived in Belgium for the first 22 years of his life and moved to the US to receive a MS degree in Computer Science. Most of his working life was spent in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley as an engineer, ranging from Intel, start-ups, Silicon Graphics, and Healtheon/WebMD. Since around 2000, he changed his focus on parenting his daughters, managing real estate investments, and supporting operations at his wife’s pediatric clinic in San Bruno. Walter loves San Francisco, the Inner Sunset, and the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, and is involved in maintaining and improving the quality of life in the community through active involvement. On Sunday mornings, you can find him playing on a soccer field.
Board Member Opportunities
The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is both a public arts high school and a 36-year-old cultural institution. Current parents will always be our biggest supporters; but, as our arts programs and overall needs continue to grow, we hope to also engage leaders from the larger Bay Area community.
FoSOTA is actively recruiting business and community leaders that will provide expertise, attract supporters from their personal and business circles, personally donate in a meaningful way, serve actively on at least one Board committee, and help reach the overall fundraising goals.
Board Committees include Governance and Leadership (nominations and board development), Fundraising and Partnerships, Finance, Policy and Strategy, and Alumni. The Board meets as a whole 10 times a year and committees meet as needed, generally once per month. The majority of our work is done at the committee level.
Do you know someone who would be excited to foster local artists of today, and empower the artists and art patrons of tomorrow? Those who are interested in learning more are invited to contact Colleen Ivie for more information.
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