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917 "C" Street
San Rafael, California 94901
(415) 457-4878

Teeing up for Arts Education

A big thank you to the golfers (and wine lovers) who spent Friday at the Presidio Golf & Concordia Club in San Francisco competing in the third annual Youth in Arts Golf Tournament, hosted by YIA Board Treasurer Tim Distler.

  • The winning lowest net score was Kevin Martin & Scott Thomason
  • The closest to the pin winners were Ilya Zhuravlev & Gerard Westmiller
  • The longest drive winner was Scott Thomason

The event was sponsored by Troutman Sanders LLP with a host of amazing wineries providing wine for the event and a silent auction. In total the event netted over $8,500 in support of Youth in Arts programs for children of all ages and abilities.

If you’d like to donate to support the cause, click here!

Much appreciation to Kyle Haraszthy for providing the link to all the auction donations and for being the perfect sommelier for the guests. And thank you to all the following auction and event donors–please support businesses that support arts for kids!

Thank you to

Lynmar Estate, TOR, Williams Selyem, OVID, Kanzler Family Vineyards, Three Sticks, Texture, Repris Wines, Texture Wines, Pangloss Cellars, Blue Farm, Robert Craig, Paul Hobbs, Sojourn Cellars, Lasseter Family Winery, and the personal Collection of Terence Chu.

and to our generous Event Sponsor

July 26: Golf & Wine Auction Fundraiser

Join us for a fun summer day of golf, wine auction and dinner at the Presidio Golf & Concordia Club to support Youth in Arts! 1:00pm golf shotgun start, followed by dinner, awards & wine auction. Not a golfer? Dine and wine with us at 5:30PM. Get your TICKETS TODAY!

3rd Annual Golf Tournament & Wine Auction
Benefitting Youth in Arts
Presidio Golf & Concordia Club
8 Presidio Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-8833

Featured wineries include: Lynmar Estate, TOR, Williams Selyem, OVID, Kanzler Family Vineyards, Three Sticks, Texture, Blue Farm, Robert Craig, Paul Hobbs, Sojourn Cellars, Lasseter Family Winery and more!

Thanks to our wonderful event host, Tim Distler, and event sponsor, Troutman Sanders LLP.

Questions? Please contact Morgan Schauffler –

Our 2018 SING OUT was a HIT!

A cappella music filled the Osher Marin JCC on December 27th as 17 current ‘Til Dawn members and more than 40 alumni (Still Dawn) took the stage to perform for 140 guests at this year’s SING OUT! Alums Matt Herrero and Lilan Kane headlined this year’s concert, which raised over $6,000 for ‘Til Dawn Scholarships, our biggest most successful SING OUT to date! The event started at 8pm, and ‘Til Dawn & Still Dawn were still singing songs from their repertoire at 10:30. What a fun evening!

We were also excited that our generous audience helped us “make to to 2019″ by donating or pledging $2019 in honor of the new year–thank you so much to all who made this possible.

This year, ‘Til Dawn alum James Barton designed a “Fillmore-style” concert poster to sell at the event. Thanks to our generous poster sponsors, The Herrero Family and Black Cat Studio for helping us raise more scholarship funds.

Drinks, dessert and raffle proceeds also went to support scholarships. Thank you to our wonderful food and beverage sponsors:

Sophie James Winery
Lagunitas Brewery
YIA Board Treasurer, Tim Distler
Montagne Russe Wines
Marin Kombucha
Trader Joe’s
Johnny’s Doughnuts
Arizmendi Bakery
United Market

Youth in Arts is able to offer up to 100% scholarship aid to any student who passes the audition process, thanks to generous donors like these. You can still DONATE to support the scholarship fund or text SING to 41444.


Thanks Golfers!

Golf Image for Evite GolfersWithTimA big thank you to the golfers (and wine lovers) who spent a foggy Friday at the Presidio Golf & Concordia Club in San Francisco competing in the second annual Youth in Arts Golf Tournament, hosted by YIA Board Treasurer Tim Distler.

The winning lowest score foursome was comprised of Bobbe Sabella, Ken Christopher, Jeff Stephenson and Tracey Gardner.
The two closest to the pin winners were Gerard Westmiller and Rip Malloy. Lastly, the longest drive winner was JD Cafaro.

The event was sponsored by Troutman Sanders LLP with a host of amazing wineries providing wine for the event and a silent auction. In total the event netted over $5000 in support of Youth in Arts programs for children of all ages and abilities.

If you’d like to donate to support the cause, click here!

Much appreciation to Kyle Haraszthy for securing all the auction donations and for being the perfect sommelier for the guests. And thank you to all the following auction and event donors–please support businesses that support arts for kids!

Blue Farm
Dunbar Vineyard
Fleury Estate Winery
Haraszthy Family Cellars
Kamen Estate Wines
Kanzler Family Vineyards
Kivelstadt Cellars
Korbin Kameron
Lasseter Family Winery
Lynmar Estate
Martinelli Winery
Mike Macomber
Ovid. Napa Valley
Robert Craig
Terence Chu
Three Sticks
Williams Selyem
Winery Sixteen600

Donors & Sponsors


Youth in Arts thanks our generous sponsors and donors for supporting our year-round arts education programs for children and youth of all abilities.

Annual Donors

$30,000  and above





California Arts Council
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation









Marin Community Foundation

$10,000 – $29,999
Alice Shaver Foundation
Kimball Foundation
Walker Rezaian Memorial Fund

$5,000 – $9,999
Josh & Angela Rafner
Mimi & Kevin Murphy
Nancy & Luis Belmonte
Sheila Tuffanelli

$2,000 – $4,999
Chevron Humankind Foundation
Dandelion Foundation
Fenwick Foundation
Jane Miller
Julie & Tom Ballard
Kathleen & Benjamin Kibbe
Marin Charitable Association

$1,000 – $1,999
Bank of Marin
Bruce & Linda Hopper
Devin Dixon & Todd Schneider
John & Cynthia Klock
June & Allen Tamura
Lois Rosano
Lynn Brody
Mr. & Mrs. Jacques Chardome
Miko Lee
Peter Levi Plumbing
Peter Mars
Rick & Suzanne Herrero
Schneider, Wallace, Cottrell, Konecky, Wotkyns
Sue & Joe Carlomagno
Sue & John Feder
Tim Distler
Valerie Lofrano
Will & Leslie Thompson

$500 – $999
Allan Rapport
Bruce Caplan/The Bronx Fund
Buck Smith
Dan Fitzpatrick
David & Janine Simerly
Jane Cooper
Joan Murel Pecceimer
Justine & Gary Rudman
Kathleen Gaines & Ray Welch
Lituanio Family
Lois Rosano
Nancy & James Rehkopf
Naomi Tamura & Ali Rezaian
Neil Hennessy
Perryscope Productions
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ruth & Jack Lemein
Sean Simerly
Tuyen Bonneau
William & Lynn Callender

$100 – $499
Abigail Farrell
Allan Hulme
Amy & Tom Worth
Andrea Webber
Ann & Wally Wathen
Ann Buscho
Ann Roth-Card
Arlen Lee
Axel Brait
Carol & Paul Slocum
Caroline D. Cooper
Christian & Lance Kuykendall
Cornelia Foster
Cynthia & John McGuinn
Dan & Allyn Carl
David & Carla Crane
David Lakes
Diane & Jim Reed
Dorothy Skinner
Edith LonerganEdward & Ellin Purdom
Edward & Judith Roffman
Eliot & Margot Holtzman
Elisa Kleven
Fran Halperin
Francine Feder
Giovanna Taormina
H. Christian & Laurie Holljes
Hazel Willacy
J. Don Dole
Jan Burval
Janet & Dave Tight
Jared Huffman
Jay and Anastasia Trimble
Jean B. Chan
Jen & Allan Daly
Jim & Kelly Poulas
Joel Fay
Joanne Dunn
John Petrovsky
Jong Lee
Joy & Jim Phoenix
Judy Wiesen
Julia Althoff
Karl & Louisiana Spurzem
Kelly & Alexander Hautau
Laurie Lober & Bryan Tracy
Leland S. Whitney & Family
Lexie Papedo Gasparini
Lift Every Voice Fund
Linda Cohen
Lisa and Charles Lechner
Lisa Baker
Lucia Tuffanelli-Jampolsky
Lynn Noyce
Lynn Sondag
Margaret & Alex Parra
Maria Bertero-Barcelo
Marin Open Studios
Martha Davis
Mary Beth and Bill Collins
Mary Jane Burke
Mary Pougiales & John Posey, Jr.
Massimo Pacchione
Megan and Scott DeGraeve
Meredith & Noah Griffin
Merri Chu
Mike & Laura Hislop
Mineko Salinas
Nancy ParsonsNatalie Mendes
Nyna Koppich
Patty Wolfe
Paul and Amy de Benedictis
Perry’s Art Supply
Phil & Kathy Marshall
Rich Robbins
Richard Falk & Francine Falk-Allen
Rob Devincenzi
Robert & Mary Butler
Ruth Kiskaddon & John D. Wright
Sherwin Williams Foundation
Stefany Toll & David Harband
Stephanie Mendel
Susan & Scott Warner
Susan Morrow
Suzanne Joyal
Teri Peterson
Tim & Liza Crosse
Tori & Kurt Housh
Valerie & Wes Dixon
Valerie King
Warren L. Smith
Wayne Lechner
Wendy Lee & Timothy Ezekiel

And many donors under $100

Pamela Levine Arts Education Fund
Established with support from the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation
Bruce Caplan/The Bronx Gang
Diane Bauman
Mimi & Kevin Murphy
Ruth Rosenthal

Corporate Matching Gifts
Amazon Smile
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

2018 Gala In-Kind Donors

Alegio Chocolate
American Conservatory Theater
An Affair to Remember Caterers
Another Planet Entertainment
Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites
BATS Improv
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Bite This, Mill Valley
Byington Vineyard
California Academy of Sciences
California Film Institute
Camp Galileo
Cavallo Point
Children’s Fairyland
Cline Family Cellars
Comforts Café
Creekside Bakery
Curran Theatre
EO Products
Fine Art Museums of San Francisco
Gilroy Gardens
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
I Made It Glass
Il Davide
Jeffrey Bean, Graphic Designer
Johann Paul Jewelers
Lark Cinema
Malibu Wine Safari
Marin Shakespeare Company
Marin Symphony Association
Marin Theatre Company
Marinitas Restaurant
McKahn Family Cellars
Mollie Stone’s Markets
Mountain Play Association
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Pier 39
Platypus Wine Tours
Playa Mill Valley
Rileystreet Art Supply
Rock Wall Wine Company
San Domenico School Hall of the Arts
SF Bay Adventures
Shi Bui Gardens Outdoor Spa
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Smuin Ballet
Studio 4 Art
Studio 64
Sweet Things
Trek Winery
West Coast Falconry

Thank you to Peter Rodgers and to Joy Phoenix for taking so many of the photos featured on this website.

And sincere thanks as well to our to our dedicated volunteers.


Youth in Arts is supported by community members who make art programs work for youth. Without them we would not be able to offer such a multitude of programs and services. Strong community support is vital to having a sustainable organization. Our Board of Directors form a critical support component for our staff.

Naomi Tamura, Board Presidenthas been involved in a variety of creative and community endeavors, from volunteer efforts to practicing a variety of visual arts mediums around the Bay Area. After graduating from Scripps College with a Studio Arts Degree, Naomi worked professionally as a graphic designer /art director in both print and online advertising.  After a brief stint as a freelancer, Naomi joined Netcentives, Inc., an online incentives marketing company, as their in-house Senior Art Director. At Netcentives, she built and managed a team of designers that developed the visuals for their product and all out-bound marketing communications for their flagship product, as well as various in-house special projects.  Naomi is also board chair of O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. After the death of her eldest son, Walker, in 2011, Naomi chose to concentrate on family life and more philanthropic projects. In conjunction with Youth in Arts, she developed the Walker Rezaian Creative HeArts Fund to honor the spirit of her son, who loved to create art together in their small studio space at home.

Tim Distler, Treasurer has spent his career working in the renewable energy project finance and development industry.  Along this path, he’s lived and worked in Boulder, CO, Chicago, IL and now San Francisco where he currently works for Spruce Finance, a leading owner and operator of distributed generation solar and residential energy assets.  Tim has a strong passion for renewable and environmentally sustainable energy sources as well as business and investment strategy.  He thoroughly enjoys solving new and interesting problems and learning from this process along the way.  In his free time, Tim enjoys trail running, skiing in Tahoe or Colorado, camping, cycling, and traveling to Sonoma or the Russian River to relax with friends, wife and two young children.  Tim is orginally from the Chicago area yet spent most of his childhood in Iowa where he attended the University of Iowa during undergraduate school.  He since went on to earn an MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO.

Angela Rafner, Secretary is an art history graduate of UC Berkeley. She has lived in Kent Woodlands with her husband Josh and their three children for more than ten years.  She served on the Kentfield School Foundation Board and has raised funds for nonprofits such as Marin Primary, the Marin Rowing Community, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, She is an active runner who has participated in triathlons and the Dipsea race.

Megan Bober, is the student representative to the board and is a member of `Til Dawn. Megan has been singing for as long as she can remember. She loves to sing and play instruments including piano, guitar, and ukulele. She has been working with her voice coach, Amber Morris, for 4 years. She enjoys performing at open mics around Marin. Megan is in Performance Workshop in the music program at Redwood High School. Outside of music, she loves playing soccer and basketball.

Melissa Jones Briggs is a university lecturer, performer and consultant specializing in performance as a tool for social change. Melissa leads client transformation as an executive coach and has designed and deployed bespoke learning experiences and full scale programs in the corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors. She has taught at London Business School in the UK, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Aalto University in Finland, and the United States Naval Academy. An honors graduate of Wake Forest University, Melissa also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the Actor’s Center Conservatory in New York.

Devin Dixon, has lived in Larkspur with her husband Todd and their two sons for many years. She has a background in finance. She has served on multiple boards and currently also serves as secretary on the board of the Ralston White Retreat.

Catherine Laytonis a British-born, American-based marketing professional and advocator for the arts. Her passion for the arts started from childhood. Raised by classical musician parents, she experienced the performing arts from a young age. Her father’s interest in photography and video, in addition to her step-mother’s interest in fine art and theater also influenced Catherine’s creative passions. Her love of dance, in particular, led her to perform in New York and around the Bay Area for many years. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Institute of San Rafael and helped coordinate the painting by local fine and youth artists of six utility boxes throughout downtown, as part of the class’s beautification project aimed at bringing art to unexpected places. Catherine currently works as Marketing Manager for Eckhoff and Company in San Rafael, where she oversees all digital media outlets, market research, event planning, advertising, sponsorships, press and brand management for the firm and its affiliated company, Eckhoff WealthManagement, LLC. She also volunteers her time on marketing projects for Alma del Tango Studio in San Anselmo. Catherine has one son in elementary and another in middle school.

Kylee Ortiz is a Senior Manager at Kaiser Permanante by day, and a renegade prose and multi-media visual artist by night. She received a BA in English from the University of California Berkeley. Kylee, has always been creative, and she had great support from her family when it came to pursuing her passion. Her motivation to pursue the arts ultimately led her to get a Masters in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University where she realized how omnipresent creativity can, and should be in education. Kylee recognizes just how important arts education is to developing well-rounded, and confident leaders. She believes in the transformational power of art, and knows that when young people are provided a safe space for art making and guidance accessing their creative source, their potential is limitless. With that belief, five years ago, she and her husband conspired a semester long, after-school pilot program. They facilitated transformational research-based art making, non-judgmental dialogue, and exhibited their art in a local gallery. Proceeds benefited a local non-profit. Kylee lives in San Geronimo with her husband and three children.

Suzanne Reich Gibson, is a museum educator with a background in elementary education.  Since 2016, she has worked as a Museum Educator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, touring K-12 students, students with special needs and adult groups, and writing exhibit-related curriculum.  Suzanne also volunteers as a School Guide at SFMOMA, touring 3-12 graders.  Until 2015, Suzanne taught at Old Mill School in Mill Valley as a reading specialist, working with K-3 students.  Suzanne became an educator after a dozen years in corporate finance with Citigroup in Warsaw and London, where she also served as a literacy volunteer.  Suzanne holds a BA in Anthropology from Harvard College and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London. She lives with her two teens in Mill Valley.

Janine Simerly,  has been practicing law for 35 years, most recently as a shareholder in the employment law practice group at Cozen O’Connor. Focusing on jury trials, Ms. Simerly is well known for her courtroom skills and is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. She has tried over 35 jury trials to verdict with notable success, including a complete defense victory in two trials (sexual harassment and discrimination) in December 2010, and a July 2009 defense verdict in a racial harassment and retaliation case. Other recent trial victories include a June 2007 defense verdict in a multi-plaintiff racial discrimination/harassment case and a December 2006 defense verdict in a whistleblower/retaliation case. Her son Sean Simerly is a `Til Dawn alum who leads the band Happnstance.

Maura Tokarski, is an arts educator with a background in teaching and industrial design. She is currently the Marin lead for Local Arts Network of the California Alliance for Arts Education. Working with the Getty Museum and Los Angeles Unified School District, Maura developed lesson plans integrating academics with art. By digitizing the entire permanent collection, the Getty made it possible for all students to experience the artwork, and Maura designed programs that incorporated art into math and science classes.

Sheila Tuffanelli, is a fine artist who specializes in tar paper sculptures. She was an art major at Stanford University and continued her education at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and the College of Marin. In her sculpture she portrays the strength and dignity of women, the loving, nurturing yet fiercely protective nature of women. These attributes have been passed down to her daughters and 11 grandchildren. She has long championed and spearheaded “Rising Stars” the annual Marin County high school art show.

Join our Board

If you are interested in joining the Youth in Arts Board of Directors, please contact us here.


Board Presidents

2015-current       Naomi Tamura

2009-15       Peter Rodgers

2005-09       Mimi Murphy

2002-05       Nancy Rehkopf

1999-2002   Carol Slocum

1997-99        Ingrid Purcell

1996-97        Mimi Murphy

1994-95        Kimberly Violich & Mimi Murphy

1992-94        Sue Carlomagno

1991-92        Susan Crozier

1989-91        Neva Ellis

1988-89       Diane Anderson

1986-88       Lynn Callender

1985-86       Vera Olmsted

1984-85       Therese Redinger

1982-84       Sue Melodia

1980-82       Camille Noble

1979-80       Jean Knox

1977-79       Therese Redinger

1975-77       Nancy Bell

1970-75       Joanne Dunn