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Richard (Ric) Ambrose
Executive Director

Ric brings his extensive experience in art administration and strategic planning which includes fundraising, donor cultivation, marketing, facility operations and program development to the Art Center. In more than twenty-eight years, Ric has managed or curated more than 200 exhibitions in art, science and history in a variety of multimedia formats. He is a practicing artist and has taught studio art at several colleges. Ric is represented by Hespe Gallery in San Francisco. His only unchanging part of the workday is having a can of soup for lunch, as Andy Warhol reportedly did throughout his life. or 510.620.6772


Marisa Burman
Ceramics Manager

Marisa started throwing on the wheel in 2006 and hasn’t stopped since. She works primarily in porcelain because she loves its smooth, luscious quality and ability to portray softness, delicateness and organic form. A 2011 Niche Award winner, she has exhibited her work across the Bay Area. She earned a BA in sociology from UC Santa Cruz and studied ceramics at San Francisco State University. Marisa likes ice cream and collects birds’ eggs and animal skulls. or 510.620.1245

Addela Garboos
Operations Manager

An arts aficionado, Addela is a Richmond native and graduate of De Anza High School.  She has a BA in Classics with a concentration in Art History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a MA in Museum Studies from SF State.  She spent the junior year of her bachelor’s living in England, feeding her love of art by exploring the wealth of museums and art institutions Britain has to offer.  Now back home in her beloved Bay Area, Addela is thrilled to be surrounded by the talent that fills the Art Center and is looking forward to trying her hand at wheel-throwing! or 510.620.6772

Cristina Haley
Art in the Community Coordinator

An arts educator at heart, Cristina brings her enthusiasm and love of collaboration to her work as the Art in the Community Coordinator. She has a B.A. in Art History from Sonoma State University, and before coming to the center worked as a Senior Teaching Artist for the de Young and Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. There she worked to develop projects and curricula for students, teachers and visitors. A Bay Area native, and a current Richmond resident, Cristina loves exploring new places, fostering dogs in need, and working to create spaces for all individuals to explore their own curiosities and connections to art. or 510.620.5539

Jessica Jordao
Customer Service Assistant

Jessica loves different cultures and their representations in the art forms. She has a BA in both Fine Arts and Business Administration from Principia College, IL. She’s lived and worked in three different countries and has now settled in the Bay Area. With her enthusiasm and compassion, she is a customer service assistant at the Richmond Art Center. She is also an active artist working on clay sculptures of endangered animals. or 510.620.6772

Joyce Lavey
Human Resources Manager

Joyce Lavey has 23 years’ experience working in human resources management, training, and organizational change with nonprofits and corporations. Joyce holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Wisconsin and an MSW in Policy, Planning, and Administration from California State University-Fresno. In her free time, Joyce enjoys Cajun-Zydeco dancing, singing karaoke, attending plays, and hiking. Most proudly, Joyce is a public spokesperson for lung cancer survivors and the Lung Cancer Alliance. or 510.620.6575

Catherine Millar
Director of Development

Catherine has been involved in non-profit fundraising for over 20 years having worked at Lindsay Wildlife Museum as Director of Advancement, at American Red Cross as Director of Major Gifts, and at the Oakland Museum of California and Chabot Space and Science Center as Director of Development. She is actually quite surprised to find herself as a career fundraiser because she received a BFA in printmaking from University of Michigan and spent many years creating site-specific installations in Michigan and California. Finally, her long-time yoga practice led her to become a certified yoga teacher and she teaches yoga classes in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. or 510.620.6780

Jeremy Millsap
Volunteer and Visitor Services Coordinator

Jeremy is an event organizer disguised as an art curator. He holds a BA in Communications from Seattle University and a Master of Art Curating from the University of Sydney, Australia. Jeremy’s docent training in Seattle led him to pursue a career planning art exhibitions and tours for audiences including seniors, adults and youth groups. In addition, his event planning experience obtained working as a caterer, concierge, and leasing agent gave him the ability to manage volunteer operations and develop collaborative fundraisers for arts-based non-profits. Jeremy’s favorite art activities include collaging and making artwork from found objects. or 510.620.6778


Carolyn Rodkin
Finance Director

For more than 25 years Carolyn has been in financial management for the software, high-tech, architecture and design industries and then for nonprofits. Perhaps more inspiring is Carolyn’s past life as a ceramic artist. Her work was featured in a two-year traveling exhibition “American Ceramics Now” and some of her pieces are in the George & Dorothy Saxe contemporary crafts collection. When she’s not working, she’s probably gardening or out walking in nature. or 510.620.6775

Severo “Pete” Rodriguez
Facilities Coordinator

Severo is a native of Richmond, CA and a graduate of Richmond High School.  Severo loves traveling to his native country, Mexico to learn more about his culture and family.  Severo joined the Richmond Art Center team as a  volunteer, then soon after, he became an addition to our staff. Severo is very family oriented and looks forward to sharing the Richmond Art Center and its rich culture with his family! or 510.620.6772

Rachel Schaffran
Art in the Community Director

A Richmond native, Rachel brings her first-hand experience as a teaching artist in our Art in the Community program and summer STEAM camps. Rachel holds a BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and a Masters in Education from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where her work was focused in the Community Arts Practices program. Rachel is a practicing, interdisciplinary artist who has worked in fiber arts, installation, sculpture and performance. She also enjoys using her creativity to experiment and create homemade herbal products in her kitchen apothecary. or 510.620.5543

Julia Sparenberg
Communications Director

Julie brings her experience as a devoted nonprofit creative and technical professional to her position at the Richmond Art Center. As a former street photographer and graffiti hunter in San Francisco, she has spent a lot of time behind a camera for a range of projects and collaborations. Julie holds a BS in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University. She first became acquainted with the Art Center by taking an encaustics workshop. She spends a lot of her free time with her trusty sidekicks, a green cheek conure named Birdie and a chameleon named Karma. or 510.620.5525

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