Board of Directors
In Memory and Appreciation of Michael Racela: 1959-2014
As a founding board member and secretary from 2006-2010, Michael was an important voice in creating Rhythmix's vision and mission.
In 2007 he was the stage manager of our grand opening extravaganza, helping us open our doors to the public.
Michael was our original Rhythmix Bingo ball caller and we will fondly remember his crazy characters (Lenny Leisure-suit and the accountant just out of San Quentin).
Michael was a class act, eager to contribute. He must have completely used up that generous heart of his.
Thank you Michael! We will miss you.
Long inspired by global traditions and spontaneous music making, Tina Blaine (also known by her stage name, Bean) has been studying and performing on a variety of electronic and acoustic percussion for more than 30 years. She has written music for NPR, video games, TV and documentary soundtracks, and has performed/recorded with Brian Eno, Mickey Hart, D'CuCKOO, Haunted by Waters, Maze Daiko, Pandemonaeon, Shakini, The Bindi Society, and others lured by the muse.
Blaine is a facilitator, presenter and performer of musical and rhythm-based events, exhibits, classes and workshops. She holds a Masters of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and taught there from 2000 to 2006. Blaine has been an integral part of the development of arts programming, outreach efforts, marketing, fundraising, and administration. After serving in the capacity of interim Executive Director for 7 months, she became RCW’s executive director in December 2010, drawing on the management expertise she developed at Interval Research, Carnegie Mellon and the Tech Museum of Innovation.
Michael Delucchi is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Trans Pacific National Bank (TPNB), Alameda’s oldest community bank. Also a director of the bank, Michael has held many executive positions at financial institutions in the Bay Area for over 23 years. TPNB and Michael are dedicated to the community of Alameda, supporting small businesses, and recognizes the importance of Rhythmix Cultural Works to the city of Alameda and the creative arts.
Born in New Jersey, but bred in Brazil, Bob Gonsalves demonstrated his skills with technology at an early age by 'improving' his parents' stereo system. Mr. Gonsalves has previously served as a consultant to Panasonic, Atari, Xerox and numerous startup firms and museums (Exploratorium, Randall Museum). In addition to computer hardware design, he has won several awards for a series of interactive computer games. He holds two patents based on his work on The Lingraphica System for speech-language rehabilitation. He holds a BA in Comparative Religion from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Multimedia from Mills College/Center for Contemporary Music.
Janet Koike taught dance and movement through Oakland Parks and Recreation, and served as an Artist in Residence for Early Learning through the Arts, in Head Start Programs. She worked as the Arts School Program Coordinator for the Oakland Museum, then joined the artistic staff of San Jose Taiko as Outreach Coordinator. In 1998, Rhythmix world percussion ensemble was formed and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) became a 501(c)(3) organization. As director of RCW, Koike organized tours to Cuba to study folkloric music and dance, and pioneered a trip to Sado Island to study at the Kodo apprentice center. In 2007, Koike launched RCW's community arts center in Alameda with performance space, gallery and classroom to realize her vision of bringing people together through culture and the arts.
Audrey Lord-Hausman brings a varied corporate as well as nonprofit management and board experience to Rhythmix. She is co-founder of Pedestrian Friendly Alameda and created the city-wide Walk & Roll to School Day program, aspects of which have been incorporated on a year-round basis in many schools and organizations. She sits on the City of Alameda’s Commission on Disability Issues and is a passionate theatre and music lover. Audrey also served for six years as the Administrative Coordinator of the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth & Families, City of Alameda. Some of the projects include children's health, after school programming, safety, and the teen program produces the Youth Yellow Pages and a teen magazine, "Out Loud - Thoughts of a Teenage Mind."
Making things happen is what Jan Mason is all about. Owner of OMM, Inc., an established Alameda real estate and property management company, Jan is known for her unique and artistic approach to the business of real estate. With her strong art background, her commitment to transformation - whether it is a building or a new idea, she is enthusiastic about championing Rhythmix Cultural Works to the Alameda community. She loves the TAIKO classes! Jan was awarded Business Woman of the Year 2007 by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, and Professional Business of the Year, by the Park Street Business Association. With great joy, Jan Mason brings her business moxie plus her exuberant energy to Rhythmix Cultural Works.
With more than 15 years of professional photography experience, Maurice Ramirez's editorial work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, Spin, People and Fortune. He was also chief photographer at MTV Networks’ San Francisco online division and studied photojournalism and humanities at San Francisco State. Maurice has photographed a wide range of subjects, ranging from high-profile musicians like Coldplay, Metallica and Christina Aguilera to athletes like LeBron James and Fortune 500 CEOs. In 2006, Maurice shifted his focus to photographing one-of-a-kind weddings and portraits. His work has been recognized by leading wedding and portrait publications including The Knot, Destination Weddings, Honeymoon Magazine, The Wedding Channel, the Glamour Channel and The San Francisco Chronicle.
She studied classical music throughout her youth, but it was the visceral experience of taiko drumming that really changed her life! Just days after seeing her first taiko concert in 1998, Carolyn West joined Emeryville Taiko, and studied and performed extensively with the group for seven years. In 2001, she participated in the first KasaMix trip to Japan, a cultural exchange cosponsored by Kodo Arts Sphere America and Rhythmix Cultural Works. In 2006, she joined Maze Daiko, the ensemble based at RCW, known for combining traditional taiko forms and rhythms with non-traditional instrumentation and cross-cultural grooves. Carolyn has also held a progression of positions in small businesses involved in entertainment, manufacturing, construction and law. Since 1996, she has been practicing trusts and estates law, and is currently with a firm in downtown Oakland. An Alameda resident for over 15 years, Carolyn is delighted to support Rhythmix Cultural Works, and invites everyone to attend and participate in arts events, performances, classes, theater, and other gatherings in a beautiful community venue.
Jeff Cambra is the Producer/Director of Alameda Currents TV and Board Member, Treasurer, Exec Committee member of the West Alameda Business Association.
Sherilyn Escoto's appreciation for art history and photography somehow led to her becoming the VP and Branch Manager at Trans Pacific National Bank with 14 years of Banking experience. She started her banking career at Bank of America (SF), and her first manager roles were at First Republic Bank (SF) and Comerica Bank. At One Pacific Coast Bank, she was one of the original Bank Officers and played a significant role with opening the Bank in 2007. Sherilyn is also a Board Member for the West Alameda Business Association (WABA), a Board Member/Treasurer for The Golden Gate Chapter of RMA in San Francisco and Rotarian with Rotary Club of Alameda.
Elaine N. Fong is the founder and artistic director of Odaiko New England, one of the few taiko (Japanese drum) groups in Massachusetts. She has over twenty five years of taiko performance, teaching and administrative experience. In addition to taiko, Ms. Fong has over ten years of dance training. Ms. Fong is also a certified TaKeTiNa rhythm instructor at the basic level. Ms. Fong received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Organization and Management. In addition to her experience in the arts, Ms. Fong has over sixteen years of not-for-profit administrative experience. She has also worked in the public and private sectors. She is currently a board member of the YWCA Boston, and a United Way allocations committee volunteer.
Dr. Jannett Jackson received her doctorate from the prestigious Community College Leadership Program in Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Masters in Education emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from CSU, Fresno. Dr. Jackson has over twenty-seven years of experience in support services, instruction and administrative areas within the California Community College system and is currently serving a 3 year terms as President of the College of Alameda.
Hadi Monsef is Vice President and Broker at Omm Inc., served on the Island’s Public Utilities Commission from 1975 to 1983 and on the City Council from 1983 to 1989.
Mark Sorensen, former owner and lead designer of Renwick & Wolfe and Fabulous on Park Street, is now the Executive Director of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as Vice President of Alameda Meals on Wheels and Alameda Friendly Visitors, the Alameda Fourth of July Committee and works on Chief of Police Michael Noonan’s Citizen’s Advisory Board of the Alameda Police Department.
Teddy Tabor was on the Board of Directors with the Alameda Civic Light Opera for 12 years and served as the Community Liaison. She also worked closely with the student interns through out ACLO's production years.Teddy is currently with the Alameda Film Commission and the Alameda Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board.
Kari Thompson, approaching 25 years experience in the local banking community, Kari Thompson is the Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager of First Community Bank in Alameda. Born and raised in Alameda, Kari has been actively involved in the Alameda Community in both service and leadership roles. She currently serves as the President of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, the Secretary of the Alameda Homeless Network (a.k.a Midway Shelter), and is actively involved in the Alameda Girl Scout Service Unit. Education, youth services, and protecting our senior population from financial and elder abuse are areas that Kari is particularly passionate about. She strongly believes in the philosophy that your day is not complete until you’ve learned something new. Rhythmix Cultural Works brings that philosophy to the Alameda Community and Kari is very proud to be a part of Rhythmix Cultural Works.
Ewart Wetherill is a renowned acoustic architect (acoustician) and is currently vice-president of the Citizens' League for Airport Safety and Serenity (CLASS). "Red" as he is affectionately known, provides his expertise to non-profits such as Rhythmix and actively lectures on topics including "Acoustics in Buildings", "Worship Spaces" and "Acoustical Experiments."
William Wong brings over 25 years of hands on experience developing and managing successful business ventures. He is currently pioneering a new business model called "Localize It", by creating a Business Alliance of Independently Owned Local Businesses to come together as one to compete against the chain and big box businesses. William is also a Division Manager for EVO Platinum Services Group, building a team of Bankcard Sales Professionals to transform the Merchant Services Industry by providing Bank Card Processing and Gift & Rewards Programs and Services to all types of business on a foundation of honesty and integrity.
Kathleen C. Woulfe is the Endowment Coordinator & Community Relations for the Boy Scouts Council of Alameda, a non-profit. She currently sits on the Boards of Alameda Meals on Wheels-VP, FAAS-Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, Alameda Education Foundation - Adopt A Classroom Chair, Alameda Chamber of Commerce Director, Alameda Chamber GREDC, Chamber Ambassador & Campaign Director for Mayor Marie Gilmore 2010 & 2014. Kathie served as Director of Development & Community Relations for both the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda and St. Joseph Elementary School of Alameda. She served 9 years on the Alameda Rotary BOD. Cannot sing or dance, but plays a decent Viola. Born in the Alameda Hospital original elevator on Clinton Avenue, and is committed to giving back to our community.