We’ve got a great team building this organization!
Christine Staples (Director) is a true liberal-arts goddess. Following her undergraduate training in theater on the East Coast, she moved to San Francisco to work as an actor. More recently, she started creating artisanal liquors for fun, and can often be found serving these amazing beverages at any number of fantastic events in her role as a supporter of many great causes. She also happens to be a classically trained singer who thrilled Easter Vigil-goers at St. Alban’s Church in April 2019, with an exquisite chanting of the ancient prayer called the Exsultet.
Claire Burns (President) lives in the church’s neighborhood and is both a visual artist and a dancer. She spent seven years as director of a multi-disciplinary art/performance space in Berkeley, and is excited to be Calliope’s first artist in residence!
Chanthip Phongkhamsavath (Secretary) is a financial analyst who has practiced her trade for public institutions at the national and local levels. She loves throwing a good party and was a key player in our launch.
Matthew Blaine (Treasurer) is a rock-n-roll drummer by night and start-up guru by day. He and his family enjoy lots of live music at the church…through their kitchen window next door!
The Rev. Julie Wakelee-Lynch (ex-officio) is the pastor of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. She grew up taking music lessons, encouraged her daughter’s musical talents, and loves live music, poetry and theatrical performances. She brings two decades of non-profit management to her stewardship of the buildings that make Calliope possible.
Isaac Pastor-Chermak is based in the East Bay, but spends a lot of time on the road! He is Principal Cellist in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic. You can get the whole spiel here.
Steven Branoff can most often be found helping businesses comply with clean-air standards. He loves playing guitar (and other stringed instruments) in a rock band. He and Matt have performed several times at the HOOT!.
Angela Mason is both a professional actress and a seasoned major gifts fund-raising executive. She can charm the socks off anyone. You’ve been warned.
Samara Wenton brings a bundle of tech-savvy to our board. The tech industry currently gets most of her time – she works on educational software projects for the non-profit arm of a company with a very, very tall building across the Bay from us.
Kristian Whitten is retired from a career as an attorney for the federal government, and a long-time fan of community outreach programs housed at St. Alban’s Church. He’s our go-to-guy for research. He also owns a really cool vintage VW bug he’s converted to an electric vehicle.
Tatiana Guerrero Ramos is the co-owner of Classroom Matters, which offers tutoring and study skills to students in the East Bay and Marin. CM also runs an awesome after school program housed at St. Alban’s Church.