Our Team

  • Carlin NaifyPresident / Board Chair

    Carlin Naify has extensive nonprofit board experience. She is a Board Member of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation as Chair of the Community Impact Committee. Carlin is a Board Member of Verge Center for the Arts and The Community of Writers in Squaw Valley. Carlin is the Past Chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. She served on the Board of the Crocker Art Museum Association for eight years, where she served as Chair of Collections and Acquisitions and as Secretary and she served as President of the Crocker’s Docent Council. Carlin’s board experience in leadership roles also includes the Sacramento Public Library Foundation, National Charity League and a Sacramento City Unified School District Leadership Council.

    She has been owner of Beers Books for over three decades, and owner of Sutter II Medical Office Building.

    Before becoming a community leader in the Sacramento region, Carlin studied English in college and studied literature and art history in Florence, Italy. When she returned to the States, she completed college and worked as a sixth-grade teacher. She moved to Sacramento in 1977, where she married and raised her family.

Gerry Kamilos VP Friends of Sacramento Arts
  • Gerry KamilosVice President/Vice-Chair

    Gerry’s involvement in leadership of Arts organizations began in 1990 as a Board member of the Sacramento Area Dance Alliance. Starting in 1992, he served 8 years as a Commissioner on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission with 4 years as its Chair. He co-founded and was Board President for 15 years of the Metropolitan Arts Partnership, a workplace giving non-profit and a prelude to Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving. He is currently Co-President of the Sacrament Ballet Association Board and was instrumental in the Ballet’s recent transition and re-organization. He has served on boards for other non-profit and faith organizations in leadership capacities. He is a former Trustee for a private K-8 school and past commodore of the Classic Yacht Association for Northern CA. He is a past recipient of the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Award, and has served on many conference panels and speaker on the Arts. Since 1990, Gerry is the president of Kamilos Companies, a community developer for both employment and livable master planned communities in Northern CA. Gerry graduated from Cal Poly Pomona-Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering and later earned a MBA from St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga.

  • Cecilia M. DeluryTreasurer

    Cecilia Delury was an active Sacramento CPA for 33 years with her own firm until her recent retirement. Believing in giving back to her Sacramento community and helping others, she has served in a multitude of capacities on non-profit boards including the Crocker Art Museum, Mercy Foundation, Broadway SacramentoCalifornia Music Theater and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

    Cecilia lives in Carmichael with her husband, retired attorney Vince Jacobs. Cecilia has two children and five grandchildren. The 2 Delury children attended San Juan District schools and benefitted from the extensive art programs that were available. As a parent Cecilia was an active advocate of art education. She is excited to be a part of the Friends of Sacramento Arts, the organization committed to the complete restoration of arts education for all students in Sacramento’s public schools.

Doni Blumenstrock Secretary of Friends of Sacramento Arts
  • Doni BlumenstockSecretary

    Doni Blumenstock is a consultant working in leadership training, executive coaching, coalition building, program design, organizational development and strategic planning.

    She designed and currently runs a training and coaching program for a bio-tech start-up to develop the management and leadership qualities their high potential employees.

    Doni uses her leadership experience to support and develop arts organizations. She recently completed a term as an appointee on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. As a volunteer she also she facilitates a group of professional arts leaders working to raise the visibility and viability of the professional arts in the region.

    For eight years Doni served as the Program Director of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program which works to build a diverse cohort of young professionals with the skills, connections and confidence to move up to the tables of leadership in the region.

    For twelve years, Doni served as the founding executive director of the Sacramento region chapter of the American Leadership Forum, a national organization dedicated to joining and strengthening leaders to serve the public good.

    Doni is the wife of an Episcopal priest and is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of four.

Monique Anderson
  • Monique Anderson

    Monique is the Director of Portfolio Solutions at VSP Vision Care where her team plans and executes 45 to 50 programs and projects annually encompassing a spectrum of VSP business initiatives. Monique holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley (GO BEARS!)  in both Political Science and Rhetoric.

    Monique’s interest in the arts and arts education is due to her children’s involvement in the arts in school.  Both of Monique’s children are graduates of the Elk Grove Unified School District where they were extremely dedicated band members.  Her daughter is planning to graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan as a Fashion Design major in 2021.  Her son begins his freshman year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston this fall.  Both were AP and Honors students.  Band and music created an amazing learning and social environment for her children.  It also taught them that there are a plethora of career choices, including the Arts!  For seven years she as Secretary and President of the Pleasant Grove High Band Booster Board.

    Monique’s community involvement is always focused on youth development.  She has volunteered as an instructor for the Junior Achievement program, as a mentor for Rancho Cordova High School students, served as Chair of the T.R.Smedberg Middle School Site Council, as the Scholarship Committee Chair of the Folsom Lake College Foundation Board, and as a member of the Sacramento Unified School District Foundation Board. She is currently an instructor and Steering Committee Member for the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Young Leadership Collaboration.

    Monique is grateful for the arts education her children experienced and, through her board involvement looks forward to helping future students experience the same

  • Brenda Davis

    Brenda Davis is a natural resources/environmental/highly regulated industries attorney with her own practice in Sacramento that serves clients statewide, in other states and in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Davis is an avid supporter of all art forms and divides her current entertainment selections among live theater, exhibits at museums, art galleries, parks, and expositions, live music, and art house films when home in Sacramento and when traveling anywhere. For several years, she was an enthusiastic Elly Judge for Sacramento regional theater venues. She is also a huge fan of the Crocker Art Museum installations, lectures, family events, and jazz on the patio. She is thrilled to have seen live at the Crocker her first Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley art pieces.

Robin Fisher
  • Robin Fisher

    Robin has been on faculty with the School of Music at Sacramento State University since 2003,
    where she leads the Voice program that inspires young singers for careers in the performing
    arts. Robin’s passion for singing was fostered at a California high school and at San José State,
    where she was mentored to apply for scholarships and grants to study in Germany and Austria.
    After graduate work in Vienna, she led an active career in opera and concert throughout
    Europe. Robin returned to California to be a teacher and mentor to aspiring young singers.

    Robin’s two sons attended San Juan Unified schools, and she was an active parent-advocate for
    arts education. On behalf of teachers and students, she applied for grants to support music and
    art in their schools, and she served several years on the San Juan Education Foundation board.
    In 2018, Robin founded the Sac State Performing Arts Collective to link like-minded artistmentors
    from the university and community with Sacramento school children in performing
    arts activities during the summer. She has written and received grants from the California Arts
    Council, University Enterprises at Sac State, and the Sacramento Region Community
    Foundation. Her greatest passion is to connect professional artists with youth to develop their
    creative voice. As a product of the California public schools, Robin knows firsthand the impact
    arts education can have to change lives.

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  • Mollie Morrison

    Mollie Morrison is a mixed media artist and educator. Fabric, texture, pattern and vivid colors are what drive her watercolor collage artwork. She has been teaching art for nineteen years at various schools and programs including Brookfield School, Leonardo Da Vinci, Crocker Art Museum and I Can Do That. She studied Fashion and Art at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and worked with DKNY Jeans in both Atlanta, Georgia and San Francisco, CA. She completed her Visual Art teaching credential in 2013. She currently works at CK McClatchy High school as the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator. The CKM VAPA Program she worked to establish gives students a four-year art opportunity at the high school level. By providing this platform for students, the CKM VAPA program is establishing college and career readiness for young artists in every art form. Mollie’s focus day-to-day is in the sculpture studio, as the 3-D Art teacher for beginning, advanced and AP 3D artists. Mollie finds joy in the many discoveries students make as they explore art history. Teaching young people about the accomplishments of well-known artists, art movements and art happenings gives them permission to take risks in their own artwork. Mollie is excited to join the Friends of Sacramento Arts Board to increase students access to the arts and to amplify the need of arts education.

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  • Theresa Riviera

    Theresa Riviera has been a resident of Sacramento since 1983 and retired in 2014. Since retiring she has been involved in community advocacy under the motto of ‘Cultivating Community and Empowering Individuals’. She chose this motto to encapsulate hermy beliefs when addressing issues affecting the well-being of people.

    The framework is based on principles that respect the rights of all community members to be informed, consulted, involved and empowered. “I believe that success depends on being sensitive to the community and individuals – listening, building relationships, collaborative decision-making etc. to achieve sustainable outcomes.”

    She is an active member of several local civic and cultural organizations.

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  • Vince Sales

    Vince has more than 28 years of combined experience in higher education, non-profits, and philanthropic foundations. In his various roles, he has built programs and provided oversight for marketing, strategic communications, media relations, government and community relations, alumni relations, and fundraising campaigns. Currently, he works as a Fund Development Consultant for Everyday Impact Consulting.

    He is the Arts Programmer for the Philippine National Day Association and serves as board secretary for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Vince is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum (Mountain Valley Chapter).

    Vince earned his BA in Mass Communications (with high distinction) with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MPA (non-profit administration emphasis) from San Francisco State University where he received the Barbara Jordan Award for Student Achievement. He is working on a graduate certificate in Arts Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.