Board of Directors

Glenn W. Holsclaw

Glenn Holsclaw is the former Executive Director of Making Waves (now retired). His work as a social entrepreneur focused on developing and implementing innovative programs to ensure that urban children, living in economically depressed communities, acquired the skills necessary to gain acceptance to and graduate from four-year colleges and universities. His work experience includes more than 30 years of skills development in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, including Hewlett-Packard, Container Corporation of America, and San Francisco State University where he was a faculty member for fifteen years. He is a former Board member of Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the children, youth and families living in San Francisco; the Board of Trustees of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a children’s museum located in Sausalito; The Branson School, an independent high school located in Ross; the Breakthrough Collaborative (formerly Summerbridge National), a program designed to aid middle school students in the acquisition of skills necessary to succeed in competitive high schools; The Hamlin School, an independent K-8 school located in San Francisco; and the California Academy of Sciences, a world class scientific and cultural institution in San Francisco dedicated to exploring, explaining, and protecting the natural world. He received his B.A. from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from the University of Washington. Mr. Holsclaw resides in Contra Costa County with his wife, Donna.

Tamina Ramos Alon
Vice President

Tamina Alon, Esq., is the Director of Operations at Family Justice Center. She has two teenage students at the Center, studying violin and the other in the Diploma Program.  Tamina is infinitely impressed by the Center’s energy and animation. “This place is so amazing and it really does change the world every single day.” Tamina enthusiastically welcomes you to East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Tamina, a 2008 graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, was raised on Guam. She joined the Family Justice Center from Bay Area Legal Aid’s housing unit where she represented clients and managed Contra Costa’s court-based Housing Law Clinics in Richmond, Martinez, Concord, and Pittsburg. Tamina has been a teacher for over 10 years and is an advocate for the student-parent and student-families population.  While at UC Berkeley, Tamina taught courses on success as a student-parent and preparing for life after college.  At the Family Justice Center, Tamina is excited to be working on the newly-formed Lawyers for Family Justice legal incubator project.

Mayra L. Padilla

Mayra Padilla, East Bay Center alumna, said that during her first year as STEM Director at Contra Costa College, the connections she made with the members of the AHSIE Council were invaluable. Ms. Padilla said she enjoys working to resource institutions to get more Latino students to successfully complete college and develop fulfilling careers. A self-proclaimed “recovering scientist,” she sees a benefit from being able to employ inventive, critical thinking skills. As one of the selected Koshland Fellows for the San Francisco Foundation, she is helping develop a civic unity project in the city of San Pablo. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Gritty City, a youth theater company in Oakland, California, that helps transform the lives of disenfranchised youth and is a member of Concilio Latino and a comadre of the Chicana Latina Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys salsa dancing, making hearty meals for her family and cocktail lounging with friends.

Susan Lindheim, MD

Susan Lindheim is a retired pediatrician based at Richmond Kaiser Permanente. She held a variety of positions as site Chief of Pediatrics at Richmond, Assistant Physician-in-Chief of Service and Physician HR for the East Bay, and Northern California Chair of the Diversity Council. She has served the community for more than 30 years. She recently moved to Oakland but lived up the street form the Center for more than 20 years.  She has been a part of East Bay Center for the Performing Arts since the late 1980’s when she, her two sons and her husband all took lessons at the Center. She finds working as a volunteer very rewarding both locally and abroad. She has recently volunteered on medical missions in Guatemala and Nicaragua.  It has been an honor for her to be part of East Bay Center for the Performing Arts family for so many years and to see so many young people, many her patients, benefit from all it has to offer.

Vanessa Whang
Immediate Past President

Vanessa Whang is an independent consultant, advisor, and thought partner to funders and organizations engaged with culture/arts/humanities and has had a career in the non-profit sector for over 30 years. From 2008-2014, Vanessa was Director of Programs for Cal Humanities, California’s state humanities council. She was responsible for the strategic design, development, and evaluation of all programs, including both grantmaking and direct services. She and her team identified issues and opportunities to enrich the lives of communities through the public humanities and build common cause with other sectors. Before returning to California, Vanessa was based in New York addressing issues in arts philanthropy, cultural equity, and changing demographics. Her principal clients included the Ford Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She also served as Director of Multidisciplinary Arts and Presenting at the National Endowment for the Arts with a portfolio of large-scale presenting institutions, community-based cultural centers, alternative art spaces, arts education and service organizations, and artists communities. In earlier years, Vanessa headed a youth-centered arts learning initiative at East Bay Community Foundation, and gained invaluable experience as a community cultural activist at La Peña Cultural Center and as a recording/touring musician. In addition to sitting on the board of East Bay Center, she also serves as board treasurer of The Whitman Institute, a trust-based funder for social good.

John Clawson

John Clawson has 20 years of experience as a developer, architect and real estate advisor. John offers a broad range of expertise in all phases of the development process. He has particularly strong skills in real estate finance, design and project management and has established working relationships with landowners, non-profit organizations, public agencies, lenders and investors on projects ranging from residential condominiums to complex mixed-use developments. Many of John's recent and current projects - Oxford Plaza and David Brower Center, the Bay School of San Francisco, and 301 Bryant Street – integrate environmentally responsible design and complex financing structures that combine bank financing, investor equity and additional funding secured through historic, new market or low income housing tax credits. From 1985-1991, John was a regional vice president with Halcyon Ltd, a national development advisory firm specializing in urban mixed use and redevelopment. He managed Halcyon's west coast offices and was responsible for the firm's expansion into Asia. He also directed the opening of Halcyon's new regional office in Los Angeles. John earned a Masters Degree from the MIT Center for Real Estate Development in 1985 and a Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University in 1981. He is vice chairman of the board of trustees and chair of the site committee of the Bay School of San Francisco.

Timothy Thompson-Cook

Timothy Thompson-Cook is Chief Operations Officer at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers. Tim used to serve as Vice President for Service Excellence, Outpatient Services, and Ambulatory Care at LAC Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is a servant leader with extensive hands-on clinical and operational excellence. Strengths include problem solving, critical thinking, staff coaching and development, interdisciplinary team building and motivation. Superior track record for improving and sustaining patient satisfaction using Studer principles (and more) in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Passionate about seeking new ways of improving the patient and staff experience, while also improving efficiency and overall organizational performance through continuous improvement. Committed to discovering new ways in which I can foster an environment that breads compassion for patient care, through tapping into staff creativity, and collaboration between key stakeholders.

Richard Zhu

Richard Zhu is an alumnus of the Center, where he studied piano for fourteen years starting at the age of four. Richard was active in the Richmond Chamber Ensemble and Richmond Jazz Ensemble, and also attended several summer intensives that were central to the genesis of today's Young Artist Diploma Program. Richard went on to attend college at UC Berkeley, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, while continuing his studies in classical piano with faculty in the Department of Music.Richard is now a Vice President in the Investment Solutions group of Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco. Richard is responsible for the distribution of Market Linked Investments to investors through Wells Fargo’s wealth management and brokerage channels. Prior to joining Investment Solutions, Richard completed Wells Fargo’s Financial Products Group rotational analyst program where he was trained in equities, commodities, interest rates, and credit.  In his spare time Richard enjoys traveling, attending concerts, playing classical piano, and following Bay Area sports teams.