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New to the BUSD Board, Celeste Monette Advocates for Music and Art

With a family tradition of social justice activism, Celeste, a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser, also writes and plays guitar locally with the BB’s trio.

Craft picture framer by day, outdoor enthusiast and artist by nature

Back pain prompted Marleen Stam-Gibbs to Explore Yoga Therapy

An artist and teacher, Eanes studied, traveled, then studied some more prior choosing art as vocation.

Benicia studio artist and full time art teacher Mark Eanes talks about his path to becoming an artist and teaching art.

Benicia Poet Laureate Brings Creative Ideas to the Program

Benicia’s newest poet laureate, Johanna Ely, is passionate about bringing more poetry into the schools, and helping people to not be afraid of poetry. Launching the First Sunday Poetry Series, other events and programs are to follow.

Originally from Queens, Gina Eleccion brought talent and experience to the City of Benicia

Gina Eleccion talks about her passion for working for the City of Benicia for the past 15 years. Working in various city departments, since June Gina has been working full time for the Fire Department on hazard mitigation and emergency operations plans.

Bio: Benicia Middle School Teacher Pat Hall

Benicia Middle School teacher Pat Hall teaches drawing, painting, sculpture and stagecraft, also works oversees a mentoring program at BMS, and with Arts Benicia to help kids get their artwork shown in an annual exhibit. She’s an artist in her own right.

Bio: Ric Small Mentors Benicia Kids And Builds Wells In Uganda

Ric Small, with his wife Kema, is deeply rooted in community service. Ric serves as a police chaplain and mentors young adults, as well as building wells for clean water in Uganda.

Bio: Fary Koh, BrickSpace Owner, Loves Working With Kids

Fary Koh exemplifies the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Trying to learn English as a child escaped Fary, but she went on to study at a Canadian Boarding School and received a full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University and has had a distinguished career, including her current business as owner of Benicia BrickSpace. She has a passion for working with kids.

Bio: Mark Barnum, Bay Area Waterways Tugboat Captain

Benicia’s Mark Barnum is a tugboat captain, helping navigate huge ships through the tricky waters of the San Francisco Bay.