Board Members

The California State Summer School for the Arts is a state agency governed by a 15-­‐member board of trustees appointed by the Governor, State Legislature, State Board of Education, California Arts Council, State University Board of Trustees, Regents of the University of California, and the California State Summer School Arts Foundation.

The California State Summer School Arts Foundation was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 1986 to support CSSSA by seeking and administering gifts from corporations, individuals, and foundations. A 30-­‐member board of directors, appointed by the school’s board of trustees, governs the foundation. A number of trustees also serve as foundation directors.


Noelle Bonner
Mike Cannone
Donna Miller Casey
Bernadette Cheyne
Alexander Cruz de Ocampo
Mark Morikawa
Moctesuma Esparza, co-Chair
Susan Freitag, co-Chair
Dr. Merryl Goldberg
James Roh
Teri Schwartz
Laura C. Romero, Ph.D
Melissa Draper, Chair Emeritus
Alan Sieroty, Emeritus

 Matthew Gallagher, Director


Donna Miller Casey, Chair & Founder
Mike Cannone, Secretary
Kelly Buck, Treasurer
Keith McWilliams, Secretary
Susan Dolgen
Maggie Drake
Alex Hirsch
Heidi Kershaw
Mark Morikawa
Janice Pober
Teri Schwartz
Nancy Rae Stone

Wendy Goldberg, Founder

Linda Horner, Executive Director

A Message For Our Community:

At inception, CSSSA and the CSSSA Foundation were created to provide advanced arts education to a youth population that reflects the socioeconomic and racial diversity of California. 


Virtual Meeting – Zoom

CSSSA Board of Trustees Meeting
April 16 – 5:00 PM, PST

1. Open Session – Welcome and Quorum Call
2. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting
3. Public Comments
4. CSSSA / CSSSA Foundation Office – Discussion and Potential Action
a. Serra Building Information
b. College / University Auxiliary Lease Option
5. 2024 Summer Bridge Program – Discussion and Action
a. Overview of Program and Cost
b. Action Item – Approval of 2 Week Session
6. CSSSA Office Personnel Update – Closed Session
7. 2024 Compensation Committee – Discussion and Action Item
8. 2022 and 2023 CSSSA Foundation Scholarship Payments – Discussion and Action
9. Additional Updates – Discussion
a. Passing of Bernadette Cheyne
b. 2024 in-person Board Meeting
10. Adjournment

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