Margaret earned a BS in Design and teaching credentials from the University of Michigan, followed by graduate work in art history at Kent State University. After a career in advertising she focused on arts management, sharpening her skills through numerous seminars, conferences, workshops, and active membership in numerous local arts organizations, commissions and panels from the early 1990’s to the present.
Beginning in 1990 she served on the Thousand Oaks Arts Commission for four years, the last year as chair. She is a founding member of the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery and became a board member of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley (ACCV) in 1995. For twelve years she produced the ACCV Public Access TV Show ARTS SCENE, showcasing the arts in the region. Her other community art service includes being a member of the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Council, member-at-large of the Studio Channel Islands Art Center Board, a Board member of Art Trek, Inc., a Board member of Focus on the Masters, and a member of the VCCF Arts Advisory Council.
Margaret has garnered many awards, including: The Thousand Oaks Arts Commission’s “Excellence in the Arts Encore” statuette in 1995, The California Park & Recreation Society’s “Community Service Award”, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International’s “Paul Harris Fellow Designation”, and The City of Ventura “Mayor’s Arts Award for Leadership”.
Craig Rosen, Development Director
Mr. Rosen received a B.A. in English from George Washington University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University film school. Originally from Washington D.C., Rosen was lead singer in Static Disruptors, a band he formed at college. In 1982 he produced a single of a rap song he wrote and performed called, “D.C. Groove.” He has taught poetry writing in numerous settings, including to boys and girls at the Juvenile Facility, students in the Recovery Classroom at Gateway Community School, adults at Todd Road jail, Oak View High School students and members of the Tequio Youth, part of the Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project. He has edited four chap books of poems by his students, published with support from the Ventura County Office of Education. Rosen manages JumpStArts for VCAC, a recipient of consecutive grant awards from the California Arts Council. JumpStArts brings arts to juvenile offenders. Rosen has produced documentaries, short films and one feature-length movie and written several original screenplays. He just finished his first novel, Broken Heartland, for the Young Adult audience. Craig’s passion is working with underserved communities and the arts, helping people to find their voice and work toward personal transformation.
Ms. Hall and her husband owned a real estate business in Nevada where she was office manager and book keeper for thirteen years. Ms. Hall worked five sessions of the Nevada State Legislature during her twenty-seven years in the State. She enjoys combining office management duties and interacting with the public.
Fernando Albert Salinas is an Adjunct Professor of English at Ventura College. He is also the Ventura County Area Coordinator and a Master Poet-Teacher for California Poets in the Schools, a recitation coach for the California Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud program and the Editor-In-Chief for Spit Shine Publishing. As Coordinator of Literary Arts programs for the Ventura County Arts Council, he focuses on enhancing the presence and appreciation of poetry and the literary arts, raising awareness of the power of literature, poetry, and the spoken word. In 2012, Salinas initiated the Groundswell Committee: a small collection of local poets, with the support of the Ventura County Arts Council, and created the County’s poet laureate program. Most recently, he has implemented a youth poet laureate program for the county. His written poetry has appeared in several publications, including Askew Poetry Journal, Solo Poetry Journal, Miramar, and Lummox Press. He has performed his spoken word internationally. This year, he has been nominated for California Poet Laureate and City of Ventura’s Mayor’s Arts Award.