2018 Board of Directors
President - William Rundberg
Vice President - Kim Chappell
Secretary - Michele Kaster Epstein
Treasurer - Dianne Whitaker
Board Member - Bonny Zanardi
Board Member - Mariel Krupp
Board Member - Susie Batter
Emeritus - Robert Wilkinson
2018 Supporting Roles
Art Gallery Curator - Dianne Whitaker
Graphic Artist - Kim Chappell, Joseph Fajnor
High School Arts Recognition Program - Susie Batter
Newsletter - Susie Batter
Poetry Readings Coordinator - Bonny Zanardi
Webmaster - Susie Batter
2018 Board Biographies
William Rundberg is a retired faculty member (Mathematics and Computer Science) from College of San Mateo. He, his wife Sherrean and three daughters have lived in San Mateo since 1967. Family involvement, including the next generation, with the schools and CSM continues, as does strong interest in arts in San Mateo and in performing arts on the Peninsula.
Kim Chappell has a background in graphic design, instructional design, and teaching; she received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of the Pacific in 2002. She is also a seasoned tall ship sailor on environmental education tall ships. Kim is passionate about keeping art and music education present in schools of all ages. She enjoys world traveling, printmaking, photography, and baking in her spare time.
Michele Kaster Epstein is a public relations and marketing professional and has resided in San Mateo for 29 years. She currently works for Peninsula Family Service as a Senior Peer Counseling Coordinator. She also worked for the American Cancer Society of San Mateo County and Zum Services. As a volunteer she has coordinated events for the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition, co-chairs interfaith activities for Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, and devoted countless hours to the San Mateo -Foster City School District as PTA committee chair for cultural assemblies at Baywood Elementary School and Borel Middle School. In 2008 she spearheaded fund raising and public relations efforts to successfully save the instrumental music program for 5th graders in the school system. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dianne Whitaker is a California licensed architect with more than 35 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a B.A. degree in Architecture from the the University of California at Berkeley. A past president of the San Mateo County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, her firm, Dianne Whitaker Architect, is located in San Mateo, Dianne is a founding member, past president and current Treasurer of City Arts of San Mateo, a past president, and a founding member.
Bonny Zanardi was the visual arts columnist for the San Mateo County Times for 20 years. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and a B.S. in Biology. Retired from a career at public broadcast stations KCSM-TV and FM, she is a founding board member of City Arts of San Mateo, founding member and past president of ARTshare (Peninsula Arts Council), past president of Hillbarn Theatre and a past board member of Masterworks Chorale. She is also past president of the San Mateo County unit of the American Cancer Society. She currently serves on the San Mateo County Poet Laureate Committee and is a board member of the Peninsula Museum of Art. In 2003 she received the Bravo Award recognizing her long service in the arts on the Peninsula. In 1996 she was presented the Art Star award as outstanding arts volunteer in San Mateo County.
Mariel Krupp was co-owner of The Book Store in downtown San Mateo for 33 years and a participant in the Downtown Merchants Association. She also was a member of the American Booksellers organization. She and her husband raised five children in San Mateo, where they have lived since 1953. In addition to The Book Store, Mariel worked at several schools in the San Mateo Union High School District.
Susie Batter is a firm believer that the Arts enhances everyone’s lives and is an important part of the community. She has worked for the San Mateo-Foster City School District for over 18 years. She has been involved in theater as a costume designer, house manager and patron. Now that her 4 children are “grown-up” she continues her community involvement by supporting the City Arts of San Mateo.
Robert Wilkinson, a founding board member and former President of City Arts, is a sculptor. He is a member of the 1870 Art Center and the Peninsula Sculptors' Guild. He participated as a member of the Arts Advisory Committee for selection of permanent art for the new main library. He is a retired social worker.