Board of Directors

Allison DeLauer

Allison is the founder and CEO of Muse Philanthropic Solutions, dedicated to serving both Philanthropists and Nonprofit corporations with development, fundraising, and strategic planning consulting. Prior to hanging up her shingle, Allison worked in house as a development officer at SFMOMA, SF Ballet, served as the interim development director at ForestEthics, and the development director at the di Rosa Preserve in Napa.

Allison has her MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts in San Francsico. From research to coaching, she has interviewed thought leaders on global issues that pertain to philanthropic fund development; coached small arts organizations on how to develop their revenue streams; and written grants, case statements, and campaign appeals. She has provided strategic counsel on the structure of burgeoning social enterprises – and has helped groups identify key stakeholders and funders.

Albert M. Everitt

Albert M. Everitt is a CPA. He worked for 30 years at Deloitte and Touche in Mountain View, California. He also served as the board president for Mercury House Press for ten years and was a lead in their move to form the company as a nonprofit organization after the owner retired. He continues to manage the release of several Mercury House Press titles every year.

Delia Gilligan

Delia is a lover of all arts, possibly stemming back to her youth growing up in a family with sisters and parents who were musically inclined.  She is fond of her memories of going to Radio City Music Hall to see musicals with her parents and seven siblings in tow. She has volunteered as a fundraiser for the arts, increasing a major fundraiser 100% for her son's elementary school Valencia, by making a name change, from 'Walkathon' to 'Walk for the Arts.' All the money that was raised went to hire art teachers for the classroom and everyone knows/knew how important that is/was for the children, and always will be.

Ralph Joachim

Ralph Joachim has a law degree from Stanford Law School, and an undergraduate degree in humanities from SUNY Binghamton University where he majored in humanities, edited the college newspaper, and wrote his honors thesis on Faulkner. He attended the high school of Music and Art where he majored in art and was surrounded by an artistic family as a child. He practiced as an attorney in the Bay Area, most of the time as a general practitioner with a diverse civil and criminal practice in San Jose. In 1997 he moved to Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz to pursue his life long dream of having a second career as an artist. He has five children and seven grand children.

Ralph has served previously on three very diverse boards. He has served as an elected member of the Campbell Union School District Board in Santa Clara for 11 years, as a member of the Waddell Creek Association board because of concerns for environmental preservation the ecosystems, and also as a member of Mountain Arts Center board for four years.

Carlos Magana

Carlos Magana has put in place processes that have increased productivity, communication, efficiency and ROI for companies and non-profits. His current startup is a visualization venue catering to Professionals using cutting edge computing, and creating 4K-ultra high resolution imagery for collaboration, insight, innovation and discovery:

He has years of experience in Sales and Marketing, and was  Director of Sales and Marketing dealing with SGI super computers and immersive visualization. His advertising targeted niche verticals landing a $250,000 maintenance contract with JPL, and ending with a 99% ROI, and 95% profit. Other clients were NASA, HP, Virtual Reality Centers, etc. Carlos has been committed to several non-profits and is on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center, where he has been on many committees including the Strategic Planning Committee. Spearheaded, a dedicated web site for the yearly walkathon bringing in $80K from prior $4K and increasing totals to over $200,000 consistently on event day.  He is also a sponsor for Women’s Earth Alliance and Fashion Art Santa Cruz. He has a BS in Architecture, & Humanities.

Jory Post

Jory Post has been an educator for over 35 years, in the role of classroom teacher, principal/superintendent, founder and Director of Happy Valley Technology Institute, editor of The Write Stuff literary magazine, administrator of Media and Technology at the County Office of Education, member and vice-president of the LIfe Lab Science Program, and creator of the Apple Learning Interchange online professional learning community as an employee of Apple Computer. Post was Development Director for the New Teacher Center (NTC), and currently works as a strategic consultant for NTC and the Public Consulting Group. He is also co-founder of Santa Cruz Writes and phren-Z online literary magazine dedicated to enhancing the lives of Santa Cruz County writers. Jory and his wife Karen have recently formed JoKa press as a vehicle to support their love of book art.

Catherine Segurson

Catherine has served on the nonprofit board of a major literary magazine in San Francisco, and helped them as a liaison to art galleries in San Francisco and as member of the fundraising committee. She served as the co-chair the capital campaign for a nonprofit Bay Area private school raising $5 million dollars to build new classrooms and a library. This campaign met all of its goals in 3 years time and her name is on the library building. Catherine served on an educational auction committee at a primary education board for 4 years helping to personally raise operating funds through her classroom art projects. Catherine has 7 years professional experience in literary publishing, and 7 years professional experience in corporate finance in her background. She also brings experience working professionally editing and filming for 2 of the leading US media companies, and as a respected visual artist with over 30 paintings sold to private collectors, and having exhibiting in regional galleries for over 10 years. Catherine has a Masters in Fine Arts, Creative Writing, from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and a BA in Economics, University of California at Davis. Catherine has raised two sons, one attending University of Michigan in the Ross School of Business, and one attending Georgia Institute of Technology in the Ford School of Environmental Engineering school. She is a single mother raising her daughter age 12, full time. Catherine is currently a member of the UCSC George Hitchcock Memorial Foundation board, and a member of the Santa Cruz Film Festival board.  

Brad Sharek

Brad has over 25 years of experience helping Silicon Valley technology startups bring innovative products and services to market. Brad's work includes the design of world- class corporate ID, UI/UX and mobile app development for technology startups; corporate and digital marketing for consumer products companies; And innovation services and e-learning for Global 500 firms. In addition to Catamaran, Brad has done pro-bono work for several nonprofits, including Santa Cruz Montessori School, the South African Wildlife Trust, the Brady Kohn Foundation, the Children's Hydrocephalus Support Group, MX for Children, the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, Lighthouse for Women (India), and the Hydrocephalus Association. Brad attended UC Berkeley and received his BS in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Marjorie Simon

Marjorie was the co-founder of the literary magazine Kayak which ran for 19 years and 20 issues and ended in 1989. She is the benefactor of the George Hitchcock Foundation at University of California at Santa Cruz donating $500,000 to create the foundation in August of 2011. Her foundation supports the Catamaran annual George Hitchcock memorial poetry contest and other programs of Catamaran. She is a poet and recently created a book titled Six Minute Poems, The Last Poems of George Hitchcock with Tavern Books in Eugene Oregon. She divides her time between her homes in Eugene, Oregon and Santa Cruz, California.

Rachel Wedeen

Rachel joined Shearson Hayden Stone in 1977 after graduating from Northwestern University with a BS in Journalism. She holds a security, commodity and insurance license and earned her CFP designation in 1986. Rachel has worked at Morgan Stanley in Scotts Valley for thirty years as a financial advisor and planner, and is currently president of the Morgan Stanley Wedeen-Karwick group.  

Rachel’s community involvement is extensive and currently includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Cabrillo College Foundation. She served as Foundation board President from 2011-2012 and is chair of the Planned Giving Committee for the Foundation board.

She has also served on the boards of The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, the Dominican Hospital Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the Cultural Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a past President of Soroptimist International of Santa Cruz.