Want to help shape our future?  CounterPulse is looking for new members to join our Board of Directors who want to contribute their passion and vision to the organization.

To apply, submit your application through this online form. For questions, please contact Jeanne Pfeffer, Development Director, jeanne@counterpulse.org

About Board Service

CounterPulse is unique in that it combines the vibrancy and energy of a small arts organization with the professionalism of a much larger institution. Consequently, board meetings are warm, convivial, and enjoyable, while also being extremely efficient. Each board member has the opportunity to utilize his or her creativity and skills to serve the organization, while receiving the support and guidance of a highly professional staff.

Board participation includes both “big picture” thinking and “hands on” work, and there are many opportunities for members to engage with the organizations and the artists that we support. Board members represent CounterPulse to the community– sharing information about our programs and events, attracting new supporters and donors. They also represent the community to CounterPulse — ensuring that multiple perspectives are recognized, and that the organization is constantly responsive to the constituency it serves.


CounterPulse Board of Directors

Juliette Acker

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Juliette Acker is an educator and a visual artist. She teaches English for Speakers of Other Languages for  Rosetta Stone and has worked for educational institutions around the world including Polytechnic Institute  of New York University, the Methodist University of Sao Paulo, the University of Cape Town, among other  universities. She also provides management expertise to artists and creative businesses in the Bay Area and  Washington, DC. She’s passionate about the arts as a means for social change. She enjoys hiking, sewing,  and traveling.


Doug Benson

Doug Benson is a software exec with a long history in the tech side of the visual arts. As co-founder and COO at Lanica, Inc. he helped create a new platform for mobile game development and interactive apps. As Sr. Director of Product Development at Adobe, he was at various times responsible for Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe Edge Animate, Fireworks, Dreamweaver and FreeHand, as well as multiple start-up projects. He is passionate about software design, visual creativity, writing, music and his family.




Kush Amerasinghe


Kush is currently a futurist/scientist at Adobe exploring and experimenting with cutting edge and future creative tools and technologies.  He is also a multi-disciplinary artist keen on connecting dots across seemingly unrelated fields with a strong background in fusing art, technology and the business of digital media, spanning across several industries with many fast paced years of experience working in 6 countries across 3 continents.

He is in constant lookout for impact-full opportunities for doing good such as playing the role of a Project director in the Adobe pro-bono program, a volunteer for Adobe Youth Voices, a technology adviser for a global innovative environmental conservation initiative, an emerging technologies consultant for an aviation company based in France, Co-creator of a social mindfulness app for meaningful inter personal connections, and many other initiatives aimed at empowering the world through technology and creativity.

dress wedding

Capital Campaign Committee Chair

dress has been an activist for peace and justice for nearly 30 years, working with non-hierarchical groups on direct action projects to stop war and injustice, and bring more equality and balance to the lives of poor and oppressed peoples. In 1982, dress joined Livermore Action Group, where he learned about using non-violent resistance and organizing. He has worked with numerous peace and justice groups, such as Food Not Bombs, Abalone Alliance, Rocky Flats Truth Force, Earth First!  His personal action for over 25 years has been to wear dresses with no affectation, embracing the feminine within publicly.  He enjoys playing saxophone and clarinet as part of the Funky Nixons, a political satire rock-and-roll band. He’s also a member of the Brass Liberation Orchestra, SF’s infamous progressive marching band. He enjoys jam sessions wherever and whenever possible, especially around a campfire.  dress is an active member in Reclaiming, an earth-based spiritual activist group for which he has helped organize numerous events, including the Spiral Dance and Witchlets in the Woods.

Laura Elaine Ellis

Board Chair

Laura Elaine Ellis is a dancer, choreographer and producer. Presently, she is the Executive Director of the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation and the Executive Director of the African and African American Performing Arts Coalition (AAAPAC) – a San Francisco based, non-profit organization, founded in 1995 by a collective of artists looking to create better performance opportunities for and produce shows that reflect the aesthetic and cultural representation of Africans and African Americans. As AAAPAC’s executive director, Laura Elaine Ellis has co-produced successful events such as the Labor of Love Dance Series, The Quilt Project: Pieces of Me, and currently the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now. The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now is a community event of dance concerts, symposia, mentoring programs and workshops celebrating the legacy and artistry of African and African American choreographers.Funding awards for AAAPAC projects include: The Creative Work Fund, The Irvine Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Anne Ho

Board Secretary

Anne Ho is the Managing Attorney at CREATE Legal, a law firm serving individuals and organizations in the arts and entertainment industries. Anne is also a professional commercial actor and model, appearing in theater, film, television, industrials, and print.  She previously worked as a Law Fellow at California Lawyers for the Arts on its Legal Referral Services team.

Anne has significant experience in the areas of research, analytics, and consulting with concentrations in the fields of international economic law, international development, and corporate governance. Past employment include stints at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and EMpower: The Emerging Markets Foundation. Prior to obtaining her graduate degrees, Anne worked for Blue Shield of California where she advised employer group clients on managed care plan design and utilization.

Anne received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. and M.B.A. from University of San Francisco. She is currently pursuing her M.L.A. from Stanford University.

Seth Meisler 

Seth Meisler is an Architect / Senior Associate with the San Francisco office of Perkins+Will. His 30 year career has focused on the creation of innovative and collaborative science and technology research spaces locally and around the world. A passionate designer, he believes in the arts and architecture as a means of social influence. In addition to his service on the CounterPulse board, Seth is the local leader of Perkins+Will’s Social Responsibility Initiative which has completed pro bono design work for local institutions including the Uptown Tenderloin Museum and SOMArts.

Kate Patterson-Murphy

Kate Patterson-Murphy received her BA in Art History from Smith College in 2000. Prior to joining the Arts Commission where she overseespublic relations and community outreach, Kate was Manager of Public Relations & Marketing at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. From 2003 to 2005, she was the Marketing & Sales Manager at Acoustiguide Inc., a leading interpretive audio and multimedia tour company. She has also worked at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, South Street Seaport Museum, the Vorpal Gallery and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.



Antoaneta Petkova, Ph.D

Board Treasurer

Antoaneta Petkova is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University, where she teaches MBA and undergraduate classes in strategic management. Her research focuses on strategies that young entrepreneurial organizations use to solicit resources and support from critical stakeholders.




Beth L. Schecter

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Beth L. Schecter, MPH, MBA is a nonprofit consultant specializing in Executive Staff Transitions, executive coaching, program development, and board governance and leadership. She has over 20 years of executive management experience and approaches her work with clarity, calmness, and a practical approach to addressing most nonprofit challenges. Beth has served in an interim CEO or Deputy Director position for five organizations in the last three years. While in this role she tackles many staffing, fundraising and board governance issues while she prepares the organization for new leadership.

Before she began consulting in 2010, she served as the Director of the Peninsula Region of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, providing numerous programs from early childhood through seniors. She served as the Executive Director of three non-profits – Center for Human Development, New Connections, and Community Violence Solutions. She has extensive fundraising experience and is well versed in negotiating and collaborating with foundations and government entities. She also served as Director of Business Development for WestEd, a leading national education research and development firm, and Director of New Business for United Behavioral Health, a for-profit managed health care company.

She has served on approximately eight regional committees, task forces and Boards.

Beth holds a BS in Health Science, MPH in school and community health and MBA in organizational leadership.


Former Members of the Board

Benjamin Bing Ho Au

Karen Corburn

Dr. Connie Marie Gaglio

Edward Grant

Julie Hamwood

Cole Krawitz 

Jez Kuono`ono Lee

Alan Millar

Monty Mitra

Patrick Simms

Catherine Moller Spaulding

Vidya Sundaram

Judith Zissman