Victor Cordon is a philanthropy and employee engagement professional, currently working at CSAA Insurance Group. In this role he manages operations for the company’s grantmaking, executes employee impact campaigns and leads the company’s pro bono volunteerism program. Previously he managed corporate partnerships for the American Red Cross. At CounterPulse, Victor co-chairs CounterPulse’s Development Committee. Victor graduated from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures program and was the Executive Producer of WACsmash! – an interdisciplinary showcase of dance, film, live music and visual arts. A proud San Francisco native he is now enjoying the warmth of the East Bay living in Oakland.
Julie E. Phelps
Julie E. Phelps has been with CounterPulse for over 10 years. Working at the intersection of the arts, activism, and community development, Phelps enacts intentional imprecision as a mode of advancing the multi-faceted mission of CounterPulse. As Artistic & Executive Director, Phelps intersects grassroots community responsiveness with practices borrowed from tactical urbanism, placemaking and social innovation to co-create transformational experiences on and off stage for CounterPulse artists and audiences. Recently named a YBCA 100 Honoree for her work leading the process of acquiring and renovating a new building in San Francisco to launch a new model for placing arts at the center of community development as the pilot project of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST). Phelps collaborated with Jensen Architects to create a built environment that fosters risk-taking and innovation. The resulting facility has been acclaimed by the press and featured in architectural reviews, receiving the 2017 Inspiration Award from CONTRACT magazine. In addition to her work on the facility development, Phelps led the enterprising team of CounterPulse in funding and launching a curated and acclaimed program of performing arts events, community-based programming, and international cross-cultural exchange projects. Phelps tours nationally and internationally as a speaker, U.S. representative, and dance artist.
Lisa Beyer is a landscape architect and urban planner, passionate about cities, design and community. Her love of urban landscapes informs a long-standing commitment to the implementation of nature-based solutions. Hailing from sunny Tucson, Arizona, Lisa has twenty years of experience planning, designing and managing a number of acclaimed urban projects in New York City, St. Louis, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dance and music have always been an integral part of her life. In high school and college, Lisa participated in modern dance programs where she choreographed work and performed regularly. This was formative for her future career in design. Lisa is inspired by and committed to CounterPulse’s mission to encourage and support risk taking in the arts, provide the resources and space to test ideas, connect with community, and help artists launch careers.
She holds dual master’s degrees in landscape architecture and city planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in dance from Washington University in St. Louis.
Lucy Milligan Wahl
Lucy Milligan Wahl is the founder of LMW Edits, a San Francisco based professional organizing company. Previously, she earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, worked in fundraising at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and graduated with an AB from Princeton University. A lifelong dancer and lover of performance, she was drawn to CounterPulse by the breadth and depth of the work presented. What she didn’t expect was to discover a thriving, vibrant community full of new friends that welcomed her with open arms. She’s dedicated to CounterPulse’s growth and development because she believes that its place in the San Francisco arts scene is both vitally important and irreplaceable. Lucy lives in San Francisco with her husband, Andrew, and rescue pitbull, Petunia.
Kush Amerasinghe is a curious human on an ongoing pursuit of understanding the world and humanity while being a multidisciplinary problem solver for a living – currently working on future creative software innovation initiatives at Adobe in San Francisco. Kush co-founded multiple cutting edge technology and digital media startups/projects in Sri Lanka, Italy, Philippines and Indonesia.
Using the intersection of art, technology and business to empower people to make the world a better place is one of Kush’s recurring aspirations. CounterPulse’s mission to help artists question assumptions and rethink norms is well aligned with his approach to innovation by taking the path less travelled. As a person who beat the odds to overcome adversity during times of extreme turmoil, Kush appreciates the importance of giving more opportunities to more people and help them realize their full potential.
When not experimenting with technology, Kush enjoys being an amateur of many things including drumming, theoretical physics, aviation, and life.
Michael Glover has a financial background with a MBA and CPA. He manages his own consulting firm that provides CFO advisory services to his clients. Prior work experience includes Financial Leadership roles for Baker McKenzie, Interphase and Frito-Lay a division of PepsiCo. Michael and his husband Curtis have been active supporters of the San Francisco Arts community for the past 17 years. Michael is passionate about being a part of an organization that provides a creative outlet for those to explore their talents. Michael and Curtis along with their dog Ella split their time between their home in the Bay Area, and their wine country home in Calistoga. Michael is proud to support CounterPulse, helping to continue an environment that brings productions to the City that expands one’s imaginative thought.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Joel has spent his career managing programs for community and emergent mental health in San Francisco. Most recently, Joel managed San Francisco’s suicide hotline, where he pioneered new techniques for suicide risk reduction and community engagement. Joel balances his career with what he finds life sustaining; the arts. In addition to his work with CounterPulse, Joel is a photographer and has a background in film and social arts practice. Joel attended UC San Diego where he earned a BA in Communication. His focus has always been on the intersection of storytelling and health.
Antoaneta (Toni) Petkova
Antoaneta (Toni) Petkova, Ph.D. is CounterPulse’s board treasurer. In her daily life, she is a professor of management at San Francisco State University where she teaches strategy and entrepreneurship. Her academic research focuses on technology and innovation management. She is passionate about arts and believes in the power of arts to bring social justice to our society. She was attracted to CounterPulse by its innovative and diverse programming. Over the years, this became her favorite art space in San Francisco where she regularly brings family and friends to enjoy its vibrant art community.
As an architect, Seth has spent the last 30 years developing an expertise in the planning and design of science and technology projects for both academic and corporate clients in the Bay Area and around the world. For the past decade he has been privileged to have guided his office’s pro bono program with multiple projects built in the Tenderloin and SOMA neighborhoods.
Growing up in New York City he has been a devoted fan of dance and performance arts since his elementary school days at PS 103. After years as a dedicated audience member Seth joined the board in 2012. He is passionate about supporting the San Francisco arts community and he was drawn to CounterPulse because of the important role it plays in the cultural fabric of the city.
Laura Elaine Ellis
Laura Elaine Ellis is co-founder and Director of the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition, co-presenters of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now (BCF). Her work has been recognized by the State of California and the Alameda Arts Commission for preserving African American art and culture. Laura performs and choreographers with Dimensions Dance Theater and Flyaway Productions; she is the community outreach coordinator and co-curator for the SF Dance Film Festival, Raising Voices program, and has served over 25 years on faculty for the Dance departments at the Athenian School and CSU Eastbay. Laura served as a founding curator of Performing Diaspora; Board Secretary and Chair for CounterPulse.