VCAF Officers


    As President of Vallejo Community Arts Foundation since 2009, Mr. MacDonald has contributed to providing consistent relationship development, public awareness and financial support to keep the 100 year old historic theatre open without the support of any public funds. Tim MacDonald is VCAF’s largest contributor with over $500,000 of direct support. Developing a relationship to support the Temple Art Loft project through process of the city planning and approval process, added a key component to develop a repertoire style theatre. This historic renovation will house the future offices, galleries and secondary stages to support the performing and visual arts in Vallejo. This is a vital link to creating a thriving arts and entertainment district in the historic downtown.

    Vice President

    As a business owner for over 28 years, Deanna Baillie has helped to analyze, create and implement marketing, advertising, sponsorship and political lobbying strategies for well over 100 companies. Those plans and programs have led to the improved performance and bottom line for those companies. In addition to working with individual firms on their unique marketing plans, Deanna has created and operated four local magazines here in Solano County. Those magazines have provided to her additional insight to the successful management of marketing and advertising strategies for thousands of other companies.


    Ken Mullen has been a Strategic Sourcing professional for over 25 years. He has worked in Fortune 500 companies that have included Chevron, Hyundai, Carnival Corp, Gap, Inc., Charles Schwab and CSAA Insurance along with UCSF Medical Center and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. He was the Director of Sourcing in his 8 year stay at Charles Schwab and was the Strategic Sourcing Executive at UCSF Medical Center working under the CIO to manage all acquisitions of software, hardware and professional services engagements. Ken has brought in Vendor Management methodologies to each of these institutions and has introduced the 5-Step Strategic Sourcing process and policies that enabled these multi-million budgets to be spent with a strategic focus and not as a reactive response.


    Former QA/QC Director at Medic Ambulance Service, Inc.

    Studied Nursing at DePauw University

    Lives in Fairfield, California

    From Danville, Illinois

    VCAF Members

    Board Member

    Ed Taylor is a lawyer who has been creating, advising and serving on the boards of various Bay Area 501 (c ) (3) non profits since 1996.

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    Mel Gomez has been a supporter of the arts ever since he and his partner moved to Vallejo. In the 1990’s they saw many opportunities to develop and sell real estate when a mass exodus took place just after the Mare Island Shipyard closed. One such opportunity was when they bought the Hotel Vallejo (adjacent to Empress Theatre), which was boarded up for years due to fire damage. They renovated and turned this nuisance building into an apartment that housed many college students from Touro University and California Maritime Academy. Mel got involved with the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation by inviting local artists to exhibit their work in the empty commercial space below the apartments.

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    Susan MacDonald, B.S. in Fine Arts and Teaching Certification Western Michigan University, ITESM, Monterrey Mexico, University of Houston, Vice President of Marketing, Trammell Crow, Lincoln Property Co. and Picerne Development. Director of Sales and Marketing for Carlton Senior Living. Currently owner of Reflection Design, an interior and graphic design company. Served on Empress Management Group, Empress Events Committee and VCAF board member. Responsible for graphic design of all promotional, collateral, posters and ad design for The Vallejo Community Arts Foundation and The Empress Theatre.

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    Tom Arie Donch has been designing and creating sculptural play environments for thirty-two years. He got his start in 1978 when he worked with young Fort Logan residential mental health patients in Denver Colorado to create an outdoor lion sculpture. Years of public meetings, community built projects, and over 3.000 workshops and design sessions with children have inspired a design process “that work for both children and adults”.

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    Born and raised in Birmingham, England, an industrial city that has more canals than Venice Italy, and being fascinated with the vast network of man-made rivers that were used to transport goods from one end of the country during the industrial revolution. Birmingham was dark and gritty in the 1950’s and 60’s and a place where Brian honed his photographic skills, walking the miles of industrial canals shooting roll after roll of film. At the request of Aston University, his alma mater, he put on the University’s first one-man photographic show. Its success fueled his desire to go professional and led him to photography work for Cadbury Chocolate, Motorola, major sporting events, the BBC and other prestigious clients before his move to the United States.

    Advisory Board

    Leigh Beck

    Frank Malifrando

    Celeste Smeland

    Trevor Allen

    Raymond Victor Mommsen

    City Council Liason

    Katie Meissner

    Honorary Board Members

    Buck Kamphausen

    Congressman Mike Thompson

    Kenny Ross

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