Who We Are

Studio Channel Islands is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the creative life of Old Town Camarillo and the communities within Ventura County, fostering connections between artists and visitors, and celebrating the cultural identity of our community. Ongoing programs include Artists-In-Residence open studios, arts education classes, diverse Blackboard Gallery exhibitions, cultural events, festivals, and much more.

Board Member Responsibilities

The Board of Directors hail from renowned local and regional affiliations bringing a diverse range of knowledge and experience to guide and drive long-term value to the company. Here are the 2016 Board of Directors and Management Team.

Executive Members

Rachel Resnik Miles
Board Chair
Business Owner

Rachel was born and raised in Camarillo.  She has a BS in Social Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and recently formed a partnership where she owns and manages mobile home parks and residential properties. She worked as a Branch Manager and VP/Area Manager for Sizzler International, Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank where she was responsible for managing sales, production, service and personnel. She was hired to open three start-up businesses which were then sold to larger companies. Rachel’s strengths are communication skills, creating a positive work environment, team-building and conflict resolution. She especially enjoys building  and maintaining strong relationships with personnel, customers and local business owners. She is a past member of Rotary and a current member of the American Association of University Women. She volunteers for Hospice, Relay for Life and The Ventura County Scholarship Foundation. Not an artist herself, Rachel appreciates the opportunity to participate in art events and to be surrounded by talented artists and the people they attract to our community.

Maggie Kildee
Past Chair
Artist-in-Residence, Studio Channel Islands

Retired Ventura County Supervisor; former Elementary School teacher; served on Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival Board; Co-founder, past President, Executive Director and Parliamentarian of Studio Channel Islands

Danette Henthorn
Vice Chair
Business Owner

An Agribusiness degree from California Polytechnics State University San Luis Obispo started this Santa Rosa Valley resident on her diverse and broad path in sales and marketing.  Positions in the agriculture industry to the automotive aftermarket spanning over 15 years have led to the successful operation of a private Ventura County business for the last 10 years.

Dave Edsall, Camarillo
Vice Chair

A fourth-generation resident of Ventura County, Mr. Edsall received a degree in Agriculture Economics from UC Davis.  He received his law degree from Western State University of Law in San Diego in 1979 and was admitted to the California State Bar.  He served as President of the Camarillo Breakfast Rotary Club, Chairman of the Board for the Camarillo Family YMCA and currently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Camarillo and is on the St. John’s Hospital Foundation Board.

F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Business Advisor / Corporate Director

Private equity investor with distinguished career as an executive in the medical device and biotechnology sector. CEO at Phoenix Initiãre since 2011 and Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners since 2003. Served as Vice-President, Drug Product and Device Development at Amgen—and in other executive capacities from 1995 to 2010. Prior to joining Amgen, served as President, Hall Surgical Division of Zimmer—and in other capacities from 1980 to 1995.  Director, World Affairs Council and Camarillo Sustainable Growth; Author, Freelance MD; Member, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Camarillo Ranch Foundation; and Elder, Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Max Copenhagen
Forest Supervisor (ret.)

Max is a retired Deputy Forest Supervisor with degrees in science from the University of California and Humboldt State. While working at Forest Service headquarters in Washington D.C, he also served as a resource advisor with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Brookings Fellow with the 106th Congress. For several years, he was a volunteer jazz DJ for KTOO public radio and served as a director on the board of the Alaska Folk Festival. Max recently served as President of the Camarillo Rotary. Although not claiming to be an artist, he enjoyed making zinc plate prints and is excited by the creative process.

Members at Large

Jeanne P. Adams, Ph.D.
Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, CSUN

In 1962, Jeanne began her teaching career at El Rancho School, PVSD. Exactly 40 years later, she opened that facility as University Preparation Schools at CSU Channel Islands, a university partnership forged with Handel Evans, CSUCI Founding President. Her keen interest in international schooling brings invitations to consult and conduct seminars in Asia, Europe, Africa, Russia, Canada, Cuba and the U.S.  Jeanne serves on six area non-profit Boards, is a charter member of the Camarillo Arts Council, and an appointee to Camarillo City Council’s Citizens Advisory Committee. She has received a number of administrative excellence and Woman of the Year Awards as well as California Professor of the Year, California Hart Vision Award, International Celebrate Literacy Award, and induction in the Educator’s Hall of Fame.

Jeanne Adams has been a Studio Channel Islands supporter, champion and participant since the organization was founded on the CSUCI campus.

Barbara Pickles, Camarillo
Marketing Co-chair, Artist In Residence, Business Owner, Educator

Barbara is a commercial and fine art photographer, graphic designer, print maker and commercial producer. In all her work she attempts to create a narrative with her imagery. Upon graduating from Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, Barbara went into advertising as an art director and commercial and music video producer in Los Angeles. She returned to Camarillo with her husband to raise their three boys. Earning her MFA in Photography from Brooks Institute in 2010, she is an Artist In Residence at Studio Channel Islands. In addition to her photography and graphic design business, Barbara writes and teaches classes in photography and printmaking. She is a regular teacher at Studio Channel Islands’ Children’s Summer Art Camp and can be seen with her camera at most Studio Channel Islands events.

Joyce Resnik, Camarillo – Board Liaison to Resident Artists
Business Owner / Community Service Leader

Volunteer for Ventura County Scholarship Foundation since 2004; Member United Women’s Leadership Council since 2007; Member of SCIART; board member of Studio Channel Islands; Served on the 1988-89 Ventura County Grand Jury; Senior member of Recipe Testing and Development Bon Appétit Magazine 1978-1990; Food writer for syndicate providing articles to small newspapers without test kitchens 1978-1990; Cooking teacher Ventura County 1978-1988;
Business owner since 1959: Somis Nut House, Somis California; Education: Dominican College of San Rafael 1956-1958, UCLA 1966-1970. Art interest: Book artist/binder with primary interest in historical models.

Michael F. Rohde, Westlake Village
Standards Committee Chair, Artist

After pursuing dual careers in biochemistry and weaving, Michael left behind a job as director of an Amgen research lab in 1998 to devote full time to this work. Weaving has been a fervent activity since 1973. Formal training in drawing, color and design came from the Alfred Glassel School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  Over the years, activities  included lectures, workshop teaching, juror, show organizer and exhibitor in many local, national and international juried and invited shows.

Recently his work has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, exhibits at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum in New York, the invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, from Lausanne to Beijing (twice), Houses for Nomads (a solo exhibit at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania), an exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego and the permanent collections of the Mingei, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the Ventura County Musuem of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Edy Santangelo, Camarillo

Edy Santangelo is delighted to serve on the Board of Studio Channel Islands.  Over the past years, her association with many of the artists in residence impacted her life with their friendship and artistic talent.  She knows their presence in Camarillo is of tremendous value to our community.

Currently, Edy is in practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She serves as Treasurer of the Board of Many Meals of Camarillo and is a Rubicon Theatre Grandes Dames.  In the past, she served on the Board of Camarillo Hospice and was their Executive Director for seven years.  She also volunteered with United Way, Casa Pacifica and the Ventura County Bereavement Council.  She is a former Microbiology instructor at Ventura and Oxnard Colleges and was a science teacher at Villanova Preparatory School.

Her interests include gardening, travel, skiing and enjoying time with family and friends.

Sean Leonard, Camarillo
Business Owner

Sean heads S.L. Leonard & Associates, which oversees multi-million dollar projects for its clients. Sean was the Project Manager of the world acclaimed Walt Disney Concert Hall, and locally, the Camarillo Public Library, the WAV (Working Artists Ventura) project, the Ventura County Museum Expansion, VCCF’s Nonprofit Center building and several hundred units of multi-family affordable housing. Sean has lectured on Construction Management at both USC & UCLA where he was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Instructor Award.  Mr. Leonard holds a B.S. in civil engineering from UCLA and an M.B.A. from USC. Other organizations that Sean serves include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, A Community of Friends, the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, Vista Real Public Charter and EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.