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.
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.
Rachel Resnik Miles
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 joined the board in 2013 because of her passion for art and artists and because she wants to share this appreciation of the arts with her community. Rachel appreciates the opportunity to participate in art events and to be surrounded by creative and talented artists and the people they attract to our community.
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. She has served on the boards of United Way, Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura County Museum, the New West Symphony, Camarillo Boys and Girls Club and is currently an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Camarillo. She was named Camarillo Woman of the Year in 1970 and was honored in 1992 to be named a Dona by the Pleasant Valley Historical Society. In 2013 she received the inaugural Medici Award from Studio Channel Islands for her long support of the arts and her work to secure the new site in the heart of Old Town Camarillo. She was awarded an Art Star Award in 2013 by Ventura County Arts Commission and in 2014 she was the Spotlight Artists for Focus on the Masters. In recognition of her tireless support of the arts and the profound impact that she has had on the community of Camarillo she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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
Chair of the Board of Directors
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
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, Vista Real Public Charter and EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
New Board Members