Vanita Lee-Tatum, Board Member

Vanita is a former Small Business Banking VP turned Visual Artist and Entrepreneur; she credits her emergence as an expressionist painter to the overwhelming need and desire for spiritual and emotional healing. Vanita is a graduate of Castlemont Senior High School (Oakland, CA); She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Multicultural & Gender Studies with an option in Women’s Studies from California State University, Chico as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. Vanita is passionate about Arts education as well as opening pathways to create economic opportunities for marginalized  women. She teaches Small Business Development for Disabled Artists and Entrepreneurs in Oakland as well as Visual Arts to underserved youth in the East Bay. 

   Suzanne Philis, Board Member

Long-time Hayward resident, City of Hayward employee, HAC member, and lover of all forms of artistic expression, Suzanne Philis is our latest Board Member, approved on Monday, March 18, 2019. Suzanne brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board including an understanding of local government, event coordination, and the value of community partnerships. A Bay Area native, Suzanne has participated in HAC Member Exhibits, City of Hayward Employee Art Shows, and San Jose Works art exhibits. Her work includes paintings, stained glass, illustration, and jewelry design. Suzanne commented, “I’m thrilled to have been selected to serve on the Board, and I look forward to working with all the talented artists who make Hayward a thriving environment for the arts.”