Patra Nesseth-Steffes, Board Member


Patra joined HAC in 2007 and joined the Board in 2011. A retired teacher, she now pursues art photography, and she has been active in A.R.T. Inc., Sun Gallery, and PhotoCentral. An enthusiastic volunteer, she distributes promotional materials for various groups and maintains our rack of postcards and flyers for other groups. She has taken the lead in planning and carrying out successful fundraisers for HAC, engaging dancers and musicians, hiring a caterer, obtaining many donations of goods and services from local merchants, and handling many details.

 Bruce Roberts, Board Vice President



Bruce Roberts is a true local yokel, a native of Hayward, now serving his fifth term as Hayward’s Poet Laureate. In that time, he has written and read several poems at official functions, besides reading his poetry as entertainment at many community locations and events.

After 35 years reading to the middle school students in his classroom, he still loves to read aloud and urges everyone to do so with his poetry.

Married for 50 years to his wife Kathleen, he also has three married sons and daughters-in-law and five terrific granddaughters. In his sixth year on the Hayward Arts Council Board, he loves to encourage Hayward art everywhere, and also to read, sing, travel, hike, work outside, putter, and—of course—write and read poetry!

Remember, read each poem aloud in your best Academy Award-Winning Voice! That’s the only way to do it!