Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Betsy Swann Brown – President
Rick Bergquist – Vice President
Janice Dunn – Secretary
Kelly Lapham – Treasurer
Walt Bringman
Barbara DeHart
Nancy Dewey
Sarah Gordon
Huck Ingram
John Lamb
Jon Lee
Keith Porter
Barbara Thomas

Rick - WaterskiingRick Bergquist has twenty-five years of experience working in Enterprise Applications.  He’s a technologist who knows business and is able to engage with both technologists and layman.  He’s worked with PeopleSoft as a startup, Vecta PLC in the UK and is currently Senior Software Advisor, Chief Evangelist and a member of the Board of Directors with Lotus Technology.  He holds a degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University and studied management at Harvard Business School.

Rick Bergquist is Vice President of the Board and serves on the Board Development Committee.

Betsy Swann Brown is a medical device executive with a degree in Engineering Physics and a 28-year career to date. She has held a variety of technical and senior management roles in manufacturing, research & development, marketing, business strategy, and intellectual property. To conclude a rewarding 17-year stint at medical device innovator Conceptus Inc., she worked with the senior leadership team to negotiate the recent sale of the company to Bayer Healthcare for $1.1 billion. As a result of her work at Conceptus, she is an inventor on at least 17 issued US patents and numerous corresponding OUS patents.

She has been a resident of Grass Valley for 10 years and supports numerous local nonprofits, enthusiastically patronizes local businesses, and enjoys attending many of the wonderful events in our area.   She has served as President of the GVCS Foundation through the 2013 school year and developed four major highly successful annual fundraisers.

Betsy is Board President, Chair of the Executive Committee and Advisory Council.

Board Member - Barbara DeHeartBarbara DeHart has been a member of our community for many years.  She found this community the perfect place to raise her two children and spend most of her professional career.  As part of the management team at Nevada City software company, Telestream, Barb has been working with and for the company since its founding.  Her career has always been in customer-facing organizations like sales and marketing where she has spent the last decade running Telestream desktop software business where she serves as VP Desktop Applications Business.  She’s inspired by creativity and innovation and has found her success in bringing those things into organizations throughout her career.


board-nancy-dewey400Nancy Dewey has over thirty years Human Resources management experience, twenty-six years with Apple, Inc. In her professional career she has led international organizations responsible for all aspects of human resource management including organization design, recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, career development, employee relations, diversity, policy development, conflict resolution, communication, legal compliance, union relationships, mergers, acquisitions and downsizing. Nancy has managed multi-million dollar budgets, vendor and partner relationships and developed international teams of over thirty professionals.

Nancy was President and a Trustee of the Chicago Park School District Board of Directors from 2004 – 2011 and was a Member of the Board of Directors of the NOVA Private Industry Council, in the Santa Clara Valley from 1997 – 1999. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from California State University, Chico and has taken continuing education programs from Columbia and Stanford Universities.

Nancy, her husband Barney and younger daughter moved to Grass Valley in 2001. Their older daughter moved to Grass Valley after graduating UC Davis Veterinary College and currently has a successful mobile large animal veterinary practice. In 2011 they became Encore Club members at the Center.

Board-Janice2Janice Dunn grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon, graduating with a BA in English. After moving to Colorado, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed a Secondary Teaching Certificate before returning to Oregon to embark on a career in finance. Janice’s long term commitment to helping her community is supported by her involvement in boards of directors with such organizations as the Financial Planning Association, WOW Hall, Audience Development Committee for The Shedd Institute and United Way.  She now resides in Grass Valley and is a partner with Lee Dunn Group, RW Baird Financial Advisors.  When she’s not traveling, she enjoys good food, art & music, wine, and the great outdoors.

sarah-gordon-boardSarah Gordon
has been an educator for 36 years and is an advocate for life long learning. She has worked at many of the local schools as a Math/Science Specialist and as a classroom teacher. Currently she supports homeschooling families at Twin Ridges Home Study and teaches K-8 Hands on Science and Math classes. In addition to her teaching Sarah has been a member of the Charter Governance Council at Nevada City School of the Arts and Bitney College Prep High School and was a co-developer of the Annual Giving Campaign at both schools. She served as president of the Educational Foundation at NCSA for 5 years, She was a founding member of the Imaginarium and has served on the Education Committee at SYRCL. She is the “Head Fairy Godmother” of the Nevada County Cinderella Project which provides prom attire for local high school students-“Building self esteem while making prom dreams come true”. She was a Celebrity Dancer in the 2014 Dancing with Our Stars which was her own dream come true!
Sarah has lived in Nevada County with her family for 21 years enjoying all the benefits this community has to offer.

board-john-lambJohn Lamb is San Francisco native who moved to Grass Valley three years ago and currently operates Lamb’s Victorian Inn with his wife Janet. His backgroundencompasses a broad spectrum of experiences including work as a Human Resources professional at AvantGo, Responsys and Oracle in the Bay Area.  His years of experience in the health insurance industry and as a residential General Contractor round out a career profile that will bring a unique perspective to CFTA.

“Jeff Bridges told us that Grass Valley was in ‘the sweet spot’ of the foothills and I couldn’t agree more. The Center for the Arts is a beacon of light and serves the community at its core. I am excited to become part of this dynamic and successful organization.”

board-kelly-laphamKelly Lapham is a 5th generation native of Nevada County and the owner of Cornerstone Accounting & Bookkeeping. Kelly has been bookkeeping in Nevada County for over 25 years. She has an Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is currently studying for her CPA Exam. Her experience has taken her into most industries including: Medical, Legal, Manufacturing, Construction, Accounting, Retail, Tire & Auto Service, Engineering, Non-Profit, Distribution, Property Associations, Real Estate, and more. When she was an employee she often found her skills were needed by more than one business owner and found herself working nights and weekends to service her clients. Cornerstone Accounting & Bookkeeping was developed and has grown to be able to offer good quality bookkeeping services to those that need it.

Kelly is married to Bill and together they have Billy. They own SoundCheck Music Center. Kelly also has a son, Michael, and a daughter, Kayla, who are grown and living in Nevada County and a new granddaughter, Cali. Family is important to Kelly and is what all her spare time is spent on.

Kelly is the Board Treasurer and Chair of the finance committee.

Jon Lee is a partner with Lee Dunn Group at RW Baird; a wealth management capital markets, asset management and private equity firm, since 2009.  He has been in the financial services industry for over 24 years, beginning his career in the industry in 1987, with Shearson Lehman Brothers.  His areas of expertise include comprehensive financial planning for individuals, businesses and trusts, including retirement, estate planning and money management.  Jon obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1983. He is a member of the Gold Country Estate Planning Council and former chairman of Yuba River School’s Education Foundation.  In his free time he enjoys skiing, bicycling, soccer and gardening.

Keith Porter is a retired executive with management experience in telecommunications, business development, operations, human resources and organization development. He received an electrical engineering degree from University of the Pacific, held various positions in the US and abroad for AT&T and other telecom companies, and co-founded and operated WorkVantage, Inc., a workplace training and consulting business. He is a 2007 graduate of the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute, is past-President of the board of InConcert Sierra, chair of the Facilities Committee of The Center for the Arts, a Red Cross disaster-response volunteer, sings bass in the Sierra Master Chorale and is active with several additional civic committees and task forces.

Barbara Thomas worked in the non-profit sector for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, located at Stanford University, as director of development and then moved into high-tech as the public relations manager for Trimble Navigation.  From 1994-2001, she was the public relations and human resources director for a public relations agency in San Francisco, facilitating that firm’s work in introducing Internet companies to the public. Since moving to Nevada County six years ago, Barbara has served on several boards, including previous stints with InConcert Sierra and The Friendship Club (with which she is still active) and as a current member of the board of The Center for Non-profit Leadership.

Barbara Thomas serves as Past President and Chair of Board Development.