JULIANNE QUIMBY / INTERIM MANAGING DIRECTOR
An avid supporter of the Bay Area arts community, Julianne is dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations utilizing the arts to incite social change. She first walked through the doors of the Red Poppy in 2011, when she came onboard as a member of the intern team. She continued a deep relationship with the organization through serving in roles ranging from volunteer coordination and accounting, to event management and development. Julianne now brings this comprehensive organizational perspective into her role as Managing Director. Her artistic principles were formed through involvement with organizations, such as SOMArts Cultural Center and Leap | Arts in Education, but were truly molded at the Red Poppy. She believes in utilizing the arts as a form of diplomacy to promote dialogue, change perspectives, and create a more compassionate and just world.
DINA ZARIF / PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Dina began singing in chorus as a youth in Iran and continued training as a classical vocalist when she moved to the United States. Since then, she has collaborated with the Stanford Symphonic Choirs, participated in a performance in the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival, and performed in multiple theater projects at the Stanford Persian Studies Department and The Darvag Theater group. More recently, you can find her performing in a Persian traditional musical in Stanford and a shadow light production to be premiered in San Francisco’s Cowell Theater, Brooklyn’s BAM, and New York’s Met.
LYNNE BILLIG / VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Lynne entered the music scene as an adult by taking a different path than most—through software development. After asking herself what she wanted to be when she “grew up,” she discovered her vocal niche in singing American jazz standards in the San Francisco Bay Area—a place full of generous, talented musicians who are open to providing newcomers with musical opportunities. Along with the harmonic progressions of these standards, Billig says she “particularly love[s] the lyrics in these works. They’re clever, literary, and…tell an emotional story that people of all ages and backgrounds can relate to.”
ELENA MENCARELLI / EXHIBITIONS CURATOR IN RESIDENCE
Elena is an artist, art critic, and curator with a master’s degree in visual art from the University of Bologna, Italy. Though she was born in Perugia, Italy, Elena has been shaped by her travels throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. She began curating exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia in 2014, first as the artistic director of Make Your Mark Art Gallery and then as a freelancer. Between 2014 and 2017, she organized and curated seven artistic projects in Italy and Australia. Literature, philosophy, and history, which feed her curiosity and enrich her work with an intense conceptual component, are important elements of her artistic practice and curatorial activities. www.elenamencarelli.com
CZARINA LIVELO / OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
Czarina (“zar-EE-nuh”) is a Washington native and recent graduate of the University of San Francisco. She grew up practicing various performing arts with aspirations to be famous, but she eventually realized that she flourishes most behind the scenes. Her background is in planning large-scale events, including professionally produced concerts featuring Anderson .Paak and the Bay Area group Zion I. She believes art can and should be a tool for positive change and social justice, and she is interested in providing space for accessible, intersectional, and intergenerational programs.
JEREMY ALLEN / AV SPECIALIST
Jeremy is a musician, educator, composer, and producer. He performs with a variety of Bay Area artists and is co-founder of the acclaimed pan Latin-American jazz group Quijeremá. With this multi-media arts ensemble, he has performed, toured, and recorded, both nationally and internationally, since 2002. Allen is also an adept instructor in media arts, focusing on live sound, event production, and audio-visual installations. Jeremy graduated in American Studies: Urban Education from UC Berkeley and is the owner/engineer at Musiquito Studios, an independent recording studio and media production shop in Oakland, California. www.musiquito.com
Piano tunings are generously donated by Brani Piano.