Board Members

Matt Connors, President

Matt grew up in Burlingame, California and went to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, graduating in 1974 with a degree in Theater Arts, Phi Beta Kappa Magna Cum Laude. It was while living in New York City after graduation, pursing a theater career, that he first picked up a camera, learning how to develop film at home and make prints in the darkroom. After several years of theater jobs, he decided that the theater was not for him. He eventually left New York to return to the San Francisco Bay Area, landing a job as a software programmer, a career in which he stayed for the rest of his professional life, working as a programmer, designer, manager, executive and software architect. Along the way photography fell by the wayside, other than the usual vacation and special event snapshots. 

Retirement provided the impetus to explore photography as a creative tool. His work has appeared in exhibits in Carmel, Monterey, Los Angeles, Oregon, Georgia and Massachusetts.

Matt is a member of ImageMakers of Monterey. Matt and his black Lab Norton are a therapy dog team at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Philip Geiger, Vice President

Philip Geiger is the Director of Education and Communication for the Hospice Giving Foundation, an independent grant-making and educational foundation focused on end-of-life care and preparedness in Monterey and San Benito Counties. Philip is responsible for increasing visibility and engagement in the community, and for promoting active preparation and meaningful discussion for end-of-life issues and care. Before joining HG Foundation in March of 2017, Philip spent five years as Development Director of Legal Services for Seniors. He has served on several nonprofit boards, and currently also sits on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Monterey Bay Chapter.

Philip’s serious interest in photography began eight years ago when he accompanied his wife, free-lance writer and writing instructor Lisa Crawford Watson, on an assignment to interview an organic rancher in Hollister. His photographs of the chickens, goats, sheep and guardian dogs started a second career as a journalistic photographer. His photos have now appeared in many local publications including Carmel Pine Cone, Monterey County Herald, Edible Monterey Bay, and Guest Life Monterey Bay, and in two books, Legendary Locals of Carmel-by-the Sea, and Eating with Grace.

Logan Norton, Secretary

Logan Norton was born in Grand Rapids, MI where he lived until a 2008 move to the Monterey Peninsula on California’s Central Coast. Inspired by the grandeur of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Big Sur, Logan began exploring photography as a medium for capturing the immense beauty of his new environment.

Logan’s early photographic practice was concerned with still life and landscape work that followed closely in the footsteps of the region’s greatest practitioners; Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Brett Weston provided much of the inspiration for this work. As Logan’s proficiency and understanding of the medium progressed, he recognized a deep desire to use photography as a tool for understanding and explaining the intricate nature of humanity. Undoubtedly this transition was a confluence of his academic background in Social Sciences and a proclivity towards social voyeurism.

Logan’s current work is focuses on explorations into various elements of the human experience; specifically, concepts relating to how our experiences of home are influenced by the people and environments around us.

He is a member of the ImageMakers of Monterey and his current work is partially supported by a LEAP Grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County.

David Clarkson

David grew up in the Midwest and, as an adult, became a corporate gypsy. After high school he served nineteen months with the Marine Corps in Vietnam and was discharged after four years. After his service he graduated from Long Beach State University with a BA in Philosophy, followed later with an MBA at Case Western Reserve University.

He first discovered the camera while in Vietnam and, in some form or fashion, has made pictures since. He built makeshift darkrooms in his bathrooms until he later found the time and space to build a proper darkroom.

He spent over 50 years managing manufacturing plants, the last thirty years in the Midwest, leaving little time to focus on his photography. Nearing retirement, he returned to his photography and has enjoyed the time life now affords to make pictures.

His photographs have been exhibited in Boston, New York City, Vermont, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Texas, and venues in and around Monterey.

David is a member of ImageMakers of Monterey. He serves as a volunteer docent at CPA. He and his wife Ginny, also a CPA volunteer, have two sons and four grandchildren.

Helaine Glick

Helaine Glick is an independent curator and writer. She grew up in San Francisco and graduated with a BA in Art History with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked at the Monterey Museum of Art for fifteen years as Curatorial Assistant and Assistant Curator. There she curated numerous exhibitions including the photography exhibitions, In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography and Bob Kolbrener In Real Time: Celebrating Fifty Years in Photography. She is currently an Art Archivist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and curatorial advisor for the Winfield Gallery, Carmel. Her essays have been published in Carmel Magazine and Art Ltd.magazine as well as in small art publications and catalogs, most recently for the exhibition Susan Manchester: A Contemporary Lineage. At CPA, Helaine serves as a member of the Programming Committee and curated the recent exhibition: Jane Olin + Elizabeth Opalenik: On the Edge of Chance. She continues to focus on independent curatorial projects.

Bob Sadler

Bob has his own executive development business helping Silicon Valley executives develop compelling narratives and a warmer, more authentic communication capability. Bob grew up in Hartford, CT. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University after a serving in the army.

His career moved seamlessly from high school teacher to community organizer and civil rights worker to consulting in the corporate high-tech world. He has always worked with large groups of marginalized people…working to understand core problems, inventing a new future, and mobilizing to attain that future.

He began photography in Vietnam in 1965 and continued developing his interest alongside his career. He is most known for “Inherent Worth and Dignity”, his exhibit of nearly a hundred formal portraits of homeless men in Monterey County. He is an active member of Imagemakers, and his work has been shown at Art Intersection in Gilbert, AZ, the Weston Gallery “Sadler and Karsh”, and many other local venues. He was commissioned by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Carmel to create a set of twelve pieces called “Transcendence” that is permanently installed in their sanctuary. His work is represented by the Weston Gallery.