Board of Trustees2018-03-08T09:48:38+00:00

Board Members

As President of the Board of Trustees, I speak for the entire Board in saying it is our privilege to help CPA continuously evolve and grow, while also staying true to the founding values that date back to the Friends of Photography. We balance the past and future so that we can continue educating and informing photographers, and our many members, about the rapidly changing medium we care so much about.

As stewards of this responsibility I am happy to report that this Board is uniquely configured to insure the success of this important mission. For the 1st time in our history we have a Board composed in equal number of photographers, artists and curators, and seasoned business executives with extensive backgrounds in leadership, development, best management practices and human resources. As you read their bios below, I am sure you will join with me in thinking that CPA is truly strengthened by their active advice and engagement. Together we all strive to make CPA the leading focus of photographic achievement and enjoyment.


Brooks McChesney
Board of Trustees

Brooks McChesney: President

Brooks McChesney has been an entrepreneur and senior executive in technology companies spanning multiple vertical markets and industries. Currently he consults with a variety of venture funds and start-up companies, providing management and consulting services and helping them secure funding and develop successful sales and marketing strategies.  He is also a member of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team which provides pro-bono management consulting to Central Coast non-profit organizations.  He is also a member of the Naval Postgraduate Foundation in Monterey, CA; a member of the Advisory Board of the California CleanTech Initiative; a member of the Board of the Start-Up Challenge Central Coast Business Plan Competition; and Founder of the Continuing Education Committee for the Friends of the Monterey Museum of Art.

Rick Thau: Secretary

Rick Thau is a consultant/mentor/advisor, and investor in early stage information technology companies. He is currently (since 1999) Managing Director of The Thaught Process; a consulting firm providing “C” level executive support and coaching for early stage companies.

From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Thau was CEO and a founder of FullTime Software (formerly Qualix Group, Nasdaq: FTSW) the market-leading provider of Reliability and Availability software. Previously, he was CEO of Micro-MRP (the leader in Manufacturing Planning Software), and held VP, Divisional President, and General Management positions in computer graphics, information appliance, and information services businesses.

Mr. Thau holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Sciences from Stony Brook University, and has attended the MBA program at Santa Clara University. He has been an avid Photographer for several decades.

Philip Geiger

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.

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.

Shelby Graham

With an MFA in photography, Shelby Graham is the Director/Curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She has collaborated on projects with the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art; Gallery Ef in Tokyo, Japan; galleries in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; The Center for Photographic Art, in Carmel, CA; and the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Graham has been director of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery since 1999 and is on the planning committee for a new interdisciplinary Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UCSC. She has taught courses in photography, contemporary art and museum practices at UCSC; San Jose State University; Cabrillo College; and Seinan Gakuin University in Kyushu, Japan. A selection of her curatorial works include Raymond Saunders: Black is a Color; Tom Franco: Co-Lab, 2015; Alternative Lineage, 2014; The Dinner Parties: art and agriculture; The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory,2013; Katerina Lanfranco: Natural Selection, 2012, Lewis Watts: New Orleans Suite,2012; Xiaoze Xie: Resistant Archeology, 2011; Some Assembly Required: race, gender and globalization, 2009–2010; Interruptions of Hierarchies, 2008; Image as Object,2006; Hank Willis Thomas: Signifying Blackness, 2006; and The Rhetoric of the Pose: Rethinking Hannah Wilke, 2005; Binh Danh, Immortality, The Remnants of the Vietnam and American War, 2002.

Shelby Graham has a 30-year career as an educator and fine art photographer, including solo and group exhibitions in the United States from California to Philadelphia and international exhibitions in Japan and the Czech Republic. Graham earned her MFA in photography from San Jose State University and specializes in alternative and experimental photography with innovative curatorial praxis. She is currently co-curating an international exhibition, “Unique Multiples,” with Enrique Martinez Leal in Cuenca, Spain, and she is working on a future traveling exhibition on Okinawa with Alan Christy and UCSC history students.

David Keaton

David Keaton has been passionately involved with photography for more than 35 years. Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula, he was exposed to the deep weave of local photography through the work of the Westons, Adams, Baer and many others. These photography related experiences helped guide him to his own photo adventures in the high mountains, including ascents of both the continental and fifty state highpoints and first ascents of more than fifteen unclimbed summits in the High Arctic, and Asia.

David’s non-profit experience includes work as the Interim Director of Development for the Monterey Museum of Art, Director of Development for All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, and exhibition committee and curatorial work for the Monterey Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum, and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. David received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Scherr

Mary moved to the Monterey area twenty years ago from the Pacific Northwest via Fort Benning, Georgia. She began her career in public accounting in the retirement plan services area, but gradually migrated to accounting and taxes for individuals and small businesses. Over the course of her career, having worked in public accounting as well as in the private sector, Mary realized that the challenges and rewards of public accounting were her passion. After joining the staff of the Central Coast premier accounting firm, Hayashi Wayland, Mary developed an additional specialty in accounting and taxes for nonprofit organizations. In addition to her work as an accountant, Mary is actively exploring her artistic side through photography.

Sarah Spencer

Sarah was born in Minneapolis and received her B.A. in French and Art History, Phi Beta Kappa, from Northwestern University. She worked as a photography intern/archivist at SFMOMA under Diana DuPont and Van Deren Coke, 1981-84. Between 1990-1999 she worked in the field of gallery management and sales at Weston Gallery and served as Assistant Director of the Winfield Gallery, Carmel, from 1999 – 2008. Sarah was also the Assistant to the Director of CPA, in 1993 and ‘94. In 1995, she published Linda Connor: Luminance in association with CPA, followed by the 1996 publication of Ruth Bernhard: Gift of the Commonplace. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Monterey Museum of Art, 2000-2005.

John Talley

As a child John Talley bounced between Tennessee and the Bay Area until his family finally decided to sink their roots in Morgan Hill.  His entire family was involved in real estate development and so John followed suit.  By starting his career at such a young age he was also afforded the luxury of retiring early.  However, John immediately joined Fung Collaboratives (FC) as Executive Director.  FC is a curatorial organization that curates and realizes large and small scale Contemporary Art exhibitions in the public realm.  John’s husband is a curator and initially founded the company in 2003 after closing his commercial gallery in SoHo.  In 2015, John founded FC Projects, an arts non-profit, with the goal of working with the local community to bring high level arts education and exhibitions to the Bay Area.

John and his husband spend their time looking at art, hosting numerous events, and always aspire to elevate their friends and neighbors interest, understanding and support in Arts.  They feel blessed because their local community in Woodside, CA is very supportive of the arts and now that they have a home in Carmel-by-the-Sea they hope to meet the local artists and patrons as well.

As an avid landscape photographer, John immediately sought out the CPA and began visiting the space.  He realized the historic institution was still relevant and had an amazing program and team.  After of year of studying and experiencing the CPA, John felt it was time to roll up his sleeves and lend a helping hand by joining the Board.

Cara Weston

Cara Weston is a fine art photographer living and working in the Big Sur region of California. She is the daughter of renowned photographer Cole Weston and actress Helen Prosser-Weston, as well as the niece of Brett Weston and granddaughter of Edward Weston – recognized as the leading visionary in modern photography.

Being born and raised in the Carmel area along with raising two wonderful daughters here, Cara now looks forward to her new journey as a grandparent.

Having worked with her father Cole and Uncle Brett, as well as Rod Dresser, assistant to Ansel Adams, Cara followed the path of her heritage.

While her body of work respects the craftsmanship and tradition of the medium, it reflects a unique and eloquent voice within her family. Cara’s meditations on our natural and human world stand alongside her famous descendants as prime examples​ of fine art image making.

In addition to her work as a photographer, Cara is the former director of the internationally renowned Weston Gallery in Carmel. As director she curated shows that included exhibitions for luminaries such as Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and of course Edward, Cole and Brett Weston. She has also curated several art shows in Los Angeles and New York that have featured the best works of today’s art photographers.

Cara looks forward to offering her talents and expertise in Photography to the Center of Photographic Art and its board.

Her work can be viewed on her website – and is in several international exhibits, galleries and collections.