Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Foundation
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Foundation Officers

Marie Bennett

Larry Borovay
Immediate Past President

VP, Resource Development

Chris McCarty
VP, Membership

David Misko

Gloria Bowman

Ray Cruz
Executive Director


Foundation Board of Directors:


Alphabetically by Last Name:

Marie Bennett   Marie Bennett - As a member of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Foundation since 2007, Marie has served as President for two years and as Secretary for five years. Marie has a comprehensive background in business management and finance. She worked in the management office of the Donna Summer organization where she was credited on a one million seller album and on a television special. Since 1985 Marie has been preparing people for financial security as a Series 6-licensed Financial Advisor. As a lifetime volunteer, Marie began in Simi Valley as a Docent at the Ronald Reagan Library for 8 years.  Marie graduated is a 2007 graduate of the Simi Valley Leadership program and since then she's been on the Steering Committee serving both as Chair and Facilitator. Marie was the recipient of the 2013 Simi Valley Humanitarian Award and she was named the 2015 "Woman Of The Year" by the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation.
Larry Borovay   Larry Borovay - A resident of Simi Valley for over 25 years, Larry has been an active participant and leader within the arts community.  He has done a number of television show walk-ons, and he opened a business in 2005 that provided avenues for the public display and gallery exhibition of artists’ works.  Since then he has developed a number of personal relationships with celebrity entertainers and local artists, some of whom he represents professionally.  Besides his service on the Cultural Arts Center Foundation Board, Larry is a long-time Member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.  He is an active member of the Rotary Board and current Entertainment Director for the Cajun & Blues Festival for the 4th year in a row.  Since 2007 Larry has been a volunteer Disaster Service Worker assigned to the Emergency Services Unit of the Simi Valley Police Department.

Shannon Heer -


Dan Jaeger -


Sophie Klepper -

Chris McCarty   Chris McCarty - Chris McCarty enjoys life as a  teacher, small business owner in Simi, accomplished musician, and arts advocate and has always been eager to promote artistic endeavors and arts education in her hometown of over 25 years. She is most interested in developing a collaborative approach to the arts throughout Ventura County; artists working with other artists, creating new works  together and developing projects that speak to the old and young alike. With that in mind, supporting the productions at the SV Cultural Arts Center, promoting educational programs for youth and opportunities for young artists, and planning for a  future of preservation for the Cultural Arts building itself is foremost in her mind.

Laura McLaughlin -


Kirsten Mills -

David Misko   David Misko - David Misko has served on the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Foundation since 2013.  For more than 30 years he has served the community as owner and operator of a local logistics business.  As a childhood actor, the Cultural Arts Center remains close to his heart.  He has raised three children in Simi Valley and believes that it is a wonderful city.  David has been happy to give back to a number of other worthwhile charitable organizations and he has served on the Simi Valley Crime task Force, as well as other non-profits.  He enjoys attending live theater and wine tasting in his free time.



Christopher Ruben -


Jackie Sheldon -


Greg Stratton -

Gary M. Thomas   Gary M. Thomas - Mr. Gary M. Thomas is Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Aaron, Thomas & Associates in Chatsworth.  The company specializes in creative consulting, design, printing and direct mail services to the political sector throughout the United States. Mr. Thomas’ community service and volunteerism has spanned over 37 years and has involved Chambers of Commerce, youth development and anti-gang organizations, leadership and business impact programs and non-profit health organizations. Gary Thomas is a Past President of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Foundation and serves as a board member of the Simi Valley Arts Alliance. He has served on over 30 non-profit boards and is currently the Chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.  In 2011, Gary received the Fernando Award, awarded for a lifetime of civic accomplishment.  It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards of its kind in the nation.

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