Board of Directors

The Clark Center Foundation Board of Directors

Committed to the Center’s Financial Future

The Clark Center Foundation Board of Directors are a group of volunteers who are committed to ensuring the financial future of the Clark Center for the Performing Arts.


Judith Bean is the current President of the Foundation. She has spent the majority of the last twenty years in non-profit management. She is the current President/CEO of the Arroyo Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce. She worked for The Tribune as a Marketing and Public Affairs Manager and was recognized as Marketing and Public Affairs Manager and was recognized as a Cuesta College Woman of Distinction in 1997. Judith and her husband, Major Robert H. Bean, Ret. have been married for nineteen years and have one son, Seth.

29ccbsStephen Cool is a retired Arroyo Grande attorney.  He is a former member and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the California State Bar. He has served as president of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, Board of Pacific Repertory Opera, and the Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande. He assisted with the formation of the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, sat on the Board of Directors of Cuesta Title Guarantee Company and was the Arroyo Grande “Citizen of the Year” in 1996. Steve and his wife, Karla, have three children.

33ccbRon Kautz is the current Vice President of the Foundation. Roland “Ron ” Kautz, along with wife Bernie, became involved as a volunteer in fund raising efforts to build the Clark Center in 1992. In addition to supporting Bernie in leading the development of the guild, Ron served as a member of the Foundation’s Architectural Committee, chaired the Donor Recognition Committee, chaired the Landscaping Committee and supervised the installation of donor tiles and bricks at the Center. Ron was appointed a Foundation Board Member in March 2011.

19ccb2Bernice Flood came to SLO County with her husband Daryl in 1961 when Mid State Bank opened. They have supported the Clark Center since long before it was a reality. Bernice was a charter member and secretary of the Guild, has been on the Foundation Board since 2010, and serves on the Arts in Education Outreach committee. Bernice grew up in Minnesota, and came to California with her RN diploma. She worked in local hospitals and spent the last 22 years before she retired with the Home Health Agency of SLO County. Bernice is the proud mother of three married children, and grandmother of seven.

08CCBs2LeeAnn Liscombe is currently a partner with the accounting firm of Schimandle & Associates, LLP in Arroyo Grande. Originally from the Bay Area, she moved to the Central Coast with her husband in 1975 and raised two sons here. She is the Chief Financial Officer for the Clark Foundation. In addition to her service with the Clark Foundation, she servers in the role of Treasurer for other organizations, including the South County Educational and Cultural Center and the Pismo Beach Five-Cities Rotary.

43CCBsNathan Alvarado is a financial consultant for Wachovia Securities for twenty years, Nathan is also the Arroyo Grande Branch Manager. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and has assisted Lucia Mar Unified School District committees for community oversight. He and his family are active members of 4-H.


Directors Emeritus

Clifford H. Clark was born in 1927, during the depression, and proudly served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He entered college in 1944, graduated from USC Law School in 1950, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1951. Clifford moved his family to Grover City in 1958 and became extensively and actively involved in the community. His “hobbies” included incorporating cities, starting banks, building parks, hunting elk, horse riding, and long-distance flying. Clifford and his wife, Mary-Lee, were married for sixty-four years and have three children, eight grandchildren, and four great grandsons. Clifford and Mary Lee Clark were the visionaries and driving force behind the South County Performing Arts Building Foundation, which now bears their name.

Gene Mintz is a business and tax advisor and owner of GSM Business Services, Inc.  A life long resident of San Luis Obispo County, Gene is involved in a number of professional and civic associations.  He is a 40 year member of the Greater Pismo Beach Kiwanis Club and a 35 year member of the Oceano/Five Cities Elks Club.  He has served the City of Grover Beach for 12 years as a Planning Commissioner. Gene is also a Founder and Director of Coast National Bank, headquartered in San Luis Obispo.

Peg Miller is a founder of the Old Towne Nipomo Association. She is an active leader in the Dana Adobe Los Amigos and the Nipomo Community Advisory Council. As a developer and business leader in Nipomo since 1959, she has been honored as Citizen of the Year and as Business of the Year. She is one of the longest serving members of the board and has chaired many committees. Peg and her husband, James, have been visionaries of the Nipomo community. She is a Central Coast native; born in Sisquoc and raised in Orcutt.

Jim Stegall quickly became involved with the board after retiring from his CPA practice in Orange County and served as the chief financial officer. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Sunrise Terrace Mobile Home Park. He enjoys golf and is a RAMS fan. Jim and his wife Pat moved to the Central Coast in 1994.

Carol Rust is a pianist and organist and has held an office in various music organizations. She was the guiding force in acquiring the new Steinway for the Clark Center. Carol served as the head of the Foundation Scholarship and Grants Committee and as secretary for the board. Carol and her husband Bill moved to the Central Coast in 1959.