the PCPA Foundation recently welcomed Jim Bray as chairman of the board and member Shawnah Van Gronigen at the July board meeting.
Bray, previously vice president of the PCPA Foundation, also sits on the board of trustees of the Allan Hancock College Foundation, is a member of the California Oil Museum Advisory Board, as well as Honorary Commander of the Vandenberg Space Force Base. He is a retired director of public and government relations in the oil and gas industry.
“I look forward to working for [enhance] the founding 25-year tradition of supporting the PCPA and its presentation of excellent theater on the central coast, âsaid Bray. “I hope to expand the foundation board with a diverse group of people from across North County who love and want to support the PCPA.”
Van Gronigen is a longtime English and theater teacher who retired from Pioneer Valley High School in December 2020. She has taught beginner and advanced drama classes there full time and has directed productions there. fall, spring musicals and the annual dinner theater.
Van Gronigen also oversaw the opening of the new Performing Arts facility at Pioneer Valley High School in 2017 and established the CTE Pathway in Performing Arts and Technical Theater. She is also recognized for organizing theatrical tours with her students in London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ashland, Oregon.
Lisa AndrÃ© covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record.