Vonnie Zepeda, who was voted onto the CCA Board as an At-Large Member in August 2021, stepped down on March 26, 2022, for personal reasons. The board regretfully accepted her resignation and thanked her for the great work she had done during her short tenure, particularly as Fall Festival General Manager. Despite a very short lead-in time and uncooperative weather, Vonnie’s energy and skills in rallying a team of volunteers around her led to a festival that was successful beyond all our expectations. Her many talents and enthusiasm will be much missed on the board.
The CCA Board appointed Deborah Perrin to fill the vacancy left by Vonnie, and Deborah’s appointment was confirmed by a unanimous vote at a Special General Meeting on April 23, 2022. Deborah had been one of the nominees for the board at the CCA General Meeting on August 29, 2021, and missed coming on to the board by one vote. Below is a brief biography from Deborah.
Born, raised, and educated in Los Angeles, I remained there until I retired and moved to Carson in 2010. During my working life, I was first involved in arts administration, beginning as the curatorial assistant of a private collection of Chinese art in New York City (the Sackler enclave at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), then as the van and crating coordinator at a Los Angeles art transportation company (Cart & Crate), and finally as gallery director at the ARCO Center for Visual Art. Two years as a freelance writer followed, during which I wrote “LA Access,” a guidebook to Los Angeles. I spent the last twenty years of my career as the editor and publication director of an association of graduate schools (Graduate Management Admission Council). During that time, I also operated Taxco Editions, a small business reproducing vintage Mexican silver jewelry, which I had crafted in Taxco, Mexico and sold at private trunk sales. I am honored by my election to finish the CCA board term of Vonnie Zepeda, a talented and vivacious woman whose shoes I won’t be able to fill, but whose steps I will do my best to follow. Thank you for your confidence in me; please accept my pledge to do my best as the newest member of the board.