BOARD OF DIRECTORS
KAREN WILSON, CHAIRMAN
Karen began her life-long passion for the non-profit world in high school and college, bringing her volunteer experience to both Special Olympics and PTA as she raised her family. When Karen “retired” in 2002, she took some time off to play – she learned to surf and golf, and spent time traveling the globe with her husband and friends.
In 2009, Karen co-founded Impact Giving, a women’s collective giving organization, dedicated to having 1,000 women collectively award $1 million per year to non-profits organizations locally and globally. That same year, Karen joined the Board of The Laguna Dance Festival, a unique company bringing world-class dance to the small stage venue. Karen is currently enjoying her work with The Laguna Dance Festival and Impact Giving, and spending time with her grand-twins.
DEB SCHLESINGER, SECRETARY
Deb always loved ballet. She studied dance and musical theater from childhood until she had her son at age 30. To be pragmatic, Deb formally studied something “practical” in the event her musical, dancing and acting career did not materialize. Alas, it did not, and she spent the next twenty-five years in a career involving various aspects of healthcare.
Deb and her husband Rob are active supporters of arts and music. The Schlesingers are members of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s Presidents Council, were members of the Laguna Art Museum’s Advisory Circle and supporters of Laguna Beach Live!, where Rob currently serves as a member of the board of directors. Deb was also a member of the Laguna Playhouse Women as well as serving as the president and member of the board of the Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Management. Deb and her husband Rob live in Laguna Beach with their cat Fenway. They love to travel, and have grown children and grandchildren scattered in various places from the east to west coasts. Deb is excited to be a part of the Laguna Dance Festival and looks forward to supporting dance performance in Laguna Beach.
WARD BUKOFSKY, TREASURER
Ward has over 40 years experience as a practicing CPA and business executive, including over 15 years as a senior partner in a Beverly Hills CPA firm and the large regional firm into which it merged; and eight years as COO/CEO of a boutique financial services firm in Irvine. He currently works exclusively with one family as their “financial consigliere” overseeing all aspects of their financial lives.
Mary began dancing at an early age. She graduated from the UCLA dance program with a B.A. in choreography. Having an interest in psychology and the therapeutic aspects of dance she obtained her masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and went on to practice in clinical and residential settings. Mari then obtained an MFT before establishing a private practice. She continues to mentor and supervise Dance/Movement Therapy students.
Mari and her husband Ward have raised two daughters and they are now thrilled to have become grandparents. After moving to Laguna Beach in 2008, Mari has enjoyed the practice of yoga, the care of canines and travel. She is excited to leap from her love of dance to being a part of the Laguna Dance Festival board.
Kathy and her husband Michael have lived and worked in Laguna Beach for 35 years. They have a CPA firm and Kathy ‘s clients are many local businesses. They have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. They love sports, especially tennis and the Lakers, her rose garden and traveling especially to Big Sur and New York City.
She was the treasurer of Laguna Art Museum for 12 years, chamber of commerce for nine years, the Woman’s Club and various other wonderful non-profits. For the past few years she have really enjoyed being part of the Laguna Dance Festival.
She has had the pleasure of experiencing the Joffrey Ballet, ABT, City Ballet, Complexions, and many other dance Companies. It is so exciting to be able to bring them to Laguna Beach.
A California native, Mary has lived in Laguna Beach with her husband Michael, an attorney, for forty years. A recently retired speech pathologist, she is a lover of dance, particularly contemporary and modern ballet. She is a past board member of School Power and long time member of the National Charity League. She is a welcome addition to the Board.
Sue moved to Laguna Beach from Atlanta, Georgia over 30 years ago where she founded the first singles magazine. She and her husband, John were very involved in local philanthropy and she served on the board of the Friendship Shelter. Sue was in the vacation rental business for many years. She is a yoga enthusiast, a patron of the arts, loves to travel and spends lots of time with her four kids, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Stacy has been involved in dance her entire life. She danced from a very young age through college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where shestudied Business and Accounting. After several years with KPMG in San Jose, she started a financial consulting practice then spent some years working from home while raising her two daughters. She is currently the owner of a dance studio in Rancho Santa Margarita, South County Dance, Stacy is also a partner in an app company, Dance Apps Inc. Using her financial background, Stacy is a national volunteer for her sorority, Sigma Kappa, as the West Coast Finance Coordinator. She thoroughly enjoys mentoring the next generation of female leaders. A lifelong lover of dance, Stacy is thrilled to be supporting dance and dance education as a Board member of Laguna Dance Festival.
Artist, motivational coach, and teacher, Ryan is the founder of the first online school for digital arts: Zbrushworkshops and Uartsy. He’s an enthusiastic lifelong learner and shares his passions in webinars, writings and video lessons, while also devoting time to digital art and programming. Ryan’s studio is on Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.