Tom Hersant, President
Past member Carlsbad Sister City Committee, Founding Director and chair of CSCA. Retired from career as public administrator with State of California, Regional Manager for Child Care Licensing for San Diego and Imperial counties, similar position of residential care facilities for dependent adults and children, and State Personnel Board. He is a KPBS reader and recorder of books; and actor with several local theater groups including the CSCA plays at Schulman.
Jacquie Thye, Founder-Emeritus
Past chair Carlsbad Sister City Committee, Founding Director and past chair CSCA, served on SoCal Board of SCI, graduated U Oregon in Far Eastern Studies. Assistant. Director Japan-America Society, assistant to San Diego-Baja California Consular Corps (40 countries), Hon. Consul of New Zealand and San Diego-New Zealand Business Association. Traveled in Japan, China, Macao, Europe, Africa, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and Central America;. Began Japan-in-a-Suitcase program, curated Carlsbad-Karlovy Vary high school photography exhibition, hosted students from Japan, Germany and France. Award-winning photographer, served in League of Women Voters, Welcome Wagon and AAUW, Toastmasters, real estate broker in Oregon, member of Portland Homebuilders Association.
Polly Yu, Director
Polly is a longtime friend of CSCA and is a generous benefactor. She is the founder and CEO of Asia Getaway.
Laurenn Barker, Secretary, Public Relations
Laurenn Barker is a graphic artist and former PR Director for an international consulting firm. She is also a commercial sculptor and an award winning author and illustrator of eight children’s books.
She has served as Co-President of the Fallbrook branch of the American Association of University Women and is currently Chair of the Carlsbad Arts Commission. She is also a founding auxiliary member of Miracle Babies dedicated to supporting premature at-risk babies and their families.
In addition to her books, Laurenn blogs about children, animals and the environment. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her websites for her children’s books and sculpture are www.laelae.com and www.expressionsstudio.net.
Nancy Klaphaak, Director
Noted COAL artist.