AOK welcomes new board members
AOK is happy to announce the appointment of three new members to our board of directors: Carmen Bogan, Diane Dunwoodie, and Lauran Weinmann. The growth of our board brings new opportunities, skills, and leadership to AOK, and strengthens our community ties.
Carmen is founder and CEO of the Bogan Group, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit organization development, capacity-building, and leadership training. She is also part of the leadership team of Healthy Parks Healthy People, and a deputy director of the Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Carmen, an award-winning author, and literacy advocate, founded Dream On Publishing, a multicultural children’s book publishing company that emphasizes equity in literacy. Carmen is a frequent speaker and trainer for nonprofit leaders and educators throughout the Bay Area.
Diane first owned and operated a ceramic manufacturing company designing dinnerware for retail sales across the country and later made a career as a visual artist. Recently Diane created a series of mixed media artworks called “Up In Arms” to provoke and inspire discussion about guns in America. Diane has been a supporter of AOK for many years and decided it was time to become more involved. She wants to “do what I can to help ensure the kids of Oakland are exposed to and have the opportunity to participate in the arts.”
Lauran is founder and director of Blank Page Studio, a non-profit art studio in Oakland that provides below-market studio space for visual artists and brings after-school art classes to to underserved Oakland kids. Before starting Blank Page Studio, Lauran was a home stager/interior decorator and also worked in corporate communications. She has volunteered at several AOK events. Lauran loves sketching, collage, book arts, and watercolors. She is also a baker, a magazine lover, and a mom to a great kid named Theo!