People at Namba

Meet Namba’s Board

Board

Tamara Varney

President

Tamara served as Secretary to Namba BoD for one year before being elected to Chair the Board. She is a local independent stylist, as well as a solar energy specialist/sustainability advocate. Her art is music, both writing and performing.

Shannon Dalton

Secretary

Shannon served on Namba’s BoD for just shy of a year before being elected Secretary. She is presently an undergraduate program coordinator at UCSB. She has been involved in the local performing arts scene, including technical stage crew, dance and acting for close to 20 years.

Juliana Ramirez

Treasurer

Juliana owns her own accounting business and has been a bookkeeper for over 20 years. She is also Chair of Finance at Ventura Echelon, Founding Member, Treasurer and Chair of Events at Latina Professional Alliance of SB, and volunteers at Score SB and Women Economic Ventures.

Gigi Hartman

Vice Secretary

GiGi Hartman attended Point Park University, majoring in dance and is a graduate of Dance Masters of America Teachers Training Program. Prior to relocating to CA, GiGi owned a dance studio in Pennsylvania for 20 years. Currently she is on the Board of Directors for Dance Masters Pacific Coast and is a certified Regional and National Examiner for Dance Masters.

Sharon Wagner

Vice Treasurer

Sharon received her MBA from California Lutheran University in 2006 and her Enrolled Agent license in 2013.

She has been an active accountant and bookkeeper, both as a staff accountant for local accounting firms in Los Angeles and Ventura County, as well as a sole practitioner, for over 15 years.

Janine Ames

Member

An original founding member and served as Namba’s President for most of 2019. She is a local businesswoman in Ojai.

Colleen O’Callaghan

Member

Colleen O’Callaghan has been in the world of movement for her entire life. Most notably, she danced with American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Lucia Chase and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

She trained on scholarship with the schools of the Louisville Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Before joining American Ballet Theatre’s main company, she danced with ABT’s Ballet Repertory Company under the direction of Richard Englund and Gage Bush.

Wendy Castellanos

Member

Wendy Castellanos is a professional dance artist with experience in the arts as a performer, instructor, choreographer and arts administrator. She is new to the Board but not new to Namba. Since 2017 Wendy has run her Flamenco dance program, utilizing Namba as home base. Her focus is in community building through the arts.

Michelle Nosco

Member

Advisory Board

Erin Fink, Development Committee

Auxiliary Board

Henry Stewart, Singer/Songwriter

Former Presidents

Pamela Pilkenton, Cathy Jean Butter and Janine Ames

Former Secretaries

Pamela Oster, Suzanne Corridan Willerth and Tamara Varney

Former Treasurer

Dawn Golden