Above: Space 4 Art founders - Bob Leathers, Cheryl Nickel, and Chris Warr

ALYCE DUTILE

Born in Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in San Diego California. She studied art and the Italian language at Lorenzo De Medici International Institute of Art, Florence Italy and SDSU over the course of 4 years.  Alyce is a graduate of San Diego State University in California with dual degrees in Art History and Studio Arts.  Her studio in located in the East Village of downtown San Diego at Space 4 Art.   In 2013 Alyce produced Porte d’Acqua, Aphotgraphic Journey Along The Back Canals of Venice, she was both photographer and author. She works and travels between Venice, Italy, Boston and San Diego.  She is currently collaborating on a photographic project around the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah with the photography of Walter Cotton.  

TOMAS HAGENFELDT, TREASURER

Tomas Hagenfeldt is CFO and mentor at Trice Imaging, Inc. Tomas served as a mentor at The Kauffman Center for Venture Education in Palo Alto. Tomas started his career as an auditor at KPMG and after five years he started his own business together with family members. A few years later he started to work for a large consultancy firm in Stockholm, Sweden, mainly supporting financial departments at large corporations. Ó Tomas was also President of Acceleratus Inc, a Swedish soft-landing site for early stage high-tech companies that want to establish themselves in Southern California.

INGRID HOFFMEISTER

Born and educated in England, Ingrid moved to the US in 1984 where she received her MA in psychology and practiced as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California until 2004. Ingrid is also a certified Gestalt Therapist and ‘Core-Somatic’ practitioner (a therapeutic modality that utilizes body memory to heal the psyche). Ingrid has co-facilitated numerous yoga and creative growth workshops both in California and England.  Ingrid’s love of the arts and interest in personal growth began in her early twenties as a Yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. Over the past eight years she has been involved in the production of local community television and has produced a short documentary film on the environment. Today Ingrid is a freelance writer and painter who continues to explore and study the work of psychologist Carl Jung. She is also a drama student who met her friend and co-facilitator Savannah Sincoff at one of their acting classes. Ingrid has travelled extensively to Africa, India and Nepal as a volunteer for two non-profit organizations. Her focus is Chhahari, www.chhahari.org a home for 21 at risk & orphan children in Kathmandu. Ingrid says, “The older I get the juicier my life becomes. I recognize the importance of making time and holding space for the emergence of my inner and outer creative experiential practices. This brings me great joy and greater freedom to embrace my authentic self, family, community and the earth. I think that is Everything!”

JERRY HOFFMEISTER

Jerry managed and expanded several global technology companies serving the energy industries worldwide until his retirement in 1997. Subsequent to retirement, he has concentrated on providing leadership; strategic support and mentoring to community nonprofit organizations and early stage technology companies.

Current board responsibilities include Member - Space4Art in San Diego, Vice President Board of Trustees - Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, President Board of Trustees - EJE Academies Charter School in El Cajon, , Member - Chhahari (Safe home/Orphanage) in Nepal and Member - Ebert Composites in Chula Vista.

Past board responsibilities include Chairman Board of Directors - San Diego Foundation, Chairman Board of Directors - Project Walk in Carlsbad, Chairman of the Board - Chairman’s Roundtable (CRT), Member - San Diego Social Venture Partners, Member - Del Mar Foundation and Treasurer - Friends of the Powerhouse in Del Mar. 

Jerry lives in Del Mar and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University.

ROBERT S. LEATHERS, PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER

Has completed over 2,000 architectural projects, many of which were volunteer-built projects, in all 50 states and eight foreign countries. These projects include playgrounds, parks, science centers, community centers, theaters, galleries and zoos. His work has been featured in various media, including Time, People, and Smithsonian Magazines; Newspapers include New York Times and The Washington Post. He has been featured on CBS Evening News, PBS, Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Six years ago he designed and headed up the construction of the volunteer built Visions Fiber Art Museum in San Diego. For the last four years he has worked as an architect with hundreds of artists and art supporters to develop the design for Space 4 Art’s permanent home. Over the last nine years, he has worked as a studio artist in the medium of fiber art.  His work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums including Quilt National 2005, 2009, and Visions 2002, 2006, and 2012. Both shows are juried international exhibits. Awards include: AIA design awards; Metropolitan Home Top 100 International Designers; Allegra Best of Show; Visions Cream Award; Visions Collector’s Award, and many local awards.

CHERYL NICKEL, CO-FOUNDER

An artist with a Master’s Degree in landscape architecture from Cornell University.  She has exhibited installation and sculptural work in various media at Cornell University Art Galleries. Johnson Art Museum, Ithaca, New York, Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA. Group shows include: Grove Gallery UCSD, Palomar College, Mira Mesa College, and Escondido Center for the Arts, Sushi Performance and Visual Art Center, La Sierra University Brandstadter Gallery, and “Allied Craftsmen Today” at Mingei Museum. Public projects/ Environmental works include: environmental sculptures for the Ithaca Arts Festival; design/build arts and landscape projects in parks and schools in 5 states, including Hoover High School, San Diego. Grants and awards have included four New York State Council on the Arts Grants for art, design and planning; Cornell University Council for the Creative and Performing Arts; San Diego State Foundation/ Price Charities, and Lowe’s Community Grant. Current work includes a major environmental piece under construction, “Path of the Just” at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. that honors world leaders including Desmond Tutu and Mother Theresa. She is a member of Allied Craftsmen, and a Board Member of Synergy Arts Foundation. 

DANIEL SICILE-KIRA

An Environment and Interior Design graduate of the University of California Irvine. He is a proven management expert with over 30 years of global experience in leading integrated teams on vertical projects in scope of up to USD $200 million.  He is a specialist in design, project and construction management strategies and the implementation of cutting edge means and methods for producing world-class results. Daniel is dedicated to utilizing partnering and mediation techniques for encouraging holistic and broad based consensus towards achieving on-time deliverables of the highest quality within established cost parameters safely. He is proficient in MS Suite, MS Project, Expedition, Oracle P6 Professional v.8.3, OSHA 30, Oracle Contract Manager 14, IMPACT, UNIFIER, SharePoint, Maximo, PeopleSoft, Deltek and RSMeans. Daniel has directly participated on designed and constructed project aggregate of >$11 billion in completed military, healthcare, K-14 education, housing, retail, food and entertainment scope. Daniel is a certified construction manager, one of only 2800 in the world with this professional ANSI accreditation. Daniel has been the president of the Carmel Village homeowners association for 14 years. He has sat as a senior project jury member of the Design Institute of San Diego for graduating Interior Design Students. Daniel is a mentor for the Construction Management Association of America construction manager in training program and a mentor for the San Diego High School GeoTech Academy 11th graders, adolescents who need a leg up in encouragement and guidance for their future career paths. Daniel lives with his wife Chantal, a recognized Autism Spectrum Disorders published author, in Carmel Valley. Their son, Jeremy, is an artist currently occupying a studio at Space 4 Art. Their daughter Rebecca, a recent graduate of UC Davis, lives and works in Seattle, WA.

MICHAEL STEPNER

FAIA, FAICP, FIUD, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Dean Emeritus at the New School of Architecture and Design, Visiting Professor UCSD, has over 35 years of experience in leading, managing and participating in comprehensive planning program and the development of public policy. During his 27-year tenure with the City of San Diego from 1971-1997, he was responsible for myriad projects and programs, including the City’s general plan and growth management efforts as well as preparation of community plans for both newly developing and older communities. His focus is on Urbanism, Urban Design, and related public policy.