BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marie Bobin is an arts consultant with 15 years of experience working as a creative producer and cultural programming specialist. After starting her career producing for the Finborough Theatre in London, Marie worked for the Getty Museum’s education and registrar departments before being appointed Director of Operations for the Jules Verne Film Festival. She was the founding producer of TEDx Culver City and the creative producer for the Skirball Cultural Center where she produced and programmed exhibition-related programs as well as film, music, and theater series. Marie received her BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College and her MM in International Arts Management from Southern Methodist University and HEC Montreal.
Terry Taylor Castillo
Terry Taylor-Castillo moved to Joshua Tree in 2014 and opened Taylor Junction art gallery and event space. She is currently the executive director of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, a 501c3 organization for individuals and groups to create and experience new ways to approach spiritual living and personal well-bing. From 2009 -2013 she was the president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 30 in Pomona and the District 18 community chair.
Julia Cheryl Bookout
Julia Cheryl Bookout our secretary and grant supervisor, has a passion for filmmaking and collaborative public art projects. Bookout is ED & Co-Founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit focusing on advocacy and action for female filmmakers. As an individual artist, Bookout is included in the California Women Artist Project archived at the University of Southern California and Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, a project organized by Gloria Orenstein, Professor of Women in Literature and Art at USC. She is also on the board of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, and on the Advisory Board Member for Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA).
Bruce Baughman our community liaison, was born and raised in southern California.He is educated and employed in behavioral health, and has 35 years of experience working in that field. He also worked at Juvenile Hall in probation for 10 years. Bruce has suffered from cumulative PTSD due to exposure to violent, physically assaultive clients, and relates to the veterans that suffer from this affliction. He is now a yoga instructor, herds two Australian Shepherds, and is an avid bookworm and hiker.
Veteran Outreach and Fundraising Director
Rand Abbott is a Marine Veteran with a 100 percent service connected disability. Rand served his country honorably for eleven years, and after his military service worked briefly in the financial sector then went on to work with the nonprofits, Make a Wish Foundation, Operation Ant, and The Travis Manion Foundation. One of Rand’s motto’s in life is “Being of service is the rent he pays for his wonderful life”.