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© 2018 Alchemia Theater for Life

Board of Directors
Phil Jonckheer
Chair

Phil is a Managing Director and CFO for Equius Partners, a financial advisory firm that focuses on Asset Class Investment. He earned his B.A. from Harvard University, and his M.B.A. in Finance and a Masters in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. Phil’s career path prominently highlights his strength in understanding financial economics, and his passion for studying the ways in which human behavior affects wealth. His commitment to the community has led him to be an active board member for four different nonprofit organizations: Alchemia; Project Redwood, a partnership that applies venture philanthropy to organizations alleviating poverty; No Bully, which develops students’ social and emotional intelligence; and Grace’s Kids, providing nutritional, educational, and medical support to children in Africa.

Phil is the father of three children, and is a master swimmer. He has been an integral part of Alchemia’s Board of Directors for over 15 years, and we are honored by his dedication and passionate support.

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Jacquelyn Brand
Treasurer

Jacquelyn is a recipient of the Henry B. Betts award, established to honor a single individual in the nation each year for significant work in improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. She was a founder, and the first Executive Director, of the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, CA. Her groundbreaking work in technology-based solutions provided the foundation for the Alliance for Technology Access, formed in 1987 with Apple Computer.

Jackie’s passion for this work is personal: her inspiration stems from the challenges and rewards she has experienced while finding appropriate technology for, and supporting and promoting the independent lifestyle of, Shoshana, her daughter with disabilities. Shoshana was Alchemia’s first member, and Jackie has been a committed spokesperson for our organization from the very beginning.

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Ian Smith
Board Member

Ian is a certified Emyth Business Coach, and an experienced executive who has spent more than 20 years in financial leadership roles with a number of public companies. More recently, Ian has been providing coaching services to small business clients in the US and Europe, helping them to improve systems and operations.  He studied Chemistry at Reading University in England, before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

A native of Liverpool, England, Ian has lived in the U.S. for the last 20 years. He has previously served as Treasurer on the boards for Novato Youth Soccer and the Hamilton PTA, and is excited to be part of the Alchemia family.

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Karen Thouvenin
Board Member

Karen is a lifelong supporter of the arts, and has dedicated much of her personal time to supporting organizations that promote self-expression, enhance the visibility of her local artistic community, and honor the importance of the performing and visual arts. She has been personally involved with various theater companies, and has worn the hat of Producer, Prop Designer, Advisor, and Fundraiser for a number of nonprofit theater companies. Performance art is a passion for her whole family, as Karen’s husband and their daughter both enjoy working on-stage and behind-the-scenes for many different local productions.

Karen has been an active board member for The Playhouse in San Anselmo, the Novato Theater Company, the Stapleton School of the Performing Arts, the US First Federal Credit Union, and the Woodacre Swim and Tennis Club. She also serves as Deaconess for her church, and is the sales chairperson for the Church rummage sale.

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Michael Cheney
Board Member

Michael is a visual, performance, and literary artist, and has been a participant in Alchemia since 2005.  He provides the critical perspective of an individual artist and student to our Board of Directors, and feels he can represent the voice of his peers regarding programming and curriculum enhancement.

Michael’s literary work has appeared in several anthologies and magazines, including WE magazine, and he has been a member of the Alchemia Theatre Troupe for over six years. In 2014, Michael exhibited a one-man show in the Alchemia Gallery, which featured his paintings, drawings, and ceramics.

Michael is an employee of Whole Foods Market, a position he acquired in 2006 with the support of Alchemia.

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Alchemia Financial Statements and Reporting
The Board of Directors made the decision to change it’s Fiscal Year from a calendar year to a July 1-June 30 fiscal year in order to match the State of California’s fiscal year. This change resulted in the need for the 18 month Audit and 990 tax form filings below: