PROGRAM TITLE: UNDER THE TAPE
FBI Special Agent Gail Paresa, Senior Team Leader
FBI EVIDENCE RESPONSE TEAM (ERT)
Join FBI Special Agent Gail Paresa as she brings you under the crime scene tape to share her experiences while processing some of the FBI’s most notable crime scenes. With 35 years in law enforcement, 31 of those years with the FBI, SA Paresa now leads the San Francisco Division Evidence Response Team (ERT). The team covers a territory stretching from the Oregon border to King City, and assists other ERT teams across the country. As an ERT Adjunct Professor, SA Paresa has taught crime scene courses to law enforcement personnel from across the globe (in Cameroon, Kenya, and Thailand), as well as in Northern California and Hawaii.
SA Paresa attended Stanford University (class of ’85), and discovered an unexpected love for archaeology and history as the Stanford-in-Greece program took her to survey the ancient city of Panakton. Through early experiences as a volunteer in the “Bone Room” of the Bishop Museum in Hawaii and gluing together broken potsherds from the 1906 earthquake at the Stanford Museum, she developed an eye for detail and investigation, all crucial traits for the crime scene investigator. At first as a collateral duty, and later as the full-time Senior Team Leader, ERT became her passion. Along the way she found herself inside the cabin of the Unabomer, knee-deep in the Freshkills Landfill after 9/11, and in the hidden backyard where Jaycee Dugard was kept hostage for 18 years. In 2019, for the first time in SF ERT history, the team was honored with an award from Crime Stoppers for processing the horrific scene of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting, a tragedy much too close to home.
Mayor of San Rafael
Talk Title: Stepping into Leadership
Kate Colin is the first female to hold the office of Mayor since the city was incorporated in 1847. She joined the San Rafael City Council in January 2013 and was a Planning Commissioner for nearly 8 years before that. She has lived in the Sun Valley neighborhood since 1996 with her husband Jeff where they raised their two children. They moved to San Rafael for its diversity of people, wonderful neighborhoods and beautiful open space.
Kate’s goals for the City include focusing on four key policy areas for 2021 – recovering from the economic impact of Covid-19, homelessness/housing, sustainability (focusing on wildfire prevention and sea level rise) and racial justice. She strongly believes in working with the community to find solutions that reflect our community values as well as partnerships with local residents, businesses and neighborhoods to make San Rafael the best it can be.
Kate has a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Dartmouth College. She is a life-long athlete who is often seen running the trails or cycling through our city streets.
Honey’s yummy but there’s so much more to bees
Bonnie Morse, Educator and co-owner of Bonnie Bee & Company and
Founder of Bee Audacious.
Bonnie Morse is a beekeeper and co-owner of Bonnie Bee & Company in Marin County, California. She founded Bee Audacious and 10 x 10 + 10. She contributes her interest in pollinators with her experience as a horticulturalist and ISA certified arborist to the Environmentally Sound Practices group of the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority to help ensure that biodiversity is supported along with vegetation management for wildfire prevention.” A link to local plant resources can be found here.
Member Only - Past Programs
Following Rosie Lee Tompkins: Reflections on the Exhibition
Elaine Y. Yau, PhD
Associate Curator, the Eli Leon Living Trust Collection of African American Quilts
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Attention all lovers of textile arts, modern art, women-artists, and those who just love a good story! Our December 2020 meeting will feature Dr. Elaine Y. Yau, the Co-Curator of the Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) at the University of California, Berkeley.
Rosie Lee Tompkins was a Bay Area artist working in Richmond. Quoting from the exhibition notes, “Rosie Lee Tompkins (1936–2006) is widely considered one of the most brilliant and inventive quiltmakers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Her reputation has grown to the point where her work is no longer considered solely within the context of quilting, but celebrated among the great American artistic achievements of our time. Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date, featuring approximately seventy quilts, pieced tops, embroideries, assemblages, and decorated objects. It reveals Tompkins to be an artist of extraordinary variety, depth, and impact.”
We are honored to present Dr. Elaine Yau, Co-Curator of the current exhibition. She will give us an overview of the galleries before turning to reflections on the exhibition itself (approaches, surprises, and the curatorial process) and her current thinking about an upcoming quilt exhibition she is organizing for BAMPFA that is scheduled to open in Fall 2023.
Dr. Yau is associate curator of the Eli Leon Living Trust Collection of African American Quilts at the University of California, BAMPFA. Prior to this appointment, she was the museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow and co-curated Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective with Lawrence Rinder. Dr. Yau’s research interests include histories of modern art’s engagement with folkways and vernacular culture, as well as American material and visual culture more broadly – topics addressed in her recent essays published in Panorama: The Journal of the Associations of Historians of American Art and the Routledge Companion to African American Art History. She received her doctorate in History of Art from UC Berkeley.
The New York Times judged this exhibition important enough to give it the cover plus three full pages in its Arts & Leisure section last summer in an article entitled “Radical Quilting.” Here is a link to the virtual exhibition&l