Brand Associates Board of Directors, 2016-2017

 Arlene Vidor, PresidentArleneVidor

Vidor has volunteered in historic preservation and the arts in Glendale for many years.  She served 2 terms on the City of Glendale’s Historic Preservation Commission and  served as  president of The Glendale Historical Society for six years. She was recently appointed to the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission.    She spent thirty years in the pharmaceutical regulatory profession, most recently as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for  Baxter Healthcare Corporation.  email

Jean Simone, Vice PresidentJeanSimone
Simone has forty years of fashion stylist/set decorator experience, working in New York and Los Angeles. She has a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Art History from Penn State and studied design at UCLA and Woodbury.  She has assumed oversight of the Associates’ art collections and mounted our first  temporary exhibit in a storefront in downtown Glendale in 2016.  She also serves on the Board of the  Chevy Chase Estates Association. email

Mary Jamora, TreasurerMaryJamora
Jamora spent thirty-eight years with Nestle, most recently as Director of Information Systems. She  has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands and a UCLA certification in Industrial Relations. She volunteers at  “Dress for Success”, a non-profit organization assisting women re-entering the workplace.  She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Nestle Retired Employees Association. email

Debra Thompson, SecretaryDebThompson

Thompson has taught at Glendale Community College for ten years and is Adjunct Professor of Art History.  She serves as Chairperson of the Associates’ National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper.   Thompson also sits on the Board of Directors of Antaeus Theatre Company, recently relocated  to Glendale.  email

Debra Burchett-Lere, Director

Burchett-Lere was recently appointed to her first term on the Board. She brings a wealth of experience to us as  the Executive Director of the Sam Francis Foundation .  She has worked with many arts organizations, including ARTTABLE/New York, MOCA,  and Gemini G.E.L.. She is  also a  grant writer, consultant and long standing member of the Appraisers Association of America.

Tamara O’Connor, Director (on leave)

O’Connor  is on leave of absence from our Board of Directors while she works under contract with the City of Glendale to develop the city’s Public Arts Master Plan.  

Simon Wright,  DirectorSimonWright

Wright is located in both Glendale and London, England. He is an attorney for a major reinsurance company and is qualified to practice law in both California and England. In 2014 he and his partner hosted the Brand Associates’ second “Glendale Collects” fundraising event.   He also  Chairs the Bentinck Close Homeowners Association in London. email

Brand Associates Advisory Board

Nina Crowe, Business Development & Sales Manager, Glendale Arts
Joy Feuer, artist and founder of ART from the Ashes
John LoCascio, A.I.A, Senior Architect, Historic Resources Group
Jaime Nichols, Exec Producer/Celebrate Dance; co-curator of dance series

Hilary Thomas, Artistic Director, Lineage Dance Company; co-curator of dance series