Board of Directors

Marti McKeePresident

An artist working in drawing and printmaking. After a long stint away from making art, high school to late 30's, Marti began a process of expressing herself through figurative drawing and printmaking. She has been an artist at Pier 70’s Noonan Building since 1997. She currently makes etchings, monotypes, linocuts and collographs - almost exclusively figurative work. She has been in many local group exhibitions and her work has been accepted into juried exhibitions nationally and throughout California. Marti has been a San Francisco Open Studios participant for over 20 years.

Karen SlaterVice President


Karen has lived in San Francisco for 30 years, making art, raising a family and volunteering in various ways. She has had a studio at the Shipyard for at least 15 years and has been interested in the redevelopment process since 2003. Karen's art work is mostly painting, in oil and watercolor. Occasional monoprint work when equipment is available. Her website is:

Scott Madison, Secretary

Scott will need no introduction to many of you. But for those who don’t know Scott, he is the co-owner of the Eclectic Cookery at the Shipyard and one of the co-founders of Shipyard Trust for the Arts . Scott, artist Linda Hope and others began a long and arduous advocacy to fight to save the Shipyard Artists from eviction that started in the mid 1980’s. In 1995 they founded the Shipyard Trust for the Arts. In 2004, thanks to their hard work and dedication, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, local politicians and many Hunters Point artists celebrated the agreement with Lennar that there would be no net loss of artist studio space at Hunters Point as a result of development.

Barbara OckelTreasurer


Barbara is the Director of the Bayview Opera House which was founded in 1989 to manage programs from its historic 1888 theatre. Bayview Opera House, Inc. (BVOH), is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to serve as the focal point for art and culture in the Bayview Hunters Point community by providing accessible, diverse, and high-quality arts education, cultural programs and community events in a safe environment.

Amabel Akwa-Asare


Amabel has served in various positions with the City and County of San Francisco. During her time at the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (formerly San Francisco Redevelopment Agency), as the manager of Shipyard Community Benefits, she worked closely with the Shipyard artist community and helped translate the vision of a Shipyard Arts District into reality.


Andrea is principal of Andrea Baker Consulting (ABC) and has worked to establish vibrant, dynamic commercial corridors in emerging neighborhoods. Baker worked for the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, as well as at the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. ABC has worked in the Bayview District with committed residents and local non-profit organizations to activate Mendell Plaza and the surrounding town center.

Stacey M. Carter

Stacey is a San Francisco artist and artist advocate who has maintained a studio at Hunters Point Shipyard since 1998.  She is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art having studied in Rome, Italy.  She is an accomplished visual artist with a 20-year career in painting and printmaking. She is an urban archaeologist, conjuring up lost or forgotten visions of time and humanity in the bay area. Carter has shown work at the George Krevsky Gallery, and her clients include the NFL football team Baltimore Ravens. 

Rob is a longstanding member of the Hunters Point Shipyard artist community and San Francisco resident. He paints the urban landscape as well as figures and everyday objects. His work is in a Pop style with muddy underpinnings. Recently Rob was honored to be selected two years in a row to be a contributing artiest for Heroes & Hearts, the SF General Hospital’s annual fundraiser.


Jim is a third-generation San Franciscan whose deeply grounded sense of place permeates all his work, particularly his paintings of San Francisco’s historic signage and people. He is currently on the faculty of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is a drawing instructor and runs his own home-based gallery called The Gleeson Gallery which features Jim’s work as well as that of other local artists. He is a member of NWS, SWA, CWA, Watercolor West, SDWS and AWS.


Melonie is one of the two newly appointed co-directors of the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco. Originally from Memphis, TN Melonie and her twin sister, Melorra have generated an enormous artistic legacy in the past decade in San Francisco, producing more than 70 exhibits and 100 public events. Her favorite sweet treat is ice cream.


Thor is Principal of Common Ground Urban Development, specializing in real estate development, strategy, and community revitalization. He served for ten years at the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, now the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure or “OCII” on the Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point project (“Shipyard/Candlestick”). Thor oversaw the implementation of the first phase of the Shipyard/Candlestick’s development serving as a liaison between the community, the Mayor's office, the Navy, and the developer. He is a board member of the historic Bayview Opera House and the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation.