In 2019, SAQA is celebrating our 30th Anniversary! In honor of this milestone, we’re taking the opportunity to remember our wonderful Presidents.
The first President was Yvonne Porcella who served from 1989-2000.
Katie Pasquini Masopust was SAQA’s 2nd President, serving from 2000-2007. While Yvonne Porcella had focused on getting the organization up and running, Katie concentrated on growing the membership. Under her leadership, SAQA grew from around 500 members to more than 1,700!
SAQA’s 3rd President was Judith Content, who served from 2007-2009. Judith’s focus was on expanding and improving SAQA’s exhibitions program. She served as the first Chair of the Exhibition Committee and worked with Peg Keeney, Karey Bresenhan, Linda Colsh, Rose Hughes, and others to develop a strong program.
Lisa Chipetine was SAQA’s 4th President, serving from 2009-2010. Lisa’s specialty was technology, and she brought SAQA into the 21 Century. She also created a SAQA wiki and started a wonderful Visioning group to help members achieve their artistic goals.
SAQA’s 5th President was Sandra Sider, who served from 2010-2013. Sandra led a capital campaign drive to set up an Endowment Fund for SAQA providing important financial security for the organization.
Kris Sazaki was SAQA’s 6th President, serving from 2013-2015. Kris led a team of Board members to review all of SAQA’s disparate policies and procedures. These had developed piecemeal over time and badly needed to be reconciled and organized.
Artistically, Kris works as part of a collaborative team with Deb Cashatt: The Pixeladies.
SAQA’s 7th President was Lisa Ellis, who served from 2015-2018. Lisa’s strength is strategic planning. She built on the foundations created by Kris Sazaki and guided SAQA’s Board through a multi-stage planning process.
SAQA’s current President is Lisa Walton, serving from 2018-2020. The focus of Lisa’s presidency is on encouraging the global growth of our organization. Though it was founded in the US, currently 22% of SAQA members live in other countries. Lisa’s goal is to increase that percentage to 30%.