Board of Directors


Wendy Petty, President

Eureka Native. Educated in Business/Accounting at College of the Redwoods. Owner of Annex ’39 and The Cottage Annex antiques shops; in business since 1998. Extensive restoration background includes three houses in Eureka, and historic Sequoia Fire Station No. 6.  Accounting Manager for Sound Advice since 1998. Member of the Eureka Heritage Society, Humboldt County Historical Society and a volunteer at the Clarke Historical Museum. Overall orchestrator for the theater and amateur mixologist/ bartender at theater events. Wendy enjoys antique flea markets and shows, fixing up collectibles, restoring vintage linens and wine tasting with friends when she is not painting and working on her historic home or the theater.


Norman Dutra, Vice-President

Norm has lived in Humboldt County for 34 years.  He graduated from HSU in 1978 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He spent ten years in retail grocery before branching into the soft drink industry. Since his retirement as Sales Manager of Coca-Cola in Eureka, he now conducts tours to the Azores Islands and Portugal with Con Ginny-Al Tours.  When not traveling, Norm enjoys working the concessions at theatre events, as well as assisting in the restoration.


Andrea Pedley, Treasurer

Andrea is a third generation Eurekan who started working for her father's local grocery store Food Mart from 1974-1988. At that point, she left the grocery business to open a bakery named The Eureka Baking Company with her family.  She owned and operated the bakery from 1988-2000.  From 2000-2006, Andrea worked with her family again, restoring and renting a Victorian apartment building.  In 2006, she began working for North Valley Bank, leaving the bank in 2009 to work for CAZCO Asset Management--a property management company where she is currently employed.  Andrea is also a ten-year Board member of the Jefferson Public Radio Foundation, where she also serves as Secretary. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband, her family and friends.  She loves cooking, enjoying wine and traveling when time allows.


Charles Petty, Secretary, Restoration Chair

Eureka native. St. Joseph Hospital Pathology supervisor. Historic Preservation Commission Vice-Chairman for the City of Eureka. Clarke Historical Museum board member. Eureka Heritage Society board member and past president. Founding member of local home restoration group (the Splinter Group). Founding member of Friends of Sequoia Firehouse #6. Co-owner of Vintage Home Antiques. Building restoration chairman for Eureka Concert & Film Center. Restored a 1909 bungalow in Eureka and actively restoring two other historic properties in Eureka.

 

Steve Falk-Carlsen, Technical Engineer 

Steve, as a fugitive from the Bay Area, has lived in Humboldt County since 1978. Since the 1970s he has been involved in sound reinforcement. For the last 12 years he has maintained and operated sound reinforcement systems exclusively for the purpose of supporting non-profit organizations and events. Steve's work includes an entertaining array of events ranging from concerts, performing arts, fashion shows, sporting events, fund raisers, graduation ceremonies, radio shows, church choirs, and events such as the Vagina Monologues and the World Aids Day with Earl Thomas and the True Gospel Singers.

 

Ron Kuhnel

Ron is a retired computer science transplant from Sacramento, California. His passion for improving our community through historic preservation and years of hands on experience with his own home led him to the Eureka Theater restoration project. He is currently on the Heritage Society and Annie B. Ryan House boards and is involved with many other local restoration projects. Ron’s other passion is beer. He is our beer taster extraordinaire, and is currently learning how to brew it.

 

Lonnie Wellman

Lonnie has lived in Humboldt County since 2000.  He has volunteered and served on the board for the Clarke Historical Museum since 2001 and is currently president. Retired from the Caltrans District 1 Bridge Crew, Lonnie now spends time restoring his historic 1800’s home in Fields Landing and helping out with restoration projects at the Eureka Theater. When not working on his house or the theater, Lonnie enjoys diving for abalone, salmon fishing, barbequing with friends and family and teaching bridge construction techniques in Sacramento. 


Sonny Simonian

Tired of the rock n’ roll scene (and a long term gig in the frozen dessert biz) of Portland Oregon, aspirations of brewing beer in Humboldt County had its allure. That didn’t work out. Currently working with a premier goat cheese manufacturer (guess who) and getting wrangled into all kinds of non-profit adventures. Sonny offers up his very limited sound, light and recording skills as well as a fleetingly strong back to the Eureka Theater.  


Sam Cavataio 

She was born in the wagon of a travellin' show. Her mama used to dance for the money they'd throw. Papa would do whatever he could--preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of Doctor Good.


Michael Logan

Michael relocated to Humboldt County in 1985 from his home state of Wyoming. He has worked at the Humboldt County Library since 1987, currently as a cataloger, DVD selector, and organizer of the library’s quarterly “Based on the Book” classic film screening series. When he isn’t at the library or working on the Eureka Theater’s website, Michael enjoys watching and discussing movies (especially film noir and 1950s Sci-Fi, preferably over cocktails) with his lovely bride and their friends.

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