Executive Director –
Mark H. Campbell

Mark H. Campbell, Executive Director, has been the Artistic Director of Art With Elders since September of 1997. In 2013, he took the reins as Executive Director after the passing of our founder, Brent Nettle. In addition, he teaches four AWE classes at Laguna Honda Hospital. Mark earned an MFA degree at Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 1998 and a BFA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in 1990. His work is sold in prominent galleries throughout the country, is frequently purchased by private collectors and by some museums and has been published in American Art Collector and Masters of Today.

Operations Director –
Jason Varner

Jason Varner, Director of Operations, started at AWE in June of 2017. He earned his BA in History of Modern Art from U.C. Berkeley just prior to joining AWE. Prior to earning his degree, Jason worked for more than 15 years in the private finance sector as a fraud identity theft investigator and a funding specialist. Bringing a strong customer service orientation and analytical view, Jason has worked to streamline key business processes in the business office. In addition, Jason is an amateur oil painter, photographer, and gardener who loves to interact with the AWE students and takes inspiration from their accomplishments.

Exhibitions Director –
Darcie O’Brien

Darcie manages AWE exhibitions, events, and digital media as well as teaching the Monday Online Open Studio. She first joined AWE as a volunteer in 2012. In addition to her role at AWE, she teaches art and photography for K-8 grade youth in the Vallejo Unified School District. Darcie earned a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Colorado. Experienced in traditional and digital art media, she previously worked as a freelance graphic artist and corporate proposal consultant.  “Working with Art With Elders provides me with the opportunity build community through art and creativity, which is my passion.”


Ignacio Estrada, President
Tim Wolfred, Vice President
Deep Kingra, Secretary
Maria Guillen, Treasurer
Susan Horst
Peter C. Karp
Rene B. Lazo, M.D.
Laura Mason
Linda Murley
Kelly Roesing
Dan Rosen

Brent Nettle, Executive Director from 1985 to 2013, passed on June 1, 2014. Click here to read Brent’s life story.