Board of The Krenov Foundation
Bob Gallagher: President
Bob is a retired engineer born and raised on the East Coast. After college he took a took a job at Sandia Labs in the SF Bay Area planning to stay for 3-5 years. He retired from Sandia after 32 years and now splits his time between his home in Pleasanton and Sea Ranch on the North Coast where he has a vacation home and recently completed woodworking shop. His interests include adventure travel, photography, an occasional game of golf, and woodworking.
Kerry Marshall: Vice President
I was born in Palo Alto, California in 1942 and have lived and worked in northern California my entire life. I graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in art; studied sculpture at the Valand Art School in Sweden; and completed the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program in 2003. I have operated a small woodworking studio in Mendocino for the past 15 years, where I work on custom furniture, small cabinetry, and specialty woodworking.
Ron Hock: Treasurer
Ron Hock is the owner of Hock Tools, manufacturers of blades for woodworking tools since 1982, the year he met James Krenov. Ron had been designing and hand-crafting kitchen and hunting knives but his career changed course when JK and his students asked him to make blades for their wooden hand planes. It’s been woodworking tools ever since. Ron is known to say that, “Jim Krenov was responsible for the careers of many woodworkers, but maybe just one metalworker. I am forever grateful.”
Win Bowen: Secretary
Retired after 21 years with Pacific Bell, Winston and his wife Becky moved to the north coast in 2003. He has long been involved with non-profits, serving 18 years on the board of Friends of the Observatory (Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles), five years as president and helped lead a major renovation and expansion of this iconic building. He recently served nine years on the board of the Mendocino Land Trust, six years as president and 4 1/2 as acting executive director. He presently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County. He graduated from the Fine Woodworking program at College of the Redwoods in 2007, and in his spare time builds furniture in his shop in Caspar.
Laura is a furniture designer and maker, and educator. Since 2011 she has been the Program Director of the Fine Woodworking program at The Krenov School at Mendocino College, formerly the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg CA.
Paul Reiber is a Woodcarver and sculptor. He was in the first class to graduate from the Krenov school in 1982. Since that time he has maintained an active shop on the Mendocino Coast producing custom carvings, architectural details and sculpture
Michelle is the designer behind Noe Designs - a graphic design business here on the coast since 2008. She works with businesses developing branding and identity, website design, annual reports, marketing, information graphics, in-store signage, illustrations, as well as forms and print work. She has an art background an continues to use pen and ink, block print, and watercolors in her designs. Michelle has many friends and colleagues that are woodworkers who studied with James Krenov, which makes sense, since she is a lover of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.