Staff

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Mike Cabral

Facilities Manager
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Mike Cabral, Facilities Manager, is a native Californian and has owned numerous successful businesses. When not working, Mike enjoys music and the outdoors. You may have seen him running security at the Napa Valley Opera House or changing the marquee at the Uptown Theater.

 

Laura Rafaty
Executive Director
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Laura Rafaty is an experienced nonprofit arts leader, producer and writer, and also brings decades of both nonprofit and for-profit business and legal experience to her position as Executive Director. A veteran of local nonprofits including the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, Friends of the Cameo Cinema, and the Napa Valley Opera House, she is also a Tony-nominated theatrical producer and founder of NapaShakes, and a former retailer selling limited editions and originals by artists including Lowell Herrero and Aaron Foster. Laura lives in Saint Helena with two dogs and a particularly opinionated cat.

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Stacey Stern
Collections & Grants Manager
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Stacey Stern, Collections Manager, received her B.A. in Humanities & Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Art History from Dominican University, and is completing her M.A. in Museum Studies in addition to an M.B.A. from John F. Kennedy University. Stacey has worked with a variety of museums, most recently at the Sonoma Valley Historical Society, the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Stacey lives with her daughter in Santa Rosa and enjoys traveling and experiencing world cultures.

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Cindy Taylor
Finance & Administrative Administrator
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Cindy Taylor, Finance Administrator, has lived in Napa for 14 years working as a bookkeeper and financial administrator for a variety of businesses including Thomas Bartlett Interiors. Cindy studied early childhood development at Napa Valley College. Cindy has two children, Luke and Megan, with whom she loves to enjoy the outdoors, camping and fishing.

Ariel Loraine
Exhibitions & Programs Manager
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Ariel Loraine, Exhibitions & Programs Manager, is originally from Canada. She completed her BFA in Theater Design at Concordia University and has worked with many independent theater companies and festivals in Montreal and Toronto, as well as with corporations handling event production and exhibit and display design and manufacture. She is an accomplished designer/woodworker/artist/technician, as well as a set designer and painter.

Vida Jaffe
Intern Summer of 2017

Vida Jaffe, Summer Intern, is a Napa Valley native who grew up in St Helena, graduating from Justin-Siena. She just finished her first year at UC Santa Barbara. A very gregarious, talented person with a particular interest in our veterans, she is a philosophy major but also a karate expert, so don’t make her mad!