About monca


The mission of the Museum of Northern California Art is to make art accessible and promote awareness of northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.


The vision of the Museum of Northern California Art is to be a vehicle for communities in the region to experience and create art for the sake of enjoyment, expression, social cohesion, innovation and communication. The museum will improve public perception of art by creating vital educational programs that inspire enthusiasm and increase the quality of life for artists, art enthusiasts and the public at large.

Board of Directors

Reed Applegate

Reed Applegate has been a dedicated collector of northern California art since the mid-60's. Initially his collection focused on Chico area artists but, over time, expanded to include artists from north of San Jose to the Oregon border.  Applegate has collected numerous works by major artists including prints by Wayne Thiebaud, Roy DeForest, Nathan Olivera and Robert Arneson, paintings by Roland Petersen, Paul Wonner and California Society of Six member Maurice Logan, and an ink wash figure drawing by David Park. The collection now includes paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. He received the Janet Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2012. 

Pat Macias, President

Art Educator for over 35 years, kindergarten through university levels with certification in Michigan, Missouri and California. Previously worked as a gallery director at the 1078 Gallery in Chico, CA. Education and Docent Coordinator at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO and Lead Reader and Scorer for Educational Testing Service/Art Praxis Tests for the past 14 years. 

Meghan Byers

Ms. Byers currently works for a local online company, and is committed to helping MONCA extend its reach through web, social media, and educational outreach. She is a Chico native, with a background in studio art including time spent studying Traditional Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Ms. Byers holds a degree in Art History and Museum Studies from CSU, Chico, and participated in various art/museum education internships while at CSU Chico which involved extensive hands-on teaching to K-12 students locally. In the fall of 2011, she assisted the Museum Education department in assembling the "Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders" exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Carol DiGiovanni, AM

Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers with a designation in Antiques & Decorative Arts; serving clients throughout the Sacramento Valley and foothill communities.  She began her career working for noted Southern California antiquarian Gep Durenberger, then moved with her husband to Chico in 1988 where they raised their three children.  Currently a member of the North State Symphony board of directors, and past board member for the Stansbury House, Chico Heritage Association, and the Association for Northern California Records & Research.

Molly Stokes, Treasurer

Born & raised in Northern California, BA in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University. Has worked as a Project Accountant for the last nineteen years for AECOM, a global engineering company. Enthusiastic art appreciator and supporter of arts and arts community in Chico.

JoAnn Morgan

Before coming to Chico, JoAnn lived in the Washington, DC area where she was Public Affairs Specialist for the National Institute on Aging, an editor for the World Wildlife Fund annual magazine, a producer for CBS and NBC television, and owned a contemporary fine arts gallery. Upon moving to Butte County she served two years as the Executive Director of the Greater North Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Morgan also served eight years on the Turner Print Museum board of directors, six of which as President. Ms. Morgan attended Hollins College as an English major and Art History minor and Stanford University where she studied broadcast journalism.

Claire Pelley, Secretary

Ms. Pelley works in the international development sector training organizations to use videography and innovative technologies to better achieve their objectives. From 2010 – 2012 she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Her projects at public high schools included professional development trainings for teachers, a library renovation, and piloting an HIV/AIDS peer educators program which is being used as a provincial directive. Ms. Pelley is an art lover and enjoys bringing cultural events to the community. She also serves on the Executive Committee of TEDxChico. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Denver.

Rebekah Tennis

Ms. Tennis is a local designer and owner of Wild Ink Press in Chico, CA. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design, and after working both in a corporate design firm and as a freelance designer, she decided to open Wild Ink Press to create create beautiful paper goods that others would value and enjoy. Rebekah is an avid supporter of the arts, and when not designing and printing greeting cards, she and her husband Matt can be found wrangling their three young boys, running a tractor on the family rice farm, or attempting to travel the world.

David Hopper

David Hopper founded Orient & Flume Art Glass in Chico, CA in 1972. Under his leadership and management the business gained world-wide recognition. In 1982, he built a glass sculpture studio in Paradise, CA. His art glass has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, including 14 one man shows in galleries within the continental U.S. and Germany. In 1984, David started Paradise Pictures, providing memorial portraits for cemetery markers. David and his wife Shari are avid supporters of the arts in the North State. He says of monca, “Shari and I have followed the efforts of monca’s board of directors and agree with its mission. A regional art museum will be a great benefit to both the Chico community and to communities throughout northern California”.

Chris Bodney

Chris Bodney is a local financial advisor who has called Chico his home since 1995. As a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter he works with many local business owners and professionals specializing in Wealth Preservation and Distribution planning. He has extensive experience helping his clients support the local community through planned giving. He and his wife Mallory (a teacher at Forest Ranch Charter School), have two young children, have an active interest in the local educational community and are excited to help bring MONCA’s vision to life.


Emily Gallo

Trudy Duisenberg

Maribeth Growdon

Matt Donner

Nancy Leverette

Kristine Mazzei

Jimmy Snidle

Joanne Harley