Meet Our Board
Tom Tellez, President
Tom is passionate about every nuance and opportunity to embrace the experiences, the emotions and the knowledge this life has to offer. He joined the Eureka Theater in 2014 to be with people who share a similar philosophy of life. Hard work, laughter, camaraderie, old movies, community and great music. Tom has traveled far and wide experiencing cultures other than our own, which has expanded his understanding of the world. His time with the Eureka Theater has been wonderful. If you think you might have enough in common to start a conversation with Tom or any of our Board, please say hello. We look forward to the adventure of getting to know you.
Nate is a ten-year resident of Humboldt county. Hailing from smack dab in the middle of Iowa, he made his way steadily westward over a couple decades. After a brief stint in Denver, he called Taos in the mountains of NM his home for nearly 10 years, where he ran successful tattoo and piercing businesses, promoted and DJed electronic music events, and co-hosted a popular radio show. Once he made the move to Eureka, he shifted careers to film after graduating from College of the Redwoods’ Digital Media program. Now working for the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission as their Marketing Manager and Assistant Operations Manager, he assists all types of productions filming here in the Redwood Region, and coordinates the popular Movies in the Park summer screenings in Sequoia Park. In addition to volunteering his time for community events here at home, he is a manager of Burning Man Information Radio (BMIR) in Nevada’s Black Rock desert. Nate brings his technical expertise, and passion for film and music, to the theater’s Board, Movie Committee, and theater events, as his way of giving back to the communities he has grown to love.
Renee is a Fourth Generation Humboldt County native. Her interest in restoration started at 10 years of age when she worked side by side with her Dad rehabilitating their 1854 Eureka house. She graduated from Humboldt State College with a degree in Business Administration and later earned a Certificate in Historic Building Preservation & Construction. Her long and varied career encompasses retail, commercial construction, and project management. Renee has rehabilitated ten houses, mostly pre-1935. She worked for seven years consulting with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street Program, cities of Kissimmee, Oakland, San Francisco, and for two years she worked with Hayward to rehabilitate their Historic downtown district. Renee wrote portions of “Los Angeles Historic Downtown Design Guidelines.” She was construction project manager for Mad River Hospital, Shaw Pavilion, County of Humboldt Airport Expansion, administrator; Open Door Clinic Pre-natal Clinic project manager and designer; advising consultant for the historic Eureka Inn and Eagle House purchases. Renee enjoys running the boutique Historic Hydrangea Inn, cooking and wine tasting.
Elaina relocated to Humboldt County in 2006 to pursue a second degree in Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. After graduation, she became deeply engaged in the arts community. Working as a watercolor painter, she started by volunteering with the Humboldt Arts Project until it dissolved and then became a member of the Redwood Arts Association.
Inspired by the City of Eureka and its historic waterfront, she spends most of her time working and volunteering here. She has volunteered with California Indian Legal Services and the Yurok Tribal Justice Center and now works as a Legal Secretary at the local Legal Aid office. She is finishing up her law degree through Northwestern California University School of Law and hopes to practice here. She loves films and this community. She loves writing and has had her essay published all over. The Eureka Theater is her favorite building in the world. At this very moment, she is either painting, wine tasting, studying law, reading, traveling, running on the bay trail, or writing forthcoming chapters for her book.
Chuck Petty, Vice President
Chuck is a Eureka native, having graduated from Eureka High School and Humboldt State University. He is currently the Pathology Manager for St. Joseph Hospital. Additionally, he serves as the Historic Preservation Commission Vice-Chairman for the City of Eureka, as the Clarke Historical Museum treasurer, and as the Eureka Heritage Society vice-president. Chuck loves the Eureka Theater and wants to see it preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Wendy has lived in Eureka since 1968. She is a graduate of Eureka High School, and was educated further in business/accounting at College of the Redwoods. Currently the owner of Annex ’39 Antiques & the Cottage Annex, Wendy has been in the antiques business since 1998. She is a member of the Eureka Heritage Society and Historical Society. She has been on the Restoration committee and a board member at the Eureka Theater for 12 years. Her extensive restoration background includes three houses in Eureka, work on historic Sequoia Fire Station No.6 and the Eureka Theater. She is one of the mixologist/bartenders for the Theater and has fun creating specialty-themed cocktails for events. Wendy also enjoys fixing up antiques and collectibles, attending vintage flea markets and conducting estate sales.