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.

Michael Logan, Vice-President

Michael relocated to Humboldt County in 1985 from his home state of Wyoming. He has worked at the Humboldt County Library since 1987, currently in charge of Collection Management at the library, as well as managing the Acquisitions and Technical Services division. He is also the organizer of the library’s quarterly “Based on the Book” classic film screening series. When he isn’t at the library or serving on the Eureka Theater’s movie committee, Michael enjoys watching and discussing movies (especially film noir and 1950s Sci-Fi) with his lovely bride and their friends.

Steve Falk-Carlsen, Technical Engineer

Steve, as a fugitive from the Bay Area, has lived in Humboldt County since 1978. Since the 1970s he has been involved in sound reinforcement. For the last 18 years he has maintained and operated sound reinforcement systems exclusively for the purpose of supporting non-profit organizations and events. Steve’s work includes an entertaining array of events ranging from concerts, performing arts, fashion shows, sporting events, fund raisers, graduation ceremonies, radio shows, church choirs, and events such as the Vagina Monologues and the World Aids Day with Earl Thomas and the True Gospel Singers.

Nate Adams

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 Chappelle

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 Erola

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. She hopes to practice here. She loves films and this community. She loves writing and has had her work published locally. 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.

Maggie Kraft

Maggie moved to Humboldt County in 1988 and has been the Long Term Care Ombudsman Coordinator, director of Alzheimer’s and Adult Day Health Services at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center and lately the Executive Director at the Area 1 Agency on Aging. She is an elder advocate passionate about creating and providing services to elders and their families. Her move management business Kraft Transitions helps people with the emotional and physical aspects of downsizing and relocating. She has no renovation skills whatsoever, but likes working with other volunteers and enjoys organizing and planning events. She is also a member of the board of the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise. When not working or volunteering she is traveling in far off places, pre-spending her retirement.

Ron Kuhnel

Ron is a retired computer executive and college professor who relocated here from Sacramento 20 years ago. His passion for community service has led him to serve on many other non-profit boards besides the Eureka Theater, including the Eureka Heritage Society, Keep Eureka Beautiful, and the Jefferson Project where he is still active. He has served the City of Eureka for 16 years as a Planning Commissioner and Transportation Safety Commissioner. He is a beer aficionado and avid home-brewer having won awards in beer festivals for his efforts.

Charles Petty

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 Petty

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.

Sonny Simonian

In the community, Sonny has worked, and is currently working with various nonprofits in the Humboldt County California area. Being an avid home brewer and BBQ enthusiast, he has been involved in the concept, design and management of the Strangebrew Beerfest (10 years). Strangebrew Beerfest is a collaboration event with local brewers, and is a fundraiser to assist in the renovation project of the historic Eureka Theater. Similarly, he is part of a team that created Redwood Coast – Up in Smoke (5 years), a BBQ competition that benefits the Clarke Historical Museum. As an ongoing project, he also offers consultation for the Redwood Acres business incubator project. Sonny is currently the primary owner of Ryan Creek Root Cellar LLC, a project that embraces traditional methods of small-batch meat processing, preservation, microbiological culturing, smoking and fermentation. Charcuterie produced at Ryan Creek Root Cellar is currently available through The Boardroom – a tasting room dedicated to not only showcasing the unique meat products, but also non-meat cured offerings, cheese, mustards, etc. The endeavor seeks to bring transparency, education and authenticity back to the artisanal food manufacturing world.

Lonnie Wellman

Lonnie has lived in Humboldt County since 2000. He has volunteered and served on the board for the Clarke Historical Museum since 2001 and is currently president. Retired from the Caltrans District 1 Bridge Crew, Lonnie now spends time restoring his historic 1800’s home in Fields Landing and helping out with restoration projects at the Eureka Theater. When not working on his house or the theater, Lonnie enjoys diving for abalone, salmon fishing, barbecuing with friends and family and teaching bridge construction techniques in Sacramento.