Board

HELENA MODJESKA ART AND CULTURE CLUB 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018-2020

Dr Maja Trochimczyk, President
Dr Witold Sokolowski, Vice President
 Dr Elzbieta Trybus, Secretary
Elzbieta Przybyla, Treasurer
Chris Justin, Technical Director
Krystyna Okuniewska, Artistic Director
Ewa Barsam, Director


MAJA TROCHIMCZYK, Ph.D. - PRESIDENT 

Dr Maja Trochimczyk is an outstanding musicologist, author / editor of seven books on Polish music (Routledge, Columbia University Press, Moonrise Press, etc.), and a publisher of books on Polish history and culture, and volumes of poetry through her small publishing house, Moonrise Press (from 2008 the press issued 15 books). She is also a poet (seven collections of poetry) and a promoter of knowledge about Polish culture in the USA. She published 22 chapters in  academic books (published by Oxford UP, Indiana  UP, Cambridge Scholars, and others) and 27 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals on Chopin, Szymanowska, Paderewski, Bacewicz, Lutosławski, Górecki and others. She presented  research at over 80 scientific conferences in Europe and America. In 1996-2004 she led the Polish Music Center at USC. For scientific, creative and promotional contributions to Polish culture, she received many awards and medals from Polish, American, and Canadian government and other organizations. She is the secretary of the board of the Polish American Historical Associations, a member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America and the American Musicology Society, and a member of the editorial board of the Ecomusicology Review. 

She served the President of the Modjeska  Club in 2010-2012. During that time she prepared over 30 meetings, organized the 40th anniversary of the club, introduced the Helena Modjeska Prize for outstanding Polish actors (in cooperation with the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles), began working with many American institutions, and nominated for medals "for the promotion of Polish culture abroad" 19 former members of the Club Board. In free time, she visits children, plays with her grandson, or works in the garden. Since 2010 she has been managing several blogs (over 520,000 readers): Poetry Laurels, Chopin with Cherries, and others.



WITOLD SOKOLOWSKI, Ph.D. - VICE-PRESIDENT 

Dr. Witold Sokolowski had been at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for more than 30 years  working  as  the Senior  Materials Scientist on new cutting-edge materials for space science and  interplanetary mission applications. He is the author of more than 90 publications including papers published in leading international reference technical journals, three US patents, two scientific books (the third book is in final stages) and over 20 NASA Novel Technology Reports (NTR).

He is a recipient of many awards from NASA and other technical organizations. He is a member of editorial boards for several technical journals and has served as an advisor/thesis reader to Ph.D. students at Harvard University and other universities. He has been selected or elected to numerous special technical assignments, professional organization/conference committees and journal peer reviews. He was invited to participate in several television programs prepared  by TV Polonia.

Presently he is working at Sokolowski Consulting Services on commercial and medical applications of some advanced material technologies as well as a consultant for US and international firms. He enjoys traveling, sport (skiing, tennis, swimming) and good classical & modern music.



ELŻBIETA PRZYBYŁA, TREASURER

ELŻBIETA has lived in Southern California for ... let's say many years. She is the mother of two adult children, Paweł and Kasia; and a Polish romantic, still enamoured with her native country and its culture. She takes part in many Polish cultural events, organized by the Consulate of Poland and local organizations, including the Polish Film Festival, Club PAPA, and the Modjeska Club. She has worked as  realtor for 22 years in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Ms. Przybyla has been active for many years as  a Modjeska Club member. In spare time, as long as it is possible, she likes to read and listen to music. She also loves nature and gardening, traveling to visit her country and family, with whom she is still closely connected. She is active in the life of her children and has a friendly and welcoming attitude to life's surprises. So far, without a criminal history or warrants to her name, she is trustworthy, and always willing to help.


ELŻBIETA TRYBUS, Ph.D. - SECRETARY

Elizabeth Trybus received her graduate and Ph.D. degrees in Poland, where she was an Assistant Professor at the Economic University in Wroclaw. In 1982, she was invited by the California State University  Northridge to teach courses in Statistics and Operations Research.  She arrived in California with her husband and three children ages 7 to 15. Her husband, Ginter Trybus, taught courses in Computer Science and Data Processing at the University of Southern California and Elizabeth started as a professor in the Systems and Operations Management Department at the California State University, Northridge  teaching  courses in statistics, operations management and quality management at the graduate and undergraduate level. She founded and directed the Center for Quality and Productivity Education as well as the Student Charter of the American Society for Quality. She was also the president of the Southern California TIMS/ORSA (The Institute of Management Science/Operations Research Society of America) Chapter.

Since June 2014 she has enjoyed her retirement from the university and her consulting job in the area of quality improvement. She loves traveling, moderate hiking, yoga and tai-chi classes. She is also a subscriber to the Los Angeles Opera and Master Chorale concerts in Walt Disney Hall. She is a member of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club for many years and she likes good literature, poetry, various trips and flowers in her garden.


CHRIS JUSTIN - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Mr. Justin graduated from The Merchant Marine Academy in Szczecin (currently Maritime University), with a master’s degree in Navigation Engineering and worked at his alma mater as an assistant. In Chicago he started his career as a professional photographer and worked in the largest and most prestigious catalog photography studios in Chicago and later in New York. He was also employed as a staff photographer at the renowned Macy's-Bamberger’s studio in New York. His portfolio contains work performed for many well-known companies. Numerous relocations and collaboration with many recognizable US companies have opened him to new experiences and challenges. He lived in many parts of the USA; Manhattan, Waukegan, Chicago, Hollywood, Orange, Beverly Hills and other places. In Los Angeles, he continued his photography career as a freelance photographer. As a Renaissance man, he is accomplished in many areas of his life and has achieved many successes, careers and passions. He has been living in Huntington Beach for many years and is a proud father of two wonderful and talented children.

Chris is a Real Estate Broker; he is the founder and the owner of Hallmark Property Management, Inc. He is involved in the community, providing free management services to the Assistance League of Huntington Beach. He likes to travel, prefers a healthy lifestyle, plays tennis, rides a bike, enjoys hiking, camping and other recreational activities.



KRYSTYNA OKUNIEWSKA - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 

Raised and educated in art schools in Krakow, Ms. Okuniewska is the mother of three daughters. She is the owner of a small artistic company dedicated to interior design, stage design, event staging, and more. A long-time member of the Modjeska Club's Board of Directors, she was honored by the Polish government for her activities on behalf of promoting Polish culture in the West. Co-organizer of many meetings with prominent representatives of Polish cultural and social life. Responsible for the stage design for club events, balls and stage designs of theater and music performances presented by Polish artists. She loves traveling, art, family meetings and spending time with friends. She looks optimistically at the world.


EWA BARSAM, DIRECTOR





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