The mission of Vacaville’s Imagine That! is to encourage children of all ages to develop their full creative potential through hands-on learning and exploration. Imagine That! strives, through the sciences and arts, to create a unique environment in which children of all ages, abilities, and experience can feel free to imagine, create, and welcome sciences and art into their lives. Vacaville’s Imagine That! provides a professional work environment that is challenging, rewarding, creative, and respectful of ideas and individuals
Our Board Members
Chris & Lauren Runow
Publishers/Owners of Vacaville Magazine
Lauren started her design career at Vacaville High School designing the Vaca High yearbook for three years when she graduated in 1999. After high school she graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with a bachelors degree in Motion Picture and Television. After living in San Francisco for four years she realized that the big city was not for her and Vacaville is exactly where she wanted to live. Trying to stay in the field of television she worked for both FOX40 and Good Day Sacramento. After a year of both the early days or late nights, Lauren learned that television was not for her. It was then that a graphic design firm in Davis called Studio66 took a chance on her and hired her as their Motion Graphics artist. She received more layout and design training with Studio66 and learned the skills she has today to run this magazine.
Chris’ Vacavillian roots are deep in this community. His Grandparents first called Vacaville home back in the early 1950’s and they have been here ever since. Chris graduated Vacaville High in 1998 and shortly later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After serving his country as a KC-135 Crew Chief for four years in Spokane, WA, Chris decided to come back home to Vacaville. Real Estate runs in the family so upon returning home he studied and passed his Real Estate exam and went to work downtown securing mortgages for his clients. After a fast paced few years (loan officers don’t sleep) the market dried up, to say the least. Another great idea was just on the horizon though… Vacaville Magazine! When his then longtime girlfriend asked what he thought of them starting a local magazine, he thought it was a no-brainer. He knew Vacaville was a great community that would embrace a magazine of this type with open arms and was excited to be a part of that and help his girl achieve her dream!
It is from here that Lauren’s dream of starting a local magazine came true with the help of her very supportive husband, Chris, their families and this great community. The magazine started in May of 2007 and Chris and Lauren were married June of 2007. Since then they have had two boys, Mason and Leighton.
Alicia Nichols landed in Vacaville 3 years ago and fell in love with the amazing community. She currently is a full time mom and spends her time volunteering at her children’s school and at church, coaching basketball and soccer, writing for Vacaville Magazine, running kids around and helping to bring the dream of Vacaville’s Imagine That! to reality. Alicia received her Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology at Cal Poly, SLO and worked for many years as a Production Control Manager before making the transition to caring for her family exclusively. She makes Vacaville her home with her husband Rob, two children, Brandyn and Leah and their dogs, Sixx & Sevyn.
Nadja Fitchhorn, currently employed as a marketing & advertising specialist, is also a freelance artist and designer with an emphasis in Visual Communications. Her knowledge,study and passion for Museum/Exhibition design is key to her involvement with Imagine That!
My name is Karen Juilfs and I Was born in Connecticut, then as a child moved to Arizona and finally arrived in Vacaville California about 30 years ago. It has been my home ever since. As I raised my family here, I developed a deep love for Vacaville, which has only grown over the years. My son Jeremy graduated from Vacaville High. He married and brought three beautiful children into the world, making me a Proud Nana K. I have always worked in the area doing restoration work, and I owned and operated a restoration business here in town.
I served on the Vacaville Fiesta Board and I am currently General Chairperson for 2015. I have been involved with Fiesta Days for almost 16 years in many different capacities. I have also been involved in, or supported other community projects.
My passion is helping this community flourish and grow, while still preserving the quality of life and the traditional “ hometown friendly” atmosphere. I love to challenge myself, and others to be involved and become leaders in the community. I am not afraid of hard work, and feel it builds character.
Our children are the future and I strongly support all educational projects. I feel that it is important to build their minds, ignite their imagination, and support their creativity. We must prepare them to one day take care of our community.