Board & Staff

 

Festival Mozaic Board

 

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Dennis Schneider, President

is the President of Biokinetic Engineering, Inc., a forensic engineering consulting firm based in San Luis Obispo. His interest in human impact trauma and its relationship to automotive safety began in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan at Wayne State University and was expanded with his research investigations at General Motors Research Laboratories. Following MS and PhD degrees in bioengineering at the University of California at San Diego, Dennis’ research and teaching career focusing on trauma and its causes continued as a faculty member at the UCSD medical school Department of Surgery. Dennis and his wife Sharon Harris, an accomplished oil painter and fiber artist moved to the Central Coast to make it their permanent home in 2000, thus completing a long courtship with the area’s beauty, art, and music that began in 1970.

 

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Jo Anne Heywood Miller, Vice President

is co-founder of SLO Seed Ventures and managing partner at Brown Dog Partners.  After successful careers as an engineer and entrepreneur, Jo Anne began working in early stage investing in 2003 for Nokia Innovent, a seed-stage investing team within the Nokia strategy organization.  In 2008 she was asked to start a west coast branch of Golden Seeds, a nation-wide angel network that invests in women-backed businesses across all sectors.  In addition to  Golden Seeds, Jo Anne also invests with Sand Hill Angels in the Bay Area and is a co-founder of SLO Seed Ventures, an angel group in San Luis Obispo. In late 2011, Jo Anne joined fellow San Luis Obispo investor/entrepreneur Jim Hale to form Brown Dog Partners, LLC, to commercialize research in the growing Agricultural Technology space. She joined the Founders Circle of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2010 and has been a member of the Cal Poly Engineering  Dean’s Advisor Council since 2011 and the University  of Colorado Engineering Dean’s Council since early 2014. Jo Anne currently serves as chair of the compensation committee of Synergy, Inc. in Chicago.  She has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

 

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Jeri Corgill, Past President

is an accomplished local government manager with a passion for music and an awareness of the essential function of arts in a vital community. Her experience working in the public/non-profit sector began after moving to Paso Robles in 1989, and has included local government management and serving on non-profit boards. Jeri holds two degrees from Cal Poly: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Master of Public Policy. Jeri’s love of music began as a small child, and her desire to play music eventually led to studying oboe at CSU Northridge and New England Conservatory. Her connection to music now continues through participation in various choral and instrumental ensembles. She has a cat named Mozart. Jeri’s appreciation of Festival Mozaic began after attending her first Mozart Festival in 1980; she joined the Festival Mozaic Board of Directors in 2014.

 

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Juliane McAdam, Secretary

and her husband Pete live in Los Osos after moving from Los Angeles in 2011. Juliane’s teaching career spanned 40 years, mostly English and Spanish to middle school students in a private school on LA’s Westside. She currently volunteers and oversees grant applications for SLO’s Senior Nutrition Program. For years Juliane would time visits to her parents in Los Osos to coincide with the Festival, savoring its intimate access to classical music. In addition to music, she loves reading, writing, piano, and visiting her three grown children and three grandchildren.  Juliane has degrees from Stanford and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Juliane joined the Festival Mozaic Board of Directors in 2014.

 

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Warren Jensen, Treasurer

recently retired, after serving almost 26 years as an attorney in the San Luis Obispo County Counsel office. He rose through the ranks and, in his last four years, headed the 13-lawyer office, which is responsible for providing legal advice to all County officials and departments and handling all civil litigation involving the County. He was in private practice in Northern California for ten years before moving to San Luis Obispo. Warren has had a long-standing interest in classical music and has an extensive collection of classical CDs. During elementary and high school, he played trumpet in concert, marching, jazz and pit bands and attended summer music camps. He served as a commissioned officer in the Navy from 1969-72. Warren earned B.S., M.S., and J.D. degrees, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He and his wife enjoy movies, concerts, reading, and travel. Warren joined the Festival Mozaic Board of Directors in 2013.

 

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Jamie Barlett

is Founder, President & CEO of PolyPay. She graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in English and Economics, then attended the George L. Graziado School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, where she earned an MBA. She founded Poly Pay in 2013. PolyPay is a credit card processing business at the forefront of merchant service industry, specializing in POS systems, terminal options, mobile, eCommerce, PCI compliance, and customer success. PolyPay is headquartered in San Luis Obispo. Jamie serves as the Treasurer of the Wellesley College Club of Santa Barbara.

 

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Steve Bland

relocated to San Luis Obispo from Atlanta twelve years ago with his partner Dwyne Willis. In Atlanta Steve worked in the meeting and travel industry and volunteered with a number of organizations. Since moving to San Luis Obispo he has served as president of the board of the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council (ARTS Obispo) on the board of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and is an active volunteer with Woods Humane Society. Steve and Dwyne own and operate SLO Provisions, a gourmet and specialty food market. Steve joined the Festival Mozaic Board of Directors in 2011.

 

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John Frey

taught chemistry and engaged in chemical research for 40 years at several universities and is now retired.  He served on the Board of Directors of OperaSLO from 1999-2014 and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast. He is a member of the Rotary Club of SLO. He teaches courses on opera and musical theater for LLCC and OperaSLO. His other interests include cycling, music, family history and travel. He is married and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. He has had many years of singing experience with various choral groups and has performed in the chorus of OperaSLO.

 

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Gail Kammermeyer

was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Southern California and raised three children with her husband in Manhattan Beach. She enjoyed her work as a full time mother and homemaker for a number of years and then began a teaching career with the Redondo Beach School District for twenty six years. The family spent sabbatical and visiting professor years at Cornell in Ithaca, Carleton University in Ottawa, London, and Guadalajara. Active in community and philanthropic organizations in the South Bay of Los Angeles, she was a fundraiser for the University of Southern California and for the  Los Angeles Philharmonic and supported the building of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gail enjoys family, friends, art, theater, symphony, opera, chamber music, jazz, traveling, dining, wine tasting, skiing, and hiking.

 

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Jano Kray

is a native Californian who spent part of her childhood on the Central Coast before relocating to the Bay Area. She returned to the Central Coast in 2010 and now makes her home in San Luis Obispo. After attending Northern Arizona University where she majored in English Literature, Jano started her professional career as a software developer at Bank of America in San Francisco.  She eventually built a successful consulting practice specializing in information technology strategy and technical training.  In addition to working with financial institutions, retail, and corporate clients, Jano spent 14 years at Stanford University working in the areas of fundraising/donor management, ecommerce, and information security. Jano has been a dedicated fan and supporter of Festival Mozaic since attending her first concert at Chapel Hill in 2010.  She is a supporter of many cultural organizations in the county and has served on the board of ARTS Obispo. Jano joined the Festival Board of Directors in 2015.

 

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Marti Jorgensen Lindholm

San Luis Obispo native, has always loved music, especially participating in the making and sharing of music. She became a music educator K-14 to help children learn that they personally could make music. After graduating from UCSB in Piano Performance, Marti earned her Masters at Cal, later her Doctorate in Music Ed from UOP. After retiring from SLCUSD in 2009 her greatest joy has been playing chamber music, being a rehearsal pianist accompanying various local productions, organizing fundraising concerts for SLOMA, teaching privately, and being the Music Director/Organist of St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Morro Bay. She has sung with Vocal Arts and Master Chorale and is an active member of Rotary de Tolosa. Marti loves traveling with her new husband Allan either to see her grand daughters in WA, son in the Bay area, or adventuring abroad.

 

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Carrie Miller

is a Partner at Trellis Wealth Management. She was raised in San Luis Obispo and has a degree in Literature from Claremont McKenna College. She lived in San Francisco and had an an 18-year career at Charles Schwab. As a Managing Director within Schwab Institutional, Carrie helped lead efforts to improve the client experience for 7,000+ independent advisory firms with over $900 billion in client assets at Schwab. While living in San Francisco, she was an active volunteer for the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary (2001‐2011), conducting surveys of wildlife, responding to oil spills, and serving as a docent educating the public on wildlife in the Bay Area. After 20 years in San Francisco, Carrie moved back to San Luis Obispo in 2013. Carrie volunteers with the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation on the Donor Engagement and Scholarship Committees (2015‐present) and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center on its Investment and Finance Committee (2015‐present). She previously served on the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce’s Investment Committee (2016‐2017). Carrie is also a graduate of Leadership SLO, Class XXIII.

 

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Susan Branche Poteet

came to this area from New Orleans where she worked with the Army Corps of Engineers building the Hurricane Protection System.  Her background also includes less interesting engineering projects, such as installing the sewer system in the Florida Keys and other water/wastewater projects.  Susan earned a BSBA-Finance degree from the University of Central Florida where she subsequently taught while managing her private tax and accounting practice.  Currently, as the Corporate Sparkle Goddess for CheriArt, LLC, Susan is responsible for training distributors.  Susan serves on the Board of Directors for the San Luis Obispo County Public Library Foundation and for RISE, the organization created from the merger of NCWS & SARP.  Susan joined the Festival Mozaic Board of Directors in 2013.

 

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Michael Ritter

and his wife, Shirley, came to Avila Valley in 2000 where they have a small farm growing organic avocados and olives. Following college and law school, Mike held various management positions for a telephone company. After practicing regulatory law he joined the cable television industry where he helped build what became the third largest cable television company in the country. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer and on the Board of Directors of that company. He also held Directorship positions on several entertainment media company Boards.
Mike served on the Board of the Reno/Sparks Theater Coalition, his local church and is President of the Board of Trustees of the Avila Beach Community Foundation. He is an avid sailor having sailed many of the world’s oceans, is a passionate snowboarder and is a jazz piano student. He also loves to spend time with his four grandchildren. Mike joined the Festival Mozaic Board of Directors in 2012.

 

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Rick Sample

began a twenty plus year run in the financial services industry at E F Hutton & Company and Painewebber after graduating from Cal Poly. He then followed his own entrepreneurial call launching two startups. In 2013, Rick re-entered the Wealth Management Business with Morgan Stanley in SLO, relocating to SLO with his wife Julie. He mentors young entrepreneurs through Cal Poly’s CIE at the Hothouse. He is an accomplished chef, avid golfer and fisherman.

 

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Bern Singsen

grew up in Storrs, Connecticut, in a university-based family immersed in classical music. While trained in Economics at Oberlin, its Conservatory of Music was a major life influence. He received an MD from NYU, and loved the bi-weekly ‘nosebleed’ student seats at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Town Hall. Resident training in Los Angeles, two years as a Navy Pediatrician, and then Rheumatology specialty fellowship training, led to a 34-year medical school career of faculty research, administration, patient care, and mentoring residents and fellowship trainees. Bern has over 200 research publications, served on medical journal editorial boards, and was a frequent NIH research grant consultant, and site visitor for many national university arthritis research programs. A mid-career, health systems research-based Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, eventually led to two-year tour as a Deputy Public Health Officer in SLO County. He has served on numerous local and national medical, college, and community-based Committees and Boards. He enjoys biking, primitive and modern art, devouring the newspaper, and choral singing, and also plays bluegrass music. He and his cat reside in San Luis Obispo.

 

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John Stipicevich

is a native of California and attended college at San Jose State University where he earned a degree in Economics. After a career in higher education he forged a career in the wine and spirits business, and he currently serves as Area Sales Manager for Classic Wines of California. He also owned and operated Monterey Street Wines for 3 years. John is a 30-year resident of San Luis Obispo County. He served on the San Luis Obispo Symphony Board of Directors for six years and was a Rotarian with the San Luis Obispo Daybreak Club, and served as President of both. He joined the Festival Mozaic board in 2017.

 

 

 

Festival Mozaic Staff

 

 

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Bettina Swigger, Executive Director

developed a love of music when she began playing the viola at age five. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bettina comes to Festival Mozaic from Colorado Springs, where she served as executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, an arts advocacy organization. Prior to that, she was the manager of the Colorado College Summer Arts Festival, which includes a Summer Music Festival, Dance Intensive, Vocal Arts Symposium and film series. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Colorado College.  She serves on the boards of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and Leadership SLO. She is a co-host of the weekly public radio program, KCBX In Concert.  Bettina was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the San Luis Obispo Tribune in 2012. Email Bettina.

 

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David George, General Manager

grew up in a musical family in Arlington, VA, and studied piano and double bass through high school. He received a bachelor of music in double bass from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a bachelor of arts in economics from Case Western Reserve University. He attended graduate school at the University of Maryland where he earned a master of music while working on the staff of the National Orchestral Institute. Before coming to San Luis Obispo, Dave served as the Assistant Personnel Manager at the Baltimore Symphony for two years. As a bassist, Dave has performed with the Baltimore, National, and Fairfax symphonies, the Chautauqua, Pacific, Tanglewood, and Staunton festivals, and was principal of the Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra.  In 2009, he served as principal for the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall.  He is a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and has also performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, SLO Master Chorale and Opera SLO.  Dave lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife, Jessica, and their daughter, Hazel. Email Dave.

 

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Kathy East, Office Manager & Bookkeeper

located permanently to the Central Coast 16 years ago after vacationing in the area for many years. She brings 26 years of bookkeeping and office experience, including Hearst Castle and the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay, not to mention her reason, serenity and humor, to the office of the Festival. She and her husband, Shadie, reside in the picturesque town of Cambria with their dogs Brandi and Max. Email Kathy.

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Susan Desmond, Volunteer Coordinator & House Manager

has been Volunteer Coordinator/House Manager at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts for the past fifteen years. An active member of the local theatre scene, Susan has volunteered for the SLO Little Theatre, Central Coast Follies, and Chameleon Productions among others. She’s thrilled to be working with Festival Mozaic as Volunteer Coordinator/House Manager and loves getting to know our volunteers and patrons alike. Email Susan.

 

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Prudy Lovtang, Housing Coordinator

is a native of SLO County, born in Arroyo Grande, raised in Santa Margarita, taught at Los Osos Middle School for 31 years and was recruited for Festival Mozaic when she retired.  This is her 10th year with the Festival, arranging housing for all of the musicians.  When it's not Festival time, she loves to travel to Kentucky and Oregon to visit her grandchildren, read, do aqua aerobics, stitch, quilt and sing in her church choir. Email Prudy.  

 

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Zachary Hubbard, Technical Director

has performed and stage managed concerts and events all over the country and the world, including performances at the Christopher Cohan Center, The Clark Center, with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, San Francisco Renegades, San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, and the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra. A classically-trained percussionist, Zach performs in and teaches a wide variety of groups, including orchestras, drum and bugle corps and high school bands across California.

 

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Alyson McLamore, Program Notes and Lectures

won the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2002, as Musicology professor and teacher at Cal Poly. Besides music history and music education courses, she teaches classes in musical theater, film music and women composers, and she helps direct the Tournament of Roses Honor Band in Pasadena. She has published Musical Theater: An Appreciation (Prentice Hall) and essays in the Research Chronicle, New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Music Observed, and Musica Franca. She writes program notes and gives pre-concert talks for the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Cal Poly Arts, Cuesta Master Chorale and Festival Mozaic.