Board & Staff
Festival Mozaic Board
Rick Sample, President
is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley and has over 27 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, as well as close to a decade as an entrepreneur, launching two startups. Rick and his wife Julie (an accomplished fine art photographer artist and Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly) were college sweethearts and graduated from Cal Poly, which instilled a life-long love of the beautiful Central Coast. They moved to SLO from Orange County in 2013. Rick also volunteers at Mission Community Services Corporation’s Women’s Business Center where he teaches aspiring entrepreneurs in their popular “Start, Run, Grow Your Business” series. In his spare time, in addition to his love of music, Rick is an accomplished chef, avid golfer and fisherman.
Dennis Schneider, Vice President
is the President of Biokinetic Engineering, Inc., a forensic engineering consulting firm based in San Luis Obispo. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Wayne State University. 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.
Jo Anne Heywood Miller, Past 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 and in 2008 she started a West coast branch of Golden Seeds, investing in women-backed businesses. 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 Advisory 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.
Jeri Corgill, Treasurer
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. She also served as the Interim Executive Director of Festival Mozaic between October 2018 and June 2019. 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 the New England Conservatory. She has a cat named Mozart.
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 K-8 school on LA’s Westside. In addition to Festival Mozaic, she serves on the board of the Library Foundation and as public relations manager/grant writer/volunteer for Meals That Connect. She is also very active with the League of Women Voters. 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 lessons, kayaking, and visiting her three grown children and four grandchildren. Juliane holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
strongly believes the arts enrich a community and actively supports a multitude of public art events through such organizations as Cuesta College, ARTS Obispo, and the Chapman Estate Foundation. After earning an MS in Education from Boston University, Paula held various teaching positions in the greater Boston area. Next she headed to Silicon Valley and worked at a variety of high-tech companies before starting her own consulting firm, PD Communications LLC. When Paula and her husband relocated to SLO in 2012, she decided to focus primarily on her artwork. Her award-winning impressionistic paintings have been featured in numerous juried exhibits including the California Art Club (CAC) Plein Air Painters Showcase, the SLOMA & ARTS Obispo pop-up galleries, and the Santa Barbara Artwalk.
moved to San Luis Obispo County after living in Santa Barbara for almost 50 years. Len started Jarrott and Co. Real Estate Investments in Santa Barbara in 1976. He graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles with a B.S. Degree in Biology. He then attended Cal State San Diego University where he obtained the MA Degree in Philosophy and later he graduated from the George L. Graziado School of Business and Management where he earned the prestigious Presidential Key Executive MBA degree from Pepperdine University. Len served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Santa Barbara City College and on SBCC’s Foundation Board of Directors for 38 years.
Marti Jorgensen Lindholm
is a San Luis Obispo native and has always loved music. After graduating from UCSB in Piano Performance, Marti earned her Master’s at Cal and later her Doctorate in Music Ed from UOP. After retiring from San Luis Coastal Unified School District 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 husband Allan either to see her grand daughters in WA, son in the Bay area, or adventuring abroad.
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, where as a Managing Director she helped lead efforts to improve the client experience for 7,000+ independent advisory firms with over $900 billion in client assets. She was an active volunteer for the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, 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 where she volunteers on various committees with the Community Foundation and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center. She previously served on the SLO Chamber of Commerce’s Investment Committee. Carrie is also a graduate of Leadership SLO, Class XXIII.
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 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.
is a member of Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business faculty, teaching management and human resources. He is a consultant as well, providing expertise in organizational development and effectiveness. Previously, Cal was with Intel Corporation, in Folsom, CA, where he worked as an internal human resources and organizational development consultant. He also brings previous experience with non-profits in staff, board, and consulting roles. A member of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, Cal serves on the chamber’s Legislative Action Committee. He also serves on the Personnel Board for the City of San Luis Obispo. Cal and Nancy, their three children, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren all live in SLO.
Festival Mozaic Staff
Lloyd Tanner, Executive Director
With more than 20 years of performing arts administrative experience, Lloyd Tanner’s professional portfolio has included senior management positions with the Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Washington Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. With a background in artistic and operational administration, development, marketing, and strategic planning, Lloyd has contributed to helping generate millions of dollars in revenue — both contributed and earned — for opera, dance, performing arts centers, and orchestras. His insight into patron loyalty, sophisticated pricing structure and strategic planning has helped companies reach their desired potential. Originally, from Atlanta, Georgia, Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from Southern Methodist University. When not at the theater or in the office, you'll often find him hiking high up a mountain trail, crossing a desert dune, or enjoying a glass of Central Coast California wine with family and friends. Lloyd married to Lockwood, CA native Laina Babb, who is the Costume Shop Supervisor at CalPoly San Luis Obispo.Email Lloyd.
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 seasons. 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. 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 two children, Hazel and Cody. Email Dave.
Kathy East, Administrative Manager
located permanently to the Central Coast 22 years ago after vacationing in the area for many years. She brings 37 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 furbaby Mandy. Email Kathy.
is a native New Jerseyan and has enjoyed a diverse, multi-faceted career in journalism, marketing, development, communications, public relations and event management. She fell in love with the central coast on a chance visit here in 2007, and moved here permanently in 2014. She most recently served as a tour guide at Hearst Castle. In addition to her love of music, Elaine’s interests include horseback riding, writing, travel, theatre, art and card games. Her four-legged children include Aria, Ula (ooh-la) and Sydney. She is delighted to become a part of the Festival Mozaic family. Email Elaine.
Susan Desmond, Volunteer Coordinator & House Manager
has been Volunteer Coordinator/House Manager at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts for the past 17 years. An active member of the local theatre scene, Susan has volunteered for the SLO Repertory 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.
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.
Alyson McLamore, Program Annotator 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.
Concert Piano Technician
Brian P. Lawler
Johnny Valdez, Adept Events
Staging & Production Services