SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SHEARN PLATT, CHAIR*
EVELYN OLSON LAMDEN, IMM. PAST CHAIR*
SAM ERSAN, VICE CHAIR*
DEBORAH PATE, VICE CHAIR*
DAVID R. SNYDER, ESQ.M VICE CHAIR*
JAMES WENDLER, TREASURER*
SOPHIE BRYAN, SECRETARY*
Claude Benchimol, Ph.D.*
Tanya M. Brandes
Julia R. Brown
Ben G. Clay
James L. Fitzpatrick
Warren O. Kessler, M.D.*
K. Alan Lonbom
Papa Doug Manchester
Jacqueline L. Parks
Craig A. Schloss, Esq.
Donald M. Slate*
Sheryl M. Sutton
Maneck Wadia, Ph.D.
William T. Walton III
Mitchell R. Woodbury*
*Executive Committee Member
SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY
HONORARY LIFETIME DIRECTORS
Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs
Joan K. Jacobs
Warren O. Kessler, M.D.
Anne Francis Ratner (1911-2011)
Lawrence B. Robinson
SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY
FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOAN K. JACOBS, CHAIR
ROBERT CAPLAN, ESQ., VICE CHAIR
WARREN O. KESSLER, M.D., SECRETARY
MARJORY KAPLAN, TREASURER
Shearn H. Platt
Mitchell R. Woodbury
PAST SYMPHONY BOARD CHAIRS
2011-14 Evelyn Olson Lamden
2009-11 Mitchell R. Woodbury
2008-09 Theresa J. Drew
2007-08 Steven R. Penhall
2005-07 Mitchell Woodbury
2004-05 Craig A. Schloss Esq.
2003-04 John R. Queen
2001-03 Harold B. Dokmo Jr.
2000-01 Ben G. Clay
1998-00 Sandra Pay
1995-96 Elsie V. Weston
1994-95 Thomas Morgan
1993-94 David Dorne, Esq.
1989-93 Warren O. Kessler, M.D.
1988-89 Elsie V. Weston
1986-88 Herbert J. Solomon
1984-86 M.B. “Det” Merryman
1982-84 Louis F. Cumming
1980-82 David E. Porter
1978-80 Paul L. Stevens
1976-78 Laurie H. Waddy
1974-76 William N. Jenkins
1971-74 L. Thomas Halverstadt
1970-71 Simon Reznikoff
1969-70 Robert J. Sullivan
1968-69 Arthur S. Johnson
1966-68 Michael Ibs Gonzalez
1964-66 Philip M. Klauber
1963-64 Oliver B. James Jr.
1961-63 J. Dallas Clark
1960-61 Fielder K. Lutes
1959-60 Dr. G. Burch Mehlin
1956-58 Admiral Wilder D. Baker
1953-56 Mrs. Fred G. Goss
1952-53 Donald A. Stewart
1940-42 Donald B. Smith
1938-39 Mrs. William H. Porterfield
1934-37 Mrs. Marshall O. Terry
1930-33 Mouney C. Pfefferkorn
1928-29 Willett S. Dorland
1927 Ed H. Clay
Evelyn Olson Lamden is a Principal and Partner in Red Kite Business Advisors, a marketing consulting firm helping clients expand and develop their consumer market segments through research and strategic marketing planning. The firm also offers creative services, media planning, and general marketing services.
Prior to Red Kite Business Advisors, Evelyn served as SVP Marketing & Media, CMO, and COO at Aviatech, an online marketing agency. She is also Area Developer for the New Well Pacific, women’s weight loss and wellness centers, and handles franchise development for the regions of San Diego County and the State of Hawaii. She and her husband are franchisees for two centers opening in San Diego and La Jolla.
Evelyn has over 30 years of experience in corporate and agency management roles, and has managed and directed media departments for companies such as Goodyear, Foodmaker (Jack-in-the-Box Restaurants), and Jenny Craig International. She served as CEO & President of Advertising Ventures International, a private marketing firm involved with local event marketing, as Managing Partner of Budji Corporation, a manufacturing company/importer of bamboo furniture for distribution to the US market, and managed the Nissan Dealer account at International Communication Group (ICG), which is now Carat-USA, one of the world's largest media buying agencies. Evelyn has worked in several industries throughout her career, including automotive, fast food, weight management, fitness, entertainment, horse racing, real estate, interior design, furniture manufacturing, and non-profits.
Evelyn is active in the performing arts community and has served on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Symphony since November 2005. She is a member of the Executive Committee and is the Board Chair for the 2012-13 season afte serving in the same capacity for 2011-2012. She is also a Board Member for Malashock Dance Company. A consummate lover of the arts, Evelyn has professionally developed scripts, directed, produced, danced, and choreographed for live stage productions. She lives in San Diego with her husband Bill, and two teenage children, Leah and Chaz.
Shearn Platt is a retired lawyer and real estate specialist and a founding partner of the law firm of Rudick, Platt, Glatt & Getz. He is president of Platt Management, Inc., which is the Managing General Partner of: Golden West Hotel, L.P.; New Plaza Hotel, Ltd.; G.W. Properties, LP; Platt & Wolff Investment Company, LP; and several other syndicated real estate based investments.
Shearn has been a community activist serving as Past President of numerous community organizations including San Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged; San Diego East Village Association; United Jewish Federation of San Diego; San Diego Jewish Community Foundation.
Shearn Platt first joined the Board of Directors of the San Diego Symphony Association in 1982 and served in many important roles before retiring from the Board in 1994. Most recently he rejoined the board and served as a member of the Music Director Search Committee which was instrumental in bringing Jahja Ling to San Diego.
Shearn and his wife Linda have two grown children, ten grandchildren and reside in the Banker’s Hill area of San Diego.
David R. Synder, Esq. has been a practicing attorney since 1974, specializing in general corporate matters. Principal outside general counsel to numerous public companies and substantial private entities. Lead counsel in over 50 public offerings of equity and debt securities; represented NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange public companies in their ongoing SEC reporting obligations and handled private placement and public and private merger and acquisition transactions. Have counseled boards of directors in contested takeovers and in stockholder litigation in California, Delaware and federal courts. Broad industry sector experience including utilities, high-tech, biotech, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Profiled in The Best Lawyers in America since 1993 and in Chambers & Partners: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Married to Phyllis Alford Snyder; two children, son Jason Richard and daughter Carrie Snyder Vilaplana.
1993 – present - PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP, San Diego, California. Partner; Chair of Firm-wide Business Department (2005-present); Member of Firm Board (1998-present); London Office Managing Partner (2001-2003) and Executive Vice chair (2004-2006)
CORNELL LAW SCHOOL, Ithaca, New York
Doctor of Law, with Distinction, June 1974
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, East Lansing, Michigan
B.A. in Humanities, with High Honors, June 1971
American Bar Association Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities (1987-present); Chair, Subcommittee on Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation (1999-present).
Director, Corporate Directors Forum (2001-2007); Director, Rady Children’s Physician Management Services Corporation (2004-present); Director,San Diego Regional Disaster Fund of the San Diego Foundation (2005-present)
Sam B. Ersan was born in 1950 to diplomat parents. First music experiences at age six through the vinyl recordings of Chopin 2nd by Wilhelm Backhaus and Brahms violin concerto by Nathan Milstein while living in Tel Aviv. Attended his first concert at age 10 in Geneva: David Oistrakh played the Prokofiev violin concerto, and later, Sviatoslav Richter recital in Istanbul.
Frequented the concert halls during college. Found solace in and uplifted by Mahler’s music. Received a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering at Middle East Technical University in 1977; also studied the music of Debussy, Ravel and Honegger during this time. 1978-1983 Graduate school in Experimental Psychology. Discovered the Chamber Music Heaven and entered in. I am still there! Please come on in.
1989-2009 Founder and CEO of Spectrum Detention Services, which caters the Department of Justice and DHS. Shostakovich, Bartok and Martinu predominated this period. Founded a residency program for San Diego Symphony musicians at the UC San Diego Music Department in 2008.
-Favorite Symphony: Mahler 5th, and Rachmaninoff 2nd.
-Favorite Orchestral Piece: “Don Quixote” by R. Strauss.
-Favorite uplifting music: “Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge” by Benjamin Britten.
-Favorite lollipop: Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto.
-Favorite chamber music: Beethoven, Dvorak, Martinu Piano Trios.
-Favorite violinist of all time: Hilary Hahn.
-Schnittke, Schoenberg, Alban Berg and alike: Whoops, I am out of here...
Douglas Bradley runs his Wealth Management practice from UBS Financial Services in La Jolla. He has been an avid investor since age twelve, and he and his team embrace professional knowledge, integrity, and personalized service as their core in delivering uncompromised quality, personal services, and wealth management services for their clients.
Family and friends, finance and investing, and music are his passions. He lives in La Jolla with his wife Neva and their two-year old daughter Sophia and one-year old son Mac. Before moving to La Jolla, Doug was Regional Director for BlackRock’s (formerly Merrill Lynch Asset Management / MLAM) interests in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile. Prior to his move to South America, he held a similar position with MLAM in New York City. Doug did post-graduate work in Madrid while working as a consultant for Cyanamid Ibérica, Lilly Pharmaceuticals, and Anderson Consulting.
Volunteer activities include chairmanship of the La Jolla Half Marathon since 2006 – raising nearly $1 million to benefit San Diego charities. Doug has served as Finance Chair and board member for Friends of the La Jolla Library, board member of the Gillispie School, and President of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla and its Foundation. He currently serves as Finance Chair for the Congregational Church of La Jolla and the Foundation of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla.
John J. Zygowicz is the market president for U.S. Bank in San Diego, and Market Leader for the Wealth Management Group in San Diego.
Zygowicz has been with U.S. Bank since February 1999. He began his banking career at United California Bank/First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles, California. He was transferred by the bank to San Diego in 1981. He has been a senior vice president responsible for managing corporate banking in the San Diego area, as well as experience as a district manager responsible for 22 retail branch offices in San Diego, and Imperial and Riverside counties. Zygowicz also spent time with Home Savings of America in San Diego as district manger for 24 retail branches in San Diego and Imperial counties.
A graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Rennsalear, Indiana, Zygowicz earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He attended an executive program at the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Stanford University.
Zygowicz and his wife have been actively involved with various non-profit organizations in the area of education, civic development and health and human services. He serves on the advisory boards of the Salvation Army and the School of Education at the University of San Diego, and is a Rotarian in the San Diego Downtown Club. The Zygowicz’s live in Encinitas with their daughter, Michelle.
Claude D. Benchimol, Ph.D. is the President of Damol Innovation LLC, a consulting practice he founded in 2012, focused on technology-based innovation in healthcare (medical devices, pharma & biotech, healthcare IT). Engagements address, in a uniquely coordinated approach, a comprehensive array of innovation drivers: product planning, technology differentiation, processes, organization, competencies and culture. Clients span companies from small start-ups to large public Companies ($2B-$28B).
Passionate about innovation, he has a 35 year success history of building, leading and inspiring vibrant global organizations responsible for the introduction of high impact, complex technology products.
Previously, he held several senior executive roles at Invitrogen, which became Life Technologies, a $4B Life Sciences Company headquartered in Carlsbad, California, leading the development of biological reagents and instruments like DNA sequencing machines. Under his leadership, the rate of product introductions quadrupled and the top line grew 5x during his tenure.
Prior to joining Invitrogen in 2003 as the Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Dr. Benchimol served in a variety of executive positions at General Electric Healthcare. From 2001 to 2003 he was Vice-President of Global Technology at GE's Medical Information Technologies. Prior to this role, he assumed a number of leadership positions in the development of complex diagnostic imaging instruments and innovations including slip-ring and multi-slice CT Scanners, High Field and open MRI Scanners, Digital Mammography and Digital Cardiology.
In 1973 Dr. Benchimol received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, France. In 1974 he earned a Master's degree in Systems Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and in 1977 he received his Doctorate in Systems Science, also from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the French Academy of Technology. Playing and listening to music have always been central to his life.
Claude and his wife Veronique currently reside in Solana Beach, California.
Tanya Brandes is the founder and co-owner of Amalfi Partners, a motion-picture production company. In her capacity as executive producer, Tanya is responsible for project and cast selection and approval, negotiating foreign and domestic contracts, overseeing budgets, and interfacing with studios, agencies, and talent.
Tanya graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Southern California, and received her MD from Stanford University. Tanya practiced clinical medicine until 2005, and continues to do medical charity work in developing nations. In Papua New Guinea and Southern Africa, she has worked in remote sites, with small teams of physicians, providing basic healthcare and performing minor surgical procedures, as well as teaching and serving as a mentor. Tanya returns to South Africa regularly, and continues to support HIV/AIDS research, education, and treatment.
Committed to philanthropy, Tanya serves as president of her family’s foundation, overseeing grants to individuals and organizations in the areas of arts, sciences, education, and community development. Tanya also serves on the Board of Directors of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. She lives, with her husband, Charles, in San Diego, California.
Julia R. Brown is a member of the Board of Directors of Targacept, Inc., Labopharm, Inc., and MediQuest Therapeutics, Inc. She was a member of the founding Board of Directors of Trius Therapeutics, Inc. and continued to serve until its recent Series B financing. She remains on the Trius business advisory board. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Tanox, Inc. from 2005 until its acquisition by Genentech in 2007. She served on the business advisory board of CovX Pharmaceuticals from 2004 until its acquisition by Pfizer in 2008. Julia is a member of the board of CONNECT, an organization that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and the formation of new companies. She serves on its public policy committee. Julia is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of California, San Diego Foundation. She is a member of Corporate Director’s Forum and the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Directors Cabinet at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is also a member of the board of the San Diego Symphony.
From 2000-2003, Julia was Executive Vice President of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Advisor to the CEO until 2008. Prior to joining Amylin, Julia was Executive Vice President of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She was with Dura from 1995-1999. Julia spent over 25 years with Eli Lilly and Company in progressively more senior roles. From 1992-1994, Julia was Vice President of IVAC Corporation and General Manager of its Vital Signs Division (a Lilly subsidiary). She was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for Hybritech (another Lilly subsidiary), and led global marketing from1986-1992. She held a variety of positions in the pharmaceutical division, including eight years in the Company’s international division. She did basic research in antimicrobials from 1969-1973. Julia is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University where she studied microbiology and biochemistry.
Sophie Bryan was raised in New York and Connecticut, and moved to California in 1996 to attend college and graduate school. In 2000, she graduated from the California College of the Arts in the Bay Area with a degree in illustration, and she later moved to Los Angeles to pursue graduate studies in psychology at Loyola Marymount University. She obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006, and became a registered art therapist in 2008.
After graduating, Sophie gained professional experience as a primary psychotherapist by working at residential facilities for eating disorders and chemical dependency programs, as well as several outpatient mental health agencies in the Los Angeles area. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in La Jolla and Long Beach, and has extensive experience counseling patients who suffer from anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, eating disorders, infertility and women’s issues.
Sophie has previously served on the board of the Southern California Art Therapy Association, and currently serves on the board of the Dillon Foundation and the Clarence and Anne Dillon Foundation in New York. Sophie and her family have been strong supporters of the arts community for many years. She currently resides in La Jolla with her husband Matt Lueders.
Paul Chacon is the San Diego Regional Manager for ABM Parking Services, a subsidiary of ABM Industries, with the financial strength and infrastructure of one of the largest building services companies in the country. ABM is a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ABM) listed company with annual revenues exceeding $4.6 billion and a workforce numbering more than 100,000. ABM presently serves clients in 40 states and over 232 cities throughout several regions of the country. Starting from the ground up in 1966, with just one parking facility, ABM Parking Services has grown to its present size of 2,000 locations and over 12,500 employees.
Ranked as the second largest parking operator in San Diego, the company operates 53 locations with over 13,600 stalls and 150 employees. Some of our major clients include The Irvine Company, CommonWealth Partners, Corky McMillin Companies, Bosa Development, Union Bank, City and County of San Diego, Civic San Diego, Port of San Diego, Sanford Consortium and Evans Hotels.
A native San Diegan, Paul has a strong family history of involvement in local business and politics. He attended Saint Augustine High School class of ’74 then UCSD with a major in economics. In 1982, he founded the commercial real estate firm of Walsh & Chacon where he specialized in downtown San Diego investment sales. In 1992, he founded the San Diego division of Five Star Parking, built the business into the second largest parking company in San Diego and then sold the company in 2010 to ABM.
Paul has served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to present and served as the vice chairman from 2006-2008. From 2004-2006, he served on the Centre City Advisory Committee representing the business interests of Core Columbia which advised CCDC on all downtown San Diego redevelopment. From 2005-2010, he served on the Board of Saint Augustine High School and serves as chairman of the facilities capital campaign from 2008-2010. From 2004 to present he has served on the Board of the San Diego Church of Christ and chairman from 2010 to present. Together with his wife Barbara, they have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Ben G. Clay has retired as a principal with Carpi & Clay, a government relations firm with offices in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He has more than 35 years experience working with public agencies, private-sector companies and organizations. He specialized in legislative and administrative advocacy at the State of California.
Prior to establishing The Clay Company and later Carpi & Clay, Ben provided legislative representation for the City of San Diego and County of San Diego. At the County, he served as the director of the Intergovernmental Affairs Office where he was responsible for supervising legislative advocacy activities in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He also was vice president of a development company where he was responsible for managing development and government relations activities at the City and County of San Diego, Port of San Diego, California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission. Ben has also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.
Ben serves on the boards of the, San Diego Symphony Association, the California State Railroad Museum, the City of San Diego Qualcomm Stadium advisory board and the San Diego River Conservancy. He is a past president and current member of the Rotary Club of San Diego and a former past president of the San Diego Symphony and a former board member of the San Diego Natural History Museum. He is currently the Chair of the San Diego Rotary Club Centennial Celebration. He has taught graduate courses at National University, undergraduate courses at San Diego State University and at San Diego Community College.
A graduate of San Diego State University, Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration. He has remained active in the University and is a past board member of the University’s Alumni Association and College of Business Advisory Council. Ben and his wife, Nikki, co-chaired the University’s Centennial Celebration in 1997, and they were honored as SDSU’s “Alumni of the Year” in 1998.
Ben and Nikki reside in the Mission Hills area of San Diego.
Karin Eastham has over 30 years experience in financial and operations management, primarily in life sciences companies. Ms. Eastham serves as a director for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Illumina, Inc., Genoptix, Inc., Geron Corporation and Trius Therapeutics, Inc. She also serves on the board of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.
Ms. Eastham is a frequent speaker and moderator on issues in corporate governance. Past directorships include SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Tercica, Inc., Molecular Probes, Inc. and Salmedix, Inc. until the sales of these companies were consummated. Ms. Eastham has also served on the board of Corporate Directors Forum, which is focused on promoting best practices in the boardroom.
From May 2004 to September 2008 Ms. Eastham served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Burnham Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit corporation, engaged in basic biomedical research. She also served as Senior Vice President, Finance,
Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary of Diversa Corporation, where she led the company’s IPO, raising over $200 MM. She previously held similar positions with CombiChem, Inc., a computational chemistry company, and Cytel Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company.
Ms. Eastham also held several positions, including Vice President, Finance, at Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics, from 1976 to 1988. Ms. Eastham received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Eastham is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2004 Women Who Mean Business Award, the UCSD Athena 2007 Technology Pinnacle Award and the Corporate Directors Forum 2007 Director of the Year Award in Corporate Governance.
Phyllis Epstein is a California native. After graduating from UCLA, she became a teacher. Later, after raising her two children, she was involved as a community volunteer. She served on the board of the Museum of Photographic Arts, has been President of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, and was a member the California Arts Council. She is a co-founder of the California Music Project, which seeks to bring music education back into California schools. Phyllis is on the Board of Councilors of the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education at USC, the USC School of Fine Arts, and a board member at the UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS), serving as the community cultural liaison.
Phyllis is the mother of 2 adult children, and grandmother of three. Her husband, Dan, previously served on the Symphony Board.
Lisette Farrell holds a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, an MBA from INCAE in Costa Rica, and a BA in Marketing from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in her native Panama. She has work experience in strategic planning, marketing, product and project management, consulting and business development. Lisette’s last job, before getting busy with her family, was at Visa International where she was a Manager for the Consumer Credit Products for the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She was in charge of launching Visa Platinum throughout the region and responsible for the management of Visa Gold. Before Visa, Lisette worked at several banks and financial institutions.
Lisette has been volunteering her spare time since college, where she was the Secretary of the Student Government Board of Directors. While getting her MBA, she was the Events Coordinator for the school’s biggest multi-cultural event. She also was elected the Latin America Representative for the Thunderbird Student Government.
Currently, Lisette is a member of the Contemporary Collectors at MCASD, a Director’s Circle member of the Museum of Photographic Arts, and serves on the New Children’s Museum gala committee. Lisette lives in La Jolla with her husband Michael and her two children Camille and James.
James Fitzpatrick is the owner and publisher of San Diego Magazine, LLC. He originally acquired the magazine from Ed and Gloria Self in October 1994 and sold the magazine to Curtco Media, publishers of The Robb Report in 2005. Jim expanded San Diego Magazine’s circulation over 50%, to more than 51,000, and increased advertising over 500%. He launched sandiegomagazine.com, the premier website for San Diego, and he launched the Custom Publishing division of San Diego Magazine. Jim reacquired San Diego Magazine in 2010. Additionally, he helped launch Garden Compass, a multi-media company that includes Garden Compass Digital Magazine, The Garden Compass Planting Guide, syndicated radio programming, gardencompass.com and gardening events.
Prior to acquiring San Diego Magazine, Jim was publisher of Entrepreneur Magazine, headquartered in Irvine.
A native of Chicago, Fitzpatrick holds a M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, and a B.S.B.A. from Valparaiso University, Indiana. A former Air Force pilot, he continues to fly and enjoys playing golf. He is past president of the City and Regional Magazine Association, the past Chairman of the Board of the San Diego International Sports Council, current Chairman of the Salvation Army Community Advisory Board Sierra Del Mar Division, and is active on the boards of many San Diego organizations. He and his wife Jan reside in La Jolla. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Jim received the 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award for his turnaround of San Diego Magazine, and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the City & Regional Magazine Association.
Damon Francis moved to San Diego in 2003 from his hometown of Newton, MA. He majored in English and minored in Legal Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Damon has spent the last decade working as a banker and is currently a Vice President in The Private Bank of Union Bank where he drives a team of wealth specialists to help clients with wealth planning, investments, risk management, trust and estate services and private banking. Damon lives in Pacific Beach with his wife Erin.
Janet Gorrie is San Diego-born and grew up in the Point Loma area. When her grandparents downsized, her parents acquired a 1929 Steinway & Sons piano. At age 7, she began taking piano lessons. Today that piano resides in her Carmel Valley home where she continues to play.
Janet graduated from UCLA in 1973 with a B.S. and became a Registered Nurse. For over 30 years, she has worked in many different healthcare settings. She and her husband, Roland, also known as Wil, live in Carmel Valley. Their son, Seth, attends USD and is majoring in finance and accounting. They have a 14 year old German Shepherd named Sappho. She is very dear to them.
Wil was in the Supply Corps of the US Navy for many years. He retired as a Captain in 1996. He worked a business consultant following his retirement. Since fitness and health are important to Janet and Wil, they became certified personal trainers in 2004. Their garage has been transformed into a state of the art Fitness Center. He trains about 22 people per week. On Wednesday nights, they host an adult yoga group which has been going on since 2008.
This year Janet has taken on the challenge of learning duplicate bridge and plays about two times a week. She also takes conversational Chinese classes. Wil and Janet enjoy traveling and plan to go to China soon. Last summer, Janet planted an organic garden and loves dabbling around in it. It is such a pleasure to walk outside and pick fresh lettuce and tomatoes from your own garden. Janet is also a member of the Board of Directors at Seacrest Retirement Villages and is really looking forward to becoming a part of the San Diego Symphony.
Paul Hering was elected as Managing Principal / CEO of Barney & Barney in 2004. Paul has been with Barney & Barney since 1985 and has been a Principal since 1989. His expertise is in the areas of strategic planning, administration and operations. Barney & Barney is one of the largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms in the world. As Managing Principal / CEO, Paul chairs Barney & Barney’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Compensation Committee.
Prior to joining Barney & Barney, Paul was an Underwriter with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
His civic and business activities include:
Big Brothers & Sisters of San Diego
>Board of Directors
Rady Childrens Hospital Foundation
>Board of Directors
University of California, Los Angeles
>Chancellor’s Associates Volunteer Committee
>Regional Chair, Parent Fund
San Diego Symphony
>Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
>Board of Directors
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
>Board of Directors
San Diego Foundation
>Audit Committee Chairman
Assurex Global (World’s 3rd Largest Insurance Brokerage Organization)
>Past Chairman of the Board
>Board of Directors
San Diego Private Bank
>Board of Directors
• 2001 Big Brothers Big Sisters “Man of the Year”
• 2008 “Excellence in Action” Award – Mental Health America
• 2008 Most Admired CEO Award – Vistage International / San Diego Business Journal
• 2009 Most Admired CEO “Exemplary” Award – Vistage International / San Diego Business Journal
Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation which he earned through advanced study in the field of insurance.
Warren O. Kessler, M.D. received his B.S. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine.
His General Surgery residency was at the Cornell Division of Bellevue Hospital in New York and his training in Urology was at UCSD School of Medicine.
He served in the U.S. Navy for two years and was in the private practice of Urology from 1974 to 2011. He was Chief of Urology at Scripps Mercy Hospital.
Dr. Kessler joined the Board of the San Diego Symphony in 1981 and was President of the Board from 1989-1993. He has been a member of the San Diego Symphony Foundation Board since its inception. In addition, he has chaired the Search Committee for three C.E.O.s of the San Diego Symphony as well as chairing the Search Committee for the last two Music Directors. He presently is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
He has also served as Vice-Chair of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Kessler resides in La Jolla with his wife Karen. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.
K. Alan Lonbom has extensive experience serving clients in the energy & utilities industry and currently serves as Deloitte’s lead partner for Sempra Energy, based in San Diego.
Alan has served as Lead Client Service Partner (LCSP) for several of Deloitte’s largest energy clients. Alan has been in the energy & utilities’ practice for most of his 33 year career, and has experience with both regulated and non-regulated entities. Clients Alan has served include, FPL Group, Sempra Energy, Pinnacle West, Sierra Pacific Resources (NV Energy), Progress Energy and Cinergy Corp.
Alan formerly served as the Southeast regional managing partner of the Energy Resources Group. In this role, he coordinated with Deloitte’s national industry leaders and other LCSP’s in providing services to their extensive group of energy clients in the Southeast.
As a manager, Alan served in Deloitte’s National Auditing Services Department, providing research and decision-making assistance to practice offices on technical auditing issues, and helping in the design of new auditing polices and approaches. He was one of the principal authors in the development of audit technique that still today is one of the major components of the firm’s audit approach.
Alan was Partner in Charge of Assurance for the Raleigh/Winston-Salem D&T office for eight years. During this period he also led Growth Companies Services for North and South Carolina, as well as served as lead partner for several large public companies.
Alan left Deloitte briefly to become CFO for a technology start up. In this capacity, he worked with a major Wall Street investment bank positioning the company for financing. He returned to the Deloitte January of 2002 to lead the firm’s Southeast Energy practice.
K. Alan Lonbom has served as Chairman for two different Junior Achievement boards, an organization that he has been involved with for more than 15 years, and he also served briefly on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh, NC.
Alan earned a BS and Masters of Accountancy degrees from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He has been active with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and he is Founder and Treasurer for Palm Beach Enterprise Forum.
Alan and his wife, Jennifer, have a 7 year old son. As a family they enjoy snow skiing, golf, music, and travel vacations. Jennifer is very active in the communities in which she has lived, and was formerly the CFO of a technology company.
Papa Doug Manchester is chairman of Manchester Financial Group. He is a true industrialist with accomplishments on a national and international scale in telecommunications, radio broadcast, medical instrumentation, publishing and real estate development. Papa Doug is considered father of the San Diego Convention Center after his generous contribution of the property for its development. The completion of the second largest Marriott and Hyatt hotels in the world anchored its success and gave birth to the vast downtown redevelopment still continuing today. In addition to the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina and the Manchester Grand Hyatt, his investment and development projects include The Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa, Manchester Executive Center, Manchester Financial Building, the Whitetail Lodge and Golf Club and soon a convention center hotel in Austin, Texas. Papa Doug was the catalyst for the now famous Biotech cluster at Torrey Pines. Currently, Papa Doug is Chairman and Publisher of U-T San Diego.
A graduate from San Diego State University, he is a former trustee of the University of San Diego and Wake Forest University, founder of the San Diego chapter of the Alexis de Toqueville Society and currently serves as a member of The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute Board of Trustees. In 1973 he joined Young Presidents’ Organization and co-founded its San Diego chapter, as well as the Idaho chapter, the Rio Platte chapter and the Vietnam chapter. He has served as chairman of the San Diego chapter and was voted Man-of-the-Year. He joined CEO in 1992 and served as a member of the Board and chaired the Vatican College. Papa Doug has five children and 11 grandchildren. He enjoys golf, tennis, marathon running, heli-skiing, travel, and “making positive memories.”
Dr. Jane L. McAuliffe serves as Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Ashford University. Dr. McAuliffe has been an Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Bridgepoint Education, Inc. since December 2010 and November 2008 respectively. She served as the President of Ashford University. She joined Bridgepoint Education, Inc. in July 2005. She served as the Senior Vice President of Bridgepoint Education, Inc. since November 2008. She served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bridgepoint Education, Inc. from September 2007 to November 2008. Her professional career began as a special education teacher and her experience includes both public and private K-12 schools. Prior to her appointment at Bridgepoint Education, she served as President of the Sarasota campus of Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida from 2003 to 2005. She served in various positions at Argosy University including Vice President of Academic Affairs in Sarasota and Department Head of Education in Atlanta. Her experience also including served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at American InterContinental University since 2002, Dean, Associate Dean, Program Chairman and Program Director in the College of Education at the University of Phoenix since 1996 to 2002. She is the co-author of one book and has presented numerous scholarly presentations in the course of her professional career. Dr. McAuliffe earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education from Arizona State University. Dr. McAuliffe holds an M.A and B.A. degrees focused in the area of Special Education from Arizona State University.
Barbara Katz Maurais moved to Del Mar in 2003, having lived in the Washington, DC area since 1970. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Barbara and her late husband, Bob, were involved with the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Opera for many years. Barbara served on the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra until her move to Del Mar. Currently, Barbara is a member of the NSO National Trustees.
Barbara also serves on the Board of the Pacific South Coast (San Diego) chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Jacqueline L. Parks is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Strategist in Wealth Planning Solutions at U.S. Trust, Bank of
America Private Wealth Management. In this role, Jacqueline is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth management
strategies in the areas of estate planning, intergenerational wealth planning, charitable giving, stock option planning,
retirement planning, income tax planning, and cash flow analysis. She coordinates the efforts of outside professional
advisors, such as attorneys, accountants, and insurance agents, to ensure the proper implementation of these strategies.
Jacqueline joined U.S. Trust ® in 2009. Prior to joining U.S. Trust ®, Jacqueline spent ten years practicing as an estate
planning attorney, working with high net worth individuals and families in the areas of income tax, estate and gift tax, and
philanthropy. Jacqueline has also served as a planned giving advisor for the United Way, the Junior League, the San Diego
Symphony and Ronald McDonald House Charity of San Diego.
Jacqueline received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Carroll University, her Juris Doctorate at Case Western
Reserve University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is a
member of both the California State Bar and the Ohio State Bar, as well as the San Diego County Bar Association. In her
role with U.S. Trust ®, Jacqueline does not provide legal advice.
Elizabeth Hamman Oliver is an active patron of the San Diego arts community. A member of the board of both the Mainly Mozart Festival and University of California, San Diego Arts Gallery, Oliver is also a committee member of the Museum of Modern Art, San Diego.
Craig A. Schloss, Esq. practices law with the firm Jackson Lewis LLP. He was previously a partner with the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP. Schloss specializes in trade secret litigation, and practices labor and employment law on behalf of management, including litigation involving wrongful termination, employee unfair competition, discrimination and sexual harassment. He also represents employers in union matters. He holds a joint degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and Graduate School of Labor and Industrial Relations and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Arizona. Schloss serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.
Charles Simpson is the Senior Marketing Manager, Cold Drinks, for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Mr. Simpson grew up in San Diego, is married with two children, has been with Coca-Cola for 30 years, and is involved in many community organizations.
Donald M. Slate
Graduated Beverly Hills High School, 1949
Graduated Unversity of Southern California, 1954
CEO of Bardon Inc., engaged in designing, importing and distributing men's apparel, 1954-1986
Retired, 1986 to present
United Jewish Federation, San Diego Symphony, Jewish
Community Foundation, Anti Defamation League, AIPC,
San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and co-founder of Kids Included Together
Business owner Sheryl M. Sutton is one of the founders and owners of a local contracting and building services firm. Her expertise in operations, business management, and marketing led the company to success. Under her direction and leadership, the company experienced record success and has now become one of leading companies of its kind. In the past year, Sheryl has chosen to retire from her company and looks forward to devoting time to local and international causes that she has worked on in the past. Throughout her career, Sheryl has received several awards for her leadership and contributions to her industry.
In 1989, Sheryl and her colleagues formed a non-profit organization that focuses on all aspects of business management training and education for the industry including economic forecasts, market trends and solving complex issues for her industry. This past year Sheryl was reunited with 5 of the past Board Presidents to celebrate their 20th year. Throughout her life, Sheryl has been involved in charitable and philanthropic work both locally and internationally. Her experiences living abroad introduced her to philanthropic/relief efforts and sustainable development which she has been involved in throughout her life and career. As a result, Sheryl has ably combined her cultural and business knowledge to help create self-sustaining opportunities for those in need. Sheryl has also worked on various local causes for many years and plans to continue her community work. This year Sheryl will be devoting time to local causes involving community awareness for domestic violence.
Sheryl has a strong appreciation for music and is committed to supporting the San Diego Symphony. She thanks the many wonderful and talented people who contribute their talents, time and energy to bring life to the Symphony and sustain its importance in our community.
Esteban Villanueva is a modern Renaissance man with a diverse background in the fields of business, law and music. He is an individual with a unique balance of education and real world experience. Born in Washington D.C. and fluent in Spanish, Esteban has combined his education and his knowledge of cross-border trends to launch a successful business with his wife. Esteban grew up in La Jolla and attended high school at The Bishop’s School. From there, he attended Dartmouth College and subsequently Pepperdine School of Law where he focused on Entertainment Law. After law school, Esteban ran a music production and publishing company whose recordings ultimately received 14 Grammy Awards for work with artists such as Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana. His expertise in Latin music has been called upon by the Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards and Los Angeles Opera who have relied on him to assist with their events.
Esteban now runs a successful bilingual binational magazine (GB Magazine), which focuses on culture, society and arts for the San Diego and Tijuana region. Esteban and his staff often reach out to the community by supporting and promoting fundraising events for local charities. Part of his focus with the magazine is to shatter the stereotypical image many have of Hispanics.
In 2008, Esteban and his magazine were invited by the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to attend the 26th Annual Border Governors Conference in Los Angeles for their positive impact in the community and the positive image of Hispanics in the region. Esteban and his wife Danitza enjoy our region and all that it has to offer.
Dr. Maneck Wadia has made a name for himself as a professor of higher education, a prolific author whose books have been used by over 150 universities worldwide and as a consultant to over 500 local and national organizations. Dr. Wadia’s clients include all major branches of the US Military, the FBI, United Technologies, General Dynamics, Westinghouse, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, the San Diego Unified School District and numerous University of California campuses. He has been listed on the “Who’s Who list of Contemporary Authors” and the “Who’s Who list of the West.” He has served on the faculty at Indiana University’s School of Business and at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Dr. Wadia has also been awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to Dr. Wadia’s many successful ownership interests, ranging from financial institutions, manufacturing organizations, to real estate companies and restaurants, he has been President and CEO of Wadia Associates in Del Mar since 1965.
William Theodore Walton, III (Bill) was born on November 5th, 1952, in San Diego, California.
He was introduced to the game of basketball while in the fourth grade at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School by coach Frank "Rocky" Graciano. Walton then attended Helix High School, where the basketball coach was Gordon Nash. At Helix, his team won the California Interscholastic Federation High School title two years in a row, while winning their final 49 consecutive games.
Walton enrolled at UCLA in 1970. He played center for John Wooden's Varsity team for three seasons (1972-1974), after a year with the freshman team in 1971. He was a member of two NCAA championship teams compiling an NCAA record 88 consecutive game winning streak.
Bill Walton is a three-time recipient of the NCAA Player of the Year Award, 1972, '73 and '74. Walton is a 3 time All-American College Player and winner of the Sullivan Award for the United States Best Amateur Athlete of 1973. He was named to the Pacific 8 All-Conference first team 3 times and was conference player of the year for three consecutive years. At UCLA Walton was a scholar-athlete who also earned Academic All-American honors three years in a row. He graduated with honors with a B.A. in history.
Walton's professional career began when he was the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He was a member of their championship team in 1977. Nine years later he earned another championship title, this time with the Boston Celtics in 1986. He played with the Trailblazers 1974-1979, the San Diego Clippers 1979-1984, the relocated Los Angeles Clippers in 1985, and The Boston Celtics 1985-1988.
Bill Walton was the NBA's Most Valuable Player, 1978; all-NBA First Team, 1978; NBA All-Star Team, 1977 and 1978; NBA Playoff's MVP, 1977; all-NBA second team, 1977; winner of the NBA Sixth Man Award, 1986. Walton is also the second of only five players in the history of the NBA to lead the league in both blocked shots and rebounding in the same season.
He remains active in basketball through clinics, camps, coaching, and television commentary. He started his broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for the then Prime Ticket Network. Walton worked for CBS Sports in the early 90's during the NCAA Final Four and then for NBC for many years, including work on the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. Over the last 15 years he has worked for ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, and the NBA. Walton is also involved in numerous internet ventures providing content and business acumen.
Walton received the 1991 NBPA's Oscar Robertson Leadership Award. In 2002, he received the NBA Retired Player's Association Humanitarian Award. In 1992, 1993, 1995,1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000, the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association honored Walton with the Best Television Analyst/Commentator award. In 2002, he was hired as the lead analyst for ESPN/ABC's coverage of the NBA. He is also a regular contributor to ESPN.com, NBA.com, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN Radio. During the 2002 NBA Playoffs, Walton exhilarated in the Love It Live Tour of America - a 30 game, 30 day extravaganza - covering over 40,000 miles. This life-changing experience was chronicled in a daily journal published on NBA.com, and consists of over 56,000 words, hundreds of photos, and endless fun.
Walton has also been the lead subject of his own reality TV show: Bill Walton's Long Strange Trip, a dramatic saga that still plays continuously.
In 1993, Walton was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Walton also became a member of the Academic All America Hall of Fame during the spring of 1994. For his television broadcasting work, Walton has been nominated for several Emmy awards and in 2001 won an Emmy for best live sports television broadcast. In 1997 Walton was selected as one of the NBA's fifty greatest players of all time. Also in 1997, Walton was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, making him the first male basketball player to be so honored from the state of California. The NCAA honored Walton with their Silver Anniversary Award in 1999 for having made significant professional and civic contributions since he completed his intercollegiate eligibility 25 years ago.
In 1979 Walton received an Emmy for his work on an environmental documentary filmed on location in the Philippines. He has also had roles in feature films such as: Little Nicky, He's Got Game, Forget Paris, Celtic Pride and GhostBusters. And he is a regular contributor to television shows including The Wheel of Fortune, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, The Sentinel, Pacific Blue, Inside Schwarz, and The Weakest Link. His commercials include: Tostitios, Reebok, Anacin, and Best Western Hotels.
In 2007, Walton was named one of the top 10 pundits in America by Forbes. That same year he was also named one of the top 20 Business Athlete representatives by TSE Sports and Entertainment Group.
In 2009, Walton was named one of the top 50 broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association.
In June 21, 2001, Bill was named as the inaugural inductee into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor, and signed memorabilia is available. All proceeds go to benefit the Rex Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization founded by members of the Grateful Dead and friends.
Walton currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his wife Lori. They are the proud parents of four sons: Adam, Nathan, Luke and Chris.
Joseph Waters and his wife Leslie have been part of the San Diego Symphony family since 2005. Joe retired after 37 years in group travel and event marketing management in the telecommunications industry. Classical music and opera have been part of his entire life, starting with his family’s association with the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he grew up. Most recently, he has been actively involved in supporting classical music with the Dallas Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival and school. He has served as a voting member on the Aspen Festival Corporation Board. Joe and Leslie maintain homes in both the San Diego area and in Aspen, CO. They are principal owners of Waters Holdings, LLO for diversified real estate properties. Joe serves on the marketing committee of the San Diego Symphony Board.
Jim Wendler is President of Fish Market Restaurants, Inc., the operator of seafood restaurants in California under the names The Fish Market and Top of the Market. Prior to joining The Fish Market organization in 1998, Mr. Wendler was with Chart House Enterprises, Inc., then a Solana Beach-based national restaurant company, for the previous 12 years, leaving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Wendler received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University in 1981. Upon graduation, he joined the San Diego office of Arthur Andersen & Co. and spent the next four years there.
He lives with his wife, Sybil, and teenage son, David, in the Carmel Valley area.
Penny Wing is the founder and president of Incentive Travel Inc, a full service incentive, event and meeting company that specializes in consulting on strategic event design, as well as in designing, producing and orchestrating special events worldwide.
Penny has created special events and incentive programs in over thirty countries for up to 19,000 guests at a time. She has designed and produced memorable incentives for Fortune 500 customers such as IBM, CBS Television, Viacom, Sprint, Bank of America and GlaxoSmithKline. Special events for the White House for 50,000 attendees and managed 80,000 in group business to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She created Military Historical Tours specializing in Pacific tours to World War II veterans to Quam, Iwo Jima, Saipan and more.
Mitchell Woodbury has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1971, now on inactive status, and was Associate in the San Diego law firm of McDonald & Allen from 1971-1980. From 1980-1992, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Intermark, Inc., a La Jolla-based, publicly traded operating-holding company. From 1992-1994 he was Vice President and General Counsel of Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc., a La Jolla-based, publicly traded biotechnology company. From 1994-2001, Woodbury was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a San Diego-based, publicly traded pharmaceutical company. His corporate legal career concentrated on general business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory work (SEC, FDA, etc.), and, in the case of Dura, a wide range of senior management responsibilities associated with the growth and maturation of the enterprise. Woodbuy received his B.A. in business administration from San Diego State University in 1960 and received his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1971. Woodbury currently serves on the Boards of Directors of NTC Foundation, United Way of San Diego County, and The Monarch School.