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Jeremy Abad

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 
    2018

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

Goddard College: M.F.A-Creative Writing

University of Redlands

-B.A. Liberal Studies and Education

-B.A. English-Creative Writing

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

I have two unpublished books and book of poetry, I bake cakes made by scratch with nothing but fresh ingredients and I continue to enjoy taking Theatre classes at the South Coast Repertory.

 

4.  Hobbies

Remodeling my home

Writing, singing

Collecting Obscura

Bio

Jeremy Abad is a professor at a number of local colleges instructing students in a subject matter relating to English, writing, critical thinking, and composition. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and a BA in English from the University of Redlands. He has been published in the Pitkin Review.

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Damon Alexander

Board Member

1.  What year did you first join the Board?

     2020

 

2. Where did you go to school?

University of LaVerne - B.S. Political Science 

National University – MPA

 

3. Fun fact about yourself

I collect comic books

 

4. Hobbies?

World Traveler to the Wonders of the World

Bio

Damon L. Alexander is a Pasadena native and former United States Marine. A proud public servant for most of his life, on January 31, 1988, he was sworn in as a Special Agent with the United States Immigration & Naturalization Service.  In 1992, he transferred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives where he served for the next 25 years and retired in 2016 with 29 years of total service.

Mr. Alexander is the founding President of 100 Black Men of America (Inland Empire Chapter), Past Commander of

the 25th District of California of the American Legion (San Bernardino County), Past Chair of the City of San Bernardino Police Commission, Past Chair of the City of San Bernardino Cannabis Committee, and Immediate Past President of the North End Neighborhood Association in San Bernardino. In addition to his work with the Symphony, he sits on the Board for the Richard T. Fields Bar Association Foundation.

 

On November 03, 2020, by receiving more than 65% percent of the votes from the 7th Ward residents Mr. Alexander was elected as a San Bernardino City Council Member.

 

In 2014, he received the First Responders Award from the “One Caring Adult” foundation, in 2016 he received the Black Rose Award for Community Service, and in 2018, The Broken Soldier’s Foundation presented him Veteran of the Year honors.

 

Mr. Alexander graduated from the University of La Verne with a B.S. in Political Science. He furthered his education at Sacramento Theology Seminary & Bible College obtaining a Master's degree in Theology. He earned a second graduate degree from National University in Public Administration. Mr. Alexander is also a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Institute at Harvard University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

 
 
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Van Trischelle Baysden

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2019

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

UOP undergrad, San Jose State University, Minnesota School of Transportation for Master’s Degree

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

I enjoy entertaining whether it be for a small group or a large crowd

 

4. Hobbies

I love gardening

Attending concerts

Bio

Van Trischelle Baysden grew up in the beautiful state of Florida and “would not change that for anything.” She enjoys visiting there as often as she can to “sit on the Gulf of Mexico and just chill.”

For the last 29 years, she has spent most of her time working in the transportation industry with an emphasis in Operations. She believes the transportation industry has afforded her a well-rounded view of many aspects of diversity necessary to encourage the success of others and to navigate her own life. To that end, Ms. Baysden currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the SoCal Chapter of the National Association of Railway Business Women.

 

In addition to her work on the Symphony Board, she serves on the Board of Directors for Real Journey Academies, a district of non-profit charter schools in San Bernardino.

 

She loves music of all kinds and enjoys when the opportunity to attend concerts and events.  

 
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Angelique Bonanno, Esq.

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2018

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

California State University, Dominguez Hills, Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Western State University College of Law, Juris Doctorate

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

She is the recipient of two American Jurisprudence Bancroft – Whitney Awards

 

4. Hobbies

Walking her dogs

Bio

Angelique Bonanno is a Certified Family Law attorney, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1998. She is also an adjunct Family Law

Professor for LaVerne College of Law, and she presents live Family Law lectures for the National Business Institute.

 

She is dedicated to her clients, persistent, and task-oriented, always taking her role seriously in order to achieve the best possible results for her clients. She is a member of a number of legal organizations, including the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, Lex Romana/Italian Lawyers Association, the East/West Family Law Council, and the Inland Empire Legal Association for Women. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Bonanno is a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who, and was 2018 Lawyer of the Year for the East/West Family Law Council.

 
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Dr. Nicholas Bratcher

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2018

2. Where did you go to school? 

Doctor of Education in Music Education, University of Georgia; Athens, GA

Master of Arts in Music Education, Coastal Carolina University; Conway, South Carolina

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Coastal Carolina University; Conway, South Carolina

3. Fun fact about yourself 

During a research trip to Sydney, I was mistaken for a member of the Fiji rugby team and treated to heavily discounted food and beverages at a local restaurant. It probably didn't help that I acquired an authentic Fiji rugby jersey during my 10-hour layover in Nadi prior to landing in Australia. 

4. Hobbies

Competing in physique competitions

Attending Broadway musicals

Exploring new restaurants and cuisines. 

Bio

Dr. Nicholas Bratcher serves as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). There, he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and teaches courses in conducting, music education, and courses in diversity in music studies. 

 

Prior to his appointment at CSUSB, Dr. Bratcher held positions as Director of Bands at the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA) and Assistant Director of Bands at Savannah State University (Savannah, GA). In both roles, he helped grow and develop comprehensive band programs with educational outreach initiatives for public school students and directors; as well as several wind and jazz ensemble performance tours throughout the southeastern United States.

​Dr. Bratcher consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists throughout the country. Projects with new compositions and wind literature are integral to his creative work. Dr. Bratcher is published in the GIA Teaching Music through Performance in Band book series. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer. He has presented clinics in Iowa, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, California, Indiana, and Kansas. Recent professional engagements off-campus include serving as the founding conductor and conductor emeritus of the Julien Winds, a professional wind ensemble serving the tri-state area (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin). In their fourth year, the ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall in June of 2018.  

 

​Current professional engagements on campus include the design and implementation of a regional honor band festival serving area secondary schools; wind band literature research from various global perspectives including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Japan, and Trinidad-Tobago; and wind transcriptions of African-British composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

 

​Dr. Bratcher earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Coastal Carolina University. He later earned the Doctorate in Music Education with studies in Conducting from the University of Georgia where he studied with Mary Leglar, John Lynch, and Mark Cedel, respectfully. 

 

Dr. Bratcher currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra as Chair of the Artistic Planning Committee, and he is an active member of these organizations: College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Minority Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Tau Beta Sigma as an honorary member.

 
Sonietta Brown

Board Member

1.  What year did you first join the Board? 

     2020

2.  Where did you go to school? 

California State University at San Bernardino, Degree in Human Development

3. Fun fact about yourself 

She likes to Hoola-Hoop!

4.  Hobbies

state sales, playing solitaire and touring old homes

Bio

Sonietta Brown brings 20 years of experience in leadership and developing relationships in the community. As a results-oriented sales coach, Brown implements game-changing action plans to maximize results in the Senior Living and now Hospice industries. Professionally, Brown has been awarded for her energized, motivational marketing, sales, and communications and goals that she has achieved in every step of her career. She is President of the Sojourner Truth Fund, serves on the Executive Board as the Foundation Chair for Jack and Jill of America Inland Empire Chapter, is a member of the Links Incorporated San Bernardino Valley Chapter, and volunteers with Girls Scouts USA. She is married to San Bernardino County Board of Education Trustee Hardy Brown, Jr. and they have two daughters.

 
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Ruth Chafin

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2020

2. Where did you go to school? 

I graduated with a B.A from California State University at Long Beach

Attended some classes California State University at San Bernardino

3. Fun fact about yourself 

She is a Bride-to-Be!

I played co-ed roller hockey for 5 years after 50

I graduated from River Rafting Guide Training at the age of 49

4. Hobbies

Holiday Decorating

Setting everything at a 45-degree angle

Bio

Ruthie Chafin, the founder of Interior Network and current owner of Redlands-based Ruth Chafin Interior Design, is a general contractor and interior designer specializing in kitchen and bath remodeling. A longtime member of the Symphony’s Volunteer Guild, the San Bernardino native is a recent recipient of the League of Women Voter’s Citizen of Achievement Award.

 
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Donna Cooley

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2003

2. Where did you go to school? 

Cal State University San Bernardino – MA and BA in Communication Studies

3. Fun fact about yourself 

4. Hobbies

Bio

Donna Cooley is an adjunct instructor in Communications Studies at Cal State University, San Bernardino.

 
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Tim Evans

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2017

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

Loma Linda University – M.Div. Theology and History

Andrews University – BA. Theology and History

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

He has observed 7/8ths of all the bird species in North America

 

4. Hobbies

Bird watching

Bio

Tim Evans was born in London in the United Kingdom and became a naturalized American citizen as a child. He is the founder and CEO of The Unforgettables Foundation which provides funding toward the cost of dignified burials for the children of economically disadvantaged parents. In this role, he has created some of the most unique and meaningful events in the region for the Foundation, including the Unforgettable Heart Awards which highlights nonprofit and community leaders from throughout the region, the “Lights for Little Lives” Walk in memory of the children of the families his organization has assisted, the “Battle of the Badges” first responders car wash, and the annual Children and Families in Crisis Conference

 
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Greg Flynn

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2020

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

UCLA – Economics Degree

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

He is married to another SBSO Board member, Angelique Bonanno

 

4. Hobbies

Tennis

Biking

Hiking

Bio

Greg Flynn is Vice President of Sales at Naviti Health. He holds an Economics degree from UCLA and his varied career includes work in the financial industry, telecom, start-ups, commercial equipment and health. Flynn spent his youth on the beaches of Southern California, lived in beautiful Colorado for four years, and now resides in Rancho Cucamonga with his wife and fellow Symphony Board Member, family law attorney Angelique Bonanno. They are avid travelers, golfers, and enjoy numerous other outdoor activities such as tennis, biking, hiking and walking their dogs

 
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Tim Garcia

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

2017

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

San Bernardino Valley College

Riverside Community College

Can State San Bernardino, Teaching Credential

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

While serving in the US Coast Guard, he was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Honor Guard

 

4. Hobbies

Working on my own home – instead of others’ – which he did as a general contractor

Volunteering at the Garcia Center for the Arts

Bio

Tim Garcia is a teacher for the Riverside County Office of Education, specializing in teaching Construction Technology to high school students at an alternative high school and Youth Build, a job training program for 17-24-year-old students. He has served on the Symphony Board of Directors since 2017 and works with the Symphony’s Guild on their Debs and Red Ties program. He follows both his father and mother as a Board Member.

 
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Lloyd Garrison

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2012

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

Purdue Univ.

Wayne State University-Detroit

California State University-Los Angles for BA and MA

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

He lectures at Cal. State Univ.-Fullerton at the Osher Life Long Institute, and from time to time at the Claremont College consortium

4. Hobbies

Reads literature on science and various aspects of foreign policy

Bio

Lloyd Garrison has an unusual background, in that he is solidly versed in the physical sciences as well as the social sciences. He spent 12 years at the lab bench studying polymers and performing original research on ultrathin film cobalt doped crystal growth that could be used in magnetic recording media on polymer substrates. Out of those years grew US patents on fire-retardant intumescent polymer coatings and two published papers in the proceeding of the Electro-Chemical Society.

He completed his Master’s Degree in Political Economics at Cal. State. University at Los Angeles where his studies focused on Technology Transfer to Less Developed Nations and Social and Political Networks influencing the public policy decision-making process. After Grad School, he worked for several companies in marketing, one of which was developing a nascent market for radiation-curable pressure-sensitive adhesives. The bulk of his post-grad school career was with Hampshire Chemical Corp, a specialty chemical Division of W R Grace later acquired by Dow Chemical Corporation. His role there was the marketing and sales of specialty chemical intermediates; initially in the North American markets.

 

Eventually, he was promoted and tasked with the opening of markets in SE Asia, Latin America, Australia, and South Africa for specialty chemical intermediates used in the synthesis of glyphosate. (Sometimes known by the public as Round-Up.) As such, I eventually lived in and had my office in Hong Kong. This was used as a base to fly to countries in the above regions, spending a week at a time working with the technical staff and the senior management of potential customers, and developing a distribution network for each.

After Dow bought us out, Mr. Garrison retired, and from 2004 through 2010, was the Technical Manager for the Pacific Division of Brenntag, the world's largest chemical distributor.

 
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Dr. Jessica Getman

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

PhD from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

I am a massive science fiction nerd.

 

4. Hobbies

Reading

Making music

Off-roading

Baking

Bio

Dr. Jessica Getman is a film musicologist, with an emphasis on television studies and science fiction media. Her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was on music and social discourse in the original series of Star Trek, and she is currently editing a collection of essays on music in that franchise for the publisher Routledge.

 

She has previously published on George Gershwin, mid-twentieth century television advertising, amateur music-making, music in science fiction, and women composers in film.

 

As an Assistant Professor of Music at Cal State San Bernardino, she is excited to be sharing share her interests in screen media, popular music, amateur music, critical editing, historically-informed performance practice, and twentieth-century American music with the community. 

 
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Marisol Inzunza 

Board Member

1.  What year did you first join the Board? 

     2020

 

2.  Where did you go to school? 

Cal State LA (BA)

Claremont Graduate University (Tribal Administration & Management Certificate) 

 

3.  Fun fact about yourself 

I love coffee and Shakira

 

4.  Hobbies

Being outdoors and traveling.

Learning about different cultures

Bio

Marisol Inzunza is a philanthropic professional, with over 17 years of experience in grantmaking.  She has an unwavering passion for community and public service, as demonstrated by her years of experience advancing initiatives for underserved communities.  She has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In her previous role, she led Operations and served as the Program Officer for one of the largest funders in San Bernardino.  Marisol was integral in the formal development of a widely recognized Tribal Government charitable giving program, which has been replicated across the U.S.   She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Management Certificate from Claremont Graduate University.  She resides in Fontana, California with her husband and three children.  She values education, culture, and the arts.  In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, visiting museums, traveling, and spending time with her family.   

 
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Dr. Lucy Lewis

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2017

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

I am a graduate of Andrews University where I received Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and violin performance as a student of Carla Trynchuk, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in bilingual education, magna cum laude. I also hold a Master of Music degree in violin performance, summa cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where I studied with Piotr Milewski, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance and pedagogy, summa cum laude, from the University of Iowa, where I studied with Scott Conklin, and was a recipient of the String Area Henry & Parker Pelzer Fellowship Award. 

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

During college, I spent a year living in South America, in Argentina, and I speak Spanish.

 

4. Hobbies

Reading

Trying new recipes

Traveling

Photography

Bio

Dr. Lucy Lewis enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teaching clinician, and has appeared in these roles throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and Africa. Just having received early tenure and promotion at California State University San Bernardino, Dr. Lewis is Associate Professor of Orchestral Music Education, and coordinates the string area, directs the orchestral studies program, facilitates the string chamber music program, and teaches applied violin and viola, string methods, and string pedagogy, and maintains a small private studio. Previously, Dr. Lewis served as the director of the Loma Linda Academy String Program, and has also been on the faculties of the Preucil School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Preparatory Department, Southwestern and Lake Michigan Colleges, the Citadel Dance & Music Center, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Association’s Mentor Program.  She has also been a guest clinician and performer at several music festivals including the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute, the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford University, and the “At First Sight” Chamber Music Sight-Reading Workshop in Tennessee.

During her time as Music Director and Conductor of the Orchestral Studies Program at California State University, San Bernardino, the program has more than doubled in size.  Dr. Lewis’s innovative season programming has featured the CSUSB Opera Theatre Program, Concert Choir & Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Program, and Brass Ensemble, in addition to multiple guest artists. An avid supporter of the development of young musicians, Dr. Lewis founded the CSUSB Young Artist Competition that provides finalists with the opportunity to perform as featured young artists with the orchestra.  She also annually commissions new works by the faculty and students of the CSUSB Composition Program, which are performed by the orchestra every spring.

 

Dr. Lewis is frequently engaged as an orchestral clinician and has guest conducted orchestras in California, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Maine, and Colorado. On tour, she has led orchestras to perform in Hawaii and Florida, and on September 30, 2019, the CSUSB Orchestra traveled to South Korea upon the invitation of Dr. Se-Ung Lee, honorary chairman of the Shin-Il Cultural Foundation Board of Directors, and the administration of Seoul Cyber University. This trip was the culmination of months of collaboration between the Shin-Il Cultural Foundation, Seoul Cyber University, and California State University, San Bernardino, and was made possible through an endowment and a grant worth $498,000 created by the Korea Foundation. The highlight of this trip was the remarkable opportunity to perform in the Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall on Tuesday, October 2, 2019.

 

This concert was curated to celebrate the growing relationship between CSUSB and Seoul Cyber University and repertoire spanned the gamut from works by Hispanic composers, to Korean art songs, to works from the heart of the canon of Western classical music.  It was an honor to feature Seoul Cyber University faculty soprano Minhyung Kim and tenor Dong Man Kim, and the night ended with a standing ovation.  The CSUSB Orchestra's tour to Korea was covered by the CSUSB Magazine, the CS Universe, and the Korea Times.  CSUSB also produced a documentary film, the first of its kind for the university, covering this experience, entitled "Flight to Harmony." Dr. Lewis is also the director of the CSUSB Orchestra, Piano, and Chamber Music Summer Camp, and serves as a clinician and adjudicator for the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association, California American String Teachers Association, and Forum Music Festivals.

 
Hon. Gloria Macias-Harrison

Board Member

1.  What year did you first join the Board? 

     2009

2. Where did you go to school? 

Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Riverside

3. Fun fact about yourself 

She’s a vegetarian

4. Hobbies

Organic Gardening

Bio

Gloria Macias Harrison has had a long history in education and public service. She obtained an Associate of Arts degree from San Bernardino Valley College, then a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Riverside.

Following a more than 20-year teaching career, she became President of Crafton Hills College on July 1, 2000 and served until her retirement from that position on July 2, 2012.  She was Vice President of Instruction at Crafton Hills College for six years, and Dean of Humanities at San Bernardino Valley College for three years. She was elected to the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees in 2012, representing Area 5 and still serves today.

 

Mrs. Harrison was a governor's appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and served on the California Council for Humanities and numerous state committees on education.  She and husband William Harrison founded, own, and operate the Inland Empire Community News chain. She joined the San Bernardino Symphony Board in 2009 and also serves on The Community Foundation, Kiwanis International, and the Crafton Hills College Foundation.  She belongs to many professional organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards.

 
Jessica Marzullo, Esq

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

2020

2. Where did you go to school? 

University of California Hastings College of the Law – Juris Doctorate

3. Fun fact about yourself 

She is the Symphony’s first second-generation Board Member!

4. Hobbies

Traveling, singing with my kids, playing board games with my friends and family members, experimenting in the kitchen, and listening to history/mystery podcasts

Bio

Jessica Marzullo is a returning board member having served prior to attending the University of California Hastings College of the Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree. She is also the Symphony’s first second-generation board member as her mother, Wendy Marzullo, served for many years. Marzullo and her family recently relocated to California where she is now a Managing Attorney with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

 
Donna Marie Minano

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2015

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

California State University, Long Beach - Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance 

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

She hates down escalators because when I was ten I was going down the escalator at Dodger stadium and it pulled my palazzo pants off!.

 

4. Hobbies

Photography

Going on adventures

Cooking for friends and family

Bio

Donna Marie Minano is a native of Southern California, having resided in Arcadia, La Verne, or Rancho Cucamonga for most of her life. Donna Marie is co-founder (1990) and executive director of the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre company (IVRT) which performs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Claremont. She is also a music educator whose personal mission is to help children find their voice through music and the arts.

 

A veteran of all aspects of the musical stage in Southern California, from pit musician to singer to conductor, in 2001 she led her choir to Rome where they sang for a mass which was presided by Pope John Paul II and televised on Vatican TV.

 

She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where she received his Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance in 1986. 

 

It is her passion for classical music, combined with a deep desire to promote the arts through collaboration, that prompted her to make the decision to serve with the San Bernardino Symphony.

 
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Judi Nowlin

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2008

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

BA in Liberal Studies,  minor in music,  Cal State, San Bernardino in 1989.  MA Fine Arts Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques,  Southern Oregon University,  2000.

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

I search the internet for fun recipes and weekly use my husband, granddaughter, and sometimes the rest of the family as guinea pigs.  So far the only disaster was a sugar-free lemon meringue pie that tasted great but had the texture of flubber.

 

4. Hobbies

Cooking

Playing instruments. 

Bio

Judi Nowlin graduated high school in 1971 and met her husband, a fellow music major while attending Cal State University,  Long Beach.  After being a stay-at-home mom who played in local community bands, she finally graduated Phi Kappa Phi from Cal State University, San Bernardino  with a BA in liberal studies and a minor in music in 1989. 

She immediately began teaching choir in the Rialto Unified School District, and through the 26 years in the district taught choir (both concert and show),  band (both concert and marching), orchestra, jazz band, drill team, and music appreciation. 

 

In 2000, she earned her MA in Fine Arts in conducting and rehearsal techniques from Southern Oregon University. During her teaching career, she was on the San Bernardino County Music Educators Board, received a Bravo Award, received a Rialto Unified School District teacher of the Year award, and guest conducted the High Desert Middle School Honor Band.

 

She retired in 2015 and began conducting The Prime Time Choraliers, a senior citizen community choir, and for four years was the orchestra conductor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland.  She has been on the SBSO board of directors since 2008 and is a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers sorority and the California Retired Teachers Association.   Judi and her husband of 48 years,  Mel, are raising their granddaughter, and all three are avid supporters of the San Bernardino Symphony and lovers of orchestral music. 

 
Judy Rodriguez-Watson

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2007

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from California State University, San Bernardino after a unanimous vote from the California State University Board of Trustees

University of California, Irvine – Bachelor’s Degree

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

In 2013, Judy and husband Jim received the Golden Baton from the Symphony which is the most prestigious honor bestowed on patrons.

 

4. Hobbies

Spending time with her large extended family

Bio

Judy Rodriguez Watson was born and raised in Los Angeles and is now the owner of Watson & Associates, located in Seal Beach California, along with her husband James R. Watson.  The Company develops, owns and operates real estate and has been in business since 1972.  Much of Judy’s attention is now devoted to philanthropist activities.  Her activities have been focused around California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), public art in the City of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino Symphony, and at home in Seal Beach California.

At CSUSB, Judy along with Jim co-chaired the Tools for Education raising $3 million for the school of education and sponsored the Watson Literacy Center (named by the CSUSB), and while a member of the Steering Committee raised over $1 million for its operation.  At the entrance of CSUSB Watson & Associates has recently completed a student housing project, called The Glen at University Park, which includes 104 units with each unit having five bedrooms and five bathrooms.  This housing will help meet the demand for student housing for CSUSB.  Judy’s public art program utilizes master of art students at CSUSB to provide sculptures that provide beauty throughout the City.  The public art program was named by CSUSB “Judy Rodriguez Watson Public Art Project”.  In 2005, Judy received the “Art Benefactor of The Year Award” by the City of San Bernardino.  In 2011, Judy was the honorary chairperson for the CSUSB Latino Education and Advocacy Days Summit where she was affectionately referred to as “La Madrina de Honor”, or godmother.

 

In addition to Judy’s work with the University, she has served on the Board of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra for over 13 years. Judy has also served as chairperson of the committee to raise funds for the victims of the Salon Meritage Massacre that occurred in October of 2012 in Seal Beach. Additionally, she has volunteered at the Oak Elementary School as a tutor to underprivileged very low-income children assisting them in reading, writing, and doing homework. Both Judy and Jim raised funds for the “Trees for Seal Beach Fund”.

 
John Rogers, PE

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2020

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

Yale University  - B.S. Civil Engineering

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

My love for classical musical started when Dad brought home a 78-RPM set of Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major, Op. 38.  I was hooked.

 

4. Hobbies

Attending as much live music as possible, of every sort

Recreational sailing in San Diego and Long Beach, as often as possible 

Driving and working on several 25-year old Mercedes.  I can’t afford anything newer or older.  

Bio

John Rogers is a Principal with IE Surveying and Engineering, Inc. in Temecula. He started his career as the instrumentman on Parsons, Brinkerhoff, Quade & Douglas’s (now WSP Global) New York City survey crew. He later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Yale University after Naval service in Vietnam and then worked for larger firms in San Francisco and San Diego. 

Since 1981, he has worked in southern Riverside County, in both private and public positions, and on large and small projects, bringing a large knowledge base of engineering and survey-related projects within the valley.

He is regularly utilized as an expert witness for boundary or land use disputes by attorneys in the area. Mr. Rogers’ license allows him to practice civil engineering and land surveying within California. Additionally, Mr. Rogers aids in site design and planning for new land development projects.

 

He is a Registered Civil Engineer, California (RCE# 22428) and a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

 

Shares John, “I have a remarkable lack of musical talent, perhaps surprising given my family.  In the 1920’s and 30-‘s my grandfather was an official with Local 56 of the AFM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was an orchestra leader, played trumpet and piano and was a skilled piano tuner and repairman.  His sister was a moderately successful concert pianist in the Seattle area in the same era. My Dad was a high-level amateur pianist, both classical and pop, particularly ‘stride’.  His talent carried him through University of Michigan, playing solo and organizing bands for fraternity parties.  My brother played trumpet in high school and college, and studied tuba and banjo in his later years.  (He has ‘adopted’ tuba player Gabriel Sears).  My nephew is a bona fide rock guitarist and song writer in New York.  My sister-in-law is an Eastman-trained organist.  My daughter sings, writes music and plays piano and guitar in Jacksonville, Florida. I struggled through adolescent piano lessons, with the only lasting result being that I can sort of read sheet music.”

 
Dr. Victoria Seitz

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2015

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

I went to Kansas State U and Oklahoma State U. for my degrees, I did not go to high school here.

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

I was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and I am a twin.

 

4. Hobbies

Traveling
Art
Exercise

 

Bio

Dr. Seitz is a professor and Chair of the Marketing Department at California State University, San Bernardino.   She is the author of five books: Power Dressing, Your Executive Image, and I Don’t Wear A Suit as well as two books on advertising and public relations published in Romania with Mariana Nicolae (2006), “Crearea Imaginii (Image Making)(2008) and Cheia Succesului Imaginea Profesionala (Your Key to a Successful Professional Image).

She received her Master’s and PhD from Oklahoma State University.  Prior to teaching she was a fashion coordinator for Burdines Department Stores in Florida and in retail management for Saks Fifth Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dr. Seitz has been a guest on numerous radio and TV talk shows both in the US and Canada and has been quoted in newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, and the Kansas City Star.  She has written hundreds of articles for academic, trade and popular magazines and has made presentations at national and international association conferences.

Dr. Seitz received a Fulbright Senior Fellowship award in 2002 and three Fulbright Specialist Awards in 2006, 2008 and 2017 in Romania conducting research and teaching on advertising and marketing.    Additionally, Dr. Seitz has consulted with companies on issues dealing with image marketing and advertising.  Some of her clients have included the US Armed Forces, Accountant Overload, General Dynamics, Texas Instrument, Abbot Laboratories, Yellow Freight Systems, and The YMCA

 
Margy Spears

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2018

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

Chaffey High School in Ontario

Chaffey Jr. College

San Bernardino Valley College

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

She has been to every continent on earth!

4. Hobbies

Reading, gardening, golf, and, of course, travel

 

Bio

Margy Spears was born in Munich, Germany, and came to the U.S. in 1940. She has been fortunate to have been on all continents and many special cities more than once. After a few months in New York, we bought a chicken farm in Fontana.  My father had been a high-ranking executive in Germany so there was much to learn. Later, Margy and husband Orville designed and built our first home together in Rialto in 1963-1964. Between us, we had three boys and one girl.  We also had a dog and many cats over the years. Our most interesting pet was Rocky ---the turtle.  He was my special pet as he came when I called, loved me to scratch his head, and would put his head on my feet and stay that way until I moved. The produce people at Stater's Market saved lettuce leaves for Rocky.

 
Paul Steinke

Board Member

1. What year did you first join the Board? 

    2019

 

2. Where did you go to school? 

 

3. Fun fact about yourself 

He was born in Boston.

 

4. Hobbies

Volunteering and Entertaining

 

Bio

The San Bernardino Symphony board is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Steinke. Born of German parents, Paul is quite familiar with classical and contemporary music attending concerts, operas, and musical theater all his life.   

Paul was quite impressed with the quality and presentation of the orchestra stating it was another gem in the crown of San Bernardino of which he was pleased to discover.  He has been quite impressed with the programming and community involvement the symphony enjoys in the area.

Stumbling across the orchestra in rehearsal for an upcoming concert Paul was quite amazed at both the quality of the performance and the excellent acoustics of the theater.  Utilizing professional musicians from across Southern California means receiving a concert on par with anything at Disney or Segerstrom Hall.  “There is no substitute for hearing a live orchestra playing in such an acoustic masterpiece as the California Theater”.

 

Paul hopes to bring to his role as board member financial guidance and education to the community on the benefits of providing support to this orchestra.   With the addition of a new conductor and new board members, the orchestra is poised to expand its partnership with the community...

Paul recently joined St. Bernardine’s Medical Center as their Chief Financial Officer.  With over 30 years of Healthcare Finance experience, Paul brings to the role expertise for hospital operations management.    St Bernardine’s has an established relationship with the Symphony.   The hospital’s medical staff has a history of providing generous financial support to the San Bernardino Symphony.