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Laura is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and the founding Director of the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic at Santa Clara University School of Law, where under her supervision, law students provide free legal services to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and startups. She also teaches an intellectual property course to SCU undergraduate engineers, and regularly speaks on topics relating to entrepreneurship law and intellectual property. Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law, Laura worked in private practice representing technology startups and entrepreneurs. She gained her business acumen through her position as the first Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Before Cypress, Laura litigated IP infringement cases at Arnold White & Durkee, and prosecuted patents at Intel Corporation. She was one of only two academics recognized in 2014 as the Top 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law, and her innovative teaching techniques were recognized in 2015 when Santa Clara Law’s High Tech Law Institute received a Legal Innovator award.
Linda served as Vanguard’s Booster Secretary, Vice-President and President. She worked on the update of the organization’s bylaws which led to her term on the SCV Board of Directors. Her son, Josh, marched with the A-Corps for five years from 1994 to 1999, and was later a Visual Instructor for both the Cadet and A Corps. She and her husband, George, have been strong advocates for the Vanguard organization for many years.
Linda began work after college as an artist for a Bay Area architectural firm. Later, her certification provided an opportunity to work with the Fremont Unified School District for the balance of her career. She served in several roles, as teacher, CTA President, Director of Staff Development, Director of Secondary Education and K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Her experience in management, boardsmanship, professional development, grant writing, and city government interface are among her areas of expertise. Linda taught college level courses to teacher and administrative candidates at CSU Hayward.
Currently, Linda is a co-founder and Board of Director’s President for a non-profit group, Pleasanton Heritage Association. She is a strong advocate for historic preservation. She is also a professional artist, exhibiting her work throughout the Bay Area. Linda earned her BA in Art/English and her MA in Educational Administration while attending The California College of Arts and the CSU system. She is married to husband, George. They have a son, Josh, and daughter, Nora, and three amazing grand children.
Jennifer is the CFO for ESM Group in Emeryville, California. ESM provides academic mentorship, test preparation, and college counseling to students who are gearing up for college. Prior to joining ESM, Jennifer spent six years at a CPA firm in San Francisco, California as a Forensic and Tax Accountant, specializing in fraud examination and bankruptcy. Jennifer also serves as Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Northern California Percussion Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a competitive performance outlet and educational experience for Northern California indoor percussion ensembles.
Jennifer’s drum corps career began in 1994 with the Sacramento Freelancers. She went on to become a member of SCV’s front ensemble from 1997 to 1999, winning the Fred Sanford Percussion Trophy in 1998 and the DCI World Championship in 1999. After aging out, Jennifer was a front ensemble instructor for the 2000 SCVC, winning both the DCI Division II/III Championship and the percussion caption.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Business Management, with an emphasis in accounting, from San Francisco State University. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young children.
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A Stanford University graduate with a B.S. and M. A. in the science and engineering disciplines, Joe Kirscher joined the Santa Clara Vanguard Board of Directors in the spring of 2016. He is currently working as a Sales Strategy and Planning and Operations Analyst for FireEye, Inc. in Milpitas. Joe’s experience touches on many areas. As an award winner for his sales reporting improvements at Google, Joe also designed and maintained yearly end-to- end compensation plans for over 900+ sales force, along with his focus on enabling new, more comprehensive sales incentive calculations through automation and expansion of bookings and revenue reporting. His broad experience with technology, data and strategy analysis, and risk management will provide our organization with opportunities to create and expand our access to data at a much higher level. Joe’s interest and skill in playing the trumpet led him to perform with the Stanford Band, an experience he described with a broad smile. He played squash for Stanford, and was active in recruiting new players. Joe enjoys tennis, public speaking, trumpet, wines, and cooking.
Michael Kovalich is the business director for the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices of Miami-based Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a large law firm with offices throughout the US and worldwide. He also serves as CFO for SPARC International, a consortium of computer chip manufacturers, and is co-owner of a fitness studio in Los Gatos.
Mike’s interest and enthusiasm for drum corps began in his youth. Mike participated in the Hilltoppers Drum and Bugle Corps in his hometown and went on to play solo soprano for the Imperial Guardsman of Livingston, New Jersey. Mike has been involved with Vanguard for eighteen years and has held been heavily involved as a member of the SCV Board of Directors. He served as chair of the Vision 2000 Strategic Committee, and has also served on the Finance, Bingo and Pacific Procession Committees.
Mike has participated in other non-profit organizations as board or committee chairs for Junior Achievement, San Jose Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts of America, and the San Jose Chamber of Commerce and Masons. Mike holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from California State University at Hayward.
Being involved with the Vanguard has been an enjoyable experience for Mike, who admires the values and traditions that promote and exemplify exceptional, championship-level performances year after year, earning Vanguard its reputation as the most innovative drum corps in the world.
Deepak is an engineer and a technology evangelist. As a Senior Engineer at Apple, he built state-of-the-art entertainment technologies for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV products. He also served as a thought leader at the highest level of Apple, where he and his colleagues helped executives understand how emerging media technologies influence both the customer experience and Apple as a whole. This role gave Deepak tremendous exposure to areas outside of engineering including business development, marketing, and design.
Deepak was introduced to the Vanguard as a young adult looking to sharpen his music skills. He joined the organization and performed for six years from 2004 to 2010, two with the Vanguard Cadets, and four with the Santa Clara Vanguard. During this time, he also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and University of Southern California, respectively.
Deepak loves to travel, cook, jam on the piano, and play with his dog. He and his wife live in Berkeley.
Owner of Upbeat Parade Productions, Ray is an event producer and consultant, specializing in parades, with over 35 years of experience. He currently works with nearly two-dozen parades in California and Nevada, and has coordinated numerous others on both coasts. Ray produces many types of parades, from small town and ethnic parades, to regionally and nationally televised parades. Some of the parades he has produced were broadcast on PBS, the Travel Channel and the American Forces Network along with local ABC, NBC and Fox television affiliates.
Ray has been a speaker on the topic of parades and related events at California/Nevada Festivals and Events Association (CalFest), International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), colleges and universities, and other organizations’ seminars, conventions and classes throughout the United States. He has also been featured in Wiley Events – Event Entertainment and Production book by Mark Sonder as well as other publications distributed through International Festivals and Events Association and various parade related websites.
Currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for California/Nevada Festivals and Events Association, Ray is also a member of the International Festivals and Events Association. In addition to parades, Ray worked for several years as an event coordinator for the City of San Jose. His drum corps life started by participating in a small drum corps in his hometown of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and from there he moved on to coordinating DCI sanctioned shows on both the east and west coast.
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After 17 years with J.P. Morgan, Jonathan launched his own financial services firm in 2015 called One Wealth Advisors. As founder and Chief Investment Officer, he provides wealth management services to high net worth individuals, corporate executives, retirees, small business owners and foundations. Jonathan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and a member of the CFA Institute in San Francisco. As a Philadelphia native, he earned a B.B.A. in Economics from Temple University. Jonathan’s drum corps experience includes marching with the Crossmen in 1991 and 1994, and working as an instructor of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps Percussion Section from 2003 to 2010.
Jonathan enjoys music, cycling, rock climbing and cooking. He and his wife live in the Mission District of San Francisco.
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Marching band and drum corps were a large part of Jim’s teen years. He was Drum Major for his high school band and then was in the color guard of the New Horizons Senior Drum Corps, an RCA corps out of Danville, NY. He strongly believes that those experiences helped to shape his leadership and teamwork skills and can do the same for today’s participants. Jim has been the Director of the Museum on Main in Pleasanton since September 2009. His career in small and medium sized museums has taken him across the country including stints in New Jersey, Colorado, Washington DC, and then to California in Palm Springs, Hayward, and Oakland before landing in Pleasanton. He holds a BA in History and Business Administration from Houghton College in Houghton, NY about an hour south of his native Rochester. He is active professionally on the local, state, regional and national level with museum organizations, including being a Past President of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Museums. Jim is President of the Board of Exhibit Envoy, a non-profit that provides traveling exhibits for institutions throughout the United States. He is the immediate President of the Pleasanton Downtown Association Board and has been involved with the Chamber’s Leadership Pleasanton program. Jim and his husband, Richard, enjoy travel, all things Disney and work with the Episcopal Church.
Jeremy Van Wert
A former SCV A-Corps quad player, Jeremy has remained involved in the drum corps activity as an author, instructor, health and wellness consultant, and volunteer since aging out in 1998. Licensed in California, Jeremy has a masters degree in Marriage, Family, and Child therapy and over a decade of mental health experience providing therapy, crisis response, advocacy, suicide prevention, and intensive services for individuals with chronic and profound mental illness in the greater Sacramento area. Jeremy also has a masters of business administration and is the Vice President of Residential Services and Business Development for Summitview Child and Family Services in Placerville California.
Jeremy currently lives in Foresthill California with his wife Sheri and remains involved in building appropriate mental wellness support for member corps of DCI. Jeremy is an alumnus of the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band (90-94), attended Homestead High School, marched in the SCV Cadets (95), and SCV A-Corps (96-98). Jeremy also leads fundraising efforts for the Art Velarde Memorial Scholarship that has covered the out of pocket costs for several SCV percussion members. Jeremy is an optimist, a supporter, a connector, and a creator who believes that with thoughtfulness, positivity, and energy, humans can dream, innovate, and build impossible things.
Mary has over 30 years’ experience in education, working with students from Elementary Levels to High School. She has been a classroom teacher, Vice Principal, Department Chair, and Principal. Currently Mary is the Lower School Dean of Students at the Harker School.
Mary was introduced to Vanguard when her son, Will, marched with the Vanguard Cadets for the 2017 & 2018 season as well as with the 2019 Vanguard A corp. Mary volunteered at several camps serving food and helping with uniforms. Her husband, Duncan, works part time at the SCV bingo.
Mary holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from St. Thomas University and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University. She lives in Santa Clara with her husband and two youngest sons.
Cyd has over 30 years experience in corporate sales, marketing, and promotion and 9 years in the broadcasting field in the Bay Area.
Cyd has recently retired after 11 years with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Her responsibilities were to develop, analyze and generate revenue for the Academy. Cyd was part of the opening team of the California Academy of Sciences in 2008 and in 1998 opened up Marine World Africa USA in Vallejo. She was with NBC/Universal Studios as a Regional Manager based in the Bay Area and prior to that she was the Western Regional Manager with Anheuser Busch Adventure Parks (representing SeaWorld San Diego, Sea World Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Games Tampa and Busch Tampa Williamsburg). Cyd started her career in broadcasting with KBHK-TV, followed by KPIX-TV.
Cyd has volunteered with many non-profits. These include as a running mentor with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Team In Training, and San Francisco Football Bowl Association. She assists with many parades with Upbeat Parade Production. Her current volunteer project is the California Academy of Sciences and coordinating the Museum4Inclusion – Diversity Trade Show.
Cyd holds a B.S. in Telecommunications & Film from San Diego State University, and a MBA with University of Phoenix in Marketing. Cyd has run over 110 marathons, becoming a member of the 50 State Marathon Club by completing a marathon in every state. Cyd lives in Walnut Creek with her husband. She has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons.