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Jennifer is the CFO for AE3 Partners, an architecture and project management firm based in San Francisco, CA. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm in the areas of finance, accounting, human resources, and operations. Prior to joining AE3, Jennifer was the CFO at ESM Prep, a private education services firm that provides academic tutoring and mentorship, test prep, and college counseling to students who are gearing up for college. Jennifer also has a background as a forensic and tax accountant for a CPA firm, specializing in fraud examination and bankruptcy.
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 also spent three years as treasurer on 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 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 children.
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.
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.
Amy holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting. Upon graduating, she earned her CPA license while working as an auditor at KPMG, LLP, in the firm’s Los Angeles office. After leaving public accounting, Amy worked for a few start-up independent film and TV companies in production finance and controller roles before joining Showtime Networks. As an SVP of Finance at Showtime, she worked for the past sixteen years in both the company’s Los Angeles and New York offices and was responsible for the financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, business intelligence and systems design, and strategy for the company’s Original Programming and Global Content Licensing Distribution businesses.
Amy was a color guard member in The Spirit of Troy, USC’s Trojan Marching Band, and it was her best friend who introduced her to SCV by showing her a DCI Finals recording. She became a color guard member and performed with SCV for two years, from 1994-1995, and again with the Alumni Corps in 2017.
Amy is also a member of the Paley Media Council, Television Academy (ATAS), and Chief women’s network.
Chris is currently the Vice President of Tax Operations for Meta Platforms, Inc. (fka Facebook, Inc.) in Menlo Park, California. Previously, Chris was the Tax Operations Leader for GE Capital Real Estate, North America, in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Executive Director, Tax Services at Ernst & Young LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Chris was previously a percussionist and attended the University of Tennessee School of Music. Chris has been a supporter of the arts, particularly the marching arts, for many years, most notably serving as a board member on the North Carolina Symphony Foundation for 14 years.
Chris holds a B.S. in Accounting and Business Law as well as a Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee. Chris and his wife Meredyth reside in the SF Bay Area.
Ricardo Espinosa served as Director of Bands at Missouri Southern State University. He was the principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band and directed the Lion Pride Marching Band and Lion Pride Pep Band. Additionally, he instructed both beginning conducting and advanced instrumental conducting courses, composition, music technology, and marching band techniques/methods courses. He also served as a composer and arranger for various ensembles.
Dr. Espinosa has also served as a Trumpet/Brass instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, a member of Drum Corps International. Most recently he conducted the SWMMEA District Honor Band, the SEKMEA District Honor Band, and the Texas UIL Region 14 top band – The Honor Winds.
Prior to his appointment at MSSU, Dr. Espinosa served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. For six years he was an essential part of this prominent band program, leading their Courtside Players pep band to venues across the nation, serving as Associate Director of the Baylor Golden Wave Marching Band, and teaching conducting courses to hundreds of students. He also served as faculty sponsor for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band fraternity and sorority.
A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Espinosa holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music degree, both in wind conducting, from the University of California, Los Angeles, studying with Dr. Thomas Lee. Additionally, Dr. Espinosa holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the California State University, Los Angeles, where he also studied wind conducting with Dr. Abel Saldivar Ramirez and composition with Dr. John Kennedy and Dr. Sara Graef. He has served in trumpet instruction and band leadership roles for the UCLA Marching Band, the Pasadena City College Lancer Marching Band, the Tournament of Roses Band and Herald Trumpets, and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps as well as marching instructor for various California high school bands.
Riccardo Espinosa has held affiliations with the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. He, his wife Michelle, and sons Ethan & Lucas, recently moved back to the Los Angeles area to enjoy close proximity to family and friends in the land they call “home”.
Mindy Morton is a partner with Procopio and the head of Procopio’s trade secrets practice group. She focuses on intellectual property and internet litigation. Protecting online free speech is another passion of hers and she litigates cutting-edge cases at the intersection of technology and free speech issues.
She is the chair of the ABA Trade Secrets Committee in the Intellectual Property Section and is the Co-Chair, Sedona Conference on Remote Case Management of IP Proceedings and a member of the Steering Committee for the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets. She is also active in ChIPs and serves as the co-chair of its Mock Pitch Program. She is a former President of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and she was recently honored with the SCCBA Diversity Award, recognizing her work advocating for and mentoring women attorneys. In 2016, she was named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Mindy has been singing since she could talk and is active in Schola Cantorum and co-directs the Lyric Theatre Victorian Carolers. Mindy last marched in a band in 1986, playing first clarinet for the Rye Junior High School Marching Band
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.
Honorary Board Member – Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor
Lisa is a 3rd generation Santa Claran, who currently serves as Mayor in the City of Santa Clara. She has served 2 previous terms as Vice Mayor and City Council Member from 1992-2000 and 2012-2016. She operates Gillmor and Associates, a family owned real estate company in Santa Clara. She has been a Realtor and Broker since 1982, specializing in residential and commercial real estate.
Lisa has been involved in many areas of government, non-profit and public benefit organizations. She was a member of the Grand Jury, County Roads Commissioner, County Assessment Appeals Board Member, City Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Santa Clara University Board of Fellows Member and Board Member of the Mission City Community Fund.
She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, is married, and the mother of 3 children.
Maya works in the field of public education and holds degrees in psychology, behavior analysis and law. She began her career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst developing interventions for children with complex disabilities, but currently serves as a licensed attorney on matters related to K-12 education. Maya has a long-standing dedication to equity and improving outcomes by promoting educational excellence for all children and youth.
Maya has served in many roles, including special education teacher, autism consultant, district coordinator for specialized programs and staff trainer. She currently provides oversight in areas including public records law, policy development and civil rights. Although Maya does not have a background in drum corps, she is a supporter of the arts and believes that programmatic rigor and youth engagement are critical to developing future leaders.
Rob Schiller is currently the Senior Vice President & CFO for the North Carolina Symphony where his responsibilities include managing the orchestra’s finances, government funding, HR, and IT activities. Prior to starting with the North Carolina Symphony in 2004, he was the Manager of Budget and Finance at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Earlier in his career, he served as the Deputy Director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
Rob has a Bachelor of Music degree with an Arts Management concentration from James Madison University and a Master of General Administration with a concentration in Financial Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Rob was a percussionist – participating throughout college in marching band, wind ensemble, orchestra, and percussion ensemble.
Rob received a CFO of the Year Award from the Triangle Business Journal and a Top CFO Award from Business Leader Magazine. Rob has run three full marathons and completed the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay with a team of friends. Rob lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Lisa. He has two daughters, Allison and Abby.
Nick is a marketing professional with over 20 years of experience, primarily in the music and technology industries. Nick has blended his passion for music and performance into his current role as Director of Channel Marketing at Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc., where he leads a team to drive business through partner collaboration, business development, increasing brand value, and strategic planning–all while keeping the creative process of making music in mind and creating experiences for musicians to become inspired and help achieve their musical ambitions.
Nick has held various marketing roles in launching and sustaining hundreds of music-making products from companies such as Avid Technology (industry standard audio recording and film editing platforms); Line 6 (a leader in digital product innovations for guitarists) and Yamaha Guitars (the #1 music instrument manufacturer in the world).
Nick has a B.S. in Business Marketing from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (‘98) and has been serving on the advisory board of Foothill College’s Music Technology Program that helps guide graduates into careers in music technology.
Nick was a snare drummer in SCVC (‘91, ‘92), SCV (‘93, ‘94, ‘96), and the SCV 50th Alumni Corps (‘17) and is thrilled to contribute to furthering VMAPA’s mission. He has instructed and arranged for high school drumline programs, been in numerous bands and ensembles, and will jump at the chance to collaborate with musicians that need a groovy, mid-tempo drummer.
Nick grew up in Mountain View, CA and currently lives in Sherman Oaks, CA, where he spends time working on latte art, playing hoops, and trying to keep up with his wife and three imaginative children.