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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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Kenneth Williams, Jr.
Kenneth is husband to his amazing wife (Myka) and father to their two awesome boys (K3 and Teddy). He began his pageantry career as a member of the Oak Grove High School Marching Band and Color Guard. 1996 was Kenneth’s first year as a member of the Baritone section in the Vanguard Cadets. After performing for two seasons with SCVC, he became a member of the Vanguard A-Corps in 1998 as a Euphonium player.
As an instructor, Kenneth has been a staff member of several marching programs including Valley Christian High School, Oak Grove High School, and the Vanguard Cadets. Kenneth is currently the band director at Andrew Hill High School, working to continue the legacy of Vanguard alum Tom Eschenfelder. Prior to his position at Andrew Hill, he was the director at Willow Glen Middle & High School, Millennium High School, Discovery Charter School, and Skyline High School.
Kenneth is excited to serve as a member of the VMAPA Board of Directors and work to preserve the tradition of the Vanguard organization.
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.