Our Board of Directors (2016-2017)
- Paul Dresher, President (Founder)
Artistic Director, Musical Traditions/Paul Dresher Ensemble – San Francisco, CA
- Mary K. Austin (Since 2006)
Founder, Center for the Book – San Francisco, CA
- Karin Hibma (Since 2016)
Strategic Identity Consultant and Owner, :: CRONAN :: – Berkeley, CA
- Keith McMillen (Since 2002)
Owner, Keith McMillen Instruments –
- Helen Meyer (Since 2011)
Owner, Meyer Sound –
- Amy Orton (Since 2015)
Finance Manager, Orton Development, Inc. –
- Dean Suzuki (Since 1992)
Associate Professor of Music, San Francisco State University
Radio Programmer, Music Journalist & Critic, KPFA – San Leandro, CA
- Tim Ware, Treasurer (Since 2013)
Owner, HyperArts (website design and development company) –
Oakland, CA 94607
Paul Dresher, Artistic Director
Read Paul’s biography here.
Michele Fromson, Executive Director
Holding a doctorate in Music History and Theory (University of Pennsylvania) and a certificate degree in non-profit management (University of San Francisco College of Professional Studies), Michele launched her non-profit career as Executive Director of the new-music ensemble Earplay, which she led for 5 years.
She was Associate Director of Development and Outreach Programs for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Development Director for the Paul Dresher Ensemble, where she also manages educational programming, and as of July 2014 became its Executive Director.
Also an active fundraising consultant, her clients have included Berkeley Opera, DooF (a children’s TV show about healthy food), the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Berkeley Playhouse, First Look Sonoma, Deborah Slater Dance Company, California Symphony Orchestra, as well as individual composers, theater artists, and choreographers.
Sarah Lockhart, Financial Manager (since August 2005)
Sarah Lockhart grew up in the Bay Area, determined to work in the arts from a young age. Lockhart’s arts administration experience includes serving as Interim Executive Director of multi-disciplinary arts space, The Lab, co-founding Oakland experimental arts non-profit 21 Grand, where she was in charge of fundraising, marketing and performance programming; co-founding the Oakland Art Murmur; chairing the Programming Committee at media arts non-profit, Artists’ Television Access, as well as co-curating programs at Southern Exposure, the Oakland Airport, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Sarah has guest lectured and presented at local colleges and DIY arts conferences about business, finance, and operational strategies. Prior to this, Lockhart worked in commercial radio: crafting marketing prose, mastering recordings, and enforcing deadlines. Lockhart has a strong background in accounting, moonlighting as a bookkeeper and tax preparer for artists and small businesses. She holds a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and a MA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University.