Ms. King was employed at Sandia Labs as a computer programmer and an adjunct instructor at Las Positas College teaching mathematics. Previously, she served on the Livermore Commission for the Arts, the boards of the League of Women Voters, AAUW, Friends of the Vineyards, Livermore Cultural Arts Council and as past president of the Student Education Loan Fund, Del Valle Fine Arts, Livermore-Amador Symphony Association and the Tri Valley Conservancy. She presently serves on the Board of the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association and the Advisory Board of the Livermore Valley Opera. King was named Woman of the Year (2009) for the 15th Assembly District for her leadership role in the arts and the environment, including preservation of vineyard lands.
Ms. Watkins worked as a software system engineer and manager for 18 years in the telecommunications field, developing network management and control systems for satellite and wireless communications. After retiring from industry, Ms. Watkins started getting involved in the local community. She currently serves as Chair on the UC Merced Foundation Board. UC Merced is the newest research University in the University of California education system. Over 70% of the students at Merced are first in their families to go to college. Additionally, Ms. Watkins owned and operated the Vancouver Stealth for 11 years, a professional Lacrosse team that played in Langley BC. Prior to the Stealth, Ms. Watkins owned and operated Primal Quest, an expedition adventure race that operated in North America. Ms. Watkins has been involved in several charities and notably co-founded the Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit corporation which supports arts, science and other enrichment learning programs that benefit all Pleasanton Unified School District students. She led the organization as its President for 13 years. Ms. Watkins has served on numerous committees for the Pleasanton School District, including co-chairing the district-wide Excellence Committee. Ms Watkins has 3 grown children.
Joan K. Seppala
In 1963, Ms. Seppala founded The Independent, a Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin weekly newspaper, and continues as its publisher. Ms. Seppala participates in Alameda County’s Altamont Settlement Committee and the Livermore Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee. She serves as a board member of the Valley Study Group Board, an organization formed by employees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to increase community awareness of its scientific achievements. She co-founded the Livermore Cultural Arts Council approximately 50 years ago, and remains a member today. As early as 1986, she envisioned a performing arts center in downtown Livermore to enrich the cultural life of the community, and with others, led the founding of the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Arts Center. Ms. Seppala’s involvement in the broader community has been recognized with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award from the Tri-Valley YMCA; Las Positas College Friend of the College Award; Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ District 1 Champion for the Arts Award; and along with her husband, Lynn Seppala, Livermore Rotary’s Rodeo Parade Grand Marshall for outstanding service to the community and volunteer efforts toward the betterment of Livermore.
Leland Younker, Ph.D.
Dr. Younker received his Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from Michigan State University in 1975. He served as Assistant Professor Geophysics 1975-1980 at Central Michigan University, Indiana University Indianapolis and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Younker was employed as a staff member at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1980 to 2011. During that period, he was Earth Sciences Department Head and a long- time member of the Senior Management team. Dr. Younker has lived in Livermore 38 years, married to a retired Livermore teacher. The Friends of Livermore has chosen him as its Chairman. Dr. Younker was a former member and Past President of the Valley Concert Chorale, past President and current Board Member of the Valley Study Group, a former Board Member of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, and a current member of the Rotary Club of Livermore.
Henry (Hank) Huff
Mr. Huff, CPA, has spent his career as a financial officer and public company director with chairman experience. He has served as Chief Financial Officer with a strong background in managing the process of capital raising, general finance, general administration, accounting, financial reporting, planning, credit, cash, and data processing management. He has worked with public and private offerings, including equity and debt, investor relations, arranging credit lines, real estate transactions, SEC filings, contracts, pension and retirement programs, and insurance. He also is experienced in financial and accounting affairs of not for profit organizations. He started his career working for Price Waterhouse & Co., and has worked at a high level for over a dozen large corporations and startups. Huff serves as Board Member and Treasurer (2009- present) for the Livermore Valley Opera; Board Director (2014-present), Treasurer, for Friends of Bankhead and Bothwell; Audit Committee Chair (2013-present), Tri-Valley Conservancy; and Board Trustee (2000-2009), Finance Committee Chairman, and Treasurer (2000-2008), of the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, San Francisco.