Board of Directors

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has a distinguished Board of Directors drawn from across the Tri-Valley. These individuals and the LVPAC staff, working with the Livermore City Council and City staff, have given their time and resources to help the Valley flourish both culturally and economically.

Executives

Jean King

ChairExecutive Committee, Government Committee, Governance Committee
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 boards of the League of Women Voters, AAUW, Friends of the Vineyards, 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 has accepted appointments to the Livermore Commission for the Arts, 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.

Joan K. Seppala

PresidentExecutive Committee, Education Committee, Finance Committee, Government Committee Chair, Governance Committee, Development Committee
In 1963, Ms. Seppala founded The Independent, a Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin weekly newspaper established, and continues as its publisher. Ms. Seppala has participated in several Alameda County public bodies, including the Altamont Settlement Committee. She also belongs to the Livermore Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and 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 almost 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 led the founding of it. 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 and Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 1 Champion for the Arts Award.

Denise Watkins

Vice PresidentExecutive Committee, Development Committee Chair, Education Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Marketing Committee
Ms. Watkins 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 10 years. Ms. Watkins has served on numerous committees for the Pleasanton School District, including co-chairing the district-wide Excellence Committee. Ms. Watkins has been chosen as a trustee on the UC Merced Foundation Board. UC Merced is the newest University in the University of California education system. Ms. Watkins and her husband own and operate the Vancouver Stealth, a professional Lacrosse team. Prior to her involvement with the Stealth and the school district, 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.

Leland Younker, Ph.D.

Secretary – Executive Committee
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 member of the Senior Management Team at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 1980-2011. Dr. Younker has lived in Livermore 34 years, married to a retired Livermore teacher. He serves as a Board Member and Public Affairs Director of Rotary, and a Board Member of Pacific Chamber Symphony. The Friends of Livermore has chosen him as its Chairman. Dr. Younker is the Past President of the Valley Concert Chorale and past President and current Board Member of the Valley Study Group.

Henry (Hank) Huff

TreasurerExecutive Committee, Audit Committee, Finance Committee Chair, Governance Committee
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.

Directors

Nancy Bankhead:

Director — Development Committee
Ms. Bankhead was born and raised in Livermore. She works as the president of Fallon Enterprises, Inc., a family business comprised of real estate investments and ranching. She currently serves on and is former vice-president for the Livermore Cultural Arts Council. Ms. Bankhead represents her family and their naming gift of the Bankhead Theater by continuing to support and advocate for arts, history and culture in the region.

Kellene Cousins

DirectorEducation Committee, Community Outreach Committee
Kelly Cousins, Ph.D. is a retired educational psychologist and has been an active member of the Pleasanton community since 1991. She became involved in Pleasanton Unified School District’s gifted and talented, arts and music programs during her two son’s attendance at PUSD. She has participated within the larger community as a City of Pleasanton Human Service Commissioner and is currently on her sixth year as a Library Commissioner. Kelly has served on various city wide task forces including being a part of the Pleasanton Youth Master Plan, the Cultural Arts Mater Plan, the East Pleasanton Specific Plan and most recently the Pleasanton Civic Center/Library Task Force. She currently serves as Co-President of the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council and the liaison member to the Livermore Cultural Arts Council from PCAC. She is also a member of the Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Organization and has traveled to Mexico as a representative of the City at their 30 year celebration of the organization. Kelly has been the campaign manager for both City Council and School Board Candidates. Her commitment to the improvement in transparency and participation by the residents in local government has lead her to become the president of a grass roots organization called the Pleasanton Voters. Kelly join the LVPAC board and serves on the education, outreach, events and film festival committees

Kelly enjoys traveling with her husband and engaging with different cultural groups and in various arts activities. One of her goals as a board member of LVPAC is to help develop partnerships among the local communities groups and city agencies to expand the performing arts opportunities for students and their families as well as embrace the cultural diversity within the Tri Valley Area.

William Dunlop

Director – Education Committee
Dr. William H. Dunlop received his PhD in Nuclear Physics from UCLA, and has worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 1972. He served as Division Leader for thermonuclear weapons development and then as Program Leader overseeing the Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Treaty Verification work. This assignment included his membership in US delegation to the Nuclear Testing Talks and then to the US delegation t the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He served as the Technical Advisor to the US Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament during the negotiation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Dr. Dunlop is currently the Chairman of the Nuclear Forensics Science Panel for National Technical Nuclear Forensics Center. He also is co-chair of a panel of experts that supports the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC). Dr. Dunlop Founded the Livermore Valley Education Foundation, became it first president and continues to serve on the LVEF Board. He served on the Livermore School Board from 2004 through 2014.

Judge Mark Eaton

Director – Finance, and Community Outreach Committees
Judge Eaton practiced general civil litigation prior to his appointment to the bench. His 23 years of service on the Alameda County Courts included 17 years on the Superior Court. In his capacity as a private judge, since 1999 he has mediated over 1,100 cases with a settlement rate in excess of 95%. Mr. Eaton has a well-deserved reputation for being a dedicated, innovative and highly successful facilitator of settlements. Such skills earned him the 1995 Trial Judge of the Year Award by the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association. His commitment to local charities is remarkable: Director, Axis Community Health Center 2001 – present; Tri-Valley Conservancy Board 2001-2012 and Advisory Committee 2012 – present; Advisory Committee of Pedrozzi Foundation 2011– present; Livermore Granada Boosters 1997 – 2009; Director, Valley Memorial Hospital 1982 – 1985; Director, Pacific Health Care 1985 – 1989; Director, Livermore Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chairperson & V.P. Civic Development 1966 – 1969; Trustee, Livermore Valley Jewish Community Center 1970 – 1971; President and Director, Student Educational Loan Fund 1968 – 1972; President and Director, Livermore Active 20-30 Club 1964 – 1968; City of Livermore, Committee Member, Beautification Committee 1968 – 1971; Committee Member, Ad Hoc Human Relations Commission 1968; Member, A Coordinating Committee to Overcome Racial Division 1968 – 1975; Member, Legal Advisory Board and Valley Communities Economic Opportunities Organization 1966 – 1967.

Charles (Chuck) Hartwig

Director – Community Outreach Committee Chair
Mr. Hartwig, a resident of Livermore with his family since 1971, was employed on the technical staff of Sandia National Laboratories, California from 1971 to 2004. There, he was selected as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and served in a variety of management positions. Hartwig has been involved in community not-for-profit organizations for decades. He is presently on the boards of Del Valle Fine Arts (past President), Livermore Cultural Arts Council (past President and recipient of the distinguished service award), Rae Dorough Speaker Series (founder and present Chair), Pacific Chamber Symphony, Livermore Commission for the Arts (Vice-President), the Livermore Granada Boosters (past President), the Livermore Rotary Club (past President), and the Livermore Rotary Foundation Board (current President).

Joseph Madden

Director – Community Outreach Committee
Mr. Madden is involved as President of Goal Line Productions, a Pleasanton-based production studio, where he has produced numerous commercials for clients including AT&T, Microsoft, Clorox, and Ace Hardware. His company also produces feature films. He was active as executive producer of the 2004 Academy Award™ nominated feature film “The Cooler,” and the comedy- horror “Dead and Breakfast,” which was filmed entirely on location in Livermore. He has served on several relevant community boards, including the Tri-Valley Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the California Independent Film Festival. He brings fundraising and arts presentation experience to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center board.

Layne Marceau

Director – Audit Committee Chair
Mr. Marceau is employed as the President of the Northern California Division of Shea Homes. He joined the company in 1995 as Vice President of Finance for the Southern California Division. Marceau took a lead role in corporate mergers and acquisitions, successfully leading the acquisition of both the Mission Viejo Company in 1997 and UDC Homes in 1998. In 1999, he became Corporate Vice President of Operations and in 2000 he was named President of the Northern California Division. Prior to joining Shea Homes, he spent seven years at Deloitte and Touche in the Real Estate Consulting and Audit practice. He also worked as a high school economics and mathematics teacher. Marceau earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of California, Irvine. Marceau is a licensed California Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker. He has been a member of the California Building Industry Association since 1995 and served as Chairman of the Association in 2006. Layne was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009. He has served as a Board Member of HomeAid of Northern California since 1995, the 1st Tee of the Tri-Valley since 2005, and the Livermore Performing Art Center since 2007.

Aaron Ortiz

Director – Community Outreach Committee
Mr. Ortiz’s career began at La Familia Counseling Service where he worked for 5 years from 1992-1997. Aaron moved on to work for the State of California in 1997 with the Employment Development Department. He was engaged as the youngest Employment Program Representative for the State and assisted in implementing the CalJOBS employment match system. Keeping to his passion of working with the hardest to serve, Aaron became the Employment Program Coordinator for the Parole office in the East Bay for the State of California. Simultaneously, Aaron worked for Hayward Unified School District as a certificated teacher and Program Director of (WIA) youth programs. In the last 13 years, Ortiz has been responsible for finding employment for thousands of Americans. Recently, Ortiz became the Founder and Executive Director of East Bay Community Services. He created the organization from the remnants of a collapsed foundation that he restructured and brought to life with a new vision. He joined forces with Bay Area Community Services and in as little as one year, has secured over 2 million dollars to develop programs for youth and families. In the last year, Ortiz has become a leader and key player in Alameda County by executing successful strategies for programs in some of the most challenging communities in the East Bay. He has served as co- founder of the District Attorney’s Justice Academy, founder of the Veterans Internship Program and author of the Tri-Valley and Tri-Cities Highway to Work Program. He helped to support the Deferred Action for new Child Arrivals initiative. Recently, he established a computer lab by securing 50 computers donated to his organization.

Dr. Barry A. Russell, Ph.D

Director – Education Committee Chair
Dr. Barry A. Russell, Ph.D. is employed as President of Las Positas College in Livermore California. Prior to his appointment as the sixth President of Las Positas College, Dr. Russell was the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs in the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges in Sacramento where he focused on growing the capacity of the state’s 112 community colleges in the areas of academic planning, academic support programs, program approval, and the review of degrees and certificates. Dr. Russell earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 where his alma mater honored him as a 2012 Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership Program. He also holds degrees in music from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has been chosen as a member of the board of the Livermore Valley Opera.

Jean Shuler

Director – Governance Committee Chair, Development Committee
Ms. Shuler, a resident of Livermore since 1968, has worked at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) as a computer scientist since 1972.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary.  In her current position at LLNO, she manages over 200 IT staff members in the Computer Systems Support Division.  She interacts regularly with high-level Lab scientists and managers, and understands well the cultural of the Lab, one that is drawn to the arts.  LLNL recognizes the importance of the role LVPAC performs as a vagrant performing arts center, a role that helps LLNL to recruit and retain employees.  Although she has traveled extensively both for work and pleasure, she continues to be active in many LLNO and community volunteer organizations.  She is on the Board of Directors for expanding Your Horizons Network, an international organization that inspires girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  She also serves as President of her Homeowner’s Association.

Philip R. Wente

DirectorGovernance Committee, Development Committee

Mr. Wente acts as President of the Wente Land and Cattle Company and Vice Chairman of Wente Vineyards. He was chosen as Past Chairman of the Tri-Valley Business Council and currently serves as a member of the Wine Institute, Agricultural Water Task Force, California Community College Foundation, and the Alameda County Agricultural Advisory Committee. He has held many positions throughout the California wine industry, as well as the Tri-Valley business community. Mr. Wente’s invaluable expertise in the agri-tourism industry facilitates the merging of wine event tourism with the arts, strengthens Livermore’s positioning as a tourist destination, and brings stellar leadership to LVPAC.

Emeritus

Phillip N. Dean

Director Emeritus
Mr. Dean retired as a physicist from the University of California in1993, having spent 32 years working in the fields of radiological physics and analytical cytology at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He served as President of the Livermore Cultural Arts Council, a multi-organization service group, for 10 years. Mr. Dean is one of the three founders of LVPAC and a distinguished, longstanding contributor to the project, who has made organization, administrative, management and sound fiscal practice a cornerstone of the organization. Board Member from 1998 to 2008.

Patrick Kernan

Director Emeritus
Patrick Kernan opened the Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel’s Pleasanton law office and was chosen to become its managing partner from 1998 until June of 2004. From 2004 to 2005 he was employed as the Vice President & General Counsel of Valley Care Health Systems. Mr. Kernan founded the Law Offices of Patrick J. Kernan in 2007. Mr. Kernan is a past member of the Hospital & Pacific Care Boards and is now on the Pacific Symphony Chamber Board and the Las Positas Foundation Board. Mr. Kernan was appointed to the Pleasanton Unified School District Board in 1997 and was a member through 2010. Board Member since 2005.

Dr. Mortimer Mendelsohn

Director Emeritus
Dr. Mendelsohn is a recently retired Senior Scientist and former Associate Director at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where for 20 years he headed the Biomedical and Environmental Research Program specializing in radiology, cytogenetics and analytical cytology. He recently spent three years as Vice Chairman of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. Long active in the arts, he currently serves on the Board of Del Valle Fine Arts. Dr. Mendelsohn brings extensive connections in the arts community and high- level managerial expertise to the board’s endeavors was a board member through 2014. Board Member since1999.

Michael Bocchicchio

(Deceased)
Mr. Bocchicchio was a consulting architect and served as the Associate Vice President – Capital Resources Management, for the University of California System. He was twice appointed State Architect under Governor Deukmejian, was employed as the Regional Director of Planning and Facilities for Southern California for Kaiser Permanente and served as University Architect and Executive Director for the University of Southern California. He and his wife have been impresarios active in producing grand opera in the Bay Area. He is a former President of the Livermore Valley Opera company. Mr. Bocchicchio, chair of the Performing Arts Center Architectural and Construction Committee and member of the Finance Committee, had extensive experience and knowledge of large-scale construction management and financing. Mr. Bocchicchio served on the board from xxx through 2013.

Thomas Reitter

Director Emeritus
Mr. Reitter was elected to the Livermore City Council (1989-2007). Before his retirement, he was employed as a mechanical engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As a council member, he was particularly concerned with preserving agriculture and open space around Livermore and in preserving the city’s individual character and sense of place. He helped focus the city on downtown re-vitalization. He sees the Bankhead Theater as a major economic driver of the downtown, an institution that will help make Livermore a center for arts and entertainment. Mr. Reitter served on the board through 2014.

Donna Wilcox

Director – Governance Committee
Ms. Wilcox works as a CEO, a Director and a marketing consultant for several local wineries. Her long career in the wine business included General Manager of Concannon Vineyard and Wente Sparkling Wine Cellars in Livermore, as well as Vice President, Marketing and Sales, for Wente Vineyards. During her employment at Wente, she opened the Sparkling Wine Cellars new restaurant, conference center and concert series. She also launched several local events, including Art in the Vineyard and the Livermore Valley Wine Festival. In addition, she has been engaged as an instructor for wine appreciation and service at many national universities and has conducted several national and international seminars on wine.