Chair — Executive 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
President – Executive 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.
Vice President – Executive 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
Treasurer – Executive 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.