Leadership and Staff

Board of Directors

Officers

Mark Sherman, President
Physician, Pacific Eye

Jim Walker, Secretary
Business Service, SESLOC

Jessica Hoffman, Treasurer
PLM Project Manager, Gas and Process Division
Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Company LLC

Directors

Becky Falasco – First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo

John Gilbert – Principal, John Gilbert Co., Healthcare Executive Search

Greg Gillett – Attorney, Gillett Law

Bob Gordon – President, Gordon’s Floral Design Studio

Matthew Green – Director, Cuesta Sustainability Resource Center

David Hamilton – Attorney, Frederickson & Hamilton, LLP

Jeri Hocking – FCPP Family Health Aerovista

Michael Hocking – Owner, Brushworks

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Michael Johnson – Co-founder, CTO Doculynx

Jill LeMieux – Director of Membership, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

Robert Lin

Karen Loewi Jones – Compliance Manager, Midnight Cellars

Stefan Podell – Principal Technical Architect, Perricone MD

Gabe Quiroz – Agency Owner, Farmer’s Insurance

Mike Zigelman

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Honorary Life Member

Clifton Swanson

Executive Director

Catherine Lansdowne

Executive Director

Lansdowne attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music and earned a Bachelor’s in music performance as an oboist. She performed professionally but soon discovered she enjoyed the administration side. She obtained a Master’s in arts administration from Indiana University and began her career at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in marketing and public relations. She continued in a marketing capacity for the American Association of Malaysia, the National Philharmonic in Washington D.C., and in advancement for the Smithsonian Institution.

Prior to joining the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Lansdowne spent three years at the helm of the Abilene Philharmonic in Texas. While there, she oversaw a restructuring, new programming and fiscal growth of the organization. Lansdowne’s creativity and leadership, her programming collaboration with the music director, along with great staff and volunteers, is credited with a turn-around of the Abilene Philharmonic’s fiscal resources, taking the organization from a multi-year deficit to multi-year profits. Using unusual locations and focusing on attracting families, Lansdowne is most proud of developing the young artist competition where the winner played in front of peers from grades 3-5, having the Philharmonic play a soundtrack with a Charlie Chaplin movie on the screen of the historic Paramount Theater and collaborating with National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature to bring programming like a party for children with an art activity and the film “The Snowman,” which was inspired by the illustrated book by the same name. Lansdowne is also a film lover and has stretched the boundaries of pops concerts, including a Rock ‘n’ Roll and Star Wars concert.

“Live music is one of the greatest joys of life. As a musician and executive director, it is important to me that the timeless genre of classical music be accessible and available to everyone,” says Lansdowne. “The San Luis Obispo Symphony and Youth Symphony are cultural gems for the community and region. I am looking forward to working with the board of directors, new music director, staff and volunteers to bring diverse, engaging and exciting concerts to the community.”

Symphony Staff

Administration

Jenny Beddy
Office Manager

Kristen Hintz
Marketing and Communications Manager

Development

Leslie A. McKinley
Director of Resource Development

Music Education

Abraham Perez
Music Education Director

Dylan Lyman
Education and Administrative Assistant