Leadership and Staff

Board of Directors


Mark Sherman, President
Physician, Pacific Eye

David Hamilton, Past President
Attorney, Frederickson & Hamilton, LLP

Jim Walker, Secretary
Business Service, SESLOC

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


Joe Benson – Senior Corporate Counsel, MINDBODY

Becky Falasco – First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo

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

Greg Gillett – Attorney, Gillett Law

Matthew Green – Director, Cuesta Sustainability Resource Center

Jeri Hocking – All for Health

Michael Hocking – Owner, Pacific Palace Painting


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 – Composer and Arranger

Luis Gabe Quiroz – Agency Owner, Farmer’s Insurance

Mike Zigelman


Honorary Life Member

Clifton Swanson

Symphony Staff


Paul Severtson
Interim Executive Director

Jenny Beddy
Office Manager

Kristen Hintz
Marketing and Communications Manager

Artistic Operations

Richard Dobeck
Orchestra and Operations Manager


Leslie A. McKinley
Director of Resource Development

Music Education

Emelia Banninger
Interim Music Education Director