Directors

The Diablo Regional Arts Association is governed by 20 expert, highly engaged East Bay business and community leaders who work passionately to ensure that the DRAA achieves its mission to make the Lesher Center for the Arts the premier cultural center in the East Bay. Our Board members accomplish this mission by involving themselves directly in DRAA’s work to promote high-quality artistic, education, and community outreach programs at the Lesher Center. They donate generously to the DRAA themselves, participate in our fundraisers and use their extensive professional and community networks to raise the profiles of DRAA and Lesher Center’s programs in the East Bay and beyond.

Scott MacCormac – President
Financial Vice President and District Manager, Chase

DSC_3660_web Being a partner to your community is an opportunity for individuals and companies to be involved in areas that develop the overall quality of life for the city they serve and the surrounding areas. The arts, and specifically the Lesher Center, are critical to the vitality of our downtown and to providing access to the arts for our local schools, which are losing arts programs in these difficult economic times. It takes support from our business and community leaders to maintain and improve the quality of our programs.

Tom Donahoe – Vice President
Retired, President, Pacific Telesis Foundation

Donahoe The arts bring vibrancy to the community. They also stimulate the city’s economy.

Christian Valentine - Finance Committee Chair
Managing General Partner, Walnut Capital

Valentine The arts provide an important element in a thriving community. As is the case of libraries, public art, and participatory sports, the arts promote civic pride, provide opportunity for enjoyment, and encourage civic involvement. The community and its businesses benefit from a strong arts community because performances and exhibitions draw visitors and residents to the area around the center. They dine in the neighborhood, shop in the area, and are encouraged by the support of local businesses for the community through the arts.

Jill Winspear – Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Owner, Javelin Logistics and Community Volunteer

DSC_3678_web We have a responsibility to support the arts, especially during these difficult economic times. If we fail to support the arts in our community, they will simply disappear. We are so fortunate to have the Lesher Center so close to home. We can see first-class performances right here. No bridge, no tunnel!

Catharine Baker – Trustees Committee Chair
Of Counsel, Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel

When people of all generations in our community have access to high-quality arts programs, we thrive as a community, culturally and economically.  The DRAA has played a critical role in bringing excellent and diverse arts programs to our community, raising the quality of life in the East Bay.  Most importantly, the Arts Access Schooltime Program and other arts programs supported by the DRAA bring the arts to young children in our community and foster in them a lifetime love of education and arts appreciation.

Lisa Ryan – Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Director of National Advertising, Kaiser Permanente

Ryan The arts are critical to the foundation of our communities. They bring together individuals, families, and businesses in ways that elevate intellect and creativity. They fortify our connection to one another and foster opportunities for growth and development. The Lesher Center is vital to the East Bay. It provides accessibility to the arts for people in all stages of life and opens the door to those who may not normally have the opportunity to participate.

Gene Campion – Program Committee Chair
Retired Senior Vice President, PMI, policy serving and claims

Campion I liked the arts, and I was asked to get involved with DRAA as part of PMI”s involvement in the community. I’ve helped with donations, fundraising, and recruiting new board members. I feel the DRAA is doing very important work that, behind the scenes, adds to the fabric of our community. The result of our work brings people together to think, laugh, cry, and to just appreciate life. I am very lucky to be included in a group that truly makes a difference.

Angie Coffee – Governance Committee Chair
Senior Marketing Director, First Republic Bank

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Peters Suh – Development Committee Chair
CEO, Wholesale Applications Community

PeterSuh Unfortunately, arts are one of the targets for budget cuts, and it is a tragedy that our children and families are not exposed to the arts on a regular basis. One of the strongest areas we focus on is our local community, and the Lesher Center is a true gem.

Gil Berkeley
Retired, Morgan Miller Blair

Berkeley For me, the arts are a quality-of-life element and provide sustenance to the soul. And, support from business and community leaders is essential to enhancing today’s economy and maintaining the quality of the arts at the Lesher Center.

David Bowlby
CEO, The Bowlby Group

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Bob Ceglio
Mount Diablo President, Wells Fargo

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Angie Coffee – Governance Committee Chair
Senior Marketing Director, First Republic Bank

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Laurie Fox
Retired, Bay Area News Group, Human Resources Consulting

Fox The arts add richness to the community which is good for business and the residents.

Brian Hirahara
President, BH Development

Hirahara To have such a great arts center in our backyard is a blessing, and the Lesher Center helps keep our downtown alive and thriving. We need to keep it that way. The Lesher Center is a jewel in our community. It’s an honor and a pleasure to do what I can to help make the center the best that it can be.

Natalie Hughes
President & CEO, Packaged Business Solutions

Kilner I strongly believe that the Lesher Center is a tremendous asset to our community. The art and performances that are available to residents of Contra Costa are a key factor in the quality of life here. As a business leader, I am committed to improving the quality of life of my employees, and this is one direct way that I can contribute.

Laura Lamison
Community Leader

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Deborah Nordstrom
Marketing/Promotional Manager, Bay Area News Group – East Bay

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Linda Padon
General Manager, Corporate Public Policy, Chevron

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Robert Power
Owner and President, Regional Parking, Inc.

Power I was raised to believe that everyone should give back to their community and that it’s critical to be involved so that everyone can be exposed to the arts. I believe that young people in particular should be exposed to the arts.

Kevin Sanchez
Senior Vice President, UBS Institutional Consulting

KevinSanchez A study done several years ago highlighted the economic impact of the Lesher Center on the local Walnut Creek economy: over $40 million in annual benefits flow through this city. Local business are smart and understand the need to support the effort of the Lesher Center, given the level of shadow support it provides to them.