Margaret M. White (Peggy), Executive Director

Peggy_W_004Ms. White has 25 years experience in non-profit management. Fourteen years ago, she landed the job of her dreams when she became Executive Director of the Diablo Regional Arts Association. It was an ideal opportunity because this position blended her professional background with her passion for the arts. She danced professionally with the Atlanta Ballet and Joffrey Ballet’s Apprentice Company. Her nonprofit career includes serving as director of community relations for the March of Dimes, director of development for Goodwill Industries, and executive director of the Volunteer Center of Contra Costa. She was awarded the Woman of the Year by the California Legislature in 2002, the Point of Light Foundation Executive Director Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1995, and, in 1993, she received the United Way of the Bay Area Executive Director Award. Her extensive community involvement includes Business Arts Council Board of Trustees, First Tuesday Professional Women in Business, Leadership Contra Costa, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way Campaign Cabinet. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Florida State University where she double majored in mass communications and dance.


Jody Cook, Program Manager

Jody came to the Lesher Center in 2005 and has had the privilege to serve in a variety of capacities resulting in a broad scope of knowledge about the center. She believes in the power of the arts to transform lives and is honored to work for this influential organization. She first got involved with DRAA as a volunteer for On Broadway many years ago and is thrilled to be able to make a worthwhile contribution to the overall quality of life in this region.


Lisa Mansfield, Finance Manager

Ms. Mansfield has fond memories of going to the theater with her parents. She is thrilled to be a part of the DRAA and seeing the smiling faces of children and adults attending the Arts Access performances and community events. Lisa has a business and economics degree from UC Santa Barbara and is a licensed CPA. She has six years of auditing experience and seven years experience working on individual tax preparation.


Glodine Saraspi, Development Assistant

Glodine is a Seattle transplant and has been living in the East Bay since 2012. She previously worked for the YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish for several years in the Development department where she coordinated fundraising events. She has a passion for the performing arts and is excited to be able to work in this creative environment. She is inspired by the level of talent showcased at the Lesher Center and is proud to be part of an organization that supports the arts. Glodine has a business degree from the University of Washington.