"Performing Arts Workshop is one of the very best arts education programs in the Bay Area." -Philanthropedia
The Workshop's Board of Directors is the custodian of this institution and has the ultimate responsibility for its well being and effectiveness. (Click here for more information about board service.)
If you're interested in applying for the Board of Directors, please contact Jessica Mele, Executive Director at email@example.com or by phone at (415) 673-2634, Ext 201.
Annie McGeady has nearly 20 years experience working with nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions in a variety of capacities. Annie has advised nonprofits representing areas of education, arts and culture, social justice, and disability rights. She volunteers with her daughter’s school, and is committed to developing access to creative opportunities for all.
Cyrus Wadia, President
Cyrus joined the Performing Arts Workshop's Board of Directors in 2009. He is an intellectual property and music & recording industry attorney at Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP in San Francisco. Cyrus focuses his law practice on trademarks, copyrights, Internet-related transactions and litigation, and represents artists, writers and designers in protecting their intellectual property. An avid musician, Cyrus strongly believes in the Workshop's mission of developing critical thinking, creative expression and learning skills in young people through arts education, and the Workshop's support of local artists and teachers.
David Pilz, Treasurer
David joined the organization in 2012 as a member of the Finance and Program Quality committees. He has 10 years of experience in the finance sector, and has provided financial expertise to a variety of social justice organizations through his work at Tides. He is also a volunteer tour guide at SF City Guides, which leads free walking tours around San Francisco. He believes strongly that teaching performing arts to young people does more than just provide a break from other studies--it teaches very important skills such as how to communicate and understand each other, and builds confidence to express their creative ideas.
Wynne Bamberg, Secretary
Wynne has worked for over 20 years at the University of California, San Francisco in research and administration, most recently studying outcome measurement in mental health care. She has two artistically passionate children in the San Francisco Unified School District and is a strong advocate of public education and arts in the schools. As a violinist and music educator, Wynne agrees whole- heartedly with the Performing Arts Workshop's philosophy of developing critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.
Garth Applegate is a former Performing Arts Workshop teaching artist. Currently, Garth is a teacher at the San Francisco Friends School. He built the Friends instrumental music program to include an orchestra and world music ensemble in every grade of the middle school, a middle school jazz band, a beginning fourth grade band program and various other smaller ensembles. Prior to teaching at Friends, Garth attended the Westtown School and went on to receive his BA in music education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After touring in North Carolina, Garth moved to San Francisco where he taught music and visual art to youth on probation at the Principal Center's Collaborative. Garth keeps busy writing and performing around the Bay Area and recently completed "Muse at Eleven", his debut CD of solo classical guitar pieces.
Yashica Crawford, Ph.D.
Yashica is an advocate of arts education and ensuring that it is available to all students. Her previous work in San Francisco Unified School District afforded her opportunities to work with community based organizations and their support of district students. She is currently department chair of psychology at Patten University in Oakland.
Sagar Gupta, Vice President
Sagar joined the Performing Arts Workshop’s Board of Directors in 2013. He
is an investment professional at the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis
Roberts & Co. (KKR) focusing on private debt and special situations. Prior
to joining KKR, Sagar was an investment banker specializing in the
technology industry at UBS and Blackstone.
Before embarking on a career in finance, Sagar founded and operated a music
entertainment company that provided Indian percussion and DJ services. This early venture in both music and business cemented Sagar’s strong
belief in arts and music education as a crucial building block for all
youth. He is passionate about the Performing Arts Workshop’s mission to
ensure that all students are armed with the skills needed to succeed in the
Karen M. Harris, ASA, CFA, Vice President in the Capital Markets Research Group. Karen joined Callan in May 2000. She is responsible for assisting clients with their strategic investment planning, conducting asset allocation and liability studies, developing optimal investment manager structures, and providing custom research on a variety of investment topics. Karen works with a broad range of clients, from public to corporate pension plans, state and private insurance funds, endowments, foundations and operating funds. Karen is also an instructor at the “Callan College” and has spoken frequently at the Callan Investments Institute. She is also a shareholder.
Kurt Kunselman became a board member in June 2013. His current role is the Sales and Marketing Director for AccountingSuite, a cloud based business software for growing businesses. Kurt's background is mostly in software technology, startups, finance, music production and music technology.
In addition, to his "day" job, Kurt is also a director for Independent Distribution Collective, a music company that supports independent artists in physical distribution, digital distribution, music licensing, and music marketing. Prior to IDC, Kurt founded an internet music label, chameleon Music and also started a 501(c)3 music charity named Chameleon Music Promotion. The focus of the music charity is promotion of "Entrepren-Artists" in the San Francisco Bay Area. A few of the programs sponsored by the organization have been UnsignedArtist.org, AMP3 (Association of Music Industry Professionals) and currently Peanut Butter and JAMMusic Sessions for Kids.
When not working in the office, Kurt is active volunteering for MIT-Stanford VLab, playing basketball, billiards, songwriting, keyboard, strumming the 12-String or Bass, and attending music events of all genres.
Carmen Milagro is a San Francisco native who is a bandleader, lyricist & lead vocalist for Carmen Milagro & Americas' Gypsies, has lived in and performed in a residency at the Maduro Lounge in the Grand Hyatt in Japan, as well as toured Germany with her previous group called MILAGRO.
She considers herself an "entrepren-artist” and is CEO of WAAAHOO Productions, specializing in Music/Video Production, Design & Concierge Services and loves Marvel Comics.
She is founder and "Head Nut,” at Peanut Butter & JAMMusic Sessions for Kids (www.pbjamm.org) where she mentors children as a "shaman" through music...so it seems only natural to be on the Board of Directors for Performing Arts Workshop.
Tina Mitaine has spent 20 years actively involved in nonprofit and community-based organizations. She studied theater at American Conservatory theater in San Francisco and considers herself a life long student of dance. Through her own experience, she recognizes the power of art to transform lives and communities. As a mother, Tina is keenly aware of the need for arts in the public school system with an emphasis on targeting children of color and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Tina currently manages distribution and logistics for Maverick Brands LLC in Palo Alto,CA
Debbie Molof is principal of Mission Education Center Elementary School (MEC), a San Francisco Public School for newly arrived Spanish speaking immigrant students, who transition to other public schools after one year. Debbie has been a teacher and administrator in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for the past 25 years, promoting and supporting arts education. She is committed to the Workshop's mission which promotes integrating standards-aligned arts programming with the classroom curriculum and helps students' develop critical thinking, creative expression and basic learning skills through leadership in the classroom.
Ashley joined the Performing Arts Workshop Board in 2013. She is the Volunteer Engagement Manager for the college access organization First Graduate. Ashley has worked in education focused non-profits for over five years and believes that education is a right, not a privilege. In her free time, she is an avid dancer, and has first hand experienced the transformative powers of arts education. She joined the board to help Performing Arts Workshop continue to bring arts classes that develop critical thinking and other life skills to schools across the Bay Area.
Founder, Director Emeritus: Gloria Unti
Since 1956, Gloria Unti has been helping to evoke the creativity of children, educators, and artists. Trained extensively in the Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, and Jose Limon techniques, Ms. Unti has dedicated herself to advancing the arts as a force for education, expression, and individual empowerment in the community. Ms. Unti’s work in schools and community centers has been featured in major publications, such as Now and Look, documented on film by the Guggenheim and Carnegie Foundations, and covered by numerous television stations. She has been honored with many awards including the Honor Award from the California Dance Education Association, the Honor in Dance Award from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Hall of Fame Award from Dance Bay Area, and the Isadora Duncan Award for Sustained Achievement, and the WAVE award from GirlSource.