Margaret Cafarelli

Margaret Cafarelli

Margaret Cafarelli joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2009. Born in Phoenix, Ms. Cafarelli studied marketing and finance at Arizona State University before embarking on a career in real estate development. After working for a succession of small, family-owned firms, she founded Urban Developments in 1999. The San Francisco-based company specializes in sustainable urban mixed-use projects. Ms. Cafarelli serves on the Sustainable Development Council of the Urban Land Institute, a public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2007 she completed the Executive Program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the Woods Institute for the Environment in Palo Alto, California. Ms. Cafarelli has participated in the Music Academy’s Compeer Program and actively supports Women’s Economic Ventures, a local women’s advocacy organization.

Warren Staley

Warren Staley

Warren Staley joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in 2015. Born in Illinois, Mr. Staley earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Kansas State University and went to work for Standard Oil of California (since renamed Chevron Corp.). Upon earning his MBA at Cornell University, he served for two years as a staff member at a development bank in Colombia before joining Cargill as a trainee in 1969. He steadily advanced and was named Cargill's president and chief operating officer in 1998, CEO in 1999, and Board chairman in 2000. Mr. Staley is credited with presiding over a period of renewed growth and prosperity at the Minnesota-based company, whose divergent interests include, trading, storing, and processing agricultural commodities, livestock feeding and processing, animal nutrition, food ingredients, and financial services. It is the nation's largest privately held corporation by revenue. He retired from Cargill in 2007. Mr. Staley has served as board director for U.S. Bancorp, Target, Excel Trust, and PACCAR, and is a former member of the President's Export Council. His extensive involvement with nonprofits includes the microfinance initiative Opportunity International, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the Music Academy of the West. He is currently overseeing the construction of a high school in Ghana.

Eileen Sheridan

Eileen Sheridan

A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Ms. Sheridan graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in accounting before earning a master’s degree in taxation at Golden Gate University. She joined Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf in 1987, becoming a partner nine years later. A specialist in estate, trust, and charitable planning, she is a founding member of the firm’s estate planning group, and was named chair of the Music Academy’s Planned Giving Committee in late 2010. Ms. Sheridan is Chair of the Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a longstanding member and past president of the Channel Counties Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA), and serves on the California Society of CPAs Statewide Committee on Taxation, as well as the IRS Liaison Committee and the CalCPA Estate Planning Committee. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council, and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Santa Barbara.

Philip L. Bernstein

Philip L. Bernstein

PHILIP L. BERNSTEIN joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2013. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Bernstein studied French and history at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, before earning an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance. He has spent his entire career at Jacob Stern & Sons, an international distributor of fats, oils, and chemicals based in Santa Barbara. Currently the firm’s board chairman, he previously served as president and CEO. Mr. Bernstein was a Music Academy Board member from 2002 to 2008, serving as secretary in 2003, second vice chair in 2004, and first vice chair in 2005. He also chaired the Strategic Planning (2003 to 2005) and the Legal Affairs and Policies committees (2003). Mr. Bernstein has served on the Board of Corporators for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and previously chaired the Board of Trustees for the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara

David Bradford

David Bradford

DAVID S. BRADFORD joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2013. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Bradford completed his undergraduate studies at Davidson College before earning a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a residency and fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center/New York Orthopedic Hospital, he began his career at the University of Minnesota and went on to become chairman of orthopedic surgery and director of spine surgery at UC San Francisco. His current title is Chair Emeritus at UCSF. Dr. Bradford has conducted significant research in the areas of biomaterials, tissue engineering, and tissue regeneration, and has authored or presented hundreds of academic and professional papers. In November 2001, he was honored by the French Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery Association. His many professional affiliations also include serving as president of the Federation of Spine Associations, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. Also a former venture partner at Kearny Venture Partners in San Francisco (2006 to 2013), Dr. Bradford has served as a board director for the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and has supported the Casa del Herrero Foundation among other local non-profits.

Michele Brustin

Michele Brustin

MICHELE BRUSTIN joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in 2008. Born in Baltimore, Ms. Brustin took piano lessons at Peabody Conservatory before graduating from the University of Maryland with bachelor’s degrees in English and history. After serving for three years as a professional assistant for theater programs at the National Endowment for the Arts, she worked as an assistant to the executive director at the Brooklyn Academy of Music before being named executive director of the Performing Arts Association of New York State. She later served in the same capacity at the Illinois Arts Council for three years. From there, Ms. Brustin joined NBC as an associate, and over the next 10 years was rapidly promoted, ultimately serving as vice president of drama programs for six years under Grant Tinker and Brandon Tartikoff and as senior vice president for comedy programs for two years. She later worked as a producer affiliated with Universal and Scripps Howard Productions, where she also served as executive producer of programming, and as an independent producer. Ms. Brustin previously served on the Jefferson Awards Committee for Theater in Chicago and the board for UCLA’s Royce Hall. She is also a former member of the Los Angeles Music Center Educational Committee.

Howard Chase

Howard Chase

HOWARD CHASE joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2009. Born in South Orange, New Jersey, Mr. Chase earned degrees from Harvard University and Harvard Law School before building a thriving New York City practice specializing in corporate and securities law. In 1993 he was named president of De Tomaso Industries, whose properties included Maserati and other Italian automobile and motorcycle manufacturers. Mr. Chase, who was based in Milan, Italy, during his six years with De Tomaso, was subsequently named president of the investment management firm Carret Holdings, a position he held until 2001. He has served as a board director for Thoratec Corporation, a Pleasanton, Californiabased manufacturer of devices to treat heart failure, ThinGap, a Ventura-based motor manufacturer, and Emegear, a firm specializing in cervical immobilization devices based in Carpinteria. Mr. Chase has lectured on the legal aspects of international trade at Santa Barbara City College.

Patricia Durham

Patricia Durham

PATRICIA DURHAM joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2014. A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Durham earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at UC Irvine before working as an office manager and business management assistant for a Southern California accounting firm. Upon joining the staff of Texas-based Durham Transportation she rapidly advanced, and was ultimately named director of marketing, later serving as chief marketing officer for parent company National Express Corporation. She currently works as a consultant. Ms. Durham serves on the Board of Trustees for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and is a former board director for CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) and Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center. She has also supported the efforts of Girls Inc., Lotusland, Hospice of Santa Barbara, CAMA, and UCSB Arts & Lectures. A longtime backer of MERIT, the Music Academy’s youth outreach program, she has served on the organizing committee for the Cabaret gala fundraiser benefiting the Academy’s fullscholarship program.

Jerrold Eberhardt

Jerrold Eberhardt

JERROLD L EBERHARDT, Jerry, had a distinguished 40 year career at Smith Barney. He and his family moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1997 when he was named Senior Executive Vice President and Divisional Director for the Western Division, which included eleven States and was expanded to include Asia and Australia. He retired March 31, 2009. Jerry has been a member of the Board of Directors of Dynasty Financial Partners, LLC since 2012. Dynasty is the premier provider of integrated wealth management solutions and technology for Independent Registered Investment Advisors. Jerry is former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and currently serves as Vice Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Music Leadership Council and serves on the Board of the Music Center Foundation. For the past six years Jerry has served as a Trustee of the Aspen Music Festival & School. He is also a member of The California Club and previously served on the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Eberhardt graduated from the University of Illinois and received his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Janet Garufis

Janet Garufis

JANET GARUFIS joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in November 2016. Originally from Los Angeles, Ms. Garufis moved to Santa Barbara in 2002. She joined Montecito Bank & Trust in 2004, and became the bank’s president and CEO in 2006. Ms. Garufis currently also serves as a Trustee and sits on the Executive Committees for Sansum Clinic® and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, where she is a Past President. In addition, Ms. Garufis served as a Director on the Board of the Santa Barbara Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she was the 2012 Board Chair. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Casa Pacifica and the Leadership Council for CASA. Named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ms. Garufis has served on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Santa Barbara Symphony, and was the Co-Chair of the United Way Santa Barbara workplace campaign from 2009– 2011. Additionally, she has served on the Board of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Women’s Economic Ventures, Santa Barbara Habitat for Humanity, Fielding Graduate University and Leading from Within.

Judith Getto

Judith Getto

JUDITH P. GETTO joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2010. Born in upstate New York, Ms. Getto earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Cornell University before a completing a master's degree and doctoral work in educational psychology at UCLA. As an educator, she has taught, developed curriculum, and supervised teachers in Nashville, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, including serving as the Bay Area coordinator for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth. A former co-chair for the Academy’s Cabaret gala fundraiser, Ms. Getto also has served on boards and chaired fundraising efforts for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco, and various schools and community youth programs in Harlem.

Paul Guido

Paul Guido

PAUL GUIDO joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2012. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Guido studied English literature at the University of Southern California before earning master’s and doctoral degrees at the California School of Professional Psychology. Over the subsequent 30 years he built a thriving adult therapy practice, at one time serving clientele in both Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara area. A Montecito resident, Mr. Guido currently practices exclusively in the immediate community. He also mentors psychology interns at UCSB and New Beginnings Counseling Center in Santa Barbara. Mr. Guido has served on the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s docent board for four years. Also a former Pacific Pride Foundation board director, he has volunteered as an on-call counselor for Music Academy Fellows during recent Summer Festivals.

Michael Keston

Michael Keston

MICHAEL KESTON joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in 2009. Born in New York City, Mr. Keston earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering before receiving an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as chairman and CEO of KFG Investment Company, which manages a portfolio of real estate and financial investments. Mr. Keston is a member of the Board of Councilors for the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, and is chairman of USC’s Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure. He has been an adjunct professor in the master’s degree program in real estate development at USC since 1990, and has served on the Policy Advisory Board for the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently chairman of the Southern California Council of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a research institution and think tank based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Keston has served on the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles/Ventura Region.

Seymour Lehrer

Seymour Lehrer

SEYMOUR LEHRER rejoined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2011, having previously served from 2000 to 2009. Originally a tool and die maker, Mr. Lehrer went on to found a metal goods manufacturing company with his wife, Shirley, in their native Los Angeles. The couple also later enjoyed success in industrial real estate. Today their Lehrer Family Foundation supports some 25 local groups, some of which have honored the Lehrers for their philanthropic and volunteer efforts. In 2009 the couple made a significant donation in support of ongoing programmatic and facility upgrades at the Music Academy. In recognition, the Music Academy named the elegant entrance area in Hahn Hall “Lehrer Lobby,” and dedicated the 2009 Summer School and Festival to the couple. The Lehrers previously helped fund the creation of Lehrer Studios at the Music Academy. Completed in 2006, that campus facility features 16 acoustically designed practice studios, remodeled restrooms, and shower rooms for use by Academy Fellows.

Thomas Orlando

Thomas Orlando

THOMAS ORLANDO joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2012. Born in Burbank, Mr. Orlando earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at California State University, Northridge. Following a successful four-year stint as a sales associate with food and beverage wholesaler Young’s Market Company, he joined the staff of Los Angeles-based manufacturing concern CTD Machines, where he went on to become sales manager and then owner, president, and CEO. He left the company when it was sold in 2007, and currently manages several industrial properties in Southern California. Mr. Orlando is a board director for Daum Commercial Real Estate Services, and previously served on the boards for the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America and the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers. He was president of the latter trade organization’s board in 2002 and 2003.

Maurice Singer

Maurice Singer

MAURICE SINGER joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2010. Born in New York City, Mr. Singer studied English and economics at the University of Vermont and went on to hold a succession of senior management positions in the film and television industry, including president of HBO Films and senior vice president at Home Box Office, Columbia Pictures Corp., and Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. Shortly after becoming a licensed financial advisor, he founded Los Angeles-based Riviera Capital Management in 1993, an independent firm specializing in wealth management, venture capital, and initial public offering consultation. Mr. Singer is currently a founding principal at The Evergreen Advantage, a private mortgage fund based in Santa Monica with offices in Montecito. The firm has a loan portfolio of real estate throughout California. In addition to being a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Television Broadcasters, Mr. Singer has served as a board director for Tempra Technology and Qnext Corp.

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

TIM TAYLOR joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2015. A sixth-generation Santa Barbaran and former Old Spanish Days El Presidente (2008), Mr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at California State University, Chico, before starting his career as a loan officer at Goleta National Bank. He went on to open and manage Metrocities Mortgage, which was subsequently acquired by Prospect Mortgage in 2007. Mr. Taylor currently serves as the latter firm’s area manager for Santa Barbara County and the Central Coast, and has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 mortgage originators. Mr. Taylor has supported the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, the Breast Cancer Resource Center, and Domestic Violence Solutions, all in Santa Barbara, as well as Kids Helping Kids at San Marcos High School.

Patricia Toppel

Patricia Toppel

PAT TOPPEL joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2015. Born in Florida, Ms. Toppel earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at the University of Miami (UM). She is a senior member of the UM Board of Trustees, and together with her latehusband, Harold, provided lead funding for the Harold and Patricia Toppel Career Center at the university and endowed a chair in pediatric oncology/hematology at UM’s Miller School of Medicine. A managing partner in the real estate development firm Toppel Partners, she also serves as chairman of the Toppel Family Foundation, which has supported numerous charitable causes over 35 years. Ms. Toppel served on the Board of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties for 10 years and is currently on the Board of Friends of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.

Peter Ziegler

Peter Ziegler

PETER F. ZIEGLER, joined the Music Academy Board of Directors in January 2014. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Ziegler earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration and organizational behavior at Yale University before serving as a line officer in the U.S. Navy for four years. Upon completing his law studies at the University of Southern California, where he edited the Southern California Law Review, he joined the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and went on to specialize in corporate securities and business matters, public and private financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He retired as partner in 2008. Mr. Ziegler has served as a board director for the Southern California chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Webb Schools in Claremont, California, and the Music Center in Los Angeles. Also a former member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, he has supported the Santa Barbara Zoo, Direct Relief International, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, United Way, and USC Law School.