Board of Trustees
The Music for Minors Board of Trustees is a select group of dedicated individuals who govern the overall objectives and vision of the organization. For information about joining our governance leadership, please contact Sonja Wohlgemuth (Palmer) at email@example.com or 650.237.9130.
- Mike has a BS in Computer Science from Washington University and an MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a senior partner for 29 years at Accenture, the information systems consulting firm. Mike’s nonprofit experience include terms as Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Portola Valley Schools Foundation, and Treasurer of the Western Wheelers, an 800-member bicycle club in Palo Alto. He plays saxophone in several groups at the Jazz School in Berkeley and in the R&B cover band Addison Street. Mike joined the Board in 2011.
- Stephen obtained his BA in English from UC Berkeley, where he was a cellist in the Baroque Music ensemble. He earned an MBA at Golden Gate University while selling and marketing computer products and professional services. Stephen met his wife in high school playing with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, where both remain active. He and his wife also performed with Redwood Symphony and Master Sinfonia for many years, and are dedicated community volunteers. Stephen served on the MFM Board from 2006-2008 and re-joined in 2014.
- Sharon is currently a teacher in the Los Altos School District. She has a BA in Anthropology and a Lifetime Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She directs children’s musicals and choruses, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, and sings with a local choir. Sharon is a former Music for Minors Volunteer Educator and joined the Board in 2004.
- Larry specializes in the areas of fire and explosion investigation, fluid mechanics, and related areas of electrical and chemical energy analysis. His career has included investigating accidents in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD—all in Mechanical Engineering—from the University of Washington. Larry joined the Board in 2016.
- Steve has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Silicon Valley for over 40 years. In 1975 he opened Camera One Theater, the first repertory cinema in San Jose. Since then, Steve has founded and operated multiple bars and restaurants in the South Bay, including Eulipia Restaurant (1977-2012). He also worked in energy management for two years, and was project manager and co-founder of the San Pedro Square Market. Currently, he works with his family at San Jose’s leading jazz club, Café Stritch. Steve studied Classics at San Jose State University after attending Santa Clara University and New College of California. Steve has served on many nonprofit boards, and joined the MFM Board in 2017.
- Cathy is a former Music for Minors Volunteer Educator (1988-1996 at West Valley, Montclaire, and Bullis Elementary Schools) who also served on the Board from 1990-2000, including two years as President. In addition, Cathy has been a member of the MFM Advisory Board and People of Note. She holds a BA in Spanish and an MA in Education from Stanford, and taught high school Spanish in local schools for many years. She has sung as a first soprano with Schola Cantorum since 1977. Cathy re-joined the Board in 2011.
- Lee is an experienced trial attorney who has spent most of his career as a founder and partner at Coddington, Hicks & Danforth in Redwood Shores. He represents a broad range of clients in business, commercial, contract, personal injury, and real estate disputes. Lee has a BA in political science from California Lutheran University and a law degree from University of the Pacific. Lee joined the Board in 2014.
- Greg has a BA from the University of California-Berkeley and a Master’s in Music from San Jose State University. He is currently Product Manager with Google, with expertise in product development and integrations. Other experience includes technical writing and editorial work on the Beethoven Journal. Greg also has a background in classical vocal performance and has developed curriculum in music, math, and science for children ages 5-14. Greg joined the Board in 2014.
- Gunilla was educated at the Southern Methodist University in Texas and works as an event planner. She was a founding member of Music for Minors. She also sits on the boards of the Vintage Affaire and the YMCA and is a sustaining member of Junior League of Palo Alto. Gunilla joined the Board in 2005.
- Grace has a BA in Psychology and a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Music from the University of Missouri. As a founder of MFM, she was Executive Director for four years. She was also founder of People of Note and served as its first president. She taught music in the Mountain View School District for 14 years. She has been a core Kodaly method instructor for MFM docents for over 16 years. Grace joined the Board in 1995.
- Letty is a former Music for Minors Volunteer Educator (2012-2014) who graduated from Northwestern University in 2012. After starting her career as a Teach For America corps member and bilingual educator in south San Jose, Letty became Associate Director of Talent at KIPP Bay Area Schools. Letty works on a team responsible for attracting, recruiting, retaining, and developing a diverse pool of high quality educators. She is at the forefront of bringing in teachers and leaders who will help prepare students to go to and through college and live choice-filled lives. Letty joined the Board in 2017.
- Duane is an information services professional who has served in executive management positions with several local software companies. His commitment to education began when his daughter started kindergarten and he co-founded and led the Los Altos Educational Foundation to help ensure adequate school funding. Since that time he has served multiple terms on the Board of Trustees for the Los Altos School District. He studied Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Duane joined the MFM Board in 2016.
- Liz earned a BS in Zoology at University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Biology from Harvard University (Extension School). She worked in the biotech field before raising two boys; she also volunteered with the Los Altos Art Docents for the past 15 years, serving many board positions, including chair, and is currently on its curriculum committee. Liz has volunteered for many nonprofits including MVLA Scholars (Program Council and Selection Committee), the Cantor Museum of Art, and the Friends of Westwind Barn. Liz joined the Board in 2011.
- John has a BA from the University of the Pacific. He is the president of SST Insurance Brokers, Inc. in Los Altos. He is a member of the Rotary Club and has been a board member of Bus Barn Stage Company for many years. He is a jazz musician by avocation, and plays regularly in the area with The Jazz ConneXion. John joined the Board in 2007.