Board of Directors
Dan serves as a financial advisor to a number of local firms and non-profits, following his retirement from Francis Parker School where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations.
Prior to this role at Francis Parker, he served as CFO of Girl Scouts San Diego and in a variety of financial management roles at high technology firms in San Diego and San Jose. His move to the non-profit world has afforded him the opportunity to apply his financial vocation while helping lead these organizations focused on developing today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders. He enjoys bringing both his financial and non-profit background to Poway OnStage, assisting the organization in achieving its goals of offering great live performances and its Arts in Education Initiative.
Dan was raised in western New York and northern California, moving south to attend San Diego State University. He and his wife, Bunny, have resided in Poway for over 20 years, and live within walking distance of the Performing Arts Center. They have two married daughters, Katy (Ben) and Michelle (Aaron) and a granddaughter, Isabelle, all living in Seattle..
He is actively involved in the Poway High School Grad Nite, Poway High Hall of Fame selection committee and Girl Scout volunteer activities. He previously served on the Poway Girls Softball League Board and as Treasurer of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club. His hobbies include bicycling, hiking, gardening and honing his handyman skills.
Dan is thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors of Poway OnStage and have the opportunity to join the community’s premiere arts association.
Elaine Cofrancesco, Ph.D.
Vice Chairperson/Incoming Chairperson
Poway Unified School District
Elaine’s career has evolved from early work in the mental health field, and included Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling at Poway Counseling Services; Mercy Mental Health; and the Escondido Youth Center. She recently retired from the Poway Unified School District after 36 years, serving as teacher, counselor, and administrator.
Her passion has always been working with students and families to provide a variety of services to support the health, safety, and welfare of students.
Qualifications include a B.A./Music; M.A./Music Education; M.A./Counseling Psychology; and Ph.D./Psychology. She has always been a supporter of the arts and is Nationally Board Certified in Music Therapy. In her elementary years, she started playing the string bass and has a long history of playing in orchestras and jazz ensembles.
She and her husband, Roger Nedrow, reside in Rancho Bernardo.
Jerry “J.J.” Mink
Kenneth Mink Fine Rugs - The Fine Rug Gallery at Macy's
J.J. and her family moved to Poway from Alexandria, Virginia, 24 years ago. While back east, she and her husband, Ken, were active golfing members of the Mount Vernon Country Club, serving on the Board of Directors. Ken worked for the family owned rug business. Their business grew to 80+ stores during the early ’90s. Eventually, after multiple store closings and mergers, Macys took over the Federated Department Store conglomerate, and the rug business expanded. Ken and his two brothers own and operate the rug galleries in 178 Macy stores, employing 100+ managers and dedicated rug specialists.
J.J. has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Mary Baldwin College (now University) in Staunton, Virginia. After college, she spent a year as a Resident Apprentice in Theatre Management at the Virginia Museum Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. The following year, she was hired as the House Manager for the equity theatre.
After Ken and J.J. were married, they lived first in New Carrollton, Maryland, before their move to Alexandria in 1984. In those early years, when she wasn’t chasing after two toddlers, she volunteered her time, both on and off stage, at the local community theatre.
Since living in Poway, J.J. has held numerous part time and volunteer leadership positions and has actively taken part in workshops and classes to further her interests. She is an active member of the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) and a member of the RB Community Presbyterian church. She took classes in event planning at UCSD, participated in the Poway Community Leadership Institute (PCLI) sponsored by the City, and currently serves as a founder and director of the South Coast Golf League. Prior to coming to Poway OnStage, she was elected to the Board of Directors at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, where she served for 6 years. In that position, she chaired the Social, House and Membership Committees. During her last two years on the board, she was elected by her peers to serve as president.
J.J. is proud to serve on the Poway OnStage board, as it combines two of her interests: artistic performance and volunteer service. An enterprise like a performing arts center can only enhance a “community oriented” city like Poway, motivating residents to take part in its success.
Finance of America Mortgage
Leah was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from Poway High. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and International Business. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, where she lived with her husband for three years.
Leah is a Senior Loan Officer and Mortgage Advisor at Finance of America Mortgage (formerly Skyline Home Loans) in Rancho Bernardo. Finance of America is a direct mortgage banking company, offering a wide variety of products for both purchases and refinances, including Jumbo options, 30/15 Year Fixed, FHA, VA, USDA, Hybrid ARMs, and Reverse Mortgages. Leah finds fulfillment in the unique combination of personal connections and financial strategy with her role as a mortgage advisor.
Leah now lives in Poway with her husband, Ben, their daughter, Bailey, and their two dogs. She is an active member of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Poway Unit, involved in the Rancho Bernardo Business Association, and also Poway Real Estate Professionals. She enjoys hiking, water and snow sports, and spending time with her family.
Merle Brodie has been a leader in the San Diego philanthropic community for 40 years.
Merle is recognized for bringing dynamic insights, in depth knowledge and effective leadership and experience that embraces a team empowering approach to every project she undertakes.
She has extensive background in all aspects of development with significant achievements in planning and directing major gift, planned giving and capital campaigns.
With a development career that began with the Scripps Foundation in La Jolla, CA, Merle was highly effective in securing numerous major gifts as a part of Scripps $100 million capital campaign. After Scripps, she served as vice president at The San Diego Foundation, where she led the North County business development initiative and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, where she revitalized the community presence. Other organizations where Merle held senior development positions include the Jewish Community Foundation, where she conceived and helped implement the Endowment Leadership Institute and the Palomar Health Foundation. Before her retirement in 2021, Merle provided major gift and gift planning services to Girl Scouts San Diego.
As a sought-after consultant, Merle assisted clients with development audits, feasibility studies, board development, specialized major gift, capital campaign and planned giving programs. These include the ARC of San Diego, San Diego Center for Children, Neighborhood Health Centers, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Heritage Pointe and the University of California San Diego Extension’s Fundraising and Development Certificate Program, Rady Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.
Through her career, Merle demonstrated a strong commitment to community service as well as to guiding, educating and mentoring young professionals. Merle is past president and a current executive committee member of Women Give San Diego; and served on the the Advisory Board and faculty of UCSD’s Fundraising Certificate Program. She also served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association and Girl Scouts San Diego.
In service to her profession, Merle was a board member and past president of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) which recognized her with their highest award, Development Executive of the Year. Merle also served on the boards of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the North County Philanthropy Council and was a member of the Estate Planning Council.
Executive Director II
Poway Unified School District
Christine Donnelly currently serves as Executive Director II in Learning Support Services in Poway Unified. Her 26-year career in PUSD includes middle school classroom teacher, coordinator of the After School Education and Safety program, and assistant principal at Meadowbrook Middle School. She has served as principal at Creekside Elementary and Mesa Verde Middle Schools. Additionally, Christine has been part of a number of committees and boards within Poway Unified including, but not limited to President of the Association of Poway School Managers and Administrative Representative on the Poway Professional Learning Advisory Board.
Computer Software Consultants, Inc.
Wayne was born and raised in New York City, where a common school trip was to go “into the City” to watch live musical or theatrical performances at Lincoln Center or the multitude of Broadway theaters.
Wayne left New York to attend college at MIT in Cambridge, MA where he graduated with a degree in Math & Computer Science. During his time in Boston, Wayne maintained his love for live theater and the arts, attending concerts at Copley Hall and enjoying Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops outdoor concerts during the summer. After graduation, Wayne worked on Magnetic Fusion research at the MIT National Magnet Lab as a scientific programmer. Two years later, after experiencing the Blizzard of ’78, he decided it was time to head to balmier climates and he headed to the Left Coast to San Diego. Wayne has spent the last 43+ years developing software for a variety of different disciplines and businesses.
After moving to Poway in 1995, Wayne created Computer Software Consultants, Inc. (CSC), to provide highly competent computer support and guidance to small businesses. Wayne has merged CSC with another local IT support business, ISD Solutions, and is now enjoying partial retirement.
Wayne’s interests include baseball – Go Padres!; live theater and music – he has been an avid fan of Poway OnStage for many years and also attends many classic rock concerts; traveling – with his amazingly supportive significant other, Sharon – having been to such diverse locales as the Amazon, Pantanal, Mt. Everest and the Serengeti; hiking, golfing and spending time with his two wonderful adult children, Kyle and Ariel.
Wayne joined the Poway OnStage board in February 2016 and is working with the local community to create an exciting future for world-class live performances in Poway!
Rachel McCarthy Henneforth
Dressed 2 Dance, McCarthy Family Foundation
Rachel and her family moved to Poway in 1979 and she graduated from Poway High School in 1991. After graduation Rachel attended UC Irvine, earning her Bachelors of Science in Social Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She then returned to Poway to raise her own family. Rachel’s philanthropic career started early on with the mentorship of her parents, Tim and Jane McCarthy, who founded the McCarthy Family Foundation in 1989. Rachel is currently serving her fourteenth year as president of the McCarthy Family Foundation (MFF). She joined the board at 18 years old as a Director and Vice-President. Past philanthropic participation has included the San Diego Youth & Community Services Auxiliary Board, the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, representing MFF at Funders Together to End Homelessness, and various speaker panels. Rachel currently serves on the Poway High School PTSA as Treasurer. Over the past 15 years she has held many PTA executive board positions, as well as committee chair and member positions, at all three levels (elementary, middle and high school).
The McCarthy family history with Poway OnStage reaches way back to the beginning in 1991 when Rachel, her sister, parents and the Poway theater community put on The Variety Show to raise money for the capital campaign to fund the PCPA stage. Since then, Rachel’s family has continued to support Poway OnStage and they have enjoyed countless performances in our beautiful center.
Rachel is married and has six children/step-children. Rachel and her husband Jeff started two local businesses in the last three years. Rachel is a partner of Dressed 2 Dance in Rancho Bernardo, a local dance wear store offering the latest in dance apparel. Jeff is the owner of Triton Water Renewal, specializing in reverse osmosis for pool water purification and whole house/ business systems for clean, pure water. Rachel is proud to serve on the Poway OnStage board and the performing arts community she has always loved.
City of Poway
Teaching 3rd graders, serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, bringing history to life aboard the Star of India, volunteering with Canine Companions for Independence, and 19 years with the City of Poway demonstrate Belinda’s commitment to serving others. As a Certified Public Manager, she places priority on leadership and inspiring others to achieve their goals. She utilizes her abilities and undergraduate degrees in education, environment, and science as a basis for providing experiences for individuals and families in communities. In her highly prized free time, she has traveled extensively to learn more about other cultures. Highlights include Vietnam and Cambodia, Turkey and Greece, Central America, and a 30-day train trip across the United States.
Board service gives Belinda the opportunity to be a part of creating unique experiences for the community in a fiscally responsible manner. She has served as an Ex Officio and City liaison to the Board for a number of years and has enjoyed being involved in the Finance Committee. She is most impressed with the success of the annual Taste of Our Towne fundraiser.