Board of Directors

James Tenuto

James Tenuto

Chairman
Renaissance Executive Forums

Jim chairs peer-advisory boards for local business owners, company presidents, and entrepreneurs.  He assists management teams in industries ranging from landscaping and construction to parking and legal services.  He sits on several boards, including the College of Business Administration Advisory Board for California State University San Marcos and TeamVibe.

He is also a published author.  His book Blood Atonement, the first of the Dahlgren Wallace mystery series, has won the San Diego Book Award for best mystery and France’s .38 Caliber Award for best first mystery novel.

Jim and his wife, Lynn, live in Rancho Bernardo.

According to Jim, “Poway Onstage introduces many people to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.  The Center is an intimate space bringing the audience up close to a variety of professional performances.  Music, dance, and live theater and not a bad seat in the house!”

Steven DeMatteo

Steven DeMatteo

Vice-Chairman/Immediate Past Chairman
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Steve constructs and implements comprehensive wealth management solutions – including strategic asset allocation portfolios, business exit planning strategies and wealth preservation solutions- for a select group of business owners, executives, and high net worth families.  Prior to his career in wealth management, Steve served as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps where he was decorated for performance in peacetime, humanitarian and combat operations. Steve still serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. Steve earned an M.B.A. in Advanced Finance from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University, where he studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, England.

Steve and his wife Kristine have two sons, Nicholas and Dylan, and reside in Rancho Bernardo.  Steve enjoys giving back to his community and is an inductee into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Poway Onstage, Steve sits on the board of Casa de las Campanas, a non-profit continuing care retirement community, where he serves as the Casa Foundation Chair and as a member of the Finance Committee.  In his leisure time, Steve enjoys open-water swimming, playing tennis, traveling with his family and listening to live music.

Wayne Hamburger

Wayne Hamburger

Treasurer
Computer Software Consultants, Inc.

Wayne was born and raised in New York City, during the heyday of the NY Yankees’ champion teams of the early 1960s.  Growing up he developed his passion for baseball and then theater. A common school trip was to go to Yankee Stadium or “into the City” to watch performances at Lincoln Center and Broadway theaters.

Wayne left New York to attend college at MIT in Cambridge. He graduated with a degree in Math & Computer Science. During his time in Boston, Wayne maintained his love for baseball by attending Red Sox games at Fenway Park. He also polished his goaltending skills by playing for MIT’s JV hockey team for 3 years.

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 climes and brought his computer skills to San Diego. Wayne has spent the last 38+ years, developing software for a variety of different disciplines, such as Magnetic Fusion Research (again), Online Real Estate Systems, Biomedical/Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Insurance. And even in sunny San Diego, he managed to play ice hockey for another 20 years.

After moving to Poway in 1995, Wayne created Computer Software Consultants, Inc. (CSC).  CSC’s sole purpose is to provide highly competent computer support and guidance to small businesses.  CSC is known as “your part-time IT department.” providing all the services that you would expect from a team of full-time IT professionals, without the overhead. CSC works as a partner with their clients.

Wayne’s interests include, of course, 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, 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 helping to create an exciting future for world-class live performances in Poway!

Leah McBride

Leah McBride

Secretary
Skyline Home Loans

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 Skyline Home Loans (formerly Rancho Financial) in Rancho Bernardo. Skyline Home Loans 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 fulfilment 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.

Josh Berner

Josh Berner

Colossus Painting

Josh was born and raised in San Diego graduating from Mt Carmel High School.  Growing up he would go to concerts around the city, and still does to this day.  He enjoys a variety of types of music.  Music has always been a positive thing for him. He and his wife Amy got married at 20 years old and focused on careers, buying houses, and eventually starting a family.  Josh always wanted to own his own his own business, and after selling paint to contractors he decided to be one.  As the owner of Colossus Painting him and his wife work together, and have developed a great team of people to help with San Diego’s painting needs.  Colossus Painting paints inside, and outside of homes and businesses.  The enjoy giving back to the community in a variety of ways through the years.  Josh & Amy have 2 daughters, Cyana and Hannah, and reside in Rancho Bernardo.  He enjoys working out, hiking, playing tennis, anything with the family, and going to concerts.  Josh is excited to join the board for Poway Onstage and hopes he can be of service.

Elaine Cofrancesco, Ph.D.

Elaine Cofrancesco, Ph.D.

Retired
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.

Daniel Krall

Daniel Krall

Financial Advisor

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.

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Poway Unified School District

For over thirty years, Doug has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and now as Executive Director of Support Services for the Poway Unified School District. His passion has been to serve students in order to enhance their educational experience and ignite their individual passions. During the course of his educational career, Doug has championed the Visual and Performing Arts seeing first hand the importance the arts holds for our students in their overall academic and social emotional growth.

Qualifications include a Masters in Educational Administration from San Diego State University. In college Doug played the drums and tenor saxophone in marching and symphonic bands at both California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and California State University, Fresno.

Doug works closely with Poway Onstage to coordinate the all Poway Unified fourth grade students “Introduction to Instruments” program and assists in coordinating Master Classes and Musical Theater programs at select elementary schools sponsored by Poway OnStage donors.

He and his wife Linda reside in Carlsbad.

Jerry “J.J.” Mink

Jerry “J.J.” Mink

Co-owner
Kenneth Mink Fine Rugs - The Fine Rug Gallery at Macy's

J.J. and her family moved to Poway from Alexandria, Virginia, 21 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.

Belinda Romero

Belinda Romero

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.

Brenda Sylvia

Brenda Sylvia

City of Poway

Brenda Sylvia is the new Community Service’s Director for the City of Poway. Brenda has more than 20 years of parks and recreation experience working for cities such as San Marcos, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, and West Hollywood. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation Administration from San Diego State University and has been involved with the California Parks and Recreation Society since she was a student. Brenda’s dad is a retired Parks & Recreation Director so her interest and enthusiasm for the field began at a young age.

Brenda and her husband Mike both work for local government and share a love of sports and activities. Brenda’s favorites include hiking, biking, kayaking, football, and tossing a Frisbee at the beach. She also loves movies, theatre, reading and shopping. Although Brenda never pursued a career in theatre, she dreamed for many years of being an actress. She wrote, directed and starred in countless “at home in the garage” productions for her parents and any other family and friends who were willing to sit through her performances.

​ “The Community Services Department has a reputation for setting trends and delivering quality programs and services. I am impressed with the city’s focus on innovation, customer service and stewardship. I am proud to be joining this amazing organization and look forward to serving the community of Poway.”

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