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Board members at the annual retreat in November 2019. Back row, left to right: Michael Hirsch, Jay Steele, Steve Sammonds, Steve Allhoff, Jordan Selburn, Barbara Heninger, Dallas Carter. Front row, left to right: Kimberly Kay, Jennifer H. Petersen, Jennifer C. Maggio, Denise Reynolds, Kevin Brownstein.
Steve Allhoff was elected to the Board in 2018, after performing in the sold-out run of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He earned his J.D. in Dayton, Ohio and a degree in computer science from Illinois Wesleyan. He now heads business development for TurboPatent, an A.I.-assisted patent firm alternative.
Kevin Brownstein was elected to the Board in November 2017, shortly after performing in a successful run of Mame. Since joining the Board, he has been involved in the organization of our fundraising campaign, which included developing an incentive program for donors, as well as assisting with season and staff selection as a member of our Production Advisory Team. Originally from Colorado, he studied Vocal Performance and Education at Adams State University before moving to California to pursue a job in the tech industry. In his professional life, Kevin works at TDK as a Production Control Specialist.
Dallas Carter. Originally from a small mountain community outside Fresno, Dallas has been in San Jose for over 10 years and hopes that he’s earned the status of being a “local.” Dallas joined SBMT for the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and has been involved in every production since, whether on-stage or behind the scenes. Dallas studied music at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a vocal emphasis, and now works in the legal field as an Administrative Assistant at a privately owned court reporting agency.
Barbara Heninger has been on the SBMT Board since 2015, and served a two-year stint as SBMT’s Board Chair from mid-2016 through mid-2018. She was involved in hiring our Production Manager (now Executive Director), Sara Dean and has served as an assistant producer, assistant director, set builder, props manager, costume rental facilitator, and run crew member, among many other duties. In her professional life, Barbara works at Synopsys and manages a technical writing team. She has also served on the Boards of three non-profit choral groups (West Valley Masterworks Chorale at West Valley College, Sunnyvale Singers, and Schola Cantorum in Mountain View).
Kimberly Kay joined the board in fall 2016 and was appointed Vice-Chair at the end of 2018. She has been performing with SBMT off and on since 2002. Since 2010, she has kept things running smoothly as the Administrative Associate for Technical & Access Services at Stanford Libraries, and before that she worked in fundraising for American Musical Theatre of San Jose (AMTSJ). Since joining the Board, she has been involved in recruiting Sara Dean as Production Manager; audition coordination; and planning our inaugural Tacos and Tunes fundraiser (fall, 2018).
Jennifer Maggio was elected to the Board in 2019 and serves as SBMT’s CFO. She has performed and staffed several SBMT shows. She formerly served as Sunnyvale Community Players’ Treasurer for several years. Outside of theatre, she currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Controller for SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company. Jennifer received a B.S. in Business Administration, with concentrations in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from California State University, Hayward.
Michael Paul Hirsch. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Michael studied art and theatre in college and graduate school and currently works at Shutterfly as Product Owner of books, prints, and calendars. He is a husband, father, kendo black belt shodan, acting instructor and avid board gamer. Follow him at michaelpaulhirsch.com.
Jennifer H. Petersen has graced the SBMT stage regularly since 2012, when she appeared in Finian’s Rainbow. She has been a Board member since 2016 and recently served as our Corresponding Secretary. She made her debut as a producer for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and has also been a choreographer. A chiropractor by day, Jennifer has been dancing since the age of five and performing in musical theatre since high school.
Denise Reynolds was elected to the SBMT Board in 2018, after a long association working for the group as a volunteer. She is a familiar face in our Box Office and served as a volunteer for Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence for twelve years.
Steve Sammonds was elected to the board in 2017. He has performed in several SBMT productions since starting in 2014. From 1989 to 2014, Steve was the musical and artistic director of The Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus. He also served for five years on the board of directors of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society and performed several other district leadership functions over the years. He currently works for Sizmek in reporting and data, and he previously worked for 22 years at Electronic Arts in customer support and studio operations.
Jordan Selburn has performed as a musician for SBMT (and its predecessor, SDG) for close to 40 years, and has been a Board member since 2015. He has taken an active role in the group’s fundraising and grant application process. His educational background includes undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees, from the University of Michigan and Stanford, respectively. He also has an MBA from Santa Clara University. His career has evolved from electronics product design to marketing, then to market research and data analysis. At present he is Strategic Marketing Director at Cadence Designs Systems, where he has responsibility for forecasting, long-term planning, and competitive analysis. Jordan plays clarinet and saxophone for many of the musical theatre groups in Silicon Valley and has also performed for the Mission Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Wind Symphony, and other classical groups.
Jay Steele is a retired high tech professional with a broad background in organizational leadership and process improvement, and formal management training that includes an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served on the SBMT board for 12 of past 14 years, including nine years as Chair and two years as Marketing Director. Jay’s work with SBMT spans technical, staff, and artistic positions, from performing to producing to set-building and graphic design. He chaired the board committee that drafted SBMT’s new bylaws, led numerous projects to upgrade our procedures, and worked on virtually every production since 2003 in some capacity. Jay holds a B.S. in marketing from Wharton School of Business and was elected once again as the group’s Chair for the 2018-2019 season.
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