Board of Directors
President: Martin Cohn, Founder, Cohn & Wells
Cohn &Wells, one of the ten largest direct marketing firms in the United States, was merged into the Euro RSCG international network. Mr. Cohn has served as president of the Board of Directors of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and as a member of the boards of San Francisco Performances, French American International School and the Instituto Italiano Scuola.
Vice President: Lena Zentall, Project Manager, University of California, California Digital Library
Formerly with the administrative staff of the San Francisco Symphony, Ms. Zentall has worked in a wide breadth of industries including software, biotech, nonprofit, corporate, and education. She brings experience in project management, strategic planning, integrated marketing, and design.
Treasurer: Will Schieber, founder North River Management Services
Mr. Schieber is a native of the Chicago metro area where he attended Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. His professional career was with the United Nations in Geneva and New York where he worked in information technology. Upon his return to Berkeley he was a licensed agent for a local real estate broker. He later established North River Management Services which does website design and management for non-profits and individuals in the arts. He also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Cal Performances. He finds that living in the Bay Area offers great opportunities to attend fine arts events.
Jonathan Arons, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Arons grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in Physics from Williams College and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton University Observatory and the Institute for Advanced Study before becoming one of Mark Twain’s loose nuts and rolling West, coming to rest in Berkeley in 1972. He enjoys cooking, playing the cello in amateur orchestras and chamber groups, as well as taking concerts, theater and film from the overflowing Bay Area cornucopia, with occasional expeditions to New York and LA.
Carol Christ, Higher Education Consultant
Ms. Christ retired in 2013 as the President of Smith College after an eleven year term. Before that, she served in a number of administrative positions at the University of California at Berkeley, the last of which was Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. She is now working as a consultant in the field of higher education.
Judith Flynn, Director, Montessori Children's Center of San Francisco.
Ms. Flynn is recognized as a leader in the field of early childhood education. She serves on the boards of American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Childcare Providers Association and brings to Left Coast a lifelong passion for music. She admires LCCE’s unique programming -- combining works new and old in a way that enlightens each.
Kate Gambs Knickerbocker, ESL Teacher; Philanthropist
Dr. Knickerbocker has been teaching and tutoring adults English as a Second Language for more than ten years. Her dissertation research brought together her loves for music and language in investigating whether speakers of tonal language were better able to recognize pitch. She has been a volunteer in musical organizations since high school.
Parker Monroe, Stanford graduate student
Mr. Monroe served as Executive Director of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra for 18 years. Prior to that, he managed orchestras in Boston and the Bay Area. He is a newlywed and graduate student at Stanford.
Andrea Plesnarski, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musician
Ms. Plesnarski has served as a musician board member with Oakland East Bay Symphony for the past 8 years. She has volunteered with Students Run Oakland for several seasons and now works as a garden mentor with City Slicker Farms in Oakland. Ms. Plesnarskiis Principal Oboist with Oakland East Bay Symphony and actively freelances in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where she studied with John de Lancie and Richard Woodhams.
Susan M. Shalit, Attorney at Law
Ms. Shalit has been assisting San Francisco Bay Area clients for over 25 years. Her practice includes advising non-profit corporations, and wills/trust/probate. She is an honors graduate of University of California Hastings College of the Law, and has prior experience on nonprofit boards. She is a classical music enthusiast.
Marilyn T. Zivian, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Senior Scholar; York University, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Zivian has served on the faculty of York University in Toronto as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and Chair of the Psychology Department. An experienced researcher and grant writer, she is a longtime supporter of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. She is also a board member of Breast Cancer Action, a national non-profit advocacy/activist organization.