Meet Our Team
After 30 years working at the nexus of professional sports and philanthropy, Dave has joined Bread & Roses Presents where he is a firsthand witness to the similarities between professional athletes and performers. A teacher for seven years, Dave’s interactions with athletes in baseball, football, golf, track and field coincided with his time as a former Bread & Roses board member. Van Morrison and Grover Washington Jr. are at the top of his diverse musical play list. Married and a longtime resident of Marin, his friendships and family fill his free time. He lives with the passionate pursuit of “paying it forward.”
Elissa heads up our development team, managing fundraising events and campaigns, as well as grant writing. With a passion for nature and the outdoors, sustainability, live music and doing meaningful work that makes a difference, she believes there's no better place to be than the Bay Area. She’s passionate about her home state of Vermont and her loyal feline companion “Mister.” She loves to dance, sing, is a closet-flutist and is in her twentieth-or-so year of “learning to play guitar.” When asked what is her favorite song she asked for more time to deliberate… we're still waiting for her answer.
Vice President, Programs
With a father who was a professor of music and a mother who sang and played piano, Carolyn practically came out of the womb singing. Music has played a key role in nearly all of her careers – elementary school teacher, music director at Unity in Marin, recording artist and producer at Bread & Roses Presents. After 15 years at the aforementioned non-profit agency, Carolyn has stepped into the role of vice-president. Hidden talents include playing guitar and cello and speaking a bit of French. She likes listening to classical string music and loves singing harmony.
From Dayton, Ohio, Marian believes in the power of positive culture to effect meaningful change. She has worked as a ranger for the National Park Service and in public relations, cultural programming and special events management. A singer and writer, she appreciates the culturally creative Bay Area. She met the late Mimi Fariña on Alcatraz in 1995 and came to Bread & Roses Presents shortly afterwards where she has worked as a concert producer and part-time blogger ever since. She has a BA in English from Trinity University, Washington D.C. In her spare time, she looks for swans.
Ann came to California from Cincinnati, Ohio, for a one-month stay and never left. She lived and worked for seven years at the Esalen Institute before moving to Marin. As the Agricultural Institute of Marin’s financial/human resource manager, she also learned about what and how to eat. At Bread & Roses Presents, she is the go-to person for all things to do with human resources and finance. She fell in love with folk music at an early age. She has a BA in French/Sociology from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Master’s in International Management from Thunderbird University in Phoenix.
A tickler of fine bass guitars, amuser of the fretless banjo, avid guitar picker and one-man wrecking crew on the drums, if you can pluck it, stomp on it, strum it, or beat on it, Miles is all over it. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Miles honed his craft during an eight-year love affair split between writing, touring and producing music with The Suex Effect in Athens, GA and managing the iconic and historic Georgia Theatre. Upon moving to the Bay Area, Miles became infatuated with Rachmaninoff and held management positions at Yoshi’s and the Lark Theater before finding a home at Bread & Roses.
Francesca Lee graduated from Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a B.A. Performing Arts (Music) degree in 2002 majoring in vocal performance and songwriting. In 2004 she moved to San Francisco and established herself in the Bay Area music scene as an emerging artist/singer-songwriter. A top ten regional finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search Contest, songs from her CD The Pieces Left were featured on KFOG’s Local Scene Vol. 6 and Songwriters Unplugged Volume One—Live at Yoshi’s. Francesca has been a producer for Bread & Roses since 2010.
Bay Area native Carrie Sownie graduated with a degree in theater from UC Santa Cruz. She performed for two years afterwards as a clown for a circus while also working at UCSC facilitating student activities and events. Carrie is happy to support local artists and bring joy to our communities in need. She is excited to help move Bread & Roses forward as a valued team member developing our social media. A lover of music, Carrie’s singing career extends only as far as enthusiastic radio sing-alongs during her commute from Oakland. On her playlist: Diana Ross & The Supremes.
Program Associate/Events Producer
A native California girl, Lisa truly believes in the healing power of music and making a difference. She has been at Bread & Roses Presents working with logistics, statistics, volunteers and events since 2007. She is also a very active volunteer sharing her strengths as an event producer, facilitator and teacher. She produces inspiring music and sound healing events, brings together people to share testimonials and facilitates a men’s peer support group of lifers weekly at San Quentin. In her “spare time” she enjoys walking or biking in gratitude among the redwood trees, birds and dragonflies.
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