Staff, Board and Advisors

Staff

Dave Perron 

Executive Director 

At the leadership helm at Bread & Roses Presents since 2014, Dave is an innovative team builder who has worked at the nexus of philanthropy and sports for over thirty years. A former teacher and marketing professional, Dave’s interactions with athletes in baseball, football, golf and basketball coincided with his time as a former Bread & Roses board member. He has enjoyed working with both performing artists as well as professional athletes. Van Morrison and Grover Washington Jr. are at the top of his diverse musical playlist. 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.”

Tracey Berntsen 

Business Manager

A native Californian with deep roots in San Francisco and Marin County, Tracey earned her B.A. in economics from UC Santa Cruz. Her accounting experience covers many industries including recording and sound production at Skywalker Sound as well as online media and tech. During her free time she can be found in the dance studio or hiking her favorite trails with friends and family. Tracey grew up on the music of the Bay Area including Bread & Roses concerts at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Nowadays anything from Miles Davis to Talking Heads can be heard coming from her car, though her teenage daughters are trying to update the playlist. 

Samantha Dueñas

Development-Communications Associate

Born and raised on Guam, Samantha moved to Marin County as a teen and is a graduate of Mt. Tamalpais High School. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Sonoma State University. Samantha brings her digital marketing and project management background to Bread & Roses to help promote the organization’s mission throughout the community. Passionate about live music, her curiosity and zeal for life-long learning have led her to study piano and ukulele. During her downtime, you can find her hiking the hills of Mt. Tam with her puppy, Osita.  

Marian Hubler

Vice President of Communications/Producer

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.

Heidi James

Vice President, Development

Heidi brings over 24 years of non-profit experience to Bread & Roses in her role as Vice President of Development. She is an engaging, compassionate and progress-driven leader with a passion for growing philanthropic support and donor engagement. Coming from a family of singers, guitarists, and pianists, Heidi believes that all individuals deserve to have access to music and the joy that it brings. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf with her husband, spending time with her kids, hiking and yoga. Heidi is a fan of the artists she grew up watching on MTV, including Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Madonna and The Cars.

Francesca Lee 📣

Producer

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.

Diane Pickell-Gore

Administrative Coordinator

Longtime Bay Area transplant and Army dependent, Diane was born in London, moved a few times and graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in Theatre Management. After living a regular nine to five life, she returned to stage management in 2009. In addition to working throughout Marin and Sonoma counties, she can be found “stage managing” church services on Sunday mornings at Holy Innocents in Corte Madera. Her playlist includes Broadway show tunes.

Lisa Starbird

Development & Program Manager/ Database & Event Specialist

Lisa has been on staff at Bread & Roses Presents since 2007 working with logistics, statistics, volunteers and events. A producer of inspiring music and sound healing programs, she has been a very active volunteer for many organizations sharing her strengths as a facilitator and teacher. For seven years prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, she facilitated a weekly men’s peer support group of lifers at San Quentin and also produced many music programs inside the prison. She continues to bring people together in varied settings to share their stories and testimonials. Lisa truly believes in the healing power of music and making a difference. Walking in gratitude is a way of life for her.

Phillip Percy Williams

Producer

Phillip Percy Williams is a true southerner from Mobile, Alabama, the original home of the Mardi Gras. A seasoned actor/entertainer and singer specializing in Jazz/R&B, he has performed throughout California, the U.S. and abroad. His many credits include a solo show “A Salute to Nat King Cole” on Carnival Cruise Line and a twelve-year stint as James Brown in Beach Blanket Babylon. A multi-award-winner, Phillip received Best Actor by the San Francisco Theatre Bay Area Critics Circle (2014 and 2017), as well as Best Actor and Supporting Actor (2017) from Pan-Arts Arty. A featured performer at Bread & Roses 2012 annual benefit concert, he has performed for many Bay Area non-profits including the North Bay Children's Center, Marin General Hospital Foundation, Spirit of Marin and Roots of Peace. Phillip says, “I have experienced the power of music and how it touches the heart, spirit and soul. I am honored to contribute my talents to sustaining the mission of Bread & Roses.”  In his spare time, he likes to cook, garden and travel.

Board of Directors
John Botti, Board Chair
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Cathy Less, Treasurer 📣
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Gene Barnes
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Robin Eber
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Adam Fells
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Raj Gopal
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Chris Gorog
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Matt Jaffe
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Steve Meckfessel
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Donna Mezias, Secretary
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Terry Noyer
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Philip Pillsbury III
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Jane Scott
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Kay Tittle
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Alex Wellins 📣
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Circle of Advisors

Tucky Pogue, Chair

Rita Abrams

Joan Baez

Greg Beattie

Jay Blakesberg

Tom Cohen

Jorge Costa

Peter Coyote

Chris DeNike

Jimmy Dillon

Mary Doan

Ben Fong-Torres

David Getz

Simone Haas

Walter Haas 📣
David Harris
Gabriel Harris
Mickey Hart
Kirke Hasson

Cooper Helfet

Maureen Hochler

Tom Johnston

Paul Kirincic

Brenda Laribee

Lowell Levinger (AKA   Banana)

Paul Liberatore
Ronnie Lott
David A. Lusterman
Michael McElligott

Matt McWright
Lane Murchison
Toby Nady
Dan Nowell
Steve Page

Chris Peck

Michael Pritchard 📣

Jason Rezaian 📣

Merl Saunders, Jr.

Danny Scher
Andrea Schultz
Lana Severn
Elizabeth Share

Jay Silverberg

Katie Smith
William Stewart, MD
Rick Swig

KC Turner
Bruce Victor, MD
Michael Zagaris

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