James D. Williams has 25 years of experience in financial management at high technology firms ranging from Fortune 500 to micro-size companies. He currently serves as Head of Finance for Nokia’s virtual reality business. Having earned an MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Certified Public Accounting (CPA) licensure, he has gained management experience with Price Waterhouse, Juniper Networks, Sun Microsystems, and Teledyne, among others. James is an active booster of San Jose’s downtown community and its cultural life. A desire to ensure quality, live music performances are accessible in our diverse community leads him to champion the mission of San Jose Jazz, where he served as Chief Financial Officer prior to accepting the Board leadership role. His prior community service includes Board of Directors & Finance Chair for Steinway Society of the Bay Area and Preservation Action Council of San Jose.
Ross McMahon, Vice Chair
Office of the Public Defender for Santa Clara County
Ross is a senior trial attorney with the Santa Clara County Public Defender Office where he has worked for the last 15 years. He has litigated a wide variety of cases from homicides to civil probate matters. One of his specialty practice areas involves the representation of indigent defendants suffering from severe mental illness.
Born and raised in Santa Clara, California, Ross got involved in the performing arts at a very young age; first as an Irish step dancer and later as an ice skater, competing in both disciplines at the national level. He played guitar in bands throughout the bay area while getting his bachelor of arts in American Literature at Santa Clara University. In addition to performing live music, Ross also volunteered at KSCU Santa Clara in the early 1990s and then later, while attending Tulane Law School, at WTUL New Orleans.
Ross lives in San Jose with his wife Taisia and their children June and Harrison.
Mike Warner, Chief Financial Officer & Chair Emeritus
Mike is a retired Engineering Executive who has had a life long love of jazz. He was born in Spokane Washington, grew up in Astoria Oregon and has lived in San Jose since graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mike and his wife, Laurie, married for 47 years, have three married daughters all who also love music.
After a 19 year technical and management career at IBM, Mike became engineering Vice President, in succession, at Micropolis, Maxtor, Toshiba America and Tessera Technologies Inc. During his career he obtained 20 patents in hard disk drives and semiconductor packaging.
In addition to his role at San Jose Jazz, Mike is a volunteer at the Computer History Museum, a supporter of Opera San Jose, the Institute for Contemporary Art, the San Jose Art Museum and the San Jose Repertory Theatre. Mike is also an avid sailor, car buff, world traveler and handy man.
Melissa Lelaind, Secretary
General Manager, JAMS
Silicon Valley, Walnut Creek and Sacramento
Melissa Lelaind is a General Manager at JAMS, the largest national alternative resolution dispute provider. JAMS offers resolution services such as mediation and arbitration through an exclusive panel of retired judges and attorneys. As general manager, she oversees operations and business development in the Silicon Valley, Walnut Creek and Sacramento area. Melissa plays a critical role in strategy for driving growth and organizational performance.
Melissa was born and raised in San Jose and received her Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University. While new to board service, she is excited to be part of an organization that truly recognizes the value of the arts—the importance of music, events, and education as a platform to bring people together helping build a stronger and more vibrant community.
Teresa Alvarado is San Jose Director of SPUR, a 105-year old nonprofit that promotes good government and good planning through research, education and advocacy. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, SPUR’s policy staff is immersed in a diverse array of land use and regional planning projects from housing and transportation to the future of the corporate campus and a fossil-free Bay Area.
Teresa formerly served as Deputy Administrative Officer at the Santa Clara Valley Water District during California’s historic drought, overseeing communications, community engagement and organizational performance functions. Prior to that, Teresa served as the first executive director of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, a public foundation with a long history of cultivating philanthropy and investing in the health, educational excellence and leadership development. Earlier in her career, she served as public affairs director at the San José Convention & Visitors Bureau and as a regional representative in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s government and community relations and corporate philanthropy departments.
An active member of San Jose’s civic community, Teresa’s board service includes San Jose Jazz, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. She is founder of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and serves on its advisory board. She is a former board or advisory board member of SPUR, Greenbelt Alliance, the Rotary Club of San Jose, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. She was an appointee to the City of San Jose’s Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Update Task Force and was the first community member appointed to the San Jose Mercury News editorial board.
Ms. Alvarado holds a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University, a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental technology and management and a Minor degree in technical writing from San Jose State University.
She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education “Women and Power: Leadership in a New World” program, the Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth “Brand and Reputation” program and is an American Leadership Forum senior fellow.
Realtor, Catalyst Real Estate Professionals
Jan De Carli is a top producing agent at Coldwell Banker – Saratoga Office and has worked as a licensed real estate broker for more than 44 years. She was a founder and director at both Innovest Mortgage Company and Cupertino National Bank, which was ultimately sold to Wells Fargo.
Jan has served on the Santa Clara University Board of Fellows for 20 years and on the San Jose Jazz Board for 14 years. A jazz lover since she was a teenager listening to Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra, Jan is committed to producing straight ahead jazz and supporting the musicians who perform it. Jan is dedicated to helping fundraise on behalf of San Jose Jazz, as she believes it is a very important asset to the citizens of Santa Clara county and beyond.
A graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing, Jan attended Campbell High School and St. Mary’s Elementary School.
President, Point Blank, Inc.
Dr. Robert E. Griffin, Chair Emeritus
Vice President, PPL Pro
Dr. Griffin is a former college administrator with 39 years of experience in higher education. His most recent position was as a Vice President at De Anza College. Additionally, he has worked at San Jose State University, Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, and taught graduate classes at Santa Clara University.
Dr. Griffin has served on a number of community non-profit boards, which include serving as the President of United Way of the Monterey Peninsula, a board member of the West Valley Community Services Agency and as the chairperson of the Planning Commission for the City of Seaside, California. Dr. Griffin’s public service also includes holding a publicly elected office for eleven years, as a member of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (a tax funded environmental protection and land acquisition board) in Monterey, California. Currently, Dr. Griffin is an executive search consultant for colleges and universities and serves as a strategic planning consultant and meeting facilitator for public and nonprofit organizations.
Managing Director of Strategic Transactions Group, Intel Capital
Jan Hoscan is the managing director of mergers and acquisitions at Intel Capital. He is an engineer, lawyer and a business person who has been in the technology world for longer than he cares to remember. Throughout his career, Jan has worked in defense, aerospace and communications projects in various engineering roles before moving to the business side. He is admitted to practice law in multiple states, but except for pro-bono work, does not work as a lawyer.
Fire Chief, San Jose Fire Department
Jaspal Kohli has over 25 years of experience in the computer industry. He co-founded and served as chief architect for Ankeena Networks, which was acquired by Juniper Networks. Jaspal has held senior roles at Mirapoint, Netscape and Yahoo.
He was born and raised in India where he got a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. Jaspal has a graduate degree in Computer Science from the University on Wisconsin in Madison.
Jaspal grew up learning and listening to Indian classical music and later developed a love for jazz, where he found great similarities in the elements of improvisation and audience participation. Both of his sons are students of jazz guitar and have attended summer camps with San Jose Jazz and Stanford Jazz Workshop. His older son has been a member San Jose Jazz High School All Stars for two years. Jaspal has also recently become a student of music himself, learning to play drums.
In addition to music, Jaspal has been a volunteer coach for Basketball (SYBL) and Soccer (AYSO) in the Sunnyvale community for several years. He has been an active player in the USTA adult league for over 20 years.
Artist, Entertainer and Vocalist
Senior Vice President Financial Advisor
RBC Wealth Management
Clark’s love of Jazz literally started at birth. His father’s love of Bix Biederback, and other 1920’s and 1930’s jazz greats filled the house. Listening to the “Hi Fi” with his brother and father, was a family tradition. Clark pursued his love of music through the trumpet as a youth, and now the piano.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, earning a BA in Communications with a focus in Economics, he began a long career as a financial Financial Advisor. Today he enjoys the privilege of helping families build wealth for their future as a financial advisor for RBC Wealth Management.
In 2003, he and his wife Susy, moved to the Rose Garden area of San Jose. Excited to be part of the community that holds his favorite jazz festival, he jumped at the chance to contribute and be part of the SJZ community.
Today he joins the board as an active supporter of SJZ’s focus on supporting music education for young people and it’s role in preserving the great traditions of jazz for future generations.
HR Business Partner Director, Lam Research
Policy Analyst, County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Chetuan L. Shaffer
Principal, The Law Office of Chetuan L. Shaffer
Chetuan L. Shaffer is Principal of The Law Office of Chetuan L. Shaffer, and an attorney with Axiom Global, Inc, a leading provider of tech-enabled legal services. Chetuan has over 20 years’ experience in advising clients on trademark, copyright and licensing matters, as well as commercial transactions, and uses her broad-based experience in branding and intellectual property to provide services to individuals, brand owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups. Chetuan has held several in-house legal positions with various Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, Cisco, HP and what was previously Pacific Telesis Group and SBC Communications Inc. (now AT&T).
Chetuan, who is admitted to practice law in California and Pennsylvania, received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and her B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University. After law school, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green (deceased), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Chetuan was responsible for public relations and was the annual conference organizer for the National Black Programming Consortium, which served African-American television producers and independent film makers.
Trained as a classical pianist since the age of 4, Chetuan later developed a love for all forms of jazz, including straight-ahead, contemporary and smooth jazz, as well as the blues. She also played the tenor saxophone in her high school band and orchestra in Ohio. Her love of music has led to her many travels, domestic and international, to be part of the live jazz scene.
Chetuan is a mentor with Students Rising Above, a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to help students successfully navigate the academic, emotional and social challenges of college, where she also served on the Gala Planning Committee. In addition, Chetuan is a member of the California Lawyers for the Arts, where she formerly served as a Panel Attorney assisting musicians and other artists in legal matters in 2013 – 2014.
Maria West was a student at San Jose State where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts and, later, an MBA. Maria is a dedicated mother of two children Her 13 year old son is a saxophone player in the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band at Fisher Middle School. Her 19 year old daughter was in the Los Gatos High School Wildcat Marching Band (for which Maria was the treasurer for 2 years), played the clarinet and saxophone, and is now a student at Washington University in St. Louis.
In addition to her service on the San Jose Jazz Board, Maria is a member of the Women of Silicon Valley Donor Circle under the Women’s Foundation of California. She is on the School Advisory Council for Fisher Middle School and is also a member of the Arts Task Force for the Los Gatos Union School District. Maria was also treasurer of the Los Gatos Education Foundation, the fundraising arm for the Los Gatos Union School District during 2 campaigns that each raised $1,000,000 each. She was previously on the board of Los Lupeños de San Jose, serving as Treasurer and Chairperson.