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, 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.
Jan Hoscan, Chief Financial Officer
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.
Julie Ramirez, Secretary
Policy Analyst, County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Julie joined San Jose Jazz in 2015 and her personal and professional experiences bring a valuable voice to the San Jose Jazz Board. As an analyst for the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy, her skills include program and policy development and analysis, press and media relations, digital communications, budgeting, and contract management. All three of her children have participated in the San Jose Jazz education programs, and she has seen first-hand the benefits that music education brings to young students. She is vested in continuing the great work of the San Jose Jazz Education Programs, including Progressions, High School All Stars, and summer jazz camps, to ensure that other young musicians have access to these experiences. Julie is also a founding member of the Alum Rock Jazz Foundation, which supports music education in the Alum Rock Union School District, and a longtime volunteer and activist in East San Jose where she resides with her family.
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.
Robert L Escobar
President, Point Blank, Inc.
Robert is a life long resident of the Santa Clara Valley and has served his community throughout his life. As an activist he has supported and participated with many local non-profits organizations advocating for issues and quests important both to the Latino community as well as entire community. He has served as a volunteer for Latinas Contra Cancer, El Toro Youth Association, The American GI Forum and many more. He currently serves as a member of Board of Directors for San Jose Jazz and is extremely proud of its Progression Program that provides intensive youth development cultivating their gifts through music education and performance. Robert has also served as a Planning Commissioner for the County of Santa Clara and the City of Morgan Hill. He owned his own consulting business for 12 years and prior to that he was the President of San José Development Corporation, a San José based nonprofit whose endeavor was to developed and implement economic development strategies in low income neighborhoods.
Robert received both an undergraduate and Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. During his service to the U.S. Army he performed a tour of duty in South Vietnam. He continues to support many organizations throughout the Valley and will carry forward the goals and objectives, fulfilling the philosophy that embraces the values of the José Valdés Math Institute where he currently serves as its Executive Director. He recently retired from his position of Deputy Director of Human Resources for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). While at VTA he managed a staff of nearly 130 employees delivering HR services such as recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, benefits programs (health and retirement), leave programs, organizational training and development and civil rights programs including the prevention of sexual harassment as well as other forms of harassment.
Fire Chief, San Jose Fire Department
Artist, Entertainer and Vocalist
After 25 years as the lead vocalist for Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammy awards, traveled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs. When not on tour with Santana, Lindsay performs at various local venues and festivals while also recording his fourth solo CD. Currently, Lindsay is one of four singers who travels with “Dancing with the Stars,” the road tour version of the popular TV Dance show, which began in 2005.
Tony Lindsay also boasts an impressive curriculum vitae as a jingle writer, a background vocalist and a songwriter. As a songwriter, Lindsay wrote some familiar tunes such as “Don’t Be Late For Love” (The Whispers), “Look What We’d Have If You Were Mine” (Tevin Campbell), “Can’t Get Over Your Love” (Howard Hewitt), “Just Because” (Nikita Germain) and various tracks for Johnny Gill, Howard Hewitt, Mica Paris, Shanice, Diatra Hicks, Jay Spencer and Diana Ross.
In 1980, Lindsay arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area from Kingston, New York, and continues to perform with the first band he formed, Spangalang, who have opened for Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Jr. Walker and the Average White Band. www.tonylindsay.com
HR Business Partner Director, Lam Research
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.