Julie Ramirez, Chair
Sr. Management Analyst, County of Santa Clara Office of Gender-Based Violence Prevention
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.
Teresa Ortiz-Luna, Vice-Chair
VP, HR Business Partner at Informatica
Teresa has 20 years of Human Resources experience leading global teams and being a strategic business partner to executive leadership and their organizations.
Her experience includes driving a culture of innovation and engagement for employees globally; leadership and team development, executive coaching, mergers and acquisition, retention strategies, talent management, organizational development and effectiveness, and leading high-performance teams.
Her experience includes working in high technology companies such as Lam Research, Symantec, Nortel Networks, Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems.
She is a native Californian who was born and raised in Palo Alto. She has a passion for the arts and attends local theater and musical performances in the Bay Area. In addition to being a board member of San Jose Jazz. She also serves on the board of directors for Community Technology Alliance.
Geoffrey G. Dottery, Chief Financial Officer
Retired, CFO and Director of Revenue Cycle at Alameda Health System
Geoffrey Dottery has spent over 35 years in finance, strategic planning and information systems at medium to large size corporate and community-based healthcare systems. He retired from his last position as CFO and Director of Revenue Cycle at Alameda Health System. While at Alameda Health System he served on the board of the Oakland Housing Project, its mission to provide temporary housing and life skills training for the homeless and women in crisis of Oakland. He earned a Masters in Health Administration from California State University at Northridge California. He is a strong advocate for the promotion and advancement of musical arts in the community. During 2014 to 2017 he chaired the board of the Masterworks Chorale, a 100+ community chorus located in San Mateo. Its mission includes funding musical outreach programs for seniors and underserved students. During his tenure, Geoff gained considerable experience in non-profit leadership, financial oversight, strategic planning, governance and fund raising. Now a resident of San Jose, Geoff feels both delighted and honored to support the mission of San Jose Jazz and is strongly committed to supporting community access and enjoyment of the music that San Jose Jazz provides.
Chris Esparza, Secretary
Principal, Giant Creative
President & CEO, JW Consulting Group
Tony is a James Lick graduate and lifelong resident of San Jose. He has an AA degree in Marketing from San Jose City College. As a community activist Tony and his wife Linda have supported and attended every San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. He joined the Board in June of 2019. Tony is the former Political Director & assistant to the President for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, the largest private sector UFCW union in Northern California and retired September 2015. He is an ALF Senior Fellow American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley (ALF) is a network of regional leaders committed to serving the common good in Silicon Valley. Tony has served and participated on many community boards, Taxi San Jose (founding member), San Jose Conservation Core, African American Community Service Agency and as an elected Trustee on the Alum Rock Union School District.
Realtor, Catalyst Real Estate Professionals
Shawneequa has worked and excelled in the real estate business in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2004. After a lengthy, successful career, The Badger Real Estate Group joined Intero Real Estate Services in 2018. After over a decade of being a solo agent she decided build a team of top producing agents, The Badger Real Estate Group. The Badger Real Estate Group is a full service real estate team specializing in Northern California home sales, purchases, and investments properties. Being strong in her “why” allows her to continually evolve as an industry professional. This tenacity allows her to continually deliver so that her daughter, a self-proclaimed future Astronaut, will never experience anything but unlimited opportunity.
Retired Fire Inspector, City of San Jose
Michael is a Silver Creek High School graduate who has taken to heart its motto: “We Lead Others Follow.” He has an AA degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from San Jose City College and a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Radio & Television Broadcasting from San Jose State University. In the past 30 years, Michael has supported and attended all but one San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, and joined the Board in June of 2019. Michael is a former Fire Inspector, City of San Jose, and retired November 2013. Michael has served and participated on many community boards and associations as Treasurer, Board of Directors of Terrace Hills HOA; President, Santa Clara County Black Firefighters Association; President, San Jose Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; and coach of the South Bay Spartans in the San Francisco Pro-Am Basketball League for more than 30 years. His hobbies include istening and attending jazz festivals and concerts, watching Ohio State football, cycling, golf, and cooking.
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.
Director, City San Jose Dept. Planning, Building & Code Enforcement
Fire Chief, City of Fremont
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. Their current tour involves Santana’s First Rock Residency: an exclusive two-year deal for 36 shows with AEG at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s concert hall “The Joint,” which began May 27, 2009. When not on tour with Santana, Lindsay writes songs and performs at various local venues and festivals. Tony has become a regular performer for The Golden State Warriors, The Santa Cruz Warriors, The San Francisco 49ers, The San Francisco Giants and The San Jose Sharks, singing The National Anthem.
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. Tony was one of four singers who traveled with “Dancing with the Stars,” the road tour version of the popular TV Dance show, which began in 2005. Lindsay joined Dancing with the Stars on three of the first four seasons as well as touring with Santana. Other bands that Tony helped form and still performs with are The Soul Soldiers, Black Magic and the Ray Charles Project.
In 2015, Carlos Santana decided to change personnel in his band and set the wheels in motion for Tony to start on his fifth and current solo CD Something Beautiful. Tonylindsay.com
Director, Housing Department, City San José
Chetuan L. Shaffer (on leave)
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.
Principal, Precision Autobody
San Jose-born Rudy Solorio is an estimator and general manager of several successful collision repair shops in the south bay. He began his career working with cars at his family’s Auto Body business. Within the last decade, Solorio began to restore classic and exotic cars which propelled him into his current position today. Solorio is also a current member of the Board of Directors of the California Autobody Association, providing him with what he perceives as an educator role in local community with the goal to protect and inform the consumer about the auto collision repair industry.
Solorio is dedicated to the renaissance of his home city of San Jose. Recently, he has formed a commercial construction consulting firm with the hopes of physically rejuvenating the landscape of San Jose. Inspired by his father’s creation of the salsa concert production company Ambiente Latino at the great St. Claire Hilton in the late 1980s, Solorio combines his familial ties with local music and his commitment to the city through his dedication to the promotion of San Jose’s cultural arts in his position as a Board Member of San Jose Jazz.
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.
Trustee, Castellano Family Foundation
Maria West is married with two grown children and works as a group fitness instructor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and an MBA from San Jose State University. West currently serves on the board of directors of San Jose Jazz, Cashion Cultural Legacy and sjDANCEco. She is a former board member of the Los Gatos High School Music Boosters and a former member of the Women’s Foundation of California — Women of Silicon Valley Giving Circle. She has a history of volunteer work in support of the arts as a member of Los Lupeños de San Jose, the Los Gatos Union School District Arts Task Force and Fisher Middle School Site Council.
James D. Williams, Chair Emeritus
Managing Director of Finance & Administration / Chief Financial Officer
Opera San José
James D. Williams has 25 years of experience in senior financial management at high technology firms ranging from Fortune 500 to micro-size companies. Concurrently, he has served as a board officer for San Jose Jazz and Steinway Society of the Bay Area. In 2019 James moved professionally into the performing arts sector as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Finance & Administration for Opera San José. Having earned an MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Certified Public Accounting (CPA) licensure, he has gained business management experience with Price Waterhouse, Juniper Networks, Sun Microsystems, and Nokia, 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.
Broker, Wyrick Real Estate Group