Board of Directors
Greg White, Chair
Greg White is Associate Provost and Professor of Mathematics at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU), where he has served as Department Chair, Director of Institutional Research, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Interim Provost. His major responsibilities include accreditation, assessment, and program review. Greg grew up in Berkeley, CA, where he studied horn with Earl Saxton. He earned his BA in Physics and Math at the University of Rochester, where he studied horn with Milan Yancich of the Eastman School of Music. Greg received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCLA and served as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Occidental College.
Greg has played horn in Redwood Symphony since 2000. Previously he played with the Kensington Symphony where he performed solo works including Dukas’ Villanelle and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. Other groups that he has performed with include the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, Diablo Light Opera, Berkeley Opera, Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, Caltech-Occidental Symphony Orchestra, UCLA Symphony, and the University of Rochester Symphony.
Greg joined the Redwood Symphony Board of Directors in August 2014. He has served on the California Mathematics Project Advisory Board from 2001 to the present and has been chair since 2005. Previous board experience includes the ASUCLA Board of Directors 1986-88 and the Kensington Symphony Board of Directors 1991–95. He brings considerable expertise on grants, having written successful foundation and federal grant proposals totaling over $8 million to support programs at NDNU.
Greg lives in San Carlos with his wife, Lisa Pokorny, and up to two children, depending on who is currently in/at college.
Sue Friedman joined the Redwood Symphony Board in 2006. She currently serves as Chair for the Redwood Symphony Advisory Board which began as the Symphony Auxiliary.
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors degree in Design from the College of Environmental Design and earned her Masters in Psychology Counseling later in life from Notre Dame de Namur University. Sue has made San Mateo her home for 45 years. During this time she has been involved in leadership positions in community, educational and youth volunteer organizations, such as CASA, Samaritan House Free Medical and Dental Clinic, Music School support groups and multiple PTA organizations. She was instrumental in establishing the San Mateo High School District Fine and Performing Arts Foundation.
She continues to be involved in the love of music, community and youth. She believes that music is the universal language shared by everyone, which should be used to bring community together. She also believes in making music accessible to the community and youth. Music appreciation must be nourished to be viable.
In addition to her work with the Redwood Symphony, Sue enjoys being with her family, playing the piano, quilting, photography and hopefully continuing her study of the bagpipe.
David Meckler is a Professor of Music at Cañada College in Redwood City, and has also taught music, arts and humanities courses at Skyline College in San Bruno, the University of California at San Diego and University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. In addition to teaching, David has composed many significant works. His recent music often features simple, sometimes fragmented, polyrhythms, often in the context of unusual meters; the pitch language is sometimes freely diatonic but rarely with traditional harmonic functionality. Scenes from his Apollo 14, A Space Opera were presented by the New York Opera in 2002.
David studied music composition at the University of California at San Diego (Ph.D.) and at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (MM). His teachers include Rand Steiger, Roger Reynolds, Frederick Bianchi, Jonathan Kramer and Allen Sapp. David is also interested in science (B.S., Physics, Lafayette College) and in the social dimensions inherent in music.
Born in El Paso, Texas, David and his wife MaryLouise currently live in Redwood City, California.
Chris Moropoulos joined the Redwood Symphony board in 2011. He began attending Redwood orchestra concerts with his children, and they quickly joined the symphony's volunteer ranks. Chris brings broad experience serving non-profit boards and volunteer organizations. Having never played with the orchestra, Chris' perspective skews towards that of Redwood's audience. In addition to strategic guidance, his focus on the Redwood Symphony Board tends toward its outreach to youth and families, its technical and marketing efforts, and excellence in the business side of the symphony.
Chris hails from Southern California, earning a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from U.C. Santa Barbara. Following a tenure developing undersea acoustic systems and aerospace technologies, he attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. His legal practice has included advising public agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and technology ventures, and entrepreneurs, serving as both transactional and trial counsel, and an intellectual property licensing expert and registered patent attorney. His roles include in-house managing attorney, general counsel, and executive for a wide range of clients, from tiny start-ups to pre-eminent semiconductor giants across Silicon Valley.
Chris always welcomes questions, comments, or suggestions for thought from the communities the orchestra serves. You can catch him in the lobby at most concerts, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composer/performer Stephen Ruppenthal is Co-Principal Trumpet, Contemporary Music Advisor, and former Board President for the Redwood Symphony. A trumpet student of Dwight Cannon and Chris Bogios formerly with the San Francisco Symphony, Stephen graduated with a Performance Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Contemporary Musicology from San Jose State University, and participated in the Executive Technical Management Program at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Stephen performs with many major ensembles throughout the Bay Area, and currently with his own Brass Act Quintet (www.brassact.com). He was featured at the 2008 Electronic Music Midwest Festival in Chicago, the SEAMUS 2009 Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Sweetwater Sound in Indiana, and at the ICMC in New York City, and the KISS Symposium in Vienna, Austria in 2010. He is also a founding member of the new electro-acoustic music group, SoundProof.
Stephen has written on text-sound composition and music for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. His work “A History of the Development and Techniques of Sound Poetry in the Twentieth Century in Western Culture” constituted the first comprehensive documentation of the genre in English.
In addition to performance and composition, Stephen has taught at San Jose State University and San Francisco State University (Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art, Electronic Music Studio/Composition), and for many years was Technical Publications Senior Director for Fortune 500 companies such as Oracle, Sybase, BEA, and Adobe Systems.
Kristin Speer is has been a long time member of Redwood Symphony and joined the board in 2010. Kris’s music background started with piano lessons at an early age, and in high school she switched to bassoon and studied with Professor Ronald Tyree at the University of Iowa. As a student at Stanford University, Kris studied bassoon with Steven Dibner of the San Francisco Symphony and Rufus Olivier of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet. Kris earned a double major B.A.S. degree from Stanford University in Environmental Earth Sciences and Music Performance. She was elected to the Stanford Cap & Gown Honorary Society.
Professionally, Kris is the Managing Partner of AccelSearch, an executive search firm for technology companies, and was formerly Client Partner and a member of Korn/Ferry International’s Global Technology Practice for five years. Prior to Korn/Ferry, Kris headed up a boutique search and human resources consulting firm, established a software technology and on-site service staffing solution for venture-backed startups (Claria Corporation) and led an independent recruiting practice for nine years specializing in engineering management for start-ups.
Kris has three children and is married to Richard Morgan.
Ann Yvonne Walker
Ann Yvonne Walker is a corporate securities partner in the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California, where she has practiced law since graduating from law school in 1979. She primarily represents high technology companies located in Silicon Valley and specializes in corporate and securities law, including public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and general corporate representation, with a particular emphasis on public company disclosure obligations and SEC compliance issues.
Ann is an active member of a number of committees of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association and is also a former Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.
In her spare time, Ann plays violin in Redwood Symphony and serves on its Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fremont Opera, Inc., a non-profit regional opera company, and sings with Schola Cantorum, an 80-voice choir. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, David M. Jones, and her son, Charles Richard (“Rick”) Walker Jones at their home in Atherton, California.