Vital Volunteers

JTVA is very fortunate to have available the remarkable talents of several volunteers who continue to be invaluable to the organization's development and growth.

Photo credit: Robert Shomler/Festival Opera

Photo credit: Robert Shomler/Festival Opera


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Joanne Drumm | Controller

Joanne Drumm has a diverse financial background with over 35 years of experience. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, an MBA from the Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and a CPA granted by the State of Texas. She has worked for public accounting firms starting with Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, MA, and a variety of public and private companies, where she was responsible for all financial reports, budgets, forecasts, cash flow, and consolidations. Having sung in organizations around the Bay Area for over a decade, Joanne says, "I have seen how difficult it can be, and how completely dedicated a young singer must be, to find success."

photo credit: Vibeke Johnson

photo credit: Vibeke Johnson

Roberta Emerson | Marketing & Communications

Roberta Emerson is a marketing consultant and copywriter for the performing arts industry. Formerly vice president of corporate communications for a high-tech manufacturer in Silicon Valley, Roberta served for eight years on the Festival Opera board of directors, first as secretary, then head of the marketing committee, before assuming the role of chair. During that time, she sat on nearly every committee including: finance, nominations, events, development, and by-laws. She has also served on the local and international boards of the Business Marketing Association, and as a volunteer supporting music and the arts in local schools. A violinist through her college years, she has been a lifelong fan of opera, classical music, and dance.

photo credit: Barbara Hartford

Daniel Floyd | Geek Services

Daniel started his business career in the arts working at several video game development studios such as Electronic Arts, Westwood Studios and Mythic Entertainment. After being employed in every graphics arts role from Character Artist through Art Director, Daniel started Foware with his brother and has been engineering independent software applications since 2009. Currently, Daniel has also turned his ambitions towards pursuing vocal development as an aspiring opera singer.

photo credit: Sam Crossley

photo credit: Sam Crossley

Mark Wilhelm | Photography & Video

Classical singing, photography, videography, video production, audio recording and music composition have been major avocations of Mark’s for many years. Mark was introduced to photography as a teenager - sharing a darkroom with his brother. Over the years he has taken well over 100,000 photos of a variety of subject ranging from people and events to animals and nature. Mark recently was affiliated with the Scary Cow indie film co-op in San Francisco, where he composed music scores for, edited and acted in a number of short film projects. He has studied classical voice with a number of teachers — and currently has the pleasure of studying with James Toland. Time not spent by Mark on his various avocations has been spent as an executive with GE, Siemens, PG&E and the Electric Power Research Institute. Mark lives with his partner of 24 years, Victor Libbey, in Oakland, CA.

photo credit: Leslie Krikorian

photo credit: Leslie Krikorian

Kathleen Yellin | Front of House Manager & Strategic Planner

Kathleen was born into a musical family in New Zealand. ‘Sing Songs' around the piano were a must at all family gatherings, and a regular event at home and with friends. Her mother was a piano teacher and her father played piano in a jazz band and organ at the local church. Kathleen sang in the school and church choirs and was exposed early on to the joys of musicals. Throughout her life she has been singing and sharing the gift of music with others. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kathleen has performed with a number of organizations including Festival Opera, The Lamplighters and Oakland Symphony Chorus. For her “day job” Kathleen works for The Clorox Company as a Talent Acquisition Partner. Kathleen believes in the important role that music and song plays in bringing joy into our lives, and appreciates the opportunity to support the JTVA voice competition with her time and energy.