Board of Directors
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Steve designs comprehensive wealth management strategies for a select group of high net-worth families, business owners and executives – including asset and liability management, business exit planning strategies and advanced estate planning solutions. Prior to his career in wealth management, he served as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps where he was decorated for performance in peacetime, humanitarian and combat operations. Steve still serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Steve earned an M.B.A. in Advanced Finance from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University and the University of Cambridge, England.
Steve enjoys giving back to his community and was inducted into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions.
Steve and his wife, Kristine, have two sons, Nicholas and Dylan. Together, they enjoy traveling, water sports, playing tennis and listening to live music.
Steve believes Poway OnStage is an instrumental link between the arts and the people who love them in the communities of Poway and Rancho Bernardo. He is honored to be part of an organization that is dedicated to two of the things he is most passionate about: music and community.
Renaissance Executive Forums
Vice-Chairman / Incoming Chairman
Jim graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975. He left the Navy in 1981 to join Merrill Lynch. In 1984 he was named the Resident Manager of the then newly opened Rancho Bernardo office, becoming one of the youngest managers in the securities firm’s history. He left Merrill Lynch in 1996 after an assignment as the branch manager of the La Jolla office to start his current business.
Jim chairs peer-advisory boards for local business owners, company presidents, and entrepreneurs. He has also assisted management teams in industries ranging from landscaping and construction to parking and legal services. He sits on a number of Boards, including the College of Business Administration Advisory Board for California State University San Marcos and as the Chairman of the Board of 6 Degrees.
He is also a published author. His book Blood Atonement, the first of the Dahlgren Wallace mystery series, won the San Diego Book Award for best mystery and France’s .38 Caliber Award for best first mystery novel.
Computer Software Consultants, Inc.
Wayne was born and raised in New York City, during the heyday of the NY Yankees’ champion teams of the early 1960s. Growing up he developed his passion for baseball and then theater. A common school trip was to go to Yankee Stadium or “into the City” to watch performances at Lincoln Center and Broadway theaters.
Wayne left New York to attend college at MIT in Cambridge. He graduated with a degree in Math & Computer Science. During his time in Boston, Wayne maintained his love for baseball by attending Red Sox games at Fenway Park. He also polished his goaltending skills by playing for MIT’s JV hockey team for 3 years.
After graduation, Wayne worked on Magnetic Fusion research at the MIT National Magnet Lab as a scientific programmer. Two years later, after experiencing the Blizzard of ’78, he decided it was time to head to balmier climes and brought his computer skills to San Diego. Wayne has spent the last 38+ years, developing software for a variety of different disciplines, such as Magnetic Fusion Research (again), Online Real Estate Systems, Biomedical/Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Insurance. And even in sunny San Diego, he managed to play ice hockey for another 20 years.
After moving to Poway in 1995, Wayne created Computer Software Consultants, Inc. (CSC). CSC’s sole purpose is to provide highly competent computer support and guidance to small businesses. CSC is known as “your part-time IT department.” providing all the services that you would expect from a team of full-time IT professionals, without the overhead. CSC works as a partner with their clients.
Wayne’s interests include, of course, baseball – Go Padres!; live theater and music – he has been an avid fan of Poway OnStage for many years and also attends many classic rock concerts; traveling – with his amazingly supportive significant other, Sharon – having been to such diverse locales as the Amazon, Mt. Everest and the Serengeti; hiking, golfing and spending time with his two wonderful adult children, Kyle and Ariel.
Wayne joined the Poway OnStage board in February, 2016 and is helping to create an exciting future for world-class live performances in Poway!
The Roth Law Firm
After negotiating an allowance increase at the age of 6, Jim Roth’s family believed he was suited to become an attorney. Maintaining a daily paper route during 6th grade to save for college, he never missed a delivery come rain, sleet, or snow. As a teenager, his teachers routinely made him the Master of Ceremonies for school presentations because of his quick wit and comfort with public speaking. Throughout his formative years, Jim was preparing to practice law.
An AV-rated attorney by his peers, Jim has devoted his practice to corporate, real estate and business matters, including insurance law. As general counsel to diverse business entities nationwide, Jim is responsible for developing strategies to minimize risk, navigating complex transactions, and representing his clients’ interests in litigation. Jim has successfully tried numerous cases and argued before the California and federal courts of appeal. He is also a frequent speaker and lecturer to professional and community groups on a variety of legal topics and is a regular columnist for the San Diego Defense Lawyers.
Committed to community service and strengthening our community, Jim has assumed leadership positions on an assortment of foundations. He is a former Director for the Blue Sky Community Foundation, the Bernardo Town Center Property Owners’ Association, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, the Rancho Bernardo Chamber of Commerce and its successor, the North San Diego Business Chamber, having Chaired the Board of both Chambers during his tenure. During 2006, Jim was elected to the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame and recognized as the Rotarian of the Year in Rotary District 5340.
Jim and his wife, Laurel, are celebrating daily their marriage of eight years. Jim’s oldest son, Benj, is a Karate instructor while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in business and younger son, Jake, is a recent graduate of SDSU in criminal justice and is looking to enter the law enforcement field.
As a member of the Poway OnStage Board since 2006, Jim uses his strengths to help provide a balance between operating the Foundation as a business and embracing the creativity and risk necessary to thrive as a vibrant and healthy arts organization.
Director of Community Services, City of Poway
Robin has been working in the field of Parks and Recreation for 35 years. Locally, she has worked for the cities of El Cajon, Carlsbad, Escondido and now Poway. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation Management from San Diego State University and a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. Over the course of her career, she has been heavily involved in the California Parks and Recreation Society, holding numerous local offices and served a four-year term on the State Board of Directors for the professional organization.
Robin is excited to be working in Poway, a community that truly values its parks, recreation, cultural arts and open spaces! Robin values working with other community members on the Board to support Poway OnStage’s mission of Entertaining, Educating and Enriching through Powerful Live Performances.
Elaine Cofrancesco, Ph.D.
Retired, Poway Unified School District
Elaine’s career has evolved from early work in the mental health field, and included Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling at Poway Counseling Services; Mercy Mental Health; and the Escondido Youth Center. She recently retired from the Poway Unified School District after 36 years, serving as teacher, counselor, and administrator.
Her passion has always been working with students and families to provide a variety of services to support the health, safety, and welfare of students.
Qualifications include a B.A./Music; M.A./Music Education; M.A./Counseling Psychology; and Ph.D./Psychology. She has always been a supporter of the arts and is Nationally Board Certified in Music Therapy. In her elementary years, she started playing the string bass and has a long history of playing in orchestras and jazz ensembles.
She and her husband, Roger Nedrow, reside in Rancho Bernardo.
She values serving as the Chair for the Arts in Education Initiative committee and involving students and teachers in our Introduction to Instruments, Master Classes and Children’s Theater Programs sponsored by our Poway OnStage donors.
Francis Parker School
Dan joined Francis Parker School in San Diego as their Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations in 2016. Prior to this role, he served as CFO of Girl Scouts San Diego and in a variety of financial management roles at high technology firms in San Diego and San Jose. His move to the non-profit world has afforded him the opportunity to apply his financial vocation while helping lead these organizations focused on developing today's youth into tomorrow's leaders.
He enjoys bringing both his financial and non-profit background to Poway OnStage, assisting the organization in achieving its goals of offering great live performances and in its Arts in Education program.
Dan was raised in western New York and northern California, moving south to attend San Diego State University. He and his wife, Bunny, have resided in Poway for over 20 years, and live within walking distance of the Performing Arts Center. They have two married daughters, Katy (Ben) and Michelle (Aaron), and a granddaughter, Isabelle, all living in Seattle.
He is actively involved in the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club, Poway High School Grad Nite, Poway High Hall of Fame selection committee and Girl Scout volunteer activities, and previously served on the Poway Girls Softball League Board. His hobbies include bicycling, hiking, gardening and honing his handyman skills.
Dan is thrilled to have been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Poway OnStage and have the opportunity to join the community’s premiere arts association.
Skyline Home Loans
Leah was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from Poway High. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and International Business. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Adelaide in Australia, where she lived, traveled, and explored for three years.
Leah is a Senior Loan Officer and Mortgage Advisor at Skyline Home Loans (formerly Rancho Financial), located in Rancho Bernardo. Skyline Home Loans is a direct mortgage banking company, offering a wide variety of products for both purchases and refinances, including Jumbo options, 30/15 Year Fixed, FHA, VA, Hybrid ARMs, and Reverse Mortgages. Leah finds fulfillment in the unique combination of personal interactions and financial strategy with her role as a mortgage advisor.
Leah now lives in Carmel Mountain Ranch with her husband, Ben, and their two dogs. She is an active member and treasurer of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Poway Unit, involved in the Rancho Bernardo Business Association, and also Poway Real Estate Professionals. She enjoys hiking, water & snow sports, and (trying to) golf with her husband.
Leah is excited to be one of the newest board members for Poway OnStage and looks forward to contributing to an already outstanding organization.
Jerry "J.J." Mink
Co-owner, Kenneth Mink Fine Rugs - The Fine Rug Gallery at Macy's
J.J. and her family moved to Poway from Alexandria, Virginia, 21 years ago. While back east, she and her husband, Ken, were active golfing members of the Mount Vernon Country Club, serving on the Board of Directors. Ken worked for the family owned rug business. Their business grew to 80+ stores during the early '90s. Eventually, after multiple store closings and mergers, Macys took over the Federated Department Store conglomerate, and the rug business expanded. Ken and his two brothers own and operate the rug galleries in 178 Macy stores, employing 100+ managers and dedicated rug specialists.
J.J. has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Mary Baldwin College (now University) in Staunton, Virginia. After college, she spent a year as a Resident Apprentice in Theatre Management at the Virginia Museum Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. The following year, she was hired as the House Manager for the equity theatre.
After Ken and J.J. were married, they lived first in New Carrollton, Maryland, before their move to Alexandria in 1984. In those early years, when she wasn't chasing after two toddlers, she volunteered her time, both on and off stage, at the local community theatre.
Since living in Poway, J.J. has held numerous part time and volunteer leadership positions and has actively taken part in workshops and classes to further her interests. She is an active member of the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) and a member of the RB Community Presbyterian church. She took classes in event planning at UCSD, participated in the Poway Community Leadership Institute (PCLI) sponsored by the City, and currently serves as a founder and director of the South Coast Golf League. Prior to coming to Poway OnStage, she was elected to the Board of Directors at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, where she served for 6 years. In that position, she chaired the Social, House and Membership Committees. During her last two years on the board, she was elected by her peers to serve as president.
J.J. is proud to serve on the Poway OnStage board, as it combines two of her interests: artistic performance and volunteer service. An enterprise like a performing arts center can only enhance a "community oriented" city like Poway, motivating residents to take part in its success.
City of Poway
Teaching 3rd graders, serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, bringing history to life aboard the Star of India, volunteering with Canine Companions for Independence, and 19 years with the City of Poway demonstrate Belinda’s commitment to serving others. As a Certified Public Manager, she places priority on leadership and inspiring others to achieve their goals. She utilizes her abilities and undergraduate degrees in education, environment, and science as a basis for providing experiences for individuals and families in communities. In her highly prized free time, she has traveled extensively to learn more about other cultures. Highlights include Vietnam and Cambodia, Turkey and Greece, Central America, and a 30-day train trip across the United States.
Board service gives Belinda the opportunity to be a part of creating unique experiences for the community in a fiscally responsible manner. She has served as an Ex Officio and City liaison to the Board for a number of years and has enjoyed being involved in the Finance Committee. She is most impressed with the success of the annual Taste of Our Towne fundraiser.