Board of Directors

* = Board Representative to the orchestra or chorus


Ex-Officio Members

  • Steven Schick, Music Director
  • Stephanie Weaver, Executive Director
  • Ruben Valenzuela, Choral Director

Brian E.C. Schottlaender is a Founding Principal of re:work library consulting and the Director of the Library Senior Fellows Program at UCLA. For 18 years, Schottlaender led the UC San Diego Library as the University Librarian and inaugural holder of The Audrey S. Geisel Chair. He retired from UC San Diego in June 2017. 

Long a proponent of cooperation between and amongst libraries and related organizations, Schottlaender is a past President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services and of the Association of Research Libraries. Currently, he serves as a member of the Portico Advisory Board and as an Endowment Trustee of the American Library Association. Locally, he serves as Vice-President/President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the La Jolla (CA) Symphony and Chorus, and as Treasurer of The Dr. Seuss Foundation.

In 2015, Schottlaender was named ILS Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University and was awarded the Hugh G. Atkinson Memorial Award by the American Library Association (ALA) for innovative leadership in the work of academic libraries. Schottlaender, who held positions at the California Digital Library, UCLA, the University of Arizona, and Indiana University before joining UC San Diego, is also the 2010 recipient of ALA’s Melvil Dewey Medal for creative professional leadership of a high order.


Betty McManus has combined lifelong interests in music and conflict resolution to provide both professional and volunteer support to a number of nonprofits. A piano major in college, she taught piano privately for many years and performed in chamber music ensembles while living in Washington, DC, Savannah, Georgia, and San Diego, CA, where she now lives with her husband, UCSD Professor Emeritus and pianist Cecil Lytle. They frequently collaborate on musical projects including the production of the annual Lytle Family scholarship concerts that provide funds for graduates of the Preuss School attending Thurgood Marshall College at UCSD. In a second career, after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1986, she was closely associated for over 20 years with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC, formerly San Diego Mediation Center) as a mediator, board member, director of mediator credentialing, and member of NCRC’s training team in San Diego and abroad, most frequently in Germany and Bulgaria. She became involved with the international student exchange program AFS in her teens when her family hosted several students in their Selma, Alabama home, and at age 16, went to the Netherlands for her senior year in high school. As an adult, she served a total of 15 years on the national AFS-USA Board of Directors. During the academic year, she and her husband divide their time between San Diego and a second home in Tucson, AZ, and spend their summers in Paris, where Mr. Lytle teaches the UCSD Global Seminar course, Jazz in Paris.


Catherine Palmer studied linguistics at the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA from the University of San Diego with focus on finance and economics. She currently serves as office manager in her husband’s business, Robert Palmer Architect. Catherine has strong interest in modern and contemporary music, art, and architecture. Her other Board activities include serving on the Boards of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, MCM Foundation, and UC San Diego Town & Gown. In her leisure time, she enjoys sculling on Mission Bay.


Erica Gamble joined the flute section of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus in 1998 as an undergraduate student at UC San Diego, where she received a B.S. in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience, a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in music performance. She currently works as a Marketing Data Strategist at Sharp HealthCare, after having held previous positions in sales and marketing in both semiconductor and healthcare companies in San Diego. Ms. Gamble loves the outdoors and is an active scuba diver and skier. She lives in Bay Park with her husband and two cats.


Pat Finn produces the KPBS Roundtable, a news analysis program airing weekly on both KPBS Radio and TV. After joining KPBS in 1979 from KCET in Los Angeles, she held a variety of positions, including director of advertising and promotion, program director and director of broadcasting. She produced many segments and programs on local history and the arts and was executive producer for the documentary “Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar,” which aired nationally on PBS. She retired from full-time work in 2006. Pat grew up in the LA area, received a BA in history from USC and a teaching credential from Long Beach State. She taught junior high school for LA Unified for six years. She lives in the Del Mar area.


Mark Appelbaum is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at UCSD where he served as the founding Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education. He remains active in research and publication. He Associate Editor of the American Psychologist and he was the Founding Editor of Psychological Methods. He has also been Editor of Psychological Bulletin. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSD in 1996, Mark was a Professor at Vanderbilt University and prior to that at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Illinois.


Jeanne is Professor Emerita in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego, where she served as Department Chair, Associate Dean of Engineering, and as Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. She received her B.A. from New College at Hofstra University, and her Ph.D. from MIT. Prior to joining UC San Diego, she taught at Tufts University and was a Research Staff Member at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center.  She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, was Athena Pinnacle Educator of the Year, and received the Thomas A. Kanneman Outstanding Service Award.  She enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and playing piano.  Currently she is working with a group planning the UCSD Intergenerational Senior Center.

Cathy Funke received a BA in History from the University of Washington, a MS in Special Education, and an Administrative Credential from National University.  A retired special education educator and administrator, Ms. Funke taught middle school special education, coordinated special education programs as a Program Specialist for the San Dieguito Union High School District, and worked as an adjunct professor in teacher credentialing at National University.  Shortly after retirement, Ms. Funke joined the LJS&C as a member of the alto section. With a lifelong commitment to children, Ms. Funke developed the project “Love in a Paper Sack”, a bi-annual gifting program for homeless teens in San Diego County in support of the nonprofit organization Stand Up For Kids.  Active in Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, Ms. Funke sings in the church choir and serves on the Board of Deacons. A long-time resident of Carlsbad, Ms. Funke also enjoys walking her two labradoodles, spending time with her ever-expanding family and traveling.

Einar Gall has lived in La Jolla since 1993, when he and his wife, Sally, moved to California from New York along with The Neurosciences Institute. He was the Institute’s research director and chief operating officer from its founding in 1981 through its closing in 2017. As an independent non-profit entity, the Institute carried out basic research on brain function in an environment that encouraged interdisciplinary cooperation. It also supported the local arts community by allowing many non-profit performing arts groups to use the Institute’s superb auditorium (now the Auditorium at TSRI) without charge. Einar received his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from The Rockefeller University and continued on its faculty until moving to La Jolla. His own research was in cellular and developmental biology and theoretical neurobiology. He enjoys expedition travel to places with especially interesting natural history; photography; and music both old and new. He has sung with several vocal ensembles. Einar is also on the board of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and previously served as its President.


Peter Gourevitch is a professor at UCSD’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, of which he served as the Founding Dean from 1986-1996. He came to UCSD in 1979 from McGill University in Montreal and from Harvard where he taught from 1969-74 after receiving his Ph.D. in political science in 1969. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1963, and sang there in Musical Union choir and in some Gilbert and Sullivan productions. He joined the La Jolla Symphony Chorus in 2000 and went on the choir tour to the Czech Republic and Poland, as well as Mendocino. Mr. Gourevitch writes and teaches about policy responses to international economic crises, on corporate governance systems around the world, and on NGO engagement in social issues. He has served on various boards connected to his professional affiliations and his personal interests, including the board of the Preuss School at UCSD. Peter has two sons, Alex and Nick, now both married and living on the East Coast. In addition to singing and listening to opera, he loves to travel, to garden, and to speak French.


Carol C. Lam, an attorney, lives in La Jolla. She has previously been Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at QUALCOMM Incorporated in San Diego, California, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, a judge of the Superior Court in San Diego, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of California. Carol received her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, and graduated from Stanford Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Carol has played flute with the Stanford Symphony, the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, and the Bishop’s Orchestra. Carol and her husband Mark Burnett, a geophysicist, have four children.


James Lauth, a resident of Carlsbad, is a trusts and estates attorney and founding partner at Beamer, Lauth, Steinley & Bond, LLP, a trusts and estates specialist firm. His practice also includes charitable planning and he has established dozens of charitable remainder trusts and private foundations. Mr. Lauth has long been interested in both contemporary music and charitable organizations. He received a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University while working part-time for Composers Recordings, Inc. a non-profit record company for new music. He received his law degree, also from Columbia University, before moving to San Diego in 1986, where he first worked at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and then Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye before the formation of his current law firm. Mr. Lauth advises a number of San Diego charities about non-profit governance and charitable giving, he currently also serves on the board of Fresh Sound, and he is on the KPBS Advisory Committee. Past boards include the Walden Family Services Foundation, San Diego Institute for Arts Education, San Diego Natural History Museum, and the local office of the Anti-Defamation League.


Paul E. Symczak, a resident of Del Mar, is a Senior Advisor to OCTANe, an economic development organization in Orange County, CA where he focuses on counseling start up tech and med tech companies seeking investment.  He also serves as a Business Advisor to the Small Business Development Center located at the University of San Diego. Previously, Mr. Symczak held several senior management positions in business development and strategic alliances with Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless, Qualcomm and GTE Corp. Mr. Symczak has been President and Vice-President of the Board for the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. He brings non-profit governance and board expertise from his 17 years with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, DC. At CPB, he served as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Corporation’s Presidentially-appointed Board of Directors. Mr. Symczak has a BA degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD degree from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia.


Peter Taylor is a long-term resident of Carlsbad with a longstanding interest in youth education, development and participation in the performing arts and music. He is an Executive business leader with extensive experience in multi-channel retailing, on-line marketing and business development and revitalization. He is a creative “metrics based” strategic thinker, highly skilled at business development and organization performance optimization. Career experience has included senior management roles at NAADE Inc. Digital River, Sport Chalet, Road Runner Sports, Price Enterprises and Price Club. He has also been a founding senior Executive at various internet start-up ventures. As an Ecommerce expert he has been a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events. Taylor has served as President of the Carlsbad Music Festival. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.