Board Members

 

 

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Board of Directors

 

 

   
 
   
 
Lee Forbes 

Lee Forbes

President


   
 
 Lee Forbes has been a parent volunteer for San Jose Dance Theatre since 1996, when two of his sons, Danny and Chris, asked to be in the performance after watching this amazing production of The Nutcracker for the first time. Danny, went on to compete in ice skating and found his dance training and performing with San Jose Dance Theatre very valuable.  Lee's paying job over the past 40 years is in the design and engineering of high-tech printed circuit boards here in Silicon Valley. He is currently with Juniper. His personal goal for San Jose Dance Theatre is to keep the legacy of this beautiful production alive, so that his grand children can also “Experience the Magic!”
   
 
   
  Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty

Vice President

   
 

Brian Dougherty has been a resident of the Santa Clara Valley for over 30 years.  His daughter Adrianna (scroll up to see her image on the left) performed in the SJDT's Nutcracker from 8 years of age to her senior year in high school, when she performed as Snow Queen, Dew Drop and Spanish Chocolate.  As the owner of a software consulting company for most of his career, he brings experience in the business world and an avid appreciation of the dance arts.

   
       
  Phylis Dougherty

Phylis Dougherty

Treasurer

   
 

Phylis Dougherty began volunteering for San Jose Dance Theatre in 1995.  Phylis has always loved dance and brings her passion for this art to San Jose Dance Theatre   Phylis has been the liaison for our community program with the Girl Scouts of Northern California for 11 years.   A registered nurse in her "real life",  Phylis hopes to promote  the therapeutic properties of the art of dance.

   
       
   

Stino Tapia

Treasurer

   
 

After having both of his daughters perform for several years in the San Jose Dance Theatre’s (SJDT) Nutcracker back in 1996, Stino became passionate about the art of dance and providing dance opportunities to bay area youth.  Both daughters attended the SJDT dance studio for where they received excellent training in Ballet.   In 1997 he began helping with the backstage productions that the SJDT studio produced and later joined the board of directors. 

He works at a high-tech software company here in the San Francisco Silicon Valley managing an IT department.  When spending 50+ hours a week in technology, it is a welcome change to be involved with something totally different and inspiring.
   
       
  Willard Roit Willard Roit
   
 

Willard Roit has been a San Jose Dance Theatre Board Member since 2000.  Willard is a licensed professional mechanical engineer, with engineering degrees from Arizona State University and UC Berkeley.  He is a member of committees for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and GE Elfuns, and manages the website for the SF Bay Area hub of the Honor Flight Network.  His two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie, danced in San Jose Dance Theatre performances for many years.  Willard continues to serve SJDT to ensure that the benefits SJDT provided his children remain available for future generations of San Jose area dancers.

   
       
  Elizabeth Sweeney
Elizabeth Sweeney    
  Elizabeth Sweeney began her dance training under the Royal Academy of Dance. She then began training under Paul Curtis and Shawn Stuart at San Jose Dance Theatre. With their guidance she performed in their Nutcracker from the age of eight to seventeen. While dancing at San Jose Dance Theatre under Robert Kelleys’ direction she was given the opportunity to participate in Regional Dance America. She then danced at the former San Jose Cleveland Ballet School under the direction of Denis Nahat before continuing to University. Elizabeth Graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BA in Dance. She is grateful to her professors Keith Johnson, Susan McLain, and Doug Neilsen for introducing her to the world of modern dance.  Elizabeth feels privileged to be invited to be a board member with San Jose Dance Theatre and hopes her contribution will help inspire future dancers to reach their dreams. Elizabeth will be helping regularly behind the scenes as well as guest teaching at San Jose Dance Theatre in Modern dance and Choreography.    
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