Board of Directors
J. Patterson McBaine – Board Chair
J. Patterson (Pat) McBaine is Member Manager of the San Francisco investment firm of Gruber & McBaine Capital Management, LLC. A graduate of Harvard, where he was president of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Mr. McBaine attended the John Hopkins School of Advanced Studies and was a member of Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council. Mr. McBaine was a partner in the investment banking of Hambrecht & Quist for 15 years before forming Gruber & McBaine in 1988. For the past 10 years, Mr. McBaine has been active in Bay Area theatre and music as both a producer and performer. He is a member of the Vocal Minority musical theatre troupe, which performs original productions annually for the benefit of San Francisco charitable and civic causes. Mr. McBaine is on the board of the San Francisco Opera and is an Adler Fellow sponsor.
Daniel Menudier – Treasurer
Dan Menudier has made a career working with international technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to some of the largest names in the Bay Area. He has been involved in financings including IPO, equity and debt rounds, acquisitions, etc. Most recently, he was Vice-President Finance, Corporate Controller of GoldenGate Software, which was acquired by Oracle Corporation. He has worked in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for over 15 years and was in Paris, France prior to that with Ernst & Young. Dan has performed, namely as a percussionist, through college culminating in touring Europe with the Cal Poly Symphonic Band. Dan is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Elisa Camahort Page – Secretary
A blogging pioneer and marketing executive with 18 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Elisa Camahort Page leads all events, marketing and public relations for BlogHer while working as COO to ensure that all company operations deliver on vision. Elisa was at the vanguard of professional and business blogging. Among the seven blogs she writes are blogs with personal, professional and political focus areas. Elisa opened her own high-tech marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, after a successful career as a marketing executive in the cable broadband sector. Her most recent corporate position was Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems, where she managed multiple product lines, senior product management staff, and multi-million dollar budgets. In addition to her many personal blogs, Elisa is a frequent public speaker and is widely read as BlogHer's conference leader and reality television editor.
Bill Fahrner is a Regional Underwriting Manager with Chartis, a subsidiary of American International Group, where he has worked for nearly two decades. During that time, he has specialized in designing complex insurance solutions for large companies in the retail, technology, staffing, energy and horse racing industries. Bill is also an award-winning actor and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional actors’ union. Bill has had a long and distinguished stage career in the Bay Area, appearing most frequently with San Francisco’s own musical theatre institution, 42nd Street Moon. Bill was born and raised in San Mateo, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College in Moraga with a BA in Integral Liberal Arts.
Lee Fishel has had parallel carreers in both business and theater. A graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science, he has worked in the sales and marketing of fire equipment, providing protective and life-saving equipment to fire departments throughout California, including the San Francisco Fire Department. For the past twenty-one years, he has been Vice President and shareholder in Allstar Fire Equipment, managing their Northern California division in Hayward. For many years, Lee also worked as a professional actor, specializing in classical theater including many Shakespearean productions. Lee is a lifetime fan of musical theater. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been subscribers and sponsoring members of many theater companies in California and Oregon.
Lise Honore is the COO/CCO and partner of Preservation Trust Advisors, an investment advisor that holds an alternatives mutual fund of funds, PTA Comprehensive Alternatives Fund. She has 26 years of experience in the financial industry. She is an expert at building operations for hedge funds, and fund of funds, including combining complementary compliance and risk management platforms. In addition, Lise promotes strategic initiatives with investment sub-advisors, as well as builds and manages relationships with financial service providers. Her achievements result in increased revenues, operational efficiencies, and streamlined operational costs. At Citigroup in New York City, Lise strategized market initiatives with Citi’s corporate public relations division, and the consumer banking division. Lise earned a MA in English from Columbia University in New York City, as well as a BBA from St. John’s University in New York City. Active in charitable organizations, Lise is a fundraiser for Love in Action, a children’s shelter in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico that serves to protect children from abuse. Currently, Lise is organizing and hosting a work teen program at the shelter for students in San Francisco. She also is a cellist.
Greg MacKellan – Co-Founder/Producing Artistic Director
Greg MacKellan began his career as a producer in 1981, following nearly 20 years as a professional actor. In 1986, he produced three productions of The Baker’s Wife, working closely with composer Stephen Schwartz, librettist Joseph Stein, and Tony-nominated director Susan H. Schulman. Other producing credits include Words (an original musical about lyricist Larry Hart), Tintypes, Mack and Mabel, and a staged reading of Cole Porter’s Jubilee at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles. In 1989, he produced a series of six CDs on the Shadowland record label, spotlighting rarely performed songs from American musicals. He has worked with such noted performers as Judy Kay, Andrea Marcovicci, Paige O’Hara, and Broadway veterans Susan Watson, Susan Johnson, and Patricia Morrison. In 1992, he moved to San Francisco, and in 1993, he co-founded 42nd Street Moon with Stephanie Rhoads. He now dedicates himself fulltime to the operation of 42nd Street Moon.
Peter J. Musto
Peter Johnson Musto is a native San Franciscan and attended Saint Joseph's School in Menlo Park, Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree a BA in Economics from Stanford University. He has worked with Coldwell, Banker and Company, San Francisco, and has traveled and worked with the Episcopal Sanctuary. Currently, he runs the operation of his family-owned real estate investments firm, Joseph Musto Estate Company. Mr. Musto's nonprofit activities include the California Civic Light Opera Association, in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Episcopal Community Services, Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, as well as the Society of California Pioneers and California Historical Society, both of which are in San Francisco.
Joanna Leighton Nevesny
Most recently, Joanna Leighton Nevesny was a member of the Board of Directors of the Art Deco Society of California, where she was Events Director for four years and Secretary for two years. Before her work with the Art Deco Society, she served as a presiding Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers. She has been an associate attorney in a civil litigation practice and an associate with a law firm specializing in wine industry matters. She is a graduate of the Law School at Golden Gate University and passed the bar in 1987. Before law school, she practiced nursing for 20 years at the San Francisco Veterans Medical Center, where she held staff positions in the OR, ICU, and CCU. She was also in charge of the open heart surgery service, developed and taught two Peri-operative Nursing courses for San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, and administered a Neuro-oncology research protocol.
Robert Anthony Podesta
Robert Podesta joins 42nd Street Moon with over 30 years of financial, theatrical, and professional public experience. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Podesta would go on to be schooled at Georgetown Prep, the University of Notre Dame, and the London School of Economics and Political Science before coming back to Chicago. While in Chicago he served as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His varied experiences include an internship at the White House, Campaign Chair for a Senate election campaign; and founding member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He is currently the President, Chair, or Principal in Podesta & Co.; Flynn Industries, Inc.; Bar Animal Productions; and a number of LLC's. He is married to née Lisa Michelle Bemis, and has three children Nicholas, Juliann, and Madeleine.
Stephanie Rhoads – Co-Founder/Producing Artistic Director
Stephanie Rhoads is a co-founder of Innovative Marketing, a promotional merchandise marketing firm for which she serves a vice president. An accomplished singer and actress, she has performed throughout Asia with the U.S.O., throughout Alaska and the Caribbean on the Princess and Viking Cruise Lines, and in the national touring company of Some Like it Cole. Other credits include A…My Name is Alice, Side by Side by Sondheim, Threepenny Opera, Anything Goes, The Mikado, Company, The Student Prince, Once Upon a Mattress, and two years in Beach Blanket Babylon Goes Bananas. In 1993, she co-founded 42nd Street Moon with Greg MacKellan. With 42nd Street Moon, her credits include Venus in One Touch of Venus, Ninotchka in Silk Stockings, Adeline in Sweet Adeline, and Elvira in High Spirits.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Ted spent eight years in public accounting, then went on to financial management with three Fortune 500 companies, gaining valuable experience when two of them were acquired in hostile takeovers. In "retirement", he became a consultant to non-profit organizations, helping them to obtain and retain their tax-exempt status. He finds that this work is more rewarding than anything he's done so far. He has been married to Adrienne for fifty years, and his interests include travel, theatre, and often, travel to see theatre.
Phyllis Swindells is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She lived in Florida as well and attended boarding school at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Phyllis then lived in Hawaii for 10 years where she was a video producer and later a real estate broker and investor. She moved to San Francisco in 1990 and continued in real estate with Town and Company. She married Theodore Swindells in 1991. She has three children ages 16, 12 and 10. Phyllis has been involved in numerous charity boards in San Francisco such as the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, the Modern Art Council at SFMOMA, the Photography Accessions committee at SFMOMA, the Community Learning Center at St. James Church as well as chairing fundraising events at her children’s schools.
Cia Townsend has 25 years of San Francisco residential real estate experience. In 1986 she co-founded Town & Company and established a pre-eminent service specializing in San Francisco’s north waterfront. Because Cia has concentrated on San Francisco real estate and north waterfront (north of Market) in particular, she has a massive database of real time information on the condition of properties, past ownership history, and pricing. Her clients have been the partners and CEO’s of the Bay Areas venture capital and investment banking community, internationally acclaimed film directors and producers, stage and film personalities, community leaders, sports personalities, artists, social leaders, professional men and women and almost always with an emphasis on family. A native of New York, Cia relocated to San Francisco after a successful first career as an international model. She is the mother of two boys, has served on several community organizations principally focused on education and the arts.