Dan Bueschel is currently CEO of Pueblo Mechanical, a mechanical contracting and services firm. Previous to his role at Pueblo Mechanical, Dan held the position of CEO North American Healthcare at Sodexo, a leading global healthcare services provider, and VPGM West at Johnson Controls. Dan is a former trustee of the Southern California Contractor’s Association and a graduate of Marquette University.
“I am proud to support Lead Guitar. Its mission to provide music education is inspiring and contributes significantly to student development beyond musical ability alone. I had the benefit of music education in my life, and I carry the learnings of teamwork, commitment, and accomplishment with me to this day.”
Carol H. Cunningham retired to Gold Canyon with her husband Ray in 2014 after 40 years of experience as a civil engineer specializing in planning, licensing, developing, evaluating and valuing conventional and pumped storage hydroelectric projects. Carol holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, in 1970, she was awarded the Richard Lee Russell for distinguished academic achievement. The last 14 years of her career, Carol lived and worked in the Philippines where she and Ray founded and continue to operate Dam Good Stuff, Inc, a Fair Trade-certified company, which makes high-end fashion jewelry while providing livelihood opportunities for women and relocated families in San Roque, The Philippines.
“I first learned about Lead Guitar via the Gold Canyon Arts Council. Ray and I were both so impressed with the program that we have held a joint fundraiser for Lead Guitar and GCAC for the past four years.”
Doug DeClusin is the founder and CEO of Sunland Asphalt & Construction, Inc. An active participant in the construction industry, DeClusin has been a member of the Associated General Contractors of America-Arizona Chapter since 2007, and was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Chapter in 2013 and 2014. Doug has received multiple accolades throughout his career, including the Construction Financial Management Association’s (CFMA) Construction Executive of the Year and the Phoenix Business Journal’s CEO of the Year. He is an active member of the Executives’ Association of Greater Phoenix and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, Horses Help, Lead Guitar, the Ronald McDonald charities, as well as the ASU Del E. Webb School of Construction.
Glenn P. Howell Received B.A. from University of Arizona and is the owner and a Sports Conditioning Specialist for Howell Athletics, using his 25 years of experience in training professional, High School and Collegiate athletes and general fitness clients. A former University of Arizona Honorable Mention All-PAC 10 Tight End (1983-85), Glenn co-hosts the University of Arizona Football pre- and post-game show on Wildcat Sports Radio 1290 AM (2012-present) He also serves as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Tucson Sugar Skulls (2018- present) (Professional Indoor Football League), Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Pima Community College football (2005-2012) and University of Arizona Rugby team (2004-2010) Active in service and philanthropy, Glenn was an anti-gang, anti-violence specialist in TUSD for a decade and is a Senior Member of The Centurions, Life Member of the Tucson Conquistadores supporting youth access to athletics and wellness.
“I got involved with Lead Guitar because I am a firm believer that when you have music in your life your chance of success in life goes thru the roof”
Lendre Kearns has worked in arts management and marketing for 45 years including stints with Broadway in Tucson, La Jolla Playhouse, Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and more. She has facilitated retreats and taught workshops in the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia in a variety of subject areas among them, presenting, touring, strategic planning and marketing, as well as holding teaching positions at Goucher College, the University of Toronto, and Thunder Bay Community College. Lendre is a self-described “arts dilettante/worker bee” serving on boards and volunteering her services for a number of Tucson organizations in addition to Lead Guitar including Arts Express, Act One and True Concord Voices and Orchestra.
”There is nothing more important to me than young people having an opportunity to explore their creativity and be empowered by their participation in the arts. And there is no organization that meets that challenge more completely than Lead Guitar.”
Tim Miklaucic is the CEO of Cordoba Music Group, Inc., a guitar manufacturer, distributor and retailer based in Santa Monica, CA. Other divisions include Cordoba Guitars, Guild Guitars and Guitar Salon International. Tim has been a NAMM member since 2003 and is also a member of the Alliance of Independent Music Merchants. He holds a B.A. in philosophy/chemistry from UCSD and attended graduate school at UCLA.
A native Tucsonan, Joe Millstone graduated in 1973 from University of Arizona qualified for pre-med in Biological Sciences and earned his science education certification two years later. Joe taught science and math in the gifted and talented middle-school program in TUSD for six years. In the mid-1980s, Joe became a commercial real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis and Grubb and Ellis for ten years apiece before becoming a consultant. In 2001, Joe earned the coveted CCIM Designation for Commercial Investment Real Estate. Joe and wife Michelle also raised three music-loving children while maintaining an active role in the Avanim Rock Band at Temple Emanu El in Tucson. Joe is a competitive swimmer, triathlete, and dedicated grandfather, splitting his time between Tucson and Los Angeles.
“Brad was my son Daniel’s guitar teacher for ten years. When he approached me about this amazing program, I was all in. Just seeing these kids learning how to play guitar and the obvious look of accomplishment and self-confidence on their faces proves that Lead Guitar works. I have attended many teacher training sessions, classes at schools, and represented the Board at the Carlos Santana Arts Academy in Van Nuys. Coming from a musical family and raising my own, with opportunities for myself and then my own children, I often took music for granted. These amazing kids coming from mostly disadvantaged situations confirm my belief in Brad’s vision for bringing music into their lives as a way of life and a means for self-improvement and confidence building. I so look forward to the various major performances at University of Arizona. The proof is in the seeing and hearing what Lead Guitar achieves.”
Diane Quevedo served as a teacher, Title I Project Assistant and Elementary Principal for a total of 38 years in Tucson Unified School District. Schools included Safford, Carrillo, Drachman Primary Magnet, Grijalva, and Bloom where as Principal she partnered with Lead Guitar to pioneer a new model for the program which trained all K-5 classroom teachers in the school to play and teach guitar to their own class. Seeing Lead Guitar “put a smile on students’ faces and hope in the hearts” inspired Diane to join the Lead Guitar Board when she retired.
Brad Richter is co-founder of Lead Guitar and a former international concert artist. He holds a master’s degree in guitar and composition from the Royal College of Music. Brad’s artistic legacy includes winning the International Fingerstyle Guitar and International Composer’s Guild Competitions, nearly one-thousand concerts in North America and Europe and innumerable appearances on NPR’s Performance Today. As a performer, composer and educator he has collaborated with Broadway legend Ben Vereen and a host of Grammy-winners including the Pacifica Quartet, David Finckel and the Phoenix Chorale.
“Education has always been extremely important to me. As a former special education teacher, I understand the importance that music education can play in the lives of children whether it is honing reading and math skills to having a sense of belonging and confidence in their ability to master playing a musical instrument. I am extremely proud to be on the Lead Guitar Board because it is a quality music program that reaches many at-risk youth.”
Theresa Seifert grew up in rural Minnesota. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Elementary Education with a certification in Special Education from Minnesota State University – Moorhead. Upon her graduation, Theresa relocated to Yuma, Arizona and spent a number of years teaching special education students. In 1996, Theresa earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, graduating with distinction, from Northern Arizona University and continued to teach special education students in Tucson.
Theresa earned her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2005. She began her legal career representing Child Protective Services. Theresa next became a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Brown at the Arizona Court of Appeals. During that time, she honed her skills in legal research, legal writing, and the appellate process. After her tenure at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Theresa practiced employment law for a small plaintiff’s employment law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010, she joined the Vescio Law Firm. After a few years, she became the managing partner of the firm, and in 2019 the firm was renamed to the Law Offices of Vescio & Seifert, P.C. Theresa’s wealth of experience in the areas of family, juvenile, and employment law have made her an invaluable addition to the firm and its clients.
Marc Sandroff is co-founder of Lead Guitar. He is a Managing Director of Cadre Partners, LLC, an alternative investment and management services firm. Over the last 30 years, he has been involved with numerous entrepreneurial companies as President and a founding member of their management teams. Over the course of his career, he has served in executive leadership roles including principal, chief executive, board chairman, board director, board member and management advisor. Along the way, he has worked with over 70 operating companies, participated in more than 120 real estate ventures, and has consistently demonstrated his ability to fuel a company’s growth and optimal performance.
Marc also has a wealth of experience investing in and serving as a Board Member of many successful enterprises. As a private equity investor, he was a member of Allstate Insurance’s Venture Capital Division and later co-founded a successful private equity firm. Marc received his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis and earned an M.A. in Strategic Management and Policy Analysis from the University of Chicago. Marc has been a board member of several other nonprofit arts and arts education organizations both in Arizona and Chicago.