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George Willis, Founder, Board Member Emeritus
George Willis, MA, MFA, is the founder and past president of the board of directors San Diego Dance Theater. He is a Professor Emeritus, SDSU School of Music and Dance and has performed with the Charles Weidman Dance Theatre, San Diego Dance Theatre, San Diego Ballet, the Harry Partch Ensemble, Starlight, Fantasia Espanola (Flamenco), and 3’s Company & Dancers. He is a past President of the San Diego Dance Alliance, (SDDA). In 1998 he received the “Tommy Lifetime Achievement Award” from SDDA. In 2019 he was honored by the Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater with the title “Founding Director.”
Laurie Madigan, President
Ms. Madigan retired in early 2018 as a Partner in Madigan Consulting, Inc., a land use and public policy consultancy specializing in research and advocacy in the areas of public infrastructure planning, land use policy research and strategy, entitlement processing and community outreach.She has a BA in German and English Literature and a second BA in Theater and Dance. A few years ago she took a SDDT Aging Creatively dance class and decided it was time to move again. She loves being part of a creative process and a community of people who love to move.
Patti Coburn, Vice President
Patti Coburn has a degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in modern dance from San Diego State University under the professorship of George Willis. She worked at the Union Tribune Publishing Company for 17 years, honing her advertising and marketing skills. She later specialized in consumer marketing for large real estate conglomerates and spent 20 years marketing large shopping centers across the U.S. Patti has been dancing for years with San Diego Dance Theater’s Aging Creatively program. When she’s not dancing or acting she sketches, writes poetry and crotchets baby blankets.
Kathy Herring Hayashi, Secretary
Kathy Herring Hayashi works for Qualcomm and has 35 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry, specifically in electronic design automation. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Athena Pinnacle Award Winner for Individual in Technology and in 2017, the San Diego County Engineering Council Dr. Thomas Avolt Kanneman Award for Outstanding Service. She is a member of the Athena Forum for Executive Women and 2019 Chair of the San Diego IEEE Section. Kathy is an avid modern dance fan and you will see her every year leading Kids on Board our Trolley Dances event.
Kathleen Pierce Morgan, Treasurer
Kata has always juggled business life with art to keep sane and joyful. Through her company, Golden Corpse LLC, she currently produces avant-garde dance theater, for venues such as Japanese Foundation and International San Diego Fringe Festival, receiving 2019 “Spirit of the Fringe” award. She has spent the last decade supporting a mega-complex with a sound studio, church and school spaces for a diverse group of faiths and cultures in Lincoln Park, building a safe haven for distressed youth in an area known for gangs and violence. Still a businesswoman, Kata has managed to stay active in the arts through SDDT thanks to Jean Isaacs, who has made it possible for seniors to thrive and to laugh with the pure joy of dance through the Aging Creatively program. Kata graduated UCLA with BA Art History.
Maurine Beinbrink graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Art Education and Art History. While living in the DC area she attended the University of Maryland at College Park, receiving an MS in Textiles with a minor in Marketing. She has also worked in the decorative textile industry. She is quick to tell you she is not a dancer but loves watching dance. She is a believer in volunteerism and helps out at various fundraising events whenever she can.
Beth has a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is the owner and CEO of ABAcus Behavioral Health in San Diego, a company providing behavioral therapy to children with autism. Beth has studied and worked extensively with Jean Isaacs from undergrad to present, appearing in many Trolley Dances and SDDT shows. She is a company member of Push Process Movement Theory (Lavina Rich) and has danced for Terry Wilson.
Charles L. Johnson, Esq.
A native of San Diego, Charles Johnson has worked all over the country as a scientist and tax attorney. He obtained a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanographic in 1977 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987. Charles retired from Chevron Corporation in 2013 and returned to San Diego the same year.
Margaret C. Marshall
Margaret C. Marshall earned an M.F.A. at UC Irvine. She is known for her investigative, witty and eclectic choreography, excellence in teaching and innovative leadership. She headed the dance program at UC San Diego from 1975-1997, 2000-2002 and 2004-2005, where she authored the dance major and minor degrees. She has received numerous grants and awards for her artistic and community work. Margaret is a past president of San Diego Dance Theater’s Board of Directors and is delighted to return to an organization so close to her heart.
Heather D. Rider
Heather D. Rider is a director and chair of the compensation, nominating and governance committee of Inogen, Inc., a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets innovative oxygen concentrators used to deliver supplemental long-term oxygen therapy to patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions. Rider has over 25 years of experience as a Human Resource and business leader serving on the executive committees of several global life science and technology companies including Intuitive Surgical, Cymer/ASML and Alphatec Holdings, Inc. She has proven strength in the development and successful execution of Human Resource strategies, organizational design, leadership development programs and initiatives to support business objectives. Rider has her MBA from The Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University and her BA from Claremont McKenna College.