Who We Are

Honorary Board 

David Gockley / General Director, San Francisco Opera
Gretchen B. Kimball / National Board Member, Young Audiences, Inc.
Michael Tilson Thomas / Music Director, San Francisco Symphony
Gregory C. Farrington, PhD / California Academy of Science Board
David Stull / President, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Board of Directors 

Annie Rohan, President

Annie has been a Board member since the spring of 2011.  She has been involved with Board and Committee management since 2004 through her professional work with Music@Menlo and the Harvard Art Museums.  In her current role as Institutional Advancement Director  at Music@Menlo, she brings chamber music to life for Bay  Area residents  and implements educational programs for a focused group of elite musicians.  She has a lifelong commitment to community engagement that dates back to her days as a “penguin volunteer” with the New England Aquarium!


Christian joined the Board in 2013. As Owner and Chief Engagement Officer at Attack!, Christian leads his team in utilizing activation expertise and process-driven thinking to forge strong relationships between target consumers and Attack!'s clients. Christian lives in San Francisco with his wife and two school-aged children and is fluent in Japanese.

Nicole Simoneaux, Treasurer

Nicole joined the Board in the spring of 2011.  As Senior Portfolio Manager at REDF, she utilizes a venture philanthropy approach to provide funding, business connections, and operational expertise to a variety of social enterprise organizations—all while measuring results to ensure the greatest impact. Prior to joining REDF, Nicole was the Director of Pacific Northwest and Southwest Markets for the Nonprofit Finance Fund.  Ms. Simoneaux  has also worked  in grantmaking, government administration and the arts. She served as a program officer at the Minnesota State Arts Board, an arts administrator at the Madison Arts Commission, and was a founding company member of the TEAM theater, a New York city-based theater company. She earned a BFA from New York University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to the Young Audiences board, she also serves on the board of The TEAM theater and, and volunteers as an advocate for children in the foster care system with SF CASA.

Julie Bahret, Secretary

Julie joined the board in the fall of 2012. She has a long history of contributing to the arts. Julie co-founded Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival, which is now in its 30th year, and feels strongly about the importance of art and music as part of a well-rounded education. Julie is currently an Attorney-at-Law practicing in the Bay Area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stetson University of Law where she earned her JD, as well as Magna Cum Laude from University of Florida where she majored in Cultural Anthropology and minored in Environmental Studies.

William S. Duff, Jr.

William joined the YANC Board in summer 2009 and served as President from 2010-2014.  He is the founder and managing principal of William Duff Architects, Inc., an award winning San Francisco architecture firm specializing in residential, retail and commercial projects.  He is a well-known supporter of the arts in the Bay Area, an active member of the American Institute of Architects and a board member of the di Rosa Preserve and the di Rosa Foundation.  William earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University.

Caren Alpert

Caren joined the board in the summer of 2013, after learning about Young Audiences from a media interview.  An instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Caren is well-regarded for her professional photography work.  She is very much in demand as a food, travel, interior, and portrait commercial photographer and works out of a sunny studio in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco.

doug Ballou

Doug joined the board in 2014, after relocating to the Bay Area from Denver, CO, where he had served as President of an arts education nonprofit. As a Pre-Construction Manager at Novo Construction, Doug oversees commercial projects of all sizes and scales. He lives in Menlo Park and enjoys the vibrant arts experiences from the Peninsula to San Francisco.

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Paul Day

Paul joined the board in the summer of 2014. He is the Manager of Communications and Events for the UC San Francisco Office of Diversity and Outreach and is responsible for key University initiatives related to nurturing the diversity pipeline for students, faculty, and staff. In his spare time, Paul works with the San Francisco Human Rights Advisory Committee, promoting equity and inclusion within our city, and performs in a monthly variety show, Moonlighting SF, as Wells Day.

Wendy Hasse

Wendy joined the board in the summer of 2014. In her work in Strategy and Finance at salesforce.com, Wendy is responsible for effective deployment of resources throughout the company. As a parent of two school-aged children in San Francisco, Wendy is charged with effective deployment of her own resources on a daily basis, and has seen the power of the arts in helping her children to thrive.

Syri Mongiello

Syri joined the board in the summer of 2013.  Syri is the Arts and Ideas Program Administrator at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, where she is responsible for all aspects of arts programming at the Center.  Prior to her work with the JCC, Syri was the Managing Director for the Atmos Theatre Company.  She has worked in Box Office management for local productions of Cirque du Soleil and has served as a volunteer gymnastics and sports coach for young children.  Syri is an outdoor enthusiast and is as passionate about her time away from her desk as she is about her time at her desk.  She lives in the East Bay, where she enjoys the (slightly) sunnier microclimate. 

Kathy Schmidt

Kathy joined the Board in the summer of 2014.  She is an architect who has always loved and supported the arts.  Kathy has had a varied career in architecture and business and recently retired from Eden Housing, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer that builds, owns and manages apartments for low-income residents.  She was the Associate Director or Real Estate Development and managed the approval and construction of several new apartment properties in the Bay Area.  Kathy has BA, Master of Architecture and MBA degrees from Stanford University.   She now has more time for biking, hiking, traveling and supporting the arts.


debra vinikour

Debra joined the board in late 2014. As a principal at Carlson Beck, Debra works with nonprofit organizations who are experiencing leadership transition. Although an attorney by education, Debra has been involved in professional recruiting search for more than fifteen years. Debra grew up in a house filled with music, and she has experienced the power of the arts to provide incredible opportunities for young people.

Selena Yeung

Selena joined the board in the summer of 2013.  She is a Senior Tax Manager at Burr, Pilger, Meyer, whee she focuses on individual tax planning and preparation.  Having grown up in Hong Kong, Selena was quite surprised to see how little arts education is available to Bay Area students in their public schools.  While Selena doesn't use the arts in her work life, she credits a well-rounded arts education with her ability to think on her feet and to reason effectively.