Our Talented Staff

Our Team

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center staff is a dedicated, diverse, small team of talented individuals who bring their energy and enthusiasm for the arts to work every day.

Executive Director — ccarter@lvpac.org

Before being appointed as the Executive Director, Chris Carter served as the Director for Development and Communications for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. In his role, Carter was responsible for all the fundraising and marketing efforts for LVPAC. Since joining LVPAC, he has raised more than $8 million for the arts in Livermore. He joined the LVPAC staff in 2014 after working more than eleven years at Saint Mary’s College of California, where he spent the last eight as a leader in the College’s development department. His last position held was Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving. 

Chris is a member of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance, APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals), The California Presenters Association, AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals), and a former member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). Chris has led and participated in mulitple professional workshops on fundraising, strategic planning, event strategies and volunteer board management. An avid guitarist, Chris has performed steadily in the community for the last 25 years with his bandmate, Mike Lickiss, as a member of the LK Project. Together, they have written and recorded 4 studio albums and continue to share their love of music with anyone who will listen. Chris lives with his wife and three children in Pleasanton, and has been a volunteer for the Boy Scouts in various capacities over the last 10 years.

Director of Finance and Administration — rbradford@lvpac.org
Mrs. Bradford first fell in love with non-profit organizations and their unique challenges when she worked for AchieveKids; a school for special needs children in Palo Alto California.  It was at AchieveKids she learned that non-profits, no matter the size, really do have a great impact on the community in which they serve.  This inspired her to continue helping non-profits keep their accounting clean, promote transparency, and remain stable so they can continue to focus on their mission.  She has over 15 years of accounting experience with expertise in small to mid-sized for profit and not for profit businesses. Mrs. Bradford has an MBA specializing in Accounting from National University and is a livelong Livermore resident.  In her free time, she enjoys catching at show at the Bankhead Theater, painting mugs at Café Art with her daughter, volunteering, helping her husband run his HVAC construction business, taking a class or two at Las Positas College and curling up on the couch with her two cats and a good book.

Director of Operationsejohnson@lvpac.org
As a child growing up in Livermore, Eric was always restless, bouncing off the walls and showing an early interest in show business. In pursuit of his dream, he trained in musical theater, dance, sports and circus arts. After giving show business a try in LA, he returned to school for his undergraduate degree in accounting and graphic design, skills he has used extensively in his work life ever since. Professionally, Eric has woven his love for the arts together with his technical savvy in the entertainment industry. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on multiple Broadway tours, corporate fundraisers, conferences, international music festivals and dance festivals that have taken him around the world. Eric has worked periodically at the Bankhead Theater since it opened in 2007, when he worked backstage, marketing, and accounting. He officially assumed the permanent role of Director of Operations in March 2020. 

Marketing Director - regherman@lvpac.org

Ruth comes to Livermore Valley Arts with over 30 years of experience in building audiences for non-profit and commercial performing arts organizations all across North America. She has worked with organizations like San Francisco Ballet, Broadway San Jose, and the National Symphony Orchestra.  She fell in love with the theatre at a very early age when she attended Fiddler on the Roof as a youngster with her family in Chicago, Illinois. Not only did she find the performance spectacular, especially the bottle dance, but was enchanted with the chandelier hanging in the lobby and the red velvet curtains on stage. Since that tender age, she has never looked back.  

Production Manager — gbrunclik@lvpac.org
Mr. Brunclik brings a vast background in a range of production roles to the theater’s staff. He was professionally trained in music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of music and started his career as a musician playing in various local and regional bands. While performing, he learned to mix sound with his brother’s production company and then made the decision that he liked “eating and paying his bills more than I liked being a legend in my own mind,” and moved to the production side of the industry with Clearwing Productions, where he spent more than 30 years. He has traveled the world, managing over 20 global tours, managed NFL Super Bowl Tailgate parties, led production for the world’s largest outdoor music festival, and rounded out his experience with political rallies, sports related events, theater operations, and corporate productions. His broad expertise  encompasses theater, concerts, dance, product rollouts, touring, and venue operations with a focus on safety for performers, crew, staff and patrons.

Front of House Supervising Manager/Volunteer Coordinator — cedwards@lvpac.org
Mrs. Edwards, a Livermore resident for over 25 years, has been involved with theater since the highschool drama club and was a big part of Pleasanton Playhouse, now TVRT, for almost 10 years on stage and off.  Mrs. Edwards began her time with LVPAC as a Volunteer making phone calls for the Brick Fundraiser and then moved on to coordinating tours of the Bankhead Theater in the beginning stages of construction.  Once the Theater was open for business, Mrs. Edwards continued on as a Volunteer Usher before she was hired as a back up Front of House Manager.  In 2014, she became the Front Of House Managing Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator of almost 200 Volunteers.

Manager, Bothwell Arts Center — agiancola@lvpac.org
Anne brings strong expertise and experience in community collaboration and arts communication to the Bothwell Arts Center. Prior to joining the Bothwell, she co-founded and served as studio director for Rollstone Studios, a non-profit art center near Boston, which was a lynchpin for community revitalization in the New England mill town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. A working artist, Anne has run a mural painting business for more than 18 years.Combining her skills as a community collaborator with her affinity for working artists, Anne brings together diverse community groups to develop exhibits, performing arts, seminars, workshops and public art projects. A graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, she has a strong arts and communications background. Anne completed her master’s degree with distinction in Applied Communications from Fitchburg State University in 2013.

Facility Manager and IT Coordinator — jgomez@lvpac.org
Mr. Gomez brings 11 years’ experience in facility and building maintenance. His previous maintenance experience included sheet rock, painting, plumbing, electricity and carpentry. Additional duties at the Bankhead involve event set up/coordination and renovations of the building. Previously, Mr. Gomez worked for The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA and HVAC Systems at Adaptec Inc. in Milpitas CA. He now works with outside consultants to keep all the IT needs of the organization running smoothly.

Marketing Manager —akracht@lvpac.org Andrew is elated to join the staff of Livermore Arts at the stunning Bankhead Theater. Having first been wowed by the shows here at a matinee in 2010, he is on cloud nine to join the company now behind the scenes as well! Andrew comes to Livermore Arts with an extensive background in customer service, marketing, fundraising, box office, group sales, event planning, community outreach, social media, and arts administration. Highlights from his past decade in the Bay Area arts scene include marketing for the Bay Area premieres of All the Way and Big Fish at the Lucie Stern Theatre, and working in group & corporate sales with high profile shows like Best Musical Tony Award-winners In the Heights, Billy Elliot THE MUSICAL, and Memphis at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Andrew is looking forward to bringing his passion for the arts and his background in administrative support, customer service, and marketing and fundraising to Livermore Arts. In addition to his work presenting live shows, Andrew has also been seen in numerous productions all over the Bay Area as a performer & is a proud part of Broadway by the Bay's DEI group, RISE. When he isn’t working at the Bankhead, Andrew enjoys spin & Barry's Bootcamp classes, traveling, and studying foreign languages. A Bay Area native, Andrew is a proud Magna Cum Laude graduate from Santa Clara University with 2 degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (Minor in Musical Theatre) and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

Graphic Designer/Web Administrator — blarosa@lvpac.org
Mrs. LaRosa brings nearly 20 years of marketing experience as a creative thinker, graphic designer, technical editor, copywriter and proofreader. Starting out with her company, Blue Sky Graphics, she gained experience that led her to work for Bar None and E-Loan, two Bay Area dot-com corporations. Throughout her career, projects included direct mail, marketing collateral, signage, website design, print and digital advertising. Mrs. LaRosa has her B.A. in English Literature from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and her Visual Communications Multimedia Certificate from Las Positas College in Livermore. Using her varied skill set to promote the Arts with LVPAC is a job that brings fulfillment and gratitude.

Development Managerbmulgrew@lvpac.org

Mrs. Mulgrew brings 16 years’ experience in the performing arts, entertainment and ticketing. She began in ticketing at the age of 15 at Wente Vineyards and progressed to Event Management. In 2007, she joined LVPAC as a ticket agent for the Bankhead Theater. Later, she was given the task of Volunteer Coordinator and developed the procedure for maintaining the volunteer data base. She moved into the Development Department to oversee management of the donor database and now oversees all aspects of Membership. In addition to her career at LVPAC, Ms. Mulgrew has worked in fundraising with the Alameda County Fair’s Volunteer Program, the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. She remains active as a member of the Bay Area Professional Ticketing Association.

Box Office Manager — dolson@lvpac.org
Mrs. Olson has been a resident of the Tri-Valley for over 40 years and in Livermore since 2001.  Before joining Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Debra was an active volunteer in the local schools for many years. Passionate about theater and music, Debra is a strong advocate for local theater and is a true “people person” who enjoys working with our patrons and volunteers.

Program Coordinator — tvandyke@lvpac.org

Mr. Van Dyke was first drawn to the arts at age seven playing Jack in a stage production of Jack in the Beanstalk. He graduated from Las Positas College in 2011 with a AA degree in Theatre Arts. He founded his film company, Way Up There Productions on June 14, 2011, where he oversaw funding, software donations, and production of their first short film, Obsession (2012).  Their next film, tentatively titled Project Z is in pre-production. He has worked backstage for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center at the Bankhead Theater and for the city of Pleasanton at the Amador Theatre and Firehouse Arts Center.  He has been a part of hundreds of live theatre productions.