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. 

Arts Education Manager — abarinque@lvpac.org
Mr. Barinque has 20 years of customer service experience and has spent the last 5 years working in nearly every aspect of the nonprofit and theater industry. He has a BA from San Francisco State University in Communications and an Associate’s Degree in Visual Communications from Las Positas College. He has worked as stage manager and MC for Tuesday Tunes, and as a Gallery Assistant at Ryan Fine Art Gallery here in Livermore. At the Bankhead, he has worked as Food & Beverage/Event Manager, House Manager, Graphic Design Assistant and Grant Writer.

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.

Marketing Manager — rwemerson@lvpac.org
For nearly two decades, Ms. Emerson has provided marketing communications consulting and copywriting services to the performing arts industry.  Prior to working with LVPAC, she served on the board of directors for Festival Opera, initially as secretary and head of the marketing committee, before assuming the role of chair. During her tenure there, she participated on the finance, nominations, development, and events committees. Formerly Vice President of Corporate Communications for a high-tech equipment company in Silicon Valley, Ms. Emerson also served as chair for the local chapter of the Business Marketing Association, as well as treasurer on their international board of directors. An active volunteer, she has been an executive mentor for Mentiium 100, facilitated a parent-led art and music program for grades K-5, and provided marketing support and graphic design for the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition and other regional arts groups.

Assistant Production Manager — mailto:eengel@lvpac.org
 Erica fell in love with working backstage in college where she worked in the scene shop, office, as a set designer, and was a scenic painting intern at Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and Psychology, then worked as a set designer/builder for Tomorrow Youth Repertory and as an overhire carpenter at various theaters around the Bay Area. She joined the Bankhead backstage in early 2017 and hasn’t been able to escape since, and she is now the assistant to the “legend in his own mind.” Erica also has enjoyed being a lighting designer for Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, with whom she designed Mamma Mia, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Guys and Dolls. In her spare time, Erica catches up with Netflix, waters her 40 houseplants, and spends time in the sunshine.

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.

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.

Member Services 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.