BOARD OF TRUSTEES
As of July 2017
Scott Williford (President) was elected to the Board in July 2014 and brings a perspective as a 20-year patron of the Diversionary Theatre, as well as a diverse business experience background across many industries in San Diego since 1982. Scott is currently Products and Services manager at SDG&E, and has extensive experience in customer relationship strategies, product marketing and analytics in Aerospace, Technology Research, Software, Banking and Utilities industries. He was a pioneer in LGBT tennis organizations in the 1980’s and 1990’s, serving as Board President for the San Diego Tennis Federation (SDTF) for seven years and later founded the international Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA). Scott received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis and an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University. He and his partner of 14 years, Grant Reeder, are avid world travelers and arts enthusiasts.
Jodie Graber (Vice President) After feeling inspired by multiple Diversionary Theatre productions, Jodie was honored to join the board in December 2016. She has over sixteen years of marketing and development experience, which she gained at various non-profits and theatres including: Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Broadway Theatre, and San Diego Repertory Theatre. In addition, she helped open the NHL Phoenix Coyotes arena. She is currently the Director of Women’s Philanthropy for the Jewish Federation of San Diego County. Jodie studied humanities at Tel Aviv University. Jodie and her husband, Matt, are avid arts enthusiasts and moved to San Diego in early 2015.
Jerry Hicks (Treasurer) was elected to the board in March of 2015. He retired in August of 2013 as CFO of North Island Credit Union after 18 years. He previously served as Manager of the Financial Department of San Diego Trust & Savings Bank for 13 years. He has been a CPA for 37 years. He has been a theater enthusiast for many years and has enjoyed Diversionary productions since its inception. Supporting the Diversionary Theater and its a unique role in our community is an incredible opportunity.
Dr. Christopher Wixom (Secretary) was elected to the Board in March of 2015. He is a surgical pathologist and is the President and CEO of Analytic Pathology Medical Group/Pacific Rim Laboratory in San Diego. He has been involved with the theatre in many capacities over the years as an actor, playwright, and avid enthusiast. Christopher looks forward to supporting Diversionary as it continues to provoke thought, ideation, and social change.
Brian Corrigan (Trustee) was elected to the Board in 2013. He is a local property manager and 25-year resident of San Diego. In addition to his work with Diversionary, he is a supporter of the San Diego Art Institute and volunteers at the AIDS Foundation. He is a part-time resident in Palm Springs.
Lillian Faderman (Trustee) is an internationally known scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. The New York Times named three of her books on its “Notable Books of the Year” list:SURP ASSING THE LOVE OF MEN, ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS, THE GAY REVOLUTION.
The Guardian named ODD GIRLS AND TWILIGHT LOVERS one of the Top 10 Books of Radical History. The Guardian interviewed Welsh novelist Sarah Waters, who named SURPASSING THE LOVE OF MEN as her most formative book.
Faderman’s work has been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Czech, and Slovenian. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University’s James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the Golden Crown Literary Society Trailblazer Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women’s Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.
Sanam Govari (Trustee) is a local business owner and entrepreneur. She and her family started Soltan Banoo Restaurant, one of the first businesses on now Park Blvd restaurant row. She also invests and sells real estate with her sister at Pemberley Realty. She balances her business life with her spiritual practice which includes teaching yoga. Sanam has been a longtime friend and supporter of Diversionary for nearly two decades. She lives in University Heights with her cats and dog.
Rob Granat (Trustee) was elected to the board in January 2015. Rob holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia and two MBA’s from Columbia University-NYC. His work experience has been in the travel industry; first as a marketing analyst for TWA and then Eastern Airlines; then chiefly in the cruise industry – marketing and sales. He retired in 2003 as Vice President of INTRAV; a tour operator offering private jet tours, riverboat cruises in Europe; upscale tours all over the world and four small expedition ships cruising from the Arctic to the Antarctic and all the oceans in between. Since 2003 he does some outside sales for Ft. Worth travel agency Cruises Etc and hosts the consortium to which he and partner Al belong on luxury ships with Regent, Crystal, & Seabourn.
Jay Henslee (Trustee) Jay is originally from Northern California, but has enjoyed calling San Diego home for the past six years. Jay attended Chico State University with a major in marketing and sales. He is currently a Vice President, District Manager for U.S. Bank, having spent the past 11 years in various roles throughout California. He was a recipient of the “40 under 40” award in Sacramento given by the Business Journal, and was instrumental in expanding the U.S. Bank retail market in Northern and Southern California. Jay is heavily involved with a number of local non-profit organizations, and is on the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together San Diego and City Ballet of San Diego.
Todd Nelms (Trustee) was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2012. He served as Treasurer in 2013 until he was elected as President in June 2014. During the Executive Artistic Director search he was appointed as the acting Executive Artistic Director from October 2013 through November 2014. He retired from the Military after 22 years as a Naval Supply Officer serving four submarines and one amphibious air craft carrier . He has served on the boards of San Diego Tennis Federation and San Diego American Flag Football League. He is a member of the San Diego’s Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable. He is currently a Doctorate Candidate in Business Administration and expects to graduate in Summer 2015.
Darrell Netherton (Trustee) is a long time patron of Diversionary and was elected to the Board in July 2012. He is a retired attorney, and worked with various U.S. Government branches for over 30 years, including the US House of Representatives, Federal Aviation Administration and US Merit Systems Protection Board. Darrell holds a Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law and is a member of the Iowa, District of Columbia, & US Supreme Court Bars. He has served on numerous other non-profit boards, including the Associates Board of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. Darrell and his partner of 35 years, Robert, share a love for the theatre; they live in North Park.
Rosina Reynolds (Artistic Trustee) has been a part of the San Diego theatre community since 1978. Originally from London England, she arrived in San Diego after some wild adventurous travels, including crewing on boats in the West Indies and culminating in a diving expedition in Panama, searching for Sir Francis Drake’s coffin. They didn’t find the coffin but she did find her husband, Rojo. Once in San Diego, Rosina worked extensively as an actor, director and teacher. She is a six-time recipient of the San Diego Critics’ Circles Craig Noel Award for both acting and directing, including Outstanding Lead Performance in a play for Amanda Wingfield in Cygnet Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie, Vivian Bearing in North Coast Rep’s Wit, and outstanding solo performances for both Golda’s Balcony at New Village Arts and Shirley Valentine for Renaissance Theatre. She has performed in regional theatre at Theatreworks in Palo Alto and San Jose Rep and apart from a 5 year stay in L.A. where she had roles at the Ahmanson Theatre and various roles in T.V. including a stint on “General Hospital”, San Diego has been her home. Rosina is also the founding Artistic Director of the Chequamagon Children’s Theatre, now in its 30th year in Rojo’s home state of Wisconsin. She is a proud card carrying member of Actors Equity. The Diversionary Theatre has always meant a great deal to her, having directed 11 productions for the theatre and she is honored to be invited onto the Board as an Artistic Trustee.
Allison Rossett (Trustee) After 40 years as a university professor, Dr. Allison Rossett is now Professor Emerita of Educational Technology at San Diego State University. She currently consults to government agencies and corporations in workplace learning and technology-based systems working on topics as diverse as development for the people who do software sales, provide advice on retirement decisions, transport animals at the zoo, and secure a crime scene. Once a New Yorker, now for many decades a happy San Diegan, Allison is a member of the Defense Acquisition University Board of Visitors, the Arcadia University Board of Trustees, and Diversionary’s Board, as of April, 2016. Allison is a member of the TRAINING HRD Hall of Fame and was recognized by ATD for a remarkable career of contributions to workplace learning and instructional technology. Allison also received the International Society for Performance Improvement’s highest award, Member for Life and CLO’s equivalent, the Norm Kamikow award. Allison is most proud of her very, very, very long relationship with Sue Reynolds, CEO of Community HousingWorks.
Dean Rutherford (Trustee) Dean was elected to the board in January, 2010. He has been a Television Producer in the entertainment industry for the past 15 years. Dean spent the early part of his career as the Director of Live Events for Barry Manilow’s entertainment company, Stiletto Entertainment. Where he was responsible for producing more than 90 stage and concert projects for clients from all over the world. Dean then move to television as a part of producing team of the hit Fox and E! Entertainment reality series: The Simple Life, (starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie). Dean continues to create and produce for TV and stage for the world’s top entertainment brands including MTV, E! Entertainment Television, VH1, Fox Television, Oxygen Network, TLC, 20th Century Fox Television, Sony Television, ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, Showtime, A&E, Bravo, Holland America, Celebrity Cruises. Dean and his partner of 7 years Dr. Dennis Mayer are avid and longtime supporters of the arts as: Presidents Club Members/Sponsors with Broadway San Diego, Partner with a Player and Virtuoso Circle at The San Diego Symphony and Angels level donors and Season Sponsors of the Diversionary Theatre.
Shana Wride (Artistic Trustee) Recipient of the 2017 Fritz Klein Artist Award. Seen at Diversionary in 2.5 Minute Ride, Baby with the Bathwater, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Next Fall and A Late Snow. Other acting credits include- Faded Glory and Broken Glass (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Intrepid Theatre); Private Lives (Cygnet Theatre); Women Who Steal, A Christmas Carol, Suds, Working, Six Women with Brain Death (San Diego Repertory Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Festival Los Angeles); Indoor/Outdoor (The Colony Theatre); Macbeth, Fen, Wooden Breeks, Measure for Measure (Open Fist Theatre); Heidi Chronicles and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Gaslamp Theatre); Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); New, Shadowy Waters, No Time Like The Present (Sledgehammer Theatre). Directing credits include: The Whale, Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet Theatre), Walter Cronkite is Dead (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Boys & Girls and Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins (Diversionary Theatre), Or (Moxie Theatre) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Compass Theatre). She co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, “Women Aloud” with actor/comedienne Mo Gaffney.
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