Published : Monday, October 23, 2017 | 3:20 PM
A Noise Within (ANW) announces the names of the civic and community leaders that were elected in the past year to serve on their board of directors. These members, along with the currently serving Board Members and Co-Producing Artistic Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, are the people who will continue to move A Noise Within into the 21st Century, over the next few years.
Co-Producing Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott said, “We are honored to welcome such an incredible group of individuals who all bring their diverse experience and passion to ANW. We have no doubt that these new members will make a big impact on the organization.”
Elected to the Board were Molly Bachmann, Julie Daniels, Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA, Diane Grohulski, Bill Kennedy, Terri Murray, and Margaret Sedenquist. ANW wanted to celebrate their election publically and thank them and the whole board for their service and ongoing dedication to making it a thriving part of the overall theatrical landscape of Los Angeles.
Molly Bachmann is Vice President at Morris & Berger, an executive search firm with a specialty practice that reaches across the nonprofit sector, including institutions of higher education, independent schools, foundations, human and social service agencies, and clients in the performing and visual arts. A native of North Carolina, Molly graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spent a summer abroad at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University, studying English history and literature during the age of Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. Molly moved to California in 1980 and joined Jetour USA, a wholesale tour operator specializing in group and independent travel to the Orient and Southeast Asia. As General Manager of the Asian Dreams outbound tour division, Molly traveled extensively throughout China and Southeast Asia before joining Morris & Berger in 1993. Molly enjoys attending performing arts and sporting events at Flintridge Preparatory School where her husband, Peter Bachmann, has served as Headmaster since 1991. The Bachmanns have been supporting A Noise Within since 2009.
Julie Daniels is currently the Library Media Specialist at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. She and her husband Brian relocated their family (Mary Alex 18, Caroline 16, and Kyle 13) to California from Georgia in 2011 to pursue a job opportunity for Brian at Capital Group. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 1992 with degrees in Political Science and Dramatic Art, Julie had worked at the US House of Representatives and IBM. In 2012 Julie earned a Master of Arts Degree in Library and Information Science through Florida State University’s graduate program in Education. In 2013, Julie’s connection to A Noise Within strengthened when her oldest daughter partnered with the theater to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, raising funds to send all the sixth graders from Eliot Arts Magnet School to a performance of A Christmas Carol. Julie has been a subscriber since 2014.
Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA, is Founding Partner and Principal Emeritus of Gonzalez Goodale Architects and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He is a passionate advocate of local hospitals as a lifetime trustee of Huntington Memorial Hospital, board chair of Queen of the Valley Hospital, and past board chair of Citrus Valley Health Partners. Armando is also active with many other local organizations including the Flintridge Center, Caltech Associates, Centro Latino for Literacy, and Pasadena/Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Diane Grohulski is Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch and has worked with her firm in Pasadena since 1990. She graduated with an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business with a concentration in international business and marketing. Diane is active in her community and is currently serving as Trustee of the LA Arboretum Foundation and Board member of USC Marshall Partners, San Gabriel Valley. Additionally, she previously served on several boards including USC Trojan Affiliates, Historic Highlands Neighborhood Association, Girl Scouts-Mt. Wilson Council, and South Lake Business Association.
Bill Kennedy began his career in journalism as a reporter in his native Philadelphia in 1969 and retired in 1993 as head of a $175 million newspaper group owned by News Corp. A graduate of Harvard University, Bill has extensive non-profit experience – mostly in development and finance committee roles — in Southeastern Massachusetts where he lived and worked for 20 years prior to his retirement. He has served on the boards of the Boston Lyric Opera, St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), UMass Dartmouth Foundation and the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where he co-chaired a successful $12 million capital campaign. He is a former president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association. Upon his retirement, Bill and his wife Priscilla moved to Pasadena, but continue to spend summers in New England. Bill is now the Development Chair for Pacific Opera Project, a board member of Metropolitan Associates and writes feature articles for the Colburn School and for BRAVO, the magazine of the Opera League of Los Angeles.
Terri Murray served for several years as a board member of A Noise Within (2003-2015). During her tenure, Terri was a member of the Education Committee where she served as Chair and also served on the Executive Committee. Terri retired from The Capital Group in 2009 after 33 years with the Company. When Terri started with CG, there were 300 associates and, when she left, there were over 7,000. Growing with the company allowed Terri to hold many positions from doing financial analysis in the Statistics Department to training analysts to use the first PCs. In her final years, Terri was a Senior Vice President and managed a global technology group responsible for market data, training, technology research and support for 12 plus Investment offices around the world. Over the years, Terri also served on the board of the YWCA of Glendale and continues to be a supporter and volunteer at the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Terri holds a degree from Indiana University where she majored in Sociology and Urban Studies. She resides in Glendale, and spends much of her time in Oceanside as well.
Margaret Sedenquist is an accomplished realtor, philanthropist, and community volunteer residing in Pasadena, CA. Margaret currently manages a property management company, a plastic factory, and she is the founder of the Commercial Pacific Bank. She was named Pasadena’s Woman of the Year in 2011. Margaret also volunteers her time for numerous local organizations including the University of La Verne, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Five Acres, All Saints Church, and many more.
About A Noise Within
A Noise Within, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last season, was called “an oasis for those who love classic stories told in a classic way” by The Los Angeles Times, and is a leading regional producer based in Pasadena, CA. ANW’s award-winning resident company practices a rotating repertory model at their state-of-the-art, 283-seat performing space. This venue, established in 2011, has allowed ANW to expand its audience, surpassing its previous box office, subscription, and attendance records each year. In addition to producing world-class performances of classical theatre, the organization runs robust education programs committed to inspiring diverse audiences of all ages. Helmed by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who hold MFAs from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, A Noise Within truly delivers Classic Theatre, Modern Magic. www.anoisewithin.org