Board Members of SFFCM




Nancy B. Ranney

PRESIDENT - Berkeley, CA 94705

  • Retired partner in business litigation law firm. Specialized in counseling Lloyd's insurers regarding insurance coverage of liability for pollution cleanup
  • Board president of Crisis Support Services (Alameda County) 2007-2010
  • Amateur pianist; lifelong avid music lover
  • BA Stanford University 1962; JD Catholic University 1980


Susan Bates,

VICE PRESIDENT - San Francisco, CA 94122

  • Faculty - Viola Chamber Music, Pre College San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Violist, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra (1979-2009)
  • Former Director, SFCM Preparatory Chamber Music Program, Summer Music West
  • Founder, California Summer Music, Lake Tahoe Music Festival Academy
  • Awarded "Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching" The Samuel Gruber Award from Chamber Music America.


Martin Gellen,

TREASURER - San Francisco

  • Retired amateur pianist and music lover.
  • Held various executive positions in municipal bond insurance companies for 16 years
  • Former faculty member, Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
  • Served as Co-chair, Housing Committee, SPUR
  • President of Board of Classical Dance of Napa Valley


Mary Wildavsky,

SECRETARY - Oakland, CA 94605

  • Music lover
  • Retired landscaper/garden designer
  • Speech pathologist, Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders for Speech Pathology, San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor of Education: French and Education, University of London, England
  • Assistant in the publications departments at Oxford University Press, London and Unesco, Paris


Katherine Bukstein,  - Hillsborough, CA 94010

  • Violist; violin and viola instructor, Education Committee Member, Music at Kohl Mansion
  • volunteer classroom music teacher, San Mateo public schools
  • member of Education and Artistic Committees of the Peninsula Symphony
  • former school orchestra teacher, San Carlos
  • former board member, California Music Center and Peninsula Symphony

William T. Horne,  - Mill Valley, CA. 94941 

  • Retired psychiatrist
  • Amateur pianist
  • President, Mill Valley Chamber Music Society
  • Board member, ACMP-The Chamber Music Network and Chamber Musicians of Northern California


Eric J. Kim - San Francisco, CA 94109

  • Cello enthusiast and former member of Aldo Parisot's Yale Cellos
  • Managing Director at Maverick Capital focusing on venture capital, private equity, and small cap equity investments
  • B.A. from Yale College and M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business


Arvindh Kumar - San Francisco, CA 94105

  • Private equity investor at Thoma Bravo, LLC, focusing on middle-market technology companies
  • B.S., University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School); MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Amateur violinist



James T. Leak,  - Alamo CA 94507

  • International tax consultant, Arthur Andersen & Co., Coopers & Lybrand, G. D. Searle & Co. and Bank of America (retired)
  • B.B.A in accounting, Baylor University and a law degree from the University of Chicago
  • Amateur pianist

Susan Larson - Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

  • Amateur cellist, chamber music enthusiast, arts advocate
  • Past president, San Francisco SymphonySilicon Valley League
  • Board of Directors, New Century Chamber Orchestra

Jodi Levitz - San Francisco, CA 94131

  • Professor of Viola and Chamber Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Violist, Ives Quartet
  • San Francisco /Bay Area American String Teachers Association Chapter, board member
  • Holds BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School
  • Formally principal viola and soloist with the Italian chamber group "I Solisti Veneti"

Tom Stone - San Francisco, CA 94116

  • Violinist, Cypress String Quartet
  • Board member, Chamber Music America

Jeff Wutzke - San Mateo, CA 94401

  • Attorney at Lewis and Roca – equity investments, finance and real estate
  • Board member, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
  • B.A. in History, Dartmouth College; M.S., U.C. Berkeley; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law





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