Golden West Pops Board of Directors

Carol E Franchi, Financial Director: Carol has worked as an accountant in the business community for over 25 years. Carol has been the Financial Director since the group’s inception.  A founding member, she maintains the position as section leader for the Flute section and is a member of several other performing groups. 

Marcus Zimmer, Membership Director: Marcus holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Cal State Fullerton, a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies and a Masters of Music – Choral Conducting from Azusa PacificUniversity. As a licensed minister, Marcus conducts orchestra rehearsals for The Cornerstone Church in Anaheim and serves on the Board and as a member of the worship team for his home church, River's Edge Christian Fellowship in Riverside. Marcus joined the Golden West Pops in 2004 and has served as Membership Director since 2006.

Lori Jean, Secretary: Has been a member of the GW Pops since 2011. Has been playing Flute for 40 years, Piccolo and Alto Sax for 38 years. Her first love of course is Piccolo.  She has played in several bands all over Orange County. She & her husband have their own Swing band :  Moonlight Express Big Band. She has a certificate in Floral Design & Shop Management from Golden West College.

Pollyanna Gorman, Executive Director, Conductor:  A founding member, Pollyanna’s past positions held were: Music Director, Assistant Conductor and principal French Horn.  With a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, Pollyanna stepped into the role of Executive Director and Principal Conductor in 2006. She currently holds the positions of Board Member, Personnel Manager and Principal French Horn with the Southern California Philharmonic and Associate Conductor and Principal French Horn with the Orange County Preservation Band. 

Janis Chamoun, Member at Large: Janis joined the Golden West Pops in 2012, after relocating from Minnesota. Currently a freelance writer, designer and marketing consultant, Janis held positions as director of advertising for Carlson Travel Network and director of corporate communications & marketing for Regis Corporation. While principal percussionist with the Dakota Valley Symphony, she served as board president for five years. Janis has played percussion in a variety of bands and orchestras, but her current passion is playing Dixieland washboard.

Jeannene Brennen, Community Relations:  Jeannene is a registered nurse, currently working for the Veterans Association and is a founding member of the Golden West Pops.  She has a degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing.  Jeannene supported the group since its inception and joined the board of directors in 2009.

Barbara Hammond, Historical/Social Director: Barbara holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Long Beach State and currently works as a Substitute Teacher for the Long Beach and ABC Unified School Districts.  Barbara as performed with many groups including the Musical Youth Artist Repertoire Theatre.  A founding member, Barbara stepped into the role of Historical Director in 2006.

Joe LaRosa, Marketing Director/Webmaster:  Joe has a Master of Science in Computer Science.  With has almost 50 years experience playing in various bands from elementary school to college and several community bands throughout Orange County, Joe joined the Golden West Pops in 2008. 

Heide Palikan, Funding Director:  Heide has an Associate of Arts degree in Purchasing Management from Fullerton Junior College. She is responsible for researching and submitting funding requests to augment dues paid by Golden West Pops members and for-hire performances.  Heide is also the Assistant to the Band.  Heide has been a member of the Golden West Pops since 2005.

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