Joe Giarrusso, President
David Cohan, Vice President
Steven T. Erickson CPA, Treasurer
Scott Sherman Ph.D., Secretary
Peter Bochnewich, Esq.
William C. Jones
Debbie Dann Kay
Gary D. Hall, Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Hall is a Senior Vice President with the Private Bank at Wells Fargo, and is instrumental in getting significant Wells Fargo dollars to our community nonprofits in need. He serves on many non-profit boards, and in addition to CVRep, is a trustee of the Palm Springs Art Museum and Educational Outreach co-chair, trustee for The Palm Springs International Film Society, trustee for the McCallum Theatre and Chairman of the McCallum Theatre Institute.
Joe Giarrusso, President
Mr. Giarrusso started his career in the entertainment business at CBS Network and then went on to become production finance head for Tri Star Pictures and HBO Productions. He retired from Entertainment Partners as Senior Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, a multi-billion Entertainment Management Service Company. Joe also is a Classical music composer with two CDs of his compositions published.
David Cohan, Vice President
Mr. Cohan is the Managing Director of PeaksCo LLC, a consulting practice with a specialty in financing mission-oriented, “green” projects throughout the U.S. He has primarily focused on real estate finance, investment, development, acquisitions and portfolio asset management during his 30-year career. Mr. Cohan has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also recently helped start the Palm Springs chapter of the MIT Club of Southern California.
Steven T. Erickson, CPA, Treasurer
Mr. Erickson is the managing partner of Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell CPAs (MMGC).
Scott Sherman, Ph.D, Secretary
Mr. Sherman is a clinical psychologist in private practice providing psychotherapy services for well over 35 years. He is a founding board member and on the executive committee of Coachella Valley Repertory. He has been secretary to the board since its first meeting in August 2008. His commitment to CVRep is based on the belief that experiencing entertaining theater of substance helps people to grow, learn and develop a better understanding of themselves and their community.
Carol Harris, executive board member
Ms. Harris has a background in marketing, sales and finance. Her company ran a venture capital fund and she served on many boards of private and public companies both for profit and nonprofit. She sold her company in 2002 and her main interest is theater.
Jim Lopes, executive board member
Mr. Lopes is a retired business bankruptcy attorney having practiced with a firm in San Francisco for most of his career. He and his family are passionate about theater, regularly seeing plays in New York and Los Angeles, and every year the 11 Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. He now resides in La Quinta and spends summers in Ashland, Oregon.
Peter Bochnewich is an attorney and owner of Bochnewich Law Offices, APC, Palm Desert, with emphasis in trust and estate trial work, estate planning, probate, and civil matters. Peter is past President of the Desert Bar Association and Desert Estate Planning Council, and active in community affairs. Peter has 10/10 AVVO attorney rating and is a Palm Springs Life MagazineTop Lawyer 2013-2015. Peter, wife Luz and daughter Anastasia believe in CVRep.
Fred Burres is originally from Sacramento, and moved to Los Angeles after serving in the Army and a tour of Vietnam. He worked as a Project Manager for a telecommunications company retiring in 2010. Fred supports Valley arts and outreach programs. He is a Founder at the McCallum Theatre and sits on their Major Donor Committee.
Merrily Byron attended New York University and majored in Speech and Hearing. After graduate school, she interned at the Cleft Palate Clinic at NYU Dental School. She taught pre-K through 1st grade at Mill Neck Manor school for the deaf. After retiring from teaching, she was the director of North Shore Towers Country Club, where she oversaw all activities.
Ann Greer works with the Virginia Waring Int’l Piano Competition and Palm Springs Air Museum. Her background is theater, home video and marketing. She serves on the ACT for Multiple Sclerosis and Opera Showcase of the Desert boards. A firm advocate for the importance of the arts to civilization, Ann graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught at Kyung Sung Graduate University in Pusan, South Korea.
Willie Rhine began his career in the entertainment industry as Owner and Artistic Director of Tophat Playhouse in Palm Springs. Currently, Willie co-owns the newly acclaimed EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge. He and his loving partner Albert Gonzalez are Members of The Desert Aids Project’s Partners for Life, The Aids Assistance Program’s Jeannette Rockefeller Angel Program, and The Center’s Ocotillo Club.
Atma Wiseman is an interior designer as well as an image consultant for print and television. She worked for Roger and Chaz Ebert on the PBS television show “Ebert Presents At The Movies.” Certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a fitness trainer, she is currently finalizing her certification as an aquatic therapy rehab teacher. Atma is on the board of the Steinway Society of Riverside County as the VP of Marketing, along with her board service to CVRep.
Barbara Berlanti was a personal assistant for 20 years, then went into fund raising. While living in New York and New Jersey, she was President of the PTA, and served on boards for The Rye Arts Center, The Monmouth Day Care Center, and The Ronald McDonald House. Since moving to the Coachella Valley, she is active on the Palm Springs MAC Board as well as CVRep.
Sidney R. Craig owned a theatrical agency, The Craig Agency, for 35 years representing such actors and actresses as Jack Klugman, Stewart Granger, Hermione Gingold, Gloria Loring, etc. He currently serves on ten boards and commissions including, Palm Springs Police Advisory Board, Shelter For The Storm, and The Executive Board of the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Debra Dann Kay divides her time between Chicago and Palm Desert. She retired this year from her invitation business and is enjoying having more time to spend with her grandchildren, exercise, play cards and see shows at CVRep!
Ginny Krumb was assistant manager of a design studio in St, Louis, and convention planner in California. She has worked with national Girl Scouts of America, and served on the Governor’s Commission for Women and Children. Moving to the Palm Springs area in 1997, Ginny joined the Palm Springs Art Museum. From chairing the LUEY dinners to rounding up Angels for the Art of Shopping, Ginny is a powerhouse fundraiser.