Mark Erickson : Co-President
Mark Erickson has divided his time between dance and acting since arriving in California from British Columbia, Canada. Some of his dance credits include lead roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and a finalist in the International Ballet Competition. He has taught Master Classes in Canada for the Canadian School of Ballet, for Lines Dance Company in San Francisco and at countless summer ballet programs throughout the United States. Some of Mark’s work in television and film include, a supporting role opposite Mel Gibson in The River, with Rod Steiger in American Gothic, a guest appearance on Amazing Stories, and In Living Color, and he co-starred in Star Trek-Deep Space Nine. After completing an 8 year run in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, in both Los Angeles and San Francisco productions, Mr. Erickson opened The Ballet Studio in Temecula to train ballerinas. Mark was producer of the award winning documentary film, “The Making of a Nutcracker”. He is co-founder of Tiffany’s Tools (designer woman’s household tools sold in retail stores across the United States & Canada) Mark’s focus is to contribute to the vibrate San Diego Ballet by applying his artist background and business experiences.
Ted has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 27 years, serving as an executive within four successful start-up companies focused on providing services to hospitals and physicians throughout the United States. Recently, he co-founded the La Jolla Wellness Studio. Ted is a longtime supporter of the arts in San Diego. He feels fortunate to be involved with the San Diego Ballet having performed with his daughter in San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker. He is currently Vice President of the La Jolla Chamber of Commerce, an active member of the La Jolla Town Council, and a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House. Ted attended the University of Colorado at Boulder graduating with a BS in Political Science with a Public Service Option.
Beverly Stephenson: Secretary
Beverly lives and resides in Temecula with her husband and has worked in Temecula Valley for over 30 years nurturing the careers of local young actors, dancers, singers, directors and producers. Beverly has produced and directed many local productions including, Kiss Me Kate, Grease, Annie, The Wiz, A Chorus Line, George M, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rumors, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and How to Succeed In Business, Nutcracker Ballet amongst numerous others. She currently serves on the board for the Fine Arts Network which she founded in 1994. She also serves on The Community Foundation of Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, the Theater Foundation board in Temecula and Shakespeare in the Vines.
Carol Crocker: Treasurer
Carol is Vice President and Co-Founder of Sierra West Mortgage Corporation. She moved to San Diego in 1979 after attending Purdue University and completed her bachelor’s degree in Finance at San Diego State University. A wife and mother of an aspiring ballerina, she is a long time supporter of the San Diego arts. She is very involved in her community and local schools as well as a number of environmental groups such as Sierra Club, Sequoia Natural History Society and The National Parks Conservation Group.
Dionne Schley-Cather: Marketing
A lifelong student of ballet, Dionne started dancing at the age of 8 with Ballet Idaho in Boise, ID. Upon graduating from high school, she attended the University of Idaho where she danced with the student performance group. She graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Dance. After moving to San Diego that same year, she began her career in marketing working for small and large companies across the city. In 2007 she completed her MBA in Marketing from San Diego State University, and spent the next six years working for Sony Electronics in Market Research. She currently oversee’s Market Research for HouseCheck, a national start-up in the home inspection industry. Dionne is an adult student with San Diego School of Ballet and has served on the Company’s marketing committee since 2013.
Richard Ticho: Producer
Richard Ticho started his career in front of the camera but moved behind-the-scenes in 1982, at 16 years old, as a Production Assistant on a Boys Club of America PSA featuring Sylvester Stallone.
Between 1987 and 2007, Richard worked his way through the ranks as a Stage Manager at NYC’s Mother’s Sound Stages on over 500 productions, over 300 productions as a freelance Grip and Coordinator, became an experienced News production professional working with CNN, Reuters and IBA out of Jerusalem and then returned to the USA to become an event and video Producer.
Over the past two decades, he has written and produced hundreds of videos, many of them for the world’s largest society dedicated to the security professional, ASIS International. During that time he enjoyed writing session scripts, finding talent, creating theme-based video modules, and producing sessions/videos on-location at their largest event, the ASIS International Annual Seminar & Exhibits.
From 2006 until 2016, Richard was the writer, producer and on-site session director for the ASIS International’s global conferences. From Singapore, Barcelona, Berlin, Hong Kong, Sydney, Macau, Dubai… on location at ASIS events all over the world, you would find him at the director’s table when the Opening Session began.
Richard is also the Founder of VOPN. The Voice of Peace Network has been a 501(c)3 nonprofit since 2011 but existed as VoiceOfPeace.com since 1993. It is designed to create awareness and activism through education and entertainment through positive content multi-media and event production while also offering free and low-cost video production services to “people helping people” non-profits.
Studio Ticho, Inc. is his San Diego based production company that has offered high-quality video and event production services since 2004.
Richard was elected on to the La Jolla Town Council in 2013 and currently serves on the Board of the San Diego Ballet.
Lynn Sundfor-McPherson: Events
Lynn has been an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California for 40 years. She specializes in teaching classical piano literature, theory, technique and composition. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from California State University, Northridge, where she often won competitions both in college, and throughout Southern California. Lynn was an active performer of chamber music, and played regularly in the Los Angeles area before moving to San Diego. In San Diego Lynn performed regularly with the USIU orchestra, was a freelance accompanist and chamber music pianist. After the birth of her daughter, Lynn’s emphasis has been her teaching. She has coached many young pianists, preparing them for careers in both performing, composing and teaching. While raising her daughter (who is now a SDB company member), Lynn volunteered at the Language Academy, where she ran a successful music program for 5 years and was awarded twice by the San Diego City Schools District for her work. She was also a Foundation member at both the Language Academy and San Diego School of the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). Lynn’s work enhanced the programs musically by bringing in San Diego Arts groups, organized students to attend concerts, acquired quality instruments for the students, and prepared student music festivals, as well as fundraising. Lynn also works as a manager, promoter and agent for her husband, Internationally known jazz musician, Charles McPherson.