Board of Directors

2013-2014 Season

Annette Clear, President

Annette Clear joined the Board in 2010. She has worked as a program officer with the United States-Japan Foundation and The Asia Foundation, based in their Japan, Indonesia and Cambodia offices. She has served as a board member for Nihonmachi Little Friends, a bilingual preschool in San Francisco’s Japantown.  She currently serves on the board of the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, and coaches her daughter's soccer team. In her spare time, Annette is trying to complete her book manuscript on democracy and donors in Indonesia. She lives in Piedmont with her husband Michael Begert, and three young children Aya, Keita and Mika, all PEBCC choristers.

Alene Kemper, Vice President, Board Development

Alene Kemper is a professionally trained flute player and singer.  Those pursuits took a back seat to raising her three children.  The older two, Stephan and Jillian, are choir alums from 2006 and 2008 respectively.  The youngest son, Nate, is in high school and is a current member of ECCO.  She and her husband, William B. Kemper, of Deloitte, love the international flavor of our choral organization and embrace the multicultural emphasis of the Bay Area.  Having recently lived overseas in Australia, Alene is even more convinced of the importance of promoting the arts and strengthening the bond formed around music within the lives of our children here and abroad. The Kempers live in Lafayette.

Susan Malick, Vice President, Development

Sue Malick first joined the Board and served as President when her youngest (now 30) was still in the Choirs and is now serving her second stint on the Board. She is celebrating, this year, over 37 years of service on various Boards of Directors, working primarily in Development and Fundraising. She is especially interested in ensuring that the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir can offer an affordable and quality musical education to children throughout the East Bay.

Jukka Valkonen, Vice President, Strategic Planning

Jukka Valkonen returns to the board for his fifth year of membership this year. His daughter Annika sings in Girls Training 4. Jukka is a registered nurse with a clinical background in critical care and public health nursing. For 25 years, he has been in various leadership positions in health care as well as a visionary entrepreneur. He's served in leadership for Kaiser Permanente since 2006. Complementing his clinical and business backgrounds, he is an accomplished musician, having played professionally while attending Piedmont High School during which time he received many awards and merits, including a CHIME award. As a tenor saxophonist, he has supported entertainers like Tony Bennett and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Jukka served on the Piedmont Park Commission and is continues to serve on the  Board of Directors for the Alameda County Dental Society Foundation.

Leon Tuan, Treasurer

Leon Tuan first became involved in the Piedmont Choirs through his son, Eric, who spent 11 years with the Training and Performing Departments.  Leon is also on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.  He is an attorney with Stein & Lubin LLP in San Francisco, where he works on commercial real estate transactions and general business matters.

David Baraff, Secretary


Janet Belton

Francis Combes
Francis Combes and his wife Genni have two children in the Choir: their daughter Chloë sings with Ensemble, and their son Sébastien is in Boys Training. He and his family live in Piedmont.  Francis holds a B.S. from the Haas School of Business at U.C.  Berkeley and has lived in the Bay Area for the past 20 years.  He is an Interior Designer with a focus on Lighting and Efficiency as well as an Architectural Photographer.  Francis enjoys playing the soprano saxophone with his daughter.  He loves to listen to a large variety of music ranging from modern jazz to early music.

Eric Ironson

Mike Lee
Mike Lee joined the board in 2011 and currently serves as the Finance Committee lead.  Mike is an operations executive at Apple and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.  He has worked as a management consultant and held various leadership positions in the retail and apparel industries.  Mike is the father of Olivia, who sings with Ensemble. Olivia and her brother Connor attend Black Pine Circle school in Berkeley, where his wife Randi serves as a Director. Mike and Randi have been strong supporters of the PEBCC program since Olivia joined the Training Department in 2004. The Lee's live in Oakland.

Wendy Waggener