Samantha Anderson, Secretary

  • Samantha is the COO and co-founder of 41 Orange, inc, a marketing agency that specialize in online marketing and lead generation for small- to medium-sized businesses in the real estate, financial and design industries. Hailing from the agency world, Sam has worked with Fortune 500 tech, financial, and consumer brands, including Intel, Petco and LPL Financial, to shape their online presence and reach their target audiences more effectively through social media and beyond. She is also an accomplished writer, having bylines in many nationally distributed publications and online media. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, emphasis in public relations from San Diego State University.

Liliana Barrios, Director

  • Born and raised in San Diego, Liliana has always had a passion for her community and culture. Throughout the majority of her youth, Liliana studied various genres of dance from Ballet to Ballet Folklórico. Liliana has a deep appreciation for the arts and culture and believes that every child should have the opportunity and privilege that the beauty of dance has to offer. A mother of two, Liliana is dedicated to ensuring a diverse, inclusive, and safe learning environment. Liliana has been a part of the San Diego Gas & Electric family for over a decade and is currently studying to become a Substance Abuse Counselor. 

Mary Fox Drehsen, Director

  • Marie Fox Drehsen is a designer and brand strategist who helps small business owners grow their brands with compelling visual solutions. Prior to founding her design studio, Marie spent a decade immersed in corporate marketing and product development for Parts Unlimited, the world’s largest motorcycle parts distributor, and its subsidiary brands, Thor Motocross and Icon Motosports. In 2009, Marie launched her own company, 12 Signs Wine, a boutique wine brand that pairs California’s finest grapes with thoughtful design and engaging marketing. Marie and her award winning brand have been featured on TV and several news publications. Marie took her first ballet class at the age of 12, shortly after her father suffered a traumatic brain injury. As her primary outlet of grief at the time, dance has made a profound impact on her life ever since. Marie believes everyone should have the opportunity to dance and is passionate about bringing the joy of ballet to children throughout San Diego. She holds a BBA in Marketing and International Business, with a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Michael King, Chair

  • Mr. King has a deep professional background, with more than 40 years in the design, development, and management of electronic systems for the US Navy. Mr. King has experience in strategic planning, professional staff management, win-win negotiation, and financial and schedule oversight of large projects. Mr. King's management duties included responsibilities for budgets in excess of $10 million per year, ultimately totaling $500M. In addition, Mr. King was also responsible for talent acquisition and professional development for an engineering staff stretching from Rhode Island to San Diego. Earlier, Mr. King participated and led a number of highly focused project teams, where his people skill and planning were key to success. After retirement in 2013, Mr. King has devoted his efforts to a number of non-profit organizations, including Ninth District PTA and the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, and along with other activities, oversees their Internet presence. Mr. King earned his BSEE from the University of Colorado, and in 2014 added a Web Publishing certificate from UCSD Extension.

Rosemary Linden, Treasurer

  • Rosemary Linden is the founder and Managing Director of Momentum CFO, a financial consulting firm that helps small to mid-sized businesses grow profitably.  Rosemary has 20 years of financial management experience leading the finance organizations of companies ranging in size from small start-ups to global Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to founding Momentum CFO, Rosemary held financial leadership positions including Director of Global Financial Planning and Analysis at WD-40 Company and Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Alliant Insurance Services.  Throughout her career, Rosemary has served as a trusted advisor to corporate executives, guiding them to make informed financial decisions in the best interest of their companies and shareholders.  She has been responsible for developing and managing budgets exceeding $1 billion per year, and has deep expertise in financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning, and investment management.  Rosemary earned her MSBA in Financial and Tax Planning from San Diego State University and her BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.