Who's Who at Peninsula Youth Theatre

Who’s Who at Peninsula Youth Theatre: 2018 Board of Directors

Allison Devenney - President

Barbie Koch - Vice President

Barbie Koch has been a marketing professional with 25+ years experience and expertise enabling and supporting channel partners, distributors, and strategic alliance partners. She is knowledgeable in all areas of marketing, strategic planning, social, digital, revenue marketing, blended values marketing and experiential marketing.

Barbie has been involved with Peninsula Youth Theatre since 1998 as a parent volunteer. Her three children have all benefited from their experiences with PYT. She has been on the marketing, development and education committees and has previously served as PYT’s Board President and Secretary. Barbie is currently the Producer for PYT’s Stories on Stage Program. She was awarded the  Los Altos Community Foundation John W. Gardner Award in 2016 for excellence in Community Service. She loves the arts, anything French, and of course, Peninsula Youth Theatre!

Matt Normington - Treasurer

Heather Simonsen - Secretary

Heather is a passionate business leader with over 20 years of experience in senior management roles at both Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups. Currently, she is a marketing leader for a division of Johnson & Johnson and serves on the Board of Directors for MooPie Ventures, LLC, a strategy advisory firm focusing on venture-backed and private equity growth-stage businesses. She has held several board positions at non-profit organizations including serving as a founding board member – as well as President – of the San Francisco Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), a 7,000-member organization. Heather has also served as a volunteer music teacher for Music For Minors (MFM) where she taught the MFM curriculum to grade school students through a variety of experiences including singing, movement, theory, dance, musical games, and use of rhythm instruments. A fervent believer in the benefits of theatre education, Heather was motivated to join the PYT Board of Directors with the vision to expand the organization’s reach and impact as it continues its growth toward becoming the pre-eminent youth theatre company in Silicon Valley.

Mike Cobb - Member at Large

Mike Cobb is a 25+ year veteran of the Silcon Valley Commercial Real Estate industry. Currently a Senior Vice President with Colliers International, Mike’s clients include institutional property owners, government agencies, non-profits and prominent technology firms. Mike first discovered PYT bringing his now-college aged daughter to “Theatre in the Park” performences when she was two years old. Since then, his two daughters have been a part of virtually every program that PYT has to offer. He is amazed by and grateful to the passionate and devoted PYT staff for thier impact on his family and to the community at large. In addition to his work with PYT, Mike has served as a board member for a number of education oriented non-profit boards and has been appointed to several financial oversight committees for the two Mountain View school distrcits. When not coralling volunteers or slogging cables backstage, Mike can usually be found training at the pool.

Karen Kwan - Member at Large

Karen brings to the PYT Board of Directors over 15 years of professional fundraising, board governance and nonprofit management experience in the arts. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2011, Karen has held various key development positions as staff and consultant with the Palo Alto Art Center, Bay Area Glass Institute, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Dimension Performing Arts, California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Community School of Music and Arts. She currently leads the Silicon Valley development effort for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Karen wholeheartedly believes in the transformative power of theatre, especially in children as they develop confidence, motivation and discipline; and learn team work & empathy–life skills that are critical in becoming valuable and productive members of society. Arts has always been an integral part of Karen’s life, as a dancer, a musician and a student of art history.

Jeff Vetter - Member at Large

Jeff has been a corporate attorney for over 25 years, having worked closely with many of Silicon Valley’s leading high-technology companies since joining Fenwick & West in 1995. While Jeff has very little theatrical or artistic talent of his own, his four kids are all enthusiastic about the arts and theater in particular, and they have greatly enjoyed their PYT experiences, whether in classes, summer camps, main stage shows or Stories on Stage.  When not helping with kids activities, Jeff can be found roaming the hills of the Bay Area and the Sierras on his road bike.

Alette Mahler - Member at Large