Board Members

SANDRA STRAUTMAN
President, Chairman of Board

Bachelor of arts in music business at Sac State, specialized program completions from UCLA, Eastern Tennessee University, and Southern Utah University. Certified Suzuki Flute teacher, tutelage from Toshio Takahashi and Member of Suzuki teachers association of America, Sacramento chapter. Mrs. Strautman is an amateur guitarist and keen music lover. A teacher at heart, she has been involved in sharing and teaching music for over 50 years. Her distinct music talent coupled with her love for teaching has contributed to her life’s mission— “Raising the next generation to have every opportunity to a well-rounded education that includes music (particularly guitar), and also to bring high-quality guitar music to her community.” Presently, she serves as the President of Sacramento Guitar Society, which constitutes a group of skilled musicians performing in a guitar orchestra locally. Furthermore, this music society actively gives back to community by bringing high quality guitar artists to perform, guitar education to schools, Park Rec programs, Vets, and low-income neighborhoods. Sandra’s level of proficiency, an affinity for the guitar, and her love for teaching remain her driving force. She looks forward to raising the next generation of revolutionary guitarists.

ROBERT “BOB” FERGUSON
Vice President

Bob Ferguson began in the music profession as an independent studio instructor and freelance performer, and he remains active in both areas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music with distinction from Indiana University and his Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.

At the graduate level Bob studied with international recording and concert artist Ernesto Bitetti of Spain. His teachers have also included early music specialists Jeffrey Noonan and Thomas Binkley, Bolivian classical virtuoso Javier Calderon, and American recitalist Michael Lorimer. Bob studied jazz with West Coast guitarist Ted Greene and renowned jazz performer and educator David Baker. 

In addition to his private studio teaching, Bob was director of guitar studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne from 1985 to 1992 and, along with Laura Lydy, founded and directed the Young Guitarists Program at the Jacobs School. He has served as artist-in-residence at Weisser Park Arts Magnet School in Fort Wayne and guitar instructor for Taylor University, Grace College, and Trine University.

Bob is also editor-in-chief of Soundboard, Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America, where his writings have appeared for the past dozen years. Soundboard has been the premier classical guitar print journal in the United States since 1974. Bob’s weekly radio program, Guitar Showcase, has aired on Northeast Indiana Public Radio since 1985 and can be heard Tuesday evenings at 10:00 on WBOI, 89.1 FM. He arranges and plays jazz and dance band music around the Midwest with Dan Heath and the Paradise Band and also performs as a classical soloist. 

Ancillary to these activities, Bob is owner and curator of the Guitar in America Collection, an archive of approximately 2,500 guitar books and folios published in the US from the mid 1820s to the present day. Notable features of the collection are over 150 American guitar methods dating back to as early as 1828 and dozens of early jazz guitar imprints issued in the two decades leading up to World War II.

DANIEL RADU
Vice President

Bio

JAMES BANACH
Treasurer & Secretary

Retired – Michigan Technological University, Engineering & Business; 43 years’ experience as an Information Technology Professional with 20 years managing IT organizations and Operations including major banks and insurance companies. Formerly certified as a PMP, Project Management Professional, by the Project Management Institute. Former member of DPMA. Former co-owner of Aurora Portraits Photography.

JOHN REYNOLDS
Director of Community Engagement

Retired Adult-Education Teacher from Contra Costa Adult School & self-employed Music Teacher, acoustic guitar, violin/fiddle, harmonica/blues harp & other instruments; Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University. California Teaching Credential, Adult Ed, Computers and Programming; and basic skills/ESL.

JAY REYNOLDS
Technology Coordinator

Jay is a creative multi-talent and master of digital technology. 15 years ago, Jay started playing guitar. He went on to major in music in junior college, then studied guitar as a music major for a semester at Sac State with Richard Savino. He joined Sacramento Guitar Society in 2017 and discovered many uses for his talents, including playing in the orchestra and its offshoot groups, producing practice recordings for the orchestra, and managing the society’s online presence. When he’s not playing guitar with the orchestra, Jay enjoys playing and creating video games.

MICHAEL SEAN MILLER
Director of Parks & Recreation Program

Michael Sean Miller has been a featured artist at prestigious venues including The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Palazzo di Migianella, The Sacramento State Capital, Vizcaya’s Mansion & Pavillion, & The Grand Island Mansion to name a few. At the age of 9 years old Michael began his studies of Classical Guitar in Austin, Texas at the 3 Muses School of Fine Arts. Continuing his education in University studying with Richard Savino & Steve Homan as a Classical & Jazz Guitar Performance Major at Sacramento State University. He currently performs internationally and teaches privately, as well as group lessons for the Sacramento Guitar Society at the local Parks & Recreation Districts in Rancho Cordova and Carmichael.

JENNIFER SCHIECK
Secretary

A law school graduate with 14 years of career work experience concentrated in legislation, research, and political organizing, with several years’ tenure in management- including mid-level positions. She has served as the a Senior Legislative Research Analyst, a Legislative Aide and Press Aide for various State-level elected officials. She has a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a Minor in French, from the University of California, Berkeley College of Letters and Science.

LILI SAHBA WILLIAMS
Grant Writer

Lili Williams has a Bachelor or Science in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and retired after 22 years of service at Intel Corporation. She is also the former Owner/Director of OSC Computer Training for 10 years, a licensed private adult vocational school, serving unemployed workers and U.S. Veterans.

She is passionate about young children’s academic and music education because of the significant impact they have on a child’s future. She currently volunteers as the Grant Writer for the Sacramento Guitar Society, and also serves on the Board of Square Root Academy, another nonprofit organization, dedicated to bringing S.T.E.M education to elementary and middle-schools in low-income area neighborhoods.

As the former President, Grant Writer, and Technology Coordinator for the Sacramento Guitar Society for nearly 3 years (2016- 2019), she completely overhauled the organization’s membership and donor management system, website and other technology related infrastructure components. She was also the former President of Bradshaw Business Park Owners Association for 6 years and also a former Board Member of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce for 2 years.

She primary plays the piano, but enjoys learning to play a variety of musical instruments including the guitar, ukulele, tombac, santoor (hammer dulcimer), setar, and tar.Open publish panel

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