President, Technology Coordinator, Chairman of Board
Jay is a creative & multi-talented master of digital technology. Fifteen 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.
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 Vice 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
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.
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.
Marketing & Sales Director
Lisa Pitre is a highly skilled communicator with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies. She is up to date on all aspects of social media and is using her skills to elevate the visibility of SGS. She has served as Communications Manager, Technical Writer as well as Media Specialist. She has been an enthusiastic member of the Sacramento Guitar Society since 2016. As the Marketing & Sales Director on the board, she will work to promote SGS and bring ad sales revenue to the organization.
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.
LILI SAHBA WILLIAMS
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.
Laurie Racca is a licensed Professional Geologist whose career has focused on environmental cleanup. Her current job duties allow her to spend time mentoring college students as they transition from school to a career. She has volunteered to serve on the SGS Board focusing on grant writing and working toward diversifying the funding sources available to support SGS programs. Her music journey began as a child with a toy guitar. Free school music programs focused on concert band and she played what was available, the trombone. She recently started learning to play the guitar and became involved with SGS when she joined the Sacramento Guitar Orchestra. She enjoys camping with her husband, entering writing contests with her daughter, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Albert’s love of guitar started in his youth, when his father brought a classical guitar home from a flea market one day. Albert carried it around and played with friends for years, but never made much progress. He discovered Sacramento Guitar Society a few years ago, which was a major turning point in his personal and musical growth. Albert has since joined the level 2 Sacramento community guitar orchestra and has been making progress by leaps and bounds.
Albert is a personable fellow, with skills in public speaking, sales, event coordination/logistics, and website administration.