JAY REYNOLDS – President, 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.
SANDRA STRAUTMAN – Vice President
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.
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.
ANDREW LE – Accounting Advisor
Andrew is a tax CPA. He is interested in guitars among a wide range of hobbies. In 2018 He acquired a guitar and Rock Smith in order to try learning to play a guitar on his own. Most of his time ends up being occupied by other PC games or tabletop gaming.
BROOKE ADAY – Technology Consultant
Brooke grew up in the California bay area, and settled in Sacramento after graduating from CSUS with a BS in Business Management. He is a Senior IT Project Consultant for the Department of Healthcare Services, and has over 20 years of Project Management and software development experience. He has played guitar since he was a teenager, and enjoys all styles whether it’s rock/pop, fingerstyle, classical, flamenco or jazz. “You can do anything with the guitar, it really has no creative limits or boundaries. It’s a journey that will keep you busy and reward you over a lifetime.” Brooke also coaches competitive soccer, enjoys sports, music, and time with family/friends.
VIRGINIA EKROTH – School Outreach
Ginger received a Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Sacramento State University. She studied classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She taught middle school and high school choral music and guitar classes in the Sacramento region for 26 years, beginning at Cordova High School in the early 1990’s. She directed the Folsom High School Chamber Singers, Concert Choir and Guitar Ensemble, and two choirs at Sutter Middle School for 20 years, until her retirement in June of 2019. She became an SGS member a number of years ago, when past resident Daniel Roest began bringing guest artists to her guitar class as part of the Sac Guitar Society’s school outreach program. She recently joined the SGS Advanced Orchestra, and is enjoying that a lot. During her tenure on the board, she hopes to continue the SGS tradition of school outreach, bringing quality guitar opportunities to students in the greater Sacramento area.
ANGELA GREBEN – Event Coordinator
Angela is currently enrolled as a student in the San Jose State University Master’s of Library and Information Science online program. She has previous employment experience as a paralegal and enjoys playing classical guitar, gardening, and quilting. Angela joined the Sacramento Guitar Society in 2021 and participates in the Davis Community Guitar Orchestra.
CHERIE LEE – Social Media Coordinator
Cherie Lee is originally from the Midwest but has been living in California since 2009. She is a Librarian with her master’s in Library and Information Services from the University of Michigan. Additionally, she has been working in public libraries since 2007. She currently works for the Sacramento Public Library. This work has made her passionate about bringing services to the community.
DILOSHINI SENVIRATNE – Grant Writer
Dilo worked 20 plus years with the California State, of which 18 years was with the two largest US public pension funds, managing part of their real estate, private equity and infrastructure investments. After her retirement from State service, she was appointed in 2019 as a Board member for a global infrastructure fund. In 2018 Dilo joined the Sacramento Guitar Society and has been part of its two Davis guitar orchestras since that time. During her free time Dilo does volunteer work at a senior center and enjoys playing competitive tennis. She is also an avid reader, golfer, and a tinkerer who is now learning to work on electronics and robotics. She is an advisor to a Davis non-profit that teachers robotics to underserved girls in the Yolo and Sacramento county public schools.