Board of Directors

Micah Lubensky— Board Chair
Program Manager, The PRIDE Study/PRIDEnet, UC San Francisco
PhD & MS, UC Santa Cruz, Psychology (Social)
BA, UC Berkeley, Psychology, minor in Music
Joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya Board 2013


Rachel Cooper — Founder
Director, Global Performing Arts and Special Cultural Initiatives, Asia Society
Founded Gamelan Sekar Jaya: 1979

Michael Tenzer — Founder
Professor, Department of Music, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Founded Gamelan Sekar Jaya: 1979

Jim Hogan — Founding Member
Executive Director, California Youth Symphony
Joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya Board: 1983


Debbie Lloyd — 
Founding Member
Benefits Programs and Strategy
University of California
Joined the Board: 2005

Suliati Boentaran — Board Member
Business Entrepreneur
Joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya Board: 2014

Avi Black — Board Member
History-Social Science, Professional Development Coordinator (Retired), Alameda
Joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya Board: 2016

Bea Deering — Member President (ex-officio Board Member)
Shared Services and Governance Lead, UCPath at University of California Office of the President
Joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya Board: 2015

Sara Gaucher — Vice President (ex-officio Board Member)
Associate Director, Analytics at Amyris Inc
UC Berkeley: Ph.D, Chemistry

Rob Wilkins — Secretary (ex-officio Board Member)
Teacher at Oakland Unified School District

Joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya Board: 2013

Todd Greenspan — Treasurer (ex-officio Board Member)
Director, Academic Planning, Office of the President, University of California
Joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya Board: 1998




Joined the Staff in 2011

Emiko, the daughter of esteemed Javanese musician Hardja Susilo and arts presenter Judy Mitoma, was surrounded by great artists from a young age. Emiko received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and went on to study music and dance at STSI Denpasar through the Darma Siswa program. She received her Master’s degree in Asian Studies and a Certificate of Completion for South East Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Emiko is a founding member of Gamelan Cudamani, a Balinese arts school and performing company dedicated both to the study of traditional Balinese arts. Associate Director of the company, she is responsible for organizing Cudamani's international projects, and for developing and overseeing curriculum for Cudamani's music and dance programs. Emiko joined Gamelan Sekar Jaya as a student in 1991, and is currently is Company Director through June 2012.

SARA GAMBINA BELKNAP — Associate Director
Joined the Staff in 2006

Sara has held a management position with Gamelan Sekar Jaya for over five years. Sara received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology degree with honors in 2003 from UC Berkeley, with a focus on cultural anthropology and ethnographic video making. Within her professional career, she is committed to serving the public through programs that are not-for-profit, at their core collaborative, cross-cultural, empowering, educational, and serve these basic principles: preserve cultural heritage; innovate within living artistic traditions; and engage dialogue and diplomacy across ethnic, national, and gender lines via arts education and outreach.

ROSE NISKER — General Manager
Joined the Staff in 2012
Rose Nisker has been performing Balinese and other dance styles for more than twenty-five years. At the age of eight, she made her debut dance performance with Gamelan Sekar Jaya at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, and has performed in four tours to Indonesia, EXPO '86 Vancouver, and the World Festival of Sacred Music at the Hollywood Bowl. Rose also has extensive experience studying and performing Bharata Natyam (South Indian Classical Dance), Flamenco, and Aerial arts. She received her BA in Dance Ethnology at the University of California at Los Angeles, and has studied abroad in India, Bali and Spain. She is currently a teacher at Trapeze Arts, a performer with Les Aerielles, and Gamelan Sekar Jaya. 

STAR Committee

Bea Deering— Member President [ex officio board member]
Sara Gaucher—Vice President [ex officio board member]
Rob Wilkins—Co-Secretary [ex officio board member]
Carla Fabrizio—Co-Secretary 
Todd Greenspan—Treasurer [ex officio board member]
I Made Moja—Cultural Consultant
Mudita Nisker—Member-at-Large
David Aue—Gong Kebyar Coordinator
Steve Johnson—Angklung Coordinator
Alexis Brayton—Jegog Co-coordinator
Galen Rogers—Jegog Co-coordinator
Monali Varaiya—Dance Coordinator
Sarah Willner—Gender Coordinator

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