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PPAF Founder & President

Terms: 1998-2003 (Co-President); 2003-2006 (Member); 2006-2009 (Member); 2010-2012 (President); 2013-2015 (President)

Business Affiliation : Judy Bretschneider has been Executive Director of PPAF and Executive Producer of Presidio Dance Theatre since 2003.

Background : Judy is a native San Franciscan. She received the 2006 Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, presented by Sam Beard of Washington DC for her volunteer work with PPAF. The Jefferson Award is considered the Nobel Prize for Community Service, initiated by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Judy has been a member of the California Heritage Council; and has held board/board committee positions with the Peninsula French-American School, Castilleja School Association; Children As Peacemaker's and Bay Area Parents Coalition. Supporting performing arts groups and schools for enrichment opportunities, Judy has raised more than $1 million dollars for the San Francisco Ballet School Student Scholarship Fund and Dance-In-Schools Program, the Woodside School Arts Enrichment Fund, Peninsula French-American School, Castilleja School, and Town School for Boys. Judy holds a master's degree in developmental psychology and early childhood education and also studied piano and music technique at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been a guest on local, national (60 Minutes, Hour Magazine, Phil Donahue, etc.) and international radio, television and was featured in a documentary by academy award winning producers for her research in the field. Judy was the first student to receive the City of San Francisco’s Human Relations Award in 1969 (presented by Mayor Joseph Alioto) for outstanding achievement in the field of human relations, as the creator of International Nations Day - a day to celebrate and learn about different ethnic groups within San Francisco. After extensive travel in Russia, Germany, France, and the United States, studying highly regarded performing arts programs, Judy co-founded the PPAF in 1998. She designed the award-winning DANCE OUT! program, matching performing arts and social justice students with professional artists, working together at underserved schools to teach and preserve cultural authenticity in dance productions.  The Assyrian Aid Society of America recently awarded Judy a cultural preservation award. Judy is married to John Bretschneider, has two adult children, and one grandson.

WATCH: Judy Bretschneider, Founder
Jefferson Award Winner: cbs5.com - Judy Bretschneider: Teaching Children To Dance


PPAF Board Vice-President 

Term:  2004-2006; 2013-2015

Business Affliations:  Coamerica Bank; Asian Business League 

Background: Victor Shin is very active in the not for profit community along with his professional career.  Currently, he serves on the Board of Asian Business League of SF, and since 2002 and previously held the positions of Vice-President and has previously served as President for two terms. Victor was a Marketing Manger in the Small Business Acquisition Team for Washington Mutual’s Card Services Division and VP of Small Business Banking for WaMu, he also managed multiple offices for Wells Fargo and First Republic Bank and currently managing the Palo Alto banking center for Comerica Bank. He is also the founding member and partner of Perimeter Marketing which helps small businesses create conceptual marketing plans that includes branding, positioning and social media. He has also served as CFO for the boards of the Natural World Museum and recently rejoined the board of Presidio Performing Arts Foundation which he has served from 2004-2006. He graduated with an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University in 2004 and BA in Management and Accounting from Sonoma State University in 1996. Victor is an avid restaurateur, loves to travel, cook, read, run and spend time with his wife and 2  daughters. 


PPAF Board Secretary

Terms: 2005 -2007; 2008-2010; 2011-2013

Business Affiliation : Ada Kwan is a Merchandise Planner with Benefit Cosmetics in downtown San Francisco. She is also an active member of Lung Kong Tin Yee Association, a Chinese-American business and community group in San Francisco (also a destination stop for Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao during her visits to San Francisco).

Background : Ada received her B.S. from San Francisco State University in 1990. As a native San Franciscan, Ada has held various Merchandising/Buying positions with local Bay Area retailers, including Macys West, where she completed a 6 month training program in buying, planning, and managing. Since Macys, Ada has worked for other local retailers in their corporate offices, including The Gap, Inc, Gymboree, DFS, and most recently Benefit Cosmetics. All three of Ada’s daughters are current students at the Presidio Dance Theater and Academy. The girls have been with Presidio Dance Theater since 2003. All three have been recipients of the Robert LeeFeldt scholarship awards. 



PPAF Board Treasurer

Business Affliation:  AT& T, PKVIsions
Term:  2010-2012; 2013-2015

Background:  A San Francisco native, Paul graduated with a B.S. from California State University, San Francisco and went on to complete his M.B.A. after joining AT&T as a strategic sales professional. Simultaneously, he established himself as a professional photographer, creating a successful and completely referral based business. During his free time, Paul enjoys traveling, creating art (especially of his children), and going out to eat. Paul is happily married to Tamara Benjamin and has two beautiful children.  Paul Benjamin is a strategic sales lead in the Signature Client Group of AT&T, supporting Fortune 500 clients from his downtown San Francisco office. He is also an accomplished photographer, specializing in wedding and family portrait photography in and around San Francisco Proper. He is honored to contribute his talent as the exclusive photographer of the Presidio Performing Arts Center.



PPAF Board Member

Business Affliation: Dean, Hastings School of Law

Term:  2003-2006, President; Sept 2013-2015

Background: Professor Shauna Marshall joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1994 as a Clinical Law Professor. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent 15 years working on behalf of the public interest. She began her career as a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Five years later, she joined Equal Rights Advocates as a staff attorney working on impact cases, policy initiatives and mobilizing campaigns on behalf of low income women and women of color. She then spent four years in the Stanford and East Palo Alto community, lecturing in the areas of civil rights and community law practice at Stanford Law School and directing the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. She became the President of the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation, serving 2003-2005, launching Presidio Dance Theatre in the Presidio.   She served as UC Hastings Associate Academic Dean from 2000 to 2002 and became Academic Dean in 2005. Dean Marshall’s favorite part of her job remains teaching and working with students in the public interest concentration. She likes to break up her day with lunches with former students where she learns about the amazing work they do with their UC Hastings degree. During her free time, Dean Marshall likes to travel. Her favorite destinations are Boston and New York, where her daughters now reside.


Mary Beth Shimmon

PPAF Board Member

Term: 2007-2009; 2010-2012; 2013

Business Affiliation : Mary Beth’s background is in finance and business operations and she is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California. After working in the field of venture capital, Mary Beth spent several years in the development and sale of a technology start-up company, holding a range of positions including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President of Sales.

Background : Mary Beth is a bay area native and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Mary Beth is committed to helping PPAF bring the passion of dance and theatre to the lives of young dancers and audiences who may not otherwise be afforded the opportunity. Her aughter, Alison, has discovered her passion in performing arts through her involvement in Presidio Dance Theatre and sparked in Mary Beth, a particular interest in volunteer activities which benefit underserved youth. Besides PPAF, Mary Beth currently serves as Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the Auxiliary to The Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco. She is also active in fundraising and event planning at her children’s schools, The Hamlin School and Town School for Boys. Mary Beth is married to David Shimmon and has a daughter and son.


Rink Babka (2003-2005)

Gregory H. Blaine (2005-2013) 

Dr. Michael Dillingham (2009-2011)

Kathileen A. Gallagher (2002-2009)

Kathleen Haigood (2005-2006)

Cheryl Harrison (2001-2005)

Dennis Livingston (1999-2005)

Rachel Madhavan (2007-2009)

Shauna Marshall (2003-2006)

Dr. Anand Mehra (2004-2005)

Linda Strunk Miller (2005-2007)

Todd H. Shigekane (2009-2011) 

Jeanne A. Shimmon (1999-2002)

Victor K. Shin (2004-2006)

Dana Tokioka (2003-2005)

Kay Voyvodich (2003-2005)





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