Our Board of Directors

Board Chairperson Sarah Epstein artistic@resoundingachord.org
President Jan Clayton executive@resoundingachord.org
Treasurer Jason Brittsan treasurer@resoundingachord.org
Secretary Brian Gluth tickets@resoundingachord.org
Member at Large Michelle Dreyband michelled@resoundingachord.org
Member at Large Doug Gillard Byron dgillard@resoundingachord.org
Member at Large Molly Shaw mollyshaw@resoundingachord.org

Board Member Bios

Sarah Epstein (Board Chairperson)

Sarah began her career as a serious hobby musician at the age of 5 when she started studying the piano. She later broadened her instrumental interests to include cello and guitar, but her passion for choral singing was kindled in the 6th grade when she joined the Eastman Children’s Chorus in Rochester, New York and sang in the legendary Eastman Theater. Since then, there has hardly been a time when she has not been part of a choir and she currently is a proud member of Resounding Achord’s alto section.

Having earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Boston University, Sarah worked at The Cambridge Hospital as a medical and psychiatric social worker and held a Harvard teaching appointment before moving to California. Once here, she shifted careers and for the past 15 years has worked as a recipe tester for Sunset Magazine as well as a free-lance recipe tester and editor for cookbook and magazine writers.

Sarah has accumulated more than 20 years of experience serving on boards and committees of non-profit and charitable organizations. Among those, she was the Palo Alto High School Music Boosters President for 3 years and was an officer and volunteer for 4 more, organizing fund raising efforts and developing a robust parent support organization. To keep her foot in the door of her original profession, she served on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the BU School of Social Work and volunteered for 22 years, including 12 years on the board of directors, at the Northern California and Northern Nevada Alzheimer’s Association. During that time she served as a board officer, member of the strategic planning committee, national chapter assembly delegate, and chair of the program committee. She also chaired the Memories in the Making Art and Wine Auction for several years and was chair of the 2012 San Francisco Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which raised close to $1,000,000.

Jan Clayton (President & Founding Member)

Jan has been involved in singing organizations since the age of 8, usually involved in three or more choirs at a time and has spent much of that time promoting the choral arts. Soon after she joined The Choral Project in 2006 as a singer, she became involved in the group’s management. She spent a year as Development Director, a year as Outreach Director, and then served as President of the Board for 2½ years. She worked with the organization to establish and grow its student outreach programs. She was also very involved in the organization’s fundraising activities.

Jan has a 30-year career in the high-tech industry, where she started off as an Artificial Intelligence programmer. In 1990, she and a business partner started Expert Support, a documentation, training, and application-development consulting firm. As COO, Jan ran the day-to-day operations of the firm, hired most of the staff, and sold and managed a large part of the business, which averaged about $2.5 million in annual income over her tenure. Jan has since retired from her COO job. She is now a part-time consultant and works as a pistachio farmer.

Jan has a BA in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara, where she also almost finished a BA degree in Music — Vocal Performance. At Stanford University she earned two Masters degrees, one in Biological Sciences and the other in Computer Science.

Jason Brittsan (Treasurer & Founding Member)

Jason has been singing since he was 6 years old. As he grew, so did his interest in classical and choral music. He sang in choir, played in band, studied voice and piano privately, and went on to study music at the university level. From 1999 to 2011, Jason lived in Seattle and served as a cantor for St. Monica Parish and performed with The Esoterics, a world-renowned contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble, the Seattle Choral Company, and Illumni Men’s Chorale.  He also performed as a soloist in many concerts in the Puget Sound region. In 2011, Jason moved to the Bay Area and joined the world-class choir, The Choral Project, and continues to sing with them.

Prior to moving to San Jose, Jason served in the roles of Technology Consultant, Vice President, Acting Treasurer, and President of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Choral Company.  During his time with the SCC, he planned and implemented several initiatives to improve efficiency and reduce expenses through technology.  He also helped to implement a plan to repay organizational debt.

Jason has 14 years of experience working in the software industry as a tester, developer, and project/program manager. At Microsoft, he worked as a Software Development Engineer in Test on Internet Explorer and Windows Presentation Foundation.  Later, he was a Technical Program Manager for Windows Live Messenger and Exchange Server. At HTC, he worked as a Technical Program Manager focused on delivering customized user interfaces and features for mobile operators all over the world. At Apple, he works as an Engineering Project Manager for Internet Technologies.  Jason also does freelance web development and technology consulting work from time to time.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Music from Millikin University and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology (specializing in Systems Design & Programming) from Capella University.

Brian Gluth (Secretary & Founding Member)

Brian has been involved in charitable and philanthropic organizations for over 20 years. Prior to 2012, Brian worked on the steering committee for the Seattle Men’s Chorus. One of his major responsibilities was establishing a marketing portfolio to use when approaching major individual and corporate donors.  In addition, Brian provided consulting services and volunteered for the Seattle Choral Company fundraising activities.

Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2012, Brian worked for Microsoft Corporation, in Redmond, WA for thirteen years, and held positions in Internet Marketing, Product Development, Business Development, and Public Relations. Specifically, Brian managed customer acquisition and satisfaction programs, managed a $125 million line of USA-based businesses of multiple client software services, and advertising for +45 million unique users.

Brian also has extensive experience in negotiating strategic business and marketing distribution contracts with business customers for Internet subscription services. He often led his division in signing business partners for newly created service offerings, new product categories and grew business economics by over 135%. In addition, he managed operating budgets up to $10 million and multiple contracts each worth $7 million plus.  He also developed and managed public relations strategies, implemented press news/reviews programs, and cultivated analyst relationships for Microsoft/MSN with emphasis on Search, Security, Privacy and overall MSN Services reviews.

Doug Gillard Byron (Member at Large)

Doug started out as a band geek. He started playing the trumpet before middle school, but when he got into middle school band they needed trombone players. After some serious thought, he transitioned from the trumpet to trombone and stayed with that instrument through out middle school and high school. He was always a part of the marching band in both middle and high school, and played in a few small ensembles while in high school, never really giving much thought to choir. He joined Resounding Achord for his first season in the fall of 2015 at the behest of his now husband, who would say that his pitch-matching abilities are really great.

Doug was raised in a small town and small community. Dreaming of leaving one day and making it big in the world, he left after his early twenties while attending school to get his associates degree in computer electronic engineering.

He’s been in the customer service industry for longer than he can remember, in a variety of capacities. His love, though, has always been entrepreneurship. He’s owned a couple of small businesses including his first retail/service business in 2003 — a small coffee shop — which he ran with his ex for over ten years. The recession in 2008 almost ended things, but thanks to a strong community presence and a lot of local good will from the public, the coffee shop remained prominent and continues to prosper.

Doug is currently taking courses to get his BS degree in I.T. Communications Management. He also takes entrepreneur classes to pursue his dream of owning his own company, creating mobile and software applications for the healthcare industry that he’s been a part of for over four years.

Michelle Dreyband (Member at Large)

Michelle has been singing in choirs since middle school and has never looked back from music! She joined Resounding Achord as a singer in the Fall of 2015 and enjoys the music, the camaraderie, and the travel opportunities. She holds a B.M in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, and sings both professionally and for fun. She has been the Youth Music Director at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception in Los Gatos for over 12 years and often sings for weddings, funerals, and as a professional choir member for touring shows.

While studying at San Jose State, she had the opportunity to premier a new opera through the opera workshop program, and also became the chapter president of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity. With a desire to make a difference in her community, Michelle received her M.A in Arts Administration from Indiana University, and has worked in nonprofit management full time for the past three years. Michelle is currently the Executive Projects Manager, Communications and Development at Digital Promise, an organization working to improve education for all leveraging the power of technology.

Michelle brings expertise in volunteer management, event planning, box office management, communications, and development to the board. She also sits on the genARTS steering committee, whose mission is to empower creative individuals and emerging arts leaders in Silicon Valley.

Prior to her current role, Michelle worked for the San Francisco Symphony supporting all large-scale fundraising events and managing major donors and sponsors lists. She has also worked as the assistant box office manager at the Bing Concert Hall with Stanford Live.