WALNUT VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

AND MASTER CHORALE

Bob Pacheco(Treasurer) 's career in politics spans a period of over 16 years. During that time he has participated in numerous campaigns both as a candidate and as an advisor to other campaigns. In 1995 Bob ran successfully for city council. Two years later, he successfully ran for the California State Assembly where he served three terms until 2004. While in the state assembly he chaired the Hispanic Republican Caucus. In 2001 he created the California Empowerment Project to elect Latinos to public office. He was successful in raising and funding over 1 million dollars in campaigns to elect Latinos to public office including to city council, school board, water board and members of the legislature. Bob served as California Statewide Chairman for President Bush’s re-election, Chairman of the Latino Caucus campaign for Governor Schwarzenegger, Statewide Latino Chairman for Senator John McCain for President, Statewide Latino Coalition Co-Chair for Meg Whitman for Governor and Latino Coalition Chairman for Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate. For over 16 years, Bob has participated in running and advising numerous campaigns or advising candidates for public office. Bob was frequently called upon to be the Latino spokesman for the Republican Caucus and for the Presidential and State Candidates. Bob’s professional career spans 58 years. He has been the Senior Member of Pacheco & Pacheco Law Offices for over 37 years. He was also appointed to the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors by President Bush, as California Senior Advisor forJobs and Workforce Development, a member of the Cal-OSHA Board of Appeals and an AVP of a California Bank. Bob and his wife Gayle currently own and successfully operate a multimillion dollar manufacturing company in Walnut, California. In the California State Assembly, Bob served as Vice Chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, Higher Education, Health Committee and the Local Government Committee. He was a key member of the Budget, Ethics and Appropriation Committees as well. Bob has received numerous awards for his legislative and community contributions.

​​Joanne Karr (Vice President) is a retired Drama & English teacher, most recently having been the Drama teacher at Walnut High School for 15 years.  She is a two-time Fulbright Exchange Teacher, a Music Center BRAVO award recipient and a Chase Theatre Educator Fellow.  Ms. Karr participated in numerous National Endowment for the Humanities summer programs and recently served as an evaluator for program proposals.  She has traveled extensively, including to Japan on a Toyota Teacher Program and to Oxford, England, as a Career Teacher Fellow.  Currently, Ms. Karr is an assistant examiner for International Baccalaureate Exams in Theatre Arts, a reader for the Educational Testing Service, and a director and member of the Steering Committee for the JFed Players.  In addition to being on the WVSO Board, she is a member of the local Lions Club, a committee member for the Walnut/Diamond Bar Relay for Life, and on the Board of the Walnut Valley Education Foundation.

Cristina Pacheco (Director) is the Director of Programs at Arts for LA where she developed Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program, which trains community advocates in areas of policy, leadership, coalition building, and communication. Cristina holds an MA in leadership studies from the University of San Diego and a BA in media communications with a music minor from Point Loma Nazarene University. Before moving back to her hometown area of Los Angeles, she studied and served in San Diego for nearly a decade. She worked as an event coordinator with the American Cancer Society and also in student programming at Point Loma Nazarene University. Before joining Arts for LA, she worked with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory as a community teaching artist and administrator with the Community Opus Project, a program developed to make music education accessible for students in Chula Vista, California. A life-long vocalist, Pacheco is also a founding member of the Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale. She believes in the value of a thriving art culture as a vital component to the success, vibrancy, and health of communities and individuals.

​Gayle Pacheco (President) is a partner in the Law Offices of Pacheco & Pacheco. Her area of practice focuses on Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, Corporations, Family Law, Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Juvenile Criminal, Drug Violations and Business Transactions. Additionally, Gayle offers legal counseling services to at risk youth and juvenile offenders.  She works with a variety of local organizations to mentor transitional age youth, foster youth and other at-risk populations who are seeking vocational training, career path development and other services. Gayle has served as a guest Supreme Court Justice for Western State University College of Law Frank N. Darras Disability Law Moot Court Competition. She has been a member in good standing of the California State Bar Association since 1993. She is a member of the National Association of Female Executives. She is also a member of the Industry Manufacturers Council, National Association of Women Business Owners and is the founder of the 4 Corners Chapter of the CWLA, California Women’s Leadership Association, and is the current chapter President. Gayle was recently honored by the California Legislature as Woman of the Year for the 60th Assembly District.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS