Staff and Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Sandra Tillisch-Svoboda, President
Santa Barbara

Jordan Christoff, Immediate Past President
Santa Barbara

Peter Beuret, Treasurer
Santa Barbara

Titus Brenninkmeijer
Santa Barbara

Susan Keats, Secretary

Adrian Spence
Santa Barbara

Amalia Taylor
Westlake Village

Kimberley Valentine

Judith Vida-Spence

Amy Williams
Santa Barbara



Adrian Spence, Artistic Director
Under the leadership of Adrian Spence, Camerata Pacifica has become one of the most notable chamber music organizations in the country, distinctive not only for its exceptional artistic quality, but also for its dynamic sense of community. The Los Angeles Times recently highlighted the emphasis of Spence’s work: “What was out of the ordinary was the wildly enthusiastic response that each work received. Whatever it’s doing, Camerata Pacifica seems to be cultivating a passionate audience – and that’s good news.” Adrian comes from Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland. He has three children, Erin, Keiran and Kaeli, is a master-rated skydiver with over 1,400 skydives, and most recently obtained his Advanced Scuba Certification.

Amy Williams, Managing Director
Amy Williams joined Camerata Pacifica in March of 2018. Prior to this she was the Director of Artistic Administration and Education at the Santa Barbara Symphony for seven years where she built a sustainable music education program that worked alongside programs in the local school district. Ms. Williams began working in arts administration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra following the receipt of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University.

Donna Jean Liss, Operations Manager
Donna Jean began her relationship with Camerata Pacifica as a volunteer in the 18th season. After going on the Messenger tour in 2008, she could not pass up the opportunity to work with such a brilliant group when given the opportunity! Donna Jean brings over thirty years of experience in Customer Service with organizations in different fields; from medical manufacturing to construction contracting.

Dani Couture, Production Manager
Dani is a UCSB graduate with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and minor in Chemistry. Dani realized her passion for non-profit work while in her last year at UCSB, and jumped at the opportunity to work for Camerata Pacifica in 2015. She is excited to work among such talented individuals and expand her knowledge of the performing arts. Dani is currently an MBA candidate at University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.

Jack Fischer, Patron Services Manager
After being an avid Camerata Pacifica concert-goer for many years, Jack is excited to support this exciting organization as their Patron Services Manager. He received his degree in Music Composition from UCSB’s College of Creative Studies and has been involved with many local groups as a singer including the vocal lab, New Century Voices and the Adelfos Ensemble while also hosting a classical music radio show “In Concert”, for KCBX in San Luis Obispo.