Meet the Board of Directors & Staff
Dr. Carl SchaferBoard President
Dr. Carl Schafer recently retired as Visiting Professor and Coordinator of Music Education in the School of Music at California Baptist University. He is currently a Visual and Performing Arts Consultant to the Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino County and a member of the Policy Council of the California Alliance for Arts Education. He is also a student teacher supervisor for the California State University, Fullerton Music Department and a jazz musician, leader of the Carl Schafer Quartet.
Stuart DavisVice President
Stuart M. Davis is a husband and the father of four children living in Claremont, CA.  Stuart and his wife Robin teach Christian values and the Bible to 3-6th graders at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley (  Stuart is the Angel Flight West ( area leader for San Bernardino and Riverside counties, flying those in need to where they need to go, at no cost to them.  27 years in the industrial hydraulic business, Stuart and Robin have owned their own company for almost ten (10) years, specializing in upgrading industrial machines (, and has recently become President of Walco Machines Company (, builders of robust laminating, coating and application systems.  Stuart has a B.A. in technical theater from Cal-Poly Pomona, 1980 and continues to work with various non-profit theater organizations.  Stuart and Robin thoroughly enjoy music and the ability it has to touch people's hearts. 
J. Winthrop AldrichBoard Member

J. Winthrop Aldrich, PhD recently retired from teaching engineering at Cal Poly Pomona following many years in industrial research and development at Polaroid Corp. and American Optical in Massachusetts. He is currently on the Board of The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Volunteer Group, Orange County Recorder Society and The Southern California Recorder Society and plays in the CCSM Village Pipers recorder ensemble.

Danielle WittenTreasurer

Danielle was exposed to music at a young age through CCSM.  She started in the Music for Young Children class at age 2, moved on to recorder, and finally private flute lessons through age 20.  While she did not make a career out of music she attributes many of her life successes to her music background as that is the forum that gave her much confidence and where she developed many leadership skills.  Danielle earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Cal Poly Pomona, earned her CPA license, and spent the first fourteen years of her career at a local public accounting firm in Glendora.  She is now the CFO at Foothill Country Day School in Claremont and plays with the School’s orchestra whenever she has a chance.  She is very passionate about CCSM and bringing music into the lives of young children.  Danielle and her husband live in Upland with their two children, Devon and Ashlyn.

Carol HerschBoard Member/Development Committee

Personal: Married 46 years with two children, one adopted child, and four grand boys.


1968-1970: Employed as a telephone switchboard operator and receptionist.

1971-1974: Organized and ran a babysitting cooperative.

1975-1988: Employed in the Bonita Unified School District as a teacher’s aide.

1988-1995 Self-employed owner of Caroline’s Gift Boutique in La Verne, Ca.

1995-Present: Corporate officer and Vice President of PIC Environmental Services in La Verne.


1967: Graduate of Bonita High School.

1967-1968: Attended Mt San Antonio Community College.

Community Services:

1975-1991: Member of Bonita Unified School Parent Teachers Association (PTA). Volunteer aide in elementary school class rooms. Assisted with numerous fund raising events. Received outstanding volunteer of the year award.

1988-1995: Member of Rotary International Service Club. Organized and assisted with fund raising events. Developed, organized and distributed food baskets to needy families and children during Christmas and Easter holidays.

1990+-:Volunteer for David & Margaret Homes. Assisted with fund raising auction by donating gift wrap and making baskets.

1996-2002: Member of Soroptimist International Service Club. Organized and assisted with fund raising events, including annual auctions and scholarships. Also assisted with new clothing for needy children and students for Bonita’s Children. Recently rejoined Soroptimist.

1999-Present: Member in and volunteer for La Verne Heritage Foundation. Organized and assisted with fund raising events, educational live farm animals displays and educational butterfly life cycle displays for school children at La Verne’s Heritage Farm.

2000-Present: Board chair, board member, committee chair and volunteer for the Child Development Center (CDC) at the Fairplex in Pomona. Organized and assisted with annual auction fund raising events, including decorations, donation procurement, theme development, and training.

Ralph ComitoBoard Member

Ralph Comito began his music career in Miami Florida . He attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship graduating in 1962 with a Bachelors Degree in Music. Following six years service in the US Army he moved with his family to Upland, California and began his career as a music educator and coordinator of music in the Upland Unified School District. He earned a MA in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1976 and an administrative credential in 1976. During his 33 years in music education Mr. Comito has taught music from kindergarten through the college level and adult education. He is also a retired army reserve bandmaster, composer and arranger and performs professionally with a number of jazz groups. 

Lee WaggenerBoard Member

Lee Waggener was Claremont Community School of Music’s Board President from 1979 to 1984 and returned to the music school in 2011. Lee is currently the director of Children’s Music and Hand Bell Choir at Claremont United Church of Christ. She retired in 2002 from the Ontario-Montclair school district after 38 years of teaching.

Gabe PetrocelliBoard Member

I received a Bachelor’s Degree in music in 1968 from the Hartt Music Conservatory at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.  After teaching music for one year in the Manchester School District, I moved to California in 1969 and got a job as a band and orchestra director in the Pomona Unified School District.

 I earned a Masters in Music Composition and Conducting in 1974 from California State University, Los Angeles. In 1981, I was accepted for a teaching position the Chaffey High School District and became the band director at Alta Loma High School. Five years later, I enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of La Verne and earned my degree in Educational Management. I spent the last twenty years of my career in school administration, eventually becoming the principal at the Chaffey Adult School and Ontario High School. I worked also as an adjunct professor at Chaffey College, California State University, San Bernardino, Chapman University, and the University of La Verne.

Currently, I direct the Ontario Community Show Band ( and produce ten concerts annually. I’ve written hundreds of band arrangements for bands, orchestras, singers, and other soloists, most notably Ron Ellington Shy who is in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame; a number of piano works including a piano concerto for concert pianist Maria Perez-Goodman. My “Saint Mark’s Passion” was performed in Assisi, Italy.  Also, several years ago, scored a documentary movie entitled “Mayberry Days.” See my website

With respect to community service, I am a former member and president of the Ontario Rotary Club, was chairman of the 100-Year Anniversary of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District; and chairman for Measure P, a recent bond measure that addresses facilities maintenance, new construction, and technology in our local high schools.

Today I live in Alta Loma, California with my wife Susan who is the principal of Los Osos High School. I have three adult children, David, Lara, and Sonny, and two adult step-children Brandon and Bess.

Veronica FinnBoard Member/Finance Committee
Veronica Finn, M.A. International Studies, Politics and Policy, Claremont Graduate University, 2002. Independent Risk Analyst, member of the board of the Claremont Community School of Music, member of the Claremont Chorale, International Place of the Claremont Colleges, member of American Political Science Association, and  El Roble Parent Teachers association.  Interests are music, cross-cultural relationships, international affairs and business, reading, writing, gardening and baking.
Laura WeberBoard Member/Finance Committee

Laura is a Long Term Care Specialist, providing proactive Planning Solutions for Long Term Care needs. She provides education and information on Long Term Care, as well as the different options currently available to manage individual's needs for care in the future. Clients are worked with on an individual basis, and only the top rated carriers are recommended. Helping clients determine whether or not Long Term Care is appropriate for them and providing the best information available is the hallmark of Laura's profession. Laura also shares a passion for music having played the violin at an early age taking lessons from her Grandfather.  The joy of this musical experience has stayed with her throughout her life and continues to stay with her as she helps further the mission of CCSM.

John BurdettBoard Member
Matthew KeatingExecutive Director

Matthew Keating began cello studies as a young student at CCSM.  After deciding to pursue music as a career, Matthew graduated with a B.M. in performance from California State University Northridge and attended the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen in Germany.


Not your garden-variety cellist, Matthew can be seen performing baroque, classical, and rip-snorting, knee slappin' tunes that challenge the traditional perception of cello performance.


Matthew also appears in performance as a conductor having worked with many orchestras across the globe specializing in youth orchestra education and development.  He was a former director of the Punahou school orchestra program in Honolulu, HI  working with over 500 students in 8 different orchestras.  Performing with the Honolulu symphony, Matthew also toured to the various Hawaiian islands working with the community and bringing live orchestral performances to unique non-traditional public venues.


Matthew is the Executive Director at the Claremont Community School of Music where he continues to pursue his passion for music education with students of all ages and backgrounds working to preserve the arts for future generations.


 Outside of music, Matthew is blessed with a wonderful family spending time with his beautiful and talented wife Jessica, daughter Colette and newborn baby Clara.  Matthew is also an avid food truck connoisseur, and in his spare time, he enjoys a good weekend backyard southern BBQ.

Randy Del RioBusiness Manager

Randy Del Rio is a retired CPA who isn’t really ready to retire.  She works part time for the University of La Verne.  She has joined Claremont Community School of Music as the Business Manager.  Randy has forty plus years of experience in finance and accounting and happily brings her talents to CCSM.  For many years, Randy had her own business that served a varied clientele.  She offered them a broad range of financial and accounting services.

 Randy and her husband, Tony, have lived in Upland for the last thirty eight years, where they raised their two children.  The children have long since grown and left home, but Randy and Tony enjoyed the many years when their offspring, students of Upland High School, were active in the music programs there, one in vocal and the other instrumental.  Randy and her husband both enjoyed actively participating in the music programs as volunteers.  They fully appreciate all that the children garnered from the experiences and the positive effects the music program had on their lives. 



Terri BaumbachRegistrar

Terri  Baumbach grew up in Claremont and enjoyed riding horses with her neighborhood friends in the lemon groves and canyons north of Baseline. Besides her love of horses was her love of music.  Under the tutelage of Shirley Robbins, she learned recorder and played with her group at renaissance fairs and different venues in the colleges. Currently she is slowly renovating her family homestead which she shares with her two standard poodles Charlie and Chance.

Tasha FarrellRegistrar

Tasha Farrell is a retired consultant specializing in the development of databases for use in federal civilian personnel litigation suits. A long-time resident of Los Angeles, she drove through Claremont one sunny afternoon in 1984, and was immediately taken with the community. She’s been here ever since! Tasha grew up in the Bay Area and studied piano until she started college at UCLA. She continues to enjoy and appreciate music of a variety of types, and is a huge believer in the power of music to enrich our lives.

Aaron HenryRegistrar