Board of Directors
Marjorie Jones – Board Chairman
Marjorie has enjoyed being part of the Strauss Festival Board of Directors for a number of years. She is honored to serve as the Board Chairman and to be able to work with many dedicated volunteers who make the Strauss Festival a superb, unique to, Elk Grove event.
As an elementary school principal and teacher in the Elk Grove Unified School District for 28 years, Marjorie enjoys being able to participate in community organizations such as the Strauss Festival in retirement.
Marjorie also enjoys assisting weekly her in grandchildren’s classroom and is currently the District Chairman of Inner Wheel District 519 in the Sacramento area. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and reading.
Marjorie and her husband of 48 years, Paul, a retired Elk Grove CPA, have lived in the Wilton area for the past 22 years. They have two sons and daughters-in-law as well as four grandchildren.
Being part of this free professional theatrical production in Elk Grove makes Marjorie extremely proud. The Strauss Festival could not happen each year without the many outstanding dedicated volunteers and loyal monetary sponsors.
Please join us the last weekend of July at Strauss Island in Elk Grove Regional Park for the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove’s production of sensational dancing, gorgeous costumes and beautiful music with a splendid fireworks finale!!
Beth Hedlund – Board Vice Chairman
Beth Hedlund has lived in Elk Grove with her husband Mark since 1981, with their children Erik and Krista both products of the Elk Grove Unified School District. Beth recently retired from a 30 year career of teaching, primarily in the intermediate grades at EGUSD. She was a charter faculty member at Beitzel Elementary.
Beth and Mark have been long-time supporters of the Strauss Festival, enjoying its beauty for most of the production’s 27 years. In fact Mark has been part of the show since the 1990’s, serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Beth and Mark strongly believe in thy unique cultural value that the Strauss Festival brings to Elk Grove and to all of Northern California, and Beth is honored for the opportunity to help keep this iconic event alive as a member of the Strauss Board.
Carol Bayles – Secretary
Carol moved to Elk Grove in 1986. Born and raised in South Sacramento (Colonial Heights), she was able to enjoy many trips to Elk Grove Park during her younger years. Elk Grove Park was often her family’s all-day picnic destination.
Carol’s family has been involved with the Strauss Festival since 1988. Her husband, Ray, is an institution of the Festival, having served as board member, dancer each and every year since 1988, Producer of several Festivals, stage decorator, costume designer and builder, and fund raiser extraordinaire. Carol’s daughter, Raelynn, has danced in the Festival since junior high school and has produced the past several Festivals. Her husband, Jason Springer, manages the boat activities. All three of their children have danced in multiple Festivals.
Carol retired after 20 years the welding and medical industries as a Director of Administration. Recognizing her talents were off the dance floor (she’ll tell you she has two left feet), Carol has graciously offered her time and talents on the Strauss Festival board.
Carol also serves as a volunteer at Methodist Hospital and manages the back office at her husband’s Elk Grove store, Old Town Creations.
Carol says of the Festival: “It is truly a family affair for us…we love sharing our time and talent in such a beautiful way…the musical notes of a live orchestra, glittering dancers, a vocalist, boats trolling around the island and a beautiful park setting. A true community arts performance offered to everyone, every age, for FREE!”
Donna Palmer, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Donna Palmer is a certified public accountant with TPBS, LLP, a Sacramento area CPA firm. Her focus is primarily in the area of tax planning and preparation, working closely with many of the firm’s clients, including closely held businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
Donna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting graduating with highest honors from National University in Sacramento and recently received a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Donna has over 20 years’ experience working with nonprofit organizations and an even longer history of a love for the arts including small roles in local community theatre and musical productions as a child, exploration of piano and painting as a teen, and an interest in classical music and theatre as an adult. She became a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer in 2007.
Rebecca Davis – Grants and Funding
Rebecca Davis retired from the Elk Grove Unified School District after 42 years of service as an elementary school administrator and teacher. Becky opened Roy Herburger Elementary School in 2004 and during her tenure worked with community, stakeholders, parents, and staff (certificated and classified) to support ongoing involvement of community involvement with the site. Becky has also held interim positions throughout EGUSD and the SCOE (Sacramento County Office of Education) administrative program.
Becky and her husband Chuck, a retired Florin Firefighter/Engineer, have been married for 43 years and have lived in the Pleasant Grove area of Elk Grove for over 25 years. Becky also serves on the Elk Grove Rotary board of directors and the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation board serving as scholarship chairperson. She joined the Strauss Festival board in 2015.
Jim Entrican – Historian
Jim is an Elk Grove native. He graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1960, attended Montana State University for one year, became home sick, fell in love, came back to Elk Grove and married. He then attended Sacramento City College and Sacramento State College.
Jim worked for his father during college at the family’s Entrican Grocery. He then went into sales, where he made lifelong friends and associates along the way. After 44 years in the industry, he retired in 2008.
Jim married Annaclare Saner, also an Elk Grove native and classmate from Elk Grove High. Together they have four children and five grandchildren. They reside in the Del Webb Community.
Jim has always been active in the Elk Grove and surrounding community, with involvement in Independent Order of Odd Fellows, First Covenant Church, Camden Community Associations, and Community Emergency Response Team. He has organized class reunions for Elk Grove High for more than 15 years, with a database of more than 1500 alumni. A proud participant in the Elk Grove Historical Society, Jim is proud of the work he has done to preserve Elk Grove’s heritage.
Jim has been involved with the Strauss Festival since 2010, when he and his wife visited Vienna, Austria and fell in love with all things Strauss. He is proud to say he attended the very first Festival production at Strauss Island.
Raelynn Springer – Production
For Raelynn, the Strauss Festival has been a major cornerstone in her family going back to 1988 when her father (Ray Bayles) became a dancer. Since then, three generations have been part of the festival in various capacities. Raelynn dances in the annual production and is also the Producer.
During her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing and spending time with friends and family. Raelynn works for Frontier Communications where she has been employed for the past 17 years.
Candace Hudson has been employed by ALLDATA since 1997. She began as an Account Manager, focused on building relationships with her customers in order to retain them. She then used those skills to excel as an Account Services Manager and Customer Service Manager. She is a natural communicator with strong motivational skills, with the proven ability to build teams and partnerships. She moved to Elk Grove as a child in 1986. Candace is married to Brian Hudson and they have a daughter, Morgan, who was able to perform in the Strauss Festival in July, 2011. It is through volunteering her time to assist with the Strauss Festival that she found a passion for what this organization represents.
Marvelene is a second generation German-American. She has been married to Jack Weyer for 42 years. They have four children and five adorable, wonderful grandchildren who call her Oma.
Marvelene has been a licensed Realtor for 28 years, currently working with Lyon Real Estate. She has twice served as President of Sacramento Network Women’s Council of Realtors, and she served as District Vice President and Governor for the state chapter of that organization. I has served as program director for the local network. In 2014 she was awarded the distinguished Realtor of the Year recognition. She has served in various committees for the Sacramento Association of Realtors. She is a member of the Elk Grove Optimist Club.
She has served as President of Elk Grove Republican Women as well as the local Soroptimist chapter. She chaired the Sacramento Association of Realtors for Community
Outreach, as well as the housing affordability counterpart. She has also been active in her grandchildren’s school PTA organizations.
Mary Lewis came to Elk Grove in 1959 when she and her first husband purchased the Elk Grove Citizen and Galt Herald. In 1995 she sold her interest in the business but has continued to work there, chronicling community events and writing obituaries.
Owning a community newspaper means becoming involved in the community, and she has done just that, serving on several boards throughout the years.
She has been a member of the Strauss Festival board since 1999, and serves as the liaison between the board and the Citizen, helping to publicize this unique event.
“I look upon the Strauss Festival and all the arts as filling a need in the community – we feed the soul,” she said.
Besides serving on the Strauss board, Mary is a member of the Ambassador committee for the Chamber of Commerce and of Soroptimist International of Elk Grove.
She was honored with the naming of a CSD park, Mary Hull Lewis Park, in 2005, and with Citizen of the Year in 2010.
Adjuncts to the Board of Directors
Stephen J. Greene
Esq. Sweeney & Greene, LLP
Donna M. Palmer, MST, CPA