Cynthia Souza, President
Cynthia was one of the original founders of the Arts Leadership Alliance, which made the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts a reality. She has served as Grand Foundation Vice President for the past three years. Cynthia has a B.A. degree in Journalism, and a career background in Chamber of Commerce management, sales, public relations and corporate identity marketing, that she has capitalized upon to help further the Grand Foundation’s mission.
She currently serves on the Grand Foundation's Endowment Committee (current chair, 2nd year), Student Film Festival Committee (current chair, 4th year), served on the Program Advisory and Community Outreach Committee (past chair, 2 years). She feels the Grand Theatre has been a positive and growing arts presence for the Tracy area and beyond.
Cynthia has three children, one of whom recently graduated with a BFA in musical theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Cynthia is also Past Chair of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin and serves on the Donor Advisory and Audit Committees. In addition, she is serves as the Equine/Horse Group Leader for Jefferson 4-H. She has always loved the arts in all forms and has dabbled in water color and acrylic painting, as well as photography. Her primary goal, along with her other Grand Foundation board members, is to ensure the sustainability of arts programming at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts for future generations.
Cliff Hudson, Treasurer
As a local business owner of Freshcoat Painters, Cliff Hudson has served on the Tracy Chamber of Commerce Board for the past four years and as Chair last year. In addition to the commitment he has to Tracy, Hudson has shown commitment to his country as Captain in the U.S. Army. For 30 years, Hudson shared his expertise in the semi-conductor industry with A.M.D Intel and Linear Technology. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at California University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Hudson resides in Tracy with his wife Virna and four children, Nicole, Clifford, Aaron, and Tyler.
Ann Langley, Past President, Executive Board
Ann Langley moved her young family to Tracy in 1970 and raised two children in our community. She helped launch the Expressions! art show in 1990 to addresses several community needs. Tracy had no cultural or visual arts facilities at that time and local schools needed a partner to continue arts education because of significant budget cutbacks. Expressions! also funded an annual scholarship for Tracy graduating seniors interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the arts.
Five years later in 1995, Ann and Cynthia Souza began early planning for what would become the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. They and the Arts Leadership Alliance approached city council and offered to conduct a research project into building an arts center for the community. Ann was part of the resulting 18 month study which compiled information from the community about their needs, data from existing facilities in other cities and funding possibilities. The results of that study compelled the city to hire a consultant to conduct a formal research project which became the blueprint for city council and the community of Tracy for designing, building and maintaining an arts facility.
Ann helped raise $1.8 million to help buy the Grand Theatre and renovate the building to its former glory, making it the jewel of downtown Tracy. Ann has served on the Grand Foundation Board of Directors since its inception and is proud the community has had such a loud voice in creating a place where the creativity and soul of Tracy is represented every day.
Mike Souza, Past President, Executive Board
Michael Souza was raised in Tracy and was taught by his parents to always give back to the community. He has served on the Grand Foundation board for years and was also part of the Arts Leadership Alliance, the organization instrumental in creating the Grand Theatre. As a partner of Souza Realty and Development, Mike feels that it is important to create the kind of community of which he can be proud. As such, he feels the Grand Theatre has provided a unique cultural center that he can point to with pride. Mike is excited to see the impact the Grand Theatre has had on the revitalization efforts in downtown. When asked what his favorite performance at the Grand has been, Mike answered, "I've seen plenty of wonderful performances at the Grand, but my favorite has been anything my kids are in." Mike also serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy and is a long-time Rotarian.
Jeff has a close relationship with The Grand Theatre. He was commissioned to compose and perform a jazz suite on the Saturday evening of The Grand Theatre’s reopening weekend. As a trumpeter, Jeff has toured the world with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, and Jon Mellencamp. Jeff was born and raised in Pleasanton. He, his wife Tarrina, and three children have called Tracy home for the past 13 years. In addition to Jeff’s career in music, he serves on the Tracy Arts Commission and is a food marketing executive, working with artisan food producers throughout the world as well as chefs and restaurants on branding, marketing, ecommerce and sales. Jeff is currently Head of Business Development for Albertsons’ new online marketplace.
Becki Brown, Chair, Endowment Committee
Non-Profits like the Grand Theatre Foundation help to keep the heart of Tracy enriched. Becki recognizes the value of gifted Artists, who bring magic to each display and live performance for audiences young and old to enjoy. Becki is the visionary of two non-profits which have positively transformed hearts through the encouragement and generosity they have given to thousands of people over the past two decades. She is Co-Founder & Volunteer Director of Hearts of Harvest Foundation which helps families and children who are in a health crisis, specifically children with heart disease. She is Founder & Volunteer Director of Scoop Ministries, Inc. which provides spiritual growth to women in our community and financial assistance to women who are in a short-term crisis. Giving back she says: “Ushers in a grand new day for someone in need.” She and her husband Robert of thirty years, are business owners of Brown Sand, Inc. and Brown Family Orchards.
Kaylin Dell'Aringa, Chair, Membership Committee, Past President
Kaylin is a chiropractor at Tracy Chiropractic. She was born and raised in Tracy, California and graduated from Tracy High School in 2003. Kaylin returned to Tracy after graduating from San Diego State University and Palmer College of Chiropractic West. This experience of leaving Tracy for school and then returning to establish her own business has given her some insight into what needs to happen in Tracy to attract young people to our City. Kaylin believes that the Grand Theatre is central to improving the quality of life in our community by providing entertainment and cultural events and helping to strengthen downtown - attractive features that will encourage young adults to return to Tracy after finishing their education. In addition to serving as Chair of our Membership Committee, Kaylin serves as Club Service Director at the Tracy Rotary Club and is a board member for Good Samaritan.
Dave Garcia, Chair, Marketing Committee
Michael Langley was raised in Tracy at a time when Tracy schools offered arts opportunities to all students. As a journalist, Michael worked in communities across the nation and witnessed just how important public centers, dedicated to the celebration and education of the arts, were in places like Sacramento, Washington, D.C. and Colorado Springs. Michael volunteered in 2006 and 2007 to help to open the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts and carries with him the ideals that are the foundation of its rehabilitation: this is the community's center and the Grand Foundation is the community's voice and advocate. When Michael returned to Tracy in 2013 as the editor of the Tracy Press, he was excited to be able to dedicate himself once again to the Grand Foundation's mission.
Dr. Andrew Trosien
Andrew Trosien, originally from Michigan, resides in Tracy with his wife and three children. He's lived and practiced orthodontics in town since the year 2000. He's been voted #1 orthodontist since 2003 and routinely participates in a variety of community activities and charities. He began working with McHenry House years ago by sponsoring their Kids in a Box fundraiser. Andy began his involvement with the Grand Foundation by participating as a contestant in the Dancing with the Tracy Stars fundraising event and was so inspired by the Foundation that he decided to go on to be a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors.