Board of Directors
Jeanette Cool, Executive Director
Ms. Cool studied music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, earning a bachelor’s and a graduate degree in music theory. She was organist and choir director at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in South San Francisco (1995-2013) and secretary of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists executive committee (2010 – 2013). Currently, Ms. Cool is Secretary of the Board of Directors of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a USA non-profit that supports the health, educational, cultural, and spiritual development of people in Palestine through the outreach programs of the Diyar Consortium.
For many years, Ms. Cool provided business management for entrepreneurs. This work led her to a very special client: Sam Mazza. She immensely enjoyed her long tenure and relationship with Mr. Mazza, whose idiosyncratic ways and sure-footed independence set the stage for an enduring and distinct legacy in the Sam Mazza Foundation.
As the foundation’s executive director, Ms. Cool takes great pride in honoring Mr. Mazza by shaping his legacy to have visibility and long-lasting impact.
Anne Galjour is a veteran playwright and performer whose theatrical works have been produced by numerous professional theatres, colleges, and theatre festivals around the country. Her plays and solo performance work have garnered numerous local and national awards. She is a lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University. Ms. Galjour is committed to supporting the next generation of artists and arts educators through her work on the Board of Directors of the Sam Mazza Foundation.
Robert l. weinberg, ph.d
Robert Weinberg is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant living in San Francisco. Robert grew up in NYC with a mother who worked as a publicist for Broadway Theatre, Opera, and Ballet. He was immersed in the performing arts from an early age and also performed in plays, musicals, and with choral groups throughout his college years.
Masters of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University and taught painting, drawing and Art History for many years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux,
such venues as Berkeley Rep, The Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, A Traveling Jewish Theatre. Southern Repertory in New Orleans, and The Hapgood Theatre at Dartmouth University through Z-space Studio. He has worked with many outstanding artists and directors including Anne Galjour, Julie
Hebert, Gary Leon Hill, John O’Keefe, David Dower, Mary Fourcade, Jane Wenger and others. In Television, he has designed sets for KTVU, KPIX, KGO, KTSF and Telemundo in the Bay Area. He has designed the half time sets for 13 Pro-bowls and 12 United Way Thanksgiving Day games for the NFL through the e2k Production group, where he worked with many outstanding pop artists ranging from Don Ho and Mariah Carey to Enrique Eglesias and The Backstreet Boys.
He has also designed sets in the Republic of Georgia for Rustavi 2– the first privately owned station in the former Soviet Republic.
Earthquake exhibit at The California Academy of Sciences. He worked at the 2015 Mayors Conference in San Francisco with the internationally known puppeteer, Basil Twist. He also designed the Robert Mondavi Trade show area ( a re-creation of the Winery itself) in Chengdu, China that same year. In 2016, he designed the Santa Village for the Napa Valley Wine Train at the Yountville Depot.
Angelo Mazza, Director Emeritus (Deceased)
Mr. Mazza was the youngest of Sam Mazza’s six siblings. A veteran of the U.S. Navy who saw combat during World War II, Mr. Mazza began his professional life in the family grocery business and went on to a distinguished career in real estate in the Bay Area. He was a top executive for City S&L, Gibraltar S&L and Continental S&L, and he served as president of the Savings Association Mortgage Company (SAMCO), which sought to reverse patterns of discrimination by assisting racial minorities in securing home loans. Mr. Mazza came out of retirement to turn around negative earnings at Continental S&L, where he returned as president for two years before retiring again in 1982.
Mr. Mazza played a vital role in establishing the Sam Mazza Foundation and continued to contribute to our success through his wisdom, wit and insight until his death in 2011.