Board Member Biographies

Samantha Ince, Board President 

Samantha Ince joined the Friends of the Heritage Theatre in 2016 after responding to a request for volunteers to help with concessions at performances.  Sam’s interest in community theater goes back to her high school days on the East coast where she appeared in several productions at the North Fork Community Theater on Long Island. A Bay Area resident since 1997 and a Campbell resident since 2009, Sam’s affection for the Heritage Theatre was cemented when she appeared onstage as the Scarecrow in a 2006 production of The Wizard of Oz. In addition to enjoying and celebrating all that Campbell has to offer, Sam partners with local businesses to provide workplace investigation services and training through her company, Workplace Integrity Group. 

 

Jennifer Anson, Board Vice President 

Jennifer Anson has served on the Friends of the Heritage Theatre since 2018. She currently works as a special events sales manager for Live Nation. She previously served as a sales manager for the San Jose Theaters for more than a decade, booking a wide range of programming for the San Jose Civic, Center for the Performing Arts, California Theatre, and Montgomery Theater. Jennifer has always had a passion for theater. Over the years, she has performed in numerous onstage roles in musical theater productions, plays, and dance recitals. She also held several technical theater positions with work in stage management, directing, set construction, props, costuming, lighting, and sound. Jennifer has an MBA from UCLA specializing in entertainment, marketing and technology management, and a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis with double majors in Theater and Film.   

 

Suzanne Rodrigues, Board Treasurer 

Suzanne Rodrigues has been active on the Friends of the Heritage Theatre since 2011. She is a lifetime resident of the local area and a graduate of the Campbell High School District. She was active in the theater arts during her early years and has always had a passion for all aspects of the theater, whether it be acting, stage management, set design, lighting or sound. Suzanne has been volunteering in the Campbell community since 1997. Her contributions include working on the Summer Concert Series and serving on the Board of the Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation. Suzanne is a business and technology executive who specializes in harmonizing projects, people and technology to accomplish tasks on time and within budget.  

 

Yvette Huygen, Board Secretary 

Yvette Huygen has been a part of the Friends of the Heritage Theatre since 2011. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and could frequently be seen acting in local theatre productions in her youth. Yvette is passionate about the arts and travel as a way to encourage cross-cultural understanding. Yvette has her own business coaching professionals and leaders who want to build satisfying careers that align with their values, vision and voiceShe also partners with corporate organizations to develop communications that engage employees and customers. Before becoming a certified professional coach, Yvette led public relations, internal communications, community outreach, and diversity and inclusion for multi-national technology and healthcare companies. She previously served on the Boards of the Women’s Initiative and Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). 

 

Nandini Acharya, Board Member 

Nandini Acharya joined the Friends of the Heritage Theatre in 2022 because she has a passion for the arts and music. She is a vice president and deputy general counsel at VIAVI Solutions. Prior to joining the legal team at VIAVI, Nandini served as in-house corporate counsel at several tech companies, including Oracle and Hortonworks. She also worked at the SEC for several years in the Division of Corporation Finance. Nandini began her legal career as an associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago and Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. She holds a law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and a Master of Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Nandini previously served as a board member of the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago and Junior Achievement of Northern California and has volunteered as a member of the Junior League and Las Madres. 

 

Chris Bracher, Board Member 

Chris Bracher is a third-generation resident of Campbell who joined the Friends of the Heritage Theatre in 2013. He is active in City government, including serving as a volunteer on the committee that updated the Campbell General Plan 2040. The City Council appointed him as a commissioner on the Civic Improvement Board in November 2020. Chris previously worked in entertainment and owned a vending business. He was instrumental in revitalizing the concessions program, which contributes to the majority of the Friends' fundraising and enabled the creation of a Theatre endowment fund. Chris has been a member of the Peninsula Banjo Band since 1977 and has held various positions on its board such as president, booking agent, communications director, and membership director (current). Chris also serves on the boards of the Campbell Police Foundation and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Saratoga.  

 

Ed Gordon, Board Member 

Ed Gordon joined the Friends of the Heritage Theatre in 2022. He is a lifetime resident of the Bay Area and has lived in Campbell for more than 24 years. Ed was raised in a musical household, an interest that continues to this day through his work on the history of the Hawaiian guitar and its impact on American music. Ed was inspired to join the Friends after seeing multiple shows at the Heritage Theatre, especially Jake Shimabukuro. He is a former software engineer whose recent theater experience is teaching kids how to walk on stilts. 

 

Lee Kopp, Board Member 

Lee Kopp joined the Friends of the Heritage Theatre in 2016. He has spent his entire working life in the arts world. He started acting professionally at the age of 16, and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild. He has performed in hundreds of stage productions, films, TV programs, commercials, industrials, and live corporate events. He owned and operated a children’s theater company for more than 20 years and is a working musician and script writer. Lee currently serves with Symphony San Jose as a publicist and as the educational outreach director for ArtSPARK, the company’s renowned field-trip program for elementary schools. He also manages arts messaging for sjDANCEco, Steinway Society – The Bay Area, and San José Chamber Orchestra.