Meet our Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors
Steve Stopper, Founder, School for Creative Careers
Steve was inspired to create School for Creative Careers (SFCC) to provide students’ with hands on experience, using the best technologies in the creative arts and has a passion for sharing his expertise in multi-media arts. For over 20 years, he’s has been an established business owner in San Diego, designing and installing audio-visual systems. Steve designed the multimillion dollar television complex for Sweetwater School District and was a keynote speaker at the National Student Television conference. His long list of clients include Spreckels Theatre, Institute of Americas at UC San Diego, Golden Hall, and all of the YMCAs in San Diego – just to name a few.
Steve holds a Master Antena Television (MATV) certificate with the National Systems Contractors Association. He also serves as a mentor and program advisor for local theatrical programs. He received the Community Service award for King Chavez Academy for his support in developing their TV programs.
Stan recently retired after 36 years of service within the Sweetwater Union High School District as a teacher, football coach and dean of activities at various schools. He oversaw the opening of Eastlake High School in 1992 and served as vice principal before assuming the role of principal in 1995. It was under his leadership that the school, then the newest in the district, earned recognition as a California Distinguished School as well as numerous athletic banners. Upon retirement, to honor him and his contributions to the District and the community, Eastlake High named its athletic stadium Stan Canaris Stadium. He also taught and was head football coach at Hilltop High, taught at Sweetwater High School, and served as dean of activities at Mar Vista High School.
Stan is a life-time member and Vice President of Eastlake Education Foundation. He has received numerous awards over the years. Highlights of these are: Administrator of the Year at Sweetwater Union High District, San Diego Proclamation, Coach of the Year, Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Recognition from President George W. Bush.
Tom Versen founded Blue Sky Productions now T&T Creative in 1994 and along with his business partner Tony Sisti has produced several notable clients/shows including The Dave Koz Radio Show, The BeBe Winans Radio Show, The Donnie McClurkin Show, airline programming for over a dozen carriers, and Classic Covers with Ray Manzarek of the Doors. In 1999, Tom Versen ventured to New York and served as founding Director/Production and Creative Services for the groundbreaking launch of Sirius Satellite Radio. He was responsible for the development of and production of 100 channels of audio programming. He also provided channel direction and imaging and collaborated with Program Directors to ensure the highest standard of programming. His duties also included managing a staff force of producers, writers, and voice talent professionals, as well as controlling the production and imaging budget.
Renowned USC Thorton Professor, with decades of experience. Biersach is best known for his class, “The Beatles: Their Music and Their Times,” which has grown wildly popular with non-music majors since it was first offered some 20 years ago. Biersach refers to it as his “one really brilliant idea,” a semester dedicated to studying what he considers the most influential band of all time.
Alexandra Germon is a real estate agent and radio personality supporting small businesses on a local AM 1170 radio. She is passionate about causes that change people's lives. She lives and breathes real estate, marketing, innovation and community causes. Alexandra devotes her time to helping School for Creative Careers and Starlight Theater to be recognized as pillars of San Diego's community.
Gary is a broadcast professional with 30 years of creative sales and administrative expertise across a large array of broadcast platforms including television on camera and behind the scenes and cable and live entertainment radio. He has worked with many legendary radio personalities and assisted programing at B100FM, while it grew to the number one station in San Diego. He teaches television instruction at Scripps Ranch High School and also founded the first social media weather outlet, growing it to over two million Facebook views. Gary serves as advisor to our “Lights, Camera, Awesome!” and participates this dynamic live television seminar. He serves as a strong example to students seeking careers in news journalism or as an on-air personality.
Mark has been the Director of Rancho Buena Vista's Award winning Theatre Arts program for 27 years. He has produced over a hundred plays. The Alumni out of his program work in every facet of the entertainment industry. They are Broadway performers and technicians, they costume for the Metropolitan Opera and run sound for Bruno Mars. Mark is also a teacher with Vista Unified School District’s Career Technical Education and is a member of the California State Thespian Hall of Fame. At SFCC, he assists with advising the curriculum and directs students in music videos. He enjoys watching the students find success in something that they love and sharing his passion for the Arts.
Dan is an alumnus of UC San Diego and received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in
1986. He’s been an attorney in private practice since then. In addition to nearly 30 years in estate planning and litigation practice, he’s mediated nearly 1000 disputes. He was honored by the Los Angeles Superior Court as the Probate mediator of the year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He has been a member of numerous Boards of Directors and been counsel to multiple non-profit organizations over the past 25 years.
Highly skilled at troubleshooting and administering computer hardware and software systems. Experience includes 18+ years troubleshooting Windows PC's, (business and personal class), network design, call center phone systems. Also very skilled at turning raw data into usable sales information for marketing teams using Excel Pivot tables as well as SQL server and Microsoft Access.