SJC Directors

Carolyne Swayze

Hailing from Chicago, Carolyne relocated to California in the early 1970s, making a thirty-year career mainly in San Francisco where she worked in local, state and Federal levels of government. She has worked almost that same length of time as a pop/jazz singer, songwriter, and composer, working the Bay Area hotel and country club circuits throughout mid 1970 through the early 1990s. Retiring from public service in 2007, she published her first novel, Of Noble Character in 2012, with plans to release the second edition of the bound version sometime in 2019. In 2016 she established the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative, and serves as CEO and president of the SJC Board of Directors.



Holly Tigard

A Bay Area native. She was born into a musically creative family where her father, Lenny Tigard earned his living early on by playing jazz piano with talented local musicians such as Paul Desmond, Joe Dodge, Joe Morello, and Johnny Coppola, and appeared on the Don Sherwood television show back in the fifties.  Holly’s mother was a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet for several years before marrying Lenny and moving to Virginia during the war.  Holly grew up surrounded by and loving music and, at a young age, began to perform in choirs at school and church which carried her into her college years.  Those were the most fertile of times for jazz in San Francisco and she met and performed with many local jazz greats of the era – Larry Vukovich, Bennett Friedman, Al Plank, Abe Battat, Vince Lateano and Smith Dobson IV, to name a few.  Holly stayed in the Bay Area and worked the casual scene for more than 40 years singing with many different bands and leaders.  Her most cherished time was working with Del Courtney and his Tea-Dance Band at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. While music is her first love, Holly has also held positions of employment in interesting and various fields in San Francisco and Berkeley.   From director of acquisitions for an international auction house, to facilities manager for a downtown university, events director at Chabot Space & Science Center and UC Athletics, to operations manager for a national real estate company, she has gathered a diverse background of experience that has served her well over the years.

Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts with a Music emphasis and a Master’s degree in Art History from San Francisco State University. She makes her home in San Francisco.

Suzanne Bonk

Suzanne M (Sue) Bonk is a Sacramento native. She served as Director of Sacramento Crisis Nurseries from July 1995 – May 13, 2009, a nonprofit organization. Her experience includes program administration, contract compliance, program administration, fiscal management, fund development and personnel administration.

Sue was selected by Senator Michael Machado as 202 Woman of the Year for Senate District 5, Served on steering Committee to research, assess need, plan, develop, and raise “seed” money for the creation of the Sacramento Crisis Nursery in 1996. Learn More Established a second Crisis Nursery in 2002, Created the Regional Crisis Nursery Collaboration which resulted in Crisis Nurseries in Yolo and Placer and Nevada Counties, Created the “Friends of the Crisis Nurseries” auxiliary whose mission is to financially support the program through fundraising events, speaker’s bureau, and quarterly newsletters, Created and institutionalized the annual “Kid’s Day” event, one of the largest free events for children and families in Northern California, and originated and institutionalized the annual Partners In Protection Child Abuse Conference for professionals in Sacramento County. In addition, she established Children’s Councils in three Sacramento County communities. established the annual “Care For Our Children Holiday Campaign” which brings over 4000 gifts to abused and neglected children in Sacramento, served as a member of five-person task force, created by Superior Court Judge Roger Warren, which successfully established the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in Sacramento, created the annual “Children’s March on the Capitol”, an advocacy and public awareness event involving children from throughout Northern California, legislators, and children’s advocate, and developed countywide resource directories: 1) Multicultural Directory, listing all child abuse resource in Sacramento County for four primary cultural groups: African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. (2) Resource Directory for Families with Developmentally Disabled Children. Sue makes her home in Sacramento and with a love for jazz, currently serves on the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative board holding the office of Treasurer.

 

Sheila Marionneaux’s core business specialties include change communications, fundraising and development programs, public relations, technical writing, and strategic initiatives. She has enjoyed a successful twenty-five plus year career of Communications, and Organization Fundraising and Development, having worked for high profile companies such as HARPO, Inc., WTTW Channel 11, CB Richard Ellis, and Chicago Business Volunteers for the Arts, among others. A graduate of Columbia College of Chicago, she majored in Broadcast Journalism and majored in Public Relations. In addition to her board functions, for now, Sheila will serve as the Planning and Program Development Coordinator, as she assists SJC, as they change their format to bring the same level of quality shows that now includes raising COVID-19 awareness. In a field dominated by men, Sheila’s appointment makes the organization a fifty-percent black, all female-led enterprise bringing you outstanding performances featuring classic jazz and songs from the American Standards songbook.

 

Carol Manson

Sacramento jazz artist Carol Manson is appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative, Inc.
Originally from Berkeley, Carol started by playing violin in grammar school, then going on to sing in choirs at Berkeley High. After high school, Carol put away any thoughts of singing, getting a master’s degree in social work. She is a long time advocate for foster children and became a State official capping off a long and distinguished career as a Governor’s appointee.
As for her music, after first finding her voice as a singer, following a health challenge, she had to find it again, and find it again, she did. Leaving her comfort zone as a choir singer to shine as a soloist, she won the 9th Independent Music Award (IMA) VOX Pop Award for the single “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

Other singing credits include being a part of the cast for the musical, Hallelujah City at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, and the Tower Theatre in Roseville. Carol was a key performer at the 2011 Legislative Back To Session Bash. She now has three CDs to her credits.

In her spare time, she manufactures handmade soaps under the trade name, Simon Sudz, named after her beloved, now departed Cocker Spaniel, Simon.