Board Members
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Board Members

Board members for Christmas in the Park are responsible for the overall operations of the organization. Working closely with Christmas in the Park staff and other volunteers, the board members lead fourteen different committees to ensure the events overall success (executive, diversity, safety, display, Santa booth, vendor, Christmas in July, marketing & public relations, finance, bylaws, development, volunteer and merchandise). If you are passionate about Christmas in the Park and are interested in learning more about serving as a board member, please send an inquiry to jason@christmasinthepark.com.
President – Greg Korbel (Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis, LLP)
Immediate Past President – Andrea Perdichizzi (Micheletti Insurance Services)
Vice President – Dean Romeo (Pacific Underground Construction)
Treasurer – Karin Cogbill (Hopkins & Carley)
Secretary – Dawn Beers O'Brien (Wheelie Fun Cruise & Travel)

  • John Herschbach (Retired)
  • Stacey Holden (Retired)
  • Jennifer Maio (Piedmont Middle School)
  • Meryl McVicker (FedEx)
  • Jimmy Shoven (Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County)
  • April Hanson (City of San Jose)
  • Patrick Hammon (McManis Faulkner)
  • Charlyn Villegas (Four Winds Creative)
  • James Chen (HR Professional)
  • Nicole Emanuel (Coldwell Banker Realty)
  • Debbie Degutis (Marketing Consultant)
  • Robert Hencken (Hencken Development Consultants)
  • Vince Lima (Lima & Campagna Mortuaries)
  • Jason Vasquez (Bay Area Themes)
  • Kathleen Thomas (Via Services)
  • Ben Caputo (CBRE)
  • Honorary Board Member: Sophie Sonntag (Del Mar High School)

Executive Director

Executive Director Jason Minsky 

Jason Minsky has been involved with the San Jose community since 1993 when he was working in the Community Development department for the San Jose Sharks. Originally from South San Francisco, Minsky is a graduate of San Francisco State University and attended Serra High School in San Mateo. Having previously served on the Board of Directors for Christmas in the Park, he became the non-profit’s first Executive Director in 2012. Prior to that he served as a Vice President for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce (now the SVO) and was also Chairman for the Silicon Valley Invitational and Courageous Kids Programs for the American Cancer Society. Jason is married and has a daughter studying in college.

Jason is a member of the San Jose Rotary Club where he not only has chaired their annual gala, but is also involved in the Enterprise Leadership Program which teaches high school juniors about creating business plans and entrepreneurism. Jason is also a graduate of the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN) Leaders Institute, and has previously been part of Community Leadership San Jose. Most recently Jason completed the Stanford Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and the Disney Institute on Customer Service.

Little Known Fact: Jason has previously performed as the San Jose Sharks (1993-1998) and San Francisco 49ers (1993, 2006-2010) mascot characters S.J. Sharkie and Sourdough Sam.

Founders

  • Don Lima
  • Kay Bell
  • Mary Lima
  • Tara O’Leary Hudson
  • Dick Barrett
  • Dr. John DeHeras
  • Kay Linquist
  • Larry Otter
  • Rev. Phil Barrett
  • Mike Fowler
  • Chester W. Mason
  • Jan Passmore
  • Victor Corsiglia
  • Mary Ellen George
  • Jack Mieuli
  • Bruce Pohle
  • Herbert Crawford
  • Ron James
  • Pat O’Brian
  • Maggie Wisinski
  • Tom McEnery
  • Joe Cardinalli
  • Vern Cristina
  • Inge Miscoll

Legacy Members

  • Kay M. Bell
  • Bruce Pohle
  • Joe Cardinalli
  • Dan Caputo
  • John Popovich
  • Phil Ringenberg
  • Kay Linquist
  • Dee Degutis
  • Peggy Snell
  • Tom Trafton
  • Martie Degutis
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