GFBLA Board & Staff

GFBLA Board of Directors

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DAVID DOAN

President

GFBLA Member since 2016

David Doan joined GFBLA in 2016 and was elected on the Board of Directors for the 2017 season.  He was then elected Vice President in 2018 before serving in his current role as President since 2019. While on the Board, he has accomplished much including submitting a competitive bid to host the 2019 Pride Bands Alliance Conference, introduced the vision statement and core values for GFBLA, and implemented many programs, processes, and procedures with the goal of effective and adaptive governance.  David is committed to using music as an art form to promote unity, diversity, equity, inclusion, visibility, humanity, social justice, and positive social change for all communities, particularly the LGBTQ+ community and ally. 

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DAVID BURCH

Treasurer

GFBLA Member since 1995

David Burch was a member of the first Board of Directors for the Freedom Band Foundation of Los Angeles in 2002 and has served on the board since then. He is retired after serving 23 years as a librarian at Loyola Law School. David Burch serves on the board because he believes that community bands are important.

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MIA BARNETT

Director of Development

GFBLA Member since 2019

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Mia graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Political Science. She is a freelance video editor and social media manager with a passion for building and strengthening community. She volunteers with Nikkei Progressives, a grassroots activism organization based in Little Tokyo, and sits on the features programming committee for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. In addition to playing clarinet with GFBLA, Mia plays with the Symphony of the Verdugos at Glendale Community College. In her free time, Mia enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and going to karaoke.

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GARY CARROLL

Director of Membership

GFBLA Member since 2020

Gary is a dedicated dog dad and spends his time exercising, enjoying the outdoors, practicing music, and exploring the cultural scene of Los Angeles.  Gary is a passionate nonprofit professional and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts. Growing and sustaining membership ensures that we will be able to stay relevant and continue to express our identities without shame or fear.  

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JOEY CURTI

Vice President

GFBLA Member since 2017

Joey Curti is a wildlife biologist and current Ph.D. student at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Since joining the GFBLA board in 2017, Joey has been involved in grant writing, fundraising, and a variety of different roles to ensure that the board upholds its mission and core values.  Moving forward, Joey hopes to help GFBLA gain a strong financial footing and improve GFBLA's reach and notoriety in the greater Los Angeles area.

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MELISSA SUBLETTE

Secretary

GFBLA Member since 2012

Melissa has been a member of GFBLA since 2012 and has served as the flute section leader for the past four years.  She holds a BA in French and Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and works as an Operations and HR manager in retail.  Melissa enjoys attending Dodger games, playing the flute, jet skiing, and wake boarding in her free time.  As a board member she is eager to support GFBLA logistically to promote the band's mission of acceptance, equality, and inclusion through the love of music.

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MANDI COLLIER

Director of Communications

GFBLA Member since 2017

Mandi is a native Texan but has called Los Angeles home for the last 12 years.  Mandi works as a TV Music Executive for Amazon Studios and teaches yoga as well.  In her spare time, Mandi loves playing tennis and her saxophone whenever she can.  Being on the Board of Directors, Mandi hopes to increase the visibility of GFBLA and all that the band does to our LGBTQ+ and Greater Los Angeles Area communities.

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JOSEPH DILIELLO

Director of Information Technology

GFBLA Member since 2018

Joseph is a systems engineer specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning in the aerospace and defense industry.  After moving to Los Angeles from living abroad in Germany, Joseph joined GFBLA in 2018 to return to making music and to find a supportive, welcoming community within the Greater Los Angeles area.  Since joining the Board of Directors, Joseph has helped provide the critical IT infrastructure to support GFBLA's growth and evolving needs.  In his free time, Joseph looks after his plants, goes on hikes, video games, and does crosswords.

GFBLA Staff

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JUSTIN RAINES

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

GFBLA Member since 2003

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LEONARD DOOTSON

MARCHING DIRECTOR

GFBLA Member since 1990

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JOSEPH VRANAS

ASST. ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

GFBLA Member since 2019

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FRAN LONG

LIBRARIAN

GFBLA Member since 1984

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ROBERT ULLRICH

BAND MANAGER

GFBLA Member since 2019 

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ALISON JORDAN

LIBRARIAN

GFBLA Member since 1995