Our Board


Rev. Michael Grogan, Chair, is the Pastor of Congregational Church of Lincoln City, United Church of Christ. Mike grew up in north Portland, and spent many summers in and around Lincoln City. Though he has only been living here on the coast for a few years, Mike has been a strong supporter of the Music Festival from the first concert he attended. Mike has served on numerous boards for non-profits all over the country. He has pastored congregations in Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, Washington, and Hawaii before moving back to Oregon in December, 2013. Following a four year stint in the Air Force Mike earned a B.A. from Northwest Christian University in Eugene, and a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas  Christian University.

180 SE Hwy. 101 #2 808-354-1076
Lincoln City, OR 97367 mgrogan32@gmail.com


Charlotte Lehto, Incoming Chair, 2018-2019, was born in Washington and raised in Oregon. She graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove with a BA in Business Administration and Economics, and a minor in History. Upon graduation, she moved to the East Coast, lived in New York and Virginia and worked in accounting. While in Virginia she attended post graduate studies at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg and University of Oklahoma. In the 90’s Charlotte returned to the West Coast opened a small piecework business in Forest Grove where she worked with Amblin Entertainment launching the movie Jurassic Park. In 2000 she made a career change to insurance, and relocated to Lincoln City to establish her insurance agency which serves personal, commercial, health and Medicare clients. Charlotte enjoys her volunteer work with Lincoln City Kiwanis and is Treasurer of LC Warming Shelter and Homeless Solutions. She is a classically trained pianist and looks forward to helping Siletz Bay Music Festival enhance its exposure across our coastal communities and beyond.

2537 NE 57th Court     541-994-2471 / 541-994-2884
Lincoln City, OR 97367            charlotte@insurancestores.com


CeCe Buggenhagen, Secretary, retired from a New Jersey Hospital system working in Compliance and Safety Management.  She and her husband moved to Salishan six and one-half years ago and both are active in the community.  She is also a trustee for the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation.

PO Box 1033    541-764-6880 / 541-921-0183
Gleneden Beach, OR 97367  cecebu@charter.net

Larayne Higgins, Board Member has, for decades, lived in Montana and would travel to the Oregon coast  every summer for a week.  Now she lives on the Oregon coast and travels to Montana every summer for a week, and that suits her much better.  Along with her job as advertising representative for the Oregon Coast Today, she has appeared in Red Octopus and  Theatre West productions, volunteers with her husband at the Lincoln City Culinary Center, and thoroughly enjoys   every aspect of the Siletz Bay Music Festival.  And she is happy to report she hasn’t had to shovel snow once in the last four years





Jane McKenzie


Jane McKenzie, Board Member, is a native Oregonian and graduate of the University of Oregon. Her first decades-long career in Portland was as an advertising executive. She successfully founded her own advertising agency in Portland for many for years before becoming a McDonald’s franchise owner. Jane and her husband Greg Gruber currently own and operate McDonald’s restaurants in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jane has been involved on a national level serving on many elected positions in supply chain management, marketing and public relations. Jane and Greg live in Sandy, Utah and love spending quality time at their home in Salishan. Jane’s great passions have always been a love of the arts and classical music, as well as a love of the ocean and shore.

8318 S. Ridge Point Rd. 801-414-6677
Sandy, UT 84093 janemcken@msn.com




Martha J. Payne, JD, Board Member, is an attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. She has a BS in Business Administration, Portland State University, her JD is from Lewis and Clark. Martha is a past board member, chair of various arts groups, a music lover, volunteer, full time resident on the Oregon Coast.

103 Coronado Shores 541-764-5130
Lincoln City, OR 97367 mpayne@beneschlaw.com




Robert Ratchford, Board member is a native of Yosemite California, Robert Graduated from Sonoma State University in 2008 and immediately dived headfirst into the hospitality field.  He brought his creativity and ingenuity to the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, CA as the Food & Beverage Director implementing staples that have stood the test of time and remain a tradition there to this day.  Next, he was called up to Monterey, CA where at the Monterey Tides he once again proved a valuable asset as the Director of Rooms.  Called back by his Northern California Roots, after 2 years Robert left Monterey for the rolling green hills of the Napa Valley where he spent time as the Director of Rooms at the historic Indian Springs Resort and The River Terrace Inn.  After 3 years in the famous wine country the allure of the sparkling Oregon Cost led him to Salishan where he is currently the Operations Director and is proud to be a part of Salishan’s storied present and future.”

Jain Sekuler, Board Member, worked a variety of theater tech jobs after majoring in Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Her favorites were the openings of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, and two seasons at the Santa Fe Opera.  After moving to Los Angeles she shifted from theatre to film and television production.  In 2006, along with her husband, Eliot, she founded Lummis Days, an annual non-profit, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary arts festival held in Northeast Los Angeles. She has served as a producer for the festival for the last 13 years and remains on its board.  Drawn to the cool summers of the Oregon Coast, Jain, her husband and three dogs sought refuge from L.A.’s heat in Gleneden Beach and have been splitting their time between the Oregon Coast and Southern California since her retirement in 2012.  A strong believer in community involvement, she was delighted to find in SBMF a place where she could offer her experience and service.



Majalise Tolan, Board Member, is the principal of Taft High School. She has been a high school teacher, athletic director and leader of professional development for teachers at the district and state levels. During the 2013-1014 school year, Majalise worked to create the vision for our successful Studio to Schools (STS) project funded by the Oregon Community Foundation. Majalise and her husband Jake enjoy living by the ocean in Lincoln County with their four children.

4059 Evergreen Ave 541-921-3366
Depoe Bay, OR 97341 Majalise.tolan@lincoln.k12.or.us





Mark Sanders, Executive Director

Mark is a native Oregonian residing in Salishan Hills full time. After three decades with Marriott Corporation in both Oregon and Southern California, he and his husband enjoy the Oregon life style, serving in various capacities in our community. He also serves on the Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board helping support the new Lincoln City Hospital.

PO Box 35 760-992-4175
Gleneden Beach, OR 97388 marksanders@siletzbaymusic.org





Yaacov Bergman, Artistic Director and Conductor, has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Siletz Bay Music Festival from its founding. Maestro Bergman is also Music Director of the Walla Walla Symphony, Music Director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and former Music Director of the Colorado Springs Symphony, the New York Heritage Chamber Orchestra, and the 92nd St. Y Symphonic Workshop Orchestra in New York City. He has conducted in Osaka and Kobe, Japan; Vienna, Austria; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Buffalo, San Diego, West Virginia, Redlands, and Brooklyn, in the United States, and in Israel and Denmark.

38 Chateaux Circle 914-844-7581
Scarsdale, NY 10583 yakibman@gmail.com




Advisory Board

Christine Tell recently retired as Director of Development for Achieve, a Washington, DC based non-profit where she worked with governors, business leaders, policy makers and teachers on preparing students for college and careers. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and spent 30 years in public education at all levels. Christine and her husband Jeff have lived in Salishan since 2001.






Advisory Board

Laurel Young was raised in Portland, Oregon. She then attended Dominican College of San Rafael to earn a B.A. degree in Latin and French and a Secondary Teaching Credential. To use her language skills, she lived and worked in the New York City area where her job as an international flight attendant with TWA took her all over the world. While in New York, she met her husband Dick Young, to whom she is still married. She moved to Memphis, TN when her husband was hired by FedEx. After having two sons, she earned an M.A. degree in English, taught ESL to students of all ages, and co-authored PACE Yourself: A Handbook for ESL Tutors.

She is now happily retired in Depoe Bay, Oregon where she supports education and the arts, hosts classical chamber music for Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society (Salon Series) in her home, and enjoys family, friends and hobbies.




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