Wayne Austin, Dr. Ernest Levister, Chris Levister, Dr. Hugh Bialecki, and Lori Semeniuk, left to right
Board of Directors
Chris Levister | president
Chris Levister co-founded the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation in 2006. She has served as Foundation President since 2007. Chris oversees the core functions of the organization to enable it to achieve its mission and long-term vision. Areas of focus include: strategy, finance, board management, fundraising, and program delivery. She developed a passion for music and jazz in particular during college where she worked as an on air radio personality. Chris is a former national news correspondent and on air anchor. She is a freelance journalist for various national and international news agencies. Chris holds a doctorate in law and dual masters in English and Philosophy. She practices administrative law in southern California.
Dr. Hugh Bialecki | vice president/treasurer
Dr. Hugh Bialecki has practiced preventive, cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry in Lake Arrowhead since 1989. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Tri-County Dental Society, International Academy of Sports Dentistry, and an alumnus of the Pride Institute. Dr. Bialecki currently lives in Lake Arrowhead with his wife Lori, and son Drake. His sons Gavin and Nick attend college in Southern California.
Lori Semeniuk | secretary
Lori Semeniuk has lived in Lake Arrowhead for more than 25 years, raising three sons in the public schools here and assisting her husband in his dental business. An Environmental Activist on Board of Directors of Save Our Forest Association, a group founded to protest the US Forest Services divesting itself of three properties in area. The Eagle Ridge property was sold three times, Strawberry Peak was retained as was a property in Valley of Enchantment by Forest Service.
Lori has been active in the Arrowhead Arts Auxiliary for 12 years, having first worked as a volunteer coordinator of The Blue Jay Jazz Festival. She began working more than 22 years ago at Mountain Thrift Shoppe in Blue Jay, including working to benefit The Arrowhead Arts Association for the past dozen years, and worked for the San Bernardino Land Trust for more than 12 years.
With a bachelor's degree in Studio Art Lithography and Printmaking from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in Medical Illustration from UC San Francisco, Lori has been a member of the Board of the Rim Education Foundation since 2010. "I strongly believe in art education being available to students in our public schools," she says.
She is just as dedicated to the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation's mission.
"I have always appreciated live music in many forms and have been astonished by the range of musical styles that have been performed at Blue Jay Festival events," she says. "Chris Botti and band were here in 1998. Cultural happenings are crucial for our mountain residents and guests."
Dr. Ernest Levister
Dr. Ernest Levister is a practicing physician and chemical engineer. He is a product of Harlem, New York. His love for jazz took root at New York’s famous Apollo Theater. He brings to the BJJF leadership and board experience in the military, the US Diplomatic Corps, state and national organizations and foundations. He serves as a mentor to aspiring engineering and pre medical students.
Dan Parker brings a track record of successful business development and philanthropic support to the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation board. He believes that
exposing children of all ages to music is critical, not just to helping them excel in their overall curriculum but in building the foundation for a well-rounded life.
Throughout his commercial brokerage career, Dan has focused on the shopping
center industry. He is experienced in the design and construction aspects of retail
shopping centers, and as president of Parker & Associates, Inc. is responsible for private placement analysis, shopping center investment sales, and leasing. In
1990 he founded California Centers Magazine, Inc., a retail trade publication for
the shopping center industry, which was subsequently sold to France Media.
Locally, Dan purchased and upgraded the building in Agua Fria where Puglia
Restaurant is now located, as well as re-tenanted the building at 40th and
Waterman in which there is a Starbucks and a dental office.
In addition to his support for Blue Jay Jazz, Dan and his companies have raised
substantial funds to support Children’s Miracle Network, Olive Crest, Hope for
Kids, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
Dan and Jeanne Parker have contributed to education in another way: Jeanne
and their three sons are all public school teachers. The Parkers have also acted
as foster parents for a 6-year-old boy and a month-old baby girl.