Board Of Directors

    Bill Hoppin, President

Bill Hoppin joined the Throckmorton Theatre Board of Directors with a passion for sustaining Marin’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Bill is on the board of the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, having served as President of the board from 2015-’16. Currently, Bill is Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Alliances at TalkIQ. He is also Vice President at Atomic, a company of engineers and entrepreneurs who build and operate the next generation of great companies. Bill is a true executive management professional (sales/marketing, business development, fund raising, and general management) specializing in taking pre-sales start ups to revenue, profitability, and liquidity. He is also interested in technology aligned with millennial habits that can help create real and meaningful communities.

Richard S. McKinley, Treasurer

Richard has had a career in finance and a vocation in music since graduating from Occidental College in 1975. As a recently retired CPA and finance executive, he has over 30 years’ experience in finance, business planning and development and financial operations in a variety of U.S. and international industries, focusing on sound financial planning as an integral part of business planning and operations. As a musical performer and arranger, he sang and arranged for in several Los Angeles and Bay area choirs, sang and played bass and percussion in a number of Bay Area rock and jazz bands, and is currently the Director of the Throckmorton Chorus.

Richard began his finance career with seven years as a tax manager and staffer with Touche Ross & Co., serving U.S. and international clients in restaurants, real estate, light manufacturing, entertainment and banking, and earning his CPA in 1982. From 1984 through 1999, he held leadership positions with Gap Inc., heading the finance and planning function for the Old Navy Division as it grew from $600 million to $4 billion, leading the finance and planning function for the International Division from inception to sales of $70 million, and serving as Treasurer of the parent company for five years with responsibilities for treasury, tax, risk management, employee benefits, real estate finance, and inventory control. He was principal of his own financial consulting firm from late 2000 through 2011, with projects including developing and implementing workout plans for restaurant businesses in and facing bankruptcy, market prioritizations and operating plans for ISP, cable technology and wireless technology startups, and serving as part-time CFO for a real estate consulting firm and a San Francisco law firm serving Bay Area non-profits, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Richard has been a member of the Throckmorton Chorus since its inception in 2014, and became its Director in February 2015. He earned a BA in musical composition from Occidental College while singing in the Glee Club for four years, and sang in several Los Angeles area choruses, including the LA Men’s Chorus and the Youth Symphony Chorus under Michael Tilson Thomas. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1982 and has sung with many choirs in the Bay Area, including four years with the Festival Singers / Marin Symphony Chorus and four years with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. He was a cantor and section leader in church choirs from 2001 through 2014, and sung and played bass and percussion in several Bay Area rock and jazz bands, including 8 years with the North Bay cover band Go! Kat! Go! He is an experienced arranger, and the Chorus has sung several of his choral arrangements.

Richard has lived in Marin since 1991 and enjoys reading, genealogy, and the company of his wife Christina and their pets Cleo and Atticus.

     Beni Shinohara, Secretary

 A native of Nagoya, Japan, violinist Beni Shinohara studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she earned a Master of Music degree. She also studied extensively in Europe with Sandor Vegh before coming to the United States. Beni has been the Assistant Principal Second violin for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988 and Assistant Concertmaster in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1990. She has appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra. Over the years, she has premiered numerous twentieth-century Japanese composers’ works, participating in the “Music Today” Concert Series under the direction of Toru Takemitsu. She also performs with many with Bay Area chamber ensembles such as the Marin Chamber Players, Gold Coast Chamber Players, and the Edgewood Trio.  She currently lives in Mill Valley with her husband Katsuto and their Flat-Coated Retriever, Myla.

    Matt Wiggins

I recently moved from California to New York to become a bohemian capitalist. I am not sure what that label means because I just made it up, though it feels appropriate because I’m often the most capitalist-minded of my artist friends and the most artsy of my friends who eat money for breakfast.

I believe you can pick winners by understanding people. I enjoy dinner parties, salons, festivals, or live events where people can sharpen or round off their perspectives – though I appreciate the process of independent research in the field or behind a computer just as much. I prefer to always be learning, so the tribe I’ve assembled up to this point in my journey is diverse. I collaborate best with people who say “Yes” to life, but can work with anyone so long as they are serious about their craft and still don’t take themselves too seriously.

I like breaking down big problems with creative solutions. My passion is healthcare. I didn’t realize that until I was 20 years old and cured of an “incurable” disease in a remote but progressive clinic in Switzerland. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to put all the pieces together which would be essential for a modern American healthcare system.

I have spent the last ten years experimenting at the overlap of emergent technologies, disruptive innovation, and old-fashioned business building in multiple industries. My curiosity led to an unexpected education (and “career” path), which connected me with a disparate and fascinating tribe.

Lucy Mercer

Lucy founded Throckmorton Theatre with the belief that the arts are an indispensable part of human inspiration and understanding. Her vision was to use the transformative power of the arts to engage, challenge and foster community through provocative cultural and educational exchange. Today her programs represent a broad spectrum of the cultural arts and are offered to every member of our diverse community. Lucy’s deep understanding and support of the artistic process has developed an environment of understanding and respect amongst audiences and artists that lives far beyond the individual performance.