David Gibbs

Chairman of the Board
In 1991, Dave Gibbs became the third director of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Under his leadership, innovation, excellence, and creative programs - coupled with an entrepreneurial mindset - have helped BDPA consistently be one of the top performing arts organizations in the world. Dave currently serves as a Senior Executive Advisor to BD Performing Arts. He also served for three years as Chairman of the Board for Drum Corps International, and has been a member of the Executive and Finance committees for DCI. He was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2002.

Dave performed in the Blue Devils from 1974 through 1977. In 1978, he became the Drum Major, a position that he held until his age out year of 1980. David joined the "A" Corps and Winter Guard staffs when he aged out, and over the next 10 years he was a part of the visual staff as an instructor and visual designer.

In addition to his work with the Blue Devils over that ten-year span, David worked with Live Oak High School, Valley Fever Drum and Bugle Corps, and many other bands, corps, and winter guards around the country. He also traveled throughout the country and globally presenting clinics. David received a degree in Business Finance from San Jose State.

David is married to his beautiful wife Sherrie and together they have a son (Peyton Edward) and daughter (Ainsley Elise).

Todd Tanji

Vice President
Todd is Vice President of System Blue and a member of the Board. He has also served on the BD Performing Arts Board & Advisory Board since 2003. His professional background is as an engineer, manager, and entrepreneur in the semiconductor industry. He has founded multiple successful companies in integrated circuits and engineering consulting. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, both from the University of Minnesota.

Todd was a performer with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 1981 and 1982. He also performed with Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps from 1978 to 1980 and has served on the Minnesota Brass Board of Directors since 2010. He is an active trumpet player and composer currently residing in Eagan, MN.

Jeff DeMello

Jeff is secretary to the board of System Blue. He spent 30 years as a computer, network, and database security expert where he was instrumental in a number of startup companies. These startups were based upon his successes in the Aerospace community (with Ford Aerospace, GTE Government Systems, ESL, Lockheed Missiles & Space, and TRW) and in the commercial software business (with Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and others). Jeff’s has been a project manager, product manager, vendor security analyst, and systems & software engineer. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University Chico.

Since his retirement, Jeff has concentrated his efforts on non profits, holding positions on the Board of Directors of BD Performing Arts – where he previously served as President – the Sponsors of Musical Enrichment, the Drum Corps Heritage Society, Ott Entertainment Inc., and most recently the Aeronautical Education Foundation.

Jeff marched with the Blue Devils from 1973 to 1978, and was the section leader of the Baritone line. He was brass instructor for the San Jose Raiders Drum & Bugle corps from 1979-1980, then returned to the Blue Devils for a two years as Director of Transportation / Tour Director. Taking time off from Drum Corps, he pursued his career in information security, then returned to the Blue Devils Board in 1999. Jeff has also been a Brass Instructor for the Jim Ott Brass Ensemble for the three years.

Kit Rodgers

Kit Rodgers serves as Treasurer for System Blue. He is a senior executive at Cryptography Research, one of the world's most respected and influential data security companies. With an entrepreneurial background in building teams and businesses, Kit's experiences include business development, technology licensing, operations, finance and corporate strategy.

Before joining Cryptography Research Kit was Vice President of Operations at Acumen Sciences and also held positions at 12 Entrepreneuring, Scient, Real World Solutions and Stanford University. He holds B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees from Stanford University, where he is a Mayfield Entrepreneurship Fellow.

Kit played baritone for the Cadets in 1992. He stayed involved in performing arts as a trombone player in the Stanford Marching Band and as a consulting instructor for high school marching bands. Kit is currently a board member of Stanford Athletics Board and has previously been president of Stanford's Buck-Cardinal Athletic Board and a board member of Stanford's Band Alumni Board. While attending Stanford Kit was a walk-on football player.

Donna Batchelor

Board Member
Donna Batchelor spent 23 years in the commercial real estate industry where she was a partner in her firm in charge of the business operations and property management team for a San Francisco based real estate development and management company focused on office and industrial properties.

After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, as a volunteer, Donna spent several months in Mississippi working through the national office of Rebuilding Together to re-establish a local affiliate in the region to begin to allow volunteer labor to assist with the rebuilding process in the region.

For her work, she received the 2006 Carolyn L. Morgan, National Volunteer of the Year Award in Washington, D.C.

Donna marched with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps as Drum Major from 1974-1976. She is a past member of the Policy Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, University of California, Berkeley as well as Past President of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Oakland, the local affiliate of a national non-profit organization.

Rosa Lee Harden

Board Member
Rosa Lee is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully launched, rebooted, or reinvented close to a dozen successful businesses. She currently works as the executive producer of SOCAP, a series of international conferences for people who invest in or create social enterprises, or businesses engaged in social return. Rosa Lee is a founding director of Impact Hub Bay Area, a coworking space, event series, and business support tool for a global and local community of changemakers.

Previously, she was one of the founding partners of Net Market Makers, a company that provided information, resources, and connections to the people who build and grow internet markets.

Prior to moving to the Bay Area she was a newspaper publisher and published the Mississippi Business Journal for a decade. Also in Mississippi, she was a founding board member of the Metro Jackson Habitat for Humanity serving from 1987 to 1996.

Rosa Lee's daughter B.J. Harden Jones was a member the Blue Devils B Corps and Open Winter Guard from 1996 to 1999. B.J. marched with the A Corps in 2001 and 2002. During that time, Rosa Lee – and her husband Kevin Jones – were active parent volunteers. Rosa Lee joined the board of BD Performing Arts in 2001 and and has served in various capacities throughout the years. She is currently serves as president of the Blue Devils organization. In 2009 she was a founding board member and for two years served as staff coordinator for the Music City Drum Corps in Nashville, Tennessee. Rosa Lee has recently engaged a new performing arts passion through becoming a ballroom dancer.

John Oppedisano

Board Member
John M. Oppedisano is a retired defense industry executive with more than 30 years experience in both government and private sectors, working in supply chain, legal and program management. John is currently Managing Partner of OP Consulting Group, a Washington, DC-based defense acquisition and management consulting firm specializing in today’s multi-disciplined, cross functional markets. OP-CG is staffed with experienced senior personnel from the defense, aerospace, healthcare, and social services industries.

John’s involvement in the marching arts began in 1963 with the St. Agnes Band in Arlington, Massachusetts.John marched with Massachusetts Corps NorthStar and the 27th Lancers. After aging out in 1978, John continued to stay involved as an instructor working with North Star, 27th Lancers, The Cadets. He moved to California in 1982 to serve as a visual instructor for the Blue Devils A Corps from 1982 to 1987 and again in 1994. In addition, he has taught and adjudicated high school and college bands in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. John lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife Debi. He is an avid golfer and a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club.