President: Dr. Martha Masters studied at the Peabody Conservatory with Manuel Barrueco, and at the University of Southern California, where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Scott Tennant. Martha's international performing career began after winning the GFA International Competition in 2000; she now teaches at California State University Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Martha joined the Board of Directors in January 2003, was elected Executive Vice-President in June 2004, served as Executive Director from 2005 until 2010, and was elected President in June of 2010. Martha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artistic Director: Brian Head enjoys a vibrant, frequently frenetic career as a guitarist, teacher, and composer, performing as a soloist and collaboratively with many groups including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their New Music Group, the New World Symphony, Le Rossignol, inauthentica, Jacaranda and Xtet. Brian's own compositions have been performed for many years throughout the U.S. in premier venues in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., and abroad in such cities as Tokyo, Berlin, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, Sao Paulo, and Dubai. Since 2001, Brian has held a dual appointment on the Classical Guitar and Composition faculties as a senior lecturer at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where he maintains an active guitar studio, lectures on a wide range of subjects, and directs the undergraduate music theory program. From 2004 until 2010 Brian led the Guitar Foundation of America as its president. In June of 2010, he was elected as the first Artistic Director of the GFA. Brian can be reached at email@example.com
Vice President: Jeff Cogan studied guitar at California State University, Northridge with Ronald C. Purcell. He has performed in concerts in many American cities and in European cities such as Rust, Austria, Perigueux, France, Lanuvio, Italy, Aranda De Duero, Spain, and Belgrade, Serbia. Jeff's teaching career began in 1982 at Chapman University where he remains director of guitar studies and music technology. He is a board member and program chairman of the Orange County Guitar Circle. Jeff has directed the GFA International Guitar Competition since 1987.
Vice President - Treasurer: Pam Gerken has over 25 years accounting experience as owner of Expert Bookkeeping Services in Orange, CA. Her business specializes in Restaurant accounting and currently handles over 65 clients with the help of her staff. Pam has been a long time supporter and fan of classical guitar. In addition to her new position with the GFA Board, she has served as Treasurer for Rocco’s Heart, an HLHS Foundation, since 2007.
Vice President - Secretary: Robert Lane holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in Finance from the Marshall School of Business and a Juris Doctor from the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. Having practiced law for over 23 years, Bob has represented and advised corporations in litigation, transactional, and compliance matters as both outside and in-house counsel. A student of the guitar and its history for many years, Bob has become an avid advocate and collector. He has been a member of the GFA Board since 2000.