Board of Directors

Estelle Cimino

Executive Director

Estelle Cimino is the President and Executive Director of FFCE/Friends of the Beat Museum. She is a business professional with extensive experience in starting and operating businesses and has expertise in management, marketing, and finance.

Estelle is known as a dynamic presenter and facilitator with strong organizational, verbal and written communication skills and can effectively plan, develop and direct implementation of projects, programs and events.

Having received her Master’s Degree in Career Counseling and her B.S. degree in Marketing she works as a career coach for clients, and facilitator of classes and teams in outplacement for Lee Hecht Harrison in Silicon Valley. In addition, she has her own life and career coaching practice, Career Action Center ( where she offers webinars and works individually with clients that range from students to early and mid-career as well as late career individuals that are moving into active retirement.

With her highly intuitive and optimistic nature, and extraordinary listening and coaching skills, she helps clients uncover profound insights that open their eyes and propel them forward to living their best life even in cases where they have experienced deep loss and change.

Estelle’s creativity and strong entrepreneurial drive has led her in  creating, owning, and operating a variety of businesses including the Monterey Coffeehouse Bookshop, which won the Small Business Administration Business of the Year Award as well as the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Award.

Jerry Cimino

Secretary & Treasurer

Jerry Cimino is the Treasurer of FFCE/ Friends of the Beat Museum and is a goal-oriented marketing, sales, business and management professional with a history of achieving maximum volumes and increasing market share through effective relationship management. He is a strategic and creative thinker who combines excellent leadership, problem-solving and communication skills with an emphasis on delivering results.

Jerry is the CEO and curator of The Beat Museum in San Francisco and was previously the Director of Business Development for American Express in Silicon Valley.

He is recognized and known as an outstanding performer and presenter and was instrumental to the success of the Beat Museum on Wheels roadtrip program delivering performances to schools and community venues across the US.

Jerry has exceptional relationship building skills cultivating partnerships and collaborations for a multitude of projects.

Being a highly creative poet and writer, he writes many articles and is working on completing his first novel, Sleeping with Maya.

Judith Barnett

Board Member

Judith has worked with several non-profits including the International Bluegrass Music Association, the Southeastern Bluegrass Association and the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. She has been an active volunteer and fund raiser for AIDS awareness, the Georgia Rape Crisis Center, and other organizations.

In the Information Technology industry, Judith has been employed as a Senior Consultant with the Judicial Council of the California, Administrative Office of the Courts.

She has also been CTO at one of the premier web development companies in the Southeast having produced several music based shows on community television, financed and produced several album projects and built and managed the University of Central Florida radio station.

Currently, Judith is the owner and CEO of Vyndyco Corporation specializing in software and web development, media and data conversion, and project management.

With her unique combination of  technology, non-profit, fundraising, and management expertise Judith is a tremendous asset to our organization.

Jonathan Cooperman

Board Member

Jonathan has a doctorate in physical therapy and a law degree. He is the former Chair of the Ethics and Judicial Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association and has served as the President of The Ohio Physical Therapy Association. As an academic with full faculty appointments at four Universities, he has taught courses on “Human Resource Management” and “Legal and Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation.”

Jonathan successfully managed a 10,000 square foot physical therapy practice with a staff of ten. He served as the adviser from the American Physical Therapy Association to the American Medical Association for issues related to billing and coding. Currently, he is completing a multi-year government project in Saudi Arabia.

His significant experience in leadership, strategic planning, budgeting, conflict management, staffing and legal issues along with his eye for detail brings our organization much needed perspective from a business, legal and compliance orientation.

Brian George

Board Member

Brian is a highly experienced business and sales manager with fifteen years experience as a print broker in graphic arts. He is accomplished in building and maintaining strong customer and partner relationships, ultimately resulting in growing revenues and achieving profit objectives. His clients have included Pebble Beach Company, McGraw Hill, and The Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as many other organizations in various industries.

Brian has outstanding project management capabilities with exemplary communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem solving skills. His exceptionally strong creative, leadership and interpersonal skills have helped his clients transform rough concept into visually powerful and effective products or campaigns.

His non-profit experience includes organizing and managing events, advocacy, project management and presenting and facilitating programs and seminars for Beyond War, Amnesty International and Pacific Coast Church.

Brian’s brings great expertise in business, sales and management, including project management.