Meet Our Team

L-R standing: Jamie Foster, Bruce Rubio, Larry Zamora, Lori Semeniuk, Mary Lindsey, Wayne Austin, Ernie Levister, Gavin Bialecki, Hugh Bialecki
L- R seated: Linda Martin, Keith Martin, Chris Levister, Ruth Ruiz

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.

Dr. Hugh Bialecki | Vice President

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.

Wayne Austin | Treasurer

Wayne Austin is well known in the Lake Arrowhead community. A past General Manager of the Arrowhead Lake Association and its current Administration Supervisor, he was General Manager of the Lake Arrowhead Resort for seven years, General Manager of the Arrowhead Country Club, and President and CEO of the San Bernardino Convention and Visitors Bureau. He brings a strong background in management, finance, customer service, employee relations and business growth to his role as Treasurer of the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board.

Wayne received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently serves as Chairman of the San Bernardino Police Officers Foundation. Wayne is a past member of Lake Arrowhead Rotary and served on the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce Board for many years.

Wayne’s love of Jazz began at South Torrance High School, where he sang in the elite stage choir as a sophomore, winning best male vocalist his senior year. The choir’s main focus was jazz, winning several awards including a trip to the Hollywood Bowl for the Battle of the Bands. Howard Rumsey’s Concerts by the Sea was a favorite hang out back in the late ’70s with that West Coast Jazz. He is a big fan of Jazziz Magazine and highly recommends it to all jazz lovers.

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.

Mary Lindsey

Mary Lindsey is life-long mountain resident.  Began internet publishing in 1996.  She has volunteered over the years in several service organizations, Past President with Arrowhead Arts Association, Producer for Rim Festival Chorus, Board Member of the Crestline Community Alliance.  Currently media coordinator with Blue Jay Jazz Foundation.

Keith Martin & Linda Martin

About the Blue Jay Jazz Foundation

The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation (BJJF), which produces the annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 2007. Its mission is to build music appreciation and promote audience development to secure the future of jazz as a performing art, and support music education in the San Bernardino Mountain communities. Our Education Programs are designed in coordination with music directors of middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities, including Rim of the World High School and California State University San Bernardino.

Managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and with steady support from individuals and businesses in its community, The Educational Programs include an Instrument Lending Program for students who might otherwise not be able to participate in their school music program or study at home. As part of this program, the board solicits instruments from community members who no longer need their instrument and refurbishes them if necessary to make them ready for use by students.

In partnership with the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead, Blue Jay Jazz annually provides Excellence Awards to deserving high school musicians through its Future Generations of Jazz work. The Foundation’s most visible contribution to music appreciation among the mountain community is its annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival. For more than a decade, the Festival was held in the parking lot above the Rite-Aid in Blue Jay. In 2017 and 2018 it was held at SkyPark Santa’s Village in Sky Forest, east of Lake Arrowhead. In 2019, in a historic move, concerts were held on three consecutive days in August at the Arrowhead Lake Association’s Tavern Bay Beach Club and the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. In 2020, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Jazz Festival, scheduled for late August, was canceled.