Ann Langley, Past President, Executive Board

Ann Langley moved her young family to Tracy in 1970 and raised two children in our community. She helped launch the Expressions! art show in 1990 to addresses several community needs. Tracy had no cultural or visual arts facilities at that time and local schools needed a partner to continue arts education because of significant budget cutbacks. Expressions! also funded an annual scholarship for Tracy graduating seniors interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the arts.

Five years later in 1995, Ann and Cynthia Souza began early planning for what would become the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. They and the Arts Leadership Alliance approached city council and offered to conduct a research project into building an arts center for the community. Ann was part of the resulting 18 month study which compiled information from the community about their needs, data from existing facilities in other cities and funding possibilities. The results of that study compelled the city to hire a consultant to conduct a formal research project which became the blueprint for city council and the community of Tracy for designing, building and maintaining an arts facility.

Ann helped raise $1.8 million to help buy the Grand Theatre and renovate the building to its former glory, making it the jewel of downtown Tracy. Ann has served on the Grand Foundation Board of Directors since its inception and is proud the community has had such a loud voice in creating a place where the creativity and soul of Tracy is represented every day.

Valerie Umana, Executive Director

Valerie Umana started with the Grand Foundation in May 2017.  Valerie was born and rasied in the Southwest subrubs of Chicago, IL.  She attended Eastern Illinoise University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications.  After her time at Eastern, Valerie took on a role as the Executive Assistant to the President of a 3rd party medical billing office.  She stayed at this company for nearly 9 years moving up into her final position as the Director of Operations.  Valerie has led large projects, developed and implemented new technologies and has a tremendous amount of business operations experience.  She left the medical billing world to pursue a dream... studying the culinary arts.  From 2012 - 2013, Valerie attended Kendall College in Chicago to learn the French Culinary artistry.  Valerie came to California with her family in 2014 and immediately got involved in her daughter's school.  She became the Discovery Bay Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President and served two full terms in this position.  Valerie worked hard to bring Music into the school for the Transitional Kindergarten through 3rd grade classes. She strongly believes that the arts need to be in our schools and available to all of our children.  Valerie is a wonderful asset to the Grand Foundation and will continue to take us in a positive direction.    

Dr. Andrew Trosien

Andrew Trosien, originally from Michigan, resides in Tracy with his wife and three children.  He's lived and practiced orthodontics in town since the year 2000.  He's been voted #1 orthodontist since 2003 and routinely participates in a variety of community activities and charities.  He began working with McHenry House years ago by sponsoring their Kids in a Box fundraiser. Andy began his involvement with the Grand Foundation by participating as a contestant in the Dancing with the Tracy Stars fundraising event and was so inspired by the Foundation that he decided to go on to be a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors.