President, Miranda Rodriguez

Miranda Rodriguez is a licensed attorney and cybersecurity engineer.  She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University in 2008.  Shortly after moving to the DFW area post-graduation, Miranda joined the Oak Lawn Band.  She took a brief break to focus on law school and graduated in December of 2015 from the Texas A&M University School of Law.  A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Miranda began playing Bb Clarinet in 6th grade in 1998.  She continued playing throughout high school and four seasons with the best band in the land, the Texas Tech Goin’ Band from Raiderland.  Miranda also serves as an advisory board member of Young DFW Writers.  

Director of Administration, Maxwell Peterson

Maxwell Peterson grew up in Austin, Texas playing euphonium, tuba and guitar in his school's concert, marching and jazz bands. After graduating from Austin College (Sherman, TX) in 2014 with a degree in International Economics & Finance, he moved to Dallas to begin his career in the financial services industry. He currently works as a Data Analyst for several hedge fund clients in the DFW area. When he isn't playing tuba in the Oak Lawn Band, he enjoys listening to NPR, reading mystery & fantasy books, playing video games and cuddling with his cats. 

Director of Membership, Leah Beth Kolni

Along with her daughter Miriam, Leah Beth had long been interested in playing music together in a community band--the Oak Lawn Band turned out to be the perfect place for them both! Leah had not played the clarinet in over 35 years since her time in the University of Texas Longhorn Band, and was a little intimidated to begin again. However, because the OLB accepts players of all levels she felt comfortable and welcome immediately. The OLB is an organization filled with people from all walks and stages of life, and whose common link is the love of making and sharing music. Added bonuses to these rewards are the OLB’s proud heritage and connection to the LGBTQ community. Leah Beth feels that her life has been enriched not only by the joy of creating music, but also by the diverse and amazing OLB band members and their families who have become her friends.

Member-at-Large, Social Activities, Zef Hernandez-Hersh

Zef Hernandez-Hersh was born in San Juan, Texas and grew up in LaBelle, Florida.  He received his postsecondary education in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Zef is a 2017 graduate of Xavier University where he earned his M.S. in Human Resource Development.  His long-term relationship with music started 25 years ago during Middle School where he fell in love with playing the trombone and spinning a flag in the colorguard.  His passion for music performance and the visual arts led him to influence audiences all over North America.  He has performed at World Pride in Toronto, Gay Games 9 in Cleveland, and assisted with a multitude of other ventures involving marching & concert bands as well as colorguards spanning across our organization.  He has previously served as Treasurer and President with the Queen City Rainbow Band in Cincinnati and as a Member at Large with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association’s Board of Directors.  He joined the Oak Lawn Band in 2017 where he was recognized with the “Heart of the Band” award for his fervor for music, visibility, and pride!  He has been an active member of LGBA since 2013.  In his free time, he loves travelling with his husband, Aric, and riding in fast cars.  Professionally, Zef Hernandez-Hersh is a Human Resources Talent Partner and Project Manager at Lockheed Martin.  He is a Special Events Coordinator and an award-winning Rally Master with the Ferrari Club of America.

Member-At-Large, Community Outreach, Brenda Tripp

Brenda Tripp retired from the USAF in 2012 as an E-7/Master Sergeant in Security Forces and as an instructor at a Regional Training Center.  Her tenure in the USAF also included a tour at Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters on the Director Of Security Forces Staff.  She now works as a security supervisor within a data center in Dallas.  Shortly after she started her transition in 2015 she met Mason Tripp, a euphonium player and a founding member of the Oak Lawn Band.  She immediately became part of the Oakland Band Family, and she and Mason married in 2017.  Brenda manages the Front of the House, and coordinates food and water support for the Pride Parade and fills whatever role is needed at the time.

Director of Marketing & Development, Dawn Kariotakis-Perez

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