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RMC's Board of Directors


Rene Molenkamp - President


Dr. René Molenkamp is a reflective leadership practitioner on the graduate faculty at University of San Diego. He comes to this role through the intensive, experiential leadership development programs he designs and delivers primarily to international professionals from globally recognized organizations. He has served as a coach and consultant for the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland for more than a decade. He has directed outdoor education experiences, coordinated elements of an MBA program, and serves as core faculty for Mobilizing People, a leadership program for high potential international corporate executives. René did undergraduate studies in economics and law in the Netherlands and in philosophy in Germany. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and his PhD in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. As a former Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, he uses these previous professional roles to inform his work as an international leadership consultant and executive coach.





Jeremy Nichols, CPA - Treasurer



Jeremy Nichols is a CPA and has lived in the San Diego area since 2009. He grew up in upstate New York, attended Siena College in Albany, NY and worked in the Albany area before leaving to come to San Diego.  His professional background is as an auditor and tax preparer for local and regional CPA firms. He is a licensed CPA (NY and CA) and Certified Fraud Examiner. 


He has worked with a number of not-for-profit organizations both as an auditor/advisor, and through his contributions as a board member. He has worked with a diversity of not-for-profit organizations including healthcare organizations, membership associations, service organizations, and foundations. 


Outside of his professional career, he enjoys mountain biking, running, and tasting the wonderful craft beers that San Diego has to offer. 


Marc Smits - Secretary


Marc Smits holds a Bachelor’s of Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in Civil Engineering. He has worked as an Environmental Engineer/Project manager for the past 20 years, and is currently an environmental engineer and project manager at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. He previously served for two years on the Board of Directors for Friends and Helpers of Mother Berenice, a charity to support people with Hansen’s Disease in Ecuador. He began playing guitar in church choirs at 18, and has performed and recorded with his former band, The Vagabond Heroes. Mr. Smits volunteers providing hospice care, plays music with the inmates at the Otay detention Facility, and volunteers serving the homeless. He currently serves on the RMC Board of Directors with interests in expanding outreach activities. 




David Taklender, CPA - General Member (Past President)


David Taklender is a Certified Public Accountant currently practicing in San Diego. He specializes in all areas of federal and state taxation and handles the tax and financial aspects of trust and estate work as well as litigation support issues for local San Diego attorneys. He is a member of the California State Board of Accountancy and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA), and serves as a board member for CalCPA for which he is the committee chair for the annual San Diego Tax & Accounting Institute.

David began his career as an auditor and tax professional for Deloitte & Touche, LLP and KPMG, LLP, respectively; and has over fifteen years of experience in the public accounting sector. His business industry experience includes real estate, software development, entertainment (music, television & film), law offices, construction, restaurant, healthcare, fitness centers and transportation. David received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting Theory and Practice from Cal State University, Northridge. He later moved to San Diego where he and his family currently reside. David has been playing guitar since he was ten years-old and has a long-term love and affinity for music.  


Rich Geisler - General Member 


Rich Geisler is a Lawyer, teacher and real Estate Broker in San Diego. Rich has over a decade of local experience in dealing with land sales, contracts, development permitting and entitlements and local municipal decision making. His career in both the public sector working for then Council President Scott Peters and private sector as Vice President of J.Whalen Associates, Inc. have given him the necessary experience to make thoughtful and measured decisions on issues of public policy. Rich has vast non profit experience as a founder, board member, volunteer, advocate and business lawyer. Rich currently sits as the co-founder and executive board member for the International Children’s Cancer Foundation and as the Board President for the Recreational Music Center. He has been a part of SEDC since 2008 and has extensive background in dealing with redevelopment issues.  


In 2008 Rich was also accepted as a member of that LEAD San Diego class. Rich has taken his varied business and volunteer experiences and applied it in all of his career endeavors, most recently founding The Indie Law Group ( The Indie Law Group is a general practice civil law firm that specializes in personal and business civil matters as well as assisting non profit corporations with their legal and business needs. Rich enjoys his professional work and his civil engagement and volunteerism as well as teaching business law and management and policy courses at the University of Phoenix.


Past Board Members


 RMC would like to thank and acknowledge all of those who have labored and served on our behalf as members of our board:

RB Anthony

Matt Palocsay

Leanne Burgess

BJ Schone 

Amy Besnoy

Past President - David Gereghty

Past Secretary - Rene Gereghty

Past Secretary - David Dunn

Past Secretary - Neil Coito

Past Treasurer - Daniel Gereghty

Past Treasurer - Liz King

- Service dates between 2009-2015




Check Us Out

Recreational Music Center (RMC) is located in San Diego's flagship destination for cultural arts - Arts District at Liberty Station. Parking is available on Truxtun Road or in the adjacent lot in front of the Von's shopping center. We offer lessons for ALL instruments including Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Vocals. For more information about lessons and classes please call or email us today: 619-225-9597.

We also offer Early Childhood classes for ages 0-4. To enroll in one of our Early Childhood classes please call or email us today619-225-9597


RMC was founded in 2009 by David and Leslie Gereghty

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