pulse administration

Matt Lackey

Executive Director

Matt Lackey is a media producer and performing arts educator with a passion for non-profits. He joined Pulse Percussion’s Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as Executive Director since 2013. Matt is currently a visual instructor for South Hills High School and Visual Caption Head at El Dorado High School.

Matt is the Digital Media & Video Production Manager for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

Matt lives with his wonderful wife, Angela, in San Dimas, CA.


Chris Henderson

Pulse Percussion Director

This is Chris' third year as a Pulse Percussion Director. Chris entered the marching arts as a young musician in high school before he joined Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. Her performed on tuba from 2005-2008. After aging out, he then took up roles at Pacific Crest in instruction, tour management and administrative operations. Chris is also a music and visual performance educator at high schools in the Azusa and Torrance areas (Southern California), serving in roles such as visual technician, visual caption head and program coordinator.

For the last decade, Chris has worked full time for the Walt Disney Company as a confectioner and research product developer.

Chris lives in Downey, CA.

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Melannie Stakely

POW Percussion Director

This is Melannie’s seventh year on staff with POW. She is currently working for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, as Battery Manager and Bass Tech, and has previously worked with Mandarins, Gold and Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps. Her performance experience includes Black Knights, Mystikal Drum & Bugle Corps, Pulse Percussion, and Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps.

Melannie Graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in Child Development in 2013. She is currently working for Creative Brain Learning after school program, as Site Coordinator at Valley View Elementary, in Nuevo, Ca, and Co- Program Coordinator for the junior high and both elementary schools in the Nuview district.

Melannie lives in San Bernardino, CA.


Vanessa Gomez

POW Percussion Assistant

Vanessa, a native from Central California, attended Exeter Union High School. She was a member of Valley Independent Percussion from 2010-2012. From 2013-2015 she performed with POW Percussion. Vanessa started her DCI experience with the Mandarins in 2012 and aged out with them in 2014. 

Vanessa is a visual and bass tech in Ventura County at Camarillo HS, Westlake HS and Buena HS. She has worked with the Mandarins since 2015. Vanessa currently resides in Camarillo CA where she graduated from CSU Channel Islands with a BA in Studio Arts. 


Jessica DuBose

Social Media Manager for POW Percussion

This is Jessica's second year with the organization.  Her performance experience includes Dark Sky Percussion (cymbals) 2014, Pulse Percussion (visual ensemble) 2015, and San Diego State University Marching Aztecs (cymbals) 2012-2015.  She is also currently a cymbal and vis tech for several schools in San Diego since 2014.

Jessica is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing at San Diego State University.

Jessica lives in San Diego, CA.

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Stephanie Vasilakis

Entertainment Director

Stephanie’s experience in entertainment began within the marching arts.  Having been a member of DCI & WGI’s top competing groups for over 10 years, she’s been trained by some of the best in the activity.  Upon aging out of the activity, Stephanie’s performance experience shifted as she began to do on-camera work for network television shows such as Glee and most recently performing at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.  

Concurrently, Stephanie’s professional experience extends to the world of business and marketing where she’s worked for companies such as Yamaha Corporation of America (Marketing & Branding) and most recently 20th Century Fox Television (Musician/Vocal Casting).   

Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Cal Poly Pomona and a Professional Certificate specializing in Social Media & Digital Analytics from UCLA-Extension.  

For inquiries regarding Pulse Entertainment and your next project, please email Stephanie at stephanie@pulsepercussion.org


Whitney Taylor

Marketing Media Manager

Bio coming soon.


Andrew Rivera

Digital Media Production

Bio coming soon.