President: Dr. Pamela Wong
Vice President: Larry McIntosh
Treasurer: George Arcaina
Secretary: Julie Ann Sih

Dr. Stephen Coggeshall
William Hatcher
Kevin Psolka-Green
Jeff Wallin
Amy Stein

The San Diego Master Chorale’s Board of Directors provides direction and leadership for the organization to benefit the volunteer singers in the Chorale and the community at large. Supporting the Chorale’s vision to be San Diego’s premier choral arts organization, the Board of Directors develops and manages the strategic and operational business plans and provides support to its staff. As leaders of a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the Board of Directors is highly motivated to ensure the highest levels of operational efficiency and ethical behavior.

The Board of Directors consists of focused, hard-working directors who apply their varied skills to effectively manage ongoing operations as well as to catalyze the creativity required for future growth. Our directors include corporate CEOs, CFOs, lawyers, business and marketing specialists, and musical and production experts who all share a passion for the choral arts.

To support and augment the Board of Directors, an Advisory Board has been created consisting of community leaders and arts experts assisting in the development of the organization. All Board of Directors and Advisory Board members are volunteers. The Board of Directors, with support from the Advisory Board, focuses upon marketing, programming, fund raising, community outreach and organizational development of the Chorale. For more information on the current Board of Directors, or to be considered for a position on the Board, please contact us.

Advisory Board

Board Liaison – William Hatcher

Willie Buchanon
Lena Evans
Hal Meier
Maestro Jahja Ling
John McLaughlin
Iovanka Todt
Esther Rodriquez
Gloria Rassmusen
Miriam Summ
Marc Vasquez

The primary functions of the SD Master Chorale Advisory Board are as follows:
– To serve as SD Master Chorale goodwill ambassadors
– To offer advice and make non-binding recommendations to the SD Master Chorale Board of Directors
– To recruit members who will make a support commitment with respect to matters within the areas of their experience and expertise.

The Advisory Board has a maximum of 30 members who are appointed by the SD Master Chorale Board of Directors and serve for a year or more. The SD MC Board of Directors appoints one member of the Advisory Board members as Chairman. The Advisory Board meets at least twice a year in a ministerial and advisory capacity. The Board of Directors then takes the Advisory Board’s recommendations under advisement.

The Advisory Board members receive no compensation for their services, and they support the SD Master Chorale in one or more of the following ways:
– Serve as advocates in the community for the SD Master Chorale mission and goals
– Promote SD Master Chorale to potential and current donors and benefactors
– Support attendance to the SD Master Chorale self-produced concerts
– Provide an oral summary of support activities conducted within each period

Board of Directors Bios

PRESIDENT
DR. PAMELA J. WONG, J.D., Ph.D. (Chemistry)
Assistant General Counsel, Quest Diagnostics

Dr. Pamela J. Wong is Assistant General Counsel at Quest Diagnostics. She also serves on the Board of the San Diego Children’s Choir. Pam lives in Carlsbad, California.

In a video for the San Diego Master Chorale’s elementary school outreach program, Pam tells youngsters, “What I like about music the most is that I get to share it with my kids. My sons and I sing together, we play together, and it’s the best part of my day. When I was younger, music was a way to relax, a way to be happy, a way to show that I was sad or angry—without having to say a word. Music is a life-long journey.” These simple remarks testify, in an age-appropriate way, to Pam’s firm belief in the importance of providing opportunities for all people to experience the benefits of live, high-quality choral music. Using this beautiful art form to help people connect to their own feelings, and to the community of human beings around them, is central to the mission of the San Diego Master Chorale.

VICE PRESIDENT
LARRY McINTOSH, B.A. (Psychology)
Retired CEO, Marketing Executive

Larry is a recognized authority on consumer and technology marketing/branding and has over 40 years of executive management experience. Most recently, McIntosh was Chief Executive Officer of ID Analytics (now a subsidiary of LexisNexis). As Chief Marketing Officer and other senior executive positions, he has helped grow and drive successful financial results for companies and brands such as McAfee (now Intel Security), HNC Software (now FICO), CBS Storerunner, Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola International, Coors, and Ford. McIntosh served on the Advisory Board for the Andre Agassi Foundation for over 15 years. Larry lives in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego.

SECRETARY
JULIE ANN SIH, B.A. (Classical Languages), M.L.I.S.
Former Librarian; Community Volunteer

Julie Ann holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from UC Berkeley with a specialization in rare books and manuscripts. She was Corporate Services Librarian at UC San Diego before leaving the workforce to care for her eldest daughter, who received a heart transplant in 2013. Julie Ann is currently a writer and translator, in addition to volunteering for the League of Women Voters. Through the League she serves on the statewide operations team for the Voter’s Edge elections website, which provides all candidates on the ballot with a free platform to present their priorities and qualifications to voters. Julie Ann lives in the City of San Diego’s Rancho Peñasquitos neighborhood.

Julie Ann says: “I choose to serve on the board of this organization for three reasons. First, I believe in the transformative power of the SD Master Chorale’s student and senior outreach activities, which engage our youngest and oldest neighbors with participatory music-making using the human voice, which is the most personal instrument. Opportunities to create wonderful choral art experiences with others give people a sense of belonging and engagement, which all humans require to be happy and healthy. Second, singers who hone their craft in the SD Master Chorale elevate the quality of church choirs and other singing groups throughout the community, so the Chorale’s benefits to the place I love extend well beyond the Chorale’s own programs. Third, the SD Master Chorale’s presentation of contemporary choral works alongside traditional masterpieces in its self-produced concerts is a bold declaration that this is a living art form, with a present (and a future!) as well as a past.”

TREASURER
GEORGE ARCAINA, C.P.A., B.A. (Management Economics), M.A. (Accountancy)
Assistant Controller, Biotheranostics

George Arcaina graduated from San Diego State University where he acquired his Master of Arts degree in Accountancy, emphasis on Taxation. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. George has over 20 years of financial and management consulting experience at publicly traded companies in diverse industries. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of California, George launched his career in finance at the Big 4 accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he also had the opportunity to perform professional services for various non-profit organizations. More recently, he has held the position of Assistant Controller at local companies in the biopharmaceutical , medical device and diagnostics space, where he is in charge of running the day-to-day operations of the finance department, including the establishment and maintenance of a system of control processes to facilitate corporate governance and adherence with ethical business practices.

An avid chorister through most of his adult life, George is active in the local choral scene and is an auditioned singing member of the San Diego Master Chorale. He lives in the Eastlake neighborhood of Chula Vista, California.

DIRECTOR
WILLIAM HATCHER, M.Mus.
Emeritus Professor of Choral Music

William Hatcher retired from the University of Iowa in 1999 after 43 years of conducting and teaching choral music. He was born in Iowa and received bachelors and masters degrees in music from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He directed choirs and taught at UCLA, California State University Los Angeles, the University of Washington, Pasadena City College, and Santa Barbara High School before joining the music faculty of the University of Iowa in 1988. At UI he was Director of Choral Activities, mentored Masters and Doctoral students in choral conducting, and conducted many opera productions.

Bill’s choral ensembles were internationally honored. Concert tours and choral festivals took them to over twenty countries. Bill was also the Coordinator and Associate Director of the 1,000 voice Olympic Honor Choir which sang for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympiad in Los Angeles, which was telecast to over two billion people around the world. Bill was the National President of the American Choral Directors Association from 1991 to 1993. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Bill now lives in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood of the City of San Diego.

DIRECTOR
DR. STEVE COGGESHALL, M.A. (Music), M.A. & Ph.D. (Nuclear Engineering)
Professor at USD and UCSD

Dr. Stephen Coggeshall is the retired Chief analytics and science officer at ID Analytics, an identity fraud protection company owned by LifeLock and Symantec. He was the founding CTO of ID Analytics where he built the analytics team and helped design the technical solution approach. Prior to ID Analytics Coggeshall worked for 11 years as a researcher in nuclear fusion at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition to ID Analytics, Dr. Coggeshall also cofounded the analytics consulting companies CASA (acquired by HNC Software/FICO) and Los Alamos Computational Group (acquired by Morgan Stanley). His expertise is in forming and managing teams of data scientists to attack complex business problems using advanced algorithms on big data. He has deep expertise in consumer behavior modeling, optimization, forecasting and financial engineering, and spent the past 15 years focusing on identity fraud dynamics.

Steve holds undergraduate degrees in math, music and physics. He has a master’s in music and a master’s and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois. He currently is a Professor at USC and UCSD teaching classes on Fraud Analytics and Business Analytics. Steve lives in the Scripps Ranch neighborhood of the City of San Diego.

DIRECTOR
KEVIN PSOLKA-GREEN, B.A. (Music Education)
Music Educator, San Diego Unified School District

Kevin Psolka-Green is a music educator currently employed as a K-5th grade general music teacher and choir director at Jerabek Elementary School in the San Diego Unified School District, where he also serves on the district’s Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Council. Before moving to San Diego in 2017, he taught elementary music and choir at several schools in the Chicago area. He also sang professionally in Chicago and served on the board of the Community Renewal Chorus. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in 2013 and is currently completing a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, with a research focus on anti-racist pedagogy. He completed his Level 1 Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Certification and remains active in the San Diego American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Kevin lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood of the City of San Diego.

Kevin says: “I choose to serve on the board of the San Diego Master Chorale because I am passionate about the role that choral music can play in connecting people from different backgrounds to create a more just world. My experience in elementary music education is a resource that will help the SD Master Chorale more effectively connect with public school districts and other arts organizations that work with elementary age children. I want to help the Chorale continue to act as a model of lifelong music making for young people, and I look forward to fostering further collaborations between the SD Master Chorale and local K-12 school districts.”

DIRECTOR
AMY STEIN, BS (Operations Management & Marketing; minor in Music Management)
Business Process Analyst, Collins Aerospace

Amy Stein graduated from The University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management as well as Marketing, and a minor in Music Management. She currently works in Supply Chain Business Process Management at Collins Aerospace. Amy has been involved in choral music since early childhood, and joined the San Diego Master Chorale in 2016. Amy currently lives in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood.

Amy says: “It’s amazing what making music with others can do for a person’s wellbeing—and the voice is an especially powerful instrument. It seems that many people leave choral music behind after grade school, and so it is truly a special opportunity able to continue showcasing this unique art to the San Diego community. Through the outreach mission of the organization, the SD Master Chorale provides an outlet for members of the community to gather and create music together, and I am proud to be a part of that.”

DIRECTOR
JEFF WALLIN, B.S. (Education), Certificate for Management of High Tech. Companies
Retired from U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve; previous CEO of 3 San Diego companies

After being an Aviator and Squadron Commander with the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, Jeff Wallin spent 30 years in the Telecommunications Industry with multiple companies, in various business development and general management assignments. He is also Past President on boards of several non-profits, including the Alumni Association for his alma mater (Bemidji State University in Minnesota), the Bemidji State Foundation Board, Townspeople (an HIV/AIDS affordable housing organization), the San Diego Master Chorale, and various others. He was a member of the TV/COM International Board, and also served on several for-profit technology start-up company boards. Jeff lives in the City of San Diego’s Scripps Ranch neighborhood.

When asked why he supports and promotes the SD Master Chorale, Jeff says: “It has long been established that consistent, high quality music education promotes rapid cognitive development in children. Music education can raise the IQ level in children and correlates to higher scores in both math and language tests, as documented by MIT research and other respected institutions. The San Diego Master Chorale embraces this research with its robust outreach to young children and high school aged students through recurring collaborative and performance events each season, supported by parents and teachers. The SD Master Chorale is focused and committed to the development of our young, as well as lifelong learning for all, as part of its mission to connect all people to the joy of professional-caliber choral music.”

The following attend SD Master Chorale Board Meetings in an ex officio capacity, but do not vote:

MUSIC DIRECTOR
DR. JOHN K. RUSSELL, DMA

Dr. John K. Russell is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Palomar College and the Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale. At Palomar he conducts the Chamber Singers and the Palomar Chorale oversees the vocal music program. At SDMC he conducts and coordinates all artistic activities of the chorale, which include preparing the chorus for performances with San Diego Symphony and other San Diego orchestras including the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and La Jolla Symphony. Dr. Russell is also frequently in demand as a tenor soloist.

John is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Columbia University. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. He was previously the Director of Choral Activities at California State University, San Bernardino, and has held similar positions at Albion College (Michigan), Los Angeles City College, Cypress College, and the San Diego Children’s Choir. Prior to his work in California, Dr. Russell was the principal choral conductor at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the Fame School) in New York City. John currently resides in the North Park neighborhood of the City of San Diego with his wife Jill and his son Parker.

SINGERS COUNCIL PRESIDENT
KRISSY MECKEL-PARKER, M.Pub.Health, M.A.(Latin American Studies)
Manager of Clinical Quality Assurance at Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.

Krissy Meckel-Parker is a San Diego native who holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. She is currently a Manager of Clinical Quality Assurance at Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops life-changing treatment for people with neurological, endocrine, and psychiatric disorders. Krissy lives with her husband Gerardo and dog Diego in the City of Santee.

Krissy says: “Participating in the performing arts in San Diego has provided me with a strong sense of community. It has also allowed me to develop a deep-seated sense of self through music. As a kid, I was given the tools to create a solid foundation in music theory while singing in the San Diego Children’s Choir with a diverse group of individuals, many of whom developed into life-long friends. As an adult, I have built upon that foundation and continue to challenge myself musically by singing in the San Diego Master Chorale alongside a wonderful group of talented people I consider family.”

ARTISTIC PERSONNEL & PRODUCTIONS MANAGER
LISA NEWTON, MA (Music Education)

A native of Long Island, New York, Lisa Newton maintains an active career as an arts manager, choral director, professional vocalist, and music education advocate. Lisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education from James Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University. She began her teaching career in Fairfax, Virginia then taught abroad in Naples, Italy as the Director of Choirs and Orchestras at Naples American Middle High School for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS).

Lisa currently serves as the Artistic Personnel and Production Manager for the San Diego Master Chorale. She is a soprano for the San Diego Pro Arte Voices and the San Diego Master Chorale, and teaches private voice in the San Diego area. As a lover of music, animals, and the outdoors, Lisa has greatly enjoyed being in Southern California. She lives in Chula Vista with her husband George and her daughters Natalie and Ava.

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