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President & CEO
Ann Meier Baker is president and CEO of Chorus America. Her career has included more than 30 years experience in the arts and in education, with emphasis on nonprofit management, governance, fundraising, and organization development. Prior to joining the Chorus America staff in 2000, she was the founding director of the National School Boards Foundation. In starting the organization from the ground up, she raised more than $2 million in financial support, cultivated a distinguished board of trustees, forged new partnerships, and developed and disseminated new approaches for school boards across the country. Prior to her work with the Foundation, Meier Baker spent seven years as the director of trustee services at the League of American Orchestras where she published books and led dozens of board retreats that focused on board roles, board organization, and committee structure, fundraising, and strategic planning. Her other professional positions include director of marketing of the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC) and member of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants. She earned her undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America, has done graduate studies in business management at The American University, and completed course work at The Fund Raising School at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy.
Kelly Becker joins Chorus America with a background in a variety of fields. She is a 2009 graduate of St. John's College, where she received a well-rounded Liberal Arts education and had her first experiences singing in choral groups. Since graduation, Kelly has served in the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and the AmeriCorps NCCC program, where she developed an interest in environmental initiatives and community service. Kelly has also volunteered to teach English as a Second Language and has extensive experience working with animals. Music has always played an important role in Kelly's life: she is currently a member of the Washington Conservatory Orchestra and has consistently been involved in orchestral groups since picking up the violin at the age of nine. Additionally, she interned at a music tour agency and took part in the production of a physical-theatre performance piece.
Director of Communications
Liza W. Beth is a seasoned communications and public relations professional with a passion for working in the cultural sector. As director of communications at Chorus America, she leads organizational branding initiatives and content creation for print, online and social media channels. She has worked in both the nonprofit arts and publishing worlds, and, before relocating to Washington, DC, held the position of director of marketing and communications at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, one of the nation’s leading theatres for young audiences. Beth graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Art History.
Programs & Operations Manager
Anne Grobstich Erps is programs & operations manager at Chorus America. Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she holds a bachelor’s degree in music with a business administration minor and a performing arts entrepreneurial certificate from the University of Iowa. Anne worked as the marketing assistant at Hancher Auditorium before relocating to Washington, DC, to pursue a master’s degree in arts management from American University. Before coming to Chorus America, Anne volunteered with Wolf Trap, The Pink Line Project, and APAP, and has interned with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Americans for the Arts. She is an advocate for the arts and has a sincere passion for community building through the arts.
Development & Membership Manager
Whitney McColley joined Chorus America in August 2010 as development and membership manager. She previously held development positions at the League of American Orchestras and Americans for the Arts. She holds a master’s degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, both in vocal performance.
Chief Operating Officer
Mitch Menchaca is the chief operating officer for Chorus America where he has oversight of programs and education, membership, communications, and the organization’s internal operations. He came to Chorus America from Americans for the Arts as the director of local arts advancement, where he designed and executed programs that provided support and resources to the 5,000 local arts agencies across the United States. Prior to Americans for Arts, he was the senior director of programs at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, where he administered grants and services to museums, college and universities, local arts agencies, and performing arts organizations; in addition, he managed the Commission’s economic development, cultural tourism, humanities, international, and community development initiatives. Mitch studied theater at Central Arizona College, earned a B.L.S. with concentrations in the arts and public administration at Arizona State University, and he completed a festival and event management certificate at the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. He is the chairman of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC); a trustee for the Robert E. Gard Foundation; and is a 2009 fellow and current faculty coach for the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national political training institute that develops diverse leaders who can effectively advance progressive political and policy change.
Lauren Rosenthal joins Chorus America with valuable experience in both the communication and choral fields. Originally from Maryland, Rosenthal previously worked for the Choral Arts Society of Washington as the Communications/Media Relations intern, where she was responsible for the management of social media and creation of press content. She received a dual-major in Communication and Psychology with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Connecticut. She is a proud champion of the arts, having been involved with numerous chorus and theatre productions throughout her life.
Director of Technology & Webmaster
Edmund W. Stawick is Chorus America's director of technology and webmaster. An experienced and award-winning applications/website designer and developer, Stawick has more than 32 years of computer and technology know-how. From 1984 to 1997 he worked for LEGI-SLATE, Inc., an online publisher of information about Congress and the federal government that offered a broad range of legislative, regulatory, and related news content. In 1997, Stawick left LEGI-SLATE to start a career in photography. When he joined Chorus America in 2010, Stawick had spent 13 years shooting and marketing his photographs, and acting as website designer/developer and computer consultant for a variety of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. Stawick’s interest in and appreciation of choral singing began in grade school, and he sang throughout his high school and college years. After moving to the DC area in 1980, Stawick joined the University of Maryland Chorus and spent the next 20 years singing with them in local venues as well as more far-flung locations, including New York, London, Dresden, Berlin, Moscow, and Paris. Since 2001, Stawick has been with the Maryland-based chamber chorus, VOICES XXI.