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President & CEO
Catherine Dehoney brings a wealth of experience in arts management and fundraising, having served most recently as the executive director for development at the Castleton Festival. Before her work at the Castleton Festival, Dehoney served as the chief development officer at Chorus America for over ten years. Prior to that, she was senior director of development at Gallaudet University. During her nine-year tenure there, she served as a member of the president's management team and the institutional advancement team. Her other experience includes capital campaign management, development consulting for a variety of arts nonprofits, and fundraising positions at the League of American Orchestras, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Friends of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dehoney received her BA in music from the College of William and Mary and continues to be an avid singer, having sung professionally in church choirs and with a jazz band.
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 & Marketing
Liza W. Beth is a seasoned communications and public relations professional with a passion for working in the cultural sector. As director of communications and marketing 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.
Development Operations Manager
Cory Davis is a freelance musician and arts professional in Washington, DC. Cory is Conductor and Music Director of the Gaithersburg Chorus, and accompanist for the Washington Men’s Camerata. He has performed at many illustrious venues, including the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral, The National Gallery of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, and Lisner Auditorium. He has worked with Washington National Opera’s summer Opera Institute for high school students, Georgetown University, the George Washington University, Congressional Chorus, Norwood School, St. Alban’s and the National Cathedral School, and Somerset Elementary as an accompanist and musical director. He previously worked at Washington Concert Opera, and Castleton Festival, Maestro Lorin Maazel’s summer opera festival. He graduated in 2008 summa cum laude from The George Washington University.
Associate Director of Development
Shayla Hines is an energetic arts management professional with a background in performing arts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Arts at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and Master of Arts in Arts Management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her experiences in fundraising and development at the Washington National Opera, DC Jazz Festival and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led her to a position at the American Film Institute as their Advancement Manager at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. At AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center she implemented their fundraising and constituency building efforts for corporate, foundation and individual giving. She is civically engaged in her community as an active member of the Advisory Council for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras at Strathmore and Vice President of The People’s Community Baptist Church Chancel Choir. Shayla is a graduate of the 2015 Class of Emerging Leaders Leadership Montgomery, an organization that builds a diverse group of informed community trustees who create collaborations and partnership to impact community needs.
Member Services Manager
Christie McKinney, the Member Services Manager at Chorus America, has a background in arts education and management. Prior to joining Chorus America, Christie was the General Manager for The Bach Sinfonia, a Silver Spring, MD early music ensemble. Christie taught middle school choral and general music and directed musicals in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania for several years before moving to the DC area. She held invited positions on the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) State board, the Eastern division planning committee, and received the Outstanding Young Conductor Award (2010) from ACDA’s Pennsylvania Chapter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in arts management from American University. Christie is a proud singer and former board member of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, a choir that performs music of the African and African American traditions.
Vice President & COO
Mitch Menchaca is the vice president of services and chief operating officer at Chorus America. He works in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to advance the association’s strategic plan, programs and services, membership, communications, and 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, Mitch was the senior director of programs at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, where he administered a portfolio of more than 300 grantees from all artistic disciplines, with budgets ranging from $1,000 to more than $10 million. He studied theater at Central Arizona College, earned a B.L.S. in public administration at Arizona State University, and he completed a festival and event management certificate at the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. Mitch is the immediate past chairman of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC); a trustee for the Robert E. Gard Foundation; and serves on the development committee for the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC. He has served as a grants review panelist for several state and local arts agencies, regional foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mitch is a past fellow and 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.
Mike comes to Chorus America as a veteran of the choral world with diverse experiences in nonprofit arts administration, communications, and education. He has held positions in the DC Public Schools system as a representative of the chancellor; and on the marketing team at Washington Performing Arts, one of the leading arts presenters in the US. Most recently, Mike worked in donor relations at American University, handling a variety of writing and web responsibilities. He is also deeply involved in vocal ensembles locally, singing with The Capital Hearings, where he serves as the assistant music director; and the 18th Street Singers, where he was previously the communications director. Mike is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in organizational studies.
Director of Online Services & Technology
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.