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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 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.
Director of Development
Whitney McColley joined Chorus America in August 2010 as the development and membership manager and now serves as the director of development. She has extensive experience fundraising for arts service organizations and 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, and continues to sing as a choral associate for New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Mitch Menchaca is the interim CEO for Chorus America and works in collaboration with the board of directors to advance the organization’s strategic plan. He also oversees 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 a portfolio of more than 300 grantees from all artistic disciplines, with budgets ranging from $1,000 to more than $10 million. 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; served as the board director for education with Meeting Professionals International - Potomac Chapter; 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.
Member Services Manager
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.