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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.
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.
Member Services Manager
Christie McKinney, the Membership 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 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 chairman of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC); a trustee for the Robert E. Gard Foundation; served as the past board director for education for Meeting Professionals International, Potomac Chapter; and has served as a grants review panelist for several state and local arts agencies, regional foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He 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.