Choral Club of San Diego
Governance Roster as of July 21, 2017
Board of Directors & Corporate Officers
Director and Chair of the Board
Human Services and Organizational Development, City of San Diego
A former singer with Choral Club of San Diego for nearly 15 years, Maggie brings invaluable experience to the organization as Chair of the Board. She also contributes her professional expertise in organizational management and training.
Theresa Kasel, Director, Secretary & Chief Financial Officer
Theresa (Non-singing) has over 20 years of experience doing administrative support in the financial services, manufacturing and biotech industries. She currently leads a customer service team at a local call center. Theresa has volunteered at the San Diego Zoo since 2011 and currently works mainly as an Interpretive Volunteer. A member of MENSA, she is currently serving as the Activities Director for San Diego MENSA. In her spare time she enjoys playing card, strategy and party games. Theresa holds a BA degree from Luther College.
Director, Co-Music Chair
Robin (Alto 2) is a native Californian and has lived in Orange County, San Francisco, and in North San Diego county, where she currently lives and teaches second grade. She has been teaching for 11 years and is certain this is the best career choice for her. Robin received her bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State and has a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching. Robin discovered the Choral Club through her friend, our Music Director, and has been singing with us since 2013. She loves to sing, and is happy to have made the Choral Club of San Diego her favorite pastime, after teaching.
Director, Co-Music Chair
Jennifer (mezzo-soprano) has been a federal employee serving our veterans for over 15 years, most recently as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2010 at the Veterans Medical Center, La Jolla. She’s also served at other veterans hospitals including Loma Linda and West Los Angeles. Jennifer began singing at the age of 5 in her local community church, and has continued to sing ever since. She found her musical home with the Choral Club of San Diego in January of 2016. Not only does she sing as a member of our general choir but she’s also been selected to be first soprano in our smaller ensemble “Mink Pack.”
Director, Membership Chair
Marcia (Soprano) is a retired teacher who very much enjoyed the 35 years teaching she taught first and second graders and children with special needs. She now spends her time supporting new teachers, volunteering at the OB Library, crocheting, and, of course, singing. She has also embarked a new adventure—writing for children. Several of her stories have appeared in anthologies and children’s magazines. She most enjoys writing picture books. One of her creations, Buster the Little Garbage Truck, was published in April, 2015.
Owner, SeaCliff Media Marketing / Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Cider Press Review
As Executive Director, Caron (contralto) brings more than 30 years of experience in media development and marketing to the organization. Prior to founding SeaCliff Media Marketing, Caron taught writing and literature at several institutions, including Penn State, San Diego State University, and Syracuse University. Previously, she worked extensively in television and radio advertising, promotions, and news monitoring. In 1999, Ms. Andregg founded Cider Press Review, a literary press specializing in contemporary poetry. Ms. Andregg received her BA from the University of Alaska, her MS from the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her MFA from San Diego State University. She is a member of MENSA and a past member of the Academy of American Poets.
Lisa C. Merrill,
Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP.
Lisa (mezzo-soprano), a taxation attorney with Duane Morris, brings more than 25 years of experience in counseling nonprofit organizations to Choral Club. Prior to becoming Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP in 2012, Lisa was a partner at DLA Piper LLP (the successor law firm to Gray Cary Ames & Frye), where she worked from 1986 to 2012. In addition to her service to Choral Club, Lisa dedicates many pro bono hours each year to assisting nonprofit organizations. She previously served on the Board of Directors of San Diego Master Chorale. Lisa has been recognized in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by San Diego Magazine as a “Top Lawyer in San Diego.” Lisa received her BS from Wagner College, her MS from University of Oregon and her JD (Order of the Coif) from the University of Oregon.
Kevin Cavanaugh, Music Director
Entertainer and Music Producer
Kevin hails from Michigan, where he studied at St. Aquinas College and Michigan State University (Applied Music and Theory). His prior music direction experience includes stints at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids Children’s Theatre, Plainfield United Methodist Church and East Grand Rapids High School. In addition to his musical expertise and versatility, Kevin brings a unique sense of style to Choral Club. His retro lounge act, “Blue Velvet” was featured on the premiere show of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in June 2006, after catching producer Simon Cowell’s eye. When he is not directing a choral group, you will find Kevin delighting San Diego audiences at The Turf Supper Club, The Caliph, and Martini’s Above Fourth, along with various clubs in the Palm Springs and Los Angeles area.
Laura Morrell, Assistant Music Director
Music Director for the Mink Pack,
Independent Music Teacher
Laura (Soprano) was born and raised in England. Classically trained in voice, piano, and music theory, she can also ‘busk’ all manner of instruments including saxophone and drums. Before finding CCSD, she sang soprano with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, and internationally renowned Hallé choir. Her passion is pop music and she has sung with many groups in genres from original moody Rock, to acoustic Latin and Jazz standards. Her favorite–and most memorable–singing job (mainly due to the costumes) was with the 70’s Disco band Wonderboogie.
She has wide ranging experience in directing and arranging for school ensembles including choirs, orchestra, big band, Samba, steel pans, recorders, and school ‘record labels.’ She Taught classroom Music in secondary schools (11-18 years) in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, followed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. she holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after completing the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in Secondary Music from Edge Hill University with an ‘Outstanding’ grading for her teaching practice. She received a First Class Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Salford specializing in composition and recording.
Her most notable composition is ‘Mechanics of Love’, a film score accepted into the CMMR 2012 conference shown at Queen Mary University’s Centre for Digital Music. After graduating, she gained work experience in music and media studios such as the BBC Philharmonic, Granada Television, and Channel 4 Music, as well as assisting her former tutor on location recordings at the Royal Northern College of Music. She gained a cult following in her hometown after writing and recording a parody song in honour of a comical campaign to bring a film premiere of a fictional local hero to that city.