CAROL MANIFOLD, PRESIDENT
Carol Manifold is an active choral volunteer, serving as the founder and current President of the Choral Consortium of San Diego and as the Board President for SACRA/PROFANA professional vocal ensemble. She is a past member of the La Jolla Presbyterian Church Concert Series Committee and sings in both the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and the Pacific Women’s Chorus. She received her B.A. in Biology (Music minor) from UCSD and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UCSF. She is Drug Information Specialist at UC San Diego Health System and Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her past professional positions have included senior management in the biopharmaceutical industry and hospital pharmacy.
SUE MARBERRY, TREASURER
Sue Marberry (MA, English, University of Wisconsin) has sung in choirs in New York, Wisconsin, London and San Diego, currently in the San Diego Master Chorale and two choirs at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. She retired after 29 years of accounting in commercial insurance agencies in San Diego. Prior to her move to San Diego, she was an analyst for Wisconsin’s Job Service, then a teacher in private high schools in London and Nashville. She served as treasurer for the San Diego Junior Theatre Auxiliary (1995-2001), and the Master Chorale Singers Council (2008-current) and is now also treasurer of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and the San Diego Pro Arte Voices.
SALLY HUSCH DEAN, SECRETARY
Sally Husch Dean is the founding Artistic Director of the San Diego North Coast Singers Youth Chorus and has led this prestigious ensemble on national and international tours. Under Dean’s 23-year tenure, the youth choral program has grown to serve over 120 young singers each year in 5 choirs. Her work with local youth has attracted community leaders to serve on the Board of Directors, and the organization has maintained a stable financial foundation even during trying economic times. In 2104, NCS added Sorelle San Diego, a women’s chamber ensemble. Ms. Dean is a long-standing member of the professional organizations, Chorus America and American Choral Directors Association. She has attended non-profit management workshops offered by both. Dean served as an adjunct faculty member at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. from 2007 – 2015, directing the Chamber Singers and Chorale. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Music: Choral Conducting degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Dean has studied conducting with Dr. David Chase in San Diego and Donald Brinegar in Los Angeles. She has directed local honor choirs and served as an adjudicator for local high school festivals. In 1997 Ms. Dean was one of six choral directors in the country selected for a fellowship program with the well-known composer and conductor, Alice Parker.
LISA DALESSIO, BOARD MEMBER
Lisa is both a singing member and board member for the San Diego Women’s Chorus. She joined the chorus in August 2016 and is a Soprano 2. Although she is still relativity new to the singing experience, she comes with experience in management and leadership. She was an Air Force officer for 10 years, followed by stints as a store leader for several big box chains. She currently owns a small business selling utilities equipment to government and commercial facilities. She was an advisory board member for a local charter school and a teacher and healer in the local community. Lisa is actively involved in her daughter’s high school theater productions and show choir, providing costuming, set design and errand-woman skills, which allows her to interact with and role model for local high school kids. Lisa believes the creative use of art, in all its forms, makes the world a better and more peaceful place, and that the choruses of San Diego make a true and lasting difference in our community.
Pris Hall, Board Member
Priscilla Hall spent 16 years working as a Chief Financial Officer for an expanding home furnishings company in Dallas. Then her home state beckoned in 1990 and she came to San Diego to work as a professional fundraiser and board developer for numerous San Diego non-profits. Her most recognizable feat was raising the $1 million-plus seed money for the Lyric Opera’s renovation of the North Park Theater. Concurrent with the consultancy, she also acted as Business Manager and CFO for a small firm, Kauai Power Partners, which developed power plant projects on islands such as Kauai, Saipan and Guam. She got her BA at UC Berkeley and completed course work for a PhD in Anthropology/Archaeology from Southern Methodist University. She began singing with the San Diego Master Chorale in 1997 and was promptly elected an officer of the corporation, a role she enjoyed for 7 years. She still enjoys the thrill of making music under the guidance of Dr. John Russell.
LYNN MENDOZA-KHAN, BOARD MEMBER
Lynn Mendoza-Khan, soprano, is a classically trained professional singer and voice teacher. She has worked extensively with young singers in her own vocal studio and for San Diego Junior Theatre, with which she worked five years. Lynn has sung locally with the San Diego Opera. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, and of the First UU Church of San Diego.
BOB LEHMAN, BOARD MEMBER
Bob Lehman is the Executive Director and President Emeritus of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. He has been involved with SDGMC for nearly 20 years first as an underwriter and donor and later as Membership Director, Marketing Director and as a singer in the baritone section. Under his leadership, the chorus has grown to more than 200 members, performs throughout San Diego County and is parent to the San Diego Youth Pride Chorus. Previously, Bob sang with the nationally recognized Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Professionally, as the owner of the live music venue Bourbon Street, Bob worked with national acts such as Tony Award-winner Nell Carter in addition to many local jazz, standards and blues singers and musicians. Bob is a veteran combat Marine sergeant and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for LGBT rights in the military. He and his husband made history in 2008 as the first two men to legally marry in California history.
BIANCA LUNDIEN KENNEDY, BOARD MEMBER
Bianca Lundien Kennedy (BA in Linguistics from the University of Houston) has enjoyed singing in choirs since her childhood, through her school years, in college and beyond. Having sung with the Houston Symphony Chorus, she gained a deep appreciation for the choral arts. When her husband, whom she met in their high school chorale, relocated the pair from Chicago to San Diego in 2010 for his work, she wasted little time before involving both of them in San Diego’s local choral environment. She has been with Peninsula Singers since 2011, having just completed a two-year term as their Board President in June 2016. She remains on their Board of Directors as Webmaster. Bianca was also a founding member of Pacific Coast Chorale, founded in 2013 and is in her third year of serving as their Board President. Bianca believes in promoting the joy, fellowship and reward gained from the experience of being part of a choir (or two!).
KATIE WALDERS, BOARD MEMBER
Katie Walders, soprano, began her career in Washington, DC, singing with the finest choirs in the city. Performances at home and abroad include singing with the Czech National Orchestra and Chorus, and at such venues as the Washington National Cathedral, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cadogan Hall (London), Copley Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales). Recent engagements include performing with the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival and at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea. Katie has eight years experience in arts administration, including concert promotion, production, and touring, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the San Diego Pro Arte Voices and the San Diego Summer Choral Festival.