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GALA Board & Committees

Board members are elected to three-year terms. The current roster of the GALA Choruses Board of Directors is below. To contact the Board of Directors, please send an e-mail to info@galachoruses.org.

Officers

Steve Smith

* Steve Smith
President
Flying House Productions
Seattle, WA

Dwight Joyner

Dwight Joyner
Vice President
Modern Men and Harmonic Voices of Palm Springs
Palm Springs, CA

Rick Fisher

*Rick Fisher
Secretary
Heartland Men's Chorus
Kansas City, MO

Kathleen Schneider

* Kathleen Schneider
Treasurer
Pittsburgh, PA

Members

Beverly Alter

* Beverly Alter
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota
Sarasota, FL

Charles Beale
New York City Gay Men's Chorus
New York, NY

Jeff Buhrman

Jeff Buhrman
VOICES of Kentuckiana
Louisville, KY

Shawn Cullen
Reveille Men's Chorus & Desert Voices

Tucson, AZ

Stephen Edwards

Stephen Edwards
Allegrezza
Chicago, IL

Glenn Geller

Glenn Geller
West Coast Singers
West Hollywood, CA

Robert Mensel

Bob Mensel
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Portland, OR

Becky Porter

Becky Porter
Portland, OR

Gianluca Ragazzini

Gianluca Ragazzini
Tone Cluster
Ottawa, Canada

Matthew Arnold

* Matthew Ramsey
Flying House Productions
Seattle, WA

Michael Tate

Michael Tate
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
San Francisco, CA

 

* Executive Committee Members

Thoughts from the Board on their GALA Service

"I have found board service rewarding. The board has taken bold steps to build stronger relationships and I have found this empowering and satisfying. I feel respected and feel that all our board members are given the time and opportunity to express their views and opinions." - Martin Brophy

"Serving on the GALA board has completely exceeded my expectations. I came on board with some skepticism as to the viability of the association, but the turnaround process has been a pleasure to be involved with and committed to. My service has been filled with highly satisfying opportunities both in terms of professional achievement and interpersonal relationships. I will be very sad to end my term and hope to continue to serve in whatever capacities the board finds appropriate and useful." - Steve Smith

"I have loved serving on this Board and helping to move GALA Choruses through difficult times and beyond a difficult reputation. It has been fulfilling and engaging and many of the people I have met have become lasting friends." - J oann Usher

"My experience on the GALA Board has solidified my belief that AMAZING things can be accomplished in a short period of time when an organization's Board and Staff share a common vision and work together to achieve their shared goals.

The opportunity for me to visit many of our member Choruses over the last six years has made it abundantly clear that we are more alike than different and we have so many similar experiences in our respective histories, regardless of the number of singers we put on stage or the numbers in front of the decimal points on the line items of our budgets. This similarity is the foundation of GALA." - Jeffrey Ayres, former president of the GALA Board of Directors

 

GALA Committees

Finance Committee
Kathleen Schneider, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Review of the annual operating plan for the corporation prior to its submission for full Board approval.
  • Review of monthly financial reports containing an analysis of actual vs. budgeted results and a forecast of cash flows for the remainder of the year.
  • Annual review of the internal control and investment policies.
  • Annual review of the corporation's annual financials with the auditors and of the Form 990 filing with the IRS.
  • Annual review of the corporation's insurance program.
  • Annual review of the corporation's banking and credit arrangements

Membership Committee
Jane Maranhas, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the process for supporting new member choruses and training existing members on the use of GALA programs and services.
  • Assistance with the recognition of member chorus anniversaries
  • Oversight of the process for obtaining and disseminating survey information to member choruses.
  • Assistance with identifying options for support of transgender singers and youth choruses.

Education and Networking
Bob Mensel, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the annual leadership symposium and the manager's and director's retreat.
  • Oversight of the 411 program.
  • Oversight of the online member resources programs including webinars and podcasts, the resource library and online chorus management educational materials.

External Relations
Martin Brophy, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assistance with the development of relationships with other international LGBT choral organizations.
  • Assistance with building relationships with mainstream music organizations.
  • Develop strategies to coordinate with other LGBT organizations to advocate on LGBT human rights issues.

Resource Development Committee
Dwight Joyner, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight and assistance in the development of the annual individual donation campaign which includes board contributions.
  • Provide oversight and assistance in the development of the corporate sponsorship relationships.
  • Provide oversight and assistance in the development of foundation relationships and grant applications.

Festival Committee
Teddy Basham-Witherington and Matthew Ramsey, Co-Chairs

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight of the planning and budgeting for the quadrennial Festival and critical review of the final festival report.
  • Assist in the development of a database of cities capable of hosting Festival.

Communications Committee
Steve Smith & Matthew Ramsey, Co-Chairs

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of strategies to keep the membership engaged via social media.
  • Provide oversight of the development and maintenance of the organization's web site.
  • Assist in the creation of a strategy and plan for electronic communications.

Governance Committee
Beverly Alter, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Establish a matrix of skills, geographic location and chorus type to guide the Board in achieving an appropriate diversity of representation.
  • Identify individuals to recruit to the Board and make the appropriate contacts to determine their interest in Board service.
  • Prepare a slate of candidates for nomination to the Board.
  • Coordinate the orientation of new Board member