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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



* Maria-Elena Grant
Lavender Light Gospel Choir
New York, NY


Jeff Chapdelaine*
Boston, MA


* Michael McDonald
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Portland, OR

Karen Lane

Karen Lane
Seattle, WA


Doug Althauser
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
Columbus, OH


Tim Blanchard-Modisette
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus
New York, NY


Jared Brayton Bollenbacher
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
Columbus, OH


John Carrion
New York City Gay Men's Chorus
New York City, NY


Miriam Davidson
Anna Crusis Feminist Choir
Philadelphia, PA


Chipper Dean
Gay Men's Chorus of Wash. DC
Washington, DC


Justin Fyala
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
Washington, DC


Abdullah Rasheen Hall
Trans Chorus of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA


Steve Milloy
Men Alive, Orange County's Gay Men's Chorus
Santa Ana, CA


Joe Nadeau
Kansas City, MO


Carol Paskulin
Sacramento Women’s Chorus
Sacramento, CA


Jeff Smith
Phoenix Gay Men's Chorus
Phoenix, AZ


Kristen Stinnett
Common Woman Chorus
Durham, NC

Oscar Urtusástegui

Oscar Urtusástegui
Coro Gay Ciudad de Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

* Executive Committee Members

GALA Committees

Finance Committee
Karen Lane, 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
Chipper Dean and Tim Blanchard Modisette, Co-Chairs

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
  • Assistance with identifying options for support of transgender singers and youth

Education and Networking
Brayton Bollenbacher, 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
Steve Milloy, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Participation in the Global Alliance of Queer Choirs
  • Oversight of relationships with mainstream music organizations such as ACDA and Chorus America
  • Oversight of work with schools, universities and communities of faith

Resource Development Committee
Justin Fyala, 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
  • Provide oversight and assistance in the development of foundation relationships and grant

Festival Committee
Joe Nadeau and Kathleen Hansen, 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
Miriam Davidson, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of strategies to keep the membership engaged via social
  • 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
Michael McDonald, 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

New Harmony Taskforce
Maria-Elena Grant, Chair

Specific Responsibilities

  • Produce and update of the New Harmony Workbook
  • Advise member choruses on DEI issues as requested through the 411 Program.
  • Advise the Board of Directors on matters of equity, access and belonging.