Board of Directors

2018-2019 Season

David Baraff, President

David joined the Board in 2012 after realizing his two children, William and Michael, had accumulated a combined total of over 14 years of association with the Piedmont Choir, and that it was past time for him to contribute as well!  (Since then, Will has gone on to become a music major at Oberlin Conservatory; despite graduating the Choir, Will still returns as a PEBCC camp counselor every year!)  Formerly a Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, David left academia in 1998 to take a position as a Senior Animation Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios.  Most recently, he has become Pixar’s Principal Software Engineer. Prior to joining Pixar, David co-founded a startup commercial software company whose products have been used in the production of numerous films. In 2006, he won an Academy Award for his research and software development in the field of computer animated clothing.

Shirley Pao, Vice President, Treasurer

Shirley has predominantly worked in the health care sector since moving to the Bay Area in 2000 and currently works in strategy and implementation for a health plan. She holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of business and has 10+ years of previous consulting experience to public/private companies across various industries. Shirley lives in Piedmont with her husband and two daughters, Zia and Veda, both of whom sing with PEBCC (in the performing and training departments respectively).

Marisa Rahl, Secretary

Marisa  was a founding member of Piedmont Girls Choir back in 1983 and has been involved with the choir in one way or another ever since.  In addition to singing with the choir for ten years, she has been on the camp staff, a Golden Gate Festival volunteer, and has chaperoned numerous PEBCC tours as the tour photographer, videographer and blogger.  Marisa studied Economics and Managerial Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and works in marketing management with various Fortune 500 clients.  She recently moved back to the Bay Area after living in Dallas for many years, and one of her favorite parts of being back is being able to catch frequent PEBCC concerts and be a more involved volunteer.  

Yen Trac, Vice President - Development

Yen  is an attorney in San Francisco.  As her daughter advanced in choir from training department to performing department, Yen initially resisted board service until "I came to realize that PEBCC could not function without the commitment of countless volunteers, people who are just as busy as I am, juggling career, kids, commute; and I felt I had to contribute to a community that has given my daughter so much joy." 

Yen is committed to community service, leading her company's pro bono service program and has has served in many capacities--as tutor, translator, event planner, recruiter for cub scouts, pro bono counsel, and chair of development for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Yen earned a B.A. in Economics from Golden Gate University and her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.   

Members-at-Large

 

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Ben Barr

Ben Barr was born and raised in Redding, California.  He moved to the Bay Area in 1988 to pursue a degree in vocal performance from San Francisco State University.  A professional singer since 1992, Ben has sung with numerous opera companies and choral institutions throughout the greater Bay Area.  For the past 10 years, his primary focus has been singing with Volti, a professional chamber-sized choir that brings new music to life, and he has been part of many exciting premieres of music written by some of the most exciting choral composers working today.  In 2003, Ben founded B-Squared Consulting, a firm that provides IT support and managed services to over 130 companies in the Bay Area.  Ben is married with three children.  Two of his kids have been a part of the PEBCC community for years; Cat (2018) and Lizzie (2024).

Poppea Dorsam

 

Poppea learned of the choirs when looking for a quality organization for her daughters Gavan and Kasandra. Between them, they have participated in Kinderchoir through Ancora and Gavan will add Ecco this year. Poppea is not ashamed to admit that she volunteers as a room parent just so she can have the opportunity to sit through rehearsals as the #1 groupie. Professionally, Poppea is a cellist who teaches at University of San Francisco, Holy Names University Preparatory Department, San Francisco Community Music Center, Piedmont School District Cello Clinician, and in her private cello studio in Piedmont. As a performer, she is a member of the Liberty Street Piano Trio and the Sacramento Philharmonic. In addition she enjoys administrative roles which have included Program Director, Orchestra Negotiation and Player's Committees, Faculty Chair and Board Member. Poppea holds a Doctoral of Music in Cello Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College.

Natalie Henrich

Natalie  Natalie has most recently dedicated her time and energy towards children and education.  She works for the Piedmont Unified School District as a Special Education Para-educator. Her volunteerism includes serving on the boards of her children’s schools, Kaiser Pediatric Parent Advisory Board, East Bay Agency for Children Auxiliary and for Piedmont SERVES (tri-school elementary community service).  Natalie holds an MBA from UCLA and a BS from UC Berkeley. For 12 years, she worked in brand management for consumer products and Internet software companies including Nestle, Pepsi and LeapFrog.  Natalie also worked for 5 years as an information technology consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). She and her husband have three children; their youngest, Lucy loves singing with the Concert Choir.

Kelly Kirkpatrick

Kelly is a community volunteer, organizer, and fundraiser in the East Bay and has lived in Oakland for 15 years to also create and raise her family with her husband, Peter Fiske. She joined the Board in 2018 after years of volunteering and informally advising the PEBCC team. She has organized events to strengthen the choir’s parent and student community and spearheaded a few homestay projects for the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, including the 2018 Golden Gate International Choral Festival. Her daughters, Elizabeth and Alexandra Fiske, who currently sing in the performing department, have been joyfully singing in the Choir since 2013, thanks to the persistence of then babysitter and PEBCC alumnus Tony Calabrese who insisted they audition. Kelly’s professional background includes a PhD in Materials Science from Northwestern University, a stint in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 2 years on Capitol Hill, and 3 years in research administration at Columbia University and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.  

Camden Louie

Camden is a proud PEBCC alumna and the Communications & Events Coordinator at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in American Studies and French Cultural Studies. When not singing, Camden manages events and social media for her college club, acts as president of her alumnae class, and is the Young Alumni Chair for the Head-Royce School Alumni Council. Now living in San Francisco, she finds time to swim, spin, and explore the numerous restaurants with her friends and family.

Sue Malick

Sue first joined the Board and served as President when her youngest (now 30) was still in the Choirs and is now serving her second stint on the Board. She is celebrating, this year, over 37 years of service on various Boards of Directors, working primarily in Development and Fundraising. She is especially interested in ensuring that the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir can offer an affordable and quality musical education to children throughout the East Bay.

 

Carrie McAlister

Carrie is a mom, Realtor and entrepreneur. She has two daughters, Ryo and Kea, who love singing with the choir’s training department. She is a residential Realtor with The Grubb Company and the Founder of Veros Partners, a Corporation;investing locally and nationally in commercial real estate. Prior to real estate, Carrie worked as a management consultant in LA, NYC and abroad.  She previously sat on a local Board of Habitat for Humanity, participated in fundraising for the Berkeley Symphony, and led a non-profit organization focused on landmine removal and rural development.  An enthusiastic traveler, she has worked in or visited 37 countries. She holds a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Advisory Committee

Annette Clear
Ji Winkler

Artistic Advisory Board

Ragnar Bohlin
Robert Cole
Dr. Reed Criddle
Stacy Garrop
Vance George
Jacqui Hairston
Conway B. Jones, Jr.
Jonathan Khuner
Dr. Morten Lauridsen
Kirke Mechem
Michael Morgan
Ben Simon
Mark Winges