Board of Directors

Board of Directors

 

President Diane Woodruff

Having been a life-long music educator and church choir director, I believe in the mission of City Singers Youth Choirs and am grateful that a group of such excellence is here in my community. My interests other than music are quilting, swimming and walking, traveling, reading, playing golf, and spending time with my husband, adult children and friends.

 

Vice-President Suzanne Mallory-Parker, Community Partnerships Manager, Richmond Symphony

After 32 years of service to the public schools of Virginia, Suzanne retired from Chesterfield County Public Schools, where she served as an Instructional Specialist for Performing Arts overseeing both music and theater programs.  She has taught choral music and band and has served as a guest clinician, adjudicator and conductor for many school divisions and churches. She is an accomplished oboist and played with the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra for many years. Ms. Mallory-Parker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In addition, Ms. Mallory-Parker has served as a music consultant for the Virginia Department of Education and Hopewell City Public Schools.  Ms. Mallory-Parker is a member of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church and resides in Chesterfield County; she is also the proud mother of two recent college graduates.

Treasurer Thomas Kozusko, CFO Professional Services

Tom started CFO Professional Services in 2000 to provide affordable accounting services to new and small businesses. He has over 30 years of both public accounting and private industry experience. When he is not in the office you will find him on his motorcycle or playing racquetball. He has been married for 24 years and has two boys.

 

Secretary Lee Hanchey

Mrs. Hanchey taught for 37 years in Chesterfied  and Henrico counties. She served as Chairman of Henrico Center for the Arts from 1996 – 2009. Honored with Henrico’s Gilman Award (Teaching Award) in 1992, Music Teacher of the Year in 1995, Henrico High School’s Teacher of the Year and Henrico County Teacher of the Year in 2004, she was also given a building dedication at Henrico High School in 2009. Ms. Hanchey also taught vocal music, music theory, and associated musical courses at the Virginia Residential Governors School for the Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Richmond from 1990 – 1999. She has sung with the Richmond Symphony Choir, and CAFUR (Choir of Alumni and Friends at the University of Richmond under Jim Erb) as well as several community choirs and church groups.  She is currently singing with All Souls Episcopal Church, teaches a few vocal students and works with the men of the choir on music literacy and vocal skills.

 

Board Member Christine DeSantis Hoffman

Christine is is music teacher in the Lower School at Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. She earned her degrees in music education from Virginia Commonwealth University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). After receiving her master’s degree, Christine taught English and music in Tomioka-shi, Gunma-ken, Japan.  Upon returning to Virginia, she taught K – 5 general music for 10 years at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover County. During that time, she also co-directed the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, founded the Western Hanover Art & Music (WHAM) Camp, and taught piano and guitar lessons.  In 2011, Christine was named Teacher of the Year, and, in 2012, she achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music.  She is a lead teacher for SPARC‘s (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) LIVE ART program, which is an inclusive arts education program for students of all abilities. Christine has performed as a vocal soloist with such groups as the Richmond Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Bermuda Festival Orchestra.  She frequently presents at music education workshops and conferences throughout Virginia, and she is the president of the James River Virginia chapter of AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association). Christine currently sings and plays guitar and ukulele in an acoustic duo called The Show and Tells.

Board Member Mary Beth Meyer

Being a native Virginian, Mary Beth grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family instilled a love of music and encouraged her pursuit of musical endeavors. With sing-a-longs on car trips, piano lessons, participation in church choirs as well as high school chorus, talent shows, and piano accompaniment at church, her youth was filled with music that developed her life long passion. Her second passion, a love of children, was further advanced with an early childhood education degree from The College of William and Mary. After several years of teaching in Virginia and Queens, NY, she took off time to raise her beautiful son and daughter, who have grown into amazing adults. Mary Beth then entered the business world as a consultant in employee benefits and HR compliance from where she retired after 20 years.

She resides in Manakin  Sabot, VA with her husband with whom she runs a small business,  works part time as an educator for a national insurance company, and enjoys spending time with her two amazing grandchildren. Music is still a huge part of her life as she spent 13 years as accompanist for her church as well as now participating in the choir. Her role as board member for City Singers is an honor and blessing.

 

Board Member Sharon Potts, Chick Fil-A

 

 

 

Board Member David Trace

David brings to City Singers his passion for supporting youth organizations.   David has supported youth organizations as a volunteer, coach and board member.  In addition,  David brings varied technical and management skills and experience through his career in the electric utility, financial, retail and healthcare industries, where has worked in the engineering, technology, marketing, operations. underwriting and sales functions.  Specific skills include project management, business process development, facilitation, and general management.

 

 

Board Member R. Steven Tyler

Steve Tyler has been involved with corporate Talent Development and Human Resources for over 25 years.  His experience includes researching, designing, and producing learning programs for Fortune 500 corporations that focus on such topics as executive development, mentoring, leadership, management skills, project management, and customer satisfaction initiatives.  He brings extensive skills as a business partner, engaging senior level stakeholders to align talent management with organizational goals and succession planning.  He also has over 10 years experience serving as Director of Membership for the Richmond Chapter of ATD (Association for Talent Development).  His community work also includes a supportive role with Richmond SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and the United Way of Richmond’s “Emerging Leaders,” designing a two-week leadership program for local volunteer executives.  Steve has a Master’s in Human Resource Development from VCU.

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