I was born and raised in Laurel, MT, a small town near Billings, MT. I graduated from Laurel Senior High School in 1973 as the co-valedictorian. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Accounting (magna cum laude). I became a Certified Public Accountant in 1983. I received my Masters of Science in Taxation from San Jose State University in 2002.
I have been a partner in Kambe & Mahan, CPAs with offices in Los Altos and San Francisco since 1996. I have been a member of the Technology Committee of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants since the early 1990s.
I was a member of the Vocal Minority (VM) from 1981 through 1990. VM was a group of approximately 16 gay men and women that performed jazz, pop, standards around the Bay Area. VM became part of the San Francisco Band Foundation (a non-profit organization) during the late 1990s.
I have been a member of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir since 1990. I was a member of the Board of Directors for four years in the early 1990s and am currently a Board member since early 2008. Both terms I have been the Treasury, and recently started serving as Board President at the end of 2012
Carl Resnikoff - Transitional Vice President
Carl has been an OIGC singer since 1987, and an OIGC Board Member since spring 2007, serving as Board President from 2008-2012. He has extensive experience as a software developer and entrepreneur, and is an audio engineer and musician. He is a member of the Tech, Recording and Board Development committees. Outgoing Board President. Current Board Vice President.
Isa S. Chu - Secretary
Isa S. Chu joined the Board of Directors in April of 2009. Involved in choral music since 1986, joining the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in 2005 was a natural fit, bringing together her love of music and performance with her strong values of spirituality and social justice. She brings a fresh marketing sense along with internet social media and graphic design skills.
Ms. Chu received a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American/Ethnic studies from UC Santa Barbara (2004). She is currently the Education and Home Based Coordinator for the City of Oakland Early Head Start Program. She has over 10 years programming experience and over 4 years of development experience, working with a variety of non-profits in Oakland. She hopes that by serving on the board, she will bring the Choir to the forefront of the movement for peace, joy, and love among all people!
Mary Ford, PhD - Board member Emeritus
Mary Ford, PhD has been a member of OIGC since 1988, and a longtime member of the OIGC Ensemble. She served on the OIGC Board from 2007-2011, and also from 1995-2001, 2 of those years as secretary, 2 as president.
She is mother to Dan, a college student, and wife to Rob Lewis, a math teacher. She is a retired psychologist, a writer, vocalist, community activist, and nonprofit consultant in Berkeley working in the areas of organizational development, fundraising, event production & promotion. She was founding board member for Stepping Stones Project (kids coming of age groups) and founding Board President for Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp.
Members of the ADVISORY BOARD
Renel Brooks-Moon is the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants, as well as a local radio personality on 98.1 KISQFM. Brooks-Moon was recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame as the first female announcer of a championship game in any professional sport for her role in the 2002 World Series.
Born in Oakland, California, Brooks-Moon was raised throughout the Bay Area. She attended Woodside High School from 1972-1976. Brooks-Moon then attended Mills College where she graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in English. In 2007, she began her seventh season as the public address announcer for the Giants, and her 20th year as a Bay Area radio personality, currently at radio station KISQ "98.1 KISS-FM."
Percussionist, composer, ethnomusicologist, educator and Smithsonian Associate Scholar Dr. Anthony Brown is a seminal figure in the contemporary California creative music scene, directing the Asian American Orchestra in addition to performing with some of the foremost musicians in jazz today.
JACQUELINE HAIRSTON, Bay Area pianist and ASCAP published composer- arranger received her musical training at the Juilliard School of Music and Howard University School of Music and earned a Masters Degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University, New York City. (http://jbhproductions.com/biography.htm)
Stacey Hoffman has been the Executive Director of Living Jazz (formerly known as Rhythmic Concepts, Inc.) since 1985. Ms. Hoffman launched Jazz Camp West in 1982, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in 1986, the Oakland Jazz Choir in 1992, "In the Name of Love" MLK Tribute in 2002, the Oakland Community Children's Choir in 2005, and Jam Camp West in 2008.
Besides her role as Executive Director for Living Jazz, Ms. Hoffman also works as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley, CA. Through the cross over of these two fields, she has developed workshops in Performance Anxiety which she has taught at Jazz Camp West, the Jazz School in Berkeley, the Stanford Jazz Workshop Vocal Program, and the Young Musician’s Program at UC Berkeley.
Through her love of the arts, commitment to Living Jazz and dedication to her work, Ms. Hoffman has been responsible for bringing literally thousands of people together, fostering a sense of inspiration and community within the Bay Area's jazz scene.