Mark DeSaulnier - Executive Director
Terrance Kelly - Artistic Director
Briget Boyle - Production Manager
Sandra Lawson-Ndu - Office Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Matais Pouncil - President
Carl Resnikoff - Vice President
Jack Mahan - Treasurer
Peter Bland - Secretary
Sabrina Knuckles - Youth Choir Liaison
Bernadette McDonald - Director
Dr. John White -Director
Mary Ford - Board Member Emeritus
Mark DeSaulnier - Ex Officio, Executive Director
Terrance Kelly - Ex Officio, Artistic Director
Mark DeSaulnier brings more than fifteen years of senior administration and production experience to the performing arts. He has been responsible for fundraising, board development, strategic planning, marketing, and community engagement, as well as leading production efforts in venues ranging from 500 to 15,000 seats. Mr. DeSaulnier has worked with artists such as Kenny Loggins, Debbi Boone, James Newton Howard, Lou Rawls, Cab Calloway, Air Supply, and more. His previous executive and artistic experiences includes the Peninsula Youth Theater in Mountain View and the Pacific Symphony in Orange County.
As the Executive Director for the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mr. DeSaulnier is honored to be working with a fine team in support of an organization with such a rich history. In addition to attending and presenting for nonprofit arts management seminars and events, Mr. DeSaulnier is a member of arts organizations such as CETA (California Educational Theatre Association), Chorus America, and the Theatre Bay Area Association.
Sophie Gardner - Youth and Community Choir Coordinator
Derrick Henry - Intern Director, OICC
Father Jayson Landeza
Maestro Michael Morgan
Terrance Kelly has garnered extensive musical credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and joyous emotional feel for the music make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger. His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks. In addition, he wrote or arranged most of the music for each of the choir’s albums. Mr. Kelly received an Emmy Award in 1995 for his choral arrangement of OIGC’s KGO-TV public service announcement.
In 2005, he received the Local Heroes Award from KQED Television for his directorship of the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir and was also honored at the Gospel Music Awards. In 2013, he was awarded the Dr. Edwin Hawkins Excellence Award.
Mr. Kelly currently serves as Minister of Magnification at Oakland’s Imani Community Church. He has traveled as far as Australia and Israel to teach gospel music and, since 1982, has served as Gospel Choir Director for Jazz Camp West, hosted by Living Jazz. In addition to his other endeavors, he is a semi-regular member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus.
His father, the late Ed Kelly, was an esteemed jazz and gospel pianist. His mother, the late Faye Kelly, was a gospel choir director and pianist.