Mark DeSaulnier - Executive Director

Terrance Kelly - Artistic Director

Sophie Gardner - Operations Director



Dr. Matais Pouncil - President

Carl Resnikoff - Vice President

Bernadette McDonald - Secretary

Dr. John White - Director

Michael Gooding- Director

Nicolia Gooding- Director

Todd Jersey - Director

David Page - Director

Nancy Smith - 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, and Air Supply. His previous executive and artistic experience 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.


Sandra Lawson-Ndu - Marketing & Social Media Manager

Thea Miller- Administrative Assistant

Derrick Henry - Intern Director, OICC



Renel Brooks-Moon

Stacey Hoffman

Anthony Brown

Jacqueline Hairston

Father Jayson Landeza

John Dolby

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 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.