Ginny Grant, President
Ginny joined the Board three years ago, after singing with Cantare for several years and jump-starting our auctions and other fundraising activities. She brings experience in running software development and operational teams, serving on regional sports organizations and the vestry at her church, and organizing outreach events. She loves singing with the group and continuing to learn from Dr. Benson, whom she met when he led the Chancel Choir at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in San Carlos. Ginny keeps herself out of trouble designing and delivering products and services in the not-for-profit world, and in coordinating Rebuilding Together projects.
Nathaniel Bergson-Michelson, Communications
Nathaniel brings incredible experience to the Board, from his role as Chief Marketing Officer at the Oshman Family JCC, and his passion for family, music, doing the right thing, and making the Bass section boom.
Ron Hodges, Treasurer
Ron joined Peninsula Cantare (then named Peninsula Master Chorale) in 1983. Along with choral singing, he has enjoyed studying piano, organ, and composition. For gainful employment he used his PhD in chemistry in a career in aerospace.
Danielle Marie, Secretary and Social Media/Fundraising
Danielle is entering her 4th season with Cantare and has served on the board since January 2018. Many of us know Danielle as the soloist and soprano section lead for Cantare, but she also brings to the Board an infectious energy, over 15 years of administrative, financial, and organizational experience, and the ability to connect with the community, both local and virtual. She is the Executive Director of Class Act Music Academy, a frequent soloist with numerous organizations throughout The Bay Area, and is the Executive Director for her favorite holiday pastime, The Holly Jolly Carolers. In 2016 Danielle received her Masters in Voice Performance at San Jose State University. Nothing is more fulfilling to Danielle than performing oratorio, spirituals, choral masterworks, teaching voice, and being an advocate for the arts.
New to the board in 2019, Claudia is a long-time friend of and patron of Peninsula Cantare. Although it is a diversion from the typical board member, she does sing in the car and with her church congregation! Claudia’s financial background and previous non-profit board experience will supplement the existing board strengths. She is a Bay Area native and resides in San Carlos.
Laura Natta, PhD, Fundraising
Dr. Natta is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist specializing in diagnosis and treatment planning for co-occurring disorders, aging and functional living plans, and complex neurobehavioral cases. She is active in several professional organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of The Northern California Neuropsychological Forum. Laura has sung for years in church choirs, has cantored, and been involved in musical organizations much of her adult life, so joining Cantare was a perfect antidote for her daily schedule! She was soon drawn to Board activities here, serving as President for three years. In her new role on the Board, Laura will focus on fundraising efforts that will enable Cantare to extend its mission of transformation and community-building through music.