Director's Music Team (DMT) Kathleen Hansen: Master Director Meg Adams; Visual Director Nicole Clement: Baritone Section Leader Denise Brinkerhoff: Bass Section Leader Keri Leasure, Tenor Section Leader Leah Rippetoe: Lead Section Leader, DMT Secretary Robin Dye: Music Coordinator Tracey Sandberg: Team Coordinator (CMT) Sharee Markiewicz: Directing Team Debra Rasnek: Directing Team
Kathleen Hansen: Master Director- Kathleen joined the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines in 2000. Kathleen Hansen was awarded Master Director status following the 2015 Sweet Adelines International Competition while directing San Diego Chorus, and has been selected to be on the Sweet Adelines International Faculty. In other Sweet Adelines ventures, Kathleen has served both on regional faculty teams and as a coach. As a quartet member, Kathleen has won a regional novice contest, placed third in Region 21's spring competition, and this group was named champion of the 2004 Buckeye Invitational. Now a highly sought-after adjudicator and clinician, Kathleen previously taught music at local schools, as well as Varsity band and Beginning Conducting at SDSU. She also directs the men's Barbershop Harmony Society's Sun Harbor Chorus, is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Women's Chorus, and works with the barbershop Youth in Harmony program. Kathleen has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education specializing in trumpet, a teaching credential in music, and a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from SDSU. Sweet Adeline of the Year 2013.
Meg Adams: Visual Coordinator - Meg joined Sweet Adelines in 2000. She spent a year singing with White River Sound, in Indianapolis, IN, before moving to Southern California and joining the San Diego Chorus in 2001. Meg started working as the assistant choreographer in 2004, and took over as the Visual Coordinator in 2006. Music has always been a part of Meg’s life. She starred as Mary Poppins in the school musical in second grade and has been singing and performing ever since! She sang in church choir, and in choruses from elementary school through college. Meg is a former classroom teacher and brings her teaching experience and her love of dance and theater to the chorus each and every week. Sweet Adeline of the Year 2012.
Nicole Clement: Baritone Section Leader/Script Chair - Nicole has been a member of Sweet Adelines International and The San Diego Chorus since 1998, and an a cappella and barbershop fan long before then. Nicole has always been a baritone. She currently is the Baritone Section Leader; using her experience and education within the organization, the chorus' script writer; using her degree in English to play with words, and a member of the front row; using her dance background and love of movement to music.
Denise Brinkerhoff: Bass Section Leader - Denise has been a member of Sweet Adelines International and The San Diego Chorus since 1995. She has sung tenor, baritone, and bass, and is currently the Bass Section Leader. In elementary school, she played the flute in the school band and sang in the school chorus. Denise has competed in quartets in all three of the parts that she has sung. She has proudly served in many chorus administrative positions, including Team Coordinator, as well as music and leadership positions. She is currently enrolled in the Director's Certification Program (DCP) to continue her musical education. Sweet Adeline of the Year 2010.
Keri Leasure: Tenor Section Leader/Makeup Consultant- Keri joined the San Diego Chorus and became a member of Sweet Adelines International in 2017. Keri has been singing since a very young age; starting her singing career at the age of two in her church's Christmas show. She sang in high school choruses, college groups, and several worship teams at various churches in the San Diego area. Keri also loves playing the flute and piano. Recently, Keri joined a chorus quartet as the tenor and looks forward to learning more about the craft of barbershop. Her skills as a makeup consultant help prepare the chorus for performances and competitions.
Leah Rippetoe: Secretary/Music Services/Directing Team, Lead Section Leader, Competition Coordinator - Leah has been a Certified Director since 2009. She is a 21-year member of Sweet Adelines and joined San Diego Chorus in 2016. She has been an active quartet member for many years. Singing and performing have always been a big part of Leah’s life with a strong background in musical theater and dance/choreographer. When she is not singing with the chorus, she is singing with her praise band at her church.
Robin Dye: Education Coordinator - Robin joined the San Diego Chorus in 2015. She has an instrumental music background and joined the chorus to sing and pursue the educational opportunities provided by Sweet Adelines. She is a music educator in the San Diego Unified School District, and currently teaches elementary choir. As the Education Coordinator of the chorus she works to bring opportunities to the chorus members to expand both their general music knowledge and also their knowledge of the barbershop style of singing.
Tracey Sandberg: Team Coordinator - A Sweet Adeline since 1999, Tracey has earned multiple Regional Quartet Medals and has two International Chorus Gold Medals with the Harborlites Chorus. Tracey has lead San Diego’s Chorus Management Team since 2017. Prior to being elected as Team Coordinator, she served as Business Development Coordinator and Music Team Secretary. Tracey has extensive Sweet Adelines leadership experience; serving as Team Coordinator on the Regional Management Team from 2014 to 2019, and serving on the Harborlites Chapter Board of Directors in multiple leadership roles including President. She is married to a Barbershopper with five gold medals with the Masters of Harmony, and is the daughter of a 50-year Barbershop Harmony Society member.
Sharee Markiewicz: Directing Team/CMT Secretary - Sharee first joined Sweet Adelines in 1985, singing baritone in the Elkridge Chorus (now the Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus) through 1990. After taking a break to raise her family, she joined the San Diego Chorus in 2014, and currently sings bass. She played flute/piccolo in marching and concert band throughout high school, plays a little tin whistle and Irish flute, and has sung in many choirs/choruses over the years. She recently enrolled in the Director’s Certification Program (DCP). She loves to sing in quartets and small groups in addition to singing with the chorus.
Debra Rasnick: Directing Team/CMT Business Development - Debra joined Sweet Adelines in 2016 singing baritone. She first sang with the Virginia Coast Chorus, and when transferred, she joined the San Diego Chorus. Debra also sings with Jukebox Quartet, recipient of the Region 21 Quartet Novice Award in 2018. Debra has always loved music; participating in All State Band and All State Chorus in high school. Debra has a BA in Music Education K-12. Debra just loves to sing, share, and learn through this organization.