Kathleen Hansen: Master Director - Kathleen joined the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines in 1999. Kathleen Hansen was awarded Master Director status following the 2015 Sweet Adelines International Competition while directing the San Diego Chorus, and was recently asked to join 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 award singing baritone, 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.
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 and piccolo in marching and concert bands 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 Chair - Debra joined Sweet Adelines in 2016 singing baritone. She first sang with the Virginia Coast Chorus in VA and when transferred to San Diego, 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 through 12. Debra just loves to sing, share and learn through this organization.
Cindy McAdams: CMT Finance Chair - Cindy joined the San Diego Chorus in 2010 as a new Sweet Adeline. Her background in banking, her family’s retail stores and her own business are where she learned Quickbooks and other business skills needed to be Finance Chair. She served as Business Development Chair in 2012, then learned Finale to help transcribe chorus repertoire. She loves numbers, so spreadsheets and Quickbooks are just as easy as sight-reading music for her. She learned piano as a toddler and played many other instruments in middle and high school. She played flute and piccolo in various bands including field, parade, pep, jazz, concert and county honor bands. She also accompanied her soloist peers on piano. Cindy loves to perform singing bass in the chorus, with Jukebox Quartet and in small groups.
Melissa Galanty: Events Chair - Melissa became a Sweet Adeline in 2013 when she joined the San Diego Chorus. Her previous musical experience includes singing in children's choirs, musical theatre summer programs, classical choir, concert choir and chamber singers. After completing grad school, Melissa switched gears and took several years of ballet classes. Now she gets to combine singing and dancing as a Sweet Adeline. Who can ask for anything more? Melissa is a School Psychologist and sings lead in the San Diego Chorus.
Diane Thornewell: Membership Chair – Diane joined Sweet Adelines in 1993, singing lead and then bass in the Potomac Harmony Chorus in Arlington, VA. Diane worked as a Contracting Officer for the Department of the Navy, was transferred to San Diego and joined the San Diego Chorus in 1997, where she sings lead. Diane has been very active in chorus administration in both of her choruses, having served as Secretary for Potomac Harmony and as Secretary, Finance Chair and Membership Chair for SDSA. She has served in chorus administration for over 18 of the 25 years she has been in Sweet Adelines.