CHORUS MANAGEMENT TEAM
Pam Murray: Team Coordinator - Pam became a Sweet Adeline in 2016, joining the San Diego Chorus as a baritone. She has been singing and performing in various singing groups and musical theater since the age of 4. Pam graduated from UCSD with a major in Drama and a minor in Music, Vocal Performance. With over a 30 year background in corporate leadership, global supply chain, procurement, contracting and entertainment management, she is putting those skills to work in Sweet Adelines. Pam also plays guitar and sings baritone in So Noted Quartet.
Kathleen Hansen: Master Director - Kathleen joined the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines in 2000, making history in the International Chorus Competition by doing handsprings across the Portland Rose Arena stage and helping propel San Diego to a gold medal. Introduced to barbershop by watching top-level quartets and choruses, Kathleen has since rooted her experiences with Sweet Adelines in elevated expectations that are reflected in her drive to challenge the chorus and herself for the highest quality performance. This talented baritone was quickly pulled into featured roles and leadership positions. In 2015, she was awarded Master Director status after directing the San Diego Chorus on the International stage, and she has directed the chorus to first place in subsequent Regional competitions. In 2004, her quartet Last Call won the women's barbershop category in the Buckeye Invitational. Kathleen's origins are in musical education. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with a specialization in trumpet, a Master's of Music in Instrumental Conducting, and a teaching credential for secondary education in music from San Diego State University. Recently, she was honored to join the Sweet Adelines International Faculty in a 3-year teaching appointment. Sweet Adeline of the Year 2013.
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.
Diane Thornewell: Events/Operations – 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.
Marina Hayden: Membership - Marina joined the San Diego Chorus in 1993 as a bass. Marina has always been a member of the front row and the visual team, currently serving as the front row coordinator. She also is the coach coordinator and responsible for caring for the wonderfully talented coaches that help make our chorus better. Marina proudly sings bass in SoloVoce quartet, who recently won 4th place in the 2019 Region 21 competition. Marina’s husband, Steve, is very supportive of SoloVoce and the San Diego Chorus, as are their 3 college-aged children. Marina worked for many years as an Emergency and ICU RN but currently has 2 part time jobs; working as a Review Editor for a medical journal and the operations manager of her martial arts studio. Sweet Adeline of the Year 2015; Hall of Fame 2018
Amy Overon-Buck: Secretary - Amy joined the San Diego chorus in 2016 singing baritone. Amy sang in high school and college choruses and musical theater. She majored in music (voice) in college for 3 years then changed her major to Early Childhood Education. After a 36 year career as an elementary school teacher she decided to enrich her retirement by singing again. This is her first time to be in chorus administration and she is enjoying being CMT secretary.
Sara Lokan: Performance Coordinator - Sara’s journey in Sweet Adelines International began in 2007 as a part of High Sierra Chorus in Bishop, California, where she was the baritone in the Sierra Stars quartet. She joined the San Diego Chorus in 2012. As Performance Coordinator, Sara has a passion for sharing the art form of barbershop harmony, whether preparing for Sweet Adelines International competitions and the chorus's annual shows, sharing our music in the community, or fundraising for the San Diego Chorus via paid events. Sara's interactions with clients as a health care provider and an instructor carry over into her desire to impact the lives of audiences by sharing her love for music and barbershop harmony through San Diego Chorus's performances.