DIRECTOR'S MUSIC TEAM
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.
Leah Rippetoe: Assistant Director, 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, dance and choreography. When she is not singing with the chorus, she is singing with her praise band at her church.
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.
Jennifer French: Secretary - Jennifer French joined the San Diego Chorus in 2011, right before their trip to International Contest and was hooked from the first few minutes. Since joining, she won the Rookie of the Year, immediately joined a quartet and won the Novice Quartet Award at their first Regional contest; she has been quartetting her entire Sweet Adeline career, recently winning Fourth place in 2019's Regional Quartet Contest with her quartet SoloVoce. She served on the Chorus Management Team for five years in the capacity of Membership and Business Development, and was the catalyst for the Chorus purchasing new, much needed risers. Jennifer has won both the Director's Award and the Team Leader's Award in different years. Jennifer has been singing her entire life. She started singing at the age of 4 in church, but its wasn't until she found Barbershop that her singing life really got started! Sweet Adeline of the Year 2017.
Sharee Markiewicz: Directing Team/Education Coordinator- 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.