Board of Directors

Lisa Colgren : President

Lisa Colgren


Ms. Colgren is the Finance Director for Drug & Laboratory Disposal, Inc. in Plainwell MI. Prior to that she taught Accounting at both Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She has been an active board member of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus since 1999 and has filled many roles within the organization during that time. Ms. Colgren is a Notary Public for the State of Michigan, a member of the Gilmore Car Museum and lives on the outskirts of Kalamazoo near Plainwell.

Jimmy Brand : Vice President

Jimmy Brand

Vice President

In this third year of pursuing a clinical doctorate in audiology at Salus University, Mr. Brand lives in beautiful Philadelphia, PA. At Salus University, he serves as the Student Member of the Board of trustees, A member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, and as a student ambassador. Before his move to Philadelphia, he served as the mentor program coordinator at Western Michigan University Disability Services. He earned a degree in biomedical sciences from Western Michigan University with a WMU Signature in Diversity and Inclusion in 2017. During his tenure at WMU, he sang with Western Michigan University Collegiate Singers.  An alumnus of the Kalamazoo Children’s Choir, he sang with the choir for six years and is proud to continue serving the organization as a member of the board.

Bri Edgerton : Representative

Bri Edgerton


As an alumnus of the Chorus, Bri is excited to be part of the board.  Graduating from WMU with a bachelors in English/Secondary Education, she happily is taking on the secretary position.  Bri has appeared in over 30 theatre productions, among her favorites being "Tick Tick Boom!" (Susan) and "Once on This Island" (TiMoune) with the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. Bri is also a teacher at Hillside Middle School and is very active inside of our community.

Dr. Rhea Olivvaće


Adjunct Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University, Dr. Rhea Olivaccé,  soprano, is known for her “wonderfully warm lyric soprano voice.” She has performed the  leading soprano roles of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mimi in Puccini’s La  Bohème, both conducted by Martin Katz at University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. Other roles at  UMAA include La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. Being from the performing arts, she offers an exciting perspective for the chorus and a lot of knowledge. 

Jane Pearson