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Board of Directors

Lisa Colgren : President

Lisa Colgren

President

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.

Kip Plew : Vice President

Kip Plew

Vice President

Mr. Plew received an undergraduate degree in Business Computer Science and went on to work for General Motors and IBM. For the past 40 years he has been a business owner and entrepreneur. His commercial successes include a commercial construction and design business, a dry cleaners with seven outlets, an electric motor repair business, and is currently the owner of Irving’s Market and Deli.

Jimmy Brand : Secretary

Jimmy Brand

Secretary

Mr. Brand is currently 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 the spring of 2017. An alumnus of the Kalamazoo Children’s Choir, he sang with the choir for 6 years and is continuing his commitment to the choir as a board member. He was previously a marketing assistant at Miller Auditorium and a Member or Western Michigan University Collegiate Singers. Mr. Brand is perusing his Doctor of Audiology at Salus University starting in the Fall of 2018 and is excited to continue his education.

Mark Chilcott : Member

Mark Chilcott

Member

Mr. Chilcott is blessed to be father to Mariah who had been in KCC for seven years and is currently in the Touring Choir.  He has three adult step-children (Trent, Tiffani and Tabrina) and five step-grandchildren. He attends St. Michael Lutheran Church where he serves as director of Stewardship (with heavy emphasis on financial management), the Parish Planning Council and various other church ministries and events like the mission field (local and Lac Brochet, Manitoba). Mr. Chilcott is the sole owner of real estate development company and as preferred developer for Florida based Watercrest Senior Living Group, develops assisted living, memory care and independent living communities in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

Chris Gottwald : Member

Chris Gottwald

Member

Mr. Gottwald is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautics. He is the current World Record holder in the 100 mile track (velodrome) time trail. After 24 -years of government service, he recently retired and began a second career as a pilot with UPS based in Louisville, KY flying heavy transport category aircraft internationally. He has two girls in KCC. In addition to the Chorus, Mr. Gottwald is an active member USA Cycling, Ultra Marathon Cycling Association, RAAM (Race across America), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc (AOPA), Indépendant Pilots Assoc (IPA), Kalamazoo Bicycle Club (KBC), Team Clark Logic Cycling Team, Radiant Church (Volunteer), Battle Creek Rotary Club (associate member), nternational Flight Inspection Symposium (IFIS) and Wings of Mercy (Pilot).

Meredith (Cahow) Holysz : Member

Meredith (Cahow) Holysz

Member

Ms. Holysz was a member of KCC in its early years, under the direction of Jeanne Frey. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University and is currently employed as Director of Rehabilitation and Case Management for Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. Ms. Holysz previously worked as a Case Manager for Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center and served as Rehabilitation Services Director at Laurels Healthcare. Her daughter Kiera now sings in the Preparatory Choir.

Jen Sankey & Anna : Member & Parent League President

Jen Sankey & Anna

Member & Parent League President

Ms. Sankey is a project coordinator for Earley & Associates, Inc., a local commercial concrete company. A Kalamazoo native graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School, Ms. Sankey graduated from Western Michigan University in 1994 with a BS in Interior Design. WMU is where she met her husband Anand of 20 years, who came to continue his studies from Malaysia where he was born and raised. Their daughter, Anna, has been in KCC since she was 8 years old and is currently in the Touring Choir. Ms. Sankey is also a Co-Chair for the Ad Council at the Oshtemo United Methodist church where she is a member. She  has been a parent volunteer in the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus for the past six years.

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