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.

Bri Edgerton : Secretary

Bri Edgerton

Secretary

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.

Meredith (Cahow) Holysz : Vice President

Meredith (Cahow) Holysz

Vice President

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.

Jimmy Brand : Treasurer

Jimmy Brand

Treasurer

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.

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.

Dr. Rhea Olivaccé : Member

Dr. Rhea Olivaccé

Member

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.

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.