Board of Directors and Executive Director

The members of the Board of Directors come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, but share their passion for the choral arts. We are always seeking new Board members whose skills complement those around the table. The OCWC’s Board is both a working board and a governing board, and board members give generously of their time, talent, and treasure. Board terms are three years, but shorter terms to fill open seats may be available. For more information about serving on our board, click here to download our current board service package. Visit our Volunteer page to view our current openings, and email us for more information!

The Board of Directors named Allison K. Hieger as Executive Director effective September 2018. Read more about Allison below!

Allison Hieger, Executive Director

Allison Hieger, Executive Director

Allison Hieger was recently selected as the OCWC’s first Executive Director!  She was elected to the board in 2012 and has been a singer in the OCWC since 2010. Allison has spent over fifteen years managing arts education programs at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Midori & Friends, and The Pacific Symphony. Due to her passion for working in the arts and with children, Allison earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Fullerton and has been actively teaching students (K-6) in the Fullerton School District. She is also a curriculum consultant and teacher workshop presenter for the Pacific Symphony’s Class Act Program.

Allison holds a Masters in Performing Arts Administration from NYU and a Bachelors degree in Voice from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.  She is a professional singer and has sung with Nashville Opera, Frank Best & Ingram Entertainment, and numerous musical theater and choral groups. She currently lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with her husband and her two little girls, ages one and four.

Allison can be reached at allison@ocwomenschorus.org.

Mary C. Langsdorf, President of the Board

Mary C. Langsdorf, President

Mary Langsdorf is the founding Board president, and hosted the original planning meeting for the group that would become the OCWC in the summer of 1997. A life-long chorister, she began singing in the church choir at age seven when her older sister convinced the choirmaster to take her a year early because she already knew most of the hymns. Although she never studied music privately or pursued it in college, choral music has always been her passion, and a source of joy. She has been singing with the OCWC since the first rehearsal.

Mary retired from her position as Senior Vice President of Finance at PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. in 2001 to spend more time with her family after nearly thirteen years of progressively responsible positions in the corporate finance department. Prior to PacifiCare, she worked as an audit manager for Ernst & Young, LLP. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in international management and accounting with minors in economics and French, and was licensed as a CPA in the state of Connecticut. Since her retirement, she has devoted much of her time to learning about the nonprofit sector and serving as the OCWC’s volunteer executive director.

Mary and her husband, Bill, make their home in San Juan Capistrano. They have two grown daughters, Meghan and Mary Eileen, and a grandpuppy, Penny the puggle. When she isn’t singing, Mary enjoys walking on the beach, traveling, and creating food for her family and friends that is both healthy and beautiful.

Mary can be reached at mary@ocwomenschorus.org.

Kathryn Baldasari, Chief Financial Officer

Kathryn Baldasari, Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Baldasari has been singing with the OCWC since 1998 and was elected to the Board in 2000. She has served as the OCWC chief financial officer for most of her tenure on the Board. Kathy is a retired engineering manager from Raytheon Network Centric Systems, where she was responsible for metrics development and analysis for the California region’s software center. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Stanford University and a Master of Science degree in operations research from the University of California – Berkeley.

Since retiring, Kathy has been enjoying hiking and shooting photos with her husband, Nick, and spending time with her two grandchildren, Miles and Sierra.

Kathy can be reached at kathy@ocwomenschorus.org.

Marjorie A. Beale, Tours and Commissioning

Marjorie A. Beale, Tours and Commissioning

Marjorie Beale has been a member of the OCWC since 1998, and has served on the board for six years in various capacities, including chair of fundraising, and more recently, director for touring and commissions.  An Orange County native, she got involved in choral singing as part of the Crystal Cathedral’s youth chorus, and joined the OCWC during its first year.

Marjorie served as a faculty member in UC Irvine’s Department of History during the 1990’s, teaching European intellectual history and critical theory, and was educated at MIT, Harvard, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and UC Berkeley, where she was awarded her doctoral degree in 1990.  After eight years as a faculty member, she transitioned to a career in fundraising, working with major national foundations, and eventually leading UC Irvine’s fundraising efforts for scientific research.  After retiring from UC Irvine in 2013, she  took on a leadership role in USC’s campaign for the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  More recently, she restructured and led programs in foundation relations and principal giving at the California Institute of Technology, helping their program surpass the $1.5 billion mark in their $2 billion BreakThrough campaign.  In February 2018, she launched an independent consulting practice focused on research development and social impact investing. On a pro bono basis, she is working with Claremont Lincoln University and a small group of donors to develop an online course on mindfulness and empathy for use by teachers and nonprofit managers.

As a fan of all things avant-garde and provocative, Marjorie is a past board member of the Long Beach Opera, and regularly attends the Ojai Festival, the Monday Evening Concerts, and Piano Spheres, among other new music events in Los Angeles.  A long-time student of yoga, she teaches (and continues to study) Vedic chanting, and also enjoys gourmet cooking, wine, hiking and international travel.  She lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband Bill, an awesome garden and two very sociable cats, and spends much of her spare time at Disney Hall enjoying performances of contemporary music, opera and jazz, as well as the classic symphonic repertoire.

Marjorie can be reached at marjorie@ocwomenschorus.org.

Janet A. Bratton, Operations

Janet A. Bratton, Operations

Janet Bratton was elected to the Board in 2001 and has been a singer in the OCWC since 1999. She is a retired senior manager in software engineering at Raytheon. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from California State University Fullerton. Prior to her math degree, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at California State University Los Angeles as the first woman to graduate from the classical guitar program.  In retirement, Janet has taken up quilting, volunteering with Girls Inc., and singing with her OCWC barbershop quartet.

Janet can be reached at janet@ocwomenschorus.org.

Shauna Eheler, Legal/Administrative and Fundraising

Shauna Eheler, Legal/Administrative and Fundraising

Shauna is a singer with OCWC and was elected to the Board in 2015. She has degrees in Peace Studies and Vocal Performance from Chapman University; certificates in Paralegal Studies, HR Management, and Event Planning; and a professional background in legal administration in the entertainment industry.

As a coloratura soprano, Shauna has a long-established relationship with music. She has participated in four international tours with three different music ensembles, and has performed both lead and supporting roles in over a dozen opera productions. She is especially passionate about classical music, opera, and the contemplative approach to art. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, practicing Ikebana, and taking pictures of her cat, Venus. Shauna provides development and legal administrative support to OCWC.

She can be reached at shauna@ocwomenschorus.org.

Heather Spickard, Fundraising

Heather Spickard, Fundraising

Heather was elected to the board in 2015. Heather studied Japanese and lived as a foreign-exchange student in Japan during high school. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese at Oregon State University. She recently completed her master’s degree in educational technology at California State University-Long Beach, and is currently working as a preservation and operations specialist for Apple, Inc.

Heather is passionate about choral music, and brings her boundless energy and enthusiasm to the OCWC board. She is leading our marketing and public relations efforts this year and is a key member of the fundraising and development team. She also assists us with all our technology needs, from teaching our singers to use our chorus management tools and donation apps to helping the board develop requirements for new systems.

Heather can be reached at heather@ocwomenschorus.org.

Mary Watson, Fundraising

Mary Watson, Fundraising

Mary Watson is a founding member of the Orange County Women’s Chorus. She served on the original board and led the process of incorporation in 2000. She returned to the OCWC board in 2015 after serving as president of the board of Innovative Housing Opportunities for fifteen years. Mary is trained as a gerontologist and served as the Associate Director of Geriatric Medicine at the UCI School of Medicine for nearly ten years.

Mary has always been an advocate for the under-served, establishing free health clinics that became the basis for the clinical programs at the Orange County Rescue Mission, consulting on AIDS in non-white communities in Orange County, and working with developers of retirement and senior living communities. Mary is also passionate about choral music, the opera, and travel.

Mary can be reached at maryw@ocwomenschorus.org.

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