NATS National Committee Assignments and Appointments



Carole Blankenship, President
Karen Brunssen, Past President
Diana Allan, President Elect
Kimberly Gratland James, Vice President for Outreach
Torin Chiles, Vice President for Membership
Robert Wells, Vice President for Auditions
DeMar Austin Neal, Vice President for Workshops
Jason Lester, Secretary/Treasurer
Allen Henderson, Executive Director (ex-officio)

The Executive Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board and shall assume powers and duties as deemed necessary and delegated to it by the Board, to which it shall be responsible. In particular, the committee conducts performance evaluations of the executive director, administers the awards program, and reviews progress on board goals and objectives. A sub-committee makes recommendations for budget planning, reviews recommendations regarding organizational structure and staff, and approves the agenda for board meetings.


Karen Brunssen, Past President, Chair
Julie Krugman
Richard Weidlich
Albert Lee
Dana Lentini
Mark Kano
Yvonne Gonzales Redman
Daniel Hunter-Holly

The Nominating Committee is responsible for the nomination of persons to fill the offices of President–Elect, Vice Presidents, and Secretary/Treasurer. The committee will also propose a procedure for the nominating process, to include identifying key qualifications for the duties of certain offices, and an interview model.


Torin Chiles, VP Membership, Chair
Diana Allan, President Elect
Kimberly James, VP Outreach
Alexis B. Davis
Ayumi Nakamae
James Rodriquez
Ellie Seligmann
Rebecca Schorsch
Nicholas Shaneyfelt
Richard Weidlich
Vindhya Khare


By-Laws: “The Membership Committee shall assist the Vice President in membership promotion, recruitment, and retention, and be available to advise the Vice President for Membership and Executive Office on applications for membership.”

The Membership Committee will work to promote, recruit, and retain members, by evaluating current practice, exploring new ideas, and recommending future goals. In particular, they will work with chapter officers, encouraging them to sponsor activities that attract new members, and gather information at the “grass roots” level to address successes and issues related to membership.

Current goals include (1) recruiting and serving more independent teachers and collaborative pianists, (2) encouraging voice teachers in every college/university to join, (3) following up on those members who have been NATS Interns, Emerging Leaders, or Boytim Independent Teacher Awardees, (4) developing ways to increase and ensure a diverse membership, (5) fulfilling the “NATS for a Lifetime” and “Singing for a Lifetime” themes, including featured stories of long-time members, (6) developing strategies to involve NATS members who join as national members and do not join Chapters, more directly in NATS activities and fellowship, (7) to survey NATS entities about best practices for recruitment and retention of NATS members, 8) to implement the new Student Membership in conjunction with the Vice President for Outreach and the Student NATS Chapters.


Robert Edwin, Chair
Robert Dundas
Gale Odom
Jason Lester, Secretary/Treasurer (ex-officio)
Allen Henderson, Executive Director

The committee is responsible for studying and recommending the investment of surplus funds and advising on the condition of funds in trust.


Richard Sjoerdsma, Editor-in-Chief
Stephen F. Austin
Kenneth Bozeman, Chair
Debra Greschner
Lynn Helding
Judith Nicosia
John Nix
Elvia Puccinelli
Trineice Robinson-Martin

The Editorial Board conducts peer review and assists the Editor in all matters pertinent to the publication of the Journal.


Sarah Holman, Chair
Sonya Baker
Mario Martinez
Karen Brunssen, Past President
Carole Blankenship, President

The responsibilities of the Ethics Committee shall be the resolution of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics, and resolution of cases involving a Member’s conduct alleged to be detrimental to the welfare and best interests of the Association.



Robert Wells, VP Auditions, Chair and NATSAA Liaison
Frank Ragsdale, National Music Theater Competition Liaison
Dan Johnson-Wilmot, National Student Auditions Liaison
Mark McQuade, Auditions Coordinator
Allen Henderson, Executive Director

The Auditions and Competitions Committee will oversee each of the programs above. The liaisons may assemble groups of members to help carry out the duties of the particular audition or competition.


David Meyer, Co-Chair
John Nix, Co-Chair
James Doing
Lynn Helding
Ian Howell (Vocapedia monitor)
Aaron Johnson
Wendy LeBorgne (Health and Wellness)
Scott McCoy
Deirdre D. Michael
David Okerlund
Robert Sataloff
Leda Scearce
Ron Scherer
Mark Williams
Nandhu Radhakrishnan

Emeritus members:
Ingo Titze
Thomas Cleveland
Steve Austin

Recognizing that the science of sound production has important historical and current foundational
meaning to the pedagogy of singing training and the healthy and artistic expression of singing performance,
the charge of the Voice Science Advisory Committee is to promote and disseminate voice science and
related information through NATS resources to the membership of NATS. Project areas include but are
not limited to:

1. Education: Vocapedia – to provide vetted educational and historical materials on the science of voice
production and vocal health via a secure website
2. Research: to encourage and facilitate research on the singing voice through referral to experts and
information on research design, funding, and publication
3. Recognition: to recommend awards related to voice science and vocal health to individuals and
organizations, including collaborative recognition with other voice associations (e.g., The Voice
Foundation, ASHA, PAVA, VASTA)


Kari Ragan, Chair
NATS Development Director, Bob Bryan
Carole Blankenship, NATS President
Diana Allan, NATS President Elect
Karen Brunssen, NATS Past President
Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director
Jason Lester, NATS Treasurer
Minkyung Lee
Lorna MacDonald
Michelle Markwart Deveaux
Wendy Mullen
Scott Piper
Frank Ragsdale
Linda J. Snyder
Valerie Trujillo
Barbara Hill-Moore
Dian Lawler-Johnson

The Advancement Committee will be guided by the NATS Strategic Plan as they advance the goals of the National Association of Teachers of Singing to “increase contributed income by broadening the NATS culture of philanthropy and refining the advancement and development function throughout the organization.”  The committee will work with the Development Director, the Executive Director, and the President to a) identify funding sources, and b) develop leadership roles, protocols, and processes to increasing member engagement in contributing to the continued success and impact of NATS for its members and the broader arts community.


Loraine Sims, Chair
Gregory Brookes
Isai Jess Muñoz
Stephen Ng
Marcía Porter
Linda Snyder
Darryl Taylor
Anna Lantry
Matthew Valverde
Jill Terhar-Lewis

The Advocacy Committee shall work in the best interests of NATS for advocacy of: music/singing in education, diversity and inclusion in NATS activities and in the larger musical/singing community, and arts advocacy in government, businesses, and communities.


Christine Anderson, Chair
Marvin Keenze – International ICVT Coordinator
Sarah Holman - International Region Governor
Carole Blankenship
Daniel Cabena
Ryu-Kyung Kim
Lori McCann
Dean Southern
Scott Swope
Bronwyn Forbay
Corinne Ness
Carolyn Sebron
Karen Brunssen

The International Advisory Committee will work together to encourage mutually beneficial musical and pedagogical relationships, experiences, and connectivity with established international voice associations, other voice-oriented organizations, their members, and others.


Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Chair
Kimberly Gratland James, VP Outreach
Elizabeth Ann Benson
Jill Terhar Lewis
Theresa Brancaccio
Katherine Ciesinski
Sarah Holman
Kathleen Otterson
Scott Piper
Sahoko Sato Timpone
Cynthia Vaughn
Marquese Carter
Anne Wick
Jeffrey Williams

The Mentoring Initiatives Committee will promote a spirit and culture of mentoring within NATS both on an informal ad-hoc basis and through suggested more formal ways at the Chapter, District, Region, and National levels of NATS.


Kathryn Proctor Duax

The archivist maintains and preserves official records of NATS at the designated archival center, and informs the executive director of changes needed.

The historian provides a narrative of conferences, and assists the Executive Office in collecting, describing, updating, and preserving documentary sources significant to NATS. The historian shall have access to documents and other records pertinent to the history of the Association.


Carol Mikkelsen, Chair
Lori Laitman, Advisor

The NATS Art Song Composition Award Committee solicits original vocal compositions, and organizes the selection of the winning compositions, the annual First Place Winners being performed at the National Conference. The committee shall make all necessary arrangements in coordination with the executive director and the next (2020) Conference Planning Committee.


Karen Brunssen, Past President, Director of Intern Program, Chair
Carole Blankenship, President

NATS Art Song Coalition

Nicole Hanig, Chair
Victoria Holland
Eric Brown
Tom Cipullo
Kathryn Jolly
Matt Boehler
Samuel Martin
Patrice Michaels
Evan Mack
Carl DuPont
Elizabeth Avery
André Chiang
Kurt Erickson
David Manell
Melissa Givens
D. Brian Lee

Advisors: Glendower Jones, Darryl Taylor, Lori Laitman, Carol Mikkelsen