Northwest Chamber Chorus Board of Directors
John Hushagen, Board President
Arborist, Owner of Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc
John has a BA in American History from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS in Urban Horticulture from the University of Washington. He has been singing in church and other choirs since 1993. He has been a member of NWCC since 2008 and works with the Resource Development group. When not working or singing, he enjoys tending his large garden and long-distance walking.
Matthew A Eng, Board Vice-President
Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle
Matthew is a native of Spokane, WA, and began volunteering at Chorus concerts in June of 2006. He became a board member in 2009 and is currently working in the Resource Development group. He enjoys traveling, walking, and reading about Seattle's history.
Wendy C Roedell, Board Secretary
Educational Administrator, Retired
A native of New York, Wendy moved to Seattle in 1967, and joined the chorus in 1968. In 2008 she retired from her position as Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood at Puget Sound Educational Service District. She enjoys birding and experiencing wildlife, both in Washington and in interesting locations such as Central and South America, Antarctica, Borneo, and Africa. She joined the board in 2010, and works with the Resource Development group.
Debra Smiley, Board Treasurer
Senior Portfolio Administrator, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Originally from Chicago, Debra has been in Seattle since 1997. Debra enjoys choral music, having participated since elementary school. She joined the NWCC Board in 2010 and is happy to be involved in a choir again. Debra works at BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Seattle, where she assists high net-worth individuals and families in achieving their financial goals. Debra's interests include (in no particular order) sewing, cooking, and reading. She also describes herself as "a complete TV/movie junkie" - and that is her best Jeopardy category.
Elaine Fick Hardin, Board Member
Music Teacher, Retired
Elaine Hardin is a native of Wisconsin and holds a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in music education. She taught for five years in the Midwest and 28 years in Washington and had a one-year Fulbright appointment to the Netherlands. She currently works with the University of Washington on a study of the effects of aging on mental abilities. A board member since 2003, she currently works in the Resource Development group.
Bobby Lindsey, Board Member
Office Administrator, City of Seattle
A native of Arkansas, Bobby moved to Seattle in January of 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Bobby has been a singer in the tenor section since 2008. When he's not working he enjoys singing, encouraging others to make a "joyful noise," hosting game nights with friends, and persuading his Arkansan family members to come to Seattle for visits.
Cynthia Krohn, Board Member
Cynthia is a native of New Hampshire. She moved to Seattle in 2011 and promptly joined NWCC as an alto. She is a high school history teacher at an online school and has been singing since high school. Cynthia enjoys baking, yoga, knitting, reading, and volunteering with the Girl Scouts.
Taryn Wagner, Board Member
Taryn is a native of Seattle, residing in the Magnolia neighborhood. She has been singing with the chorus as a soprano since 2011. She works as a merchandiser for a natural and organic food brokerage. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her pug Lloyd, playing soccer and tennis, and cooking. Fun fact: she was a student of Mark Kloepper's in high school choir.
Kathy Young, Board Member
Kathy is a long-time Seattle resident and former NWCC member: she sang alto in the chorus from the early 80s until 2005. She is a recently retired second grade teacher who also had the good fortune to teach K-3 music. She enjoys spending time with her two Seattle grandsons, volunteering in the public schools, singing with her church choir, and traveling with her husband. She served on the board twice in previous years and most recently signed on in 2010.