Tulsa Children's Chorus BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Tulsa Children’s Chorus is governed by its Board of Trustees. All of our trustees generously volunteer his or her time to support and serve our student singers. Each trustee brings a unique set of skills and experience to the board, resulting in a well-rounded membership. The common link among the trustees is their love of the arts, and a strong desire to support activities which provide arts education and performance for children in the Tulsa area.
President of the Board
Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University and began her career over 25 years ago in the health care industry. She served as the operations manager at Comp One, a physician practice management group, in Tulsa. While working in this field, she gained important skills in customer relations, accounting and finance which led her to serve as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College for several years. Building on these skills, Kimberly decided to found her own companies, Modular Squad in 2003 to provide quality pre-owned modular office furniture and construction services to the Tulsa market and O'Fallon Properties, in 2005 to invest in the local community and "revitalize Tulsa neighborhoods one property at a time".
In addition, she volunteers with many organizations that benefit children and families who are interested in the arts. She is currently serving as the board president of Tulsa Children's Chorus in addition to serving as a board member of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Her many years of experience in the healthcare industry is benefits Hillcrest Hospital as a member of their Advisory board. She also works as the current chair for the Forest Orchard Group, a grassroots organization focused on urban neighborhood renewal. When she isn't working or volunteering, you will find Kimberly at one of her many favorite Tulsa spots, Utica Square, enjoying a great meal with friends and family or relaxing on a boat at Grand Lake!
Vice-President - IT & Marketing
Erik Collins is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds degrees in Corporate Finance and Marketing Management. He works at Spherexx Software Development & Data Center and is also a certified Google Partner in Adwords (PPC) and Google Analytics. Erik is also very active in the Tulsa community as an advocate for the arts foundations and continues to lend a hand in the organizational growth of the non-profit sector, as well as manages the Collins Family Charitable Trust.
From a musical aspect, Erik has remained active in the community as an accompanist for several Tulsa, Claremore and Broken Arrow area schools, OSSAA district and state-level contests, the Tulsa Public Schools All-District Children’s Choir Festival and multiple years for the regional Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA) Choral Music Festival. In July 2013, Erik served as the guest choral clinician for the Southwestern UU Summer Conference in Hulbert, OK. He is an active member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, collegiate member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Erik is the co-founder and former co-director of Capriccio Vocal Ensemble and spent two summers at the Royal School of Church Music studying the history and theory of sacred music with former American Boychoir director Dr. James Litton.
Keith Butler grew up in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, and graduated from OSU with a double major in agricultural economics and accounting. Finding a city girl (Deb) who would put up with him, he found his way to Tulsa the summer of 1983 and has stayed here since. He began his tax and accounting practice in May of 1990. He and Deb have three daughters. His garden “Britey Farms” is located at the corner of Jamestown and 33rd Street. Stop by, say hello, and make a donation for fresh organic produce– all of the proceeds benefit charitable organizations!
Development & Capital Growth
Edward is a native Tulsan who graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. in Speech Theatre. He then served in the United States Air Force as a T-37 Instructor Pilot and and as Aircraft Commander of a C-141 Jet Transport, flying missions all over the world. He attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he received an M.F.A. in Design for the Stage. He has worked with theatre companies in New York, Stamford and Philadelphia.
He recently retired from American Theatre Company in Tulsa where he was Production Manager and Education Director. At ATC he directed Always Patsy Cline, The Rocky Horror Show, Souvenir, Side Show and 10 productions of A Christmas Carol. He designed lighting for scores of productions including Of Mice and Men, 12 Angry Men, The Never Ending Story and A Grand Night for Singing. He supervised ATC’s Summer Education Program for eight seasons. He is a firm believer in the importance of arts education for children and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Tulsa Children’s Chorus.
Events & Community Outreach
Alayna Doiron is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with two degrees in Organizational Studies and Musical Theatre. She works at Verizon's corporate office in Finance. Alayna grew up in St. Louis, and was involved with choral music as a member of the St. Louis Children’s Choir for five years. Alayna serves as the Tulsa Children’s Chorus Secretary and Events Chairman, and is very happy to be working with this amazing organization.
The Honorable April Sellers White
Legal & Governance
Judge April Sellers White retired after 27 years as Creek County's first woman judge. Throughout her judicial career and community activities she focused on children's issues. Judge White inherited her love of vocal music from her mother and has participated in church choirs for many years. She has served on the Tulsa Children's Chorus Board of Directors since 2011.
April has served on several other boards including Oklahoma Judicial Conference Executive Board, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries, Inc, State Advisory Board on Children of Incarcerated Parents, Creek County Child Advocacy Board, State Post Adjudication Review Advisory Board and Creek County Board of Health. In addition, she has received many honors including 2011 Certificate of Appreciation Award - Domestic Violence Intervention Service, Inc., 2009 Kate Barnard Award - Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, 2008 Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award - Oklahoma Bar Association, 2006 and 2008 50 Women Making A Difference in Oklahoma.
Anna Neal graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and a Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. She is currently a Child Welfare Specialist with the Department of Human Services. Anna was a member of the Tulsa Children’s Chorus and Tulsa Youth Chorale from 1994-2002, under the direction of Ginny and Jerry LeDoux. Anna continued her love of music by playing the trumpet in the OSU Marching Band and studying private voice under the direction of Mr. Richard Novak at OSU and Elizabeth Curtis of Tulsa.
Anna has appeared in many theatrical productions, including Bat Boy: The Musical, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol, The Immigrant, The Who’s Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, Around the World in 80 Days, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, A Grand Night for Singing, and Wrong Way Broadway and as a performer in fundraisers for The Mizel Jewish Community Day School and American Theatre Company. Anna has sung for various churches around the Tulsa area and she joined the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus in the fall of 2013 and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Chamber Choral in the spring of 2014. Anna is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to an organization that added the love of music to her life.
Cathy Hanson graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville in 1989 with a degree in Physical Education and Health and in 2004 she obtained her teaching certification in Special Education. Cathy has taught at Leisure Park Elementary in Broken Arrow for 14 years. She enjoys reading, cooking and singing in the church choir. Cathy is married and has two daughters.
A mother of two daughters, one of whom is a member of Tulsa Children’s Chorus, Debbra Gottschalk has a well-established law practice in Tulsa and surrounding counties. A graduate with a JD from University of Tulsa College of Law, she has been a member Oklahoma Bar and Tulsa County Bar Associations for more than thirty years.
Debbra is admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Federal District Courts of Oklahoma and various tribal courts across the State of Oklahoma. She is a former member of Oklahoma Trial Lawyers’ Board of Directors and Advisory Board, as well as a 7-year volunteer and member of Domestic Violence Intervention Services Board of Directors. Debbra actively volunteers for the Oklahoma’s Heroes Program and Legal Aide.
Catherine Hickman is a native Utahn who married Steve Hickman a native Tulsan. They have 3 daughters. The oldest daughter, Annalee, sang in the Tulsa Children's Chorus 1999-2000. Catherine accompanied TCC to Indianapolis the summer of 2000. Catherine has a BS and MA from Brigham Young University in Youth Leadership and Recreation Management. She has a PhD from the University of Utah in Recreational Therapy. Catherine has been a stay at home mom volunteering at Lee Elementary with Tulsa Public Schools, Cascia Hall, Tulsa Ballet, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Julie C. Boucher is the Vocal Music and Musical Theater teacher at Edison Preparatory High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and Oklahoma Choral Directors Association (OCDA), she was awarded the prestigious Bart Betow Memorial Music Education Award, presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa in 2008. Mrs. Boucher holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and has completed post-graduate work at Langston University in Tulsa.
Tulsa native, widow of J. Richard Studenny, Atty. Various Volunteer Board of Directors; The National Orchestra League, Tulsa Philharmonic, Philharmonic Designers’ Showcase Home, March of Dimes, Call Rape, Kidney Foundation, Shepherds Fold Ranch, Bishop Kelleyand Monte Cassino School, Will Rogers High Community Foundation, Tulsa University Homecoming.
Bonnie is a native Californian, the widow of Tulsan Lon Canada. She attended Brigham Young University, majoring in elementary education. Over the years, as a mother of three children, she was an active volunteer at Tulsa Public Schools, Cascia Hall, Cub Scouts, and Camp Fire Girls. For nine years she was the office manager at TulsaPeople magazine. As a lover of the arts, she has volunteered with Tulsa Philharmonic, Tulsa Ballet, and Mayfest. For many years, she and her husband were active supporters of the Tulsa conservation group, NatureWorks, and she continues volunteering at their yearly art show.
Faith Fizer is a graduate of The University of Tulsa with a degree in Management. She works as a Real Estate Agent for Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. A Tulsa native, she has been involved with music and theatre her whole life, and is currently active in the Tulsa arts community.
Bill Doolittle is a native Oklahoman who studied philosophy at Brigham Young University and law at the University of Virginia. After working for several years as a litigator in Washington, D.C., he now serves as a judicial law clerk for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa. Bill has been involved in music all his life, including school choirs, honor choirs, show choirs, church choirs, solo and ensemble competition, acapella groups, marching bands, rock bands, bluegrass bands, a klezmer band, and music theatre. Bill sings with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and recently played nasty old Jud Fry in Theatre Tulsa’s production of Oklahoma! He is honored to be working with Tulsa Children’s Chorus and believes strongly in the power of music and music education.