Good news! You know how passionate you are about Sweet Adelines International? So are we!
Meet our knowledgeable and friendly staff — they are the voice on the other end of the phone and the heart behind the emails. Thank you for visiting this page to learn more about who we are and what we do.
The information below contains names, departments, job descriptions, email addresses and a few fun facts about each Sweet Adelines staff member.
Executive and Corporate Services Department
This department ensures smooth operation of the organization. It is in charge of strategic funding and governance facilitation between Headquarters and the International Board of Directors (IBOD). The department maintains Board and Executive Committee agendas and minutes; policy, bylaws, standing rules, election procedures and Regional Management Team structure.
Kay Todd, Chief Executive Officer
Acts as the primary liaison between the International Board of Directors and staff, members and the public; manages fiscal responsibilities; develops fundraising and sponsorship strategies for Sweet Adelines International, the Young Singers Foundation and The Overtone Society; serves as the lead for all Directors (the HQ Leadership Team) within the organization; reviews important developments and future opportunities involving Sweet Adelines International; addresses policy and procedural discrepancies; serves as ambassador for Sweet Adelines International. Fun Facts: Kay enjoys reading, hiking and traveling to the national parks!
Tammy Talbot, Chief Operating Officer
Acts as a liaison to the entire staff; serves as chief administrator in the absence of the chief executive officer; provides oversight to the Corporate Services Department, which includes policy, bylaws, nominating processes, IBOD election and appointment processes; provides oversight to the Education Department and serves on the HQ Executive Team. Fun facts: Tammy enjoys hiking, roller coasters, Celine Dion and spending time with family.
Janell Mason, Corporate Secretary
Creates Board meeting agendas, meeting documentation and minutes for IBOD and all committee meetings; administers the IBOD election; serves as liaison to the RLC and oversees the SPARK Newsletter; manages governance documents; answers bylaws and policy questions; handles correspondence on behalf of the IBOD and RLC; manages the State of the Region reports and Annual Regional Evaluations. Fun fact: Janell likes traveling.
Jill Archie, Executive Assistant
Under the direction of the CEO and COO, provides administrative and clerical assistance for the Executive and Corporate Services Departments. Assists with various projects related to Board meetings, committee meetings, education events and International Convention. Fun Facts: Jill is originally from Michigan and enjoys writing, reading classics, singing and spending time with people with special needs.
Advancement and Development Department
This department spearheads all efforts involving corporate and association fundraising, sponsorships, donor relations, major gifts and the overseeing of Sweet Adelines International's philanthropic outreaches. The department fields all inquiries regarding The Overtone Society (TOS), Young Singers Foundation (YSF) scholarship and grant information, as well as YSF applications and Sweet Adelines International's Buy a Brick campaign.
Allison Benge, Advancement Coordinator
Serves as staff liaison for Young Singers Foundation and The Overtone Society (TOS); works with contributing members; pursues sponsors, writes grants and promotes Sweet Adelines in the corporate community. Answers your questions on giving to YSF, TOS, YWIH and the Buy a Brick campaign. Fun fact: Allison is passionate about interior design. She enjoys not just making things pretty, but finding the optimal functionality of spaces and making it work.
The Membership Department administers the chartering process for prospective choruses and satellite choruses; questions regarding membership dues and fees; chapter and membership information; Member/Chapter-at-Large information; membership processing, including member records, per capita fees and charter renewal; chapter relations; membership issues including conflict resolution and dual membership.
Valerie Renz, Membership Manager
Oversees the membership department and administers the charter process for prospective choruses and satellite choruses. Responsible for improving chapter and membership procedures, while focusing on chapter-relations and providing tools for RMT and chapter officers. Works closely with the membership retention committee to support chapters as they grow and provide overall support for the membership. Fun Facts: Valerie enjoys reading, traveling, concerts and spending time with family. She loves cooking but hates cleaning up the mess.
Cristina Mincer, Membership Coordinator
Responsible for all membership functions, membership recruitment and retention programs; develops and creates statistical information and membership reports; answers questions on membership processes, general member inquiries and concerns. Fun Facts: Cristina loves to sing, especially silly songs she makes up to delight her cat. She also loves to bake and says she’s never met a cookie or ice cream flavor she didn’t like.
Marketing and Communications Department
The Communications Department is responsible for publications; public relations; marketing; advertising; printing and print outsourcing; The Pitch Pipe; the Sweet Adelines International website; promotional videos; webinars; convention webcast; Marketing Center; Education Center; Ad Builder; Global membership development campaigns; media inquiries and press opportunities; social media networks and online properties; online podcasts, vodcasts and video streaming.
Tamatha Goad, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Primary communications contact for corporate communications; oversees the Sweet Adelines website, Marketing Center and Education Center, social media, marketing, PR and membership functions; editor-in-chief of The Pitch Pipe; maintains relationships with committees, the IBOD and membership; writes and implements marketing and PR plans for all events; serves on the HQ Executive Team. Fun facts: Tamatha loves spending time with her family and attending her children’s activities. She aspires to sit still long enough to learn to knit or crochet someday.
Stephanie Darling, Writer/Managing Editor
Responsible for editing/creating/acquiring content for The Pitch Pipe quarterly magazine. Collaborates on editorial with members, staff and partners; manages production process. Writes PR, marketing and other association materials as required. Fun Facts: Stephanie has a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. She loves gardening, the great outdoors and laughing Labrador Retrievers in any color.
Lauren Stark, Marketing and PR Coordinator
Coordinates advertising for The Pitch Pipe; manages the Sweet Adelines website; manages convention webcast, advertising and exhibitors; logo licensing; coordination of PR opportunities; manages social media content; executes marketing plans and assists members with all marketing and communication requests and questions. Fun facts: Lauren is a proud Oklahoma State University alumni. She is extremely fond of cats and Australian Shepherds, and likes to randomly burst into song.
Ben Larscheid, Graphic Design Specialist
Designs marketing pieces, website images, corporate branding, logos, brochures, stationery, songbooks and all printed and digital publications. Fun facts: Ben is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. During his free time, Ben enjoys binge watching television shows, going to the movies or delving into a great book.
Kate Harper, Marketing and Communications Assistant
Works on various projects related to Marketing, Communications and Sales. Performs functions related to coordination and execution of The Pitch Pipe, international website, international convention and events, and assist members with marketing and communication requests and questions. Fun facts: Kate loves watching scary movies, trying new foods and hanging out with her dog, Ruby.
International Sales Department
The International Sales Department is the source for music, educational material, novelty items and so much more. Visit the ever-expanding international online sales area by clicking here or call toll free at 877.545.5441. The department is committed to continuing excellent member service,
Michelle McCord, Senior Sales Coordinator
Processes sales orders, mail and deliveries; assists with inventory control and end-of-month processes and prepares the inventory shipment for International Convention. Fun facts: Michelle loves to spend time with family and friends, as well as traveling, shopping, sports and time with her fur babies.
The Finance Department handles all areas of accounting, finance, member renewal payments, taxes, insurance, 501(c) (3) nonprofit status and billing inquiries.
Richard Huenefeld, Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for the overall management of the organization’s investments and finances; supervision of accounting functions; facilitates all financial reporting; prepares the organization’s budget; assists members with tax and related inquiries and serves on the HQ Executive Team. Fun facts: Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree, two master's degrees, and a law degree. Richard is a car racing enthusiast and a NASCAR fan specifically. He is also known to spend hours playing Gran Turismo racing in virtual reality on his PS3.
Deb DeBolt, Accounting Manager
Maintains general ledger; performs month-end reconciliations and closings; generates computerized statements; directs the cash receipts and accounts receivable system and maintains the computerized asset management records. Fun facts: Deb is an avid gardener and shares her harvest with the staff.
Human Resources, Information Technology and Administrative Services Department
The Human Resources, Information Technology and Administrative Services Department includes Human Resources, IT Management and the Reception desk. In addition to being the first point of contact via the reception desk, this department handles special projects in support of membership and other Sweet Adelines departments. The Information Technology Department handles all facets of technology and computer-based support services — computer systems, network infrastructure and other technologies within the organization. Human Resources is responsible for coaching, mentoring, recruiting, benefits, training, special projects and facility management duties.
June Roach, Director of HR and Administrative Services
Manages all Human Resources processes including: employee relations, recruitment, organizational development, training for Sweet Adelines HQ staff and oversees the HQ facility maintenance and resources. Fun facts: June is a professionally trained opera singer who loves music of all genres.
Joey Bertsch, Manager of Information Technology
Oversees all IT projects and functions; provides daily support to all workstations; assists with membership database, website, multimedia projects and graphic media. Fun facts: As an avid photographer, Joey can usually be spotted at Sweet Adelines events with camera in hand. His photographs are regularly published in The Pitch Pipe.
Karey Sarratt, Receptionist
Serves as first point of contact via the reception desk; answers the phone and directs calls; makes address changes; answers questions and greets visitors; assists with special projects and written communications. Fun facts: When not at work, Karey enjoys spending time with family, reading, sewing and crafts.
This department handles site arrangements for convention, seminars and workshops; coordinates registration and housing for convention and educational events; approves payment of internationally funded visits and organizes exhibits for convention.
Jen Hughes, Senior Director of Events
Oversees and coordinates the activities of the Events Department; manages event logistics; serves as on-site coordinator for International Convention, educational events, and board/committee meetings; researches, recommends and contracts sites for events; prepares and monitors budgets and serves on the HQ Executive Team. Fun facts: Jen enjoys spending time with her amazing 8-year-old son, playing fetch with her two adorable dachshunds and partaking in anything that creates an adrenaline rush.
Kristin Pearson, Associate Director of Events
Handles all logistics and planning for all Sweet Adelines International events; serves as on-site coordinator for International Convention, education events and all other events; manages details and setup for International Convention; primary liaison between in-house departments and venue contacts and assists the Senior Director of Events. Fun facts: Kristin enjoys running, yoga, cooking, nutrition, going to concerts, drinking coffee and spending time with friends. She is a type 1 diabetic and HATES bananas.
Natalie Bennett, Events Coordinator
Works in all areas of meetings and convention services; manages registration for all Sweet Adelines International events; assists with seating at International Convention and coordinates logistics for all committee meetings and board meetings that take place at International Headquarters. Fun facts: Natalie loves to travel and experience new cultures. She enjoys watching Broadway shows and ballets.
Education, Music and Competition Services Department
This department plans and implements the organization’s educational programs including the A Cappella Harmony Academy, Side By Side, Regional Management Team Training and the Young Women in Harmony program.
This department is responsible for handling all activities related to international and regional competitions; administration of the organization's education programs; quartet registration; issues of music copyright; music licensing, including ASCAP, BMI, mechanical and synchronization, music arrangements, clearance, the arrangers music list and the list of music published by Sweet Adelines International.
Melanie Trego, Director of Education, Music and Competition Services
Oversees and coordinates the activities of the Education and Competition Services Department; develops educational items for sale and/or distribution to targeted audiences; serves as primary liaison to the Education Direction Committee, International Faculty Program, Judge Specialists and International Music Arrangers Program Coordinators and serves on the HQ Executive Team. Fun facts: Melanie enjoys spending time with loved ones, decorating, shopping at home décor consignment shops, summer weather, wine and expanding her high heel collection.
Martha Clemons, Education Coordinator
Implements international events and the logistical planning, communication and implementation of the Education Direction Committee (EDC) and IBOD’s visions; works with the Young Women In Harmony program to share our art form with the younger generation of barbershoppers around the globe; works with the EDC to ensure ladies everywhere have access to all of the educational materials we can provide to encourage the growth and development of barbershop music. Fun facts: Martha enjoys baking and knitting or crocheting in her free time. She loves spending time with her two children.
Molli McDaniel, Education Coordinator
Manages content for distance learning resources such as vodcasts, podcasts, newsletters and the Member’s Only Education Center; provides assistance with the Young Women in Harmony Program and Continuing Education Units to support Sweet Adelines' educational initiatives. Fun facts: Molli enjoys reading and traveling.
Kirsten Johnson, Competition Coordinator
Assists in the coordination of the activities of music services; certification programs, quartet registration, licensing, copyright and competition; oversees handbook development and international recordings; directs and supervises administrative support for regional competitions and the publication of program newsletters and assists with planning and coordinating International Competitions. Fun facts: Kirsten earned her BA from the University of Tulsa in Musical Theatre. In her free time, she enjoys creating ceramics and taking her dog to the dog park.
Emily Mock, Competition Specialist
Provides administrative and service support for the Director Certification Program (DCP), International Judging Program (IJP), International Panel Secretary Program, International Faculty Program (IFP) and liaises with their related committees; acts as Quartet Registrar; processes applications, appraisal forms and applicant testing for programs; assists with competition elements related to official panels and processes related to post-competition reports. Fun facts: Emily likes working jigsaw puzzles and watching the Agatha Christie series.
Tracy Shoghi, Music Services Coordinator
Secures permission for musical arrangements from copyright holders; facilitates payment for and distribution of legal copies of same. Manages quarterly/annual licensing for web use, meetings, conventions and performances. Fun facts: Tracy enjoys hiking, tennis, travel, reading, puzzles and working in the yard.