BCCO Board of Directors


Photo credit: Christian Fritze

Not in photo: David Flack, Janelle Noble, Lisa Nelbach, Margaret Riesen

Marjorie Cox, Attorney, retired
Julie Fryckman, Health Services Leader, retired
Vice President, Volunteer Coordinator
David Flack, IT Consultant
Lisa Nelbach, Biomedical Research Scientist
Margaret Riesen, Chef / Caterer
Joel A. Biatch, Attorney
Lawrence Di Costanzo, Judge, US Immigration Court, retired
Jerry Freiwirth, Oil Refinery Worker, retired
Christian Fritze, Life Sciences Executive
Veronika Fukson, Horticulture Educator, University Lecturer, retired
Susan Londerville, Physician, retired
Pam Miller, Psychotherapist, private practice
Jan Murota, Physician, retired
Janelle Noble, Senior Scientist, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Christopher P. ‘Kit’ Ratcliff, Principal Architect and Chairman of the Board, Ratcliff Architects
Ellen Rosenfield, Lecturer, UC Berkeley, GSI Teaching and Resource Center
David Austin Sanan, Microbiologist and Electron Microscopist
Ming Luke
Music Director


The BCCO Board of Directors is in charge of organizing all aspects of chorus life, including rehearsals, concerts, and extra programs, such as the Fall singers’ retreat and other workshops. We also discuss and approve the musical repertoire, in collaboration with the Music Director.

The Board approves the BCCO budget and sets the compensation for the Music Director and the Chorus Manager as well as our rehearsal accompanists, soloists, and orchestra members. An ongoing, major Board effort is raising the funds  that allow BCCO to offer free concerts to the public. Board members are elected from among chorus members by the Board according to procedures laid out in BCCO’s Bylaws. 

Board members have generally been singing with the chorus for some time and have demonstrated enthusiasm for and commitment to BCCO in multiple ways. In addition, Board members frequently contribute a certain expertise to the organization. The Board is committed to cultivating the extraordinary volunteer spirit that keeps BCCO running smoothly. We endeavor to make our processes transparent, and we always welcome ideas and suggestions from chorus members. 

Regular meetings of the BCCO Board of Directors are open to all chorus members. Meetings usually take place on the fourth Thursday of the month, from August through May. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM, and are held at the home of a Director.

Final dates and times for Board meetings will be announced in Chorus Notes (during chorus semesters) and will appear in the calendar in the “members” section  of the BCCO web site.