Board of Directors

 
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James creer

President

James is a resident of San Jose by way of Texas. He is distinguished by his vocal ability, commitment to community building, and passion for the success of SVGMC. James has a contagious enthusiasm and passionate belief in people to achieve greatness, and he shares that indelible spirit with everyone he meets. As an artist, James has appeared as a guest soloist for Schola Cantorum and Brian Holmes’ operetta Fashion God. And he has performed with various Bay Area Theatre companies including Windy City Productions, of which he is an Associate Producer. James is a member of Campbell United Methodist Church and sings with the Chancel Choir. A member of Phi Beta Sigma, he lives with his husband Joseph and their dog Jappy.

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Hunter Ford

Vice President

Hailing from Atlanta, Hunter moved to the Bay Area in 2013 and he is a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix focused on image and media processing. He sang in choruses throughout middle and high school and came back to singing when he joined SVGMC in 2017. His favorite places to vacation are all of the Disney Parks, and his favorite musicals are the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. He also enjoys learning languages and is currently learning Russian; he speaks English and French. He resides in Downtown San Jose.

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LoriAnn Abrahams

Secretary

"One small voice can teach the world to sing" has been Lori's motto for as long as she can remember. Being involved with the performing arts since she was young has proven to be the source of her energy. It is that energy that she carried into the classroom as a teacher. It is that energy that fuels her leadership as the Head of School at Stellar Academy for Dyslexics. And it is that energy that she brings to her life and to the lives of the people around her everyday. Lori and her husband live in Santa Clara and are happily owned by their Brittany Spaniel, Harley.a

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Wilson Alexander Aguilar

Marketing

As a steadfast and experienced events, marketing, and development professional for 20 years, Wilson has been a stakeholder in raising more than $250 million for various bluechip nonprofits. Among the causes he has championed: HIV/AIDS-service organizations; AIDS and breast cancer research; economic development in Brooklyn, NY; homelessness in New York City; youth arts education; and LGBTQ+ rights, advocacy, and health services, to name a few. He is the founder of Events Maven and resides in San Jose with his husband and their dog Tolliver.

Steve Crocker

Stephen has been an SVGMC board member for 10 of his 23 years with the chorus. Before retiring, he worked as an independent research consultant in 32 states designing lottery games. Prior to that, he was Research Director for the Values and Lifestyles Program at the Stanford Research Institute, and designed marketing and survey research projects for corporations and government agencies. Stephen also was a project director and research social scientist at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica. His PhD is from UC Berkeley and his undergraduate degree is from Stanford University. Stephen and his tolerant husband Donald Jolly—also a devoted SVGMC volunteer and past board member—have been together for 37 years.

Jim Georgiou

External Relations

Jim has degrees in engineering and business and brings more than 20 years of experience growing and introducing new solutions with positive, business-impacting results. He is a Bay Area native who grew up in a household filled with music and in his childhood, he enjoyed playing the piano and trumpet. Spearheading external relations on behalf of SVGMC and our board of directors, Jim fosters partnerships with civic, public, and business leaders to help the chorus broaden its reach and make an impact in our community.

Sean Kennedy

As an AV Guru, experienced project manager, and recording engineer, Sean is part of the media services team at Santa Clara University and works with a number of international organizations including Avixa Standards and the AV End Users Group Steering Committee. He is looking forward to graduating with his MBA in Summer 2020 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Graduate Student Association. In various roles Sean has worked with Quicksilver, Hilton, Disney, BYU Singers, the Choral Project, Reba McEntire, Imagine Dragons, Far East Movement, and KISS, among others.

Steve Sosnowski

Development

As a non-singing board member, Steve brings a unique perspective to our organizational and board development. When he isn’t raising money for SVGMC, he is raising money for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where he serves on their Vestry (Board of Directors), raising money to restore their historic Hook and Hastings organ. Steve is also a local-area business owner at the helm of a successful insurance company in San Jose since 1999. A rarity in the Bay Area, Steve was born and raised in San Jose. He and his husband Chris reside in East San Jose’s Alum Rock Hills neighborhood.

Harold Thomas

Membership

An associate clinical social worker for Santa Clara County, Harold makes a positive impact in the lives of at-risk populations most affected by HIV/AIDS and drug and alcohol abuse. He has experience working with nonprofits as a group facilitator and as a mentor for LGBTQ+ youth. He is an AIDS/LifeCycle cyclist and team captain, is a volunteer researcher for the Getting to Zero Campaign helping to end HIV/AIDS stigma, and resides in San Jose with his pup, Mika. Harold received his Master of Social Work degree from San José State University.