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RMAA Chair (2015-Current) – Human Resource Committee
Ann Afton recently retired from a career in non-profit management specializing in the fields of child abuse treatment and prevention, residential treatment for children and adults, and conflict resolution. She currently devotes her time to volunteer endeavors for non-profit organizations.
Ann has been a member of RMAA since 2011 when she joined the Denver Women’s Chorus as a singer. During her time with DWC, Ann served for three years as Council President and has retained a position on the RMAA Board of Directors for the past six years, serving in various capacities.
RMAA Vice-Chair (2022-Current)
Event Sales and Business Manager, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
A Colorado native, John Hess (he/him), is currently serving as the Event Sales and Business Manager for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and their event services team. Prior to joining the DCPA, John had a 13-year career in professional sport and entertainment production where he oversaw the in-stadium entertainment and game presentation for multiple teams and league events. John currently sings as a tenor in DGMC and Off Kilter! and loves spending time and making wonderful music with his fellow chorus members.
Board Member (2017-Current) – Secretary
Jamie Henderson is a Stanford Law-educated attorney who has represented the Denver LGBT community for 29 years. He sang baritone with DGMC from 1991-1995. He is a founding member of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association and is active in SQUID Swim Team and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Co-President, Denver Women’s Chorus (2021-Current)
Red Rocks Community College
Karen (she/they) currently works for Red Rocks Community College in Financial Aid, where they use their passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to help make higher education accessible for all students, especially those in underserved communities. They are a graduate of Colorado State University with a BA in Spanish and Economics and have experience in banking, loans, and finance. Karen has been singing with the Denver Women’s Chorus since 2017, has served in various leadership roles on the Chorus Council since 2019, and is currently Co-Chair of the DWC Equity Committee and Co-President of the DWC. As a Denver-born advocate for social justice, they are happy to give back to their local LGBTQ+ community.
President, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus (2022-Current)
Director of Consumer/Product Marketing, TIAA
Scotte is Director of Consumer/Product Marketing Brand Initiatives at TIAA, a not-for-profit leader in the Retirement/Financial Services industry. He has served on the RMAA board in the past as the Marketing Chair, serving both the choruses of RMAA by leading concert marketing for several seasons, as well as singing in DGMC and Off Kilter! since 2014. Prior to that he sang with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities with a degree in Theatre Arts, with a focus on Directing.
In his free time, you will likely find him wondering what to do with himself and what free time actually is…and likely being led mindlessly around the neighborhoods of Denver by his two dogs, Jack and Bentley.
Board Member (2022 – Current)
A native of New Mexico, Ryan has lived in the Denver community for the last 15 years. Ryan grew up in the arts and played in band through high school. He is also passionate about giving back to thecommunity. Currently, Ryan works as a manager within Talent Management at Slalom Consulting, focusing on Global Consultant Development.
Board Member (2022-Current)
Natalya (she/her) currently works for ADT Security Systems as an HR Manager. She has a degree from Smith College
and also has a background in higher education and nonprofit sectors. Originally from the Boston area, Natalya has lived in Denver for over five years. She has been involved in the performing arts since elementary school and has been singing with the Denver Women’s Chorus since 2019. In addition to her HR experience, Natalya has a passion for DEI work, which she brings to DWC and RMAA.
Board Member (2021-Current) – Treasurer
Assistant Professor, University of Denver
Marcus E. Turner
Board Member (2022-Current)
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Marcus E. Turner’s career in the arts has spanned several organizations and areas. After receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music, Marcus moved into administration, marketing, fundraising and higher education at such institutions as the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the University of Denver, Northwestern University, and SCFD. Currently, Marcus leads marketing, communications, and audience services at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. When not working, Marcus can be seen on local stages as an actor or as a musician.
Vice President, Denver Women’s Chorus Board Member (2022-Current)
Ivy (she/her) is a library professional with a focus on technology help and resource navigation. She is passionate about filling the gaps society leaves in learning and resources, and has worked internally to make her workplaces safer and more comfortable for queer and questioning colleagues. She is a lifelong Coloradoan and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Ivy has been singing with the Denver Women’s Chorus since 2017, and serving on Chorus Council since 2021. She is currently Co-President of the DWC. She believes strongly in music and queer joy as paths to revolution and is delighted to be a leader in her local LGBTQIA+ community.