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Chris Huber

Vice President

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Chris has been an active singing member of SGMC since joining in 2005 and a board member  for many of the same years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice  President, and has held various board roles. Chris brings many years of management, people-skills, organization and conflict-resolution to the chorus and board. With his long-tenure with the chorus and board, he also brings an understanding of the chorus’ history to the organization.

Chris first joined SGMC as a way of coming out to himself and his family. He has always loved  to sing and perform and was active in choirs and drama throughout his life prior to joining SGMC. He is most passionate about sharing the mission amongst the community to show anyone who is still unable to be their authentic self, for one reason or another, that SGMC can be a safe haven of camaraderie and family… and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!

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Shell Mercurio

Treasurer

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Shell brings 30 years of Government Finance and 8 years of Non Profit Finance experience to the organization, and her position as Treasurer. Shell was drawn to SGMC after attending several performances and becoming personal friends with several members. She does not sing, at least not well, but there is something about being enveloped in a roomful of song that lifts her spirits and feeds her soul. Being very grateful for where her life has led her, she finds being involved in a service capacity to an organization that celebrates people for who they are uplifting and gratifying.

Shell serves as the Director of Finance for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. Having been released from the constrictions of working for a government organization, Shell  loves the ability to dress casually for work and change the color of her hair on a whim.

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Andrew Gibout

Secretary

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Having begun as a singing member, taking a break, and then returning to SGMC, Andrew had the opportunity to see several different sides of the overall organization and how SGMC operates. Andrew received his Bachelor’s in Theatre from Albright College and has collaborated with numerous arts organizations on their business and artistic operations. Andrew also brings several years in sales and marketing to the table to help with the financial logistics and branding that the SGMC audience loves.

To Andrew SGMC is more than just a top-notch performing arts organization. It is a force for social justice, equality, social progress and growth. He has seen people transform from their association with SGMC whether as singers, musicians, volunteers, friends, audience members, or supporters. SGMC makes its community more whole and more human in the work it creates.

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James Dahlen

President

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James brings over 25 years of career management experience and currently serves as Chief of the Program and Compliance Bureau in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. James has been involved in community LGBTQ+ organizations and initiatives over many years, previously serving as a board member and treasurer of All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis for 7 years. Prior to being involved in SGMC, James was a member of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. He brings a unique musical perspective to the board having studied music in college and performing most of his life.

James is passionate about the work SGMC undertakes and how SGMC can benefit the larger community. He believes strongly that fighting for equality for all marginalized groups is essential and goes hand in hand with the SGMC mission. James grew up in a very small farming community in North Dakota, but now lives in Midtown with his husband Josh and two dogs, Cooper and Ashton.

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Stens Christensen

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Stens brings 17 years of nonprofit experience having been involved with various organizations since 2003.  He has a strong computer science background that has continued to be an asset to SGMC and its digital presence. Prior to joining SGMC as a singing member in 2006, Stens participated in various musical groups, including church choir, high school choir, and Best of Broadway benefit productions.

Stens was introduced to music through church during a difficult period of his childhood. He found comfort in music and carried that over into school and beyond, as he learned how music helped himself and others. When Stens was introduced to SMGC he found a new choral family where he can share his love of music and help others to do the same.

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Corey Hubert

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Corey brings a wide variety of professional experience to SGMC, with a strong customer service background that helps him connect to the needs of SGMC’s audience. He has been involved in several gay mens choirs throughout the years, and brings an experienced perspective to the performance apsects of SGMC.  Corey previously was the youth choreographer for San Francisco’s first LGBTQ+ youth choir, “GLAM,” which stood for Gay, Lesbian and Allied Musicians. He currently serves as SGMC’s choreographer.  

Corey was originally a member of the San Francisco Gay Mens Chorus and was looking for the same camaraderie after moving to Sacramento. He wanted to belong to something greater than himself that brought a message of equality and standing up to injustice through music.

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Delta Pick Mello

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Delta Pick Mello has over 25 years experience in nonprofit management of cultural institutions.  She has managed large scale local events such as the Sacramento Zoo’s Wild Affair and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation’s Polar Express.  She is experienced in membership and donor management, as well as working with cultural and corporate sponsors to achieve mutual goals.  Mello also brings with her a background in theatrical production and performance. She is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento

Mello feels that performance groups like SGMC can help to unite and bring joy to our community. The chorus also serves its membership by creating a support system and creative outlet for its members – many of whom may feel marginalized by society.  SGMC offers members not only an opportunity to express themselves through singing, but also a circle of friends that support them through life. Delta is a professional storyteller, performing for children and families at libraries, museums, and festivals.  She is also an amateur tap dancer.

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James Tokuno

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