Board of Directors
Linnette Mancuso, President
Linnette is a classically trained singer and also holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management. She has been with the Chorale for many seasons and served as President and Manager in previous years. She currently works as a Customer Success Manager for Teaching Strategies, LLC.
Susie Battler, Vice President
Susie has been singing with the chorale for 7 years. She loves the songs that bring theatrical humor and costumes to our performances! She has Master’s degrees in Education and Social Work. After 12 years in the 3rd and 4th grade classrooms, she is currently a social worker at a local elementary school. Susie has taken on leadership roles in the community such as team captain of her Relay for Life team and organizing several school fundraisers while teaching. She is interested in supporting the chorale financially through fundraising and grant writing to spread the joy of music for many years to come.
Kay McCarthy, Treasurer
After working with rock stars and radio personalities for 20 years, Kay switched to working with litigators as a litigation specialist with the SEC. Her ability to work with extreme personalities has served her well in both "careers." She also loves to sing and is a proud grandmother, and mom to multiple pets.
Theresa Scholz, Secretary
Theresa has sung in school, church and community groups since grade school, and has been a member of the Arvada Chorale for the past year. An Arvada native, Theresa has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, an MA in Pastoral Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, and graduated with honors in Medicine from the University of Colorado Health Services Center (UCHSC) in Denver, Colorado. Using her business background she has enjoyed starting successful groups and practices for various social and medical purposes, and now owns and practices as a ‘locum tenens’ dermatologist for “5280 Dermatology” in Colorado and Utah. She has volunteered in the community in various ways, has sat on several professional boards, and is currently a member of a CU Boulder engineering department board. Prior to her career in medicine, Dr. Scholz worked as a Product Development manager at The Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. While with Procter and Gamble she worked in the USA, Europe, and South America. Product lines included oral health, skin care, nutritional beverages, and Futures Research for P&G Company direction. Dr. Scholz was born and raised in Colorado, and enjoys being with her family, gardening, singing, beekeeping, ballroom dancing, playing the accordion and travel.
Mary O'Neill, New Member Representative
Mary is a forty-two year career teacher, starting with deaf children and finishing with International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses in psychology and history. She has been retired for one school year. Currently single, she has two married adult children. She is a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic church choir. She loves to sing Celtic, folk and spiritual pieces at open mics, usually a cappella. She is interested in keeping her voice fresh, learning new techniques and gaining friendships to enhance her life and the lives of others in the chorale.
Jennifer Sujansky, Member at Large
Jennifer has been a member of the Arvada Chorale Company for over 14 years and on the board since 2016. Jennifer has a B.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics from Colorado State University. She worked previously as a diet technician for Rose Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center. Most recently Jennifer has enjoyed working as a second-grade assistant at Lincoln Academy Charter School. In addition to the chorale, Jennifer has taken on many volunteer positions in the school system, including PTA treasurer for Thompson Elementary and coordinator for a volunteer run school lunch program at Lincoln Academy.
John-Christian "J.C." Maheu, Member at Large
JC, a baritone, was recruited to the Chorale straight out of Adams State College in Alamosa. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in Theater and has experience stage managing, promoting and directing as well as acting, singing and dancing. Back home in metro Denver, he lives the life of a young creative professional, juggling acting, music and crew gigs with a day job as a medical claims analyst. This is his third year in the Arvada Chorale.
Kara Sakulich, Member at Large
Kara has been a member of the Arvada Chorale for 8 years. She is a lifelong singer and has sung in church choirs, high school, college, and community choirs. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Currently, she is a stay at home mom and substitute teacher. She lives in Arvada with her husband and 2 young sons. Kara excited to use her talents and past experience with the chorale to take the organization to new heights.
Natalie Morrow, Member at Large
Natalie loves to sing and joined Arvada Chorale in 2018. She lives in Arvada with her 2 sons, multiple pets and her Navy veteran spouse of 19 years (her high school sweetheart). Natalie started her own photography business, Good Morrow Photography, to celebrate the lives and interests of families of any and all types. She also founded the Golden chapter of Polka Dot Powerhouse, a networking and support organization for women in business. Natalie lends her passion and expertise in business and marketing to help make the Chorale a successful and savvy organization.
Marla Wasson, Artistic Director and Ex-Officio Member
Marla is a graduate of the Choral Conducting Master’s Program at the University of Northern Colorado. She has been involved in many forms of music from an early age. While a student of Dr. Galen Darrough at UNC, Marla was able to integrate the early music education she experienced within her very musical family with her passionate approach to teaching and choral conducting. As the Music Director of the Arvada Chorale, Marla brings over 20 years of leadership and conducting experience to the podium and encourages musicians and non-musicians alike to explore the deeper meaning of the art they present to their audience. In 2005 Marla formed a women’s chamber ensemble, Safonia who are dedicated to the synergy of music, passion and excellence.
Deb Morrow, General Manager and Ex-Officio Member
Deb comes to the Arvada Chorale after retiring from Central City Opera where she was Director of Education and Community Engagement for 27 years. She is a singer herself and has experience in both administration and artistic endeavors.