This year, we have four (4) seats on the Board of Directors to be filled by election of the Foundation membership. Our Governance Committee solicited nominees and offers seven (7) candidates for your consideration.
Each of these candidates would bring valuable diversity to the Board, either by virtue of the era in which they sang, their geographic location, or their particular skills and interests. They have submitted biographies that describe their professional activities, their ties to the Glee Club, and their reasons for wanting to serve on the Board. We thank all of the candidates for agreeing to run in this election and thank you for your support and thoughtful participation in this important process.
Voting is being conducted via BallotBin.com. BallotBin sends an email to each eligible voter with a unique link to the online ballot. If you did not receive an email inviting you to participate in the election, please call the Foundation office at 617.547.GLEE (4533). You can also call to request a paper ballot if you prefer to vote by mail. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than July 30, 2016.
PLEASE DO YOUR GLEEFUL DUTY AND VOTE!
VOTING ENDS SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016.
(in alphabetical order)
William M. Cheng ’92 – Sunnyvale, CA
Physician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
I was elected to the Board in 2013, and soon thereafter joined the Development Committee, of which I became the Chair in 2015. I have also helped with local organization for both HGC and HGC Alumni Chorus concerts in San Francisco.
This excerpt from my bio when I first ran for a Board position in 2013 is still the most succinct way for me to describe HGC’s place in my life:
“The single most important experience I had at Harvard was being a member of HGC. The friendships, musical education, travel experiences, and above all the extraordinary sounds that we produced with unity and joy were invaluable.” My past 3 years on the Board have been quite gratifying because of the crucial support it provides for HGC activities, both for students and alumni. As Chair of the Development Committee since 2015, I have also had the opportunity to have a direct hand in that support via our fundraising efforts. If re-elected, I would be honored to continue that role into the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which will require us to shift into an even higher gear, in preparation for HGC’s big East Asia Tour in January 2017.
Nick Hatzis ’88 – Chicago, IL
Physician, Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
I am a current member of the HGCF Board, serving as the Co-Chair for the Alumni Engagement Committee and a member of the Development Committee.
I believe it is important to have representation from different times and different Glee Club experiences involved in the Foundation. Some of what we do involves more direct support of current Glee Club activities and some of what we do involves more rekindling or maintaining relationships we had in our day in the Glee Club. I hope to continue to help with events that bring past members of the Glee Club and other choruses together, sometimes to reminisce and sometimes to help guide what missions the Glee Club foundation will take on in terms of fostering men’s choral music and forging relationships with our sibling foundations of the Radcliffe Choral Society and the Harvard Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.
Richard F. Larkin AB ’64, MBA ’66 – Vienna, VA
CPA/National Technical Director for Nonprofit Accounting & Auditing, BDO-USA
Dick sang in the Glee Club for five years—undergraduate and HBS, including the 1964 North-American Tour. He was manager of the HFGC, and an assistant manager of the Glee Club. “Currently I am fortunate to be a 38-year member of the Washington Cathedral Choral Society—singing mostly at the National Cathedral, with occasional forays to the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, and to perform Carmina Burana with the Washington Ballet. I have sung Beethoven’s Ninth in the Old Market Square in Warsaw, and joined the Washington Choral Arts Society on a South-American tour. I could not over-estimate the great role choral singing has played in my life.” Dick is a CPA, National Technical Director for nonprofit accounting and auditing for BDO, USA; formerly with Price Waterhouse. He has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations over 50 years, helping improve their financial reporting systems. He is a current or past trustee of the Harvard Glee Club Foundation and a member of its finance committee, the Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Bach Consort, Grass Foundation, Children’s Hospice International, Nonprofit Management Association, and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, author of numerous articles and several books on nonprofit accounting, adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and has received lifetime achievement awards from several organizations. In the Peace Corps he taught business management at Haile Sellassie-I University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Don Lindsay ’63 – Brookline, MA
Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation (retired)
I sang with the Glee Club freshman through junior year and was a member of the 1961 Far Eastern Tour. I also sang all four years with the Harvard University Choir (Memorial Church). I was elected to the HGCF Board in 2013 and have been a member of the Finance and Development Committees.
The HGC experience, particularly the FET, has had a lasting and profound impact on the quality of my life and I look forward to partially repaying that debt through a second term on the Board. Financial strength is a vital building block for any arts organization. I want to continue to add my experience in business and with non-profit boards, particularly in finance and funding, to the Board of the Foundation
Chase Mohney ’08 – New York, NY
Client Partner, Facebook
I served as Special Projects Manager 2005-2006, HGC Manager 2006-2007, and Vice President 2007-2008.
As Manager and Vice President in the years leading up to and including the 150th, I saw firsthand the Foundation’s critical role in honoring HGC’s history while securing its future. It’s a role I was thankful to the Foundation for playing, and I am excited for the chance to support that mission as a member of the Board of Directors. I am particularly interested in working on fundraising and alumni engagement efforts. Some of my favorite memories during and after school were meeting and singing with other members of the HGC community. Those opportunities connected me both to current membership and other alumni, and provided a great reminder of the Foundation’s role in supporting HGC and men’s choral singing more broadly. I travel often between New York, Washington, and San Francisco, and would be positioned well to support alumni work in those cities–growing engagement opportunities for our donor base in high density areas.
Daniel Rogers ’12 – Culver City, CA
Graduate Film Student, USC
I served as Manager of the Glee Club in 2011, and as the Spring Tour Manager for the tour of Puerto Rico in 2012. I served as Secretary from 2010-2011, and was Wardrobe Manager and Special Projects Manager prior to that. I was also RCS Sweetheart 2011, and a proud member of HGC Lite for 2.5 years.
As a member of the Board, I hope to continue fostering HGC’s outreach programs at home and while on tour. The group’s partnership with Ashmont Boys Choir began my senior year, and the tour I managed emphasized community service and outreach. I would also like to push and help fundraise for a new professional recording of HGC. Our last CD was recorded in 2008, nearly a decade ago. It would be a great accomplishment to capture the sound of HGC under Andy’s baton. The Glee Club was the defining experience of my collegiate career, and something I regularly point to as a point of accomplishment. Becoming a board member will enable me to use the experience I’ve gleaned from the world outside Harvard’s storied walls and continue the great work of the students and our alumni base.
Matthew Tufano ’13 – Conshohocken, PA
Junior Economist, Vanguard
I served HGC as Financial Manager 2011-2012, and President 2012-2013.
The Glee Club was a family for me at Harvard, giving me countless opportunities to learn about building a team of musicians, student managers, and (luckily for me) a shot at “running the show.” I use the lessons I learned as Financial Manager and President every day in my professional and personal life. As a Director, I would strengthen the Foundation’s role in inspiring members of the Glee Club to learn about themselves as performers, student leaders, and friends through the power of song and the strong community the Glee Club provides. At a minimum, I would be a resource for student leaders in the same way that many Board members advised me when I needed help through several difficult moments during my tenure as President. I would also engage with other Directors in charting a strategic plan for the Foundation that would centralize our “why,” how we can best serve our alumni, and how we can best support the Glee Club in achieving its long-term goals.