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Board

Ragazzi’s Board of Directors is an all-volunteer organization that meets monthly to set policy and direction. We thank our board members for their dedicated service to Ragazzi’s boys.

2021-2022

Mark Hurwitz, Co-President

Mark moved to the Bay Area for graduate school in Astronomy at U.C. Berkeley, following an undergraduate education at Rice University. As a graduate student and professional researcher, he became the principal investigator of various ultraviolet telescopes flown aboard the space shuttle and small satellites. He later earned a J.D. from Berkeley, and practiced intellectual property litigation at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. He now teaches physics to upper school students at the Nueva School, including many Ragazzi choristers. He has served on the board of Larkin Street Youth Center (now Youth Services) and of his property owner’s association in Montana. Mark and his husband Alan have four children from the foster care system. Todd, the youngest, joined Ragazzi in the fall of 2015. Mark has volunteered as a classroom assistant in Primary, chaperoned concerts and other events, and masqueraded as a knowledgeable Ragazzi Virtual Studio (Jacktrip) tech guru. He hopes to continue to support the organization by bringing to bear his experience in grant-writing and working with a diverse group of young people in a high school setting.

CATALINA VERDU-CANO, Co-President

Catalina Verdu-Cano joined the Ragazzi Board in 2019, and has been a Ragazzi parent and volunteer since 2014. Catalina has a passion for the performing arts. As a child, she attended the Royal Conservatory of Dance and Music in Murcia, Spain. Currently, she enjoys singing with the Stanford Community Chorus. She has provided leadership and expertise to non-profit and philanthropic organizations, and held positions at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the California Endowment, and has been a private consultant. She currently works at Stanford University. Catalina pursued a master’s degree in International Studies, a graduate certificate in Not-for-Profit Organization Management at the University of Oregon, and a European BA from the University of Alicante (Spain). She received an Ambassador of Goodwill Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation and a European Union Erasmus Scholarship. She lives with her husband and two Ragazzi boys in Palo Alto.

Junehee Cho, Treasurer

Junehee Cho joined the Ragazzi board in 2018 and has been a Ragazzi parent since 2012. She has spent most of her career advising corporations on financial risk management and was a founding team member of a global rates hedge fund where she led marketing. Junehee holds a BA from Barnard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

REBECCA TAYLOR, Secretary

Rebecca has been a Ragazzi mom since 2010, and joined the board in 2019. She has volunteered in several capacities, most notably as concert chaperone, which she enjoys because seeing the same concert three times running doesn’t get old when you have an up-close-and-personal view of the joy the boys have for performing. She still gets chills at least once every concert. She is passionate about the life skills the boys build as they traverse the chorus levels with the gradually increasing expectations for responsibility and maturity. Professionally, Rebecca works in aerospace, where she builds rockets and spacecraft for a living. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in San Carlos with her husband, her Ragazzi boy and his two siblings, and guinea pig Truffles.

Travis Culwell

Bio forthcoming!

MIKE DICKEY

Mike has a son in Young Men’s Ensemble, who has now has spent most of his life with Ragazzi. Mike started his first software company in high school, and has since built and sold multiple startups. Mike has served on the board of various non-profit organizations, including The Clarence Foundation, Foundation for Sustainable Development, and Circles.org. He co-founded JackTrip Foundation to help musicians perform together over the Internet, and currently works as the CEO of JackTrip Labs.

Nagesh Hatti, Development Chair

Nagesh’s son Talinn (Concert Group) has been signing with Ragazzi since 2014. Nagesh has volunteered as a Cubmaster and Range master for Pack-78 and soccer coach for AYSO. He works for Amazon Web Services and has spent most of his career in enterprise sales focused on healthcare, manufacturing, and software.

Alan Hu

Alan Hu is the father of a Ragazzi chorister, and joined the Ragazzi board in 2017. He is the retired co-founder of QuantumLeap Healthcare, a charitable foundation in cancer research which applies Silicon-Valley style entrepreneurship to health care research so that new treatments can reach patients sooner. Previous to this, Alan had a long career in the high-tech industry, in both established multi-nationals and Silicon Valley startups. He currently serves as advisor to three startup companies in diverse industries.

Kent Jue, Artistic and Executive Director

Kent is thrilled and honored to lead the artistic and administrative arms of Ragazzi. Having developed music programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, Kent is renowned for his leadership in developing and promoting student achievement and engagement, and for inspiring families and communities. During his tenure as Executive Director, Kent has guided Ragazzi’s growth plan as it became the largest boys chorus program in the Bay Area, created two satellite programs for entry-level families, increased grant and foundation support, and established Ragazzi’s first endowment. He is a member of Chorus America’s Leadership Development Forum, a Packard Foundation grantee, a participant in the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, and a recent panelist for the California Arts Council’s Arts Education Exposure grant. Kent is dedicated to developing Ragazzi’s extensive program to its fullest potential. For more information on Kent’s experience as  a choral educator, see our faculty page.

COLLIN LEE

Collin joined the board in 2019, and is an alumnus of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus. He credits Ragazzi for his love of singing and choral music, and sang in Ragazzi from the age eight through the end of high school. Collin went on to study engineering at Santa Clara University but continued to sing, joining the Santa Clara Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. After college, Collin reconnected with Ragazzi, and now sings in Ragazzi’s alumni group, Ragazzi Continuo, where he served as the group’s president for three terms.  Collin currently works at an early stage Silicon Valley startup. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Vikram Saxena

Vikram has been a Ragazzi parent since 2015 and both his boys sing in the chorus; he joined the Ragazzi Board in 2021. He has volunteered with Ragazzi as the Stage Crew for live performances for many years; something he is looking forward to returning to, once the pandemic subsides. He also sang in a boys’ choir as a child, and Ragazzi enabled him to pass on his love of music to his children.

Vikram has degrees in engineering (BTech, IIT Delhi, MS, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and a graduate certificate in Management Sciences (Stanford). During his professional career, he has worked in a variety of industries: internet (Yahoo), transportation (Uber), semiconductors (Synopsys) and finance (Morgan Stanley) and has led the engineering teams at two early stage start-ups (Relcy & Accelchip). He currently helps address Integrity issues at Facebook, with a focus on the Well-Being of Creators.

Vikram also serves in the Planning Commission for the City of Cupertino, where his term started in 2019.