Board of Directors

Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Board of Directors is all-volunteer and meets monthly throughout the season to set policy and direction for the organization.  We thank our Board members for their dedicated service to Ragazzi’s boys.

peter Sherman, President

Peter is a Ragazzi alumnus, and is a featured singer on past Ragazzi CDs. He is a sales analytics manager at Farmer’s Business Network and holds an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and a BA from Oberlin College. Peter also served in the US Army and National Guard.

Lisa Clancy, Vice President

Lisa is the mother of three boys, Joseph, Daniel and Liam, who have been involved in the music world of the Bay Area for several years. Daniel and Liam are both alumni of Ragazzi’s program. Lisa has been an active Ragazzi volunteer for many years. Lisa has a background in mechanical engineering, and runs a small business.

ROB WILEN, TREASURER

The father of two Ragazzi alumni and one current CG chorister, Rob Wilen is a longtime Board member and Past President of the Board. With a great appreciation for music, yet no discernible vocal skills of his own, Rob is happy that Ragazzi has brought the gift of song into his home. Professionally, Rob is an investor and investment manager. Previously, at AOL, Rob spearheaded the acquisition of the groundbreaking WebCrawler search engine, subsequently serving as General Manager. After its sale to Excite, Rob served as Director of Product Management for Excite’s Europe, Calendar, and Mobile units. Previously, Rob was Director of Information Technology at Swiss Bank Corporation and VP at O’Connor & Associates.  Rob holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Computer Science from Yale University.

Leanne Cox, SECRETARY

Leanne is the mother of three Ragazzi boys, all of whom joined Ragazzi in second grade. Her oldest, Alex, is in YME and has toured to New York, South Africa and to Skywalker Ranch for the 2016 CD project. Her young twins, Daniel and Emanuel, sing with Ragazzi’s Premiere chorus. Leanne has supported Ragazzi in many capacities over the years and enjoys hearing the boys perform at all levels. Leanne grew up in Redwood City and remembers seeing mention of Ragazzi in the Redwood City Tribune when newspapers were still around. An alumnus of U.C. Berkeley, Leanne spends her days running Data Centers for a large communications & networking company.

JOYCE KEIL, CO-FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Joyce has served as panelist, adjudicator and guest conductor for music teachers and choirs throughout the Western United States. She sets the artistic vision for Ragazzi Boys Chorus and is responsible for all artistic and educational activities. Ms. Keil conducts the Concert and Choral Scholars groups, and oversees the music faculty and musical direction of all other groups. An experienced teacher, she has served on the faculties of the College of Holy Names, Notre Dame de Namur University and Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.  She is the founder of the choral program and advanced placement music theory curriculum at Crystal Springs Uplands School. Ms. Keil has served as Western Division Chair of the Boychoir Committee for the American Choral Directors Association and has sat on the College Board for Advanced Placement Music Exams. Ragazzi, under Joyce Keil’s leadership, was named a CBS Best Choir of the Peninsula in 2013 and has been cited by the San Francisco Chronicle  as one of four elite youth choruses in the Bay area.

ROHINI CHAKRAVARTHY

Rohini is a Ragazzi parent and joined the Ragazzi board in 2014. She is an electrical engineer turned venture investor in leading technology companies, including several offering consumer products. In addition, Rohini is an accomplished Indian classical singer and enjoys making and listening to beautiful music. Given her technology and product background, Rohini is leading a special Ragazzi board project to update the organization’s  technology infrastructure, including this website. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two sons.

C. CHRIS GRIFFIN

Chris is a Ragazzi Boys chorus alumnus.He began his world-traveling ways with the Ragazzi Boys Chorus as both chorister and Tour Manager. Professionally, he is Production and Lighting Director for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet company and has managed lighting and technical installation for LINES Ballet through 3 continents, 15 countries, and over 100 theaters. Chris has also designed lights for many San Francisco-based choreographers in conjunction with the LINES Ballet BFA Program and Summer Program. Previously, he was Technical Director of the California Theatre Center and Diablo Ballet. Chris earned a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies with High Distinction from UC Berkeley.

AMY MENDENHALL

Amy is excited to be a member of the Ragazzi board. She has been a Ragazzi parent since 2012, and chaired Ragazzi’s Fiesta para la Musica and Safari Braai fundraising committees. Amy has also contributed as a chaperone for Ragazzi performances. She studied violin performance at Michigan State University, and then went on to the University of Michigan for a PhD in neuroscience. She currently runs her own business as a biotechnology technical marketing consultant. She lives in Los Altos with her husband, David, and three children, Lincoln, Adelaide, and Victor.

Eve Schooler

Eve is a past Ragazzi parent. She joined the Ragazzi board in 2014. In her professional life, Eve is an Architect and Principal Engineer at Intel and has spent most of her career focused on the evolution of the communication infrastructure of the Internet. What she has enjoyed most has been showcasing technology through music (e.g., Internet-wide distributed music performance, sonification of smart home data, wearable sensor-based instruments, rendering the score for a computer animation borrowing cycles from networked machines). Eve obtained a B.S. from Yale, M.S. from UCLA and Ph.D from Caltech, all in Computer Science. Eve also studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory division, sang with various a cappella groups in college, and has been known to play the carillon and ukulele.

GABRIELA WEHNER

Gabriela is excited to be of service on Ragazzi’s Board of Directors, having supported the chorus in many capacities, from picnic food preparation to fundraising. As a committee member for many of Ragazzi’s fabulously successful fundraisers, Gabriela champions a fresh and exciting party format, all hosted at the Wehner’s Atherton home. Gabriela studied piano for many years and remembers her time at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore fondly. She has an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Science from Johns Hopkins University and worked for several years as a consultant in health care for Kaiser Permanente before directing her professional attention to educational technology, most recently as a consultant for Edmodo. Gabriela’s sons, George and Henry, both sing with Ragazzi, carrying on a family singing tradition going back two generations.