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.
Alan Hu, President
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 healthcare 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.
Tania Nanevicz, Vice President
Tania Nanevicz MD, has a son in Ragazzi, who started as a second grader. She comes from a musical family and is herself a violinist, having studied at Stanford and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Dr. Nanevicz has experience in fundraising and development, having served other other community organizations. She is a Cardiologist with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Burlingame where she has been the divisional Site Lead for 6 years.
Leanne Cox, treasurer
Leanne is the mother of three Ragazzi boys, all of whom joined Ragazzi in second grade. Her oldest has toured to New York, South Africa, Northern Europe and to Skywalker Ranch for the 2016 CD project. Her younger boys are looking forward to their own tour experiences. 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.
Suzanne Carlson, Secretary
Suzanne has been a Ragazzi parent since 2013 and is the mother of two choristers. An active volunteer, she and her husband, Steve, have hosted several Ragazzi fundraising dinners at their home in San Carlos. She is excited about the range of musical and cross-cultural opportunities Ragazzi offers to choristers and the community. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Master’s degree in History from U.C. San Diego, and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with Honors in Education from Stanford University.
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.
Lisa Clancy is the mother of three boys, who have been involved in the music world of the Bay Area for many years. Her middle son joined Ragazzi at age 7 (because he heard they gave out free pizza) and stayed until he was 18. Likewise, her youngest son went through the entire program and loved every minute of it. Lisa has been a longtime and active Ragazzi volunteer. Professionally, Lisa, who has a background in mechanical engineer, runs a small business.
Mike has a son in Concert Group, 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 currently works in the areas of architecture and product management for Splunk.
Kent Jue, Artistic and Executive Director
Kent is an experienced choral conductor, music educator, and facilitator for lifelong learning in music. Having developed music programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, Kent is renowned for building high-level musicianship skills through his engaging style and rapport with students. An avid collaborator, Kent has prepared his ensembles for performances with organizations including San Francisco Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose and West Bay Opera. Kent is Ragazzi Associate Artistic Director and also leads Ragazzi’s administration. He has been named Ragazzi’s General Director designate and will combine the artistic and executive positions at a future date.
JOYCE KEIL, FOUNDER
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.
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 the 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 studies Computer Science as a PhD student at Stanford University where he received an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering from Santa Clara University.
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. She is especially interested in donor development. 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.
Saswati Paul joined the Ragazzi Board in 2019. She has been a Ragazzi Parent and an active volunteer since 2014, primarily working on recruiting new students, and as a chaperone. While she lacks the ability to carry a tune, she enjoys listening to music, and was a dancer for 14 years in her teens and twenties. She is an ERISA attorney by profession, having worked both for the U.S. Dept. of Labor in D.C. and for large and medium size firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. These days she focuses her time on non-profits. She is the Co-President of San Mateo High School’s Foundation and Vice-Chair of Equal Access International, a communications-for-social-change NGO that combines the power of media with community mobilization in order to empower those most vulnerable in the developing world. She is also the immediate past President of her son’s middle school PTA. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law.
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, both musically and off-stage. Professionally, Rebecca works in aerospace, where she builds rockets and spacecraft for a living. She holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively. She lives in San Carlos with her husband, her Ragazzi boy and his two siblings, and two guinea pigs.
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 been a private consultant. She currently works at Stanford University. Catalina pursued a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Not-for-Profit Organization Management at the University of Oregon as well as a European B.A. from the University of Alicante (Spain). Catalina received an Ambassador of Goodwill Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation and a European Union Erasmus Scholarship. Catalina lives with her husband and two Ragazzi boys in Palo Alto.
Helen became a Ragazzi parent in 2014 and joined the board in 2019. She has volunteered for Ragazzi in multiple motley capacities, and enjoys being a New Parent mentor to incoming families. She is passionate about how the Chorus helps boys find their footing and their voices, literally and figuratively. Having studied classical piano and cello for many years, Helen cherishes the experience of listening to live performance, especially Ragazzi’s. Professionally, Helen advises senior teams in strategic planning to integrate and improve user experiences, applying design thinking methods and graphic facilitation, with deep knowledge of the healthcare delivery space. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband, son, daughter and their fuzzy dog.
The father of two Ragazzi alumni and one current 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 VP Finance and Operations at Car IQ and 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