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Staff

Kent Jue, Artistic and Executive Director

Kent Jue is thrilled to lead the administrative arm of Ragazzi. Having developed music programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, Kent is renowned for his leadership in showcasing student achievement and engagement, for inspiring families and for promoting community enthusiasm. As Executive Director, Kent works with the Board and Artistic Director to develop Ragazzi’s programs. He develops and implements the annual budget, manages office staff, writes grant proposals and reports, oversees facilities, oversees the scholarship program, and assists Board committees. Kent is in a unique position to lead Ragazzi as he has filled a variety of roles during his long tenure with the organization.

Joan Addicott, Chorus Manager, Volunteer & tour coordinator

Chorus Manager for all groups from Music & Movement to Young Men’s Ensemble, Joan Addicott supports the general management, operations, and performance logistics of the concert season. She is a first point of contact for music directors needing logistical support. She is happy to facilitate direct communication for parents with any faculty or rehearsal concerns. Joan is responsible for Ragazzi’s volunteer program, identifying volunteer opportunities and finding good fits for volunteers. She is in charge of training and needed documentation, and supporting team leaders.  She also manages Honor Choir submissions, international and domestic tour planning services, calendarizes events and rehearsal schedules, produces call sheets, and arranges concert venues.  In addition, Joan creates and implements production programs, manages registration and roster database, develops outreach opportunities and collaborations, assists with auditions and rehearsals, coordinates summer camp, organizes SF Giants singing opportunities, and manages visiting choir homestays.

Joan was a long-time Ragazzi volunteer and is proud parent of a Ragazzi alumni, who was a chorister for 11 years. During her years as a Ragazzi parent she filled many volunteer roles such as exit duty coordinator, concert ticket sales, concert chaperone, carpool coordinator, and helped with gala planning and office duties. Joan is excited to be part of this engaging and rewarding organization and has enjoyed seeing her own son and his Ragazzi peers mature and flourish into talented, kind and happy young adults. Joan is a classically trained pianist. She has also worked as a Program Manager for a small Palo Alto technology company, working closely with larger technology companies such as HP, Cisco, Juniper, Palo Alto Networks and Jabil.

Laura Graham, Music Librarian

Music Librarian Laura Graham is responsible for the purchase, maintenance, and accounting of  Ragazzi music. She is also Head Theory Clerk for Theory Director Carol Panofsky, and among other duties records choristers’ theory work, both classroom participation and homework.

Julie Mamis, Ragazzi Camp Director

Julie Mamis holds an MA in Education for Concordia University and has been a credentialed teacher since 1989. She was a lead teacher in a K-8 Montessori school and designed and led Middle School outdoor education experiences. She is currently a teacher on special assignment in math in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. Julie has 30 years of camping experience as a Girl Scouts leader and has led many tours with middle school students. She has chaperoned Ragazzi tours and is the parent of 3 adult children, one a Ragazzi alumnus. She has been Ragazzi Camp Director since 2015.

Peter Meredith, Development Manager

Peter is a choir conductor, singer, pianist, and music educator who enjoys helping people of all ages experience the joy of making music. He is currently working towards his Master’s of Music Education at Holy Names University, where he studies vocal pedagogy and the Kodály method. He is the music director at College Heights Church in San Mateo, First Congregational Church of Redwood City, and Mission Bay Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. He also performs regularly as a jazz and salsa musician, leading the Golden Gate Jazz Trio and playing with several Bay Area salsa bands.

Leslie Spaeth, Controller

Leslie Spaeth manages Ragazzi’s day-to-day finances, including processing payments for all tuitions, merchandise, donations, events and concert ticketing.  Leslie helps develop and manage Ragazzi’s annual budget. Leslie manages Ragazzi’s payroll and HR files, pays Ragazzi’s bills and oversees any needed IT work.  Come to Leslie if you need help with financial aid or expense reimbursements.

Leslie’s son sang with Ragazzi. She volunteered in the North Star Academy Parent Club, serving as past Treasurer and Vice President of the Parent Club. Before becoming a mother, Leslie was a CPA and worked for Advanced Micro Devices as an SEC Reporting Analyst. At her last gig, she worked at PayPal as an Assistant Controller in the finance department. In her free time Leslie enjoys photography, video editing and editing photos in Photoshop. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Texas A&M.

Nancy Whitecar, Programs and Recruiting

Nancy Whitecar Nancy Whitecar is a professional musician and music educator with over 25 years of experience. She teaches general music classes at The Music School at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian church, and accompanies for instrumentalists and choirs throughout the Bay Area. Nancy has directed children’s and youth choirs, and taught piano to students of all ages in her private piano studio. She served as accompanist and assistant director of the BeckRidge Chorale in Southeast Michigan for over 20 years, and as Associate Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Michigan. Nancy is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. She graduated from the University of Illinois, and holds a Piano Teacher Certificate from Schoolcraft College in Michigan.