CASA is run by a very dedicated team of a cappella enthusiasts. If you want to contact any of us, send to our individual emails listed below, or send a general email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Tom Anderson President
Tom Anderson is a professional arranger specializing in a cappella music. Originally from northern Minnesota, he was a member of professional Minneapolis aca group Four Shadow at age 19. While studying music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Tom was the original music director of UWEC a cappella group Fifth Element and played piano in the jazz band that DownBeat Magazine named the best in the country. He also had his first brush with CASA, serving as Wisconsin CASA ambassador and as the inaugural coordinator of the A Cappella Community Awards (ACAs). After college, he returned to the road as a member of Boston pro group Ball in the House before leaving to attend law school.
After a five-year detour as a practicing attorney, Tom is now back where he belongs, making music full-time. His clients - through his studio and arranging shop, Random Notes - include some of the top names at all levels of a cappella, from "Sing-Off" competitors (Committed, On the Rocks) and ICHSA champs (Limited Edition, Vocal Rush) to pro groups (the Swingle Singers, Cluster, Peter Hollens) and "mainstream" entertainment companies (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Disney theme parks). Tom is a frequent instructor and masterclinician at a cappella festivals and workshops and also serves as CASA's Director of Media Development. He is a diehard Twins fan and is certain that 2016 is their year. @RandomNotesLLC
Deke Sharon Founder
Deke Sharon has been singing a cappella since the age of five and spent his formative years with one foot in traditional choral idioms (church choir, San Francisco Boys' Chorus, madrigal groups, barbershop quartets) and the other in rock bands. The two came together during his tenure as music director of the Tufts Beelzebubs, and he formed CASA in hopes of creating a community of like-minded acappellaheads.
Often called the "father of contemporary a cappella", Deke has played a prominent and influential role in the formation of CASA's many outreach programs. Most recently, he founded the Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL), a national network of a cappella groups for post-collegiate and adult singers.Deke founded and has been singing in the vocal rock band The House Jacks since 1991. The group has produced seven full-length albums and completed multiple world tours. He arranges and directs the groups on NBC's a cappella competition reality show, "The Sing-Off". @dekesharon
Shane Ardell Director of Technology
Shane began arranging music at an early age and ventured into arranging a cappella music at the age of 16. She started her contemporary a cappella career at Georgia Tech as a performer, arranger, and eventual president of the all female group, Nothin' but Treble. While still in college, she also began singing in a rock/gospel semi-professional group, Breakdown, in Atlanta. Shane continues to arrange and coach groups as well as judge for the ICCAs. An engineer at heart, Shane spends her days as a web software developer. @shaneardell
Blair Baldwin Director of Festivals and Events
Blair Baldwin first joined the aca community in 2004 when she joined the UNCG Sapphires. She served as director, arranger, and percussionist for three years, and helped to produce the group's debut album. Since then, she has been a judge for the ICCA's, ICHSA's, and CARA's, and has worn various CASA hats including Executive Producer and Talent Manager.
Blair has an Arts Management degree from Columbia College, and lives Chicago where she works as the Company Manager for the Joffrey Ballet. If you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for performance opportunities at CASA festivals, please email Blair at email@example.com.
Gina Deaton Secretary
Virginia DeMoss Director of Development
Lauren France Director of CommunicationsLauren France has been involved in the a cappella community since her days at Elon University. In addition to double majoring in Music Performance and Strategic Communications, she was also the president and fundraising chair of Elon’s premiere all-female a cappella group, Sweet Signatures. Lauren is a skilled arranger, ensemblist, soloist and choreographer, and was awarded a “Best Choreography” award at the 2008 ICCA Quarterfinals and 2012 NY Harmony Sweepstakes. Her work has been featured on CARA nominated albums, as well as various festivals across the country. In 2015, she joined CASA and served as Social Media Manager for all CASA festivals. Lauren is currently a member of VXN, a professional all-female vocal band, whose work was recently nominated for a 2015 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Pop/Rock Song. She currently works in Durham, NC for a talent booking agency. @franzia86
Greg Rubin Treasurer
Greg was raised in Boston and started his a cappella career as a member and Musical Director of The Trinity Pipes at Trinity College. In 2005 Greg started Custom Acappella, an arranging and vocal consulting company, and in 2008 Greg assumed his current position as Musical Director of the NYC based group Ten & Change. He also directs a group at a high school in the Lower East Side and is an ICCA judge. Greg's professional background includes time as a strategy consultant and as a marketing director at Sony Music and Jive Records. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife. Greg holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. @greg_rubin
Rick Thomas Director of Outreach
Originally from suburban Detroit, Rick Thomas was first introduced to the world of a cappella in 2005 when he joined Eight Beat Measure at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since falling in love with the artform at his first SoJam in 2010, Rick has gone on to serve as Upstate NY Ambassador, co-founder of SMACC (now known as BOSS), CARA nominator/judge, ICCA judge, and clinician for groups across the country. Rick is also the owner and lead producer/engineer for Richard Thomas Music, his music production and management business.
Outside of a cappella, Rick works as a Software QA Engineer for Lulu.com, and his second passion (after music, of course) is all things tech. He also enjoys basketball, all Detroit sports, fantasy football, bar trivia, sports analytics, podcasts, cooking, rap music, and hugs.
Jessica Chen Nominations Manager: A Cappella Video Awards
As a musician Jessica started at an early age, playing piano and flute throughout her childhood, but she discovered singing and a cappella during high school and was immediately hooked. In college she sang with and directed the Boston University Allegrettos, doing most of the arranging as well as producing an album, and sang with friends in her hometown during the summers in Henry Fonda & the Falsettos. As a post-grad she has continued to arrange for various collegiate and high school groups around the country. Some of her other interests include Boston sports, video games, and all dogs, ever.
Eva Epker Program Manager: Sponsorships
Season 3 of “The Sing-Off” hooked Eva on a cappella. Watching it, she realized not just that a cappella was incredibly versatile but that she was only a few years younger than some of the competitors…but, while they were competing on national television, she was sitting on the couch with her two cats.
Currently a senior at Stanford University, Eva enjoys hanging out with friends, hitting the gym, and working on her latest creative project. She is simultaneously trying to figure out her post-graduation plans and enjoying the fact that she can help out with BOSS, which reunites her with both a cappella and her hometown.
Bill Hare Program Manager: Forum
Bill Hare has been a full-time recording engineer/producer for 28 years, and has specialized in contemporary a cappella production since 1989. Over the last two decades, Bill has recorded and/or mixed acclaimed albums for some of the best contemporary a cappella groups around the globe, including England's Flying Pickets, Swingle Singers, King's Singers and Voces8, Denmark's Basix and Vocal Line, Norway's Apes & Babes, Italy's Cluster, The Ghost Files, and Maybe6ix, as well as working with many top American acts including Nota, Duwende, Street Corner Symphony, The Backbeats, and The House Jacks.
Collegiate A Cappella clients include The Beelzebubs, Divisi, and about 80 others. Bill is the world's most awarded individual contemporary a cappella producer, including over 60 appearances on BOCA, over 120 CARA nominations, over 30 albums in the RARB "Picks of the Year" lists, and 11 "DeeBee" awards since 1987 in the Vocal Jazz category from Downbeat Magazine. In 2010 he added a Grammy Award to this list in the Classical Crossover Album category for Christopher Tin's "Calling All Dawns".For more information, visit Bill's website – www.dyz.com. @billhare
Ricky Jabarin Administrative Manager: Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards
Originally from Philadelphia, Ricky had his first full exposure of contemporary a cappella at Penn State University. He joined Blue in the FACE in 2010, then co-founded and directed The Coda Conduct in 2012. His arrangements and coaching have contributed to The Coda Conduct winning 1st place at the 2015 ICCA quarterfinals and ‘Outstanding Arrangement’ for the entire set. Shortly after, Ricky co-founded CAL group, DolCe, in Washington, D.C. He now arranges for scholastic groups, judges for the ICCA, and aspires to become a recording producer for the genre. Aside from a cappella, Ricky works full-time as a product manager for an education technology startup.
Brooks Jordan Nominations Manager: Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards
Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Brooks found a cappella in his freshman year at North Carolina State University; He joined The Grains of Time where he became the Business Manager and Executive Board leader his senior year. During his tenure in the Grains, the group won many levels of ICCA competitions as well as 3rd place at Sojam 2014. Brooks has dedicated his time to all forms of a cappella and experiencing it in schools, competitions, and festivals. After college Brooks joined the Sojam Production team as the Showcase Coordinator as well as one of the many teachers that held classes during the festival. When hes not working on a cappella events and education, Brooks works as a bio-pharmaceutical research in Durham, NC at KBI Biopharma.
TeKay (Thomas King) Program Manager: Ambassadors, Compilations
TeKay was one of the first ambassadors for CASA back in the early '90s. He's a member of Contemporary A Capella League group DeltaCappella and served as a CAL-rep for SoJam. He's been a RARB reviewer for several years and is one of the sing series producers. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of A Cappella Initiatives as a jack-of-all-trades and the Executive Producer of the Sing series of recordings. He was the Associate Editor of the Contemporary A Cappella News magazine for more than a decade and was the South Regional Producer of the ICCA from 1998-2004.
Alexander Koutzoukis Executive Producer: BOSton Sings A Cappella Festival
Alexander is co-owner (and producer, and engineer...) of Plaid Productions, a full-service a cappella production studio based in Boston, along with Alex Green. While attending Tufts University for computer science, he spent five years in the Beelzebubs, for two of which he was Music Director. He got his start in the field of a cappella production while working closely with Ed Boyer and Bill Hare on two award-winning Bubs albums (Pandaemonium and Play The Game) and continued along that path to help record and edit BATTLE and Helix, as well as about half of the Warblers tracks from Season 2 of Glee. He won a 2010 Best Male Collegiate Arrangement CARA for his arrangement of "All The Love In The World," a 2012 CARA runner-up in the same category for "Kings and Queens," and was also runner-up for Favorite Vocal Percussionist in the 2010 ACAs.
Meron Mogos Executive Producer: Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
Originally from the suburbs of NYC, Meron Mogos got her start in a cappella in 2004 with Duke University's Lady Blue. Her solo/arrangement of Ciara's "Like A Boy" was featured on Voices Only 2009. Meron joined NYC CAL group, Empire in 2011 and after moving to Los Angeles to pursue her love of film/television in 2012, she co-founded the all-female CAL group, Premiere and serves as their President. Meron is also 1/5 of professional vocal group, VXN.
Outside of a cappella, Meron enjoys traveling the world, anything and everything entertainment-related, and most importantly, happy hour. Meron worked in advertising sales at Warner Bros. for three years and now currently enjoys the freelance life while pursuing opportunities in producing/talent management. She is also an entertainment blogger and has been featured on various websites including The Huffington Post.
Liz Mongrello Manager: Event VolunteersLiz began her a cappella journey with Groove A Cappella at Smith College, her beloved alma mater where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. She spent much of her musical career at Smith in leadership positions, serving as Business Manager and Co-Director of Groove as well as President of the College Chorus and Glee Club. Pursuing a graduate degree from CCSU in Student Development in Higher Education, Liz took a break from performing herself, but was happy to advise the CCSU A Cappella Society, which consisted of four different groups. After a two-year hiatus, Liz saw the need to have music back in her life. She found her way to Fermata Town and has been singing crunchy jazz harmonies with them for over a year.
When not at rehearsal or just spending time with her Fermata Town family, Liz works with the training and sales teams at the Boylston Street Apple Store. She thrives in an environment full of really cool products and amazing customer service. You might also find Liz running through the streets of Somerville, attempting not to keel over after three miles. If you find her laying on the sidewalk unable to breathe, please give her a ride home - she would like to live to see another CARA.
Chris Tess Program Manager: Tunes to Teens
Chris Tess served on the CASA Board of Directors starting in 2003, when he created Tunes To Teens, a CASA program that sends donated a cappella CDs to junior high and high school choruses. He also runs the A Cappella Mega-Sale.Chris sang with the Pikers at Washington U in St. Louis, as well as several other vocal ensembles. He also created and directed the Notochords at St. Louis U. School of Medicine, and sang in and wrote for MACH 1. More recently, Chris sang in Redline, a CASA League group. In 1993 he co-founded the Recorded A Cappella Review Board ( RARB) and headed that up until 2004. He has judged for several years for the CARAs and the NCCAs/ICCAs. In his spare time, Chris is a doctor. @christess
Zakk Wooten Program Manager: Memberships
Zakk Wooten has been singing a cappella since he was 15 years old. He co-founded the professional group No Better Cause during his junior year of high school. After high school he joined the group Soul’D Out where he traveled the high seas with Celebrity Cruise Lines. Zakk then got his degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There he founded and directed the a cappella group Rocktavo. Zakk led Rocktavo, in their first year, to the ICCA finals where they placed second and his arrangement of 'Figaro' won “best arrangement.”After Zakk graduated he was hired by The Cat’s Pajamas to start a franchised group called The Cat’s Meow, where he traveled the world aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. In October of 2010 The Cat’s Pajamas offered Zakk a position with the group in Branson Missouri. Zakk sang with the Cat’s Pajamas until December of 2011. The year 2012 brings wonderful new opportunities for Zakk. He has recently joined forces with some of his 'a cappella family' to create the group re:Voiced. Zakk lives in Denver with his gorgeous Siberian Husky, Rilo. @zakkwooten