Christine A. Martin, Ph.D.
A DCC singer since 2014, Christine Martin hails from northeastern Ohio where she was active in singing and musical theatre with lead roles in Brigadoon, Godspell, & They’re Playing our Song. After beginning college as a vocal performance major, she switched to the physiological sciences (thinking she might possibly earn a living in that field). While teaching Anatomy & Physiology at Stark State College she was awarded the State of Ohio College Teacher of the Year. She is President Emeritus of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, an international association dedicated to college science teaching and pedagogy. Transplanted to Maryland in 2000 she continued as a Primary Care Educator at the University of MD Medical School until she began a private duty elder care company. Now retired (YAY!!) she continues to sing alto in the DCC and the Chamber Choir.
Mary Beth Stapleton
Mary Beth fell in love with music at the age of 4, when her parents, both active in Baltimore community theatre, took her to rehearsals for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and put her on the stage as a young “fairy”. Mary Beth sang and performed throughout her childhood, joining school choirs and performing in shows. She continued singing and performing at Averett University in Danville, Virginia and her favorite college memories were playing the roles of Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Although the love of music and musical theatre are in her blood, Mary Beth’s true calling has been to develop community programs designed to improve the lives of families and children. After receiving a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Mary Beth has worked in social administration for over 25 years including the Baltimore County Health Department, the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children and, most recently Harford County Public Schools where she serves as Manager of Family and Community Partnerships. Mary Beth and her husband Gary live in Jarrrettsville, and have three sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and a wonderful new grandson. For over twenty-five years Mary Beth’s life has been way too busy to sing (so many children and so much work to do!) but she discovered the DCC in the fall of 2017 and is thrilled to find her voice again as a soprano with the DCC and Chamber Choir.
Jon grew up in New York and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. He was accepted to Teach for America and was given a Baltimore City Middle School Math placement where he taught for 4 years. Following this, he transitioned to Financial Planning and has built his practice as a franchise of Ameriprise Financial since 2000. During this time, he has built his team and earned the CRPC® and RICP® designations.
Jon married Michele in 2000 and has two daughters, Isabella (14) and Elena (11). Elena is a member of the Deer Creek Youth Choir. Both girls will attend St. Paul’s School for Girls in the fall and are involved in a variety of activities including DCYC (Elena). Michele works with Baltimore County Schools as a School Psychologist and is currently placed in Padonia Elementary and Prettyboy Elementary.
Jon has served on the board of the Hearing & Speech Agency for 5 years and is currently serving as the President. He is also involved in the Susquehanna Youth Ballet and often participates in partner dancing with Isabella and individual roles as needed (Mother Ginger, Drosselmeyer). For more than 10 years, Jon has spent almost 3 hours every other Friday donating platelets with the Red Cross and is approaching 400 lifetime units.
Sharon Bottcher is thrilled to be returning to her home state of MD and to the Deer Creek Chorale after a year in Florida. Sharon retired in February 2017 after a forty-year career in nursing. This included nursing at University of MD Shock Trauma and Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. Sharon spent the last fifteen years of her career in nursing administration at Medstar’s Union Memorial and Good Samaritan hospitals. Music has been an integral part of her life from an early age, including participation in church choirs. Sharon had the good fortune to travel with her church choir to Europe in 2000 and 2004 to sing in various venues. Sharon also sings in the DCC Chamber Choir and believes in the positive impact music can have in our communities.
Kathy has recently “semi” retired from her job as a Flight Attendant where she worked for over 17 years. She has a daughter who is a professional pilot (Captain) and continues the family’s love for aviation. Now that Kathy has come in for a landing she returns to what she has always loved….music! As a child she admired her father’s gift for singing. He sang throughout his life in church and in auditioned choirs. After losing her father in 2013 Kathy decided to “carry the torch” in his name and joined the DCC in 2014. She continues to sing merrily as an Alto in both the DCC and the Chamber Choir.
Kathy earned her B.S. as a Maryland Terrapin and through the years has worked in the Hospitality industry. Over the years she has been involved in a number of music and theater productions in Washington, Minnesota, Maryland, and Germany where she lived for 2 years. Kathy loves animals and is currently a volunteer at a local animal rescue. She lives with her husband Mike and cat Kittybear in Parkton, MD.
Patty Ballinger earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Graceland University in Iowa, Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from University of Missouri in Kansas City, and took further studies in Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She taught seven years of Elementary School general music in the Kansas City, Missouri area. From 1991 to 2019 she was Choral Director at Fallston High School in Harford County, Maryland. Patty is an ordained minister of Community of Christ and serves as musician and in other ministerial capacities. She also serves on the Board of Camp Opportunity, a not-for-profit organization that offers a residential summer camp and several mid-year activities to children ages 8-11 who have suffered abuse. Patty lives in Harford County with her husband, Gary. They have four children and four grandchildren. Patty joined Deer Creek Chorale in January of 2018 but her Fallston High School Choirs have collaborated with Deer Creek for several years. She is happy to belong to DCC; for the joy of performing quality literature with a wonderful team, to support the Fine Arts and the availability of a great Community Chorus in this area, to serve the community with a group of generous-hearted people.
Alto Stephanie Davis rejoins the Board of Directors after a few years respite following her four-year term as DCC’s President. She is currently the Director of Development for the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology and the Director of Camp Sunrise, a camp for children with childhood cancers. Co-chair of DCCs 2019 Camp Opportunity Charitable project, she is a charter member of DCC and has sung with director Marty Banghart from Carnegie Hall to China’s Great Wall, or, as we call it, “The Hall to the Wall”. Steph has been volunteering in Africa for the past 7 years working with Project C.U.R.E. — the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world .
Kris Foster serves as the Judicial Assistant to a Federal Judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Prior to serving in the federal courts, she worked at the Baltimore office of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. for almost 15 years. She is a former student of Martha Banghart and is a charter member of the Deer Creek Chorale. Kris served as our first President of the Chorale from 2006-2009. Kris resides in Pylesville, Maryland with her husband, Jim, and two children, Jimmy and Julia, who are also members of the choir.
Sharon Kachur is the Assistant Supervisor of Mathematics for the Harford County Public Schools. In this role, Sharon is currently working with educators from across the country to implement the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers mathematics tests. In her spare time, Sharon serves as president of the Maryland Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, teaches graduate courses, works with her daughter to sew dresses for Haitian orphans, and sings with the Deer Creek Chorale. Sharon and her family are active supporters of several non-profit community organizations including the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore, Miriam´s Kitchen in Washington, D.C. and the Haiti Mission at Emory United Methodist Church.
Meredith Leroy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and lives in Jarrettsville, MD with her husband, Alan. She is the current Secretary of the Deer Creek Chorale and has sung with them for three years. She is an active member of her church, Saint James Monkton, and enjoys reading, gardening, going to the beach and riding horses at her daughter’s farm.
Don McGonigle has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of systems engineering, program and content management with specialized expertise in Knowledge Management and dissemination solutions for Federal Government agencies. His teams deliver information portals, databases, and collaborative systems including healthcare quality measures, toxic agent characteristics, international treaties and biotechnology market surveys, historical production and test processes. Don is a certified Project Management Professional and Leadership Coach Trainer. He currently volunteers as a Field Associate for the Maryland Area of the Christian Businessmen Connection and is involved in community development planning. He started singing in his middle school choir in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh (he is also the support team of the McGonigle musical family).
Lynn Moore has been a resident of Harford County since 1987. First living in Aberdeen, then moving to Churchville in 1993. In 1995 she joined the Harford Choral Society and was a member with them until 2003 when she joined Masterworks of Carroll County. In July of 2005 she attended the 5th Biennial International Festival and Choral Celebration of Song. “Festival 500 Sharing the Voices” in Newfoundland Canada: a multi-day event with 25 choirs from around the world. She continued to sing with Masterworks until the fall of 2010.
In the winter of 2010, Lynn began to study ballroom dancing along with her husband. They continue to dance competitively about 3 times a year. Lynn has also been a dedicated and an involved volunteer for the Maryland Center for the Arts. She continues to be involved for the fundraising efforts of the Maryland Center for the Arts today.
In spring of 2015, Lynn returned to singing, joining with the Deer Creek Choral. She has been an enthusiastic participant since. In February of 2018, she joined along with approximately 50 members from Deer Creek Chorale where they performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and continue to wow audiences in Baltimore and Harford Counties.
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Nelson Fritts, Jr.
Dr. Nelson Fritts Jr. has been in the field of Arts Education for the past 40 years. He served as Instructional Coordinator for Fine Arts for the Cecil County Public Schools until his retirement. His previous positions have included Fine Arts Supervisor for Allegany County, MD; Music Educator in the Anne Arundel County, MD; and Music Educator in the Hampshire County, WV school systems. As a conductor, Dr. Fritts has directed ensembles at every educational level from Pre- Twinkle Suzuki strings to university wind ensembles. He continues to serve as guest conductor and adjudicator in Maryland.
Jeff Gonya is a Trustee of the Friends School of Baltimore and serves on the Board of the Middle Grades Partnership. Mr. Gonya serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, Inc. and the Fund Management Committee of the ICDDR, B. He is also a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council. Mr. Gonya is a member of the Estates and Trusts Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and is a law partner at Venable.