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.
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 .
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.
Lance Ledebur is a retired 40-year career Harford County teacher who is married to Deer Creek Chorale Soprano, Hope Ledebur. After his teaching career ended, he worked for Harford County and the state of Maryland as an advisor for the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils and as the Executive Director for the Maryland Association of Student Councils for a total of 14 years. He worked in many capacities from Dean to Office Manager for Indian Lake Christian Camp for almost 40 years and has served in many positions, including Elder, at Fork Christian Church. He and Hope are the parents of three children and grandparents to six granddaughters. Acting as Hope’s chauffeur and waiting patiently through rehearsals, he felt he could be useful in other ways, helping out at concerts and then accepting the role of treasurer. He only asks that the Chorale continue making excellent music!
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.
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.
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.
Luianne retired in 2017 from teaching for the Harford County Public Schools after 33 years. She taught first graders for 21 years at North Harford Elementary School. Currently, she enjoys the flexibility of substitute teaching in several local elementary schools. Luianne has sung second soprano and alto for the North Harford High School Madrigals and choruses, in community choruses and choirs at Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church, where she is an active member. Luianne joined Deer Creek Chorale in 2018 to broaden her music experience and loves the opportunity it provides to sing with others each week, as well as to participate in concerts and charitable projects. She is an active member and officer of Alpha Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Children’s Centers of North Harford. Luianne volunteers for the Literacy Council of Harford County by making presentations at Upper Chesapeake Hospital to soon-to-be parents. Each month she prepares and serves a community meal in Whiteford for Clean Plate at The Slate. She and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters and four grandchildren. They enjoy golfing and spending time in Myrtle Beach, SC. They currently reside in Bel Air, MD.
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.
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.