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Board of Directors

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Patrick Muzic, President – Patrick joined the chorus as a First Tenor in June of 2011. Prior to his role as President, Patrick served as a member of the Board of Directors, was the Co-Chair of the Fundraising & Sponsorship Committee and continues as a member of the NCMC Music Committee. Born and raised in Mentor, Ohio, Patrick has spent the majority of his life in Northeast Ohio. Patrick is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he was a member and officer of the BGSU Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Richard Mathey. He currently sings with the jazz quartet “A Christmas Touch” having the honor of opening Mel Torme’s Christmas show at the Palace Theater at Playhouse Square. Patrick has worked for Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Village, OH since 1999, in Human Resources, Training and Leadership Development.

Stephen E. Adley , Vice President – Stephen Adley joined the chorus in September of 2006 and is so grateful the many friends he has made in the chorus including his husband, baritone section leader Tom Leber. Stephen was appointed and then elected to the Board of Directors in 2014 and serving as the Chair for the Community Outreach Committee. Stephen was elected by the Board of Directors in the spring of 2015 to serve as the Vice President. Stephen & Tom live in Vermilion and enjoy boating, traveling, entertaining, and spending time with our family and friends.  Stephen is a Registered Nurse and is employed as Director of Education for a large dialysis / nephrology organization, Fresenius Medical Care. Stephen’s primary area of expertise is physician and advanced practitioner education and leadership development. Stephen’s jobs take him on travels throughout the country on a regular basis. Stephen has been employed with Fresenius for 25 years and has been in this field dialysis / nephrology for greater than 35 years. Stephen has always been involved in music supporting endures of his children and family. Stephen is thrilled to have the opportunity to be in the chorus and have develop such wonderful friendships, working with many talented people.Please feel free to contact him with questions about the chorus.
Duane Zettle, Treasurer – Duane first became interested in the North Coast Men’s Chorus several years ago after being invited to a Holiday performance.  The experience was the spark that created his interest in helping the Chorus with its mission.  A life-long Ohio resident, Duane graduated from Cleveland State University.  He worked 34 years for the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities and retired as the Director of the Willoughby Branch.  Duane is the proud father of two daughters, Amy and Caitlyn.
deniseleslieDenise Leslie, Secretary, Stage Manager  –  Denise Leslie, affectionately known as “Fluffy” to the chorus, is excited to be serving once again as their Secretary. Although she has often served as a volunteer secretary for church organizations, and has been active in various capacities in community theaters since 1977, she especially enjoys volunteering for the Chorus. While the guys are on stage, she is the one, as their Stage Manager, tending to their needs backstage and preparing for the next “shtick”, prop need, or scene change. She is also the Chorus archivist and has served as their Volunteer Coordinator. During the week, Denise is a registered dietitian at Lutheran Hospital a regional hospital of the Cleveland Clinic system. She is the church liaison/chairperson of the very active Peace and Justice Ministry of Hope Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights and the convener of the Cleveland Chapter of Lutherans Concerned, a chapter of the international Lutheran organization that advocates within the church for GLBT people of faith and their families.

Sean Broyles, Associate Membership Advocate

Stan Bunch, Member at Large

Patrick Carpenter – Patrick, a native Clevelander, joined the chorus in September 2012 as a first tenor. He is honored to be a new member of the Coastliners and currently serves on the chorus’s Community Outreach Committee, chairing the College Outreach Committee. Inspired by the welcoming and affirming NCMC community, he hopes to help build stronger outreach programs to support the LGBT youth of Cleveland. Patrick currently lives in Lakewood and is the Title I Lead teacher at Oxford Elementary School in Cleveland Heights, where he loves to share the joys of performance with the students. During his five years as a Cleveland Heights educator, he assisted in creating a working partnership between his school and Playhouse Square so that all students can enjoy an early exposure to the arts.  Patrick loves singing and dancing, and he plays the clarinet and is learning the guitar. A travel enthusiast, he loves to visit friends and family around the country and is always anxious to venture off to new places. Patrick is eternally grateful for his experiences with the chorus where he has forged friendships that he hopes will last a lifetime.

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Barry Lien – Barry joined the chorus in September of 2010.   Having been a long standing season ticket holder to the chorus for several years, Barry decided to finally attend an audition in hopes of joining this amazing organization.  The hope became a reality and Barry will attest that he has been enjoying every minute of it.  In addition to his role on the board,   Barry is also a co-section leader for the Second Tenors and regularly meets with the Membership Committee.  Barry is supported at home by his partner Tom, who has on occasion referred to himself as a chorus widow.  Barry and Tom live in North Royalton, right across the street from the Metroparks, where they enjoy bike riding, long hikes with the dogs, and entertaining family and friends.  Barry was born and raised in Northern Minnesota, graduated from University of Minnesota, Moorhead, and has been employed by the Walgreens/Boots/Alliance Company since 1992.
TomLeberTom Leber, Membership Advocate – Tom Leber joined the chorus in September of 2004 and is so grateful the many friends he has made in the chorus including his husband, baritone Steve Adley.  Tom & Steve live in Vermilion.  Tom is co-owner of Berardi’s Family Kitchen in Sandusky.  He has always been involved in music, singing and playing keyboards in several bands in the 70’s through the 90’s as well as playing organ/piano in Sandusky area churches.  Tom spent 10 years as Liturgy & Music director of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church but is glad to be back to just managing the restaurant.  He has been co-section leader of the Baritone section since 2005 and joined the board as Membership Advocate in November of 2010. He feels lucky to be part of such a wonderful & talented group of people. Please feel free to contact him with questions about the chorus.
stevenpastorSteven R. Pastor – Steven has been a member of the North Coast Men’s Chorus since September 2004 and served as Co-Section Leader of the Bass Section since 2006. A lifelong resident of Northeastern Ohio, Steven is excited to be a part of the Board in its Community Outreach initiative.Highlights of his time with the Chorus include performing with Linda Eder, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Cleveland Pops. An avid dancer, he has danced in every show since January 2005. His favorite dance numbers to date include Can’t Stop the Beat, I Want To Be ARockette, We’re In the Money, This Joint Is Jumping, and Proud Mary. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a tap dancer at 62 when he took learned his first tap number with the Chorus. Singing in the Festival Chorus at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland was a life-changing experience he’ll always cherish. Steven rounds out his free time by volunteering at Playhouse Square to catch the Broadway series each year.
Frank Reed v2Frank Reed – Frank entered the Navy in 1966 after high school, attending electronic school and nuclear power school, qualifying as a nuclear reactor operator for the Navy. He served 1 year in Vietnam in country as an electronics advisor to the Vietnamese Navy and received the Navy Commendation with Combat “V”, serving in the Navy until 1972 as a Second Class Petty Officer. Frank then started a career as a union construction electrician, retiring after 30 years from IBEW Local 573 in Warren, Ohio. His theater experience includes 10 years with Cleveland Preforming Arts Ministry, in the production of Tetelestai. Frank joined the NCMC as a non-singing member to assist in any way possible to keep the chorus growing and singing. Frank serves as co-chairman of the Fundraising and Marketing of the Chorus. Frank has two daughters, Gail and Lora and a granddaughter Ashley.

michaelrichMichael Rich – Michael Rich has been working in the theater both professionally and non-professionally for over 30 years. Performing many duties including Stage Manager, Master Electrician, Lighting Designer, Vari*Lite™ Programmer and Technical Director. Some credits are: Cassidy: Songs for a New World, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita; Cleveland Opera: Die Fledermaus, Showboat, Il Trovatore, Carousel, The Daughter of the Regiment, Rigoletto, CavalleriaRusticana/Pagliacci, The Magic Flute. Michael has also worked with The Cleveland Ballet, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Opera on Tour, CIM Opera, The Ohio Ballet, and the Tom Everett Dance Company.

Other credits include, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Feinstein, Driving Miss Daisy, Peter Pan, The Phantom of the Opera, Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol, Oliver!and West Side Story. Michael enjoys being the lighting designer and Technical Director for the North Coast Men’s Chorus, and looks forward to keeping the stage awash in color and magic!

Administrative Staff

barbragonBarbara A. Ragon, Executive Director – Barbara has served as Executive Director for NCMC since 2009. In addition, she is the Marketing Director at Linear Creative. Barbara brings an extensive 30-year background in Strategic and Financial Planning, Merchandising, Sales Promotion, Marketing, Public Relations, Operations and Personnel Development. Her management experience includes positions as a Buyer, Vice President-Divisional Manager, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Vice President/Sales Promotion Director and Chief Operating Officer. She understands the complexities of driving a multifaceted business from a promotional, merchandising and logistical standpoint and the importance of having the right organizational structure and personnel to achieve a company’s profit objectives. Barbara started out with 12 stores in one state with 5 direct reports and eventually had responsibility involving 46 stores in 6 states and supervision of 1,400 people.

In addition, she has an extensive background in the non-profit arena in fundraising, development and planning for non-profit and private endeavors. Her goal is to give back to the greater community through this work. This experience includes working with organizations to restructure, rebuild and assist in activities and programs to secure financial security. She has served in various capacities including Board President, Trustee, Event Chair and Consultant. Her motto: “I am only as good as the people who work for and with me.” She believes that one can only be successful by surrounding yourself with talented people and then giving them the room to grow.

Work Experience: Linear Creative, Kaufmann’s, May Company Ohio, O’Neill’s, and Halle’s-Marshall Fields.

Client Experience (As a consultant): The American Red Cross, Dempsey Surveying Company, I.W.D.C., North Coast Men’s Chorus, NORVA, Providence House, Raisin Cane, Saint Joseph Academy, The David Dennis Family Fund, and The Cleveland West Park Police and Firefighters Memorial Fund.

AndyZupcsanAndrew J. Zupcsan, Business Manager – Andrew has served as Business Manager for the North Coast Men’s Chorus since the fall of 2010. Prior to accepting that position he served 5 years on the Board of Directors, including 2 years as Treasurer. He has been actively involved in many aspects of Chorus administration since he joined as a singing member in 2002.

Andrew holds a BS in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Urban Planning from Cleveland State. He currently works in client relations and operations for a local information management company. When not working, he volunteers with the Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and serves as Vice-President of the Madison High School Alumni Association. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, weight training, and playing Euro-style strategy games.

Artistic Staff

richcole_artisticRichard Cole, Artistic Director – Richard Cole has served as the Artistic Director for the North Coast Men’s Chorus since the second half of the 1997/98 season. He joined the chorus as a singer in 1989 and got actively involved from the beginning by serving on the Board for several years. In addition to the full chorus, Rich also directs The Coastliners, NCMC’s small ensemble. Rich was the Chair for the wildly successful Band and Choral events for the 2014 Gay Games hosted in Cleveland. In 2015, Rich was the recipient of an LGBT Heritage Day award by the City of Cleveland for his contributions to entertainment in the city. NCMC has flourished under his leadership and guidance. In addition to annual increases in attendance at our concerts and growth in membership, his enthusiasm, energy and creativity have been the driving force responsible for bringing guest artists in to perform with the chorus, including Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Feinstein, Leslie Jordan, Armistead Maupin and Bernadette Peters.

Rich graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1981 with a bachelor of arts degree in music education and frequently arranges and/or transcribes pieces of music for the Chorus. By day, Rich works for Xerox. Between working, rehearsing, transcribing, arranging, scheduling, and computing, Rich finds time to enjoy a good martini with his partner, Bryan.

robertdayRobert Day, Principal Accompanist – Robert Day made his debut as the NCMC’s Principal Accompanist in the June 2000 “Touching Hearts, Changing Lives” concerts. Since then, he has accompanied the chorus in all concerts, most of its special appearances, NCMC benefits, at five GALA Chorus Festivals, and on their five CDs. A native Clevelander, Bob holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Otterbein University, and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from The Ohio State University. Bob is retired from 30 years of public school teaching in choral music, but still serves as Organist at The Church Of The Saviour in Cleveland Heights. He has also served as musical director or accompanist for numerous productions in and around the Cleveland area.
Ron Palka, Coastliner Accompanist – Ron Ron is an active and versatile musician and teacher. A native of Ohio, Ron studied in Cleveland with British pianist, Clive Lythgoe and in New York City with Phillip Kawin of the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to his MM in performance from Manhattan School, Ron is also a degreed librarian from Kent State University. Ron’s performances have taken him as far afield as Brazil, where he was invited to teach and perform for the Music Foundation of Capão da Canoa. He is a faculty member at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and at the Oberlin Community Music School. With pianist Coren Estrin Mino, he performs regularly in the Cleveland/Akron area as a member of the Double Digit Piano Duo. The Duo’s performance last December at the Bop Stop was recently featured on WCLV in their program “Cleveland Ovations.” As the official accompanist for the Coastliners, he had the great pleasure of opening for Joan Rivers at the Palace Theater in October 2013 and at the State Theater for the Big Cleveland Sing last summer. Accompanying also provided him the opportunity of performing at Carnegie Hall in 2013.
michaelrichMichael Rich, Technical Director – Michael Rich has been working in the theater both professionally and non-professionally for over 30 years. Performing many duties including Stage Manager, Master Electrician, Lighting Designer, Vari*Lite™ Programmer and Technical Director. Some credits are: Cassidy: Songs for a New World, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita; Cleveland Opera: Die Fledermaus, Showboat, Il Trovatore, Carousel, The Daughter of the Regiment, Rigoletto, CavalleriaRusticana/Pagliacci, The Magic Flute. Michael has also worked with The Cleveland Ballet, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Opera on Tour, CIM Opera, The Ohio Ballet, and the Tom Everett Dance Company.

Other credits include, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Feinstein, Driving Miss Daisy, Peter Pan, The Phantom of the Opera, Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Carol, Oliver!and West Side Story. Michael enjoys being the lighting designer and Technical Director for the North Coast Men’s Chorus, and looks forward to keeping the stage awash in color and magic!

workmanLora Workman, Choreographer – Lora, a graduate from Baldwin-Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music,has worn many theatrical hats throughout the Greater Cleveland area, but she is probably best known for her role as choreographer with the Chorus since 1997. She has performed in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Barbara Eden, The Student Prince with Jerome Hines, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and The 24-Hour Project at Dobama Theatre. Shestudied the genre of cabaret in Italy, New York and was selected to participate in the 2007 Cabaret Conference at Yale, where she worked with Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh, Jason Graae, and the late Julie Wilson. She was a semi-finalist in the 2003 San Francisco Cabaret Competition, performed at Don’t Tell Mama’s in NYC and created the Cleveland Cabaret Project where she directed/produced the Cleveland Premieres of Miss Gulch Returns & A Cabaret Sampler. She created Class by the Glass, a cabaret/wine tasting event at Playhouse Square, producing such sold out shows as: Twisted Sisters and Misters, What a Fool Believes and the popular Halloween show Cadaveret.  Lora directed the critically acclaimed The Will Rogers Follies at Berea Summer Theatre. By day, Lora is the Community Relationships Manager at Playhouse Square where she brings in over 50,000 students and teachers each year for field trip experiences as well as creates the resource guides that relate common core standards to the Children’s Theatre and International Children’s Theatre Festival shows.
dougbraunDoug Braun, ASL Interpreter – Doug Braun has been part of the NCMC since its beginning. Braun graduated from Oberlin College and received his sign language training at Cleveland State University. Braun earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1991. He provides in-home counseling for Cleveland elders. A ham radio operator for twenty years, he volunteers with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
Debi Epstein, ASL Interpreter – Debi has experienced Deaf culture as an interpreter through many venues, working everyday within the Dear community, facilitating communication, culture, respect and empowerment for the Deaf. Her experience as a teacher of the Deaf brought her closer to deaf children with Autism. Always a dancer, Debi has been fulfilling her love of dance and language through ASL on stage as a member of the theatrical group, The Heard. A mother of three and wife of the love of her life, Debi is happy to join the North Coast Men’s Chorus on stage.
deniseleslieDenise Leslie, Secretary, Stage Manager  –  Denise Leslie, affectionately known as “Fluffy” to the chorus, is excited to be serving once again as their Secretary. Although she has often served as a volunteer secretary for church organizations, and has been active in various capacities in community theaters since 1977, she especially enjoys volunteering for the Chorus. While the guys are on stage, she is the one, as their Stage Manager, tending to their needs backstage and preparing for the next “shtick”, prop need, or scene change. She is also the Chorus archivist and has served as their Volunteer Coordinator. During the week, Denise is a registered dietitian at Lutheran Hospital a regional hospital of the Cleveland Clinic system. She is the church liaison/chairperson of the very active Peace and Justice Ministry of Hope Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights and the convener of the Cleveland Chapter of Lutherans Concerned, a chapter of the international Lutheran organization that advocates within the church for GLBT people of faith and their families.