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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is the backbone of Rise Up Chorus. This talented team works tirelessly tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of our Rise Up Chorus Community.

Isabel Badillo

Librarian & Membership Chair

Isabel Badillo

Isabel Badillo was born and raised in Brooklyn New York to Portuguese parents Valentim Neves and Albertina Miranda (read more...)

Jim DeGeorge

Director of Major Gifts & Grants

James "Jim" DeGeorge

Jim DeGeorge has been singing in Church Choirs for the past 30+ years.  Since 2002, he has been an active member of (read more...)

Sarah Geiger

Diretor of Communications

Sarah Geiger

Sarah Geiger is from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.  Graduate of Immaculata University in Malvern, PA where (read more...)


President of the Board

Terry Kohl

Terry is a Metuchen Realtor with over 25 years in Middlesex County.  She is a former member of the Metuchen Board (read more...)


Founder & Artistic Director

Matthew J. LaPine

Matthew J. LaPine is an active performer, educator, conductor, and composer in central New Jersey. He received the (read more...)


Director of Outreach

Beth Moroney

Beth Moroney has been programmed genetically to love music. Her
grandfather, Sam Jacoby, played (read more...)



Jeannine Burton

Jeannine studied piano and ‘cello, and played in student and amateur orchestras. In 2003, she decided to try singing and joined (read more...)


Director of Operations

Angela Dohl

Angela Dohl has been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember and has been a church (read more...)

Susan Kingsley


Susan Kingsley

Susan Kingsley has been employed in the mutual fund industry for over 30 years as a company trainer, supervisor, and (read more...)

Karen Leon

Director of Social Programs

Karen León

Karen León has a background in advertising and cable television marketing; she is currently working in the insurance field. (read more...)

Maryann McGuire

Director of Fundraising & Development

Maryann McGuire

Maryann McGuire is a mother of 3 and recently retired from teaching Math in the Edison Public Schools. She has a long history of (read more...)

Advisors to the Board of Directors

These Advisors to the Board of Directors are experts and highly regarded in their respective fields. They bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the Board to help move our Community forward.


Founder & Advisor to the Board of Directors

Thomas DeLessio

Thomas DeLessio is Director of Liturgical Music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen and the Cathedral of St. Francis (read more...)


Founder & Advisor to the Board of Directors

Jessica LaPine

Jessica LaPine is a central New Jersey music educator, choral director, and voice teacher. Mrs. LaPine is in her fourteenth (read more...)

Frances McClean

Accessibility Liaison

Frances McClean

Frances McClean has been a resident of Metuchen, New Jersey since 1984 when she purchased a home that was built (read more...)

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Advisor to the Board of Directors

Karen Keithler

Karen Keithler had a long accounting career with Johnson & Johnson (1974-1998). She won the J&J President’s award for (read more...)

Alicia Lewis

Youth Chorus Liaison

Alicia Lewis

Alicia Lewis moved to New Jersey to attend college at Drew University in Madison where she received a Bachelor's degree (read more...)

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