Board of Directors
Linda Marie Bell
Her name has a nice ring to it! – is a Philadelphian who has been singing soprano with members of The Choristers since her college days. A frequent soloist for churches in her hometown and a drug-metabolism pharmacokinetic chemist by profession, Linda sings Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with The Savoy Company. She is a member of Old Academy Players in East Falls where Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky made their acting debuts. As a member of Soroptimist International of Roxborough, PA, Linda helps to improve the lives of women and girls locally and internationally.
Laurie has been singing as long as she can remember, in churches and high school choirs. It was not until 2013, however, that she that began to explore a more complex singing environment with The Choristers and has never looked back. She credits fellow Choristers Joe and Leigh DeTato for finally convincing her to try out, it was not an easy task! Laurie counts being “hip-deep” in a complicated piece of music with her fellow singers as one of the most energizing and rewarding experiences in her busy life. Laurie manages a very busy office of 100 people and lives with her husband, (and Chorister Usher) Nick. They have a beautiful daughter Mia, who is teaching French in high school, and a large, vibrant extended family who keeps life perpetually fun.
Eileen has been singing with choral groups since grade school. She first sang alto with the Choristers from 2001 - 2004 and after a hiatus for graduate school rejoined the group in 2008. Eileen first learned of the group from fellow Choristers working at ECRI Institute, a non-profit healthcare research agency where she works as a research librarian. In addition to singing, Eileen's hobbies include jewelry making and reading. She lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Souderton PA.
Barbara Frankl, Secretary
Barbara has been a member of the alto section in The Choristers since 2002. After 33 years, she retired in 2005 from teaching elementary school in the Central Bucks School District. For the past 8 years, she taught music in preschools. She fills her spare time volunteering at several historic sites. She resides in Blue Bell with her Westie, Robbie.
Kathie started singing from a young age in the children’s choir at her church, throughout her school years, and into college. Her oldest daughter’s invitation to join the parent’s choir at her middle school in 1993 reignited Kathie’s love of singing in a performance group. After singing with other choirs, she joined the Soprano section of The Choristers in 2008 and the Board in 2012. Kathie and her husband Hugh have two daughters and are proud grandparents of two wonderful grandchildren. She is employed as an IT Specialist for Capital Wine and Spirits and lives in Bucks County.
Mike has been a member of The Choristers since 2001 and sings baritone. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2003. Mike retired from GlaxoSmithKline in 2008 where he was a development team leader in oncology R&D. He now keeps himself busy with volunteer work. Mike and his wife, Joanne, live in Gulph Mills. Mike’s daughter, Robin, sings in the soprano section of The Choristers.
Richard joined The Choristers as a second tenor in 2012 and joined the Board of Directors as a padawan learner in 2013. Richard works as a commercial litigator and is a partner at the Obermayer law firm in Philadelphia. Richard and his wife, Mary, live in Abington. They have three children plus their “African daughter,” who has lived with them since 2008. Three are in college and one is in graduate school. Richard counts singing with The Choristers a real privilege.
Gloria Pugliese, Development
Gloria has been a soprano with The Choristers since 2004. She has served on the Board since 2006. Gloria has been in nonprofit fundraising for over 15 years, and she works as a fundraising consultant with Dunleavy & Associates. She is also an educator and serves as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix. Gloria lives in Philadelphia with her turtle and three cats.
Sue Spitko, Treasurer
Sue has been singing with The Choristers since its founding in 1978 and has been the choir’s treasurer for almost as long. Sue developed her love of singing at Ursinus College where she sang in the college choir and Meistersingers with her husband, Dave, The Choristers’ founder and Artistic Director and currently sings alto with The Choristers. She works as a senior software developer with Business Management International and in her spare time enjoys working in the large organic vegetable garden in her backyard. Sue and Dave live in Montgomery Township with their six cats (yes, that is correct, six), Sami, Braveheart, Friar Tuck, Midnight, Chip and Shadow.
Al joined The Choristers in 2005 after seeing a “Come Sing With Us” poster in his church. He has not missed a concert since. He retired in 2014 after a career of some 43 years in the construction equipment rental business. In addition to his love of music, Al enjoys gardening, bridge and spending time with his family and seven grandchildren. Al resides in Montgomery County with his wife, Judy.
Dianna Winters, President
Dianna has been an alto since grade school, singing in numerous choirs, musicals, and madrigal ensembles. She joined The Choristers in 1998, and has joyfully served on the Board for over 10 years. Along with juggling work, The Choristers, her two college-age children, and two cats, Dianna enjoys painting, and traveling near and far with her fiance, Mic. Dianna is the Executive Director of Finance for Presby’s Inspired Life and lives in Montgomery County.