Our Board of Directors

Executive Board

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Westley was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He fell in love with music the day his parents played him his very first Michael Jackson song at 3-months old and he attempted to sing along. Westley's earliest training in vocal music came from attending Dreyfoos School of the Arts high school and he holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Central Florida. Westley has worked professionally on Broadway (ROCKTOPIA, Original Cast) and in various regional theaters, theme parks, and cruise ships. Currently, Westley works as a Project Coordinator at Columbia University and part-time as a vocal/audition coach. He is also a Founding Member, Music Director and Vocal Arranger for the vocal quartet, Bending Threads. Westley joined ECMC in 2014 and he is proud to perform such exciting music repertoire with his ECMC brothers. And he is even more proud to serve as President of the Board of Directors!

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A resident of NYC since 2006, Rodrigo is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Theatre Studies. He started his choral performance career in the children's church choir in his native El Salvador. After moving to Southern California at the age of 10, he continued performing in school musicals well into high school. There he joined the Madrigal Choir, performing as a bass, then moving up to Tenor when joining the PolyPhonics in college. He and his husband Mark-Eugene Garcia have continued the love for the performing arts by collaborating in the production of several plays and musicals, since moving to NYC. This is Rodrigo's sixth year with ECMC and fifth as a member of the board.

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craig goodwin-ortiz de leon — treasurer

Music has always been a part of Craig’s life.  He started singing in choir in fifth grade and won many awards in high school for outstanding choral singing, including the NJ Governor’s Award in Vocal Music and the National School Choral Award.  He studied voice with the late Lindsey Christiansen and choral conducting with Dr. James Jordan at Westminster Choir College.  Craig holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree in Nonprofit Management at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.  He met his husband, Arturo, in 2007 and they have been married since 2013.  Craig is proud to serve as a leader for ECMC as the organization continues to grow and thrive, bringing outstanding men’s choral music to the community.

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Scott michael Brown — secretary

Scotty couldn't have possibly anticipated the profoundly unique, personal, and artistic journey he was beginning in his 2009 ECMC audition. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, his musical family created in him a consummate choir boy, now avocationally and professionally for over 25 years. After four singing years with ECMC his calling became leadership, and he oversaw elected tenures as Treasurer, Vice President, and eventually President. In 2018 ECMC welcomed a new Executive Board, all dear friends with passionate perspectives. Scotty is humbled to continue with them as the inaugural Board Secretary, to directly maintain and develop policies that bolster ECMC’s Mission & Values.  He has found his “choral home” in this bold and impactful organization. Scotty holds degrees in Music and Physics from Centenary College of Louisiana and in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he works on a wide array of sensors and instrumentation for oceanographic field research. In his spare time he enjoys cosmology documentaries, french chardonnay, and the love and support of his amazing wingman, Alex.

Board of Directors

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Ben Donahoo — director, Analytics & finances

Benjamin hails from the sheltered frozen north of Pocatello, Idaho, where he obtained his B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Theatre at Idaho State University. A passionate singer, Benjamin performed all thru high school and college, before convincing himself to embrace the draw of the Big Apple and move to the city back in 2013. After a less than stellar first year in the city (rite of passage), he took a friend's suggestion to join ECMC and has never looked back. Now in his 3rd season with the group, he is so happy to be stepping into the role of Treasurer and joining the Board of Directors. When he isn't singing his ta-tas off, he can be found at the Gap, leading and inspiring others to fashion excellence.

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Christopher James has a MBA in Managerial Analytics, and is the Executive Administrator of Education & Academic Affairs at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is responsible for providing administrative support to the Senior Vice President of Global & Academic Affairs and the Vice President of Education & Academic Affairs; in addition to monitoring processes related to departmental and interdepartmental outcomes. Having 13 years tenure at Hospital for Special Surgery, he worked many years alongside current ECMC members Tai Beckles and Westley Holiday. Christopher currently serves as the chair, co-chair and member of several institution-wide committees. In 2008, Christopher was one of the founding members and instrumental in the development of Hospital for Special Surgery’s Employee Engagement Committee. Christopher’s commitment, dedication and contribution to cultivating and promoting staff engagement and recognition has contributed to successful events and fundraising initiatives most notably featuring: $30,000 raised for HSS Pediatric Outreach Program and $500,000+ raised for research with the NY Arthritis Foundation Walk Committee.

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CLAY MORRIS — director, library & music

Clay began piano studies at the age of five. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance at Willamette University in 1968. He continued with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union in 1971 and a PhD in Theology in 1986.  He was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in 1972 and spent 23 years serving churches in the Diocese of California, variously as priest and organist/choirmaster. In 1991, he accepted a position at the Episcopal Church Center in New York where he staffed the Office for Liturgy and Music. Recently retired, he writes and consults in the fields of worship and church music. He is pleased to serve as chair of the Membership Committee on the Board of the ECMC.

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Edward angelo Enrique — director, marketing strategy

Edward first sang with the Empire City Men’s Chorus in 2002 for several years then returned in 2012.  He joined the board of directors in July 2013 and serves as the Chair of Digital Media and Marketing.  Edward is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and has been living in New York since 1994.  He has a B.A. from Vassar College. In 2001, Edward founded TAF Buying Service, a fashion consulting company assisting international department stores with their buying activities in the U.S.

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Eric PulSIPHER — director, Government relations & grants

Eric first joined and sang with ECMC in 2008-2011 and returned in 2015, joining the board in July 2016.  He enjoys music and grew up in Utah playing clarinet and tenor saxophone as well as singing in church and school choirs along the way.  Eric moved to New York in 2002 and has called it home since then.  He has a B.A. in Criminology, an MBA focused in Technology Management and works in IT Management at a law firm.  Eric is enjoying his return to ECMC with an appreciation of the chorus’ musicality, diversity, fraternity and vision; and he looks forward to ECMC’s future efforts to contribute art through music to the community.

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PARISA MAHDAd - DIRECTOR, community relations

Parisa has worked in the environmental policy and economic development fields through her work at the Earth Institute and Renaissance Economic Development Corporation. As an artist, she has released two studio recorded EPs in 2014 and 2017 and has written for various newspapers, magazines, and online blogs. Parisa holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics, French, and History from University of California, Los Angeles and has earned her Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  Parisa is delighted to be Board Director of Community Outreach for ECMC and proud to be the choir’s first female board member.