South Shore Children's Chorus
Board of Directors

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Katherine (Katie) Walo, President

Katie is a lifelong chorister, having started singing around the age of four in her church's junior choir and participating in choruses from elementary school through high school. She performed in the Gettysburg College Choir (where she met her husband, also a singer) and has participated in various small singing ensembles since moving to the South Shore in 2004. Katie now supports three sons who sing with SSCC in the Intermediate Choir in Hanover and in the Advanced Choir in Quincy, among their other activities in band, a myriad of sports, and wrestling with each other.

Katie joined the SSCC Board in 2021 and is employed as the registrar at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. In her "free time" (of which there is very little), Katie is an avid reader of all genres and focuses on helping the environment by reducing single-use plastics and using organic materials.

Angela Card, Vice President

Angela is a Boston area transplant from Southern CA where she received an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from California Lutheran University. For 15 years post-college, she sang in community and professional choirs including the Angeles Chorale under UCLA professor Donald Neuen. Her most recent choral experience was as a founding member of Arete Vocal Ensemble in Thousand Oaks, CA under Dr. Wyant Morton. Professionally, Angela has worked in the life sciences industry for nearly 20 years. She has held leadership roles in business operations and program management for both large and start-up biotech. She also holds an MBA from California Lutheran University. Angela’s passion for choral singing led her to seek out a children’s choir for her youngest daughter, Logan who joined SSCC Amplify for the 2022-23 season. The experience was so overwhelmingly compelling that her oldest child, Finn, joined SSCC Dynamic in Fall of 2023. Angela is thrilled to share her time and talents with the SSCC board of directors.

Thomas Kelly, Treasurer

Tom is a seasoned financial professional with more than 40 years of experience working in both public and not-for-profit companies. He has also served as a volunteer on a number of not-for-profit boards in several states in New England. Tom holds a B.S. in accounting from Bentley University and an M.B.A. from Babson College. Tom is a lifelong resident of the South Shore and aside from his love of music, enjoys spending his leisure time boating, skiing and traveling with his wife, Mary, their children, children’s spouses, and grandchildren.

Nitsa Olivadoti, Secretary

Nitsa Olivadoti lives and writes south of Boston and is particularly fascinated with voices of growth and migration, central themes in her novels, Cicada Series and Finding Pia. Nitsa is a painter, yoga enthusiast, globetrotter, homesteader and supporter of the arts. @nitsacreates

Patricia (Tish) McMullin, JD

Ms. McMullin is currently the Executive Director of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals and has enjoyed a long career in health care and advocacy for teaching hospitals, their clinicians and staff, and the patients they serve.  Prior to her career in health care, Tish worked in the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means where she learned about the lawmaking process in Massachusetts.  Tish joined SSCC in May of 2023 because of her passion for music education and the unique, inclusive mission of SSCC and its support for children and adolescents from all backgrounds.  She is the proud aunt and friend of many beloved choristers who thrived during their time with the SSCC.  Ms. McMullin also serves on the Board of Boston MedFlight and is a longtime resident of Dorchester.

Dr. Kelly Bylica

Dr. Kelly Bylica serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Boston University where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has presented and published her work on critical pedagogy, curriculum and policy, and music teacher education both nationally and internationally. Prior to her work in higher education, Kelly taught middle school and K-8 general and choral music for several years in Chicago. In addition, she has served on the teaching faculty of several community-based youth choral music programs in both Canada and the United States and is an alum of Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus.

Heather O'Leary

Heather O'Leary has over 25 years of sales, marketing and strategic management experience, working primarily in higher education. Heather is a proud mom to two sons, one a graduate of SSCC in 2023 and the other a current member of SSCC’s Dynamic and Resonate choirs, who also participated in the inaugural year of Find Your Voice. Heather joined the Board of South Shore Children’s Chorus in 2022 to support the organization and its mission. Heather is Director of Graduate Admission and Suffolk University and holds a BS degree in Psychology from Roger Williams University and an MBA focusing in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of California, Davis. Heather resides in Foxborough with her family.

Kirstin Gray

Kirstin Gray has 20+ years of marketing and consulting experience working across a broad range of industries. In this capacity, she has initiated marketing efforts for small companies, created multiple corporate websites, established/transformed social media usage, instilled the use of metrics for measuring marketing results, and helped dramatically improve customer growth. In a volunteer capacity, Kirstin serves on the SSCC board, sits on the Sharon High School Council, and provides marketing assistance to the Neponset Valley Humane Society. Kirstin is also a past-president of The Friends of the Sharon Public Library. A member of D.O.G. Bones, dog therapy group, she and her Leonberger make therapy visits to area nursing homes and schools. Kirstin received her MBA and Masters in International Management jointly from Case Western Reserve University and Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of Management, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from Boston University. Kirstin resides in Sharon with her husband and two teenage kids. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, live music, reading, hiking, and kayaking.