Board of Directors
Jan Keller – PCS President
PCS President Jan Keller has been singing in choral groups since high school, and has been an active member of the Palouse Choral Society since 1999. She has served the group in several capacities over the years, including as Treasurer and as Box Office Manager, and is grateful for all the different opportunities and friendships PCS has brought her! Jan retired in 2014 from the USDA’s Animal Disease Research Unit, and now happily fills her time with her grandchildren, weaving, gardening, and music.
Gary Peterson – Vice President
Born into music — his parents sang with this choir — it didn’t really take until Gary was lured onto the board of directors 15 years ago. They thought a lawyer would be good. The lawyer part didn’t last — he returned to his strength, teaching math to reluctant college kids. Now retired, owner of Old Thing Antiques in Moscow, he stokes his passions for the junk business, beauty in craft, and politics. Gary sings bass, and ramrods the riser crew.
Jack Keller – Secretary
Jack, and his wife Jan, have been members of the greater Palouse community since moving to Pullman in 1995. Recently retired, Jack continues to sing with the Palouse Choral Society, play in local bands, and enjoy his grandchildren. Occasional bouts of carpentry, home renovation projects, and electronics and computer software projects, complete the picture.
Janice O'Toole - Executive Director
A resident of the Palouse region since 1989, Executive Director Janice O’Toole joined the chorale in 1993. She graduated with an Elementary major and Special Education minor from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado and used her degree through teaching special education and later as a director for programs serving adults with disabilities, volunteering for the Latah Board of Community Guardians, and serving on the board of directors for Palouse Industries (Boost Collaborative). In addition to singing with the chorale, Janice volunteered as vice president for thirteen years, before resigning in 2011 to gratefully accepted her new job as the PCS Executive Director.
Janet Adams -- Chorale Member Representative
Janet Adams has been singing since she was a girl performing in her family ensemble. As a music enthusiast, wife, home school mom, Sunday school teacher and gramma, she attended many Palouse Chorale Society concerts over the years. After finally auditioning, she now enjoys singing fantastic choral literature with a wonderful group of people. Janet considers it her privilege to represent her colleagues to the PCS board.
Laura Hill -- Community Representative
Community Representative Laura Hill lives in Moscow, Idaho. Laura trained as a psychologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where there was great music to be found every night of the week. She and her husband and daughter moved here in 2000, and she sang in the chorale early in her time on the Palouse. Eventually she began a faculty position in WSU’s Department of Human Development and sadly left behind her singing days. Her husband Paul sings barbershop and bluegrass, so music still has an important place in her life, and she is glad to be rejoining the Choral Society in another role.
Hannah Knecht – Chorale Member Representative
Raised on a steady diet of musicals and Handel’s Messiah, Hannah’s love of music began at a young age. She sang in various choirs in high school and college (U of I) and joined the Palouse Choral Society in 2012. Outside of choir, Hannah works as a laboratory scientist at Moscow Family Medicine and as an auntie extraordinaire to her 6 nieces and nephews.
Mary McGregor -- Community Representative
Mary McGregor was born in the village of Hooper in the Palouse. Her choral experience included loving to sing, but being asked by her toddler daughter to ”stop singing and I’ll go to bed”. Mary worked as a nurse in Spokane and Seattle after finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at Washington State University and Master’s Degree in Nursing at University of Washington. She has worked in administrative leadership roles in medical settings, in professional groups, and in volunteer groups. After retirement, Mary moved back to Moscow. In Moscow, she has volunteered for Latah County Library and Artists at the Dahmen Barn. One of her first musical events upon returning to the Palouse was hearing the Palouse Choral Society perform at Uniontown’s St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Kathy Pitman – Community Representative
Community Representative, Kathy Pitman, has always loved choral singing and has been a member of a choir for 54 years. She is not, however, a member of the Choral Society, preferring instead to enjoy and cheer on, from the audience, those who perform so beautifully season after season. (She is one of the Choral Society’s biggest fans!) Kathy is a retired educator who has taught and served as a guidance counselor in the Moscow and Lewiston communities. She serves on the board of Family Promise of the Palouse and is active in her church in Moscow.
Julia Pomerenk – Community Representative
Community Representative Julia Pomerenk has happily lived in Pullman, Washington and worked for the Washington State University Registrar’s Office (as University Registrar since 2003) for more than 20 years. Julia earned a BA in English and Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA in English from Ohio State University. Julia enjoys the region’s performing arts, especially choral concerts and theatrical productions. She has served in leadership roles for her professional organizations, her church congregation, and for local organizations, including the Gladish Cultural and Community Center Board.
Sharon Walbridge – Community Representative
Community Representative, Sharon Walbridge, was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University with both A.B and M.A. degrees. Before her retirement from Washington State University, she worked in libraries at Western Michigan, Penn State, Antioch College, University of Wisconsin, State Library of Oregon, and OCLC, the world’s library cooperative. She is an avid reader and loves choral music as well as drum and bugle corps. She also enjoys traveling and visits her time share in Hawaii every spring. Prior to joining the PCS Board, she served on the Tapestry Women’s Choir Board. Sharon is also a member of the Pullman Grand Avenue Greenway Committee.