Board of Directors
Damian Kington, Chair
Global Head of Marketing, Liquidnet
Antonio Torrence, Vice Chair
USV Business Manager, Princeton University & Pastor, Cross of Life Lutheran Church
Vanessa Arias-Martinez, Secretary
Program Manager, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Bobby Kean, Treasurer
Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
VP, Global Ground Transportation at Citi
Senior Social Media Manager at Grubhub/Seamless
Director of Jurisdictional HIV Testing Initiatives at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Global Corporate Banking Fulfillment and Service Executive - North America, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Conference and Compliance Associate, NY State Society of CPAs
Theatrical General Manager, Foresight Theatrical
Daniel Singer (non-voting member)
Certified Financial Planner, Summit Financial Resources, Inc.
Legal Assistant, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
LGBTQ Health Equity Specialist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Brian T. Wilson
Fundraising, Professionals for NonProfits, Inc.
Dr Charles Beale
Charlie Beale has been Artistic Director of New York City Gay Men’s Chorus since September 2007 and Artistic Director for all of BAPA since 2015. At 17, Charlie won an organ scholarship to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and in 1989 he won the Rose Morris Prize for jazz at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Always committed to working at the highest level in a wide range of musical styles, the 1990s proved to be an important time in Charlie’s career with national radio broadcasts as a classical pianist, a jazz organ concerto with the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as West End theatre work. From 1999-2007, Charlie taught at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was also Area leader for Aural Training, Professor of Jazz Piano and directed the Royal College of Music Big Band. Charlie has both playing and arranging credits on albums and singles by pop and dance artists including Whitney Houston and Adeva. In 2004, he directed members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in an improvised performance of Howard Shore’s Orbits at London’s Southbank Centre. In 2002, he was appointed Musical Director of London Gay Men’s Chorus, and directed them at the Sydney Opera House in 2002 and the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, in 2005.
After directing LGMC for five years, Charlie joined New York City Gay Men’s Chorus as Artistic Director in September 2007. In his time with NYCGMC, he has brought new energy to performances, a more confident and open sound, a more relaxed and interactive style with audiences, a rejuvenated outreach effort, as well as more innovative programming. Charlie’s contributions to NYCGMC programming have included: High, a show around crystal meth addiction; (Accentuate the) Positive, a show about living with HIV/AIDS; and Big Gay Sing, a sing-along concert that has been replicated by many other choirs around the world and become an annual NYCGMC tradition in the city.
Lisa Reilly’s extensive work in the non-profit arts community includes positions as the Executive Director of the Emelin Theatre, the Managing and Artistic Director of the College of Staten Island Center for the Arts, and the Executive Director of the Earlville Opera House. In addition, she served as the Executive Director of Westbeth, an artists’ housing project in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Lisa has taught at Syracuse University and served as a consultant for dance and theatre organizations in the specialty areas of marketing, fundraising, board development, grantswriting, executive searches, and curriculum. Reilly has served on and chaired panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, the Council on Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour program, the Performing Arts Exchange Conference, ArtsWestchester, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and many others. Lisa is a board member for Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Blessed Unrest theater company, and Racoco Productions, a modern dance company. Recently, Lisa has been delighted to be part of projects with The Bang Group, Heidi Latsky Dance, and Compagnia de’ Colombari.
A pianist graduate of Columbia University and Mannes College of Music, our pianist Aaron Dai began studying piano at the age of 5 and went on to win the UNICEF Youth Concerts Competition three times by the age of 15. He has played concerts around the country, performing in New York venues such as CAMI Hall, Steinway Hall, and Symphony Space, and in cities such as Philadelphia, Houston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Aaron has studied with Rachael Perez-Hayes, Denise Kahn, and Hugo Goldenzweig. Other studies include Russian piano performance with Inessa Zaretsky (Mannes), and accompaniment and collaborative piano with Marshall Williamson (Juilliard).
Stephen Kurowski has worked in theater for more than 28 years both as a Stage Manager and Production Manager. He joined the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus in 2002 as a singing member and became Production Manager in 2008. He has helped produce over 36 shows and special events for the chorus, including Big Gay Sing for Gala 2012 in Denver and Big Gay Sing for Marriage Equality in Dublin in 2014.
John J Atorino
John Atorino is a music education graduate from the University of Michigan and New York University. At Michigan, he studied conducting with Jerry Blackstone and voice with Carmen Pelton before going on to conduct with the Chicago Children’s Choir. After moving to New York, he became the conductor of the NYU Men’s Glee Club while completing his Master’s Degree. In addition to conducting, he has taught vocal and instrumental music in public schools for the past ten years and writes and arranges choral music.