WCDA is proud to announce the candidates for several elected leadership roles in our organization:
President-Elect: Karen Bruno and Eduardo Garcia-Novelli
North-East District Representative: Luke Aumann and Eva Stokes
ONLY WCDA members in ZIP codes 530, 541, 542, 543, may vote for NE rep.
Northwest District Representative: Jean Enyeart and Jodi Mealey
ONLY WCDA members in ZIP codes 540, 545, 547, 548, may vote for NW rep.
Karen Bruno first served on the WCDA board in the mid-1990s. She has held the offices of Treasurer, Women’s Choir and Children and Community Youth (CCY) R&S chairs, and R&R Coordinator and has helped in a variety of ways with state, divisional, and national conferences. She was the CCY R&S Chair for North Central ACDA and currently serves on the national ACDA Advocacy and Collaboration Committee. After teaching middle and high school choirs in Appleton and Oshkosh, she now serves as the director of the Lawrence Community Music School where she is the artistic director of, and teacher-conductor within, its Girl Choir program.
Eduardo García-Novelli, D.M.A. DCA and Chair at Carthage College, Kenosha. Studies: two undergraduate degrees from Argentina; MM, Westminster Choir College; DMA, University of Houston. Convention performances: TMEA, NCCO, WMEA, and WCDA. Active church musician and current director of Master Singers of Milwaukee. Led six European tours with his choirs and three study trips to the world-renowned Kodály Institute of Music in Hungary. Last year led Carthage Choir to win the prestigious Spittal International Choral Competition, in Spittal, Austria. Served WCDA as Collegiate All-State Coordinator, Southeast Representative, Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives RR Chair, and Student Competition Contest Co-coordinator.
North-East District Representative
Luke Aumann is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education. He completed his undergraduate degree at St. Norbert College and earned his Master of Arts in Choral Music Education from the University of St. Thomas - with his thesis dealing primarily with Culturally Responsive Practices. He taught five years at Green Bay East High School and is now in his fifth year at Appleton North High School, where he leads four of their six choirs in four annual concerts as well as vocal directs their annual musical.
Eva Stokes is in her fifth year at Kohler Public Schools as the middle and high school choir director. She also directs the Kohler Madrigal Singers, Kohler Voce A Cappella Ensemble and serves as the Drama Advisor for the district. Since 2018, she has served on the WCDA board as the Collegiate & Early-Career liaison.
“Serving WCDA in this position has been an exciting and inspiring position. I have worked with collegiate chapters, organized and hosted collegiate ‘meet-up’ events at state conferences and initiated mentorships with first-year teachers around Wisconsin” Eva said. Eva received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Eva is an active member of both WCDA and WMEA and enjoys participating in their many professional development opportunities throughout the year including state conferences, Refresh!, standards workshops, All-State Honors, and CMP workshops. In 2016, Eva joined The Lakeshore Chorale in Sheboygan as a member of their adult choir and currently serves as their board president. Eva looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve WCDA as the Northeast District Representative.
Northwest District Representative
Jean Enyeart is in her 19th year at Menomonie Middle School teaching 6-8 choral music, and 15th year at Peace Lutheran directing the adult choir. She is also a member of the Menomonie Singers, and teaches piano, voice, & oboe. A New Berlin native, she has a bachelor's in Choral Music Education from UW-Stevens Point and a Masters in Education Leadership from Viterbo University. Jean has coordinated WCDA Middle-Level All-State choirs (2006, 18-20) and directed in Singing in Wisconsin Festivals (2011, 2016). She served on the WMEA council (01-02), and on the WSMA Festivals Committee (14-present). Jean lives in Menomonie with her husband and two young children. Her goals are to promote vocal excellence and a love of music, teaching self-expression through choral singing.
Jodi Mealey is the Director of Choral Activities at New Richmond High School where she directs the Concert Choir, Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Show Choir, and Contemporary A Cappella group. She is also the Auditorium Manager for the NRHS theater, K-12 Music Department Head, as well as Choreographer and Music Director for the music theater productions. Mealey graduated from Viterbo University in LaCrosse with a degree in Vocal Performance and has since been performing and teaching for over 21 years. Prior to teaching HS Choir, she taught K-5 General Music and was recently a guest director for the Singing in Wisconsin Youth Choir in Chippewa Falls. She currently lives (and works) with her band director husband, Matt, and their three children - Josh, Kyle & Aria.