Board of Directors
President & CEO
Jody Dolan Holehouse
John Maxwell – Office Administrator
Office Contact Information
1330 State Street, Suite 202
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Todd Aldrich, President
Todd Aldrich grew up in the Milwaukee, WI area. His mother inspired in him a love for singing and symphonic music. She was the featured soloist in his neighborhood church choir, and wrote reviews of the local symphony performances for the newspaper. Todd graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed attorney but is retired from active practice. Prior to attending law school as an older student – he passed the bar exam at age 60 – he served in senior leadership roles in emerging and growth companies in health care, medical technology, banking, and insurance. He also has extensive experience as a private equity investor. Helping companies start up and grow as an “insider” or as a member of their Board has helped him provide more effective advice and counsel, because he has “been there and done that” for organizations who face similar business challenges and risks.
Todd’s area of interests include business and marketing strategy, branding, business development, board governance, administration, and human resources and benefits, and union negotiations.
He moved to Santa Barbara in 2016 with his wife Allyson after their two children relocated to California. He is active as a Corporate Director for a manufacturing firm in the plastics industry, and in addition to service as Board Chair of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, he serves on the Board of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Montecito Rotary Foundation. Other the years he has served and chaired non-profit boards including Project for Pride in Living, an affordable housing and workforce development nonprofit in Minneapolis, and the St. Paul, MN YMCA.
Kate Rees, Vice President
Kate is a former General Manager of the Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board and Cachuma Conservation Release Board, comprised of the Cachuma Project Water Agencies: the City of Santa Barbara, and the Goleta, Montecito, and Carpinteria Valley Water Districts. She was responsible for the Cachuma Project water delivery system from Lake Cachuma to the south coast of Santa Barbara County and managed the Steelhead Restoration Program on the Santa Ynez River. She retired in 2014. Although not formally educated in music, Kate sang with her church choir for 22 years. After a long hiatus from singing, she joined the Choral Society in 2012 as an alto and is a past Vice President and Secretary of the Board. Kate’s responsibilities as Vice President include assisting the Board President with general operations of the organization, participation on the Executive, Governance, and Artistic Committees, and chairing the Operations, Marketing, and Tour Committees.
Claudia Scott, Secretary
Claudia Scott was born in Ventura, California, graduated from Colorado College with a BA, and USC with a Masters in Library Science. She has lived in Santa Barbara since 1969. She joined Santa Barbara Choral Society shortly after moving here for her first job. She has worked at various library-related jobs in Santa Barbara and Goleta since then, taking off about 10 years to take care of her two daughters. She retired from the Westmont College Library as Associate Director in 2012 after a 15 year tenure. She has held several offices in the Choral Society. She enjoys participating in music performance and being in the audience. Currently she plays in the SBCC Symphony Orchestra. She is active in Christ the King Church and currently serves on the Vestry. Besides her two grown daughters, she also has five grandchildren. Finally, she loves spending time working on her ceramics in her garage studio.
Jody Dolan Holehouse, Treasurer
Our treasurer, Jody Dolan Holehouse, entered the world singing, sang loudly in church, came home from her father’s church to play that Sunday’s hymn on the piano at the tender age of 3 and sang harmony to her sister’s lead on those long car rides from the Midwest to California and back and sang in multiple groups all through school. A brief piano performance major at UCSB, she grew practical and pragmatic wanting to be able to feed herself and graduated with an Economics degree from UCSB in 1981. Now, she is a CPA, CMA, a partner in the accounting firm of Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co., LLP. Jody serves on the board or directors of the American Riviera Bank, the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Charitable Foundation, the UCSB Economics Board of Advisors and has served the San Marcos AAPLE Foundation, Hope School District Educational Foundation, Monte Vista Elementary School PTA and Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise and of Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara. Born in California, raised in the Midwest (KS, OK and MN), a Santa Barbara resident since 1972, Jody is married to Tom Holehouse and has two adult daughters, Clare and Erin.
Margo Callis, Director
For decades in Pennsylvania, Margo served as Human Resources Executive and Director of Training at WEI, part of the automotive aftermarket with over a dozen nationwide locations. Margo has a BA in French from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Graduate in Instructional Design and Adult Training. Margo has served on the Board of Directors of WEI, Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, Atrium House Residential Community and her Fellowship. Margo and her husband Jack moved to California in 2013 to help care for her ailing father. She worked as an Independent Consultant for Fidelity and United Healthcare making benefit presentations to employee groups throughout Southern California. It was her father, who played many instruments, who instilled in Margo a lifelong love of music.
John Rodkey, Director
John grew up in a family that loved singing and found great pleasure in returning to that love when he joined the Choral Society as a tenor in 2009. He particularly relishes learning well-established works such as the great Requiems, as well as modern compositions. A resident of the Santa Barbara area since 1981, his work directing aspects of Information Technology at Westmont has put bread on the table while his fundamental joys rest deep in his faith, family, and flying. Over the years he has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations related to church, community development, flying, and Christian missions (Montecito Covenant Church, SB Community Development Center, the Santa Ynez chapter of the Experimental Aviation Association, and Kako Retreat Center). He owns a small airplane that is about as slow and as inexpensive as they come. He and his family lead a group of volunteers who have distributed over 30,000 books to children around the world over the last 3 years.
Deborah Stewart, Director
Debra Stewart spent 36 years in the Aerospace Industry, living and working in six different cities across Southern California. Her experience includes Contracts Management, Finance Management, and Program Management. During her career she has worked on Products and Services as diverse as Environmental Remediation and Infrared Camera manufacturing. She and her husband moved to Santa Barbara in 1993, after Debra accepted a job transfer to Santa Barbara Research Center in Goleta, where she worked until her retirement in 2012. As a member of Hughes Aircraft Company’s Corporate Contract Processes Team, she helped map the Contracts Process from proposal development through negotiation, administration, change management, and contract closure. She was also an Ethics Administrator for the company, teaching yearly classes and helping employees with ethics concerns. She earned her Executive MBA from UC Irvine in 1991, while working full-time as lead negotiator for a $160 Million production contract with the US Navy in Washington DC. In 2010 she led a project, with team members working remotely in Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas, and California, that developed a Proposal Approval software tool which won a Contracts Team award. Debra married Steve Stewart in 1983 and they live in Santa Barbara.
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