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Board of Directors

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Melissa Solyn, President

Melissa is an attorney specializing in family law at her lawfirm, Solyn Law, PLLC.  She has been an avid supporter of TGC for the last fourteen years, first as a parent, and then as a Board member.  Melissa has seen first hand how TGC has positively impacted the Tucson community, and beyond, and is so proud of TGC's many accomplishments.  Melissa believes that music and the arts transform lives and TGC is an amazing example of the power to uplift through music, connection and community.  Melissa is the proud mom of two wonderful kids.

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Vanessa Helms, Past President

Vanessa works for the Tucson Unified School District in the Opening Minds through the Arts program, teaching English Language Arts to 1st graders through the art form of Musical Theatre. Vanessa and her husband own a gym called Crossfit Fixx. Vanessa teaches group fitness classes and is a nutrition coach. Vanessa performs in a vintage entertainment trio called the Manhattan Dolls that tours locally, nationally and internationally, performing music from the 20s through 60s.  She can also be seen performing in other concert venues throughout Arizona.  Vanessa graduated with her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and received a Masters of Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has two daughters and a wonderful and supportive husband.

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Karen Moody Johnson, President Elect

Karen is a 1997 graduate of the TGC and parent of a current Ladybug. She works as Unit Chief Counsel in the Office of the Arizona Attorney General and is delighted to sing with fellow TGC alums in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Karen enjoys traveling with her husband and their two kids, who are trying to earn as many Junior Ranger badges as possible.

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Monica Medlen '15, Treasurer

Monica Medlen is a 2015 graduate of the TGC. She received her masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and currently works for W.L. Gore & Associates as a data analyst supporting medical device manufacturing. Monica is a new mom of 2 and continues to sing with church and community choirs in her free time. She hopes her daughter will sing with the TGC someday.

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Chelsea Acree, Member

Chelsea Acree (AY-kree) is mostly a Tucson native and is a graduate of CDO High School and the University of Arizona. She is in her 13th year teaching music, which has included teaching elementary, middle, and high school choir. She currently teaches at Marana Middle School, where she directs three choirs and co-directs an all-school musical every spring. In 2018, when the Red for Ed movement took off, Chelsea became involved in advocating for teachers in the community and in the state legislature. She has gathered many signatures and knocked on many doors. These days, most of her advocacy work is with the Marana Education Association, her local teachers union, where she is the Vice-President. She is passionate about making the profession of teaching more sustainable for all teachers and increasing public awareness about the crises that public education is currently facing. When she isn't working, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and cats.

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Melissa Tomlinson, Member

Melissa Tomlinson is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). She has experience in public accounting as an auditor specializing in not-for-profit entities. Currently, she is the Principal of Tomlinson Financial Group (TFG), a full-service CPA firm.  In her role at TFG, she serves as the consultant CFO for a variety not-for-profits and closely-held and private companies. Her areas of specialty include financial processes and internal controls review, government grant and contracts compliance, and special taxing districts. Her community involvement includes serving on the board as the Treasurer for the Tucson Girls Chorus, past service as a finance committee member for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, as well as past service as the Treasurer of the Board for the International School of Tucson. Melissa lives in Tucson and has an Accounting degree from the University of Arizona (Summa Cum Laude). She likes to spend time with her husband and children and traveling in the US Southwest.

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Matthew Bell, Member





 

My wife and children moved to Tucson in 2007. After completing a radiology fellowship at the University of Arizona, I joined Radiology Ltd in 2008. I am a breast imager and am interested in expanding access to screening mammography, particularly to underserved groups. Both of my daughters are alumni of Tucson Girls Chorus. My wife and I have seen first-hand how transformative TGC is for young women. My daughters became more self-confident, learned and performed beautiful choral repertoire, and made wonderful friendships. It's my pleasure to serve on the TGC board.

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Mike Scionti, Member

I'm so honored to be a part of this important and dynamic organization as both a parent and board member. After 20+ years in education and working with choirs at every level in the USA and abroad, I'd be hard pressed to name another group that is having as profound and meaningful an effect on the community's young people. Outside of TGC, I enjoy family time, cooking and gardening, social justice, travel, singing, languages, and culture. Sing for your life!

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Scott Matlick, Member

Scott Matlick (he/him) recently celebrated working ten years as a fundraiser, and is proud to have spent each of those years with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona. There is nothing more important to him than family, and it’s a privilege to be able to keep them together during times of crisis at RMHC. Scott found this rewarding career almost by accident, by way of a previous calling in music education, having taught band in Tucson area public schools and at the University of Arizona. Scott has two creative children who he is very proud of (one of whom is a member of TGC!) and is madly in love with his wife, Annie.

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Cathleen Linn, Member

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