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Staff Directory

John Alston

Executive and Artistic Director


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8180
  2. 715 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA

Doctorate in choral conducting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Dana Semos

Managing & Education Director


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8286
  2. 715 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Former Director of Children's education at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Joined the chorus in December 2018. B.S. in Elementary Education, Bloomsburg University. 

Sean Tripline

Assistant Music Director


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8180
  2. 715 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Former choir director, Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia. M.Div., Princeton Seminary. Joined the CCC in 2013.

Elisa DeNofio

Program Coordinator


  1. Phone: (610) 957-6049
  2. 715 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA

Former Human Resources assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library. Joined the staff in September 2005. B.A., Holy Family University.

Kevin Downs

Lead Math Teacher


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5533
  2. 715 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Former Teacher at St. Pio Regional School; Joined the Chorus in Summer 2017; B.A. in Accounting, University of Notre Dame; Middle-School Teacher Certification

Carolyn Marzo

Director of Development


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8617
  2. 715 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Non-profit professional, formerly at the American Heart Association, with experience in fundraising, board development and volunteer engagement. Joined the CCC November, 2019. BS University of Delaware. Swarthmore High School graduate.

Christina Meehan

Marketing & Development Associate

Chester Children's Chorus


  1. Phone: (610) 690-6852
  2. 715 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA

Oversight Board

  • Grant GrissomBoard ChairPerformance Chair. Founder and retired CEO of Polaris Health Directions, Wayne, PA.

  • Elizabeth M. P. RubinBoard Vice President. Development Committee Chair.

  • Deb BergstrandBoard Secretary. Retired Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Swarthmore College. 

  • Karen VeselyFinance Committee Chair. Retired investment industry professional.

  • Cordelia Delson, emerita. Program/Education Commitee Chair. Founding Chair, CCC.

  • Lisa Dennis. Governance Committee Chair.  Director, Office of Community Liaison for the City of Chester's Department of Public Affairs and proud CCC parent.

  • Erin Brownlee Dell, Chief of Staff & Secretary, President's Office, Swarthmore College.

  • Maurice G. Eldridgeemeritus. Retired Vice President of College and Community Relations, Swarthmore College. 

  • Steve Goldfield.  Attorney who specializes in municipal finance.  

  • Jim Holman.  Partner in corporate and business law at Duane Morris, Philadelphia.

  • Tom Mandel. Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Semper Capital Management.

  • Robert W. McCauley.  Retired architect, Ueland Junker McCauley, Philadelphia.

  • Celeste Peterkin. Co-owner, Naomi's Floral Regional Fulfillment Service, Chester, PA; proud parent of three CCC members. 

  • Vippy Yee. Rosenberg Director, Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement.