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Staff Directory

John Alston

Executive Artistic Director

Global Engagement


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7762
  2. Off Campus

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

Dana Semos

Managing Director, Chester Children's Chorus

Chester Children's Chorus


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8286

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. 

Dana Semos

Sean Tripline

Assistant Music Director, Chester Children's Chorus

Chester Children's Chorus


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8617

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

Kevin Downs

Lead Math Teacher, Chester Children's Chorus

Chester Children's Chorus


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5533

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, Chester Children's Chorus Development

Chester Children's Chorus

College Advancement-Alumni & Gift Records


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8617
  2. Chester Children's Chorus - 112 Park Avenue

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

Communications & Outreach Manager

Chester Children's Chorus


  1. Phone: (610) 690-6852
  2. Pittenger Gym

Oversight Board

  • Elizabeth M. P. RubinBoard Chair.

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

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

  • Karen VeselyFinance Committee Chair. Retired investment industry professional.

  • Cordelia Delson, emerita. Program/Education Committee Chair. Development Committee Co-ChairFounding 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, Ex-officio. Chief of Staff & Secretary, President's Office, Swarthmore College.

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

  • Grant Grissom  Performance Chair. Founder and retired CEO of Polaris Health Directions, Wayne, PA.

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

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

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