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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

Choir director, Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia. Joined chorus December 2013.  B.A., West Chester University.

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.


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

  • Greg Brown, ex-officio.  Vice President for Finance and Administration, Swarthmore College. 

  • Susan ClareyMarketing Co-Chair. Recently retired as regional director for major gifts for The Salvation Army.  Formerly major gifts officer and then director of development communications for Swarthmore College. 

  • Cordelia Delson, emerita. Program/Education Chair.  Founding Chair, CCC; Secretary, CCSA Foundation; Former Chair, Astral Artists, Former Secretary, Swarthmore Centennial Foundation.

  • Lisa Dennis.  Governance Chair.  Director of the Office of Community Liaison for the City of Chester Pa.'s Department of Public Affairs, Founder of the Chester Bereavement Project, Police Chaplain; Proud CCC parent.

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

  • Steve Goldfield.  Attorney who specializes in municipal finance issues.  Former Director Wallingford-Swarthmore School District  Board of School Directors. 

  • Grant Grissom, Board Chair.  Performance Chair. Founder and recently retired CEO of Polaris Health Directions, Wayne, PA, a developer of software for assessment of the severity of patients' behavioral health problems. 

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

  • Tom Mandel. Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Semper Capital Management, a NYC-based majority African American owned investment management firm.

  • Robert W. McCauley.  Retired architect, formerly with the Philadelphia firm Ueland Junker McCauley; Member, Delaware County Community College Board of Trustees.

  • Rev. Dr. Lydia Muñoz.  Lead Pastor, Swarthmore United Methodist Church.

  • Celeste Peterkin.  Co-owner of Naomi's Floral Regional Fulfillment Service. Chester, PA; Member of the Parent Caregiver Council Executive Committee at Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester, PA; Proud parent of three CCC members. 

  • Elizabeth M. P. Rubin, Board President. Former President, Suburban Music School, Media, PA; Secretary, National Board of Directors, Transplant Recipients International Organization; Secretary, Board of Directors, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. 

  • Leslie Stein, Marketing/Outreach Committee Chair. Retired Director of Communications, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Karen VeselyFinance Committee Chair. Retired investment industry professional specializing in non-profit organization and family wealth management; Member, Board of Directors of ChesPenn Health Services, the Homeless Assistance Fund, and the Media Chamber Chorale. Former Board Trustee, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

  • Vippy Yee. Rosenberg Director, Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement, Penn State Brandywine; Member, Rose Valley Borough Council; Former member, Wallingford-Swarthmore School District School Board; Former Director, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church Youth Choir.