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Westbrook Village Voices

Bringing Joy and Inspiration to the community since 1993!

The Westbrook Village Voices Board of Directors

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Diane Kane • President

Diane is among that rarest of denizens – a native Phoenician! She is an avid dancer who joined the country-western performance team “Hot Desert Dancers” in 1996. She met her husband John in the late 90s at a dance convention doing the “West Coast Swing” and they were married in 2000. Diane spent the majority of her professional career employed by the City of Phoenix working on the Information Technology team. During her 26-year tenure, Diane held positions in Data Entry, Programming and finally as a Database Administrator, from which she retired in 2005. After retirement and while living in Overgaard, AZ, for six years, Diane refused to sit still – she kept very busy as Manager of the Senior Center and also ran the Overgaard Chapter of the Salvation Army. A 2013 move brought Diane and John back to the valley. Diane joined the Village Dancers very soon after moving to Westbrook Village in 2015 and has been a member of the Village Voices since 2016. Diane is the Treasurer of the HOA Board in her Westbrook Village sub-division. Prior to her current position as President of the Board of Directors of the Village Voices,  Diane served as Vice-President and Treasurer. 

  

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Pat Loch-Shaw • Vice President

A Bethesda, MD, native, Pat Loch-Shaw attended Wake Forest University where she earned a degree in Mathematics. Pat worked for IBM and Metropolitan Life as a programmer and eventually struck out on her own as a Business Consultant, which afforded Pat more flexibility and family time to raise two children. Pat has lived on both coasts, as well as several cities in between – New York City, the San Francisco area, Minneapolis, Peekskill, NY, and Raleigh, NC. In 1994, Pat found herself in Scottsdale, where she followed a large client who moved their headquarters from the Bay Area to Arizona. Pat has chosen to sidestep all retirement protocols and continues her work as a Business Consultant for the same company that brought her to the Valley of the Sun two plus decades ago. Pat and husband Bernie moved to Westbrook Village in 2006 and when Bernie lost his battle with cancer in 2013, Pat decided it was time to start exercising her vocal chords. After 10 years of attending Village Voices concerts but being unable to commit to the regular rehearsal schedule, Pat joined the Village Voices in 2016, and “has enjoyed every minute of being a part of this wonderful choir!” Pat currently serves on the Village Voices Board of Directors as its Vice President. 

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Carol Cox • Secretary

Carol hails from Osage, IA, not far from the Minnesota border. Prior to moving to Westbrook Village in 1999, from Manhattan, KS, where husband Dave (from Bettendorf, IA) was on staff at Kansas State University, Carol and Dave lived primarily in Iowa. Carol and Dave met at what is now University of Northern Iowa and they were married in 1962. While raising their two children, a daughter Jenny and a son Bobby, Dave’s teaching, coaching and athletic director jobs took them all around The Hawkeye State. Carol was a stay-at-home Mom, taking part-time jobs now again as the children grew up. Carol has been a member of the Westbrook Village Voices for many years. She has held positions on the Board of Directors, including Treasurer and Secretary, her current position. Carol enjoys golf and tennis and has been a volunteer at The Arizona Broadway Theatre since it opened in Peoria 14 years ago. Carol and Dave’s five grandchildren, ages 14 to 26, live far and wide – Washington State, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. 

  

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Irene Thaggard • Treasurer

Irene was born in Germany and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was four years old. She grew up in the Cleveland area but has also lived in Omaha and Denver over the years. Irene now works as a Solution Architect for a Content Management Software company here in the Valley of the Sun. Irene earned a master’s degree in project management from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs and worked previously as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for nearly 20 years before moving into the Information Technology arena. When she’s not working, Irene’s favorite pastimes are golfing, skiing and singing with the Village Voices Choir. Irene relishes visiting her two sons who both live out of state, but she especially enjoys traveling with her husband Mark to Europe, where many of Irene’s relatives still live. Irene credits American daytime soap operas with learning English. Irene is a first time board member who serves as Treasurer for the Village Voices. 

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Ivan Fortin • Public Relations & Communications

Ivan is originally from Augusta, ME, and grew up in New Jersey ("down the shore"). Ivan worked 44+ years in the airline industry (for the same company), starting as an airline reservation agent at Eastern Airlines in the early 70s. He also worked as an airport supervisor (you may have seen him at Newark Airport in the 80s) and as an airline ticket agent in Rockefeller Center (the famous ice skating rink was in full view). Ivan moved from airline airport operations into the airline Computer Automation Technology team in the late 1980s as an Account Manager of Travel Agency Relationships. After heading various Quality Control, Implementation and Consulting teams along the way, Ivan retired as a Product Manager of Travel Agency Software, in July, 2017. Ivan lived in Miami, FL, for 18 years prior to his moving to Vista Crossing in Westbrook Village with his wife Gale in the summer of 2017. Ivan  and Gale met at Eastern Airlines in 1973 and were married in 1975 (she's everything Elvis & Engelbert; he's strictly Sinatra & Sondheim). They are avid theatre goers whose Facebook pages are filled with selfies taken from their seats in a wide variety of Phoenix area theatres. In retirement, Ivan is crossing off piano lessons from his bucket list and Gale is crossing off golf from her bucket list. Ivan played the accordion from 3rd grade through high school – a regular Myron Floren (or so his parents thought). Ivan handles Public Relations and Communications as a member of the Village Voices Board of Directors.

 

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Ron Laumann • Music Librarian

Ron and his wife Kathryn grew up in Minnesota’s lake country, Brainerd, MN. In the early 60s, Ron made his greatest “investment” when he loaned Kathryn’s brother 25¢ to buy a Coke at a local dance provided the brother put in a good word with his sister for Ron. Fast forward five decades and two sons later – Ron and Kathryn celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary in June, 2019!  During the summer months, Ron and Kathryn leave the desert heat behind in favor of the Minnesota summer, where they enjoy spending time with their two sons’ families, both of whom live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Ron had a diverse career – after graduating college with an accounting degree, he began working as a computer programmer for a southern Minnesota insurance company, and then moved through various positions in Information Technology and Administration over the next 35 years. Ron found himself in the Valley of the Sun when he replied to his boss, “That’s a no brainer” after being asked if he had any interest in moving to Arizona. Even though he did not read music, did not know his vocal range and had never sung (except in the car and the shower), at age 70, Ron crossed off another bucket list item when he joined the Village Voices. Then Choir Director Pat Phillips suggested Ron try to sing Tenor and after several years, Ron says, “I’m still trying and loving it!” Ron encourages everyone, whether you are a beginner or seasoned singer, to “Join the Village Voices, you’ll be glad you did!” Currently serving on the Village Voices Board of Directors as the Music Librarian, Ron ensures the choir has all the required music to deliver their fantastic concerts.   

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Betsy Stuehling • Historian

Betsy comes to us from Pittsburgh, PA, where she attended Baldwin High School, enjoyed singing in the 120-member Highlander Choir and met and married her husband Rich in 1968. They moved to Arizona in 1972, to escape the cold Pennsylvania winters, enjoy the southwestern sunshine and raise their two sons. Betsy worked in the computer field and in bookkeeping until completing her degree in Psychology at Arizona State University. She has worked in various positions in the Behavioral Health field and spent the last fifteen years prior to her retirement as an Investigator for the Division of Behavioral Health Services. Rich and Betsy moved to Westbrook Village in 1997 and currently live in Scotland Hills, where they enjoy traveling, going to movies and spending time with family and friends. Betsy sang with the Glendale Women’s Chorus for several years and has very much enjoyed singing with the Village Voices over the past two years. Betsy currently serves on the Village Voices Board of Directors as ts Historian.


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Cyndi Wilson • Social Chairperson

Cyndi Wilson is a “Harbor Girl”, a nickname she earned while growing up in Gig Harbor, WA. Cyndi played the trumpet from 7th-12th grade and also sang in the high school choir. Cyndi is a performer at heart – she has performed with small vocal groups over the years and can be seen at local Peoria Karaoke venues on a regular basis. Along with husband Rick, also a WA native, they raised seven children and spent many years involved with Girl Scouts, church, football, baseball and more. Even so, Cyndi found the time to volunteer as Event Planner and Décor Chair for multiple non-profit organizations. As a Real Estate Agent in Washington State, Cyndi owned her own agency and currently works as a licensed Real Estate Agent in Arizona. After moving to Westbrook Village in 2011, Cyndi became involved with the local community as a sponsor of the ALS Golf Tournaments and currently heads the Vista Crossing Social Committee. Cyndi recently won the “Most Elegant Table” award at the Annual Pickleball Banquet and is an aspiring decorator who is known to change furniture placements in her house on a weekly, if not twice weekly, basis. Cyndi loves music and singing, “so what better way to get involved doing something you love, singing and event planning! Thank you Village Voices!” Cyndi recently joined the Village Voices in January, 2019, and now shares her Event Planning talents as Social Chairperson on the Village Voices Board of Directors.