The new leaders bring a diverse set of skills to the 15 member board.
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) has receently elected 6 new board members to its leadership.
Ayanna Connor has been a member of SDGMC’s Operations team after answering our call for volunteers during our Motown concert in the spring of 2019. Music has always been a huge part of her life, having spent many years singing in or along with fantastic choirs. “SDGMC is the first organization I’ve been a part of that not only asks but welcomes new members and volunteers,” says Ayanna, who loves being back in the world of music with this diverse organization!
David Decker is a professional in the financial services industry for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and formerly held an accomplished career in business management for the Starbucks Coffee Company. Joining SDGMC David in January 2017, David has since served as the Tenor 1 section leader, taught beginning music theory courses, been a soloist and small ensemble singer, sang with the acclaimed Chamber Chorale, and most recently had the distinct pleasure of conducting a piece during the 2019 Jingle performances.
Greg Dowell is a retired resident of Carlsbad, having completed a 33-year career in corporate leadership development, sales and marketing with Altria. He is actively involved in charitable and community pursuits. Greg is a running coach and fundraising strategist for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. He is a former Board member of Riverside’s Project Food homeless kitchen. In addition to currently serving on the Board for the Bertelson Scholarship, Greg chairs the Independent Bond Oversight Committee for the Carlsbad Unified School District. He completed his master’s degree in history and his MEd in Adult Learning at the University of Arizona. He is devoted to LGBTQ+ initiatives and is a 4-year front-row fan of the SDGMC.
Layla Jaffe holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Diego State University and currently leads an international sales team as Inside Sales & Marcom Manager at RASIRC, a chemical engineering company in the semiconductor industry. A Boston native, Layla traded coasts in 2013 and has called San Diego home for seven wonderful years. She is a passionate and involved member of the community and has contributed to countless local events, such as, CoPlace, an LGBTQ+ focused neighborhood block party. Serving on the SDGMC Board of Directors will be Layla’s introductory role to board leadership. Layla is thrilled to join this elite team of local leaders and directly contribute to her extended San Diego family.
Tony Konzal is Senior Systems Engineer for Atomic Data. He graduated from Villa Julie College in Stevenson, MD, with a Bachelor of Science for Information Systems, and went on to work in Washington, D.C. for both the Government of the District of Colombia and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).In 2007, he decided to fulfill his dream of moving west to San Diego and joined the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus soon thereafter. He is hoping to bring some technology experience to the SDGMC to continue to further the mission of the organization, leveraging his existing relationships within and outside of the organization.
Kim Whittemore was introduced to SDGMC in early 2017 and has been a fan and booster ever since. Kim works with early-stage companies in digital health, wearable tech, and sexual health, developing go-to-market strategies. She attended the University of Pennsylvania (International Relations), MIT (executive courses in Computer Science), and holds an advanced certificate in Digital Marketing. Kim is currently a Board Member and Secretary of Fertility Within Reach, a Boston-based non-profit, and has been an effective state legislative advocate.
Complete biographies can be found on SDGMC's leadership page.