Board of Directors
Graham Seel, President
Graham Seel grew up in London, England and moved to California in 1985 while working as a technology manager for Bank of America. He was educated at Latymer Upper School in London and the University of Essex, from where he received a BA (Hons) in Mathematical Economics. His career has been largely focused on technology and business strategy, particularly in the banking industry. In his non-profit roles, he served on the Board of a private Christian K-12 school for 9 years, 4 of them as President. He has also volunteered with, and consulted for, a community development organization. He currently serves on a key working group for the global relief and development NGO World Renew. He has just published a major research and advisory paper contributing to World Renew’s future direction for Savings Groups around the world.
Janet Venturino, Vice President
Janet is a marketing and consultant with expertise in brand messaging, marketing strategy and creative execution. She recently retired from a 30-year career at Kaiser Permanente, where as Vice President she helped employers and members thrive through marketing and communications. Her relationship with Cantare Con Vivo began in 2020, consulting on strategic planning and brand positioning. She joined the Board this spring and looks forward to helping Cantare share its story of inclusiveness and community engagement. Janet is a board member of Fresh Approach and a member of the Assistance League of Diablo Valley. She earned her BS in journalism (magna cum laude) from San Jose State University. Janet and her husband John live in Concord where they enjoy hiking, cycling and rolling in the Clayton Valley Bocce League.
Al Peters, Treasurer
Al is a Bay Area native, now living in Rossmoor. His work experience includes twenty years in public accounting followed by another fifteen years as an insurance company executive. Throughout his career, Al has served on the boards of many non-profits, often as Treasurer. From 1994 to 2002 he was a member of the Piedmont City Council, including serving as Mayor from 2000 to 2002. Al has thoroughly enjoyed attending many Cantare concerts over the past thirty years and greatly appreciates its work with the Oakland public schools.
Roxane Foster, Secretary
Roxane lives in Clyde and has been involved in music performance since she was a child, including instrumental, voice, and directing. As a Division Manager for the Contra Costa County Department of Employment & Human Services, Roxane managed and lead an operational division responsible for administering programs that provide medical coverage, financial security for families, and food security for approximately 250,000 individuals in the Contra Costa County. Roxane holds a BS in Economics and an MPA with an emphasis in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. She is now retired.
Mercedes is a Bay Area native; she and her late husband Clifton have lived in Oakland since 1981. They were first introduced to Cantare Con Vivo in 2014 when their granddaughter Cora began singing with the Lincoln Music Stars. Cora has now moved up to the Nova Youth Choir, and this summer, she and Mercedes were the first grandmother-granddaughter pair to perform in a Cantare concert. Driven by her love and strong advocacy for the children of Oakland, Mercedes joins the Cantare Board of Directors as Education & Outreach Chair for the Children’s Music Program.
Linda grew up in Southern California, but was born in the Netherlands to Dutch-Indonesian parents. She earned a BA from Occidental College in German with a focus on economics. Her main career has been in banking and capital markets at Bank of America and Pacific Coast Bankers’ Bank. In between banking, Linda worked for non-profit affordable housing developer Resources for Community Development. She was a board member for the Oakland Youth Chorus and is currently serving as President of the First Church Foundation of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Linda grew up playing the flute and later added guitar and choral music with Cantare Con Vivo to her musical background. She is also interested in landscape design and is currently teaching herself to play the concertina. Linda and her husband, Paul, live in Oakland.
David is the founder and Artistic Director of Cantare Con Vivo. A graduate of USC with a Master’s degree in Choral Music, his professional experience spans 45 years in the East Bay, where he has held music positions in large churches and community choral organizations. In 2003, David received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland. In May 2014, David retired after 25 years as Music Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Merritt College in Oakland. You can learn more about David here.
Dominic grew up in a family of singers. He and his three brothers all sang with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and his sister was a founding member of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Dominic has been active in service with the Pacific Boychoir Academy and SF Girls Chorus and served on the Piedmont Choirs Board of Directors for 4 years. Dominic has his Master’s degree in Health Systems Engineering and currently works for Alameda Health Systems in hospital administration. Dominic started singing with Cantare Con Vivo in the Fall of 2017. He and his wife Deedee live in Oakland.
Nai Trawick is representing as student board for Cantare this upcoming year. Nai Trawick is a singer, cook, swimmer, photographer and aspiring psychiatrist attending Oakland School for the Arts. She was born and raised in Oakland, California. Nai has been singing since she can remember. Singing in little choirs inspired her to have more experience in music, which led her to auditioning for OSA. While attending OSA, she was getting gigs, getting solos, up to meeting professional artists at her school. Nai first joined Nova in summer of 2019. Nai was able to have amazing opportunities when joining Nova. Traveling to Sacramento, singing at schools, meeting guest artists and many more. Currently Nai is still attending Oakland School for the Arts as a junior and is officially a leadership member for Nova. In the future, Nai will want to continue participating in her community and proudly still be singing with Nova.