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.
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.
Katie grew up singing and playing piano. She followed her passion for music and received a degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. When she moved to California in 1991, she began teaching music and art in after-school programs and conducting a children’s choir at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Oakland Hills. Katie taught 1st and 2nd grade in East Oakland for five years before leaving education to volunteer in animal rescue at Oakland Animal Services. In 2011, she was one of the founding team at Cat Town rescue. She has helped to reduce the cat euthanasia rate in Oakland by 30% and received certification as a Veterinary Assistant. Katie lives in Oakland with her husband, two teenagers, and family of rescue cats and dogs. She started singing with Cantare's Chamber Ensemble in 2017.
Jeff is a Bay Area native who joined Cantare Con Vivo in January 2019 and is currently an intellectual property attorney for the law firm Farella Braun + Martel, LLP in San Francisco. Jeff has been involved with music his entire life. He grew up playing the piano and flute and joined the UCLA Marching Band in college. At UCLA, Jeff also joined his first choirs—the UCLA gospel choir and the UCLA chorale—and has been singing ever since. Prior to joining Cantare Con Vivo, Jeff lived in Los Angeles, where he sang with the Angeles Chorale, a community choir based in West Los Angeles, and Legal Voices, a choir composed of legal professionals. Jeff, his wife Abby, and their cairn terrier Shorty currently live in Concord.
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.