Recognized as a creative driver of transformative change in arts education, Keri has served music education organizations in the Executive Director role since 2008, joining the team at the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir in October 2020. She holds a Master’s degree in Voice from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Acting Specialist Certificate from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and past K-12 music teaching credentials in WI and IL. Over 30+ years as an arts educator, she taught with the Chicago Children’s Choir (now Uniting Voices Chicago!), Chicago Opera Theater, Merit School of Music, DePaul University’s Community Music Division, Community School of Music and Art, Young Audiences of Northern California, Cantabile Youth Singers, and Music in Schools Today, before transitioning to arts administration as the Program Director for the Dominican Schools Music Project in 2007. Her executive leadership with ETM-Bay Area and the Oakland Youth Chorus brought inclusive music programming to 50 Bay Area schools serving 20,000 children and youth.
Keri has presented for CMEA Bay Section and CASMEC state conferences, graduated from the CEN Leader’s Institute, and served as Board Treasurer of the Northern California Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. She is a proud member of the Board of Directors for Oakland Rotary #3, where she serves as a DEI Ambassador and member of the Community Service Grants and Kinderprep committees.