Current Officers

Jenny Hammond ’90, President
Jenny majored in East Asian Studies with a Japanese concentration. While at Smith, Jenny was a member and musical director for the Smiffenpoofs and was an active student leader in other programs on campus. After graduating from Smith, she moved to Japan to teach English as a Second Language at various schools including Doshisha Girls Junior and Senior High School. Naturally, her love of singing followed her to Japan. Performing Verdi’s Requiem was one of her fondest memories during her years with the Tokyo International Singers. After spending 12 years in Japan, she returned to her hometown of Philadelphia, continuing her career in education and singing with a local chorus there. In 2010, Jenny returned to western Massachusetts with her family to work at Deerfield Academy as the Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement. Her first SCAC experience was the Weekend of Song in 2014, and she’s been hooked ever since!

Karen Goode ’98, Vice President
Karen majored in Mathematics with concentrations in Chaos and the Evolution of Art and Sciences. While at Smith, she served as an active member of the Glee Club and wrapped up her senior year under the baton of Jonathan Hirsh in his inaugural year at Smith. Karen returned home to Houston, TX after graduation, and is the Director of Implementation Services for Gimmal, an Information Management product company she started with 9 friends 16 years ago. She has performed in choral groups when her schedule permits, and has participated in every SCAC tour to date. She’s recently married, loves the outdoors, time with friends, and reading. Music and travel are two of her favorite pastimes, so having an opportunity to combine those in service to the SCAC is exciting.

Kathleen Sheehy ’14, Vice President
Kathleen majored in Sociology and was a member of the Glee Club and the Chamber Singers while she attended Smith. She also served on the Glee Club cabinet as Treasurer during her junior year and then as Eliminatrix of Confusion during her senior year. After graduating from Smith, Kathleen moved back home to Los Angeles and worked for a non-profit that puts on free outdoor concerts in the summer. She moved to Philadelphia in late 2015 and became a paralegal. Kathleen is currently a member of the choir at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, where she has met a number of other Smith alums. Being a part of the Glee Club and the Chamber Singers was Kathleen’s favorite thing about her time at Smith, and so she is delighted to serve as an officer of the SCAC!

Jocel Thornhill ’90, Treasurer
Jocel is Director of Operations with Turner Sports – National Basketball Association (NBA) Digital. Her work focuses on ensuring that Turner Sports collaborates effectively with the NBA teams to deliver team- and game-specific content on NBA.com, for its fans, without errors or interruption. Prior to working at Turner, she was a project manager/change management consultant in the financial services industry. At Smith, she sang in the Chorus, Glee Club, and Chamber Singers. She plays competitive tennis (year-round) in several leagues throughout Atlanta. She also enjoys exercising and family time with her husband and teenaged son.

Suzanne Masri ’85, Secretary
Suzanne is Director of Marketing and Communications for Fred Rogers Productions, the Pittsburgh-based media company behind Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and other highly popular, award-winning children’s television series. Before that, she spearheaded national program marketing strategies for WETA, the flagship PBS station in Washington, DC, for nearly 15 years. At Smith, Suzanne majored in History, resided in Haven-Wesley, and performed with Choir Omega, the Chorus, and the Glee Club, for which she served as Vice President during her senior year. Having returned to her hometown, she spends her free time exploring the diverse neighborhoods, cheering on her beloved Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, and singing in Belle Voci, a women’s choir that blends service with song. Suzanne couldn’t be happier to be part of the SCAC’s leadership team!

Jonathan Hirsh, Musical Director
Jonathan Hirsh graduated from Amherst College in 1986 and received his MM and DMA in conducting from the University of Michigan. He has taught at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Amherst College, the University of Michigan, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Tufts University. As senior lecturer and director of choral and orchestral activities at Smith College, Hirsh conducts the Orchestra, Glee Club, and Chamber Singers. A frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Jonathan Hirsh’s repertoire and activities include choral works, oratorio, opera and symphonic works. Under Hirsh’s baton, the Smith Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2005, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Smith choral ensembles and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.

 

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