HomeAbout CASABoard of Directors and Program Managers

CASA is run by a very dedicated team of a cappella enthusiasts. If you want to contact any of us, send to our individual emails listed below, or send a general email to contact@casa.org

Board of Directors

Tony Huerta

Tony Huerta President

Tony Huerta is a professional singer, beatboxer, recording studio engineer/producer and live audio engineer. He is considered to be one of the world’s best acappella live sound engineers and has mixed almost every major acappella act in the United States including Pentatonix, Take 6, Home Free, Nota, The Exchange, Arora (Sonos), Voice Play, Duwende, Street Corner Symphony, Delilah, and m-pact. He has been the Front of House Engineer and Production Manager for 10 time Grammy award winning group, Take 6 for 11 years, traveling to 41 countries thus far. He also engineered and sound designed the full U.S. Tour of the NBC’s “The Sing Off Tour” and Deke Sharon’s production of Vocalosity. Recently he has been the preferred engineer for the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Association of International Champions.

Tony is the founder of Urban Method, finalists on the 3rd season of NBC’s “The Sing Off” TV show. Urban Method made it to the finals and had a heartbreaking loss to Pentatonix. Sonic Audio, Huerta’s recording studio in Denver, CO, was founded in 1998. He has produced, engineered or mastered a cappella CD Projects for: The Real Group, Take 6, Home Free, Women Of The World, Harmonia Vocal (Angola Africa and Angola Grammy), Afro Blue, Cadence, Six Appeal, Nota/Sony Latin, Storm Front, and many more. He also Recorded, Mixed and Produced the world’s first full length acappella opera and original stage production, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” for Opera Memphis.

As a freelance engineer, he has mixed concerts for many major acts including Stevie Wonder, Jacob Collier for Quincy Jones, The Manhattan Transfer, Brian McNight, the 2010 Shakira Tour, Amy Grant, Kirk Whalum, Nnenna Freelon, the National Tree Lighting a the White House, The Eli Young Band, and the Las Vegas Venetian Ray Charles “Georgia On My Mind” Show. Huerta is known for his technical knowledge but also his creativity behind the mixing console. He is regularly called upon to beatbox and perform out in the audience from his mix position, and has done so for Take 6, Vocalosity, and the Sing Off Tour.

In 2017, Huerta expanded the education division of his business. He is a teaching professional at Camp A Cappella, the Kettering A Cappella Festival, Nordonia A Cappella Festival, SoJam, and A Cappella University.

Deke Sharon

Deke Sharon Founder

Deke Sharon has been singing a cappella since the age of five and spent his formative years with one foot in traditional choral idioms (church choir, San Francisco Boys' Chorus, madrigal groups, barbershop quartets) and the other in rock bands. The two came together during his tenure as music director of the Tufts Beelzebubs, and he formed CASA in hopes of creating a community of like-minded acappellaheads.

Often called the "father of contemporary a cappella", Deke has played a prominent and influential role in the formation of CASA's many outreach programs. Most recently, he founded the Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL), a national network of a cappella groups for post-collegiate and adult singers.

Deke founded and has been singing in the vocal rock band The House Jacks since 1991. The group has produced seven full-length albums and completed multiple world tours. He arranges and directs the groups on NBC's a cappella competition reality show, "The Sing-Off". @dekesharon
Evan Feist

Evan Feist Vice President

Evan Feist has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music for more than 15 years. As the founder of the Creative Vocal Lab, Evan has been teaching singers of all ages to improvise in both small and large groups He’s earned two master’s degrees in Music Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a MusB from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. In 2014, the New York Musical Theatre Festival presented him with the Outstanding Musical Direction and Outstanding Arrangements awards for A Cappella: the musical.

Evan has vocal coached for The Voice, sung with Bobby McFerrin, helped scout for America’s Got Talent, and is the general manager of Stacks of Wax, an audio production company. Most recently, he is the creator of the sold-out 54Below series, "Broadway Goes A Cappella". As of April 16th, he is the Lead Content Producer for the WORLD'S FIRST all vocal/a cappella TV channel, FloVoice.

shaneShane Ardell Director of Technology

Shane began arranging music at an early age and ventured into arranging a cappella music at the age of 16. She started her contemporary a cappella career at Georgia Tech as a performer, arranger, and eventual president of the all female group, Nothin' but Treble. While still in college, she also began singing in a rock/gospel semi-professional group, Breakdown, in Atlanta. Shane continues to arrange and coach groups as well as judge for the ICCAs. An engineer at heart, Shane spends her days as a web software developer. @shaneardell

Gina Deaton

Gina Deaton Director of Human Resources

Gina Deaton has a background in vocal performance and has been singing as long as she can remember. Unlike most folks in the a cappella community, Gina didn't sing in a contemporary a cappella group until well after college when she helped form the semi-professional group Breakdown. The group performed primarily in the Atlanta area, with Gina writing original songs, arranging, and acting as co-director. After attending SoJam, Gina fell in love with the community and started volunteering with CASA events and judging ICCAs. She currently lives in Boston, MA and continues to work on original music.

Lauren France Director of Communications

Lauren France has been involved in the a cappella community since her days at Elon University. In addition to double majoring in Music Performance and Strategic Communications, she was also the president and fundraising chair of Elon’s premiere all-female a cappella group, Sweet Signatures. Lauren is a skilled arranger, ensemblist, soloist and choreographer, and was awarded a “Best Choreography” award at the 2008 ICCA Quarterfinals and 2012 NY Harmony Sweepstakes. Her work has been featured on CARA nominated albums, as well as various festivals across the country. In 2015, she joined CASA and served as Social Media Manager for all CASA festivals. Lauren is currently a member of VXN, a professional all-female vocal band, whose work was recently nominated for a 2015 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Pop/Rock Song. She currently works in Durham, NC for a talent booking agency. @franzia86

Meron Mogos

Meron Mogos Director of Festivals and Events

Originally from the suburbs of NYC, Meron got her start in a cappella in 2004 with Duke University's Lady Blue. She has been an active member of the a cappella community ever since, working for CASA in several roles, judging at Varsity Vocals events, performing at festivals across the country, and collaborating with some of the best in the business. Meron was a member of NYC CAL group, Empire and after moving to Los Angeles in 2012, she co-founded the all-female CAL group, Premiere and served as their President for 3 years. Meron first got involved with CASA when she joined the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival production team in 2014. A year later, she became Executive Producer of the festival, serving in that role through 2017 before stepping into the role of Director of Events. She was also Sponsorship Manager of CASA's core events team from 2015 to 2016. Meron is currently a member of professional vocal group, VXN. She works full-time in TV production, and enjoys movies, music, escape rooms, bowling, traveling, skydiving, and most importantly, happy hour.

@meronibaloney

Kathleen Pellington Secretary

Kathleen has been performing a cappella music for over 10 years. She earned her BME at Otterbein University, where she co-founded and co-directed the a cappella group Ottertuned. Since graduating, Kathleen has been the vocal director at Wapakoneta High School for 4 years and directs the a cappella group, Midweek. This year, Midweek is honored to host the 2018 Great Lakes ICHSA and ICCA Quarterfinals. Kathleen also works as a counselor for Camp A Cappella and serves as a judge for Varsity Vocals. She is also thrilled to be a member of the a cappella group Inside Voices.

Program Managers

arielJessica Chen Nominations Manager: A Cappella Video Awards

As a musician Jessica started at an early age, playing piano and flute throughout her childhood, but she discovered singing and a cappella during high school and was immediately hooked. In college she sang with and directed the Boston University Allegrettos, doing most of the arranging as well as producing an album, and sang with friends in her hometown during the summers in Henry Fonda & the Falsettos. As a post-grad she has continued to arrange for various collegiate and high school groups around the country. Some of her other interests include Boston sports, video games, and all dogs, ever.

Bill Hare

Bill Hare Program Manager: Forum

Bill Hare has been a full-time recording engineer/producer for 28 years, and has specialized in contemporary a cappella production since 1989. Over the last two decades, Bill has recorded and/or mixed acclaimed albums for some of the best contemporary a cappella groups around the globe, including England's Flying Pickets, Swingle Singers, King's Singers and Voces8, Denmark's Basix and Vocal Line, Norway's Apes & Babes, Italy's Cluster, The Ghost Files, and Maybe6ix, as well as working with many top American acts including Nota, Duwende, Street Corner Symphony, The Backbeats, and The House Jacks.

Collegiate A Cappella clients include The Beelzebubs, Divisi, and about 80 others. Bill is the world's most awarded individual contemporary a cappella producer, including over 60 appearances on BOCA, over 120 CARA nominations, over 30 albums in the RARB "Picks of the Year" lists, and 11 "DeeBee" awards since 1987 in the Vocal Jazz category from Downbeat Magazine.  In 2010 he added a Grammy Award to this list in the Classical Crossover Album category for Christopher Tin's "Calling All Dawns".

For more information, visit Bill's website – www.dyz.com. @billhare

ricky jabarinRicky Jabarin Administrative Manager: Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards

Originally from Philadelphia, Ricky had his first full exposure of contemporary a cappella at Penn State University. He joined Blue in the FACE in 2010, then co-founded and directed The Coda Conduct in 2012. His arrangements and coaching have contributed to The Coda Conduct winning 1st place at the 2015 ICCA quarterfinals and ‘Outstanding Arrangement’ for the entire set. Shortly after, Ricky co-founded CAL group, DolCe, in Washington, D.C. He now arranges for scholastic groups, judges for the ICCA, and aspires to become a recording producer for the genre. Aside from a cappella, Ricky works full-time as a product manager for an education technology startup.

brooks jordanBrooks Jordan Nominations Manager: Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards

Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Brooks found a cappella in his freshman year at North Carolina State University; He joined The Grains of Time where he became the Business Manager and Executive Board leader his senior year. During his tenure in the Grains, the group won many levels of ICCA competitions as well as 3rd place at Sojam 2014. Brooks has dedicated his time to all forms of a cappella and experiencing it in schools, competitions, and festivals. After college Brooks joined the Sojam Production team as the Showcase Coordinator as well as one of the many teachers that held classes during the festival. When hes not working on a cappella events and education, Brooks works as a bio-pharmaceutical research in Durham, NC at KBI Biopharma.

Tom Keyes Executive Producer: Los Angeles A Cappella Festival

Tom is a passionate and dedicated a cappella facilitator, event producer, and music director. Within CASA, he is the Executive Producer of the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival and formerly served as director of the Contemporary A Cappella League. He current also serves as Director of Operations at the A cappella Academy, a judge for Varsity Vocals, and a producer of several all-vocal events around SoCal. With an extensive background in vocal and instrumental music, Tom was bitten by the a cappella bug in 2009 when he decided to create and direct his own semi-pro group, the award-winning Frequency, and has been a passionate advocate of all-vocal music ever since. Currently music directing two vocal groups as well as a spiritual center, he balances music, a career in IT, and family, and lives with his wife and three children in Laguna Niguel, CA.

tekay

TeKay (Thomas King) Program Manager: Ambassadors, Compilations

TeKay was one of the first ambassadors for CASA back in the early '90s. He's a member of Contemporary A Capella League group DeltaCappella and served as a CAL-rep for SoJam. He's been a RARB reviewer for several years and is one of the sing series producers. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of A Cappella Initiatives as a jack-of-all-trades and the Executive Producer of the Sing series of recordings. He was the Associate Editor of the Contemporary A Cappella News magazine for more than a decade and was the South Regional Producer of the ICCA from 1998-2004.

@acappellanews @casa_ambassador

koutzoukis

Alexander Koutzoukis Executive Producer: BOSton Sings A Cappella Festival

Alexander is co-owner (and producer, and engineer...) of Plaid Productions, a full-service a cappella production studio based in Boston, along with Alex Green. While attending Tufts University for computer science, he spent five years in the Beelzebubs, for two of which he was Music Director. He got his start in the field of a cappella production while working closely with Ed Boyer and Bill Hare on two award-winning Bubs albums (Pandaemonium and Play The Game) and continued along that path to help record and edit BATTLE and Helix, as well as about half of the Warblers tracks from Season 2 of Glee. He won a 2010 Best Male Collegiate Arrangement CARA for his arrangement of "All The Love In The World," a 2012 CARA runner-up in the same category for "Kings and Queens," and was also runner-up for Favorite Vocal Percussionist in the 2010 ACAs.

Micha Mokrani Events Core Team: Talent Hospitality

Micha Mokrani got involved in the a cappella community in 2013 by lending a helping hand at different a cappella shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, after being a loyal audience member for nearly ten years. Micha is a California native, currently living in El Cerrito, CA. Since the age of seven, Micha has been involved in musical ensembles including choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, marching band, drumlines, and jazz ensemble. She has taught both violin and various types of percussion privately, and taught pre-season marching band camps for four years in the South Bay Area. Her involvement in music has fed her passion to make an impact in the live music and a cappella communities. Micha is a part of the A Cappella Education Association, the Women’s A Cappella Association, and The Contemporary A Cappella Society, where she uses the skills she’s gained from her professional career to benefit each organization in their festivals. Micha currently sings in Highwire A Cappella, based in the east SF Bay Area.

Liz Mongrello Manager: Event Volunteers

Liz began her a cappella journey with Groove A Cappella at Smith College, her beloved alma mater where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music. She spent much of her musical career at Smith in leadership positions, serving as Business Manager and Co-Director of Groove as well as President of the College Chorus and Glee Club. Pursuing a graduate degree from CCSU in Student Development in Higher Education, Liz took a break from performing herself, but was happy to advise the CCSU A Cappella Society, which consisted of four different groups. After a two-year hiatus, Liz saw the need to have music back in her life and found her way to Fermata Town and Sound Off.

When not at rehearsal or just spending time with her aca-families, Liz is coordinating user research for Lola Travel. She's excited to be part of a fast-moving and innovative team. You might also find Liz running through the streets of Somerville, attempting not to keel over after three miles. If you find her laying on the sidewalk unable to breathe, please give her a ride home - she would like to live to see another CARA..
Chris Tess

Chris Tess Program Manager: Tunes to Teens
Program Manager: mp3 Library

Chris Tess served on the CASA Board of Directors starting in 2003, when he created Tunes To Teens, a CASA program that sends donated a cappella CDs to junior high and high school choruses. He also runs the A Cappella Mega-Sale.

Chris sang with the Pikers at Washington U in St. Louis, as well as several other vocal ensembles. He also created and directed the Notochords at St. Louis U. School of Medicine, and sang in and wrote for MACH 1. More recently, Chris sang in Redline, a CASA League group. In 1993 he co-founded the Recorded A Cappella Review Board ( RARB) and headed that up until 2004. He has judged for several years for the CARAs and the NCCAs/ICCAs. In his spare time, Chris is a doctor. @christess
Pablo Vega

Pablo Vega Executive Producer: SoJam

Pablo Vega is a composer and audio engineer in Durham, NC. He is the owner of the music production studio “The Workshop”, focusing on music composition for digital media. While attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill he earned his bachelor’s degree in music composition and sang with the UNC Clef Hangers. He spent three more years studying audio engineering at Living Arts College and getting a specialist certificate in Pro Tools through Berklee College of Music’s online program. He got his start in a cappella production under the tutelage of Dave Sperandio, and now produces the UNC Clef Hangers albums, as well as recording the UNC Loreleis. He continues to write music for video games and film.

Zakk Wooten

Zakk Wooten Program Manager: Memberships

Zakk Wooten has been singing a cappella since he was 15 years old. He co-founded the professional group No Better Cause during his junior year of high school. After high school he joined the group Soul’D Out where he traveled the high seas with Celebrity Cruise Lines. Zakk then got his degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There he founded and directed the a cappella group Rocktavo. Zakk led Rocktavo, in their first year, to the ICCA finals where they placed second and his arrangement of 'Figaro' won “best arrangement.”

After Zakk graduated he was hired by The Cat’s Pajamas to start a franchised group called The Cat’s Meow, where he traveled the world aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. In October of 2010 The Cat’s Pajamas offered Zakk a position with the group in Branson Missouri. Zakk sang with the Cat’s Pajamas until December of 2011. The year 2012 brings wonderful new opportunities for Zakk. He has recently joined forces with some of his 'a cappella family' to create the group re:Voiced. Zakk lives in Denver with his gorgeous Siberian Husky, Rilo. @zakkwooten