Claudine Elzey is currently a Teaching Artist at BRAVO Youth Orchestras, teaching beginning brass and keyboard. She is also a part time, private piano teacher with more than 15 years teaching experience, and is an active member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association. In her prior professional life, Claudine was a professional fundraiser in the non-profit sector.
Claudine received her B.A. from Marian College in Indianapolis with dual majors of Music and Biology, and has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University.
Davina Doby has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. She obtained her MBA at Portland State University in 1995. She has worked with information systems, focusing on reporting and database development for her entire career. Davina also volunteers with SMART, reading to preschoolers every week and does the high school directory and other publications every year for the parent club.
Her lifelong love of classical music might have influenced her son to become a Piano Santa Foundation Grand Scholarship winner, and she treasures his many musical accomplishments along with the skills of her vocally talented daughter.
Phillis Whitmore is a 1968 graduate of Western Business University, and has worked in banking for more than 40 years. For the last 17 years, Phillis has been providing daily operational support to branch offices at a local community bank. Phillis has also been a professional musician for 44 years working with choirs, bands and others.
In addition to her work with PSF, Phillis has worked for 12 years as a coordinator for the Junior Achievement annual fundraiser, which benefits children with their understanding of finance.
John Jaqua has been a featured vocal soloist with the Oregon and Seattle Symphonies, and has experience in Opera and Music Theater throughout the Northwest, where his leading tenor roles in La Boheme, Carmen, Don Giovanni, West Side Story and Student Prince have been met with critical acclaim. he was also a select member of the Robert Shaw Chamber Choir in France and Carnegie Hall. In addition to performing, recording, and composing with local artists, John taught music at the Pacific Hills School in Beverly Hills.
John graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Music, and first began teaching music at The Catlin Gabel School in Portland and directing choirs at the Milwaukie Presbyterian Church. A nationally licensed soccer coach, John also plays with the Corinthians Soccer Club. John is the founder of CHORDination, a program which provides music lessons, music educational materials, instruments, and performing opportunities for students.
Ajit Phadke, a Manager in Thomson Reuters (Westlaw), oversees content development for products such as Westlaw Legal Calendaring, KeyRules and Drafting Assistant (print and online products which primarily focus on rules of practice and procedure in state, federal and international jurisdictions) as well as publication of the California Code of Regulations.
Prior to coming to Portland, Ajit received Bachelors degrees in Music Composition and Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. Ajit graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1998, and has since worked in government, corporations and private practice, specializing in Estate Planning and Intellectual Property.