Board

OneVoice Board of Directors

rschaefer6811-301Robbie Schaefer, President

Robbie has been a professional musician for over 20 years, touring and recording with the folk-rock band Eddie From Ohio, as well as on h

is own. He has lived in India, Switzerland, and Virginia, which explains his love for chai tea, chocolate, and tri-cornered hats. From 2007-2012 he served as Music Director for Kids Place Live, the children’s programming channel on SiriusXM Radio. He is the father to three boys, and cultivates an abiding love for olives, tall trees, and s

mall people. During Board meetings Robbie is prone to using phrases such as, “that being said”, or, “dynamic initiative”, or, “shifting paradigm”, because he thinks they make him sound more Executive Director-ish. The rest of us smile and nod politely. His Mexican Wrestler name is Brazo Fantastico. Yes, we looked it up.

 

Alicia Todd, Vice Presidentalicia head only 2

Alicia is a Clinical Psychologist in Falls Church, VA, which means that as you read this, she knows why you are reading it. She has been involved in fund-raising for the John Dau Foundation as well as Madre, a non-profit with a mission “to advance women’s human rights by meeting immediate needs and building lasting solutions for communities in crisis.” Specifically, Alicia b

ecame involved with a Madre project which enables Afghan women who are threatened with violence to escape to safety. Alicia is also Irish, which means she cries a lot. She even cried during the movie version of Eat, Pray, Love (and not for the same reason as the rest of us–geez that movie was awful). While we don’t know this to be fact, now that it’s in print, it might as well be. Mexican Wrestler Name: Zorro Especial

 

 

 

patel025Sameer Patel, Treasurer

Sameer grew up in Western, NY in a small town called Lewiston, bordering Ontario, Canada.  His parents were born in East Africa– mom in Tanzania and dad in Uganda.  They met on the boat to college in India and fell in love, eventually eloped and married in London before moving to Canada and then, the US. The union resulted in a half Muslim, half Hindu, subtly African, modestly Indian, but mostly American kid.  We think of him as the modern day South Asian Clark Griswold, with a tiny bit

more style. Sameer has sung with a capella groups, taught English in Tanzania,  been a banker, a real estate developer, and a professional wrestler (ok, we’re not sure about the wrestling thing, but he does look like he’s been working out recently). Currently, Sameer runs the Bristow Montessori School in Bristow, VA, which he founded in 2009.  On the education front, he received his BA with Honors from Georgetown University, and an MBA in Corporate Strategy from the Smith School at The University of Maryland, College Park… blah, blah, blah. He lives with his wonderful wife of 10 years,  Zeena, and 3 foolish and inspiring boys.  His life’s pursuits are to find the perfect coffee bean and roast, to try every tea strain on the planet, to listen to the music of everyday life, and to try and do “a little freaking good in this world”. That’s his tale, and he’s sticking to it

. So are we. Mexican Wrestler Name: El Pedo Verde

 

 

 

Mr. Justin in Funny HatJustin Laughter, Board of Directors

Justin Laughter is a business, intellectual property and entertainment attorney at Threshold Counsel, PC. He regularly counsels startups, artists, entertainers and other creatives, and is a 2003 graduate of the University of Virginia, and a 2006 graduate of William and Mary Law School (Order of the Coif).

In addition to his service with OneVoice, Justin is the Interim Executive Director of Virginians for the Arts, Co-Chair of Lawyers for the Arts, Vice Chair of bravo! (Young Professionals for CenterStage), Board Member of C3: The Creative Change Center, Board Member of Gallery5 (Museum, Art and Performance), Board Member of AMP! Metro Richmond, and part of the SPARC Live Art Committee. Wait. There’s more.

In his spare time (really, Justin? We’re all putting down our Bugles and reassessing our lives at this point), Justin runs Silly Bus, an educational media company organized to help children feel confident, successful and happy while learning foundational components of elementary education and plays a very tiny piano in the quirky pop-rock band Flashlight Tag, infamous for its songs celebrating fast-food seafood restaurants. He is also, apparently, a witch. Mexican Wrestler Name: El Ruso Misterio

 

 stephanie reuerStephanie Reuer, Board of Directors

Because her life was indelibly and utterly transformed by music and performance at a very young age, when Stephanie learned about OneVoice’s mission, she got it immediately. She is who she is because Mrs. Dorwart gave her her first opportunity to perform a solo at the age of five. As a result, along with a successful career as an international business executive at “giant aerospace corporations,” Stephanie has sung professionally with the Washington National Opera (under the direction of Placido Domigo), the Minnesota Opera, and numerous professional choruses and theaters. She’s been Director of Music at several churches and loves nothing more than hearing a child sing “Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head” (preferably with a lisp due to a missing tooth) on Christmas Eve.  She’s a conductor and pianist, as well, having had the opportunity to study with and make music with some of the most accomplished musicians of our time. She received her Bachelors degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where she made music with Dave Brubeck, heard the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra play her compositions, and performed her first opera role and first oratorio solo. Later, she received her Masters in Music Performance from  Bowling Green State University. Recently, Stephanie used a sabbatical from her business career to create and perform her own concert series in support of OneVoice’s work in Nicaragua. She has testified in front of the Australian Senate, steered her J/35 racing sailboat to the podium at the 2014 Annapolis National Offshore One Design Regatta and spent a week in silence with some Trappist Monks. Her super power is tricking grumpy adults into coloring hearts while listening to opera arias.  She looks fetching in red glasses. And her Mexican Wrestler Name is El Gringo Anaranjado.

 

 

 

 

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