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Christine Mabry, Founder
Christine is first and foremost a mother to two hilarious children, Xander and Aurora. In her other job, Christine is a Program Supervisor for a municipal recreation department in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she supervises things like swim lessons, kids’ day camps, and adult bocce and kickball leagues. She swears the time she spends on Pinterest is completely work-related.
Christine’s love of a cappella started back in high school in Huntsville, Alabama, when she heard a cassette recording of Take 6 in 1988, and it grew from there. She figures her obsession with a cappella just about balances out her husband and son’s fixation with Star Trek. Connect with Christine on Twitter at @LovedeAcapella and visit her personal a cappella fan blog at lovedeacapella.wordpress.com.
Tara Marie Ahn, Editor
Groups describe Tara as THE a cappella “SuperFan!” [Note: We ALL say that. -CM] Say what you will about New Jersey, but her convenient home base allows for easy travel to NYC, Philadelphia, Boston and DC. This has allowed Tara to see some of THE BEST a cappella groups (in her humble opinion) multiple times. Her favorites include The Swingles Singers, The House Jacks, Pentatonix, and Straight No Chaser. Other favorites include Street Corner Symphony, Overboard, The Hyannis Sound, Ball In The House, Blue Jupiter, Musae, and Sunday Afternoon.
Tara has attended numerous CASA festivals across the country, as well as SingStrong Chicago 2013. Tara also enjoys seeing as many Broadway shows as she can! She most recently saw “Pippin” (and got to go backstage!), “Motown,” and “Annie” (with Jane Lynch!).
When Tara’s not watching a cappella or seeing Broadway musicals, she can be found in her classroom teaching her favorite subject, math. (Commence teasing, as she’s a self-described #mathnerd!) Look for her (many) tweets as @OooImSoExcited on Twitter and her (many) a cappella videos on her YouTube channel.
Shaina Eng, Editor
Shaina classifies herself as an aca-nerd, even though there’s a lot that she doesn’t know. Most of the music she owns is a cappella and even within her own a cappella group, she is known as the a cappella nerd. Shaina was born and raised in Los Angeles on the Best Coast, and she currently studies Public Relations at the University of Southern California. Her a cappella group, Overflow, is the newest group to grace USC’s campus, singing uplifting songs with positive messages.
Shaina’s obsession with a cappella music came to the surface when she saw Straight No Chaser in 2008, but she had always loved a cappella music and just didn’t realize it (she thought doo wop and barbershop were “bowl-me-over fantastic” — she LOVES amazing harmonies)! Even though her family feigns annoyance at her aca-obsession, Shaina knows that deep down inside, they really love it. Shoot her a message on Twitter at @shainae12; she’d love to hear from you!
Dottie Kovacs, Editor
Dottie grew up loving a cappella music, but never really fully embraced it until she saw Straight No Chaser in concert in her home town in 2010. Her induction into the SNC fandom has lead to the exposure and love of a variety of different a cappella and non-a cappella groups, thus broadening her musical horizons in ways she never expected to experience.
Dottie is a mother of two, a lover of creative projects, and an amateur shutter bug. She is actively involved with her church choir and school PTO, while presently working on finishing her degree in Family Life Education. One of her other passions is connecting with the fans of Straight No Chaser through Twitter. You can follow her at @dottkov.
Sarah Twilley, Editor
Sarah spends most of her waking hours studying music. Yes, music! Sarah has just transferred to USC where she will be majoring in Choral and Sacred Music, and she hopes to join an a cappella group there.
Sarah’s love of a cappella dates back to her youth when her mom sang in a local vocal jazz sextet and had cassettes of Take 6 and First Call playing in their home. Sarah grew up singing in school groups and at church and most of her acquaintances knew how much she loved a cappella. In the summer of 2006, one of her friends shared a YouTube video of 10 guys doing this hilarious “12 Days of Christmas,” which got her into the wide world of collegiate a cappella. (Thank you, Straight No Chaser!)
Sarah is now one of the a cappella editors for the SNC Quarter Notes fan ezine and has her own column in the mag – Sarah’s Aca Voice Crush. Sarah most frequently tweets as @VoceVivaceST, but can also be found sharing aca beauty as @AcaVoiceCrush. She also blogs about life, love, and music at vocevivace.wordpress.com.
Ron Heaton, We Don’t Know What He Does Yet (unedited)
Ron spent his formative years emulating his hero Patrick Duffy. After graduating High School with a Diploma, he pursued his dream of living in sin with a Playboy centerfold and her eight friends who could speak (but chose not to). A short-lived career as a hand model ensued. Unfortunately, over-reaching anti-knuckle scar and anti-knuckle hair zealots further crushed his hopes and dreams.
His friend, Ted Bundy, always told him that he was “the Beatles of the 20th Century” (Ted was right… I wonder whatever happened to him). Anywho, the 10 years that followed were filled with a great deal of banality: Ron worked in banking (but hated having to wear a suit every day), he dated Cher (it was his turn), he pursued the elusive Yeti (and actually spotted one once, but was disappointed when he realized it was just his brother loofahing his back).
Ron met his wife, Battle Axe, around 2000ish. They’ve certainly learned a lot about each other through the years. They have no opinions on politics, religion, recycling, science, starving people or nuclear holocaust. The only thing they seem to feel strongly about is that they both hate Jay Leno.
Ron’s best marriage advice is “for people to remember, attraction is a three-way street. Or is it a one-way tunnel? In any case, I do know it’s a four-lane highway, but it takes at least two to use the car-pool lane. I guess what I’m trying to say is, what the younger generation has learned is that there’s nothing for us to watch on CBS (besides Big Brother), and you’ve got to be yourself. A man (or woman) needs to love you for you, not some costume. They’ve got to love who you are.”
Ron’s favorite meal is a nice juicy steak, medium rare, with some of those little brown potatoes on the right side of the plate, ketchup on the left (where some people waste space with vegetables), and, for dessert, a roast beef.
His favorite song lyrics are “Ninety-one bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-one bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall… eighty-ten bottles of beer on the wall…” and “Lick him like a lollipop should be licked; Came to my senses and I chilled for a bit; Don’t know how you do the voodoo that you do; So well it’s a spell, hell, makes me wanna shoop shoop shoop…” (Peter Hollens should definitely cover that one).
He’s not a racist, per say, but he does hate whites, blacks, Latinos and Somali pirates (Asians, you’re cool).
Currently, Ron owns an advertising agency where he has worked with some of the sexiest people in the music biz including Deke Sharon (great abs), Peter Hollens (great ass), Bruce Swedien (killer calfs) and James Cannon (sexual chocolate). Ron also does a lot of sites for butt doctors, dudes who suck fat out of old ladies’ thighs and people who never pay their bills on time…
He currently lives in Hixson, TN with his son Alexander, the aforementioned Battle Axe and his extensive collection of ancient Hungarian cabinetry.
His life goals are to marry Linda Huynh (good chance), meet Ron Burgundy (better chance), watch an MMA match between Da’Jon James and that asshat who played Urkel (I think they may be the same guy) and to lose his virginity (ain’t happening. See ‘marriage’ above).
Ron can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and can be followed on Twitter at @iamdajonjames… (for reals)