Interim Artistic Director
Gino Drake, is the Founder and CEO of New Quest Staffing Solutions, LLC, with an extensive background in Healthcare Operations Management. He has worked with the Department of Defense and various Hospitals and Physician Group Practices. His studies have included Business Management and various certifications relating to healthcare. A native of San Antonio, he has volunteered with various Non Profit organizations in both San Antonio and Austin, including the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Texas, Octopus Club, Hill Country Ride for Aids and United Way. Through those contributions he provided support in many areas of fundraising, marketing, and PR.
Board of Directors
Pam Trefny was appointed to the Board in the summer of 2012. She received her BS in Biomedical Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. After working in the veterinary field for 7 years, Pam became a full time stay-at-home mom, home schooled for several years, and has volunteered in several organizations including the PTA, Boy Scouts of America, and the Austin Children’s Choir. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cycling, has done many triathlons over the past 9 years and recently completed her second marathon. Pam has 2 boys, ages 12 and 15. The oldest, Anthony, has been in the choir since 2007.
Linda LaFever is a transplanted Yankee who holds an Associate of Liberal Arts in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. She studied classical voice for 6 years and taught private voice lessons for 2 years. While running her own business, Linda was the administrator and substitute teacher at a childcare and private school; PTO president and School Improvement Council Co-Chair at the Elementary School; Team Mom, Secretary and President of the Board of the local Pop Warner football and cheer organization; Secretary to and co-author of by-laws and other founding documents for the Heritage Commission. She was an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce; Secretary to the Advisory Board of a unique organization which exists to promote the City as well as involve the residents of the City with their government, their businesses and each other. She was the Secretary then President of the Board for the Opera House; Board member for the in-school childcare facility; Appointed to a State Environmental Advisory Board; Founder and President of the Centennial Park Project. She co-authored the by-laws and other founding documents for this organization as well. She successfully wrote grants for several of these organizations. Lastly, Linda was elected by the people of her Ward to represent them on the City Council. During her time on the Council she served on five committees. Linda has one daughter whose involvement with the Austin Children’s Choir is in its second year.
Lola McShan Registered Nurse
Geo Jarmon-Booker Marketing/PR Professional
Kim Pham is currently an auditor for a public accounting firm and has over five years of experience. Her experience includes the preparation of financial statements, financial analysis, business reviews, budget procedures, expense tracking and internal controls. Kim graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA in Accounting and Finance and has previously worked at a natural gas company as well as a consulting firm. Kim is excited to join a wonderful organization such as the Austin Children’s Choir and hopes to lend her expertise to help grow the organization.
Ray Schafer is the founder InQuinox, a data storage company. He is regarded as an authority on data storage, protection, and restoration solutions, and has nearly a quarter century of information technology and data protection industry experience. Shafer holds a BA in Microbiology from UT Austin. His daughters were members of the Austin Children’s Choir for 10 years.