VASTA Committees

Awards | Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion | Engagement | Teaching & Learning | BizCore | Financial Oversight | Membership Connections

Awards & Grants Committee

The purpose of the VASTA Endowment Grants and Awards Committee is to distribute allocated funds from the endowment through awards, grants, and special projects.

Chair: Liam Joynt


Lydia Flock

Betty Moulton

Brianne Taylor


Board Liaison: Kristi Dana


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee


As part of the “VASTA vision 2005-2014,” VASTA board created a “Diversity” sub-committee to brainstorm how VASTA defines “diversity,” and initiatives and activities towards that goal. The committee created an “equity, diversity, and inclusion template” for discussion at the 2006 VASTA conference, and from the ideas shared during that discussion, generated a VASTA Diversity document.  There is also an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Bibliography and a Recommendation for Best Practices in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Academic Theater Programs.  If you have questions, ideas, or thoughts for the committee, please contact the committee chair.

Chair: Joy Lanceta Coronel

Cynthia DeCure
Amy Mihyang Ginther
Sammi Grant
Olisa Enrico-Johnson
Donzell Lewis
Michele Lopez-Rios
Kristen Loree
Robin Miles
Rebecca Root
Scott Stackhouse
Elizabeth Terrel
Alison Vasquez
Micha Espinosa
Robert Gontier

Board Liaison: Cynthia Santos-DeCure

Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee


VASTA's Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee is a bridge between our voice and speech community and the rest of the world.  We do this in a variety of ways:

Interdisciplinary Engagement Grants

  • The committee offers grants to assist VASTA members in seeking knowledge in other disciplines. We are committed to helping members/groups that cannot usually afford our services, so that we simultaneously foster cross-disciplinary relationships, give back to our community, and raise voice and speech awareness for the next generation of practitioners.

  • For more info: Resources → Awards, Grants & Scholarships → Interdisciplinary Engagement Grant


  • The committee organizes an award for Vocal Excellence in performance by young actors participating in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition at the Regional and National levels of the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival.  Representatives from VASTA attend the festivals to select the award recipients and give a workshop, building awareness of vocal skills and training.

  • For more info: Resources → Awards, Grants & Scholarships KC/ACTF Award


  • Part of VASTA's mission is to advance the visibility of the voice in the world, which means: we want to know what voices can and are doing around the world! How are voices being used to impact different communities around the globe? The committee's #MyVoiceCan Blog continually seeks nominations of incredible people around the globe using their voice to better their community and increasing awareness, promoting our organization's commitment to the training of voice and speech. Who do you know that's using their voice in different ways?

  • Email the person's name and why you nominate them to be featured on the blog to


World Voice Day Awareness

  • The Interdisciplinary Engagement Committee helps coordinate social media outreach celebrating World Voice Day on April 16th.  We want people to share what their voices can do in various professions and settings and invite them to share how their voices have made an impact.  Do you have a class that could do a quick video saying/singing/sounding something? Are you able to post about how you're using your voice? If you have any ideas to spread this outreach further on this day that celebrates the human voice, we would love to hear them! #VASTA #WorldVoiceDay

Chair: Colton Weiss


Foster Johns
Kendra Kingsbury
Jennifer Scapetis
Anna-Marie Nest     
Cliff Miller
Fay Kahan
Karen Kopryanski    
Karen O'Meara 
Becca Finkenaur  
Lauren Miller
Fran Hoyte 
Michael Kaplan
Wendy Pylko
Theresa McElwee
Tsulan Cooper
Kris Danford

Board Liaison: Daron Oram


Teaching & Learning Committee

The Teaching and Learning Committee's members are committed to engaging in an ongoing inquiry into how we can do better as teachers, trainers, coaches and therapists; how to best foster the learning of students and clients; and how to inspire and facilitate VASTA member efforts to do the same. 

Chair: Ann Marie Pollard


Eric Armstrong
Erika Bailey
Jennifer Burke
Stacey Cabaj
Lee Heinz
Marlene Johnson
See Eng Kiat
Karen Kopryanski
Deric McNish
Ann Marie Pollard
Frances Saxton
Sarah Schroeder
Jeremy Sortore 
Caitlin Stegemoller
Colton Weiss  

Board Liaison: Kristi Dana

Business and Corporate Consulting (BizCore) Committee

"Empowering authentic business leadership and communication"

VASTA's Business and Corporate Consulting Committee represents those who specialize in providing professional voice and speech coaching services to those within business/es or corporate environments. It is our mission to:

  1. Creatively deliver these services while maintaining the integrity of our professions and upholding the overall mission of VASTA.
  2. Maintain an ongoing dialogue among the various business areas, the arts industry, and academia so we may be able to utilize empirical teaching methods with those who employ our services.

BizCore holds monthly training sessions which are open to all members of VASTA. For more information about the training sessions, please email the co-chairs.


Co-Chairs: Dolly May & Cliff Miller


Amy Hume
BettyAnn Leeseberg-Lange
Chad O'Brien
Cheryl Moore Brinkley
Diane Robinson
Dolly May
Elissa Weinzimmer
Flloyd Kennedy
Hilary Blair
Jack Horton
Jennifer Innes
Kate DeVore
Kate Nelson
Kendra Kingsbury
Lester Thomas Shane
Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Melissa Hurt
Micha Espinosa
Pamela Prather
Simon Masterton

Board Liaison: Daron Oram

Financial Oversight Committee

Chair: Past President: Betty Moulton


President: Michael Barnes
President-Elect: Pamela Prather
Board of Director Member: Antonio Ocampo-Guzman
Member at Large: William Ryder





Conference Planning Team

2020 Conference Directors: Amy HumeJennifer Innes, and Katerina Moraitis

Board Liaison: Micha Espinosa

Mentorship Initiative

The VASTA Mentorship Initiative will open up avenues of mentorship and peer support to all of our members. The initiative will facilitate events, gather resources, and set up facilities to allow our newer members to gain valuable insight from our more experienced members. We will also facilitate semi-formal relationships between peers at similar career points who wish to exchange ideas, advice, and experiences with those facing similar challenges and milestones. We want to empower all members by harbouring a culture of knowledge-sharing, open communication and championing our most valuable resource - ourselves!

More information on the Mentorship Initiative is available in the members-only section of the website.

Chair: Ursula Meyer

Members: Jennifer Innes
Amy Chaffee
Jeremy Sortore

Board Liaison: Kristi Dana





Membership Connection Committee (MCC)

The Membership Connection Committee (MCC) merges the former offices:

  • Director of Membership
  • Associate Director of Membership 
  • Human Resources Coordinator

The primary duty of the MCC is to help members take full advantage of their membership by keeping them connected to the services, benefits, resources, and opportunities available through VASTA. The MCC reports to the Board Liaison for Membership. 

The MCC is comprised of three members who serve two-year rotating terms and who represent three levels of experience with VASTA:

• Junior member: a person with 2+ years of membership; ideally, an Early-Career Leader.
• Associate member: a person with 5+ years of membership, and service to the association.
• Senior member: a person with 10+ years of membership, and senior service to the association; ideally, a Past-President.

To reach the MCC please email connections(at)


Board Liaison to MCC: Jeremy Sortore
Senior Member: Mandy Rees
Associate Member: Jeremy Sortore
Junior Member: Joe Hetterly