Richard Jung, Executive Director

Richard Jung comes to the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus with over 23 years of experience in the non-profit sector including over 6 years as the National Senior Program Officer at the Gill Foundation in Denver, CO where he worked on various LGBT initiatives targeting Community Centers, Communities of Color and Statewide Organizing. Rick also has extensive background in HIV/AIDS, both at the community level, having served as the Director of Development for the Boulder County AIDS Project in Boulder, CO and nationally, serving as a member of the Ms. Foundation’s ‘Women and AIDS Advisory Committee’ and as the Vice-Chair of Funders Concerned About AIDS – a national group of corporations and foundations working together in increase financial support for HIV/AIDS at the local and national level. He most recently worked in higher education as a Director of Development for his alma mater, Boise State University, and at Rutgers University and Portland State University. Rick hales from Boise, Idaho and is a proud graduated of Boise State University where he earned a degree in Theatre Arts. When not in the office, Rick can either be found harmonizing in the Baritone Section of the chorus, swatting at yellow balls on the tennis court, or indulging in his favorite passion – Broadway. He is a proud U. S. Navy veteran.


Bob Mensel, Artistic Director

Bob Mensel has served as the Artistic Director of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus since 1993. Prior to moving to Portland, he was Conductor of the Salt Lake Men’s Choir and co-founder of the Salt Lake Choral Scholars. His earliest training was in his hometown of Washington, D.C. where he studied piano with Caryl Traten Fisher and sang with numerous schools and honor choirs, including the University of Maryland Chorus. He first attended the college at Brigham Young University, but completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah where he received a degree in Music History in 1989. In 1992, he graduated with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon. Bob recently completed a PhD in Music History and has served on the panel for the Arts Industry Development Grants of the Oregon Arts Commission.

Michael Barnes, Principal Accompanist

Michael Barnes has been accompanying singers since his high school days in Seattle, Washington. He has toured nationally for Community Concerts, and tours internationally as the third member of the now infamous BoZoArtZ Duo. His mentors have been Dr. Alberton Rafols (University of Washington) and Dr. Edith Kilbuck (Lewis and Clark College). He received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance-Accompaniment in 1986. He has also coached with Dalton Baldwin, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, and Jan Meyerowitz at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Barnes maintains long-time associations with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus (with whom he has also appeared as vocal soloist and accordionist), Bravo Vancouver, Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University and with the Old Church Society, for whom he schedules their Sack Lunch Recitals. He is also the organist of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland.

Mary McCarty, Conducting Associate

Mary conducts the vocal subgroups of PGMC, coaches soloists, and assists the Artistic Director. She is also a freelance flutist and singer who has performed with many local groups including PGMC, David York Ensemble, Choral Cross Ties, Bridges, Aurora, Confluence, Viriditas and Satori. She is the former conductor of Chrysalis Children’s Choirs and recently founded a treble choir at Sunnyside Environmental School. Before coming to Portland in 1995, Mary lived in Ithaca, NY, where she sang with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble and performed frequently with the Genesee Baroque Orchestra (Dana Maiben, conductor). She received her Bachelor of Music degree from State University of New York at Potsdam. By day, she is an IT Manager at Daimler Trucks North America. Mary and her partner Lottie Zorn live in Portland with two fabulous daughters and many pets.

Alan Williams, Production Manager


Terrill Grubbs, Administrative Coordinator
Jwo Fox-Lee, System Administrator
Howard Neal, Member Information Coordinator

Board of Directors

Sheryl Anderson, Board Chair
Jim McVittie, Board Vice Chair
vacant, Treasurer
Wayne Gregory, Secretary

Kurt Bedell
Mark Clift
Gary Coleman, Chorus President
John Fread
David Johnson
Sunil Kasturi
Clydie King Johnson
Riley Lakos
Becky Porter

Ex officio, non-voting members
Bob Mensel, Artistic Director
Marty Phreed, Chorus Vice President
Richard Jung, Executive Director

Chorus Leadership

Gary Coleman, Chorus President
Marty Phreed, Chorus Vice President
Ricky Armendariz, Marketing Coordinator
Jim Logan, Wellness Chair
Gary Coleman, Volunteer Coordinator
Sunil Kasturi, IT Chair
Alan Williams, Production Manager
TBD, Travel Chair
James Owen & Jake Sachs, Social Co-chairs
Howard Neal, Member Information Coordinator
Steven Brook, Alumni Chair