Board of Directors

The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF invites community members to celebrate our great work and inspire other leaders by serving on the LGCSF Board of Directors.

The Chorus enriches and inspires the greater LGBT community to live lives filled with laughter, joy and authenticity through music. The Chorus seeks individuals from San Francisco’s music, philanthropy, business, and arts communities as candidates for its board of directors. The board includes singing chorus members as well as supporting members.

Basic responsibilities of the board include participation in a monthly meeting, working within committees, and seeking financial support from events, sponsorships, grants and donations. LGCSF is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. To learn more about our board of directors, email

Service on our board of directors begins through election by the chorus membership or appointment by the board. Board members serve two-year terms with half of the board up for re-election each fall.

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Current Board Members

Rachel Pokorny, President

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 Rachel Pokorny is honored to bring a decade of professional choral management to the Lesbian Gay Chorus of San Francisco. She has served on the Board for four years. Having experienced first-hand the community, activism and musical excellence of a boldly-identified chorus, she looks forward to helping LGCSF grow for another 35 years.

Dale Danley, Secretary / Treasurer

Dale joined the LGCSF board of directors in 2009. Dale sings in the bass section of LGCSF and has performed with LGCSF at GALA chorus festivals in Miami and Denver. Before finding a musical home at LGCSF, Dale sang with several local choruses. Dale is active in community organizing within the North of Panhandle neighborhood and is a former member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. He studied Public Health at UC Berkeley, and has worked in clinical research and grantmaking.

June Bonacich

June Bonacich is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied Composition with Elinor Armer. She now teaches musicianship and composition in the pre-college division of the Conservatory. She has been playing percussion with the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom band for 5 years and also plays percussion and second violin with the Community Women’s Orchestra (CWO0 in Oakland. She has had orchestral works performed by CWO as well as the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Her Concerto for Bassoon Quartet will be premiered by CWO on May 17 of this coming year. June is also an occasional playwright/ “Group Therapy”, a musical that she wrote for the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, was performed in San Francisco and at the Gay Games in Chicago in 2005. She lives in San Francisco with her wife Joselle Monarchi and their five cats and one dog. They have a human son and one grandchild.

Janice Ann Placido

Janice is a personal concierge, specializing in business admin projects and event planning. A chorus singer since junior high school, Janice joined LGCSF in 2010 because she missed the camaraderie, singing beautiful music, and performing. She joined the Membership Committee soon after, serving for 4 years before becoming a Board Member in 2014. When she’s not swimming through emails and juggling client projects, Janice cooks in high heels, drives fast cars, travels to tropical places, and embarrasses herself at karaoke bars.

Joe Wicht

Joe Wicht is a local musician and composer.  While most frequently seen and heard at Martuni’s where he hosts Piano Bar 101 (on Mondays) and Sing-Along Saturdays, he also co-produces the Cabaret Showcase Showdown and is a fervent champion of new and emerging cabaret artists in the Bay Area.

Van Mares

Van L Mares, a Los Angeles native, upon arriving to SF eagerly sought out a place to fit in and play music. As a welcoming community of singers in San Francisco, LGCSF, in 2002, welcomed him into their family. His passion and commitment to music and the LGBTQ community tied him to this chorus as they have been an institution and voice for the Bay Area. Now, almost 15 years later he has decided to continue his commitment to this organization, not only as a singing member, but a dedicated Board Member. Supporting music and the LGBTQ community through the human voice.