VOENA Board of Directors

Andy Starr

Andy Starr is a product and business development consultant specializing in new technologies for both the wine and cleantech industries.  Best known as Founder and President of Neocork Technologies, the synthetic wine cork pioneer, he is an entrepreneur, marketing manager and winemaker with over twenty five years of Fortune 500 and start-up experience in identifying and building new business opportunities.  Andy lives in Yountville, and earned a BS degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis and an MBA from UCLA.  Andy and Debbie have two children, choir member Maija (16) and Aaron (18).

Stacia Mott Austin

Stacia Mott Austin is the chairperson of VOENA’s Parents Advisory Council (PAC), and works during the day as a case manager coordinating services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Stacia’s daughters Ceilidh (18) and Reilly (16) have been members of VOENA for almost 10 years, and her son Samwise (13) was also a member for three years.  She has served on multiple nonprofit boards including a charter school and a theater organization for children, where she was also the managing director who guided 16 children and their original play to a successful two-week run off-Broadway. Stacia was fortunate enough to perform on the VOENA stage with her daughters for the “Voices of the Season: Cameo” concert series, and has gained a new respect for the courage of the members who get up there and give it their all every day. Stacia is also the VOENA Facebook moderator, and has assisted with multiple fundraisers.

Annabelle Marie

Director and Founder of VOENA, has been a music educator for nearly 20 years.  With a Masters Degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in 1991, Annabelle is considered a music specialist who focuses on the “physical singing” technique of incorporating the body-voice connection into her teaching. Annabelle has learned from many teachers, including choreography with the San Francisco School of Circus Arts.  She has studied the methods of Hungarian educator Zoltan Kodály who believed that song is the foundation of musical learning, and utilized native or cultural “folk” music and physical movement. Annabelle is an accomplished singer, violinist, pianist, composer, arranger and educator who has received a number of awards and accolades for her work including the 2008 Jefferson Award for Community Service. While raising her three sons, she recognized the need for more access to quality music education, and in 1994 founded the VOENA children’s choir with a handful of eager participants.  Today VOENA has more than 150 choir members at all levels of skill with practice sites in Benicia, Napa and Santa Rosa.  Annabelle founded a musical education program called (VIS) VOENA in the Schools in 2012.

Dale Robbins

Dale Robbins is a Hospital Engineer, currently working at Kaiser Hospital.  His prior work included a position as Assistant Chief Engineer for the SF Giants, and Stationary Engineer at Marin General Hospital.

Dale helps VOENA by taking care of his wife, Founder and Director Annabelle Marie,  helping staff, and volunteering for stage and sound set up.

Patrick Vandeweg

Board Biographies

Finance Committee

Doris Laux

Andy Starr

Scholarship Committee

Adriene Rockwell

Andy Starr

Julie Chow

Julie Chow has been a homeschool parent of three for over 18 years. Music has been a major pursuit for all three children, including her youngest daughter Noelle, now a college freshman. Noelle joined VOENA in 6th grade. Motivated by VOENA’s goals and work ethic, she challenged herself to earn a place in Creavo. Throughout her high school years, Noelle co-taught in the VOENA Schools program, and revitalized and led the VOENA summer camps. Seeing how much Noelle benefited and grew through VOENA, Julie's desire is to give back by helping other VOENA families. Professionally, Julie served as a founding member and Treasurer of homeschool organization CHD Academy, and previously worked for 10 years in the banking industry in the areas of retail and Fortune 500 corporate lending.

PAC Committee

Stacia Mott Austin (Chair)

Neda Lohrer

Ann Gilbert

Isabelle Martin

Joanna Badano