Conspirare is grateful for the many contributions of Staff, Board, and Artists.







Craig Hella Johnson email Artistic Director

Ann McNair email Managing Director

Ellen Culver Digital Content Coordinator

Scott Dinger email Development Specialist

Rick Gabrillo email Associate Conductor

Robert Harlan email Technical Director and Stage Manager

Meri Krueger email Artist Relations

Jaime Leighton email Production Administrator and Webmaster

Kathy Leighton email House Manager

Ali Lewis email Conspirare Concierge

Jane Ramirez email Business Manager

Kendall Walshak email Production Assistant

Current Openings

Conspirare is seeking its next Director of Development. Click here for more information and how to apply.

Internship Program

Board of Directors

  • Nancy Lesch, Chair, Health and Wellness Strategist and Consultant
  • Robert Harlan, Vice Chair, Owner, Harlan Enterprises
  • William G. Fivecoat, Treasurer, CPA (ret.)
  • William C. Bednar, Secretary, Attorney, Independent Practice
  • Kenneth H. Beck, Co-Founder, The Crossings (ret.)
  • Marvin J. Brittman, Legal Executive (ret.)
  • Carl Caricari, Founder, Caricari Consultants, Technology/Business Consultants
  • Fran Collmann, Owner, TesCom (ret.)
  • Mary Anne Connolly, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, MACMedia
  • Susanna Finnell, Director of Admissions, Adjunct Professor of English, University of Houston (ret.)
  • Sandra Fivecoat, Consultant & Executive Coach
  • Elliott Forrest, Broadcaster/Producer/Director/Designer, WQXR, NY
  • Marcus Cruz Sanchez, Director of Communications and Marketing, Kind Clinic
  • Joni Wallace, Dentist, Dr. Joni Wallace, DDS

(Top, left to right:) Marvin Brittman, Mark Bierner, Robert Harlan, Bill Fivecoat, Mary Anne Connolly, Kenneth H. Beck, Sandra Fivecoar, Marcus Sanchez. (Bottom, left to right:) Ann McNair (Managing Director), Craig Hella Johnson (Artistic Director), Nancy Lesch, Joni Wallace, Susanna Finnell. Photo credit: Fabian Villa

Advisory Board

  • Stephen Aechternacht
  • John Aielli
  • Sue Barnes
  • Ray Brimble
  • David Claflin
  • Tom Driscoll
  • Virginia Dupuy
  • Maydelle Fason
  • JoLynn Free
  • Billy Gammon
  • Vance George
  • Helen Hays
  • Dan Herd
  • William B. Hilgers
  • Judith Jellison
  • Bob Murphy
  • Lynn Murphy
  • Cliff Redd
  • Gayle Glass Roche
  • Nancy Scanlan
  • Angela Smith
  • Bernadette Tasher
  • Louann Temple
  • Eva Womack
  • Midge Woolsey


Conspirare Ambassadors volunteer as ushers, CD sales associates, artist hosts, and for other concert functions. We invite new volunteers who would enjoy meeting the public and contributing to Conspirare’s operations to contact House Manager Kathy Leighton to learn more.

Conspirare offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and corporations to join its musical circle through gifts of time, energy, and talent.

Concert ambassadors serve as ticket takers, ushers, and CD sellers at performances. Office volunteers work at Conspirare headquarters on special projects such as music library upkeep, archiving press clippings, and yes, stuffing envelopes. Hosting volunteers house out-of-town Conspirare singers and instrumentalists during concert series.

In October of 2018, Conspirare launched its first ever Corporate Ambassador program. Says Henry Leighton, President of CAS Consulting and Services, Inc., “CAS is so appreciative of the new Conspirare opportunity of being ‘Corporate Ambassadors.’ CAS covered the Big Sing at the new Austin Central Library and the staff are still talking about it months later. We were given the chance to combine an important team-building need with supporting a world-class organization, while letting our stodgy ‘engineer hair’ down. It was so fun, and we’ll do it again!”

Volunteer roles are assigned according to interests and skills, and training is provided as needed. Send us an email to find out how you can be a part of the circle of Conspirare.

Featured Conspirare Ambassador

Stephanie Foster

“I was also relieved when I discovered a prerequisite wasn’t having a heavenly voice but just being a good listener was welcomed.”

I arrived in Austin about 17 years ago from Chicago, fleeing from ice, cold and snow and wanting to be closer to my daughter and her family. One of my new Austin friends invited me to join her for a Conspirare concert and that was the beginning for me. My second experience was Considering Matthew Shepard. I walked out of the auditorium, found an Ambassador, and asked how I could be a volunteer with Conspirare. She took my contact information and the very next morning I received a call from Kathy Leighton. I knew that if most of the people involved with this group were as friendly and kind as Kathy, I would love to be an Ambassador. I was also relieved when I discovered a prerequisite wasn’t having a heavenly voice but just being a good listener was welcomed.

I’ve helped with many Big Sings and various concerts as well as rearranging the CYC music library and a variety of office jobs. Being involved in the Conspirare office is a huge plus because of the opportunity to know many of the “behind the scenes” folks. I still believe that Craig Hella Johnson has a touch of magic within him because of the way he presents all of his music and is able to intermingle them. For me, his music is so heartwarming, calming, and even spiritual and I believe most of his audiences would agree. I love to watch them leave our concerts with smiles and lovely comments. This is a volunteer position that gives the Ambassadors so much in return. Being a part of this wonderful group is a pleasure and an honor.