Meet our Board

Leslie McKinley - Past President

I have been singing with the Vocal Arts since 1991, and VA is what feeds my soul…  As with many of the other musicians in the group, I feel that the final product that we bring to the public is just a small part of what we provide to each other, as each week we are there for support, group counseling, laughter, love, and sharing!  It is about the passion that we share and the sense of coming together to make something bigger than ourselves that keeps us coming back, and knowing that when we work together, we make magic happen.


In my day job, I am the development director for United Way of San Luis Obispo County.  There too, I am inspired by people coming together to bring community to those who need it, and for me, that is what is so important about San Luis Obispo.  My children were all born and raised here, we have lived here for 40 years and have loved being part of this place where people care about each other, take care of each other through difficult times, and rejoice in each other’s triumphs.


That is what makes Vocal Arts such a special part of my life and this community and I believe what comes through in our music.  As Gary says, when we put down our music and “sing from the heart”, our audience gets the very best of what we can give to them, our heart.  That is what makes VA so special to me and why I love to be able to give the extra time to serve on the Board of Directors.

Nancy Carter- Director

After taking a 30 year break from singing, Nancy came back to sing with the Vocal Arts four years ago.  She now feels like she has a second family with her fellow members and is thoroughly enjoying making beautiful music with them.  Other than music she enjoys doing construction projects, spending time with her family (especially her new grandson) and playing in her garden.

Kit Hansen- Secretary

Kit Hansen is a singer with Vocal Arts and the Secretary on the Board of Directors. Kit has derived great pleasure and a sense of family from singing in Vocal Arts since 1998, including five tours.  A retired teacher, she loves singing, swimming, and spending time with her wonderful children and grandchildren.