Meet the Team
"Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results."
-Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Irene Brink (She, Her)
Born and raised in Las Cruces, Irene Brink has performed musically on stage, as a solo performer and in choirs throughout the area since early childhood. Since receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Master's in Music from NMSU she has been active in the local musical community. She has maintained a private voice studio for fifteen years and is currently the Director of Choirs at Vista Middle School. Since 2014 she has been able to enjoy the musical outlet and fellowship of SInging Out Las Cruces from both sides of the stand, first as a singer, then as the Artistic Director.
Barry Shaw (He, Him)
Barry has been playing piano for over 60 years. He has studied with various teachers in Hobbs, Las Cruces, and Seattle. He has focused on playing for Musicals including Godspell, Oh Coward, Company, Shrek, Wizard of Oz, and Nunsense. In Seattle, he accompanied the Emerald City Volunteers, a subgroup of Seattle Men's Chorus. He also played for fundraisers for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Lambda Defense fund in addition to many weddings, musical revues, and his work as a solo accompanist. Outside of his work for SOLC he is also the musical director of two churches here in Las Cruces.
Board Chair, Charter Member
Roy Rivas (He, Him)
Roy Rivas is a native of Las Cruces. He has been a member of Singing Out Las Cruces since the first practice and performance in 2011. He is active in the community, as a whole. His work is in healthcare and has been part of the healthcare community for more than 30 years. He is committed to treating everyone with equity, respect, and compassion.
Secretary, Music Librarian, Charter Member
Lenora Oesterich (She, Her)
Family, friends, music, helping women achieve their goals by working to provide opportunities for financial support. Family: two loving daughters, two amazing grandsons, nieces, nephews, and cousins who continue to provide me with a sense of family. Friends: too many to name but part of my heart through the many experiences of my life. Music: the important part of my life that continues to provide me with the reminder of the love of my life, the comfort when needed, and the joy in my heart that ONLY music can provide. Love my continuing connection with SOLC. Helping women: The organization has shown me the importance of supporting one another and acknowledging dreams.
Lenora Oesterreich, Soprano and so much more
Member at Large
Ron Brooker (He, Him)
Ron has lived in Las Cruces since December 2011. He began singing with SOLC Jan 2012. He retired after 30 years as a Lutheran Pastor and
Social worker for 5 years with the State of Missouri. His interests are music, films, history, friends & family.
Member at Large
Bailey Fordham (He, Him)
Bailey Fordham hails from Augusta, Georgia, but has called Las Cruces home for over a decade. An avid audience member, he joined SOLC’s board of directors at the launch of the Fall 2021 season. At New Mexico State University, Bailey studied music and philosophy, graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in 2015. During college he performed with Masterworks choir for two years. In his youth, Bailey enjoyed community musical theater, with Barnaby in Hello Dolly! Being his favorite role. These days he sings tenor, but only in empty stairwells.”
Member at Large
Chris Hadsell (He, Him)
Chris Hadsell is a lifelong resident of Las Cruces. His first experience with SOLC was as an audience member, then he decided to come and sing. Christ attended NMSU, receiving degrees in both Graphic Arts and Digital Film-making. He then attended Hollins University and received his Master's in Screenwriting. Chris became interested in AIDS/HIV advocacy work after losing friends to the disease so he volunteered for Camino De Vide AIDS/HIV agency. As for Singing Out, Chris thinks that if anything there is true meaning to "it takes a village". SOLC like Chris is "community minded".
Fundraising Team Coordinator/Grant Writer, Charter Member
Nicole Waltermire (She, Her)
Nicole Waltermire is one of the original members of SOLC. A native of California, Nicole and her
family have lived in Las Cruces for 15 years, where they delight in the area’s thriving arts’ scene and stunning natural beauty. She currently works as an editor for WestEd, a national research, development, and service agency that works to promote excellence and equity and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. In addition, she frequently teaches in the New Mexico State University Writing Program as an adjunct instructor. A lifelong singer, Nicole also enjoys reading, biking, and hiking in the beautiful Organ Mountains with her family and their two
Media Manager, Program & Website Designer
Liz Brink (She, Her)
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Liz moved to Las Cruces after years of commuting for school, work, and volunteering in the local theater community as a Dramaturg.
She has been working in Early Childhood Education for 20 years, In her off time she is an avid reader, writer, and gamer, and loves being with her amazing wife and son. She is the former Vice President of SOLC and currently volunteers managing the many media needs of the organization including designing the new logos, designing the programs & promotional materials, managing social media platforms, and the website.
Previous Board Members
"Coming together is a beginning,
Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."