Founder and Executive Director
Vanessa Grose works for Google as a Head of Customer Engineering and has an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She has a lifelong love of choral music and believes in the power of music to change hearts and lives. As the Founder and Executive Director of Puget Soundworks, Vanessa is excited to combine her love of people management and business strategy with her passion for the arts to help build an inclusive singing community.
Miriam Anderson has been involved in music her whole life and started studying voice and percussion at the age of 10. She began her studies in both choral and orchestral conducting during her undergraduate years at UC Berkeley. After earning a bachelor’s degree in music and peace and conflict studies, she was hired to assistant direct the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, and to play principal timpani and run the percussion section for the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. In June 2017 she completed a master’s of music degree in choral conducting from the University of Washington.
Miriam is passionate about using choral music to build community and connection, and as a form of outreach, integrating her backgrounds in music and peace studies. Outside of Puget Soundworks, Miriam currently directs the Seattle Labor Chorus, Northminster Presbyterian Church choir, and the Piccolini and Entrata ensembles of Seattle Girls Choir. She also teaches choir at Seattle Waldorf High School, is a teaching artist at Seattle Opera, and is the Chorus Manager and a singing member of Choral Arts Northwest. Miriam also frequently gigs in the Seattle area as a percussionist, vocalist, and conductor.
When she is not making music, Miriam enjoys dance, yoga, knitting, cooking, and playing with her cat.
Sarah Colerick finds peace and connection through the joy of singing. They hold a Bachelor’s of Visual Communications Design from Eastern Washington University and a certificate in User Experience. In college, they played Dungeons and Dragons. Their favorite battle was against a flaming Beholder. Sarah loves the thrill of a great storytelling experience.
Sarah lives at home with their tiny Chihuahua/Shih Tzu, Ada.
Sarah prefers to be addressed with they/them pronouns in written communication.
Board of Directors
Christina first served on Puget Soundworks Board in January 2020 as Board Secretary. In mid 2021 she began serving as Vice President, and was then elected to serve as President in 2022.
Christina has over ten years of corporate HR experience. In addition, she is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working in private practice for 14 years.
“I’m thrilled to be serving Puget Soundworks as a singer and board member. I’ve been a singer since Puget Soundworks’ inception, and became a board member shortly after. I’ve seen an increase in quality in our production and performances. Organizationally, the growth and change has been astounding. I believe in the heart of the organization and I’m very excited about our future!”
Christina holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, with an emphasis in Organizational Development from Sonoma State University and a Master of Science in Systems Counseling from Bastyr University.
Vice President / Treasurer
Elected to the Board of Directors as Secretary in November, 2021, Dena Hughes is excited to join the Puget Soundworks community. Although her singing talents thrive primarily within the confines of her own home, she shares in the joy of music as both messenger and a communal, healing force. Dena’s professional background includes over 20 years of experience in the field of clinical data management, software configuration, and technical documentation. Prior to embarking on her clinical trials career, she spent 10 years in the field of environmental consulting, often to be found on a trawler out in Puget Sound, working toward a cleaner marine ecosystem for our entire Seattle community. With an endless appetite for travel, coupled with a love of the written word, Dena has blogged many an adventure abroad, with no plans to stop moving any time soon.
I am a happy transplant to the Seattle area after starting out life in Chicago.
Receiving certificates in tech and systems areas, my career has been financial as an accounting system administrator. I have volunteered these skills to the board and hope to progress our mission of kindness and inclusivity to many ears and hearts.
Starting in choirs at age 7 and continuing with university, college and community groups, I am still alit when singing shoulder to shoulder. I sing to bring justice and peace for all lands, people, flora and fauna and to stand with love as an allied voice for those marginalized by intolerant times.
My pronouns are she/her/hers. In high regard for family, I am named wife to John, mom to Noelle, grandma to Oliver, prrr to Ediecat and soprano to Puget Soundworks.
Along with professional experience as a singer/songwriter, Diana has been singing in choral groups for over 50 years. She believes that music is the answer and that singing together with others in harmony heals the world. She studied theater and music at the University of Minnesota and Computer Programming at North Seattle Community College. She has served on numerous artistic boards including Front Room Theater and Seattle Choruses. She was elected to Puget Soundworks as president in 2019 and continues now on the board as a member at large. She makes a living as a Software Developer and energy medicine practitioner. She also uses video editing as a creative outlet and continues to write and perform music regularly in all possible ways. She thrives with Sylvia, her wife of 35 years, and their doggie Max.