Board of Directors
Voices of Gotham's entire governing body and regular support staff consists completely of volunteers from within our membership, who provide in-kind donations of their artistic and executive skills. The Board of Directors is appointed through an annual election process in which every active member of the chorus is invited and encouraged to participate. The Artistic Team is appointed by majority vote from the board.
Rafi Hasib, President
Rafi Hasib is a senior developer at a financial software company, where he writes tools to support build infrastructure and improve the developer experience.
A longtime musician and tech enthusiast, Rafi was first exposed to barbershop in high school, where he and his theatre friends would get together to learn songs off a cappella recordings and woodshed popular tunes in four-part harmony. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, studying electrical engineering, computer science, and music theory. While in school, he directed and arranged for multiple singing groups, as well as scored an original musical, "The Glee of Clubs".
As a lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Rafi has performed in multiple quartets and choruses in the Mid-Atlantic District and currently serves on the Youth Council for the Society's Strategic Planning Committee. He regularly attends Harmony University to continue his barbershop training and is passionate about using barbershop to promote education, community, and well-being.
Since joining Voices of Gotham, he has contributed to the Marketing Team, Membership Team, and Music Team, where he has also served as Tenor Section Leader and Vice President of Music & Performance. He is excited to lead the chorus and honored to serve as President of Voices of Gotham.
Dylan Lupo, Secretary
Dylan is a civil engineer working in the highway bridge design field. As an undergraduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, he was very active in many aspects of performing arts, finding music and performing as a great complement and balance to his technical education. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society and Voices of Gotham in 2012 and has served as Chapter Secretary for 4 years and loves singing in his quartet, For the Times.
Braden Lynk, Treasurer
Braden officially joined the Barbershop Harmony Society after moving to NYC following college in 2008, joining both the Big Apple Chorus and Voices of Gotham and maintaining dual membership through 2010. He has served on VoG’s executive board for almost the entire history of VoG, including as president from 2011 through 2012. This period saw VoG win their first District Championship and make their first competitive appearance at International in Portland. He currently serves on VoG’s executive board as Treasurer, a position he’s held since 2015.
As a quartetter, Braden is a 3-time Barbershop Harmony Society Mid-Atlantic District Collegiate Quartet champion first with Next Stop (twice) and with the Frat Pack, singing bass in both quartets. He also is a 3-time Northern Division Quartet Champion with Flatiron Four singing bass as well (highest District finish - 5th in 2011).
In his career, Braden is an Associate Director of Project Management for a leading medical communications agency in Manhattan overseeing a portfolio of brands from several of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, he is also a member of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Brian Lindvall, VP Marketing/PR
Brian is a Partner and Director at DBOX, an Emmy Award-winning branding and marketing agency specializing in luxury real estate and global architectural developments. At Princeton University, he wrote his senior thesis on Architectural Acoustics and served as Musical Director and Financial Manager of the sixteen-member a cappella group, the Princeton Tigertones. Brian's experience in barbershop quartet singing began at the age of 16, when he attended an educational outreach program by the Barbershop Harmony Society on a youth scholarship. This one-time event became a lifetime avocation, and he is dedicated to recreating similar experiences for future youth. As a founding member of Voices of Gotham, Brian led the group's rebranding. He has served as the President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Marketing, and Baritone Section Leader.
Brian is married to Sarah Clay Lindvall, Director of Sirens of Gotham, and sings baritone in Mid-Atlantic District Champion quartet Frank the Dog.
Jude Thomas, VP Music & Performance
Jude Thomas is a composer and performer in the New York City area. Originally from the West Coast, Jude has been an active barbershopper since 2008, singing with both Pacific Coast Harmony in La Jolla, California, and the Masters of Harmony in the Los Angeles area.
Jude is also an active writer and speaker and recently presented on the history of Tin Pan Alley and barbershop music at the 2016 International Barbershop Convention. In addition to serving as Vice President of Music & Performance, he also manages Voices of Gotham's Arrangers Lab.
Learn more about Jude Thomas by visiting his personal website.
BJ Hillinck, VP Membership
BJ works as a bookseller at the iconic Strand Bookstore in Union Square. He is a lifelong musician whose background as a classical instrumentalist and chamber musician greatly influences his approach to singing and vocal directing. While relatively new to barbershop, BJ was a founding member of Rittenhouse Sound in Philadelphia and currently serves as both the VP of Membership and as a member of the Voices of Gotham music team. He is also music director of the Heart of Long Island Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
BJ recently graduated from Haverford College in Philadelphia, where he studied cultural history and music, and where he directed both the college's orchestra and multiple vocal ensembles in classroom and extracurricular settings. He has spent many summers honing his ensemble singing skills at Westminster Choir College, and studied conducting at Bard College Conservatory's Conducting Institute in 2014.
In his free time, he composes and enjoys reading fiction and criticism.
Spencer Wight, Member-at-Large
Spencer Wight is an Educator at the Liberty Science Center. As a biology undergraduate at Oberlin College in Ohio, he found barbershop to be perfectly suited to his a cappella-oriented tastes, and proceeded to perform and compete with his quartet, 3 Dudes and a Guy, for the next four years.
Spencer comes to Voices of Gotham by way of Washington DC, where he sang with the Alexandria Harmonizers, and is excited to be the newest member of the board! When not at board meetings or rehearsals, he enjoys cooking, sampling fine wines, and singing with his current quartet, Madhattan.
Nemo Ashong, Immediate Past President
Niiamah “Nemo” Ashong is a Learning and Development professional at the advertising technology company AppNexus, where he fosters a global culture of knowledge-sharing and collaboration through social and online learning. He is also the Founder of Actuarial Journey, an professional development community for aspiring actuaries seeking to obtain their credentials.
Nemo’s passion for a cappella singing, harmony, and leadership began with Cornell University’s Last Call a cappella group, where he served as the president, treasurer, choreographer. He was introduced to barbershop in 2010, through a former Last Call singer, and continued to share the gift of song, by serving as the President and Vice President of Membership for Voices of Gotham.