2018 Board Leadership
Pam Deegan - President
Pam Deegan began her career at California State University, Los Angeles, where she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in structural kinesiology and exercise physiology. She then moved to the California Community College system as a faculty member.
Pam served for over 29 years in the California Community College system and over 36 years in higher education. Seventeen of those years were as a faculty member, while 19 were as an administrator. This later category included service as Dean of Instruction at Irvine Valley College and Santiago Canyon College; and Vice President of Instruction at Miramar College, Mt. San Jacinto College, and MiraCosta College.
Pam served as President of the Chief Instructional Officers for California Community Colleges. Perhaps her most notable contribution during her tenure as president was to work with the presidents of both the state Academic Senate for Community Colleges and the Chief Student Services Officers to develop the idea and plan for the Basic Skills Initiative—an initiative that still grants over 32 million dollars annually to community colleges for students who need assistance in the fundamental abilities needed to be successful in college—reading, writing, and math skills.
Although retired, Pam continues to serve the community college system. She teaches enrollment management at Claremont Graduate University in addition to directing and teaching in the university’s 4-day Enrollment Management Academy for community colleges.
For over 20 years, Pam has conducted bi-annual training for new vice presidents and instructional deans. Pam also consults throughout the state and has been called upon by dozens of community colleges for assistance.
Pam is married to Bob—the former President of Palomar College—whom she met while both were faculty at Irvine Valley College over 30 years ago. Pam has been in choirs most of her life including various high school choirs, musicals, Sweet Adelines, and choirs at the various colleges where she has worked. Pam has written parodies for over 25 years and her small groups perform these songs at community college conferences or on youtube.
Ellie Vivino - Vice President
Ellie Vivino credits her ongoing musical learning and education to all music directors, pianists, singers and music enthusiasts she met over the past four decades.
Ellie has been singing under the guidance of Eunice Williams since when Eunice was the music director of Singsations and Melodiers. In 2004, Ellie joined Pacificaires and Cedar Center Chorus. She created our first website Eunicewilliamsconducts (now closed), managed our publicity and created PowerPoint presentations for our concerts. Due to her husband’s relocation, she moved for a couple of years to Singapore where she joined local choir groups but continued managing our publicity online from far away.
Her memorable performances to name just a few include: Messiah by Handel in New York City with our group and Messiah, Portuguese version, with her very first chorus group in 1976 in Brazil; our own music exchanges with France and England; and The Lord of The Ring, 3-hour movie concert in 2013 in Singapore.
Ellie majored in Language and Literature in Brazil and completed a paralegal certificate program in Philadelphia. Upon moving to San Diego, she worked in intellectual property and construction defect law firms. She became a full-time mom and volunteered at her son's elementary school in many capacities from arts docent and chess instructor to room mom. Ellie taught Portuguese at UCSD Extension (from 1999 to 2001). Currently she is enrolled in a one-year multimedia certificate program to hone her graphic design skills.
Susan Yeun – Treasurer
Susan Yeun credits her mother for singing and introducing music to her at a young age. Without a musical education, Susan’s abilities plateaued soon after she learned how to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on the piano. Naturally, when she became a mom, she forced her children to undergo years of grueling piano lessons. In 2006, she joined Pacificaires which ignited her passion for choral singing.
Susan studied Mathematics at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Her working career includes over 25 years as a computer programmer with NCR Corporation, CSC, and Dataquick-Acxiom Corporation. She currently is self-employed as a property manager and real estate investor. She and her husband enjoy traveling the world searching for places as beautiful as San Diego. They also love spending time with their 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 1 granddaughter.
Pam Baldwin - Secretary
Pamela Baldwin studied foreign language and linguistics at the University of New Mexico, but became a career wife and mother of 4, one boy and three girls. She spent 20 years as a school volunteer, and a soccer, ballet, surf, and gymnastics mom. The Jane Fonda era found Pam, a long time jogger, teaching aerobics and fitness for a corporate wellness company. She worked as an office assistant for the Del Mar Elementary School District until 2012.
Pam joined Pacificaires after her retirement in 2012, influenced by the enthusiastic recommendation of her friends and fellow tenors, Jan and Robert MacMillan. She began attending Cedar Center for more practice and because it was such fun. Ten years of piano lessons (thanks, Mom), lots of singing along to old musicals, and occasional neighborhood Christmas caroling are Pam’s only music background. Learning to sing parts has been an exciting challenge, but hearing the songs come together as the group works on them makes all the effort worthwhile.