2017 Board Leadership
Pam Baldwin - President
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.
Pam Deegan - Vice 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.
Susan McConchie - Secretary
Susan McConchie has been the recording secretary for the Pacificaires for 3 years. She currently sings in a number of choirs and loves every minute of it. Singing makes her heart happy and joyful. These choruses include the Pacificaires, Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church, Masterworks Chorale, and the Pacific Coast Chorale. She is from New Hampshire and Boston where she sang in the Dedham Chorale, Keene Chorale and Keene Pops choir in addition to several church choirs over the years.
She was a pediatric occupational therapist and was very active in establishing advocacy and peer support groups across NH for parents, students and adults with various disabilities. She has always been involved with community agencies in many different roles from board member to staff member. She was an active volunteer for her class reunions and served in several capacities for many years at Northfield Mt Hermon School in MA
She and her husband have 3 sons and happily spent countless days traveling to wrestling, hockey and water polo tournaments, and to bike team races at NMH and later at their universities. One son took a job in San Francisco and the rest of the family relocated to the west coast shortly thereafter in 2010.
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.