Guided by PBA’s mission, the Board steers PBA  towards a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission.  Their primary duties are working on strategy, setting goals and objectives, overseeing programs and activities, and actively managing risks.


2021/2022 Board of Directors

57% women; 43% men; 29% persons of color; 14% LGBT


Liz Miles – President 

Master Plan Manager, ‎University of San Francisco

Liz Miles’ education focused on Strategic Planning, Project Management, Community Relations, graduating from the University of California and continuing on to complete her MBA from San Diego State University.  Her  work history includes Budget Director for Worcester Polytechnic University, the University of California Athletics as Business Manager, Fundraising, Sports Supervisor, Assistant Athletic Director, and most recently at the University of San Francisco as Master Plan Manager. Liz was also on the 1984 United States Olympic Rowing Team.  Her son began as an after school chorister at PBA and is in his 3rd year at the day school.


Ron Cohen – Vice President

Chair, UC Berkeley Academic Senate, Director, Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center, Professor of Chemistry and of Earth and Planetary Sciences, & former PBA Board President 

Ronald Cohen is the parent of a 2018 graduate from PBA Day School. Ronald C. Cohen attended Wesleyan University where he received his BA and went on to attend graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D.  In 1995 he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Cohen’s research focuses on developing and applying new experimental and modeling strategies for understanding the chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere now and in the past and for predicting future changes. Current research focuses on the role of nitrogen oxides and on the isotopes of water.


David Brega – Treasurer 

PBA Graduate, Pharmaceutical Consultant

David Brega joined the Pacific Boychoir Academy as a treble singer in 1999, and has stuck around ever since. He has stayed engaged as a camp counselor, tour chaperone, guest singer, and now board member. Professionally, he guides pharmaceutical companies through clinical trial data analysis and documentation for submission to the FDA. In his free time, he indulges in the love of travel instilled in him at PBA.


Barbara Hamrick- Secretary

Retired Registered Nurse and Entrepreneur. 

Founded, operated, and sold four local businesses in the field of elder care, including two private duty home care agencies, a licensed home health agency, and a board and care home. Served as board member of three non-profit organizations since 1995. Barbara is one of PBA’s most generous supporters.  


Carla Gordon – PBA Fundraising Chair

Grant writer

Carla is the grandparent of a PBA elementary student.  She brings extensive experience with non-profit arts and educational organizations.  Carla has the proven ability to facilitate new partnerships between non-profit organizations and businesses, community organizations, schools, and diverse publics. Recently, she has been responsible for project design and planning, funding and resource acquisitions, communications, marketing and public relations, and financial administration for arts organizations in Southern California.  Carla has raised over $12,000,000 for educational and community arts organizations.


Marcia Roy- Board Member 

Music Director & Founder, Pacific Boychoir Academy

Ms. Roy is a founding member of Pacific Boychoir Academy. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Music from California State University, Hayward, and has been the organist at Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland for over 20 years. Formerly, Ms. Roy served as choral conductor at Holy Names High School in Oakland and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. She has worked with professional boychoirs in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. Ms. Roy serves as school music instructor, assistant director of the Intermezzi group, vocal coach, and accompanist, and is also the Music LIbrarian for the PBA’s 500+ titles.


Kumani Armstrong- Board Member 

Employment Law and Personal Injury Attorney

Kumani attended UCLA and then went on to graduate from University of California Hastings College of the Law.  Kumani’s legal practice expertise includes personal injury, product liability, business and employment law.



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