executive leadership

Marshan Moultry (he/him), Cofounder & Artistic Director

Marshan is an accomplished musician with 30 years of choir conducting, vocal coaching, and service/ministry experience. He moved to Seattle from California after serving for 14 years as the Associate Pastor of Worship & Music at Quail Lakes Baptist Church in Stockton, where he grew and led a 140+ member choir, praise team, orchestra, and band. He also supervised the Worship Arts staff of directors that led a children’s choir, orchestra, drama, multimedia, and dance departments.

Marshan has served as Co-Pastor and Minister of Music for Liberation United Church of Christ in Seattle, Choir Music Head for Interlocken International Summer Camp in Hillsboro, NH, and as the Associate Choir Director for the Marin City Community Choir. In addition, Marshan has led choir and ensemble tours in Kenya, South Africa, Romania, Spain, Italy, and Costa Rica.

Marshan has a dual B.A. in Vocal Music and Pastoral Counseling from University of the Pacific and an M.A. in Relationship and Pastoral Therapy from Seattle University. Marshan is an Individual, Couples and Family Therapist in private practice where he works primarily with BIPOC communities, building strategies to manage mental health diagnoses, self-empowerment, identity, and healing from racial, familial, occupational and relational trauma.

When not working, Marshan enjoys hosting dinner parties, traveling internationally, and occasionally doing nothing while lying on a beach.

Cindy Ogasawara, Resounding Love President

cindy ogasawara (she/her), Cofounder & President

Shelton Dowd

Shelton Dowd (he/him), Associate Artistic Director

Shelton is a passionate and accomplished singer and songwriter who has shared the stage with notable artists, including Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark Cole, Ernest Pugh, Kelontae Gavin, Shawn Bigby, John P. Kee, Miranda Curtis, Joshua Rogers, and many others. His journey in music began at a young age, cultivating his vocal talents through exposure to both gospel and choral music during his formative years in the church choir. In 2015, he marked his presence in the music industry with the release of his debut EP album ‘Try God,’ which features a captivating blend of soulful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. This work, celebrated for its unique sound and powerful messages, is available on various digital platforms. In 2016, he achieved a significant milestone by winning the prestigious Dorinda Clark Cole Showcase, where he stood out among emerging talent in gospel music. This accolade catapulted him into the spotlight, earning recognition from industry elites and fans alike. Beyond music, Shelton’s dedication extends to the concept of EQUITY. He passionately believes in the unifying thread that binds all individuals on their unique journeys, and he endeavors to infuse this message into every song, touching the very soul of humanity with the symphony of our shared experience.

Mary Forbes (she/her), Vice President

Mary has been a shower, karaoke, and choral choir singer since she was a child – notably competing with small groups at jazz and choral music festivals across the Pacific Northwest and performing as a lead soloist of hymnals and operas, as a trained opera singer. Mary is a Canadian immigrant to the Pacific Northwest and hails from ancestors across the British Isles, predominantly Scotland.

Resounding Love is a community Mary found after many years looking for a space to worship through gospel music, which she has felt spiritually connected to since she was a child, while also enabled to learn about singing music sacred to the Black experience in America as an ancestor of white colonial settlers raised in a non-gospel denomination. Resounding Love not only represents this intersection, but also an incredibly supportive community of growth and spiritual connection reminiscent of her church of origin, Eagle Harbor UCC Church on Bainbridge Island, WA.

In her day-job, Mary is a Senior Business Analyst and Change Manager for software tools at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she regularly manages projects that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the workplace. She describes herself as a daydreamer, student of life, and cat mom, and is honored to be a part of a responsible spiritual community like Resounding Love that allows her to continue deep learning about her racial responsibilities and opportunities to create psychologically safe spiritual spaces using music.

board

Willie Mullins, Board Chair

Willie Mullins (he/him), Board Chair 

Willie Mullins is an East Coast native, born and raised in Connecticut. He received his BA from Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in English with a minor in African American Studies. He went on to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and upon completion remained in New York, developing a career in theatre and music. In addition to performing, Willie is also the Head of the Styling Division for the agency Big Leo Productions, which represents photographers and stylists in the commercial photography industry. Relocating to the Seattle area in 2015, Willie has remained with Big Leo while also developing a commercial acting career locally. He is currently represented by Seattle’s TCM Talent and is in the midst of partnering with local artists to develop new music, as well as projects for both the stage and screen. He resides on Mercer Island with his husband.

Tracy Bowens (she/her), Vice Chair

Tracy Bowens has served on the board of directors with Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) and Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) for six years. She is also a former singing member of SWC and has been active with Seattle Choruses for 8 years. Since joining the SWC board, she has participated in the search for the organization’s Executive Director and Artistic Director. She is currently co-chair of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Seattle Choruses and serves as liaison to GALA Choruses (GLBT choral movement).

Kara Laverde (she/her), Board Member

Kara is a (rare) northwest native. A social worker by training, she’s worked in primary care, family court, and with several local domestic violence nonprofit organizations. Currently Kara works as an organization development consultant helping individuals, teams, and organizations become more effective through a focus on learning and leadership development integrated with diversity, equity, and inclusion. She’s served on the boards of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Program for Early Parent Support. Kara received her BA from Smith College and MSW from the University of Washington. Kara’s a mom to two young adults and two old cats.

choir leadership

Rev. Angela Farrar Small (she/her), Chaplain

Ambrielle Coco Gurley (she/her), Assistant Choir Director

Kim Becklund (she/her), Outreach Coordinator

Dimitri Pierre-Louis head shot

Dimitri Pierre-Louis (he/him), RL Speaks Coordinator

Kito Cinj (he/him), Sergeant-At-Arms