Appointed Leadership


















Adjudicator Chair, John Baker
Milwaukie, Oregon

John graduated from Oregon College of Education in the fall of 1979. On February 11, 1980 he stepped into the position as choir director at Rex Putnam High School located in Milwaukie, Oregon. John directed choral music at Rex Putnam H. S. for 32 years.




Web/Editor/Newsletter, Howard Meharg
Vancouver, WA 98661

Howard Meharg built and maintained websites for as many as nine ACDA organizations at one time. He limits his ACDA website work nowadays to the state of Oregon. He retired from full-time choral work in the schools in 1996, He has remained active as a conductor. In 2009 he founded and conducted a 32-voice professional level choir called Chor Anno. Though he still prepares and conducts a work or two each year with the group, the principal role as conductor of Chor Anno  since 2017 has been held by Dr. Nicole Lamartine.




Industry Representative, Katie Nishimori
J. W. Pepper
San Francisco, CA

Katie Nishimori is a member of the JW Pepper Northwestern region sales team. She joined the Pepper team in 2011 and dedicates her work to supporting music educators. She is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays tenor saxophone with many local community bands. She enjoys baking bread, practicing yoga, playing cribbage, and breweries.

Membership Chair, Danika Locey
Danika Locey is the choir director at Leslie Middle School in Salem, Oregon. She previously taught choir in Medford, Oregon. Danika has a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oregon State University. She has served as Membership Chair since 2019.






ACDA/OMEA Liaison, Erika Lockwood

Erika Lockwood has been teaching singers from preschool through 12th grade since 2002, becoming the Director of Choirs at Rex Putnam High School in 2011. Under her direction, the choirs have been awarded numerous Gold Awards by the Oregon ACDA in addition to top placings in league and state festivals. Mrs. Lockwood is a state certified choral adjudicator and serves on the board of the Oregon chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as the Oregon Music Educators Association. 

Mrs. Lockwood has a passion for teaching musically literate singers, and to help each student find confidence in their voice.

OR ACDA Secretary, Kristen Caldwell

Kristen Caldwell is the Director of Choirs at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon where she has taught since 2018.  She taught the first eight years of her career first in Portland Public Schools and then Scappoose High School, where she taught 7th-12th grade choir and musical theatre.  Kristen also enjoyed a two-year stint at college directing, joining Dr Scott Tuomi as part of the choral and voice faculty at Pacific University. She holds a Bachelors of Musical Arts and a Masters of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma.