Board of Directors

Christopher M.C. Deibert, Executive Director, Conductor – Christopher M. C. Deibert has been active in sacred music for over 25 years.  Mr. Deibert founded the critically acclaimed MUSIC AT SAINT MARY’S concert series in 2001 and currently serves as Executive Director for the series and Conductor of the Saint Mary Chamber Orchestra (SMCO).  As Director of Music Ministries and Liturgy at Saint Mary’s, he serves as organist and conducts three ­liturgical choirs, a handbell choir, and the Saint Mary Choral Society.

A native of central New Jersey, Mr. Deibert attended the University of Scranton, PA, and ­Marywood ­College.  He pursued graduate studies in church music and organ performance at Westminster Choir ­College, Princeton, NJ and organ and harpsichord improvisation at The ­Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.  He has studied organ with Brenda A. Day and Ronald W. Thayer, and improvisation with Bruce Neswick, Lynn Harris and Herbert Buchanan.  An active organ recitalist, Mr. Deibert has performed at churches and universities throughout New England and the greater New York City region, and has received critical acclaim for his organ improvisations.  He has been a featured lecturer at Seton Hall University’s ­Immaculate Conception ­Seminary, and at Keuka College, Rochester, NY.

Mr. Deibert is the immediate Past Dean of the Middlesex Chapter of the American Guild of ­Organists (AGO) and a former Chapter Director of the Diocese of Metuchen Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).  He is a current member of both the AGO and NPM, as well as a ­member of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA), an Associate Member of the Royal School of Church Music, The Choristers Guild, The Organ Historical Society and the Music Educators National Conference.  In 2005 he was given an E. Power Biggs Fellowship by the Organ Historical Society, and in 2007 was a recipient of the Award of Distinction given by the National Religious Music Week Alliance.

Mr. Deibert is the chair of the music department at Our Lady of Victories School, Sayreville, NJ where he conducts a 60-voice children’s chorus, runs a graded handbell program and teaches K-8 vocal and general music.  He also maintains a private piano and organ studio of over 30 students.

Betty Testa, President – A long-time parishioner of St. Mary Church, Elizabeth Testa’s ­soprano voice brought her to the St. Mary Choir and Choral Society where she remained an active member for over 40 years.  She also lent her voice to the Diocese of Metuchen Choir for over 20 years and sang for the Plays in the Park series at Roosevelt Theater in Edison.

A retired Legal Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth volunteered her time as a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and PTA and she is currently a St. Mary Parish Trustee.  Her years of experience and ­organizational abilities are an asset to the Board of Directors, and her qualifications to serve the Board as President are exceptional.

Barbara Turso-Dembowski, Co-Fundraising Coordinator, General Counsel, Secretary –  A parishioner at St. Mary's since grammar school, Mrs. Turso-Dembowski is happy and ­honored to be a part of its current music program.  Switch hitting between alto and tenor in the adult vocal choir with her co-coordinator ­Roxanne Keegan, the two are affectionately referred to as the "Altoids".  Having been a member of the Board as Secretary since it's inception, MASM is a labor of love, and the end result of helping Executive ­Director Deibert present a phenomenal music concert series makes all the fundraising efforts, great and small, successful or not, worthwhile. 

An attorney with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, Mrs. Turso-Dembowski grew up in ­Hoboken, N.J., but is a long time resident of South Amboy with her husband, Ken, and ­children ­Hannah and Matthew.  She is a true product of Catholic education, having attended both St. Mary grammar and high school, St. Peter's ­College, and Seton Hall Law School.  Along with her MASM ­duties and St. Mary's choir memberships, she is a long standing member of the South Amboy Juvenile Conference committee, and is a member of a number of professional associations.  She is also a member of the Judiciary Voices in Unity, a vocal choir based in the Hudson County Courthouse.  She is very proud that Matthew is part of the adult choir, and that both Hannah and Matt occasionally lend their talents with mom to the "Bells of St. Mary's" bell-choir.

Roxanne Keegan, Co-Fundraising Coordinator, Treasurer 

Bonnie Briand, Grants Coordinator

Eszter Klemens, Publicist

Bruce Killmer, Advertising Design – Bruce has been working in the print/design business for over 45 years. Executive director of Art-Tronic Design, focus is on advertising for performing arts companies and packaging for book publishers. Bruce is creative ­designer of the advertising and website collateral for Music at St. Mary’s. 

Diane Wendl, Consultant

Diana St. John, Marketing Advisor – Marketing and Public Relations specialist, Diana St. John has more than 20 years experience in corporate and not-for-profit environments.  She is the Marketing and PR ­Director for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank where she oversees the brand marketing efforts of the 1,550 seat theatre that operates year-round and hosts 180 events annually.  During her time in Red Bank she founded Red Bank Alive…a cultural partnership, and she serves on the ­Governor’s Conference on Tourism committee and the Tri-City Arts Tour committee.  She is also a member of Jersey Arts Marketers and the Consortium of Eastern Regional Theatres. 

She holds an MBA from Rutgers University and over the years has been an independent marketing ­consultant for non-profit organizations as well as small businesses.

Diana resides in South Amboy with her husband and son.

Susan Gross

Michael Kurtz, Student Liaison – Currently a senior and a third year National Honor Society member at Cardinal McCarrick High School, Michael has been the Student Liaison to the Music at St. Mary’s Executive Board since its inception.  In this capacity, he assists with many functions and fundraising activities of the concert series.  He has also served as the Parish Sacristan of St. Mary’s since 2002, a member of Parish Maintenance from 2004-2007, as well as assisted with numerous Parish events.  Michael has also assisted with the decoration of the Church at holidays as well as the set-up for concerts.  In 2007, he received the Diocese of Metuchen St. Timothy Award for Youth ­Ministry.  He plans to attend a nearby college in the fall

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