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Meet The Team

Lisa Knight

Executive Director 

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Lisa Knight prides herself in being a beacon of passion and drive, a renowned thought leader in her community. As the CEO of DV Apple Logistics and the owner of LMK Consulting, Lisa’s business acumen is undeniable. Her entrepreneurial spirit also shines through her commercial voiceover business and her pivotal role as the Executive Director of the Girls Choral Academy. Lisa has been performing since the young age of 4 and has always had a passion for music and performance, so her move into leading Girls Choral Academy, was just a natural fit. Beyond her business ventures, Lisa’s creative essence is evident. She is an accomplished performer, playwright, and director, with a reputation that spans both local and national stages. Her artistic endeavors are matched by her commitment to family, as the proud mother of 11 adult children, grandmother to 13, and great-grandmother to 3. Lisa’s belief in the power of connection is at the heart of her philosophy. She advocates for the idea that life’s intersections are opportunities for stronger bonds, achieved through open communication and the sharing of ideas. Her community engagement is extensive, serving on boards such as Family Promise, Circle Theater, UCOM, Steepletown, YWCA and as the Chair for the African American Arts and Music Festival, she dedicates herself to uplifting and supporting individuals to attain success. Known as a strong encourager, connector, and leader, Lisa Knight is a true embodiment of inspiration and influence in her community.

Jody Deems-McCargar

Director of Development and Communications

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We help us welcome Jody who comes to The Girls Choral Academy after leading the Piano Cottage Music School for 20+ years. She jumped right in planning and leading the table hosted luncheon "SING UP" on March 27th and said it was the most exciting day of her year! She is excited to meet our families at the next concert!

Kristin Moss

Choir Director: The Grandville Neighborhood Choirs

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Kristen Moss directs the Downtown Campus Concert choir which consists of our middle and high school students. I love our time together each week because it's more than just music. I get to know and build relationships with the girls on a personal level. Learning their different personalities, their likes and dislikes, celebrating their victories and helping through the rough patches along the way. We are building a community,A Grand Rapids, MI native who comes from two musical families who made their mark in the gospel quartet music industry. Avalon is known for her vocal versatility performing different genres such as R&B, gospel, jazz, and classical. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. She’s had the privilege of touring through Spain and Portugal on the “Oh Happy Day Tour” with the Alabama Gospel Choir as a featured soloist. Her voice could also be heard in the role of Rosa Parks in Douglas Tappins’ Opera “I Dream” The Story of a Preacher from Atlanta with both Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina. Avalon currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Girls Choral Academy of Grand Rapids. Avalon Cutts-Jones Music (AVCJ Music) can be found performing throughout the Midwest. a family.

Avalon Cutts Jones

Artistic Director & Choir Director

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Avalon Cutts-Jones directs the Downtown Campus Concert choir among several others which consists of our middle and high school students. "I love our time together each week because it's more than just music. I get to know and build relationships with the girls on a personal level. Learning their different personalities, their likes and dislikes, celebrating their victories and helping through the rough patches along the way. We are building a community,A Grand Rapids, MI native who comes from two musical families who made their mark in thegospel quartet music industry. Avalon is known for her vocal versatility performing different genres suchas R&B, gospel, jazz, and classical. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor ofMusic in vocal performance. She’s had the privilege of touring through Spain and Portugal on the “OhHappy Day Tour” with the Alabama Gospel Choir as a featured soloist. Her voice could also be heard inthe role of Rosa Parks in Douglas Tappins’ Opera “I Dream” The Story of a Preacher from Atlanta withboth Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina. Avalon currently serves as the Artistic Director of the GirlsChoral Academy of Grand Rapids. Avalon Cutts-Jones Music (AVCJ Music) can be found performingthroughout the Midwest. a family.

Hazadiah Whitley 

Administrative Assistant 

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Hazadiah is new to the staff of the Girls Choral Academy and has jumped in to take over the Choir Program's administrative tasks. We love that SHE loves to call parents and chat on the phone with them, providing friendly and exceptional customer service to all GCA families!

Bethlehem Shekanena

College Intern - Summer 2024 

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The Girls Choral Academy is excited to welcome Bethlehem to our team this summer. She arrived in May and is already off to a great start, meeting many families and staff at the "THIS IS ME" concert that wrapped up our school year. Read more about Bethlehem here:

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