Staff & Creative Team
Mr. Jeffrey Braconnier
Jeff is proud to be the director and founder of Catholic Community Choir. In 2007, Jeff created an opportunity to provide his first choir at St. Kevin Parish and the surrounding areas with a musical theater experience through his first production, Seussical Jr. Since then, Jeff has been the face of Catholic Community Choir, ensuring that the mission created at the start continues. Jeff has a great love for CCC and embraces the opportunity to drive to work every day. Now that CCC has grown tremendously, Jeff has the opportunity to work with all members of our team, both staff and volunteers. As he did from the start, Jeff still leads our vocals for our performances and special events. You can still find him behind the piano, cheering our members on as they prepare for our production. Jeff believes strongly in empowering our youth and encouraging them to follow their dreams. Jeff is heavily involved with our community. You may see him at Cardinal O’Hara where he leads their choir and Theatre Department. He is involved with many other organizations and events in our community. When not working, Jeff enjoys being with his family and friends. His family and friends have always encouraged him to follow his dreams and continue to bring Catholic Community Choir to everyone. CCC truly is a family. #CCCshines
Miss Aimee Kate Braconnier
Aimee-Kate Braconnier is the Vice President & Executive Director of Catholic Community Choir (CCC). Aimee-Kate joined the CCC Family in 2010 after completing her degree at Penn State University where she studied Human Development and Family Studies. Aimee-Kate’s role at CCC began as the choreographer but quickly grew to focus on CCC’s structure and goals for a successful future. Since Aimee-Kate joined the team, she was able to build programs, establish and strengthen relationships with donors, sponsors and community partners. One of Aimee-Kate’s goals in her role as VP and Executive Director is to spread the mission of CCC and to continually provide an open environment for all children so that each young person has the ability to share his or her gifts and talents on and off stage. Outside of CCC, Aimee-Kate is actively involved with Cardinal O’Hara High School as the Alumni Director, as well as the Theatre Department & Danny Hammond Dance Marathon. She is also a Board Member at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, actively involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Greater Delaware Valley Chapter), the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and her parish community, St. Kevin.
Mrs. Elaine McCarthy
Director of Development & Marketing
610-544-5217 Ext. 1889
Elaine has been involved with Catholic Community Choir since 2009 and has been an active volunteer since Fall 2011. Since joining, Elaine has initiated fundraising events and programs and actively looks for ways to promote CCC. While raising her family in Springfield, Elaine has been actively involved with Springfield School District and St. Kevin Parish. Her interest in fundraising and charity work began at a young age while helping her father at the Knights of Columbus in Springfield. Following in his footsteps, Elaine has organized many events to support our community and especially CCC! Elaine has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University. She resides in Springfield with her husband, John and her two sons, John and Andrew. As the Director of Development and Marketing, Elaine fosters new professional relationships with organizations and businesses that will support CCC. Additionally, Elaine continues to boost fundraising and events at CCC while marketing all programs and events.
Mrs. Julie (Smyth) Garling
Julie joined the Catholic Community Choir family in August of 2014 as the Director of Communications. Julie has been a great supporter of CCC since the beginning in 2007. With a degree in Education from St. Joseph’s University and a passion to support this growing organization, Julie comes to CCC to connect with both the children of CCC as well as parents, sponsors, donors and supporters. Julie is married to Adam Garling and lives in Springfield, PA. Julie is an avid SJU fan and has many years experience as a dancer! Julie is looking forward to building new relationships and expanding the service area of Catholic Community Choir so that every child possible can have the CCC experience!
Mr. Jeffrey P. Braconnier, Director & Music Director
Ms. Aimee-Kate Braconnier, Producer
Miss Erin Murray, Choreographer
Miss Melissa Goldhorn, Assistant Director
Miss Grace Grassi, Assistant Director
Mr. Billy Issertell, Assistant Director
Mr. Ryan Jewell, Assistant Director
Miss Kristina Goldhorn, Social Media Assistant
Mrs. Alissa Nelson, Mrs. Jessica Redding
: “Inspired by Mrs. Stephanie Braconnier”
Mrs. Debby Mactaggart, Mrs. Denise Norton, Mrs. Maryann Rappa
Mrs. Janine Madoff, Mrs. Diana Schiller, Mrs. Ashley Trusky
Production Coordinators: Mrs. Karen Nolan, Mrs. Jen Huntley
Miss Steph – Forever CCC’s Set Designer
Miss Steph (Braconnier) was a 2007 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara and a 2014 Graduate of Neumann University (College of Nursing). Miss Steph joined the Catholic Community Choir (CCC) family in 2010 as the Scenic Designer. Miss Steph was an art teacher at CCC Summer Camps each year. Miss Steph also joined the production team for the O’Hara shows in the spring of 2016, which she loved so much. Known for her spunk and big heart, Miss Steph touched the lives of hundreds of children at both CCC and COHS. Miss Steph’s talents were seen through the 23 shows which she served as our Scenic Designer. Her inspiration and creative impression lives on in each set. Miss Steph gave her gifts and talents to so many and so many will forever be touched.
Miss Steph courageously fought Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) her entire life while also continually giving back to CCC and COHS. We suddenly lost Miss Steph on September 4, 2016. Since then, the CCC Family has continued to celebrate Miss Steph’s life and remember all that she gave back to CCC. We will forever #ShineforMissSteph! #CCCshines