Jenny Pacyna, Board of Directors Chair
Jenny lives in Rochester, MN and has been employed by the Mayo Clinic for the past seven years. She holds a master's degree in Organizational Leadership. She has always been surrounded by music and owes a great deal of her current passion for the arts to her mother's persistence in encouraging her to continue taking piano lessons throughout elementary, middle, and secondary school. Jenny enjoys accompanying church music at her church in Pine Island, MN and has sung for several seasons in the Deo Cantamus Chorale. As a member of the board of directors, Jenny has a passion for the mission, vision, and values of Deo Cantamus and is filled delight as she anticipates the future growth and outreach of the organization.
Jerry Schwenke, Board of Directors Vice-Chair
Jerry received a bachelor's degree in church music from Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, FL, and a M.A. in Higher Education: Organization and Governance from the University of Denver. He taught music in Denver for several years and has served as administrator of Chisago Lakes Baptist School in Chisago City, MN. He currently works as Administrative Director for the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Jerry is a member of Sovereign Grace Church, has three children, and lives in Bloomington, MN.
Caleb Siefkes, Secretary
Caleb is a native of Sleepy Eye, MN. Caleb studied piano for a number of years and has sung regularly with Deo Cantamus. Caleb is a co-owner of Haala Industries in Sleepy Eye, where he manages several departments and holds certifications in areas such as welding and robotics programming. Caleb is a deacon and serves as treasurer at Calvary Baptist Church of Sleepy Eye, where he also assists in leading songs for worship. He and his wife Katherine have five children.
Tim Emslie, Treasurer
Tim Emslie holds a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in agricultural economics and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Tim serves as a deacon at Fourth Baptist Church and has also been a member of the board of Central Seminary of Minneapolis. He works as research manager at CHS, a grain company based in St. Paul. He and his wife Kimberly live in Plymouth, MN, and have four children.
Carmen Allen, Director
Music has been an important part of Carmen’s life since early childhood. Her parents encouraged each of their seven children to be involved in music as they grew up. Carmen studied piano and flute through high school and college, and then earned a master’s degree in music composition. With a pastor husband, she has served in several churches and colleges, always having music as part of her ministry with choirs, orchestras, and small ensembles. She was thrilled to discover Deo Cantamus when her family moved to New Hope two years ago, and she appreciates the purpose and quality of musicianship of the ensemble. We sing for God!
Dave Barnett, Director
Dave grew up enjoying a variety of music opportunities, mostly through his church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Faith Baptist Bible College, a M.A. from Faith Baptist Seminary in biblical studies, and a M.B.A. from Tippie School of Business at the University of Iowa. While in high school and as an undergraduate, he took lessons and studied voice and choral conducting as electives. Since 2008, Dave has worked at The FAMiLY LEADER, a non-profit organization in association with Focus on the Family which seeks to promote family-friendly policies in the state of Iowa. He is married to Leah, they currently reside in Kansas City, and they are members of Mission Road Bible Church.
Sam Macalus, Director
Sam Macalus has had a passion for high quality vocal music from his earliest days. As a youth, he toured Europe with the Metropolitan Boys’ Choir of Minneapolis. Since that time, he has sung in various vocal ensembles, including the Deo Cantamus of MN Chorale. He regularly participates in the music of Fourth Baptist Church, where he also serves as an administrative deacon and as a board member of Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis. Sam is a Lead Project Manager at Target Corp. and holds a degree in business from the University of Minnesota. He, his wife Hannah, and his three daughters reside in Plymouth, MN.
Tom Oberg, Director
Tom was born to loving Christian parents who taught him the gospel from an early age. He came to faith in Christ at a Christian camp when he was 15 years old. After high school Tom traveled with a Christian musical drama ministry where he met his wife Bonnie. They have been married for 38 years and have three grown children and two grandsons. Tom graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in bible education. Tom is a Regional Sales Manager with Eaton Notification. “I have been fortunate to be involved with choral singing from an early age. I love the majesty and grandeur of the Lord portrayed through music. I am so thankful to be a part of Deo Cantamus. Seeing God magnified and glorified through its ministry is wonderful."