Congratulations to Penelope Cruz, our newly-elected leader for the ACDA Eastern Division! Penelope will begin her term as President-Elect on July 1, 2018, and then as President on July 1, 2020. Among her duties will be the planning of the 2022 Eastern Region Conference! With her vast experience in ACDA leadership, we are in good hands! Penelope has taught primary and secondary-level music in public and independent schools; conducted school, children’s community, and honor choirs; and sung professionally in opera, musical theater, and choirs in Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. Since 2003, she has been the choral conductor at White Plains High School (NY) where WPHS Choir members have sung in All-State, All-Eastern, and ACDA Eastern Division and National honor choirs, and at Carnegie Hall, Jazz@Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and at various universities, festivals, and competitions. Throughout much of her professional career, Cruz has been an active member of ACDA. At the National Level, she is a member of the first Diversity Initiatives Committee for which she made contributions to the Choral Journal and as part of an ad hoc committee on audition guidelines for honor choirs and auditioned choirs. For the Eastern Division, she has been Program Chair (2016 and 2020) and Honor Choirs Chair (2012 and 2014), where she initiated the Latino Repertoire and Chinese Repertoire Honor choirs. She has served as NY State President (2014-2015) and as Repertoire and Standards chair for both Women’s Choirs and Multicultural and Ethnic Perspectives. Penelope Cruz is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and earned the Masters of Music degree from Eastman School of Music. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.