RaNiel Dunn

Program Manager

RaNiel Dunn has lived in the Pendleton/Hermiston area most of her life.  She began singing in the Inland Northwest Chorale from its inception.  She has sung many solos with the group during the years 1999-2015.  RaNiel believes in the mission of Inland Northwest Musicians and has been a member of the Board of Directors, Accounts Manager and now serves as Program Administrator.

Kathy Vernam

Web Support and Social Media

Kathy and her husband Randy live in Lostine, Oregon. They have 2 married daughters, and 6 grandchildren. She began studying clarinet at age 11, plays clarinets for the Wallowa Valley Orchestra and INWM Orchestra and serves as Librarian for the WVO. Kathy has worked as a Veterinarian's assistant, a Teacher's Aid, an Educational Interpreter for the Deaf, an Elementary School teacher and as a private tutor. The INWM mission of bringing fine music to communities that don't normally have this option is near and dear to her heart, it's not just the audiences that benefit from that mission!

President:  Gene Wright - Athena, OR

V. President: Bill Monagle - Ione, OR

Secretary: Bob Bone - Richland, WA

Treasurer: Kathleen Bauermeister - Hermiston, OR

Member: Don Bauermeister - Hermiston. OR

Member: Norma Barber- Ukiah, OR

Member: Mary Helen Wright- Athena, OR

Recording Secretary:  Alice Massey – Pendleton, OR

Salli Ketchersid



Ralph Werner

WCS Associate Conductor

Lori Johnson

Program Facilitator

Lori and husband Dave live in Pendleton and have 2 married daughters and 1 grandson. Lori grew up in Portland and started playing violin at age 10. She began singing at age 16 in church choirs.  Lori worked as a dental assistant, served on the mission field in Dominican Republic and worked as a podiatric assistant and office manager for Blue Mountain Foot Specialists. Lori began playing violin with Inland Northwest Musicians in 2012, then in 2013, started on our staff. She currently sings soprano with the chorale and plays violin with all of the other ensembles. She helps in Program Support by helping locate local support for our concerts, and helps in overseeing many logistical aspects of the operation of our program.

R. Lee Friese

Conductor and Music Director

R. Lee Friese serves as Music Director and Conductor for all ensembles. He has a Master’s degree in both choral and instrumental conducting from Bowling Green University in Ohio. He has over 30 years experience in conducting and in music education. He served as Associate Conductor with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth, Texas, Music Director and Conductor for the Walla Walla Symphony, and was Founding Conductor and Music Director of the Oregon East Symphony. Mr. Friese was one of the core founders of Inland Northwest Musicians in 1999.

Board Officers

Governance is accomplished through a Board of Directors, including representatives from the nine geographic zones of our nine-county service area. Board meetings are held quarterly.

Inland Northwest Musicians is “owned by its membership”. An annual membership meeting is held each June, and all performing members, staff and individuals holding sustaining memberships are eligible to vote on issues at that meeting.