Our Poco a Poco staff is made up of dedicated arts lovers who believe in our mission that high-quality arts opportunities, performances, and education should be accessible for all.
Kate Tombaugh, Executive Director and Founder
Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh, originally from Streator, Illinois, has sung professionally across the United States. She trained as a young artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, and Utah Opera. Additionally, she was a Stern Fellow with the LA-based 'Songfest' and sang in the AIMS Opera Studio in Graz, Austria. She was a two-time 3rd place winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions' Central Regional Finals.
Her roles have spanned the title roles in Rossini's La Cenerentola and L’italiana in Algeri, Handel's Ariodante, and Massenet's Cendrillon, 'Hansel' in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, 'Annie Oakley' in Irving Berlin's Annie, Get your Gun, 'Carrie Pipperidge' in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, and 'Mad Margaret' in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.
Kate acts as producer and performer of her own one-woman show, 'It Just Takes One,' which has seen performances in five states. She holds a masters in opera performance from CCM, the music conservatory at University of Cincinnati, and dual undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. She currently resides in Decatur, IL with her husband, Dr. Steven Weimer, and their daughter.
Joni Moody, Director of Development
Joni Moody has a passion for strengthening communities through the nonprofit sector, and the arts. Her first development effort occurred nearly ten years ago, when she helped design and raise funds for an endowed lecture series in mathematics hosted by a small college in California. Between 2014 and 2017, she worked in the nonprofit sector in London, UK, where her roles included prospect research for individual, foundation and corporate prospective donors, grant preparation and submission, and due diligence research and analysis for diverse organizations including the Natural History Museum, Plan International UK, Parkinson’s UK, Global Giving UK, and Holly Lodge in Richmond Royal Park. Joni holds a BA in English, a JD, LLM in International Law, and a MS in Nonprofit Leadership. In 2017, Joni moved to Bloomington with her family, and is thankful for the many enriching life experiences that are part of every day.
Katie Weimer, Director of Marketing and Communications
Katie has been working in the marketing industry for small businesses, agencies, and non-profit organizations for the last 5+ years. Although she holds a degree in Design from Illinois State University, marketing is where Katie has found her niche. Other non-profit organizations she has recently been involved with include the Organizing Committee for ‘Green Fair On The Fox’ in Batavia, Illinois, and ‘Senior Home Sharing’ in Wheaton, Illinois. Currently, she holds the Marketing Coordinator position at the Round Lake Area Park District in Round Lake, Illinois, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Katie is over-the-moon to be taking on a new adventure with Poco a Poco, an organization very close to her heart.
Katie is very passionate about educating our young children in the arts and advocating for their prosperous futures. She also has a background in environmental sustainability, and, along with many other “Parkies,” she is passionate about protecting our public lands and parks. Her other passions include traveling, politics, reading, the great outdoors, gardening, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and good coffee.
Rachel Kay Miller, Social Media Manager
Rachel Kay Miller, mezzo- soprano, is a native of Streator, IL. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Alabama in 2016, and in May of 2019, she earned her Master of Music degree from Illinois State University, also in Vocal Performance. Her repertoire encompasses a variety of musical styles, including art song, musical theatre, oratorio, chamber, and operatic works. Miller's recent opera roles include Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Terentia in Dan Shore’s The Beautiful Bridegroom, and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She has gained a considerable interest in American opera through her performances of American chamber operas by Menotti and Bernstein and her independent graduate research.
In addition to her passion for performing, Miller has served in various behind-the-scenes roles throughout her academic and professional career. While in graduate school, she served as an Administrative/Operational Graduate Assistant for the Illinois State University School of Music, where she gained experience in managing social media platforms and creating and distributing public relations materials for the department. She has gained experience in outreach and community engagement through her time served as a mentor, music theory tutor, and performer with the Walk With Me Foundation, a non-profit cultural and performing arts organization in Florence, Alabama. Miller joined the Poco a Poco family in 2019 as a Junior Faculty member for the Summer Music Fest. She looks forward to continuing to work with an organization that is making such a positive impact on the arts in her home community. Miller currently resides in Normal, IL where she is a preschool teacher.