Board of Directors

Dr. Frank James

Board Chair
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Ms. Betsy Annese

President
Annese Public Relations
Mr. Jim Apple

Retired Industrial Engineering Consultant
Mr. Thomas Bornemann

Principal, Advisory Services
Ernst & Young
Dr. Malcolm McD. Brown

Retired Physician
Ms. Pam Cash

Senior Finance Manager
Inmar
Mr. William F. Clingman, III

Retired R.J. Reynolds Executive
Ms. Beth Cox

K-5 Music Teacher
Cook Literacy Model Elementary
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Mr. Jim Dossinger

Secretary
Retired Exxon Executive
Mr. Brad Friesen

Attorney
Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.
Mr. Gerry Gunzenhauser

GRG Associates
Retired R.J. Reynolds Executive
Ms. Sue Henderson

Retired Regional Managing Director
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Dr. Charles Hicks

Retired Chair, Fine Arts Department
Winston-Salem State University
Mr. Bill Hollan, III

Principal, Investment Counselor
Arbor Investment Advisors
Mr. Steve Holland

Senior Director, Capital Markets
RAI Services Company
Dr. Gregory Holthusen

Retired President
Orthopaedic Specialists of the Carolinas, P.A.
Mr. Mark Holton

Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Reynolds American
Ms. Joia M. Johnson

Chief Administrative Officer
Hanesbrands, Inc.
Mr. Steve Karr

Immediate Past Board Chair
Retired Employment Attorney
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Mr. Steve Koelsch

Triad Market President
First Tennessee Bank
Dr. Steve Kramer

Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Ms. Barbara Lentz

Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research
Wake Forest University School of Law
Dr. David B. Levy

Professor of Music, Associate Dean of the College
Wake Forest University
Mr. Jeff Lindsay

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Novant Health
Dr. Michael P. Lischke

Associate Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Mrs. Eileen Major

Retired Human Resources Executive
IBM
Ms. Ann Fritchman Merkel

Chief Customer Officer – Intimates
Hanesbrands, Inc.
Dr. Steve Mizel

Retired – Department of Microbiology & Immunology
WFU Health Sciences
Maestro Robert Moody

Ex officio
Music Director
Winston-Salem Symphony
Mr. Joseph Mount

Ex officio
Retired UNCSA Director of Outreach
Hornist
Dr. David L. Olson, C.P.A., M.B.A.

Director, MFA Program in Performing Arts Management
UNC School of the Arts
Mr. Perry Peterson

President
Peterson/Gordon Architects, P.A.
Mrs. Denise Robinson

“First Lady”
Winston-Salem State University
Dr. Cesar Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Hematology and Oncology
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Dr. Cindy Rothschild

Attorney
Kilpatrick Stockton, L.L.P.
Dr. Eric J. Sadler

Dentist
Mr. Matt Triplett

Associate Attorney – Corporate & Securities
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Mrs. Mary Tucker

Community Volunteer
Retired Insurance Professional
Ms. Claire Tuttle

Community Volunteer
Former Advertising & Marketing Consultant
Mrs. E. Merritt Vale

Ex officio
President & CEO
Winston-Salem Symphony
Ms. Debbie Wesley-Farrington

Cardiology Nurse Manager, Intervention Research Director
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Ms. Yvette Willard

Retire Human Resources Executive
Reynolds American
Ms. Erna Womble

Lawyer/Strategic Advisor
Clearly Bespoke Strategies, Inc.
Mr. Matt York

Attorney
Spilman, Thomas and Battle, PLLC

69 Years of Symphony Association
Board Chairs

Winston-Salem Symphony
Founded and managed by Salem College 1946 – 1948

Dr. Charles G. Vardell, Jr., Dean, School of Music
Clifford E. Blair, Voice Professor and Head of Voice and Opera Dramatics Departments

The Winston-Salem Symphony expresses its sincere gratitude to the following civic leaders who have served the Winston-Salem Symphony Association as Board Presidents:

Mr. Paul Kolb   1947-1948
Mr. Charles Vardell, Jr.   1949-1950
Mrs. Anne Strickland   1963-1965
Mr. Wade Gallant   1965-1966
Mr. George Mountcastle   1970-1971
Mr. Gene Lucas   1978-1979
Mrs. Madeleine Van Metre   1981-1982
Mr. George Lautemann   1982-1984
Mr. John Willingham   1984-1985
Ms. Nancy Dunn   1985-1988
Mr. Paul Wiles   1988-1990
Mr. John Anderson   1990-1992
Mr. Nick Daves   1992-1993
Mr. Dick Deem   1993-1994
Mr. Jim Fowler   1994-1995
Mr. Gerry Gunzenhauser   1995-1997
Mr. J.D. Wilson   1997-1999
Mr. Lee Martin   1999-2000
Ms. Kim Whitaker   2000-2001
Mr. William R. Watson   2001-2003
Mr. James Dossinger   2003-2005
Dr. Michael Lischke   2005-2007
Mr. Ray McKinney   2007–2009
Mr. Roger Bear 2009-2011
Mr. Michael L. Rogers 2011 – 2013
Ms. Joia M. Johnson 2013-2015
Mr. Steve Karr 2015-2017

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