RPO Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Ross P. Lanzafame, Esq., Chairperson of the Board
Curtis S. Long, President & CEO
Cindy Yancey, Vice Chairperson
George Daddis, Vice Chairperson
Karen Kessler, Secretary
Robert A. Woodhouse, Treasurer
Richard Stein, Assistant Treasurer

TERM EXPIRES JUNE 2022

James Fulmer
Dr. Ralph F. Jozefowicz
Karen Kessler
Ross P. Lanzafame, Esq.
Ronald E. Salluzzo
Jason Thomas
Robert Woodhouse

TERM EXPIRES JUNE 2023

Diana Clarkson, Esq.
George Daddis
Catherine Frangenberg
Allyson Hiranandani
Dr. Diane Lu
Dr. Eva P. Sauer
George J. Schwartz, M.D.
Richard Stein
Dr. James Watters
Michael Millard
Elizabeth F. Rice
Katherine T. Schumacher

TERM EXPIRES JUNE 2024

Emerson Fullwood
Paulette Gissendanner
Zuzana Kwon
Jack McGowan
Barbara Pierce
Dr. Victor Poleshuck
James Englert
Dr. Sidney Sobel
Cindy Yancey

EX-OFFICIO

Rebecca Gilbert, Orchestra Representative
Erik Behr, Orchestra Representative
Patrick Fulford, Chairperson, Honorary Board
Curtis S. Long, President & CEO
Jamal J. Rossi, Dean, Eastman School of Music

HONORARY BOARD

Patrick Fulford, Chairperson
Steve Ashley
Nancy Beilfuss
James M. Boucher
Paul W. Briggs
William L. Cahn
Louise Epstein
Joan Feinbloom
Ilene Flaum
Betsy Friedman
Ronald A. Furman
Mary M. Gooley*
David C. Heiligman
A. Thomas Hildebrandt
Harold A. Kurland, Esq.
Dawn Lipson, M.D.
Cricket and Frank Luellen*
Elizabeth F. Rice
Nathan J. Robfogel, Esq.
Jon L. Schumacher, Esq.
Katherine T. Schumacher
Betty Strasenburgh*
Josephine S. Trubek
Suzanne D. Welch
Patricia Wilder*
Deborah Wilson

The RPO expresses its gratitude to all those who have served as Honorary Board members in the past.

PAST RPO CHAIRPERSONS

1930–32: Edward G. Miner*
1932–34: Simon N. Stein*
1934–38: George E. Norton*
1938–41: Leroy E. Snyder*
1941–42: Frank W. Lovejoy*
1942–43: Bernard E. Finucane*
1943–46: L. Dudley Field*
1946–48: Edward S. Farrow, Jr. *
1948–51: Joseph J. Myler*
1951–52: Joseph F. Taylor*
1952–55: Raymond W. Albright*
1955–57: Arthur I. Stern*
1957–59: Thomas H. Hawks*
1959–61: Walter C. Strakosh*
1962–63: Ernest J. Howe*
1963–65: O. Cedric Rowntree*
1965–67: Frank E. Holley *
1967–69: Thomas C. Taylor*
1969–71: Thomas H. Miller*
1971–72: Mrs. Frederick J. Wilkens*
1972–73: Edward C. McIrvine
1973–74: Robert J. Strasenburgh*
1974–75: John A. Santuccio
1975–76: Robert J. Strasenburgh*
1976–78: Dr. Louis Lasagna*
1978–80: Edward C. McIrvine
1980–82: Peter L. Faber
1982–84: Paul F. Pagerey*
1984–85: Peter L. Waasdorp*
1986–89: Robert H. Hurlbut*
1989–91: Paul W. Briggs
1991–93: Karen Noble Hanson*
1993–95: Ronald E. Salluzzo
1995–98: A. Thomas Hildebrandt
1998–00: Harold A. Kurland, Esq.
2000–04: David C. Heiligman
2004–06: Ingrid A. Stanlis
2006–09: James M. Boucher
2009–11: Suzanne D. Welch
2011–13: Elizabeth F. Rice
2013–15: Dr. Dawn F. Lipson
2015-17: Jules L. Smith, Esq.
2017-19: Ingrid A. Stanlis

* Deceased

Administration

Curtis S. Long

Curtis S. Long

President and CEO

 

President and CEO

Ronald L. Steinmiller

Ronald L. Steinmiller

Ron Steinmeiller, Chief Financial Officer

Ronald L. Steinmiller is the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the management of the entire operation of the orchestra.  Prior to his promotion in February 2016 he served as Vice President for Finance and Administration and was responsible for the establishment, interpretation and management of policies, procedures and guidelines for the successful financial and administrative operations.  He has been with the RPO since April 2008.  Prior to joining the RPO, he has been in management positions for over 25 years with local manufacturing firms, distribution companies and local sports teams.

 

He has served on various community organizations as; Past President and Treasurer of the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board for Monroe County School Business Partnership, Former Head of Trustees for Gates Presbyterian Church, Member of the Gates Presbyterian Church Stewardship Committee, Member of the Community Forum Group in Churchville-Chili School District, and acted as coach, and board member Chili Soccer for 16 years.  In May of 2011, he was awarded the FEI’s Financial Executive of the Year award.

Chief Financial Officer

Kate Kammeyer

Kate Kammeyer

Senior Vice President & General Manager
kkammeyer@rpo.org

Senior Vice President & General Manager

Lynda Miller

Executive Assistant

Marketing & Communications

Dawn Kellogg

Dawn Kellogg

Interim Vice President of Marketing & Communications

dkellogg@rpo.org

Interim Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Jonathan Hastings

Marketing Manager

Tyler Cervini

Tyler Cervini

Manager of Content & Digital Marketing

Manager of Content & Digital Marketing

Teagan Ward

Group Sales and Marketing Partnerships Manager

Artistic Operations & Education

James Barry

Vice President of Artistic Planning and Operations

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown


Barbara Brown, Director of Education
The Lisk Morris Foundation Chair for Education

Barbara Brown joined the RPO in 2008 and was named Director of Education in 2012. As Director of Education, she is responsible for the management and implementation of all of the RPO’s educational concerts and activities. Additionally, she oversees and coordinates all aspects of the RPO’s community engagement programs. Barbara earned a BA/BM in Saxophone Performance, as well as a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington. She came to Rochester to complete an MM in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she was also awarded a Performer’s Certificate. Barbara still performs in the area with the Vertex Saxophone Quartet. She and her husband (RPO Clarinetist Andrew Brown) reside in Irondequoit along with their adorable dog, Birdie.

Director of Education

Rebecca Sealander

Rebecca Sealander

Concert Production Manager

Concert Production Manager

Fred Dole

Orchestra Personnel Manager

Kim Hartquist

Principal Librarian

Karl Vilcins

Auditions Coordinator

Alexis Luque

Concert Production Manager

Patron Services Center

Andrew Maunz

Patron Services Manager

David T. Meyer

David T. Meyer

House Manager, part-time

House Manager, part-time

Michael Hahn

Patron Services Representative

Sarah Hauser

Patron Services Representative

Daniel Long

Patron Services Representative

Development

Robert Dermody

Robert Dermody

Senior Director of Development, rdermody@rpo.org

Rob Dermody is the Vice President of Development and works closely with the RPO Board and Leadership, to raise the necessary support for identified priorities. He manages a portfolio of approximately 150 relationships, creates fundraising strategies for all prospects, develops relationships with donors, solicits major gifts up to and exceeding one million dollars and coordinates effective donor stewardship. Rob cultivates relationships with VIP donors and external strategic alliances to maximize synergistic opportunities.  He is starting his fourth year with the RPO and is mission-led.

Vice President of Development

Elisabeth Bischoff-Ormsbee

Senior Director of Principal Gifts

Matt Zager

Matt Zager

Matt Zager, Director of Corporate Relations
Matt Zager grew up in a musical family and has been living in Rochester since 2000. He attended Roberts Wesleyan College where he received his bachelor's degree in Music Education. Prior to joining the RPO, Matt worked at the MCC Foundation as the Assistant Director of Development. He currently lives in Fairport with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Charlotte, and golden retriever, Lucy.

Director of Corporate Relations

Amy Gallaher

Amy Gallaher

Amy Gallaher, Director of Development, Annual Giving & Special Events
agallaher@rpo.org

Amy Gallaher comes to the RPO with over 15 years of special event and donor engagement experience.  A graduate of the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Hospitality Management, Amy came to the Rochester area in 1998.  Her past experience includes event support and program management at the Wilmot Cancer Institute at URMC, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and immediately prior to joining the Development team at the RPO, she was the manager of special events and donor engagement at the Hillside Children’s Foundation where she also oversaw the Hillside Special Santa Program.  Amy lives in the town of Walworth (Wayne County), with her husband and three children.

Director of Development, Annual Giving & Special Events

Bryce Davis

Bryce Davis

Assistant Director of Institutional Giving & Stewardship
bdavis@rpo.org

Bryce Davis joins the RPO as a recent graduate of the University of Rochester, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Music, cum laude. As Assistant Director of Institutional Giving and Stewardship, Bryce manages the RPO's Foundation and Government relationships. He is excited to have this opportunity to bridge business and art to help the RPO thrive in an ever-changing environment. Previous roles include Co-Host and Producer of the Careers Unfiltered podcast at the Gwen M. Greene Center and Event Producer for the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.

Originally from a small town about an hour and a half south of Rochester called Wellsville, Bryce now lives in the City's 19th Ward. Outside of work, he can often be found cycling, hiking, and singing with his friends. 

Assistant Director of Institutional Giving & Stewardship

Finance

Mark Pignagrande

Mark Pignagrande

Finance Manager

Finance Manager

Shanna Yerdon-Walker

Shanna Yerdon-Walker

HR Coordinator

Bethany Mosher

Bethany Mosher

Database Manager

Bethany joined the RPO in 2021. As the Database Manager, she is responsible for providing comprehensive oversight of the organization’s donation, ticketing, and financial software. Prior to her current position, Bethany worked for other local nonprofit organizations, such as Geva Theatre Center, The Strong National Museum of Play, and The University of Rochester. She earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo. Bethany also holds Graduate Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Arts Administration from The College at Brockport.

Outside of the office, Bethany enjoys jigsaw puzzles, building large-scale LEGO structures, bowling, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Database Manager

Laura Viau

Laura Viau

Laura Viau, Finance Assistant & Office Administrator, is the voice of the RPO (585-454-7311).  She answers the phone at reception, welcomes visitors, volunteers, and vendors.  Laura processes the mail, coordinates building repairs, orders office supplies, and other office tasks.  At least half of her day is spent doing data entry for the Finance department.   Laura was a RPO volunteer for over twenty years and a member of the Crescendo (young adult) group.

Laura helped at many special events including, but not limited to, Symphony Showcase Houses, Red Carpet events, Bagels with the Conductor before the Sunday matinees, and decorating the Eastman Theatre for the holidays.  She helped children with crafts at Orkidstra concerts, the (instrument) petting zoo at WXXI and Strong Museum events, and assisted with RPYO auditions.  Laura did mailings at the office and volunteered at the reception desk when she worked in the schools and was available during the day.

Laura brings a lifetime of library and organizational skills to the RPO.  She also brings her appreciation and love of music and the RPO.  A family friend took her to concerts as a teen.  Laura is a Little Theatre volunteer, a JCC usher, a RBTL usher (30 years in the upper balcony) and a Blessed Sacrament Next-New Sale worker, currently in charge of the movies and music department!

Laura works 8:30-5 Monday-Friday.  Her email is lviau@rpo.org.

Finance Assistant & Office Administrator

Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Irene Narotsky

Irene Narotsky

inarotsky@rpo.org

RPYO Manager

Rochester Philharmonic League

Scott Horsington

Scott Horsington

Scott Horsington, Volunteer Administrator
shorsington@rpo.org

Scott Horsington joined the RPO in June of 2019. As Volunteer Administrator, Scott acts as the liaison between RPO staff, RPO volunteers, and the Philharmonic League Board, Committees, and Members. He’s also in charge of volunteer recruitment.

Scott earned a BM from Fredonia, MM from Arizona State, and completed the Master of Public Administration degree at the College at Brockport, where he is also a faculty member.

Volunteer Administrator