RPO Board of Directors


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


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


James Englert
Emerson Fullwood
Paulette Gissendanner
Zuzanna Kwon
Katherine Lindahl
Jack McGowan
Dr. Victor Poleshuck
Dr. Sidney Sobel
Cindy Yancey


Stanley Byrd, Ed.D.
James Fulmer
Laurie A. Haelen
Ralph F. Jozefowicz. M.D.
Karen Kessler
Ross P. Lanzafame, Esq.
Deborah Onslow
Ronald E. Salluzzo
Jason Thomas


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


Patrick Fulford, Chairperson, Honorary Board
Stephen B. 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*
Suzanne Gouvernet
David C. Heiligman
A. Thomas Hildebrandt
Harold A. Kurland, Esq.
Dr. Dawn F. Lipson
Jacques M. Lipson, MD*
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
Robert Woodhouse

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


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


Curtis S. Long

Curtis S. Long

President and CEO

Curt Long has served as President and CEO of the Rochester Philharmonic since September 1, 2017. He came to Rochester from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra where he spent nine years as President. His time in Alabama saw the ASO make its Carnegie Hall debut (at the 2012 Spring for Music Festival); release a limited-pressing recording of ASO commissioned works; engage Carlos Izcaray as its new Music Director; expand education programs both in greater Birmingham and in underserved rural communities throughout Alabama; and successfully present an inaugural Sound Edge Festival in February 2017.

Prior to moving to Birmingham, Curt Long held similar positions with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ohio for 14 years and with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra for two years. In Dayton, he collaborated with local arts and business leaders in the development of the visually stunning and acoustically superb Schuster Performing Arts Center. Long’s previous professional experience was in a very different field of entertainment--he spent five years working with a firm that managed Indy Car and Formula One automobile races.

A seasoned and respected orchestra manager, Curt Long has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as state and local arts grantmakers in Alabama, Ohio, and Michigan. Long has served as a consultant and mediator for orchestras across North America, and has been an invited speaker at the Annual Conference of the Regional Orchestra Players Association.

Curt Long graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in English from the University of Chicago, holds an MBA in not-for-profit management from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an alumnus of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship program. A native of Los Angeles, Long played Horn as an amateur but chose a career in music management rather than performance.

Curt Long and his wife Elizabeth live in Brighton, New York with the youngest of their three children, Mary.

President and CEO

Samantha Marchant

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Marketing & Communications

Herb Griffith

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Sally Cohen for Sally Cohen PR, Public Relations

Public Relations and Communications Manager

Cody Brackett

Content & Digital Marketing Manager

Lauren MacDonough

Marketing Manager

Artistic Operations & Education

James Barry

Vice President of Artistic Planning and Operations

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, Vice President 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.

Lisk Morris Foundation Vice President of Education Chair

Chisato Eda Marling

Manager of Education and Community Partnerships

Alexis Luque

Concert Production Manager

Sara Beth Shelton

Artistic & Education Coordinator

David Zaccaria

Stage Manager

Cedrick Martinez

Assistant Stage Manager

Fred Dole

Orchestra Personnel Manager

Kim Hartquist

Principal Librarian

Karl Vilcins

Auditions Coordinator

Patron Services Center

Charlene Beckwith

Director of Ticketing

Meghan Dunn

Patron Services Manager

Daniel Long

Patron Services Assistant Manager

Rilyn Gancia

Patron Services Representative

Sammy DeAngelis

Patron Services Representative

Alexandra Hotz

Patron Services Representative

Abby Chapman Duprey

Patron Services Representative

Emma Duprey

Patron Services Representative

Peter Ecklund

Patron Services Representative

Jack Finlay

Patron Services Representative

Emma Gierszal

Patron Services Representative

Stephen House

Patron Services Representative

Ashley Vogler

Patron Services Representative


Robert Dermody

Robert Dermody

Vice President 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.

Vice President of Development

Elisabeth Bischoff-Ormsbee

Senior Director of Principal Gifts

Amy Gallaher

Amy Gallaher

Amy Gallaher, Director of Development, Annual Giving & Special Events

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

Director of Institutional Partnerships

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. 

Director of Institutional Partnerships


Terry Hartmann

Chief Financial Officer

Brandi Sheppard

Senior Accountant

Andrew Brown

Staff Accountant

Rochester Philharmonic League

Matt Kopalek

Volunteer Administrator