The Kennedy Center

National Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Directors
Gianandrea Noseda - Music Director

The NSO Board of Directors is comprised of civic, business, cultural and philanthropic leaders with interests in the Washington metropolitan area.  The NSO Board is the governing body of the National Symphony Orchestra and helps to direct and carry out the artistic mission of the NSO.  The Board meets four times annually and participates in many social functions and events with NSO musicians and guest artists throughout the year. 


  • Jeanne Weaver Ruesch, Chairman
  • Ronald D. Abramson, President
  • Brian P. Brooks, Treasurer
  • Linda Bell Mercuro, Secretary
  • Cherrie W. Doggett, Vice President, Development and Special Events
  • Mark A. Moore, Vice President, Nomination and Membership
  • Earl W. Stafford, Sr., Vice President, Community Development

Executive Committee
(Composed of the officers of the Association and the following)

  • Joan Bialek, Chairman, Corporate Development Committee
  • Ann B. Friedman, Chairman, Audience Development Committee
  • Roger W. Sant, Chairman, Artistic Task Force
  • Michael F. Brewer, District of Columbia, President
  • Sela T. Collins
  • Thelma Duggin
  • Thomas C. Green
  • Sydney McNiff Johnson
  • Tina B. Small

(in addition to officers and members of executive committee)

  • Martin K. Alloy
  • Anne K. Altman
  • Norman Bernstein
  • Jane Lipton Cafritz
  • Rose Carter
  • Maria R. Clarke
  • Shannon McCormick Davis
  • John K. Delaney
  • Christine Dingivan
  • Debbie Driesman
  • Deborah L. Epstein
  • Jennifer Fischer, ex officio
  • Barbara H. Franklin
  • Norma Lee Funger
  • Helen Lee Henderson
  • Helen Jackson
  • Jo Ann C. Jenkins
  • Ann D. Jordan
  • Lisa La Luna
  • Elise Gelman Lefkowitz
  • Jan M. Lodal
  • Mary P. Marsh, Lifetime Dir.
  • Christina Co Mather
  • Doris O. Matsui
  • Michael Mayton
  • Kymm McCabe
  • Terry D. McCallister
  • Cathy McCulloch
  • Constance Milstein
  • Richard Moxley
  • Mary Munroe
  • Irene Pollin
  • Rick Redden
  • Annette U. Rickel
  • Patricia B. Sagon
  • Michael Salzberg
  • Sheryl Schwartz
  • Martha Schwieters
  • Leonard L. Silverstein†
  • Albert H. Small
  • Carmel C. Thompson, ex officio

National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees

The National Trustees are an important resource for the National Symphony Orchestra. They provide financial support for the Orchestra's education programs, projects, and national and international touring programs. Additionally, they offer counsel to the Board of Directors in matters regarding the national and international scope of the Orchestra's activities.


  • Jennifer Fischer, MI, Chairman
  • Michael F. Brewer, District of Columbia, President
  • Jeri S. Crawford, NV, VP Development and Membership
  • Gerald L. Kohlenberger, VA, VP Summer Music Institute
  • Morgan Herterich, SC, VP Special Events and Meetings
  • Ex-Officio Positions
  • Michael R. Mayton*, AR, Immediate Past Chairman
  • Jessine Monaghan*, District of Columbia, Past Chairman
  • Mary K. Abercrombie, ID, Past Chairman
  • Noémi Neidorff, MO, Past Chairman


  • Bill Achtmeyer, MA
  • Ross Ain, District of Columbia
  • Xavier Bignon, VA
  • Kenneth Broder, Dominican Republic
  • Richard Coursey, CO
  • Nancy J. Davis, FL
  • Gail Charnley Elliott*,CT
  • John Farrer, NM
  • Stacey Feinberg, CA
  • Glenn Finch, VA
  • Mary Galvin, IL
  • Karyn Kennedy Herterich, NC
  • Margaret Johnston, CT
  • Khaled Juffali, Saudi Arabia
  • Carolyn June Kaplan, MD
  • Cheryl Kaynard, SC
  • Lou C. Kerr, OK
  • Elizabeth Kojaian, MI
  • C. Michael Kojaian, MI
  • Ann Nicholson, MI
  • James Nicholson, MI
  • Geoff Pence, VA
  • Bernadette Piacek-Llanes, MN
  • Thomas C. Quick, FL
  • Carol Cobb Rochford, TN
  • Patty Levaur Rome, CA
  • Victoria Stack, VA
  • Mei-lan Stark, CA
  • Michael Stoltz, VA
  • Theresa Thompson*, VA
  • Jerome F. Trautschold*, FL
  • Marvin Williams, TX
  • John Wohlstetter, SC
  • Nancy E. Yanofsky, FL
  • Stephen T. Young, GA

*Executive Committee Member-At-Large

Contact the NSO

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210