National Symphony Orchestra Association Board of Directors
Christoph Eschenbach - 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.


  • Mrs. Jeanne Weaver Ruesch - Chairman
  • Mr. Terry D. McCallister - President
  • Ms. Anne K. Altman - Treasurer

  • Mrs. Linda Bell Mercuro - Secretary
  • Mr. Earl W. Stafford, Sr. - Vice President, Community Development
  • Mrs. Cherrie W. Doggett - Vice President, Development and Special Events
  • Ms. Joan Bialek - Vice President, Nomination and Membership
  • Executive Committee
    (Composed of the officers of the Association and the following)

    • Mrs. Ann B. Friedman, Chairman, Audience Development Committee
    • Mr. Michael L. Golden, Chairman, Corporate Development Committee
    • Mr. Roger W. Sant, Chairman, Artistic Task Force
    • Mr. Ronald D. Abramson
    • Mrs. Sela T. Collins
    • Dr. Christine Dingivan
    • Ms. Thelma Duggin
    • Mrs. Sydney McNiff Johnson
    • Mrs. Tina B. Small

    (in addition to officers and members of executive committee)

    • Mr. Martin K. Alloy
    • Mrs. Lois Ancona, ex officio
    • Mr. Norman Bernstein
    • Mr. Michael F. Brewer
    • Mr. Brian P. Brooks
    • Mrs. Jane Lipton Cafritz
    • Mrs. Rose Carter
    • Mrs. Maria R. Clarke
    • Mrs. Shannon McCormick Davis
    • The Hon. John K. Delaney
    • Ms. Debbie Driesman
    • Mrs. Deborah L. Epstein
    • The Hon. Barbara H. Franklin
    • Mrs. Norma Lee Funger
    • Mr. Thomas C. Green
    • Ms. Helen Lee Henderson
    • Ms. Helen Jackson
    • Mrs. Ann D. Jordan
    • Dr. Steven Knapp
    • The Hon. Jan M. Lodal
    • Ms. Lisa La Luna
    • Mrs. Elise Gelman Lefkowitz
    • Mrs. Mary P. Marsh, Lifetime Dir.
    • The Hon. Doris O. Matsui
    • Mr. Michael Mayton, ex officio
    • Ms. Kymm McCabe
    • Mrs. Cathy McCulloch
    • Mr. Mark A. Moore
    • Mr. Richard Moxley
    • Mrs. Pat Munroe
    • Mrs. Maria Benilde Ortiz
    • Mrs. Irene Pollin
    • Dr. Annette U. Rickel
    • Ms. Patricia B. Sagon
    • Mrs. Constance Milstein
    • Mr. Michael Salzberg
    • Mrs. Martha Schwieters
    • The Hon. Leonard L. Silverstein
    • Mrs. Leonard L. Silverstein
    • Mr. Albert H. Small

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.


Chairman:  Mr. Michael Mayton, AR
President: Dr. Gail Charnley Elliott, CT
Secretary: Mrs. Anne Russell, TN
Treasurer & VicePresident, Development Committee: Ms. Victoria Stack, VA
Vice-President, Membership & Communications Committee: Mrs. Karyn Kennedy Herterich, NC
Vice-President, Summer Music Institute, Programs & Outreach Committee: Mrs.Carol Cobb Rochford, TN
Vice-President,S pecial Events & Meetings Committee: Ms. Theresa Thompson, VA


Ex-Officio Positions
Chairman Emeritus: Mr. Noel Levine, NY
Past Chairman: Ms.Jessine Monaghan, District of Columbia
Past Chairman:  Mrs. Mary K. Abercrombie, ID
Past Chairman:  Mrs. Noémi Neidorff, MO


Ms. Margaret L. Baldwin, CA
Mr. Michael Brewer,
District of Columbia
Mrs. Rosana Butler, NY
Ms. Shirley Chann, AZ
Dr. Richard Coursey, ND
Mrs. Jeri Scudder Crawford, NV
Ms. Nancy J. Davis*, FL
Ms. Maureen Dingivan, NC
Mr. John Farrer, NM
Mrs. Jennifer Fischer, MI
Mrs. Mary Galvin, IL
Mrs. Seeme Hasan, CO
Mr. Morgan K. Herterich*, SC
Mrs. Margaret Johnston*, CT
Mr. Khaled Juffali, Saudi Arabia
Mrs. Carolyn June Kaplan, MD
Mrs. Gerald L. Kohlenberger, VA
Mrs. Lou C. Kerr, OK
Dr. Bernadette Piacek-Llanes, MN
Mrs. Deanna Rhodes-Tanner, FL
Ms. Melody Sawyer Richardson, OH
Mrs. Patty Levaur Rome, CA
Mr. Jerome  F.Trautschold*, FL
Mr. Timothy J. Volk, IL
Mr. Marvin Williams, TX
Mr. John Wohlstetter*,  SC
Mr.David Worby, NY
Ms. Ilene Zatkin-Butler, NY

*Executive Committee

Contact Information

  • 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