BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HONORARY BOARD

Ara Bagdasarian, Chairman

Don O’Brien, Teresa Yancey Crane, Elizabeth Ellers, Shye Gilad, Jackie Gosses, Eugene Gulland, Tom Jewell, Hon. Joe and Bobby May, William May, Hon. Robert Sevila, and Thomas and Priscilla Toth.

An electrical engineer since his days at Northwestern University, Matt Banner spent 11 years working in England where he met his wife, Jane, and acquired two children.  The girls started piano at 4, moving quickly to violin and bassoon, and the family soon became involved in local musical events, volunteering with the LSO not long after moving to Leesburg. 


After his daughter, Felicity, joined the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, Matt took on the role of parent liaison between the LSYO and the Loudoun Symphony board, and was then invited to become a member of the board. 


As president of the Loudoun Symphony this year, he is excited to see our finalist conductors as we identify the next LSO Music Director and Conductor, increase engagement with our community, and further grow our youth program.

Matt Banner
President

Michelle Rippey studied violin, piano, and voice as a child, then dedicated herself to pursuing the flute beginning at age ten. She studied flute through high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts and during her summers at the Brevard Music Center. 


Ms. Rippey holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Master of Education.  

Ms. Rippey performs regularly with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Art Chamber Orchestra (PACO) of Greater Washington D.C., and the Second Winds woodwind quintet. She is an alternate player with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, and also performs regularly as a freelance musician. Ms. Rippey has a passion for teaching flute and piccolo. She is the flute instructor and director of the Flute Ensemble at Frederick Community College and maintains a private flute studio teaching lessons both in Loudoun County, VA and Frederick County, MD. She enjoys assisting youth programs as an adjudicator for youth contests, as a mentor for youth orchestra, and by providing sectional coaching, clinics, and master classes for young flutists for schools throughout the Potomac region.

Michelle Rippey
Vice President

Sheryl Rader is the Accounting and Audit Manager for Updegrove, McDaniel, McMullen & Chiccehitto, PLC, a full-service public accounting firm in Leesburg. She joined the firm in 2004 and became Audit and Accounting Manager in 2012.


Her public accounting career has focused largely on audit and financial reporting needs of businesses, nonprofit and religious organizations, as well as employee benefit plans. She also oversees the firms Client Support Services department which provides consulting on internal control systems, bookkeeping and payroll services, QuickBooks support, general business analysis, and accounting procedures and systems support.


She holds the AICPA Not-for-Profit Certificate providing additional expertise specific to nonprofit accounting and financial reporting, tax compliance, and governance.


Sheryl graduated with honors from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she earned a B.S. degree in Accounting. She is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and serves in various volunteer leadership positions with local business, nonprofit and religious organizations.

Sheryl Rader
Treasurer

Flutist Ashley Bowen-Sanchez is an active freelance musician in the D.C. Metropolitan area.  Currently, Ashley is a member of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO). She began her flute studies with Wendy Webb Kumer, then continued with George Pope, Mary Kay Robinson, and Walfrid Kujala. Ashley holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Akron (B.M) and Northwestern University (M.M.).

Ashley Bowen-Sanchez
LSO Player Representative

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Lisa has been and continues to be an active advocate for the arts.  She began studying piano at age 7, and in addition to accompanying local choirs and assisting colleagues with music auditions, she competed in many piano competitions for more than a decade.  Lisa also studied violin and played in the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and the Omaha All-City and All-State orchestras.


Lisa currently works for the U.S. Department of State in a variety of capacities, with extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa. 


She earned a Bachelor of Science in Cell Developmental Biology from Purdue University and concurrently was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy where she served as a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) in Asia and the Middle East.  She served on the public affairs staffs for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Joint Forces Command, the U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Central Command, and NATO Allied Command Transformation. From 2012-2013 she served on the National Security Council under the Obama Administration. In 2016, she retired from the Navy at the rank of Commander. 


Lisa earned a Masters of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a Masters in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She completed a Federal Executive Fellowship with the Brookings Institute, and most recently, earned a Global Masters in Business Administration (GMBA) from Thunderbird with a focus on international leadership.  She has a professional certification in Cyber Security from Georgetown University.


Lisa is honored to be working with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and Association, and notes that the discipline she learned in the arts has paid dividends in her professional endeavors.  In addition to building and maintaining strong, productive communities, Lisa believes music serves as a cultural bridge, keeps the neurons active, and relieves stress.

Lisa Brackenbury

Brett’s day job is working with scientific nonprofits on both their administration and meetings.  As a member of several boards of directors, he is hopeful that his experience can be useful to the Loudoun Symphony.  Brett is also a volunteer board member for several community based nonprofits with the goals of growing community through sports and the arts.


Brett’s appreciation for the arts increased when his then-young daughter began ballet classes at three years old.  She danced through her childhood and eventually became a professional ballerina.  This experience resulted in a long-standing appreciation for the arts and how it can bring people together and be a positive force in the community.

Brett Burk

Part of a family of avid amateur musicians, Kellan Hogye studied piano, flute, and guitar as a child and young adult. She was a devoted member of her high school marching band in Central Virginia, which sparked a long-term interest in school music programs.


Kellan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a minor in Classics, and a Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia, where she also participated in music ensembles and student theater. She has worked as a Latin teacher, English teacher, and reading interventionist in Loudoun County's public, private, and homeschool communities for nearly twenty years. Presently, she performs as a musician and vocalist with church-based bands in Loudoun.


Carrying on the family's musical tradition, Kellan's son and daughter are active musicians with the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Loudoun County High School Marching Band, the J.L. Simpson Middle School band program, and the Catoctin School of Music.


Kellan is excited for the opportunity to support the growth and development of Loudoun's student musicians through partnerships between the LSO/LSYO and local school and community music programs.

Kellan Hogye
LSYO Parent Representative

Michelle is a corporate banker at PNC. She has over 20 years of experience in investment and commercial banking including several years on Wall St.  Michelle's love of the arts began at the young age of three when she began both ballet and violin. 


At the age of 10, she began studying piano and also won several national titles in pointe.  Michelle has continued to pursue her passion of both music and dance throughout the years, playing in several orchestras, playing for or performing in musicals and theatre shows, singing for her church, and also instructing, performing and competing in dance.


She has three school-aged boys who all play music.  Michelle graduated with honors from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and a minor in Studio Art.

Michelle Yuhas

Anne is an auctioneer and real estate consultant as well as a mother to two active teenagers with a passion for the arts. Anne enjoys serving the community by providing her expertise to help nonprofits with their fundraising goals and community involvement.


Anne studied neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and continued studying at Harvard University while managing a successful business in Boston.


For over a decade Anne and her sister were regularly invited and featured on Television Networks Worldwide, NBC, HSN, Rodgers Network (Canada), TVSN (Australia) and Ideal World (England) for their successful home décor brand, which generated sales of more than $100 million dollars worldwide.


Over the years Anne has watched her children’s passion and dedication towards playing the violin, piano and saxophone grow and help mold them into the young adults they are today.


Anne joined the Loudoun Symphony Association board as she believes that Music is nourishment for the mind and the soul and that Loudoun Symphony provides a unique collaboration of talent and training to the community for the continued sharing of the Arts.  Anne previously served as president of the Loudoun Symphony Board of Directors.

Anne Nouri

Catherine Palusci has been a violist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 1999, with a five-year hiatus to Texas. She has served as a Board member for the last two years.


Loving every minute of her beginner orchestra in the public school system in Plano, Texas, she eventually moved on to viola to fill its need, for the last 35 years. While in Texas, she performed in the Allen Philharmonic for six seasons. In addition to performing with the LSO, she also plays viola in the ProArte Chamber Orchestra (PACO) of Greater Washington DC, and the DC Strings Workshop. She enjoys being a part of the worship team at her church, King’s Cross.


Catherine happily calls Ashburn her home, where she maintains a private viola and violin studio. She also enjoys providing sectional instruction for young string players of various levels throughout Loudoun County schools.


Among her favorite company is her husband JP, son Gabriel, daughter Daniela, and their cat Leo.

Catherine Palusci
LSO Player Representative

Raelene Wagoner has been a First Violinist of the LSO for over 20 years and has served as a Board member of the Loudoun Symphony for the past four years.


Wagoner is Vice President, Talent Management at Unison. She has over 25 years of experience in technology firms as an HR executive, consulting delivery leader, and engineer. She has led the HR components of several mergers and acquisitions, as well as international experience in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Before joining CVP, Raelene spent 7 years as the HR executive in Mantas, a software company, and over 12 years at SRA International as a consulting delivery leader.


Raelene holds a BS in Computer Science and a Music minor from the College of William and Mary. Raelene is a Trustee on the William and Mary Foundation and former Board member of the William and Mary Career Center Employer Advisory Board.

Raelene Wagoner
LSO Player Representative

Mr. Michael K. Egan is a retired senior captain from the ExxonMobil Corporation aviation department. He was employed by ExxonMobil for 26 years; 23 of those years had been with Mobil Corporation prior to the corporate merger. He has been involved in aviation for over 42 years.


He possesses a wide variety of cross-cultural experiences having lived in American Samoa (one yr.), The Kingdom of Tonga (one yr.), Republic of Singapore (3 yrs.), Republic of Indonesia (4 yrs.), and the Federal Republic of Nigeria (8 yrs.). His last position prior to retiring in January 2003 was as an international senior captain flying the Gulfstream IV.


Mr. Egan resides in Potomac Falls, Virginia with his wife, Vicki. They have a son, Michael K. Egan II. The Egans run a small private foundation called “The Egan Family Charitable Gift Fund.” Mr. Egan operates a part-time international aviation consultancy business working for select clients. His interests include international travel, music, golf, museums, and the study of African masks.


Mr. Egan has also served as president of the Loudoun Symphony Board of Directors.

Michael Egan

Sandy Kane served as president of the Loudoun Symphony Board of Directors and was an active member of the board since her induction in July, 2008 until 2022. Her love of music has encouraged her to help share the knowledge of the wonderful music performed by the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra to our extended community by assisting with the arrangements of regularly scheduled annual events, holiday programs, galas, the American Celebration: 1812 Bicentennial, and providing information to our residents about future events.


In addition, Sandy has been involved in numerous activities in various volunteer capacities since moving to the Town of Leesburg in May 1997.  Recent projects include serving as a Leesburg commissioner on the Environmental Advisory Commission and the Economic Development Commission, Vice President of the Standing Residential Traffic Committee, President of the Leesburg Police Department’s Citizens’ Support Team, President of the LPD Crime Line, member of the Arts and Cultural District Committee, and as a director on the Board of Leesburg Dogs.

Sandy Kane

PRESIDENT EMERITUS