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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Thomas (Tom) Mannle

President

Thomas (Tom) Mannle first attended the Cape Ann Symphony when he lived with his family in Gloucester from 1981 to 1993. During that time, Tom's son Ryan was a student (saxophone) of David Benjamin, the CAS Business Manager, at O’Maley Middle School.

The Mannles moved to the Washington, DC area in 1993, but always returned to Cape Ann for some part of the summer and for the Christmas holidays. Because Tom's consulting work can be done anywhere, they planned to move back to Cape Ann (truly "home"). Shortly after moving back in 2009, and Tom joined the Cape Ann Symphony Board. Tom and Ann both enjoy all varieties of music, including classical.

Tom is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, and has been a health care consultant, particularly focused on the unique planning requirements of the federal Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, since the early 1990s.

William (Bill) Fonvielle

Vice President, Development

Bill brings to the board a life-long love of all music, especially classical. In high school, he was student conductor of the pep and concert bands and first chair alto saxophone. Much later in life, and prior to joining the CAS board, Bill spent a dozen years as an Overseer and Governor of the Handel & Haydn Society, America’s oldest performing arts organization. He also served on the Rockport Chamber Music Festival Development Committee and participated in the early planning of the iconic Shalin Liu Performance Center.

A globally recognized authority on performance measures, business scorecards, innovation, research methodologies and Expectations Theory, Bill puts his Yale MBA to good use as a management consultant, business researcher and realtor. He heads Performance Measurement Associates, a Gloucester-based consulting firm, and is a founding senior partner of Promising Outcomes LLP, an international consultancy headquartered in the United Kingdom. He is also actively involved with his wife, Carole Sharoff, in her businesses, Atlantic Vacation Homes and AVH Realty, Inc.

In addition, he has chaired or been a member of many professional, cultural and educational committees and boards. Bill has served as chair of Career Collaborative, a Boston-based non-profit organization, and the Massachusetts Product Development Corporation, a state quasi-public body. Closer to home, he has been a Gloucester City Councilor and a long time chair of the Gloucester Plan 2001 Implementation Committee. He currently serves on the board of the Sawyer Free Library and is a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.

Jodi Nedrow-Counihan

Vice President, Marketing

Jodi was born in Illinois, received her BS from Indiana University School of Business and her MBA from DePaul University, Chicago. She has over 30 years of international consumer marketing experience and prior to her retirement last year she was the Vice-President of Marketing at Gorton’s seafood. She is delighted to bring her passion for building brands and businesses to the Cape Ann Symphony. Jodi grew up playing the piano and singing in the A Cappella choir all through school, loves classical music and finds tinkering away at the piano a great form of relaxation. Jodi and her husband Brad have three children and live in Wenham.

Fred Witte

Treasurer

Fred retired to Rockport in 2009 after over a 40 year career in financial management roles in Fortune 100 communications corporations. He works part time in the Finance Department of Rockport Music and at NeedyMeds in Gloucester. His love of classical music is principally demonstrated in singing with community choruses such as Heritage Chorale in Framingham and Chorus North Shore in Ipswich. He may also be found singing Christmas Carols in quartets dressed in Victorian garb at local restaurants, nursing homes, senior centers, etc. in late November/December. His love for music spans a wide range of musical genres. Fred first attended/performed with the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in the 2013 Holiday Pops Concert. Fred also serves on the House Committee of the Cape Ann Symphony.

John Bjorlie

Secretary

John Bjorlie is a transplanted mid-westerner who was born and raised in Minnesota. One of six children, he learned to play the piano and trombone so that he could join in the family orchestra. He recalls attending concerts of the Minneapolis Symphony from an early age. Since moving to Gloucester some thirty years ago, he has been active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations, such as The Gloucester Civic and Garden Council, the Waterways Board of the City of Gloucester and three terms on the City Council. He is a lawyer with offices in Gloucester and specializes in litigation, real estate and probate work. He has been on the Board of the Symphony for some years, including four years as President, and is currently the Secretary of the organization. In addition, he is a member of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus.

David Benjamin

Business Manager

After joining the Cape Ann Symphony as a clarinetist in 1968, David was named the Business Manager in1981. He also serves in the wider community as a conductor, orchestra manager and active community music presenter. He is equally at home on the symphony concert stage, marching in parades, playing in jazz clubs or playing in church services in and around Cape Ann.

Recently retired, David was for many years the Director of Instrumental Music for the Gloucester Elementary and Middle Schools. He is the Conductor and Music Director of the Cape Ann Community Band as well as the North Shore Concert Band, a professional ensemble sponsored by the American Federation of Musicians, Local 126, Lynn, Mass. As the Summer Music Director for the City of Gloucester, he presents the annual Antonio Gentile Bandstand concert series. “Mr. B”, as he is known in Gloucester, also performs jazz with his good friends: guitarist, Anthony Weller and pianist, Jonathan Jarvis.

David’s honors include a Scholarship in his name given annually to a Gloucester High School graduating senior(s) with a performance background.

Henry (Hank) Betts

Chair, House Committee

Hank has always enjoyed many types of music but became intimately involved with classical music when he married his wife, Wendy. She is a classically trained singer, as well as a trained organist and pianist and Hank has supported her efforts throughout their five relocations with the Dupont Company where Hank was a manufacturing manager. Born in Gloucester and raised in Beverly, they moved to Rockport 20 years ago, developing a vigorous music-filled life including formation of the musical group Share the Music through whose efforts monies are raised for various local charities, as well as for the Cape Ann Symphony. Hank provides business and back stage support for these efforts. Wendy is the director of The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus who perform at the Holiday Concert. Hank continues to be a consultant for Dupont, helping major global businesses learn how to manage their work forces in a way which prevents personal injuries as well as how to analyze and prevent process malfunctions thus avoiding catastrophic incidents.

Robert (Bob) Blanchard

Bob serves as a member of the Marketing and Artistic Committees having joined the board in 2016. He and his wife Deb are lifelong members of the North Shore community having built their home in Manchester more than 35 years ago. an important part of belonging is the recognition that the Cape Ann Symphony is an important pare of this community. Bob has spent many years in professional marketing and operations management positions with firms including Varian Associates, M/A-Com, AMP and Gillette. Bob has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Bertolon School of Business at Salem State University since 2005 with specific expertise in Strategic Management and Marketing disciplines.

Janet Boynton

After moving to Manchester from San Francisco, 20 years ago, Janet and her husband, Reid, have regularly enjoyed the Boston Symphony, and more recently, the Cape Ann Symphony. While in school in California, Janet sang madrigal music and then classical music under the direction of Paul Ingham. After moving to Manchester she joined Chorus North Shore, the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus and Share the Music (which is directed by Wendy Betts, director of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus). Janet was a legal assistant in San Francisco for 15 years. She also managed real-estate in Marin County. After moving to Manchester she worked in Estate Jewelry Sales and presently is owner/manager of commercial real estate in Salem and Wenham. Janet serves on the Events Committee of the Cape Ann Symphony.

Robert (Bob) Cassady, MD

Bob grew up in Los Angeles and, after graduation from the University of Southern California and Harvard Medical School, he did post-graduate training in Seattle, Columbia University and Stanford. In 1971, he and his family moved to Needham, MA, where he spent the next 13 years as a Radiation Oncologist at Children's, the Peter Bent Brigham and Dana Farber. In 1984, he was appointed Department Head of Radiation Oncology at the Univ. of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, and in 1995 moved with his wife Deborah back to Carlisle, MA, to be Chair at Lahey. He semi retired in 2011 after moving to Ipswich in 2006. He has a lifelong love of music, especially classical, and played the violin as a youth and has resumed it upon retirement. Other interests include travel and glass lamp working and bead and jewelry making. He has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Robert Y. Ellis

Bob Ellis holds a degree in economics from Swarthmore College and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a journalist with the Christian Science Monitor, editor of Skating Magazine and Executive Secretary of the United States Figure Skating Association. He and his wife Barbara owned and operated the Yankee Clipper Inn in Rockport for 35 years until they sold it in 2001. Ellis is the author of the home improvement book How To Buy and Install Floor Covering, Scribner’s, 1980. In 2008 he authored A Collision of Truths: A Life in Conflict With A Cherished Faith, iUniverse. Ellis has had a life long love of music, especially blue grass, jazz and classical. He has served many years on the CAS board and is a member of the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus. He also is chairman of the Symphony’s Artistic Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee.

Lynne M. Khambaty

Chair, Celebrations Committee

Lynne and her late husband, Abdullah, (Ab) have been dedicated and enthusiastic supporters of the Cape Ann Symphony since the 1970s. Lynne has served on the symphony Board of Directors for many years and is a past president. Although she took a break from service, she is happy to be back.

A 1957 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting, she was a knitwear/textile designer for Health-Tex in Providence and Alamac Knitting Mills in New York. Switching careers, she earned a master's degree in Moderate Special Needs and became a teacher and Case Manager at the Ralph B. O'Maley School in Gloucester for 17 years. Photography now holds her artistic interest and she is a member of the Rockport Art Association. Lynne also serves on the Patient Family Advisory Council of the Beverly Hospital.

All her life, Lynne has used her voice as her special instrument. She met her husband in a church choir and has sung with the Chorus North Shore for nearly fifty years. She also is a singer in the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Wendy Betts.

Peter Lucas, MD

Peter grew up in New York and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and New York Medical College. He practiced Internal Medicine in Worcester for over 30 years and now works part time at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He and his wife Elaine, whose grandparents lived in Gloucester, owned a summer cottage in Little Neck Ipswich for many years and have lived in Ipswich year round since 2007. Peter, whose father was an accomplished musician, has had a lifelong love of classical music, opera and ballet. He also enjoys sailing, golf and tennis.

Kathleen Purdy

Kathleen serves as a member of the Cape Ann Symphony Operations Committee. A lifetime resident of Cape Ann, Kathleen has been active in several local organizations and firmly believes that community service ensures a brighter future for everyone. Kathleen is currently a Director of the Gloucester Education Foundation, where she has served for several years. In addition, Kathleen is Vice President and IT Officer of the Cape Ann Savings Bank. Kathleen is excited to be a part of the Cape Ann Symphony.

Nate Weaver

Originally from southwestern Wisconsin, Nate has called Cape Ann home since 2007, and joined the Cape Ann Symphony Board of Directors in January 2014. He is particularly involved with the educational outreach activities of the Board, believing strongly in the value of music in both personal and societal ways. He has a Bachelor of Science in Music Theory / Composition and Guitar Performance from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and a Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has served as Fellow for the Silk Road Connect program, an education initiative of the Silk Road Project, and recently worked with community orchestras as principal cellist and teacher in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota. Currently, Nate teaches guitar, cello, and music theory / composition lessons through Rockport Community Schools, the community education wing of the Rockport school system.

Fran White

A resident of Cape Ann for more than 40 years, Fran is a clinical microbiologist, who in 1989 founded MDC Associates, a consulting company located in Beverly, MA, and serving the Medical Diagnostic industry. As President of MDC, she has grown the company and currently employs 40 people. She has been very active in a variety of professional groups including: American Society of Microbiology, American Associate of Clinical Chemistry and International Congress of Antimicrobial and Chemotherapy. As a successful business woman, she brings additional business perspective to the board. An avid reader she belongs to the Magnolia Book Club. As a lover of music she has been a season ticket holder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years and now of the Cape Ann Symphony.

Robert K. (Bob) Whitmarsh, Jr.

Bob grew up in Gloucester and graduated from Gloucester High School where he played the baritone horn in the ROTC Band. Continuing his interest in music, Bob played with the Gloucester and Rockport Legion Bands, the Gloucester Community Band, and the GHS ROTC Alumni Band. Bob graduated from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and Northeastern University with Associate and BS Degrees in Electrical Engineering.

In his early work career, Bob wrote and administrated US Department of Labor Jobs Programs for Action, Inc. in Gloucester. After over a decade of engineering work at Sylvania, General Electric, and United Shoe Machinery, Bob took over the family locksmith business, Whitmarsh Lock & Safe. He was the Chairman of the Massachusetts Locksmiths Association’s Education Program. Bob was an instructor at the Yankee Security Convention. He is a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America where he received a rating of Certified Professional Locksmith. Bob’s interest in Gloucester’s history and architecture led him to attend the Boston Architectural College where he received a Certification in Historic Preservation. He is a member of the Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, City of Gloucester Downtown Development and Historical Commissions. The fondest memories Bob has from his years at Gloucester High School is when he practiced with the Gloucester High Band in the High School Auditorium on the same night as the Cape Ann Symphony, which had an important effect in shaping Bob’s interest in classical music.