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Jack Barnett, Board President

• Board member since 2013 and board president since 2016
• Former federal executive holding a variety of senior administrative positions with the Department of Army and Department of Housing and Urban Development
• Over 26 years of active and reserve service in the US Army, retiring in 1996
• Consultant to over a dozen federal government departments and agencies specializing in continuity of operations, resource management and personnel
• Past member and officer of numerous professional, neighborhood, condominium and non-profit boards
• Percussionist with the Pops Orchestra

Rudy Philippus, Vice President

• Board member since 2016.
• Twenty years of experience in the communications industry; formerly GTE, Verizon and now Frontier Communications.
• Currently is National Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Commercial Sales with Frontier Communications
• BA & MBA from USF with a dual major, BA in Political Science and Philosophy, and a Masters Certification in Strategic Organization Leadership & Management from MSU Eli Broad College of Business
• Marine Corps Desert Storm veteran

Sharon Francis-Campbell, Treasurer

• Board member since 2019
• Owner of It All Adds Up Bookkeeping Services, LLC, providing bookkeeping services to small-mid size businesses and individuals.
• Bachelor of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, Graduated from University of Phoenix with Honors, GPA 3.85
• Advanced Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor
• Lifetime Member of the National Business Honor Society

Dr. Jane Hoffman, Secretary

• Member of the Board since 2014
• Dr. of Musical Arts from State University at Stony Brook
• Adjunct Flute Professor at State College of Florida
• Principal flute with The Pops Orchestra since 2012
• Founding member of Trio Voila
• Performed with Sarasota Opera, Venice and Charlotte Symphonies and the Craig Turley Orchestras
• Adjunct instructor of flute, saxophone, clarinet at Booker Middle School and Riverview High School
• Director of the Hecht School of Music 1999-2007 and Faculty Member at Humboldt State University 1984-1992

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Dr. Robyn Bell, Music Director

• See Robyn’s full bio HERE.

Ben Johnson, Director

• Born in Worcestor, England and moved to the US 9 years ago
• Graduated in 2017 from Manatee School for the Arts where he was President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society
• Graduated in 2019 from SCF with an AA degree
• Plays both trumpet and percussion
• Member of the Pops (percussion section) and Bradenton Symphony (trumpet)

Jennifer Lewis, Director

  • Educator, Writer, Amateur Musician, Former Lawyer and Child Advocate
  • Juris Doctor degree (University of Miami School of Law)
  • F.A. in Creative Writing (National University)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, (Howard University)
  • Secondary teacher for the School District of Manatee County and Adjunct instructor for the Department of Language of Literature of the State College of Florida
  • Cellist (2009-present) for the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota
  • Classically trained in piano, violin, and cello
  • Active Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Bradenton/Sarasota (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Raymond Schaberg, Director

  • Ray graduated from St. Charles High and attended Lewis and Clark Technical College in St. Louis, MO.
  • He began playing the guitar early in high school and still performs as a lead guitarist with local bands.
  • Ray founded and was President of Associate Distributors Inc. (ADI), a steel distribution company in St. Louis MO.
  • Ray co-founded Killer Vintage Guitars specializing in vintage
    guitars and equipment and Certified Shore Inc., a manufacturing company of trench safety devices.
  • After retiring from ADI, Ray moved to Florida.
  • Ray has five grown children and four grandchildren, all of whom reside in St. Louis, MO.
  • He is married to Jan Eberle Schaberg and lives in Palmetto. FL.

Carol Whitfield, Director

• Organist/Choir master, St. Mary Magdalene Church, Lakewood Ranch
• Music Director, Key of Sea Chorus, Longboat Key
• Teacher for Manatee and Sarasota counties
• Graduate of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
• Graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University, Bloomsburg University, Westfield State University and South Florida School of Theological Studies
• Former board member of the American Guild of Organists

Dr. Dan Burdick, Executive Director (ex-officio)

  • Appointed Executive Director in July 2021.
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Women’s Brass Conference
  • Secretary/Member, Board of Directors, Burleigh Legacy Alliance
  • Former Interim General Manager, Erie Chamber Orchestra
  • Former Administrative Director, The Art of Practicing Summer Institute
  • Former Artistic/Administrative Director, Edinboro University Chamber Players
  • Former Executive Director/Founder, Edinboro University Community Music School
  • Co-Founder, PASSHE LGBTQA Consortium
  • Enjoys hiking, reading, concerts, and theatre
  • Lives in Bradenton with his husband, three children, and dog, Bailey
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