Board of Directors


Our mission is to provide symphonic music and educational programs of the highest quality, to engender passion and excitement in our diverse audiences.

Our mission is implemented by:

    Serving our audiences and engaging our communities, recognizing that they are the foundation of a sustainable future for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra;
    Embracing a wide variety of musical styles in order to enhance the experience of the symphonic repertoire through traditional and innovative approaches to programming, format, and venue;
    Expanding youth performance and training opportunities though the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras;
    Providing vibrant and imaginative educational programs to diverse audiences of all ages to augment and intensify their experiences with symphonic music;
    Strengthening our involvement with the youth in our communities through partnerships with schools, libraries, teachers, and community programs;
    Committing to maintaining vital partnerships among our musicians, staff, volunteers, and Board members, to promote creativity, enthusiasm, energy, and engagement in order to bring fresh ideas, perspective, and passion to all operations of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; and,
    Continuing to maintain a financially sustainable organization through prudent financial management and aggressive development, marketing, and fundraising activities.


Board of Directors

CSO Board of Directors & Trustees 2017


Lisa Barton, Chair, Executive Vice President - AEP Transmission, American Electric Power

Robert E. Morrison Jr., Vice Chair, Senior Vice President Huntington Bank

Alan Litzelfelner, Treasurer, President & CEO - Central Management Co.

Derrick Clay, Secretary, President - New Visions Group, LLC


G. Ross Bridgman, Retired Partner – Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP

Robert Cochran, Chief Compliance Officer & Partner – PDS Planning

Kenneth M. Freedman, Vice President & General Manager – NBC4

Hector Garcia, Senior Counsel, Regulatory Services – American Electric Power

J. Daniel Good, Ph.D., Superintendent/CEO – Columbus City Schools

Marilyn Harris, Community Volunteer

Cindy Hilsheimer, Managing Principal – BeecherHill

Michelle Kerr, President and Chairman – Lightwell

Talvis Love, SVP Enterprise Architecture & Chief Information Security Officer – Cardinal Health

Varun Mahajan, MD, DABR

David Manderscheid, Executive Dean and Vice Provost – College of Arts and Sciences, OSU

Edward K. Miller, Director, Office of Public Information – The Supreme Court of Ohio

Christine Shumway Mortine, Commercial pilot, CFI CFII MEI

Cliff Olsen

Gay Su Pinnell, Professor Emeritus – The Ohio State University

Amy T. Shore, President, Nationwide Insurance

Steve Snethkamp, Advisory Partner – Ernst & Young

Michael Weiss, Retired Chairman, President & CEO - Express

Christine Willig, President – McGraw-Hill Education


Ex-Officio Trustees

Susan Cochran, President – CSO League

Susan Mancini, President – CSO Women’s Association

Karl Pedersen, Member – Orchestra Committee

Betsy Sturdevant, Chair – Orchestra Committee

Chad Whittington, President and CEO – Columbus Symphony


Honorary Trustees

Gene D’Angelo

Ronald A. Pizzuti

Zuheir Sofia