Board of Trustees

Our Mission

"Inspiring and Building a Strong Community Through Music" is the core of everything we do.

Our Vision

The Columbus Symphony takes its responsibility for our role in the community seriously, and we are committed to be the "National Exemplar of a Vibrant Dynamic Orchestra."

Our Pillars

All that we do to share the transformative power of music to our diverse audiences is supported through our efforts to:

  • Pursue Excellence and Innovation
  • Elevate the Quality of Life in Our Community
  • Create a Robust Financial Future


Board of Trustees


Lisa Barton, Chair - Executive Vice President – Utilities, American Electric Power

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

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

Amy Shore, Secretary - Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer – Nationwide Insurance



Kurt Bendeck, Vice President Corporate Controller, Safelite Group

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

Robert Cochran, Retired Partner, PDS Planning, Inc.

Michael P. Foley, SVP Director, PNC Wealth Management

Kenneth M. Freedman, Vice President and General Manager, NBC4/WCMH-TV

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

Jack George, Retired Director of Endocrinology, OSU Wexner Medical Center

Joseph Hamrock, President and CEO, NiSource

Cindy Hilsheimer, Managing Principal, BeecherHill

Terry Hoppmann, Limited Partner, Edward Jones

Eric Johnson, Sr. Research Scientist, Battelle

Michelle Kerr, President and Chairman, Lightwell

Phillip J. La Susa, Vice President – Oil & Gas Market Sector, TRC Companies, Inc.

Varun Mahajan, Chief Executive Officer, Mahajan Therapeutics

The Honorable Judge Algenon L. Marbley, Chief United States District Judge, Southern District of Ohio

Stephen E. Markovich, MD, President and CEO, OhioHealth

Gay Su Pinnell, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University

Skip Prichard, President and CEO, OCLC

Betsy Schumacher, EVP, Merchandising, Bath and Body Works

Christine Shumway Mortine, Commercial Pilot CFI CFII MEI; Soprano, Conductor

Steve Snethkamp, Advisory Partner, Ernst & Young

Joseph Sofia, SVP Commercial Banking, First Financial Bank

Michael Weiss, Retired CEO, Express

Nelson Yoder, Principal, Crawford Hoying


Ex-Officio Trustees

Constance J. Bauer, President, Columbus Symphony League

Rose Hume, President, Friends of the Columbus Symphony

Karl Pedersen, Member, Orchestra Committee

David Thomas, Member, Orchestra Committee


Honorary Trustees

Ronald A. Pizzuti

Zuheir Sofia