Board of Trustees


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 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

Marilyn Harris, Community Volunteer

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.

Talvis Love, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Pharmaceutical Segment, EIT – Cardinal Health

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

David Milenthal, Chair, EmpowerSaves

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