The Board of Directors is a volunteer body of distinguished leaders, musicians and music lovers in Northern California and each want to express their gratitude for your patronage and support of the Folsom Lake Symphony.
The Folsom Lake Symphony began 10 years ago when Folsom financial consultant Bruce Woodbury brought his dream of forming a regional symphony in the foothills to reality. A former French horn player, Bruce has been the president of the symphony board since it was formed. He spearheaded the hiring of founding Music Director and Conductor Michael Neumann and this year hiring his successor, Peter Jaffe, and has spent boundless time and energy securing donations, venues and publicity and generating interest and excitement about the symphony. It is to Bruce’s credit that the orchestra, from its first performance, has been playing to high acclaim and sell-out audiences. Bruce is a registered principal at Woodbury Wealth Management, specializing in helping clients reach retirement goals. He has held previous positions in accounting and financial advising and analysis. He holds a degree in finance and economics from Utah State University and has done graduate work in accounting and business at the University of Miami (Florida) and CSU Fresno. Bruce is a member of the Folsom and El Dorado Hills chambers of commerce and the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. His efforts on behalf of the symphony have earned him recognition from the Folsom Chamber of Commerce (Business of the Year 2003), Folsom Style Magazine (Readers’Choice “Favorite Local Businessman 2010,”third place), the mayor of Folsom (for contribution to the music arts in Folsom 2006) and the Folsom Arts and Cultural Commission (for arts achievement 2007).
Vice President of Business and Orchestra Management
A violinist and founding member of the Folsom Lake Symphony orchestra, Anson joined the board in 2009. Anson leads our marketing, budgeting, business analysis, and orchestra personnel efforts. During his 20 year career at Intel Corporation, Anson held various finance and marketing management positions. Upon his retirement in 1998, he was able to spend more time playing the violin and giving back to the community through his volunteer efforts. Anson graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in accounting and finance and completed his MBA in finance at the University of Southern California. With his knowledge of classical music and his corporate business experience, he plays a key role in the success of the Folsom Lake Symphony. Anson is also a member of the Auburn Symphony since 1999.
Vice President of Symphony Administration
Corrine Tharp was the Folsom Lake Symphony’s first official volunteer. She eagerly signed on to help after hearing symphony founder Bruce Woodbury’s dream of starting an orchestra. She took on the responsibility of ticket sales, achieved a full house for the first performance, and has been in charge of concert seating and selling tickets ever since. During her first year, she set up an online ticketing system. Corrine also helps solicit donations and recruits and trains volunteers. She organized and manages the program to introduce students to the symphony and interacts with Bruce Woodbury and the music director to ensure each concert is a success. Corrine is retired from a career in accounting and as a small-business owner. She is usually the first contact for symphony patrons. Corrine and her husband Jim, married for more than 50 years, have been part of the Folsom community since 1997.
Shellie Swain joined the Folsom Lake Symphony Board in 2009. Combining her work as a IT Solutions Architect for Centene with her project management skills, Shellie serves as Stage Manager for all concerts. Additionally, she maintains the website and serves as primary liaison in forging community partnerships with local organizations. With more than 15 years of IT experience, Shellie is an expert in application development, process improvement, technical writing and project management. She received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento and has called Folsom home since 2008. Shellie, along with her husband Dave, also a volunteer for the Symphony, serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Folsom as well as volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the California Musical Theater.
Michael Nord, CPA
Michael joined the Board in 2009 and has called Folsom his home since 1998. He has been in public practice for more than 22 years assisting small business owners and individuals. He started his professional career with a CPA firm in Sacramento, CA where he gained valuable experience with many aspects of running a small business including taxes, compliance, accounting, record keeping and general business advisory and consulting services. Additionally, he has extensive experience assisting the individual taxpayer with reducing the income tax filing and compliance burdens, strategies to minimize tax liabilities and preliminary development of financial plans to achieve customer goals. Michael’s financial skills have proven to be a major asset to the Symphony.
A native to the Folsom lake region, Anthony started volunteering with the symphony in its inaugural season. Using his skill sets from working as a logistics specialist and the experience as a corporate event coordinator, Anthony has taken on many jobs and responsibilities during his tenure with the symphony; from working backstage to assisting musicians and greeting patrons at fund raising events. Anthony holds a degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and system controls.
Marie Mitchell joined the board in 2014 and is a longtime patron of the arts. She has a passion and belief that fine arts and music are an integral part of our society. Marie manages her own company, CII providing offsite services for managing corporate real estate through innovation and technology and is considered a pioneer in ergonomic standards in the workplace. Marie shares her time between San Francisco and El Dorado Hills. While in El Dorado Hills, Marie also manages Palazzo di Migianella, her beautiful home in El Dorado Hills and location of the Symphony’s first Gala in September 2014, truly a night to remember.
Sarah Kooshian joined the Folsom Lake Symphony Board in 2015 and is delighted to be part of this organization which, in addition to bringing classical music to the general public, also values exposing students to the beauty and meaning of classical music. Sarah’s focus with the symphony is student outreach and education programs.
Sarah and her husband, Jacob Jorgensen, have lived in Folsom since 1997 and have five adult children. Classical music has always been a significant and meaningful part of their lives. Sarah also cares deeply about young people and education and enjoys volunteering at high school academic competitions at county, state, national, and international levels in addition to her Folsom Lake Symphony duties.
As well as being a dedicated volunteer, Sarah is devoted to her job. Over her long career in high tech, she has held technical, management, and executive positions in a variety of industries including aerospace, system software, telecom, and data storage.
Stuart Lott retired, after thirty two years, from state government as the Chief Information Officer of a major state agency. His career also included service as a Personnel Manager and Education Administrator. Prior to his state career, Stuart received a BA degree in Political Science from Chico State and a MA in the same field from UC Davis. Following college, for about four years, he was in the United States Air Force. Since retiring, Stuart has volunteered with the Folsom Historical Society, the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department and the Harris Center. He served on the Folsom Parks and Recreation Commission and the Folsom Historic Preservation League Board and as Lead Usher at the Harris Center. He has been married for over 47 years to Vana Lott and has two children and one grandson. Stuart and his family enjoy living in the Empire Ranch area of Folsom.