The Board of Trustees is responsible for the sound management and promotion of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and all of its components. Members Anyone interested in serving as a trustee is encouraged to click here for more information or contact Executive Director Taylor Rambo at (770) 615-2908.
Board of Directors
RONNA RUPPELT, Chair of the GSO Board of Directors, is Chief Executive officer of the CLM Alliance (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance). In the insurance industry for almost four decades, she has held executive Claims positions at AIG, Good2Go Auto Insurance, National General Insurance and Progressive. Early in her career, she was an insurance defense litigator. Ms. Ruppelt is a licensed attorney in Ohio and Georgia. She is a nominated member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and also belongs to several other industry associations. Ms. Ruppelt had extensive community involvement in Ohio, including as a co-chairman of a school levy campaign and a long-time member of that school district’s strategic planning committee. She was also a founding board member of a thriving arts organization. Ms. Ruppelt received her BS from Kent State University and her JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
BOB BONSTEIN has had a long career in health care strategic planning, information technology and operations consulting, from which he recently retired. He previously served as Vice President with Cotiviti, and as a consulting partner with KPMG Peat Marwick, First Consulting group and RGB Associates, LLC. Bob has a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Rutgers University. He lives in Marietta with his wife of many years, Linda. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. Bob and Linda now spend considerable time as community volunteers, and they both enthusiastically sing in the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
AMBER CONNOR is a business woman who resides in Atlanta. She is the owner of Hesedh For Life Landscape Company and Commandment Properties. She is the founder of Concerned Citizens United, a non-profit organization which focuses on maintaining a safe environment for our citizenry. Amber serves as the Security Chair for The Buckhead Council of Neighbors, and is also involved in helping to beautify communities through her hands-on volunteer services as a Georgia Master Gardener for over 10 years. Her passion for the arts has found her a home within the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for over 10 years as a 1st Soprano. Amber and her Husband have been together for 20 years and are the parents of two active and vibrant children.
FRANK HARRIS is the senior partner at Harris & Bunch, LLC, located on the Marietta Square. His practice there focuses on personal injury and general civil litigation. His wife Abby is a health care coordinator and movement disorders coach specializing in Parkinson’s patients. Daughter Madeleine is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University. An avid and active supporter of the arts, Frank sings with the GSO Chorus and the choir at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and acts with various local theater companies. He has previously served on the Boards of the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre and the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company.
MARY KAY HOWARD is a retired Cobb County educator and retired Shepherd Center Medical Librarian. She has been involved with the Georgia Symphony as a volunteer for nearly 30 years. She has held leadership roles in the former CSO Guild and the current Friends of the GSO. Mary Kay has been a Board member for many terms and most recently served as Secretary. While she “has no musical bone in her body” she has learned to appreciate the music provided by the GSO. Mary Kay lives in Marietta and provides access to “Party Central” for GSO events.
REGINA MALLOY is Senior Advertising Designer with The Home Depot.
DEBBIE MCCRACKEN is a retired Assistant Superintendent at Marietta City Schools.
VALENCIA MCCRIMMON is Senior Director, Quality and Change at Cox Enterprises, Inc.
GREG MISHKIN is Vice President of research and consulting at Escalent, a global human behavior and market research company. Prior to Escalent, Greg has been a Vice President of Telecom and wireless at comScore, Inc. and a key member of AT&T's internal market research division. He holds seven patents for his data-focused market research methodologies. Greg previously served on the board of Georgia Connections Academy. In 2005, he was appointed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to be a commissioner of the newly created city of Milton. He was awarded the Key to the City of Milton in recognition of his efforts. Greg earned a master's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University; a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He lives in Cumming with his wife and two college-aged children (both of which are studying performing arts in college).
AMY SMITH holds an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University and is CEO and Partner of Atlanta Design Solutions, a mechanical engineering design firm. She worked for several years as Director of Communications for award winning LED display manufacturer NanoLumens and previously owned a consulting business specializing in external communications, strategy and finance serving the Athens and Greater Atlanta area.
CB SMITHWICK is a Managing Member with Raise Company, LLC. After his service in the United States Army, CB began his professional career at BellSouth, now AT&T, as a B2B Account Executive and quickly advanced to management. He left BellSouth to begin a digital consulting agency in Atlanta, GA. Throughout the years clients included Adobe Systems, United States Army, Taco Bell (YUM! Brands), Hewlett-Packard, Association for Contract Textiles, Benson Integrated Marketing, Mohawk, Coro Realty, Grant Design Collaborative, Decca Ltd., Georgia-Pacific, Russ Harrington, and more. Sales and marketing were CB’s first passion, but technology quickly became an equal. He focused on mastering the two early on and the combination proved to be very powerful. Since beginning his career in technology he has been featured in many top level publications such as TechCrunch, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fast Company, SFGate and Forbes for various contributions to tech as a whole as well as his own endeavors. CB brings more than a high level of understanding and execution of programming and analytics. His method of including the bigger business picture and overall strategy has proved to inform the very core of a client’s business model. With a rare combination of technical know-how and a business savvy intellect, CB has fundamentally improved companies of all levels – from startup to enterprise. CB is highly trained and credentialed with over 17 years of successful experience. He is a lover of the outdoors, great food, music and anything that challenges the talents and grit of people.
SYDNEY TREW, CPA, is a Partner in the Tax Services practice of Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors. Sydney’s primary focus is on tax compliance and planning for closely-held businesses and their owners. Sydney’s responsibilities include the coordination of tax services for clients, planning and organizing engagements, suggesting and implementing tax planning ideas, and supervising staff. Sydney’s professional background in public accounting includes serving clients in the construction, real estate, professional services, hospitality and manufacturing industries. She also has extensive experience in the implementation of successful tax and succession planning strategies for closely-held businesses, as well as estate and financial planning for high net-worth individuals. Sydney holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and a Masters of Accounting, both from Samford University. She holds professional affiliations with the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) of Georgia, Atlanta Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and PrimeGlobal.
DR. MARCUS CRAWFORD, Crawford Plastic Surgery: Marcus H. Crawford, M.D., is originally from Aiken, S.C., and currently practices medicine as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He attended Morehouse College and Baylor College of Medicine before relocating to Atlanta. He resides in West Cobb County with his wife and two children and has loved music and the arts since childhood. He is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and participates in its various community outreach programs.
CHAD HAGAN is an Atlanta native. He has been involved in his family's foundations and businesses for over two decades and focuses on funding organizations that support fine arts, education and environmental causes. He is married to Emily Wheeler Hagan and they live in Roswell, Georgia and London, England.
PAM HUBBY is a retired fundraising and banking professional. She most recently served as the Director of Development for ArtsBridge Foundation, the arts education outreach arm of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. In this role, Pam was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the foundation as well as fundraising, donor cultivation, special events and community relations. Prior to joining ArtsBridge, she was the Director of Corporate Relations for Kennesaw State University and before that worked extensively in the banking industry including at Citizens & Southern National Bank (Bank of America), Bank of North Georgia and Georgian Bank. Pam also was a member of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA)’s Class of 2015, ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2015 and Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Club.
WAHID TAWFIK is Founder and Managing Director of Calensia LLC, a management consulting company. Prior to founding Calensia, he served as the CEO of several global companies most recently he was the CEO of Performance Fibers, a global reinforcement fiber company. Prior to performance fibers, he was the Founder & Managing Director of Calensia BV, a consulting & investment company based in the Netherlands. Prior to Calensia BV, Wahid was the COO & CEO of DuPont SA, the largest integrated Petrochemical company in Europe based in the Netherlands. He earned his MSc & PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his BSc degree from Cairo University. Wahid was inducted to the Academy of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni of Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006.
DR. JEFFREY THARP currently serves as the Chief Medicine Division Officer for Wellstar Medical Group. Dr. Tharp received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College and his master of public health from Tulane University. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee – Memphis. Dr. Tharp completed his internal medicine residency with the University of Tennessee.
JAMES G. WETRICH, FACHE is the CEO of The Wetrich Group of Companies. He has been in the health care industry for nearly 40 years and has worked in senior positions at Abbott Laboratories and Molnlycke Health Care. Jim has a B.S. from the University of Southern California, an MHA from Tulane University and an MBA from Emory University. Jim has served on numerous boards and advisory boards in both non-profit as well as for-profit corporations. Jim is an Adjunct Instructor at Texas Wesleyan University where he teaches Principles of Marketing to business students. He received a certificate in Executive Coaching from UT Dallas and now coaches senior executives. Jim and his wife, Nancy, live in Southlake, Texas and Dunwoody, GA and they have two sons.
Georgia Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 791
Marietta, GA 30061
Georgia Symphony Orchestra
36 Trammell Street, SW
Marietta, GA 30061