Board of Directors, Sustaining Members and Staff
Board of Directors
Jeffrey Levenson, Executive Director
Lauren Busa, Operations Manager
Dan Berube, Spectacle Management, Marketing Consultant
Elizabeth Whitfield, Outreach Coordination
Barbara Hughey, Finance
Anne Howarth, Bookkeeper
Susan H. Griffith, Program Book Management and Design
Diane Sperandio, Videography
Board of Directors
Richard Fields' consulting organization, Richard S. Fields Associates LLC is based in Lexington. The organization is focused on luxury consumer products. Fields is Chief Strategic Officer of Guild+Facet of No. Bergen, NJ, and serves on 3 other Advisory Boards. He has resided in Lexington since 1971, and is married to Kathy Fields, owner of The Crafty Yankee in Lexington. We have a daughter, who grew up in Lexington, and have twin grandchildren. Proudly he has served on the Lexington Symphony Board for 8 years.
An active community volunteer, Alix Fox spent many years in a variety of roles with LexFUN! (Lexington Five & Under Network), as a classroom and library volunteer and member of the PTA Executive Board at Estabrook Elementary School, and has worked on several local political campaigns. In addition to the Symphony, she currently serves on the boards of the Lexington Education Foundation and the Diamond Middle School PTA. Alix grew up playing in concert bands and orchestras (flute, piccolo, and bassoon), and has pursued her love of music ever since, completing a college minor in Music, subscribing to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the last 25 years, and singing in a contemporary women’s a cappella group. She was thrilled to discover Lexington Symphony a few years ago, and is delighted to help bring top-notch professional performances to the heart of Lexington. Alix moved to Lexington in 2005, where she lives with her husband, Ian, and two school-aged children. When not shuttling them to various activities or volunteering, she enjoys cooking and entertaining, traveling, concerts, and walking on the Minuteman Bike Trail. Before becoming a stay-at-home parent, Alix worked in human resources in the financial industry. She holds a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College.
Jay Kaufman has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1995 and, for the past eight years, has chaired the legislature’s Committee on Revenue. He is leading the committee through a comprehensive review of state and local taxes with an eye to a major reform initiative to be on the statewide ballot in 2018. His monthly “OPEN HOUSE” public policy forum, now in its twenty-third season, has been recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation’s best televised government relations series. Jay also served as the founding director of Northeastern University’s Center for Leadership and Public Life, and is now launching Beacon Leadership Collaborative, a new non-profit organization to offer leadership development workshops and professional development for those in or aspiring to public life. He serves on the National Conference of State Legislature’s Executive Committee and offers leadership development workshops for legislators and legislative staff across the country. He has also served on the faculty of NCSL’s democracy-building workshops in Kosovo, South Africa, Mozambique, and India. Jay lives in Lexington with his wife Cathy and enjoys playing the piano with their first grandson, Ethan Lyle.
Deborah Jones began playing the double bass at age nine, and has studied with Ed Barker, Richard Stephan, Homer Mensch, and Henry Portnoi. She has a BM in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, a MM in Music Performance from Penn State, and has completed the doctoral course in Musicology from Boston University. In addition to the Lexington Symphony, Deborah plays in the Maine State Ballet orchestra and freelances around New England. Deborah also performs on the viola da gamba, violone, and baroque bass, having playing in Much Ado: A Renaissance Consort, the Hamilton Baroque Ensemble, Pastorello, and the SOHIP Chamber Players. For ten years, Deborah served on the board of the Society of Historically Informed Performance (SOHIP), as the President and Executive Director for the summer early music concert series. By day, Deborah is a Vice President of The Dartmouth Group in Bedford, MA.
Jeffrey Leonard is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music, having majored in Music Education and Jazz Composition and Arranging. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University. Jeff was the director of bands and the jazz program at Lexington High School starting in 1983, and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Lexington Public Schools from 2008 until his retirement at the end of the 2017 school year. He is the recipient of the Mass. Music Educators' Distinguished Service Award, the Mass. Jazz Educators' Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mass. Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association’s Hall of Fame Award, the Lexington Public School's “Teacher of the Year Award” and the Dr. Michael Fiveash Teaching Award. He is on the Music Education faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and the Berklee College of Music and is the co-director of the Youth Jazz Orchestra in the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division. Jeff is a multi-reed player who is found in theatre pit orchestras all around the Boston metropolitan area. He is an in-demand clinician, adjudicator and conductor for regional, state and national music festivals, having conducted All-State Concert and Jazz Bands throughout New England. He has been with the Lexington Symphony as a performer since the groups inception and a board member since 2012.
Patti joined the Lexington Symphony board in June 2011. An educator with long tenure at both secondary and college levels, she holds degrees in World History and Russian Studies from Syracuse, in Political Theory from the University of Virginia and is working on a combined degree at Oxford. Recently retired after 30 years on the faculty of Brookline High School, she brings to the board substantial volunteer experience with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as Chair of the Junior Council of the BSO and Overseer of the BSO in the 1980’s. She was also National Chair of all Orchestra Junior Councils as a Board member of AMSOV (American Symphony Orchestra Volunteer’s Association). She has served on the Board of the Council of the the Museum of Fine Arts and most recently Director of Sustainer’s for the Junior League of Boston. Married to math professor Warren (Biff) and mother of two sons, author/illustrator Christopher Bing, and Peter, she is a longtime resident of Lexington.
Susan McLeish grew up in Lexington and attended Northeastern University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She started her career in the audit practice of a “Big 8” public accounting firm where she earned her CPA credential. She held various financial and operational positions in professional service firms before retiring from the COO/CFO position at a small financial consulting firm in the spring of 2017. She is enjoying the freedom of an unstructured life.
Susan returned to Lexington in the early 1990’s. She has been active in town government, having previously served on the Lexington Appropriation Committee and as an elected town meeting member (since 2010). In addition, she serves on the board of another local non-profit organization and is an active volunteer for several human service organizations. She has enjoyed the performances of the Lexington Symphony for more than a decade and feels fortunate to have such an organization in our local community. She joined the board in 2017.
Marlene Stone has been a Lexington resident since 2004 and is a very active volunteer in local Lexington organizations. In addition to her work as a Board member of Lexington Symphony, she serves on the Board of the Merriam Hill Association, was past President of the Lexington High School PTSA, and is a lay minister for Follen Church, where she is on the Parish Council Board. She has been in charge of many fundraising activities, including at Follen Church and at Lexington Symphony and has set record sales at these events. She is a full-time working mother of a college student who graduated from Lexington High School in 2010. Marlene has worked in industry as a recruiter/human resources director for over 30 years for companies including Digital Equipment Corporation (now Hewlett Packard), Fidelity Investments, Millipore, Novartis, and smaller start-ups in biotech and high technology. She is presently the recruiter for one of the top 25 fastest growing defense contractors in the country, Oasis Systems, Inc., located on Hartwell Avenue in Lexington. Marlene loves classical music and started playing piano at six years old. She went to many Broadway productions in her childhood and grew up near New York City. Marlene has a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, a Master’s degree in social work from Smith College and a Master’s in business from Clark University.
Composer John M. Tarrh grew up in a musical household, with his church choir-director mother, opera-loving father, and professional pianist/organist sister. Mr. Tarrh learned to play the drums and performed with a variety of bands and orchestras through college. While always a passionate lover of classical music, Mr. Tarrh had little time for music during busy careers first as an engineer/scientist and then as a financial executive. Originally trained as an electrical engineer, Mr. Tarrh earned his B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and his M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He worked for a number of years for several small businesses and labs at MIT, specializing in the design of large electromagnets for advanced energy research. He developed an interest in accounting and finance, and was a co-founder, Director and CFO of Applied Science and Technology, Inc. at its inception in 1987. Following the sale of AST in 2001, Mr. Tarrh began to pursue a lifetime dream of studying music. Mr. Tarrh studied music composition with Michael Gandolfi and Larry Thomas Bell at the New England Conservatory, earning two Masters of Music degrees from NEC—one in Musical Theory in 2007, and one in Composition in 2008, both with Academic Honors. Mr. Tarrh also plays percussion with the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton, and sings with the Lexington Pops Chorus, for which he was named Assistant Conductor in 2010. Mr. Tarrh is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the Society of Composers, Inc. Mr. Tarrh has written music for a variety of ensembles, including solo piano, solo voice and piano, chorus and piano, various chamber ensembles, concert band, and full orchestra. His music is published by Meriam Hill Music of Lexington, MA. Mr. Tarrh resides in Lexington, MA with his wife, Barbara, and three sons, Nathan, Andrew, and Evan.
Our Sustaining Members are people who have provided significant organizational support to Lexington Symphony. They are appointed by the Board and have a special role within our organization as voting members. We are extremely grateful for their dedication to the orchestra and its mission.
Dan Fenn moved to Lexington in 1949 and has been active in many areas of the town’s life. A former member of the School Committee and of the Board of Selectmen, he was the founding president of the Lexington Education Foundation, Vice Chair of the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, and founder of the Fund for Lexington. Currently he is a Board Member of the Munroe Center for the Arts, active at First Parish, a member of the Lexington Minute Men Company, a Town Meeting Member and on the Board of the Council on Aging, among other activities. Professionally, he was the Founding Director of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, a member of President Kennedy’s staff in the White House from 1961 to 1963, a Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the US Tariff Commission and a teacher at a number of universities. Currently he is Adjunct Lecturer in Executive Programs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Christina Gamota was born in Eastern Europe, raised in Western Europe and educated in Argentina. A self-termed “homemaker and professional volunteer,” she has lived in Lexington for 24 years and has been on the boards of University of Michigan Art Museum, National Heritage Museum, Lexington Historical Society, and Lexington Field & Garden Club. She is interested in people of all ages and enjoys helping others. She has been an active participant in the International Host Family program at the University of Michigan and at MIT, and has also worked with pre-school children at Langley School, a private school in McLean, VA. She has participated in many community fundraisers as chair/co-chair, benefiting University of Michigan Museum of Art, Lexington Field & Garden Club, Morning Study Group, Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Symphony, and Munroe Center for the Arts. Also interested in community beautification, she organized and has been responsible for the maintenance of Emery Park (Depot Square) in Lexington. Her interest in design, which she showcases in the decor of her own home, has made her home the subject of three national magazine articles, house tours, and garden tours. She is also interested in entertainment and her table settings have been published in Table Decor (2006). As a wife and mother, Christina has been always active and has participated in many school-related organizations. Christina is founder and member of the Lexington Symphony Concert Fund Partnership, which was established in 2007 and has graciously hosted many fundraisers for the Lexington Symphony’s outreach and other programs in her elegant home.
Soprano Epp Sonin studied in the U.S. at Julliard, Mannes (B.S. in piano), and the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), and has taught piano for 40 years in NY and Boston. In 1985, Mrs. Sonin founded the Lexington Music School. Since then, she has led the school in providing quality piano classes for children, private instruction by awarding-winning music faculty, and community outreach in the way of benefit concerts, scholarships, mentorship, and inspiration to musicians and music appreciators.
As a frequent soloist with orchestras and choruses in oratorios, masses and cantatas, locally with the Lexington Symphony and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Mrs. Sonin remains an active performer. She has given recitals in major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and has premiered new works at Lincoln Center, MIT, Harvard, Tufts and UMASS-Lowell and performed in numerous Boston-area operas. She is a member of the Cantata Singers. Her performances have been heard on radio and recordings. She was soloist with the Vancouver Symphony and with the Estonian State Symphony in a gala celebrating Estonia’s newly re-established independence. Mrs. Sonin’s passions are supporting music education and outreach.