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Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
2023-2024 Board of Directors
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Don Fiftal
Chair

 

Don Fiftal is in his fourth-year as member of the WSO Board of Directors, currently serving as First Vice-Chair of the Board.  He comes from an extensive background as an educator, where during his 47-year educational career he worked as a teacher, an assistant principal, a middle school principal, a high school principal, an Assistant Superintendent, and then finished his last 10 years as a superintendent of schools for the communities of Darien, CT and Sherman, CT. 

 

While at Darien, he was honored with a Proclamation from then-Governor Jody Rell for Don Fiftal Day, in honor of the totality of his career as an educator.  He has prior experience on Governance Boards  for two homeowners’ associations; on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents; and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Brass City Ballet.  Don Fiftal’s background in supporting the arts stems from a childhood and youth deeply engaged in theatre and dance, which extended to subsequent involvement, including: as founder and managing director of a summer theatre; as winner of his college’s Best Actor “Oscar;” as a high school drama director; as the Principal of a school gaining State recognition as the Outstanding Middle School in the Arts; and most recently, as producer for two musicals at the Community Theatre at Woodbury. 

 

Don and Lois have two adult sons and five grandchildren. They have lived in Woodbury 39 years, where presently Don, a former Chair of the WSO Education Committee, now serves as a member of the Region #14 Nonnewaug High School Building Committee.  Some day in the future he has the goal of retiring from retirement!!

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Isobel Moore
Vice-Chair

Born and raised in England, Isobel was exposed to music and the performing arts from a very early age.  She realizes now how fortunate she was to have had the opportunity to hear professional orchestras in concert, see performances of opera and ballet, and experience theatrical productions.  She is committed to the WSO’s mission to bring those same opportunities to the children and adults of the local community.   Isobel’s first instrument was the violin which she took up in primary school and continued to play through college.  Isobel also sings in her church choir and, as a former member of the Connecticut Choral Society, had the very great pleasure of performing with the WSO when the orchestra joined with CCS to present Verdi’s “Requiem” and more recently, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

She graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA (Hons) in French and Latin and went on to become a university administrator, first at the University of Warwick where she met her husband, Colin, and then at the University of Manchester.   In a career spanning more than 30 years Isobel has continued to provide administrative services to a number of different businesses including a dental insurance company, antiques shops, a church, a photographer and a general contractor.  She is currently employed as a Legal Assistant at Anne M. Ragusa, LLC, Attorney-At-Law, in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Moores immigrated to the USA in 1990 and moved to Connecticut in 1994 where their son, Edward, was born.  Once Edward left for college, their schedule, previously dominated by soccer and/or tennis matches and Boy Scout camp-outs, opened up and they were able to enjoy a subscription to the WSO.  Isobel joined the WSO Board in June 2019 and was elected Second Vice-Chair in 2020.

Nancy Kiely
Treasurer
Finance Committee Chair

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Anne C. Dranginis
Recording Secretary

 

Anne C. Dranginis, Connecticut Appellate Court Judge (Ret.), is a member of Pullman & Comley LLC with main offices in Bridgeport and Hartford.  She focuses on litigation matters involving matrimonial law, corporate compliance and governance, trial strategy, arbitration and mediation. 

Judge Dranginis served in all capacities as a trial judge, including serving as Presiding Criminal Judge in Waterbury and Litchfield.  From 1990-1994, she was the Administrative Judge in Litchfield where she heard and decided the declaratory judgment action testing the constitutionality of the assault weapon ban, and the challenge to the state's "hunter harassment" statute. She was specially assigned to preside over Connecticut's so-called "Right to Die" case, McConnell v. Beverly Enterprises-Connecticut. In 1994, she was appointed the Chief Administrative Judge for Family Matters for the Connecticut Superior Court. During her tenure on the Appellate Court, she sat by designation on the Connecticut Superior Court, including the death penalty phase of State v. Michael Ross.

Throughout her career, Judge Dranginis has lectured and provided training sessions to professional associations and community organizations on a host of topics including domestic violence, complex issues in law and medicine, legal services for Connecticut's poor, forensic science, and family law and the rights of children and youth.  She is recognized as a leader in the legal community, and has earned numerous professional awards for her accomplishments, most recently receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Bar Foundation's James W. Cooper Fellows.

Michael C. Accuosti

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Residing in Prospect, Michael C. Accuosti has been involved in the local community his entire life. Born in Waterbury, Michael began his community service while at Sacred Heart High School. Michael’s love of classical music stretches back to his college days at Marist College where he sang in three different choirs, performing several times with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. With a B.S degree in Finance, Michael has worked in accounting and HR for over 25 years with companies in the greater Waterbury area and in New Haven county. Since 2004, Michael has served on the board of the Goshen Players, in the role of Treasurer for most of that time. He has also acted on the stage in local community theaters. In addition to the fine arts, Michael also services as Vice-President of the Marist College Alumni Association. He is excited to bring his background and skills to the board of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.

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Emanuel Arboleda

Emanuel is the Fine Arts Coordinator for Naugatuck Public Schools. He has been teaching music education in CT for nine years; three as a general music teacher and six as a high school band director. Currently, he teaches all band ensembles at Naugatuck High School, as well as an introductory-level marching ensemble at the middle school called SoundSport. Beyond teaching, Emanuel arranges and composes music for schools in CT, VA, and FL. He is pleased to serve on the education committee for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and eagerly anticipates the partnership ahead.

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Martha Bernstein

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James (Jay) Chittum
Education Committee Chair

 

Jay Chittum is a retired Superintendent of Brookfield and Colebrook Public Schools. Music has always been an important part of the life of Jay Chittum. Growing up listening with his mother and to the Saturday Texaco broadcasts of opera on radio, as well as listening to recorded showtunes and carrying the baritone horn in the high school marching band, Jay’s love of music was developed at an early age and has continued throughout his life and career.

Having spent 47 years in public education, the last 15 years as a school superintendent, Jay has been an enthusiastic supporter of music education for young people. This interest has lead him to become the chairman of the Education Committee of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. The symphony’s education programs for children and adults have gained widespread support under his leadership.

Always interested in community service and education, Jay has held the chairmanship of the Education and Topical Committee of the Western Connecticut Leadership initiative and serves as the President of the Woodbury Hill Condominium Association.

Jay views his membership on the Board of Directors of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra as a valuable opportunity to promote high quality musical performance and enhance the quality of life in the greater Waterbury community.

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Thomas C. Clark
Second Vice Chair

 

Thomas C. Clark is a Private Investor and former Private Banking Executive. Following his education and military service, Mr. Clark had a 3 decade career in Private Banking in New York. Since then, he has continued a life long interest in volunteer activities, mostly at the board level. Mr. Clark is a graduate of Duke University (AB) and Harvard University (MBA).

 

As a Vietnam Era veteran, he holds the rank of Commander, USNR (ret). His banking career was Manhattan based, primarily at US Trust, where he was Managing Director, Division President, and Chief Credit Officer of the US Trust Corporation, and was a Director of 6 affiliated banks. For the American banking industry, he was Chair of the Private Banking Division of the American Bankers Association as well as Founding Chair of Private Lending Division of the Risk Management Association.

 

His volunteer activities have centered around higher education, performing arts, and human rights. Mr. Clark holds 2 Honorary Doctorates for support of higher education in Appalachia. He was a Trustee of Duke University and President of the Duke Alumni Association, and received the Charles A. Dukes Award for his service to Duke. He is Chairman Emeritus of Union College (KY). Additionally, he was a trustee of Marymount Manhattan College and a member of the board’s Executive Committee. - He is Chairman Emeritus of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Concert Artists Guild and continues as its longest serving board member - he received the Guild’s Virtuoso Award for his support of the Arts in America. He has been a member of the boards of 2 theater companies, 3 symphony orchestras, and the Metropolitan Opera Club. He is a Charter Member of the Shelby Society of Kentucky. - He was Treasurer and the longest serving board member of the SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the organization that provided legal aid to military personnel harmed by DADT, and ultimately led successful fight for its repeal) - cited by President Obama for his leadership in this effort. Mr. Clark was the Founding Chair of the Duke LGBTQ Network and Co-Founder of the NYC Gay Basketball League. He was a board member of the public television show “In The Life”.

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Dr. Michael Feinberg

 

Dr. Feinberg retired in 2017 after nearly 40 years serving patients in Waterbury as a Board Certified Specialist in Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in Addiction Medicine. Since his retirement from full time practice, he continues to serve as Medical Director at Connecticut Counseling Center, Inc. in Waterbury, providing care and consultation for those with addictions. He is a former Board Member at St Mary’s Hospital as well as a former Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, mentoring Yale medical students in his practice over the years. 

 

Dr. Feinberg participates in activities in support of many other nonprofits in the community and  is a Board Member at Audubon Bent of the River in Southbury. Retirement has made it possible for him to spend even more time enjoying all types of music and art, his love of bicycling, cooking and travel. He and his wife, Ann, live in Middlebury.

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Dr. James F. Flint
Development & Marketing Committee Chair

 

Dr. James F. Flint, a retired cardiologist, is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied history, and of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He completed five years of post doctoral study at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  For two years during the Vietnam conflict, Dr. Flint served in the United States Air Force Medical Corps as a major. He practiced cardiology in Waterbury from 1973 until his retirement in 2008 and during that time served on the clinical faculty of the Yale School of Medicine for 35 years. In addition to the board of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, he has served on the board of Girl's Inc. of Waterbury and the Gaylord Hospital.

Dr. Flint has had a lifelong love of music. He firmly believes that music profoundly enhances the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual lives of all of us and of our community.

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Dr. Paul Kelly

Dr. Paul F Kelly is a board-certified cardiologist with Trinity Health of New England at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He earned a BA in Political Science at Georgetown University and his medical degree at the University of Virginia.  Prior to joining the staff at Saint Mary’s in 1996 Dr. Kelly was a transplant cardiologist and heart failure specialist at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kelly Served is Chief of Cardiology as well as the Chairman of the Cardiac Quality Work Group.   Dr. Kelly also served as Chairman of the Board of the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

Dr. Kelly is an active member of the Waterbury community.   He is a founder of the Malta House of Care that provides healthcare to the uninsured and still volunteers his time and a physician and board member.  

Dr Kelly enjoys singing four-part harmony and is a baritone with the Valley Chordsmen, a local Barbershop Harmony Society Chapter. 

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Dr. Matthew Krumholtz

 

Matthew currently serves as Director, Investor Relations & Communications at Blue Meridian Partners, a philanthropic model for finding and funding scalable solutions that drive economic mobility in the US. Prior to Blue Meridian, Matthew worked with a range of mission-driven organizations across sectors, from digital media to higher education. He recently served as Interim Executive Director of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.


Matthew has also been a leader in re-imagining the public impact of the humanities. He holds a PhD and MA from Princeton University, where his doctoral work focused on narrative change strategies that ignited and sustained social and cultural movements. He earned his BA from Brown University.

 


 

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Caroline Messenger
 

 

Caroline Gordon Messenger is director of curriculum at Naugatuck Public Schools. She graduated from the University of Michigan. Caroline has a life long love of the arts and theater, as well as live music of all genres. 

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Judith Miller

 

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Judith Miller, a graduate of Texas A&M University moved to Connecticut in 2008 with her daughter Samantha. Judith is an independent executive recruiter specializing in c-suite placements in finance, environmental, healthcare, and energy. She is President of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce and the Newtown Business Network,and has served as president of the M.A.D Hatters BNI.

 

When not working with candidates Judith enjoys live concerts, gardening, decorating, and exploring New England.

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Andrew Taylor

After graduating from Wesleyan University, Andy was offered his first job in education as a “supernumerary” at a school in South Africa. Having no idea what this important-sounding job might entail, he was dismayed to learn that a supernumerary was “a person with no apparent function.” He then spent four years as assistant principal at a school in Cape Town where he pioneered a “democracy training” curriculum engaging students in service projects with local NGOs.  He also spent eight years as head of history for the Horace Mann Middle School in New York City. For sixteen years (2004-2020), he served as principal of Maru-a-Pula in Botswana, one of Africa’s premier secondary schools, where he launched a scholarship program for orphans and vulnerable children. He was honored to be the van driver/fundraiser for numerous American concert tours of the renowned Maru-a-Pula marimba band. He was the 2016 recipient of the Horace Dutton Taft Alumni Medal, the Taft School’s highest alumni honor, given each year to a person whose life work best typifies the school motto: “Not to be served but to serve.”  He is currently teaching human geography and the history of modern China as well as coaching squash and tennis at Taft. He is delighted and honored to be a member of the WSO board.

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Richard Sadlon

 

Richard Sadlon, recently retired as the Supervisor of Music (K-12) for the Darien CT Public Schools, a position in which he served for 20 years, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of the CT Arts Administrators Association. 

 

Rick served two terms as president of the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association, has held several positions with the CT Music Educators Association, served on the Music Committee for the National Federation of High Schools, and was a member of the CSDE Steering Committee for introducing our new CT Arts Standards. He continues to work with districts throughout CT on music curriculum development. 

 

Rick is an actively performing professional musician on saxophone, clarinet and flute, performing with Musical Theater Zurich, Goodspeed Opera House, the S/S Norway Orchestra, and for acts such as Rita Moreno, Jack Jones, Lionel Hampton, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, and Ray Charles. He now regularly performs with New Duke as well as his jazz duo, Gomez & Sadlon. 

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