The Rio Hondo Symphony Association Board of Directors is a working Board that meets monthly to support the symphony activities. Subcommittees meet at various times during the year to carry out specific duties. Representatives from various communities serve on the Board.
Board Executive Committee
- President - Maurice Meysenburg - Rio Hondo Community College Professor Sociology, Retired
- Vice President - Fred Zermeno - Event Coordinator
- Secretary - Dr Joan Meister - Pediatrician, Retired; Violist, Rio Hondo Symphony
- Treasurer - Carolyn McFarland - Community Activist
- Immediate Past President - John Marin - Salesman, Moose Lodge
Board of Directors
- Leighton Anderson - Attorney, Whittier Union High School District Board Member
- Dorothy Carras - Community activist, Past Guild President
- Joseph Derthick - Financial Advisor, Aflac; Principal 2nd Violin, Rio Hondo Symphony
- Iris Harris - Harpist, Music Teacher
- Mary Herrera - RN LA County, Retired
- Elizabeth Holborn Lauritsen - Vocalist & Violinist, Music Educator
- Francine Rippy - Businesswoman, Friend of the Arts
- Greg Santana - Marketing Consultant
- Tim Schneider - Teacher, Whittier Union High School District Board President
- Madeline Shapiro - Educator, Board of Trustees Rio Hondo College
- Brigitta Weger - President, Rio Hondo Symphony Guild
- Anne Young - Clarinetist, Rio Hondo Symphony, Freelance Musician
Meet the Board Members
Leighton Anderson is an attorney and a partner in the law firm of Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP, in Whittier. He is an elected public official, serving since 1997 on the Board of Trustees of the Whittier Union High School District. Mr. Anderson also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program (Tri-Cities ROP) and is a member of the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association (CSBA).
His many non-profit affiliations include membership on the Board of Directors of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, and membership in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and Lion's Club International. In addition to Mr. Anderson's role with the Rio Hondo Symphony Association, as a member of its board since 1997, including service as the Association's President during 2001 - 2003, and 2012-2013, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Whittier Area First Day Coalition, which provides a short-term emergency transitional housing as part of a comprehensive approach to recovery from homelessness.
Mr. Anderson received his B.A. degree from Claremont Men's College, magna cum laude, in 1976, after which he attended law school at Columbia University, from which he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1978. He is married, and has three children (a daughter and two sons), ages 25, 22 and 19.
Dorothy Carras, a resident of Whittier for 45 years, has been an active member of RHSA for 10 years. She has been a Social Service Commissioner for the City of Whittier for 7 years.
For several years, she has been a active member of several local organizations including Rio Hondo College's retiree's organization and Vice President of Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Although John Marin seldom performs on the piano these days, he says that music still plays an important role in his busy life. He admits that the happiest days of his life were the years from 1978 to 1984 when he played mostly the piano but also the organ and synthesizer in his band, "OTR." That band made a few recordings and the group still gets together occasionally for an old-fashioned jam session.
The dedicated board member, who is the helpful tech man for the Kids Korner Concert Preview in the lobby, attended Don Bosco Tech Institute and worked for Fluor Corporation and Davidson Plywood. Now self-employed, Marin's company makes decorative laminated panel products and cabinets.
Currently Marin spends much of his time as Governor of La Habra Moose Lodge No. 1858 and also as Vice President of the Orange County Moose District. Always a salesman, Marin has been responsible for contributions to the orchestra from the Moose Lodge and from numerous Moose members.
Marin enjoys the concerts and is doing his part to make sure there will be continuing free concert seasons.
Anne Young is Associate Professor of Music at Santa Monica College. Since 1965, she has been the first clarinetist with the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra and is a free lance musician on clarinet and recorders in the Los Angeles area. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has toured the United States, Canada and Europe. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and California State, Los Angeles, is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and is listed in the International Who's Who in Music.
Fred Zermeno, born in Los Angeles, is currently the Owner of L.A. Media Communications and the People's Concert LLC. Specializing in media communications writing press releases, organizing press conferences, media kits and personal publicity. Through the People's Concert Fred and the staff have produced over 100 street festivals, carnivals, concerts, stock car racing and many other events since 2007. Including Oscar Night America, The Tribute to the Beatles Festivals, California Speed Jams and the continuous Annual Bob Hope USO Thanksgiving Dinner for the Troops.
Fred is also a board member of the Rio Hondo Symphony, Planning Commissioner for the City of Pico Rivera and spokesperson for Camping Buddies and several L.A. based musicians.
Fred began his career as a field photographer for the Los Angeles Rams in 1983, continued with the Raiders and remains shooting the Los Angeles Dodgers now in his 25th year. A former press secretary for the city of Los Angeles for six years and currently working on three books one which will be completed in 2015 called, 'Cruising the California Coast'©. The People's Concert has been recognized numerous times by government and non-profit organizations for their fund-raising efforts in Southern California.