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 - Fred Zermeno - Event Coordinator
- Vice President - John Marin - Salesman, Moose Lodge
- Secretary - Dr Joan Meister - Pediatrician, Retired; Violist, Rio Hondo Symphony
- Treasurer - Charles Barth - Engineer IBM, Retired
- Immediate Past President - Maurice Meysenburg - Rio Hondo Community College Professor Sociology, Retired
Board of Directors
- Leighton Anderson - Attorney, Whittier Union High School District Board Member
- Michaela Brehm - Rio Hondo College Representative
- Dorothy Carras - Guild President, Community activist
- Joseph Derthick - Financial Advisor, Aflac; Principal 2nd Violin, Rio Hondo Symphony
- Mary Herrera - RN LA County, Retired
- Carolyn McFarland - Community Activist
- Greg Santana - Marketing Consultant
- Tim Schneider - Teacher, Whittier Union High School District Board President
- 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.