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Board of Directors


Dorothy Wise
Board President

Pegi Ard

Linda Burroughs
Vice President, Development

Lee Duffus
Vice President, Education

Catharine Gill
Vice President, Artistic Advisory

Owen Brown
Vice President, Governance

Cynthia Kilian
Vice President,
South County Development

Linda Downing
Corporate Secretary

Roger Knacke
League President

Clyde Vaughn
League Immediate Past President

Board of Directors Bios

Pegi Ard joined the board in 2010.  She recently led the Music Director Search Committee and currently chairs the Finance Committee.

Myrna Britton was born in Minnesota and worked as teacher and counselor. She practiced employment law for 25 years and is now retired. Myrna served on the boards of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, California Women Lawyers and Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County, and served on county and city commissions and the Equal Opportunity Employment commission. Myrna learned to fly at 18, and worked as a crewmember on a sailboat in Europe and now owns a sailboat with her husband, Roger Anderson.

Owen Brown has been a Symphony subscriber ever since he moved to Santa Cruz eleven years ago. He joined the board in 2005. Owen has been Board President since the 2008/09 Season and prior to that he headed the Finance Committee for two years. He recently retired as CTO at Plantronics, allowing him to spend more time with volunteer work.


Linda Burroughs

Linda Burroughsis the Broker/Owner of Linda Burroughs Real Estate. She has been involved with the Santa Cruz County Symphony since 1993 and served as Board President for five years. She is also the Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz, Past President of the Cabrillo College Foundation, current Co-Chair of the Cabrillo College President’s Circle, and Chair of the Santa Cruz County Symphony Endowment. She was honored to be recognized as the 2008 Santa Cruz Chamber Woman of the Year. She and her husband, John, are proud to support our excellent Symphony and welcome Daniel Stewart as our new Maestro.


Barbara Canfield has been a subscriber and Symphony supporter for many years. She joined the board of directors in 2012.  


Linda Downing

Linda Downing has been a symphony supporter for many years.  Formerly a member of the real estate community as well as an elementary school educator, she gained an appreciation for the importance of the arts community.  A board member since 2012, her focus is the Youth and Family Committee. 


A long-term subscriber, Lee Duffus is a former UC Santa Cruz student affairs administrator and small business owner. In addition to his involvement with the Symphony, Lee serves on the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission and is the chair-elect of the statewide Council of UC Retiree Associations. He serves on the Youth & Family and Directors & Officers committees.


John Eiskamp

John Eiskamp, a Watsonville native, holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oregon and is now retired from a career in teaching and management. He served as an elected member of the board of directors for the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency from 2000 to 2012. John's interests include science and the arts, including music. 


Catharine Gill is the chair of the Youth and Family Committee and member of the Directors & Officers Committee. She is a retired high school English teacher who was instrumental in the founding of Pacific Collegiate School. Catharine worked for several years on the board of the S.C. Youth Symphony, where her daughters played violin for a number of years. Catharine grew up in Japan where she was exposed to classical music from an early age and studied piano many years. 


Mary Ann Orr

Mary Ann Orr was previously on the Association Board from 2002 to 2009 and served as Director and Officers Committee Chair. During her hiatus from the board she was active with the Symphony League and is known as a volunteer role model. Mary Ann was recognized with the Most Valuable Player Award at the 2012 Association of California Symphony Orchestras summer conference. She and her husband, Peter, moved to the Santa Cruz area 24 years ago and have two daughters. Mary Ann studies classical piano with Heather Morris. 


Cynthia Kilian first joined the Symphony board of directors in the 2001/02 season and currently serves as the chair of the South County Committee. Cynthia is a real estate agent with Bailey Properties, a choral singer and an international volunteer.


Roger Knacke is president of the Symphony League board.  He retired as Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Pennsylvania State University Erie in 2010 and moved to Santa Cruz.   Roger still teaches occasionally, and is a volunteer docent at Point Lobos State Reserve.


Clyde Vaughn serves the board as a member of the Symphony League of Santa Cruz County. He is a long-time resident of Santa Cruz County and a retired United Methodist Minister, currently serving part time at Boulder Creek UMC. Clyde studied and performed music since he was six years old, and minored in music at University of the Pacific.


Dorothy Wise

Dorothy Wise is excited to rejoin the board to support Maestro Daniel Stewart and the Symphony as they start on their new journey. She was a member of the board from 1991-1996 and served in various positions, including President of the Board. She has been a member of the Symphony Endowment Committee for the past three years and was a member of the Conductor Search Committee. Dorothy strongly supports education and the arts throughout Santa Cruz County and is a long-time financial supporter of the Symphony. 


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