George H. Bostick practiced law in the Washington D.C. office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan for 35 years before spending six years in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury during the Obama administration. While still an active member of the D.C. bar, these days he enjoys spending most of his time with family, on the Alexandria Symphony board, as a Trustee of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, doing a little academic writing and speaking, and other pro bono activities.
With a college degree in art history, Sally Guy worked for several years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in D.C. Later, having earned a certificate in landscape design from GWU, she opened her own design business. She also served as President of the Garden Club of Virginia. Having studied classical music appreciation, the symphony has always been important. Now with her husband, a retired law partner at McGuireWoods, they bring their grandson, who plays many instruments, to the ASO events. Young James says, “that Conductor is SO COOL!”
Miriam “Mimi” Browning was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Education: BA, The Ohio State University; MS George Washington University; graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the JFK School, Harvard University. A former member of the federal Senior Executive Service, Mimi held influential information technology positions in the Pentagon and Berlin and also with the CDC in Atlanta. In corporate life, she was a principal and consultant with Booz Allen and Hamilton. Mimi and David Benjamin “Ben” Browning live in Alexandria. Favorite music includes The Archduke Trio, Parsifal, A Chorus Line, and the music of Nino Rota and Ray Charles.
Ronal Butler is the President of Networking & Engineering Technologies, Inc., which is an Information Technology and Lean Six Sigma government contracting company. He plays piano and most of the brass instruments, but decided to pursue a career in the field of engineering rather than music. He serves on several boards that focus on providing scholarships and mentoring to minority students. He spends his spare time researching new developments in Smart Home Technology.
It all started with a flutophone. Third grade music was a flutophone. In retrospect, that’s the lightest instrument that I would ever play. Fourth grade introduced piano lessons; fifth added the baritone, sixth grade brought organ lessons and the tuba and a Sousaphone. My career as a librarian has been just as varied -- the Library of Congress, managing a non-profit, and as the recently retired, now emerita, University Librarian at American University. Whether I am playing or listening, music always brings me joy. In addition to being a Trustee of the ASO, I am on the Board of the Washington Master Chorale. Favorite music: Chopin preludes, any opera by Puccini, and 40’s dance music.
Judy grew up in Norfolk, graduated from Mary Baldwin University, and settled in the New York area after earning an MBA at Columbia University. Her marketing career includes stints in Fortune 500 companies, the fragrance industry, and grant-writing with two universities. Judy moved to Alexandria in 2017 from New Jersey to be near her son, John, and his family. Besides the ASO Board, Judy serves at Westminster Presbyterian Church, tutors reading, consults on grant proposals and enjoys golf, tennis, hiking and bridge.
Paul Kentes joined Renner & Company CPA, PC in December 2015. A lifelong Alexandrian, he graduated from T.C. Williams High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He is currently completing a professional certificate in accounting at Northern Virginia Community College. Mr. Kentes works exclusively with nonprofit organizations, including public charities, preschools, civic organizations and trade associations providing accounting and consulting services. Mr. Kentes has been involved in many nonprofit programs and fundraising events and has served on a number of nonprofit boards.
Lee Smith Klousia was born in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Randolph Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA with a degree in Art History. She moved to Bethesda and worked for The Hecht Company as a retail buyer and later at EF Hutton as a Sales Assistant and eventually as Operations Manager for a new branch. In spite of five years of piano lessons, after which she cannot even pick out a tune, she continues her love of good music. She has held numerous positions on the Smithsonian Women's Committee Executive Board as well as serving as an Elder at the Presbyterian Meeting House.
Harriett is a Certified Public Accountant with her own tax practice in Alexandria. She is a member of the Tax Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Public Companies Practice Section, the Virginia Society of Public Accountants (VSCPA) and the Northern Chapter of the VSCPA. She formerly taught accounting and business courses at Northern Virginia Community College. Harriett enjoys gardening, reading, playing the piano and participating in activities of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Board of Trustees. She wanted to be a pediatrician like her father, often helping in his office after school and accompanying him many times on his hospital rounds and house calls. She witnessed her first operation when she was six years old.
Arthur E. Peabody, Jr., Of Counsel, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, Washington, D.C. focuses his practice on Medicare payment and reimbursement for hospitals and other providers. He formerly served as the Assistant General Counsel for Medicare for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Chief of the Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Arthur is involved in a number of music organizations in the greater Washington metropolitan area, minored in music during college, and especially enjoys choral music of the English cathedral tradition.
Frank Purcell is Head of Government Affairs for Indivior and former president of Cardinal Waypoint LLC, a health policy advocacy consultancy based in Alexandria. A bass vocalist who once played an undergraduate jazz trombone gig with bebop great Carl Fontana, he joined the ASO Board of Trustees for all the gifts music brought him in life - delight, beauty and community in all its diversity. His family, wife Christine and two grown sons, never agree what to listen to.
Susan is a life-long music lover and amateur pianist. Her background is in corporate, agency and self-employed development, PR, and non-profit management. She has worked with many health and arts organizations over the years, both professionally and as a volunteer. She believes a symphony orchestra is a valuable community asset that can reach everyone, has no language requirement, and brings people together joyfully. A military spouse, she lives in Alexandria with her husband, Keith, and enjoys her children, grandchildren and two dogs. She is a Master Gardener and a Dale St. Community Garden Board Member.
Johan is on Classical Movements’ Snr Management Team, Tour Director for Orchestra and Choir Concert Tours. Owner of a Safari business in South Africa. Joined CM in Old Town Alexandria in 2010. Experienced in a variety of concert tours, and cultural exchange opportunities in many countries. Qualifications in Law, Tourism and Wildlife Preservation (UNISA), Financial and Tax Law (UOFS). Served on boards of: The Institute of Life and Pensions Advisors and The Cancer Association. Traveled to 5 continents, 76 countries, a lover of music, nature, wildlife and an avid long distance runner.
Melynda Dovel Wilcox is a freelance writer and editor, having previously worked for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine for nearly 20 years. Her blog, portcitynotebook.com, covers education and other topics of interest to Alexandria residents. She and her husband, David, and their young adult identical twins, Laura and Amanda, are all amateur musicians, and their collection of instruments includes a baby grand piano, two French horns, a clarinet, a recorder and a guitar.