Anne M. Wengrovitz, President
Anne M. Wengrovitz is a Director for Humanitas, Inc., a small consulting firm where she specializes in managing policy and evaluation projects for federal health agencies. She previously served as an executive for a national nonprofit advocacy organization. Ms. Wengrovitz put this experience to use when she served as President and Executive Director of Prelude: The Arlington Youth Orchestral Program for six years. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University. She has been an Arlington resident for 30 years. After many years of writing checks for violin lessons, she is pleased that her daughter continues to play, now with the William and Mary Symphony Orchestra.
Bob Ragan, Vice President
Robert (Bob) Ragan retired as a principal vice president of Bechtel, a major engineering and construction firm. Bob worked in business development and as head of Bechtel’s Washington D.C.’s office. In the non-profit sector, Bob served for 14 years as a Director of the National Foreign Trade Council, and one year as senior vice president. Bob also served seven years as a trustee of Meridian International. He is now President of Monitor Caribbean, a non-profit organization engaged in wildlife conservation work in the Caribbean basin. In 2014, Bob served as interim Development Director at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA). Working with AWLA and the Arlington Philharmonic, Bob helped set up a highly successful outdoor summer concert for people and their pets (Pops for Pets), which has now become an annual event. Bob also spent 15 years working for DOD, NASA, and the Department of Energy. He also served in U.S. Navy for four years. Bob earned a BS from the University of San Francisco. Bob resides in Arlington with his wife Pat.
Eric Brafford, Treasurer
Eric Brafford is the founder of Arlington technology startup Find My Members, a public membership directory technology and marketing platform that helps associations grow their online profile, find new members, and earn non-dues revenue. Prior to founding Find My Members, Eric held progressive roles in Corporate and Distribution Strategy at Choice Hotels International where he managed various strategic planning processes, e-commerce projects, and online marketing initiatives. Previously, Eric managed the customer experience and optimized operations processes for The Steak n Shake Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with concentrations in finance and accounting. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Julia.
Nancy Leach, Secretary
Nancy Leach, a 35-year resident of Arlington County, is the mother of five boys. She is a veteran of Capitol Hill and served on the Board of Directors of Prelude, the precursor to the Arlington Philharmonic's Crescendo youth chamber music program. She is an active volunteer in community, athletic, and school activities.
Elizabeth O'Hara Stahr
Arlington Philharmonic violist Elizabeth O'Hara Stahr and her husband Matthew are proud to call Arlington home. She is an extremely active freelancer and performs in several premier ensembles as both principal and section violist, including the Amadeus Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth also has extensive experience with chamber music, as a founding member of two professional ensembles and most recently, as a member of the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble from 2012-2014. Her most exciting performance to date was in conjunction with Dream Works Pictures for the release of the movie The Soloist in the spring of 2009. Elizabeth currently operates a private violin/viola studio in Arlington.
Mrs. Stahr is Artistic Director and also serves as an artist-in-residence with Crescendo, the Arlington Philharmonic youth chamber music program. Previously, she served as an artist-in-residence for Prelude, the precursor program to Crescendo.
Mary Dausch is a violist with the Arlington Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, and Fairfax Symphony and also freelances in the DC Area. She teaches violin and viola at Landon School in Bethesda. She received a Bachelor of Music Performance from San Francisco Conservatory and a Masters from Rice University. In her free time, she is a stay-at-home Mom to four children.
Carol Erion has served the Arlington Philharmonic organization as a board member and and as board president, and was in attendance at the founding of the organization. She is retired from the Arlington Public Schools, where she served as the Curriculum Supervisor for the Arts. Prior to this position, she taught music to Arlington students in preschool through high school. As a curriculum supervisor, the major aspect of the position is supporting and educating teachers. For ten years Carol served on the national team of the Kennedy Center’s program for introducing both classroom and arts teachers on the concepts and practice of Arts Integration in schools throughout the country. In 1982, she founded a graduate level music teacher education program at George Mason University and administered and taught in that program for twenty years.
Emilio J. Fernandez, a 5-year resident of Arlington County, is an Associate Director specializing in Modernization and Process Improvement at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he has worked since 2012. He is a Marine Corps veteran himself, and has served our veterans as part of the Veterans Benefits Administration's Office of Business Process Integration in various roles. He is an active volunteer in the local community, the arts, and school activities. His daughter is a member of Crescendo, our youth chamber music program.
Alan I. Herman retired after 25 years is a Supervisory Attorney at AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). He managed the Legal Hotline for D.C. residents over the age of 60, and a Reduced Fee Panel of attorneys for those of moderate income. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1980, after 20 years’ service as a Judge Advocate and as an Appellate Judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, having also served in Germany and the Philippines, and as an assistant professor of law at the US Air Force Academy. He served as Clerk of the D.C. Court of Appeals for six years before joining LCE. He is Treasurer of the Alexandria Harmonizers (having served as Finance Committee chair for 25 years) and he has served the Arlington Philharmonic in both capacities as well. He has a resident of the Westover neighborhood of Arlington.
Katherine A. Ntiamoah is a Foreign Service Officer specializing in Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State where she has worked since 2011. She has served in Singapore, Kinshasa-Congo, and in various parts of the U.S. Mission in Mexico working on international immigration issues. She now works in the U.S. Mission to the European Union in the Public Affairs Office. She has also worked on Capitol Hill and for Habitat for Humanity. Katherine is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Denver.
Jane M. Work
Jane M. Work is a retired professional association executive. For the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, DC, Dr. Work held a range of positions, including Manager, Organization Liaison; Vice President, Legislative Analysis; and, Vice President, Member Communications. Her prior experience included service as Director of Radio for the University of South Mississippi, as a public relations associate for the Ohio Fuel Gas Co./Columbia Gas System, as communications professor for Pace University, in New York City. She authored numerous articles in professional journals.
Dr. Work’s volunteer activities have included Chair, Northern Virginia Private Industry Council, Fairfax County; Co-Chair, Virginia Governor’s Employment and Training Task Force, Richmond; Board of Directors, Alzheimer’s Association of the National Capital Area; Board of Directors, Future Homemakers of America; Board of Governors, Arts Club of Washington; Volunteer Information Specialist, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Work earned a BA at Furman University, an MA at the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD at the Ohio State University. She resdies in the Ballston area of Arlington.