With new board members, TSO poised to be more innovative after pandemic

David S. Watson

The Board of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra has welcomed six new board members who will help navigate the organization through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

The new members are: Dominick Ard’is (Founder and CEO of The ACT House), Barbara Boone (Director of Leadership Tallahassee), Bob Parker (former attorney and avid sailor), Heidi Otway (President of SalterMitchell Public Relations), Kim Smiley (Market President of Centennial Bank), David Watson (Founder and Board Chair of VR Systems; former TSO Chair), and Frank Willis (Owner and Preservationist, Old Willis Dairy Historic Events Venue).

“All of us at the TSO are committed to emerging financially stronger, more innovative, more connected, more community responsive, and even more relevant once we make it through this pandemic. Among many things that have surfaced during this time is the fact that people value shared experiences, and at the top of the list are in-person, artistic experiences. We couldn’t have a more capable, creative, and thoughtful board to navigate us during this difficult time,” said TSO CEO Amanda Stringer.

With the new additions, the TSO board grows to 37 members, a large group that Stringer thinks will be essential to the organization’s community engagement in the next 18 months.

“We are very fortunate to be fiscally solvent going into this crisis, and to have hundreds of loyal patrons who will help us make it through to the other side,” Stringer said. “It is an exciting time to re-imagine what the TSO will look like in the near future and beyond.”

Courtesy of the Tallahassee Democrat