No one believes in the mission of the WSO more than our dedicated board members and talented staff.  From programming to customer service to logistics, their work sets the stage for every performance.

The Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc., serves the residents of our communities by providing excellent orchestral programs that educate, entertain, and enhance the quality of life. Our vision has three main artistic principles: to highlight living American artists of all backgrounds, to create dynamic and relevant concert formats, and to promote the creativity of our musicians.

The WSO Mission Statement

Sonja Thoms

Executive Director

Dr. Gail Looney

Director of Foundation and Government Relations & Orchestra Librarian

Tammi Secrist

Director of Institutional Advancement

Lauren Baker

Customer Relations Manager & WSYO Manager

Sadie Crow Varlas

Marketing and Communications Manager

Antoine T. Clark

Associate Conductor

Robin Driscoll, Jr.

Orchestra Personnel Manager

Jason Sivert

Operations and Education Coordinator

Benjamin Podolski

WSYO Music Director, Philharmonic Conductor

Shaun Hancher

Sinfonietta Conductor and Conducting Fellow

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Board of Directors

Julie B.  Blust

Roanne Burech, Immediate Past-President

Shelly Carenbauer

Laura F. Carter

Beth Ann Dague, Secretary

Jean Davidson

Benjamin Ellwood

Suzanne Rohrig Gaiser

Mary Lambie Hanley, President

Mary Beth Hughes


Justin Jones

Alicia Jordan

Nancy Luna

Kim McCluskey

Kathleen McDermott

Vicky S. Musicaro

Chatman Neely

Sue Pettit

Ron Presutti

Bryan Ramsey

Elsie Reyes

Sumner Riddick

Nina Rosenthal

Scott Schenerlein

Ron Scott

Lori Lewis Spadafore

Samuel Spencer Stone

Christina Terek

Shawn Turak

Daniel Young, Treasurer

Beth Weaver

Life Directors

Jean A. Bailey

David B. Ellwood

Lynne Exley

Sue Seibert Farnsworth


Louis H. Khourey

Alfredda Lollini

Patricia P. Pockl

E. Phillips Polack

Lea Ridenhour

Joan Stamp

Paul T. Tucker

Emeritus Members

Hollie T. Adams

Stella Boldrick

Jessica Bedway

Debra Boger Boyle

Maryann M. Cater

Sandra M. Chapman

Cynthia de Bellechasse

Les DeFelice

Betsy Delk

Robin J. Dunbar

Patricia Dunlevy

Marylou Goodman

Bonnie Grisell

Jean Holloway

Charlotte Karges

Mark McKeen

Betty H. Mullen

Melanie Murray


Donna L. Niess

Karen M. Recht

Donald C. Sinclair II

Robert M. Troeger

John P. Welty

Kristian E. White, Esq.

Martha J. Wright

Mary Beth Yaeger