President, LINDA MONNER
While Mrs. Monner is known to our audiences and fans as the Founding Conductor/Artistic Director of the RCS for the past eight years, she has had a varied career in other areas. Originally a business major at the University of Connecticut, most of Mrs. Monner’s professional years ran the gamut from accounting to administration. As an employee of a publicly traded NASDAC corporation she rose to the position of Corporate Vice President.
Now at the helm of the business portion of the RCS, Mrs. Monner is eager to continue to provide leadership in sustaining and growing the chorus. With the assistance of an experienced Board of Directors and a dynamic new Conductor, she looks forward to a year of creative innovation in the continued development of the RCS.
Vice President, MARIETTA GRESS
Mrs. Gress moved to the Fredericksburg area the end of 2012. She is enjoying her retirement years but finds herself more involved than ever. Some of her activities include: Secretary-Fawn Lake Home & Garden Club; Volunteer Member-VA Master Naturalists; Volunteer Member-VA Master Gardeners; Hospice Volunteer; Member-Lake Environment Committee; and RCS Soprano. She is looking forward to serving as the VP for the RCS. She has sung with various church choirs, acted and sang in many community theaters, and has sung the National Anthem at many professional sports events. She belonged to a singing group while in Germany called “Just the Five of Us.” They performed at many Air Force functions throughout Germany. She worked on the Hill in the 90s and as a Federal Government contractor from 1999 to 2012. During her Husband 23-year Air Force Career she has been President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Bazaar Chairman/Co-Chair; along with Red Cross Volunteer for different Air Force bases. While living in Alexandria for 14 years she spent numerous hours working with the walking wounded at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Marietta lives in Spotsylvania with her Husband of 43 years, Steve Gress. She has two adult children and one grandchild.
Treasurer, DAN THOMPSON
Mr. Thompson recently retired as a Facility Manager for the Library of Congress at its facility in Culpeper, VA. His skills include numerous computer software programs associated with time management, fund raising, budgeting and sales. Prior to this position, he was a member of the USAF serving at bases in Georgia, the South Pacific, Alaska and Japan, and was a member of the Virginia Air National Guard. He later joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and served as a local Flotilla Commander and held Division, District and National staff positions. He was a member of the Stafford, VA Rotary Club and is a Life Member of the Richmond Jaycees. Currently he serves as the ‘CFO’ of the Masonic Lodge in Fredericksburg, VA where he is responsible for an annual operating budget of $65,000 and assets of about $1,200,000.
Secretary, DI THOMPSON
Mrs. Thompson is a free-lance graphic artist and owner of The Thompson Group, a woman-owned small business since 1988. Prior to opening her own graphic arts business, she was a sales engineer with the Silver Spring, MD, branch of Robertshaw Controls, a commercial building controls company headquartered in Richmond, VA where she designed pneumatic and computerized electronic control systems for commercial buildings. A former member of the Rappahannock Rotary Club, she was the first woman President of that organization and was Assistant District Governor for two terms. Additionally, she has served on numerous boards of directors in the community. Ms. Thompson is a founding member of the Rappahannock Choral Society, Inc. and has been a soloist and member of numerous choirs since the age of four.
Conductor, DR. JORDAN DAVIDSON
Information will be added soon.
Members at Large
Mrs. Coe began her career with the Department of Interior. After moving to Spotsylvania, Virginia, she worked as an office manager and accountant for a local attorney for over 25 years. Currently, she is semi-retired but remains active as a Part-Time Secretary, Music Director and Organist at Zoan Baptist Church. One of the founding members of the Rappahannock Choral Society, Inc., Cheryl also has served as Treasurer and has been on the Budget Committee. She has three children, seven grandchildren and is an American Indian.
CHARLES J. PARRY
Mr. Parry comes to the RCS, Inc. with extensive hands on leadership experience. Entered the US Navy in 1965, was promoted to Commissioned Officer status with a field commission in 1980 and retired from a career of over 23 years in 1989. While leading a division of over 250 men, responsible for million dollar electronic equipment and multi-year budgets, he was awarded 2 Navy Commendation Medals. Subsequently he completed a 20 year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, retiring in 2009. While with the FAA, Mr. Parry was responsible for budgets of over 5 million dollars and was awarded several letters attesting to his leadership and management skills by the FAA and the US Air Force. He was also the founding President of the RCS, Inc. and provided superb leadership in the establishment of our organization.
Mr. Szabo’s early work experience was in banking. Working with a large Chicago bank, he was responsible for making sure that millions of dollars of securities moved every day from the bank to the brokers. He helped to create a 200 person customer service area for the bank as they introduced their first bank charge card. Interfacing with managers and contractors he worked with IBM to create the first computer monitor. In his second career he worked for the Defense Logistics Agency where he wrote their first database program. Later he was responsible for running a computer installation for the DLA. Mr. Szabo has been singing for many years and is a founding member of the Rappahannock Choral Society, Inc., serving on the bylaws and budget committees.
Dr. Ronald Demkee, Conductor, Allentown Band, Allentown, PA
Mary McKearney, Grants Application
Loras John Schissel, Senior Musicologist, Library of Congress