President, DAVID A. COVINGTON
Mr. Covington, is a certified public accountant who retired from business at the end of 2015. Most of his career was in the audit practice of Deloitte & Touche, one of the “Big Four” CPA firms. After 37 years with Deloitte, including 25 years as a partner, he reached Deloitte’s mandatory partner retirement age in 2012. His final position was Professional Practice Director with responsibilities for managing audit risks for our Greater Washington, DC practice. He remained active for the past three years with NewMarket Services Corporation as Business Assurance Director, an internal audit and risk management position. During his Deloitte days, he was a volunteer board member for several not-for-profit organizations: The Baltimore Museum of Industry; American Lung Association of the District of Columbia; The Robert H. Smith School of Business Alumni Association (College Park, MD); and the University of Maryland Alumni Association. Mr. Covington is an ardent supporter of not-for-profit organizations that contribute to the enrichment of their communities and we are grateful that he has offered his considerable experience and energy to further the goals of the Rappahannock Choral Society, especially in the area of finances and budgeting.
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, LINDA MONNER
Mrs. Monner is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with graduate work at the University of Rochester, C.W. Post College, and Hofstra University. Before retiring to have a family, Linda taught vocal and general music as well as music to special education and handicapped children on Long Island. She was the founding director of both the Suffolk County Silver Chords Chorus, which she conducted for 15 years, and the West Suffolk Community Chorus. Her choruses performed for the governor and New York State Legislature and were the opening act for Rosemary Clooney’s Christmas Show at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island.
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.
Mr. Coyner has more than 50 years of experience in the fields of public relations, broadcasting and journalism. He spent more than 22 years as a U.S. Navy journalist, including serving as the Navy’s senior journalist with responsibilities for monitoring and advising on the training and career progression of the Navy’s 800 journalists. In his second career, he was with the American chemical Society for 24 years. He held positions as Manager of the ACS News Service, Manager of Editorial Services, Special Assitant for Public Relations, Senior Science Writer and Editor and Radio Writer/Producer. As a communications consultant, he developed and conducted public relations workshops, designed to train volunteers in how to work with news media, authored the ACS Guide to Local Section Public Relations and interviewed and wrote magazine articles (as a ghostwriter) for ACS presidents. He holds B.S. degree from the University of the State of New York and graduate studies in Communication Theories, Strategy and Tactics at the University of Oklahoma. He became a member of the Rappahannock Choral Society in September, 2015, and we are grateful that he has decided to share his time and experience in the field of media relations.
Information to come.
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
Marvin Wagner, Attorney