Board

Emanuel Sosinsky, President:  Manny was an aero-space engineer who retired after working for a major firm based in New Jersey.  Manny has played in the RSO's second violin section for over 35 years, and has served on the board of trustees for more than 10 years.  He has been chairman of the Orchestra Committee.  Manny is in charge of the Archives Committee, which identifies and preserves items of value relating to the RSO's history.  He supervises all the graphic and audio material for the orchestra.  He has served as President and Vice President.  Manny's involvement with the music community is a great asset to the RSO in recruiting, fundraising, and orchestra relations.  He and his wife Janet (who is a pianist) play in the Naomi Miller Trio.  Manny also presents concerts locally with pianist Luis Merlo.  Manny and Janet live in Fair Lawn.

 

Jim Jordan, Vice President:  Waldwick N.J.  Jim is currently playing with the RSO.  He has played violin with the Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, Stirling Chamber Orchestra, Glen Rock Pops, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, Hope Valley Chorus and Essex County Summer Players.  His executive board experience includes being elected and serving on the Waldwick Borough Council.  He served on the Waldwick Zoning Board and Waldwick Planning Board.  He also served as officer on the Waldwick Baseball and Soccer Association.  He is a Board member of St. Luke’s Basketball program.  Occupation: Industrial Sales Engineer 30 years.

 

Christianna Lee, Secretary:  Christianna was born in Bethesda, MD and grew up in Bergen County, NJ.  She graduated from Nyack College where she earned a degree in English literature and completed postgrad studies in literary criticism at New York University.  She has served in the editorial department of the Computer Science division of Pearson Education/Prentice Hall, where she spearheaded publication and marketing initiatives.  She has also taught English abroad and was a cultural correspondent for a nationally syndicated English language newspaper.  Currently, Ms. Lee lives in Harrington Park, NJ and works in executive recruiting.

 

Allan Plage, Treasurer:  Allan holds an MBA in accounting and finance from Columbia University in New York City.  He is a semi-retired practicing accountant and consultant through his own firm in Ridgewood, and is a Certified Public Accountant – CPA (New York State).  He is married with no children and lives with his wife on Heights Road in Ridgewood.  Allan loves music but does not play an instrument.

 

Dave Ackerman, Assistant Treasurer:  A lifelong resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, Dave is the RSO Stage Manager since 2015 and a Board member since 2016.  After graduating from Ridgewood High School he joined Citizens First National Bank where he helped install the bank’s first computer and was programmer analyst and data processing manager.  He has had extensive experience in the railroad historical field including 20 years on the board of the National Railway Historical Society.  Dave is treasurer of St. Bartholomew's Church in Ho-Ho-Kus.  He has no musical talent but has loved great music for over 50 years.

 

Paul J. Cannon, M.D., Trustee:  Paul is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.  For over 40 years Paul has worked at P&S and the New York Presbyterian Hospital caring for patients, teaching medicine to medical students, residents and fellows and performing research studies of cardiovascular disease.  For 13 years he was chief of the division of cardiology.  He also served on the executive committees of several councils of the American Heart Association and on cardiovascular study sections which reviewed research applications to the National Institutes of Health.  Paul played violin with the RSO since 1991; he became a member of the Board for the first time in 1996 and has also served as Vice President and President.  He currently participates in the planning of educational endeavors of the RSO and also has helped in the formulation of grant applications.

 

Laura Carnibucci, Trustee:  Laura is a versatile musician and composer who was an accomplished pianist at an early age, and has worked as a church organist and choir director since her early teens.  The addition of flute, bassoon, and harp helped her evolve into a composer and arranger.  As a flutist she has performed concertos with many major orchestras, played with noted chamber music ensembles and is an active recitalist.  Her major teacher and influence was the renowned British flute instructor Geoffrey Gilbert of the London Symphony and the Guild Hall School of Music.  Other influences included studies with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker.  She has an active studio of private flute and bassoon students.  Laura achieved her graduate and undergraduate degrees as a Piano, Flute and Composition Major at the San Francisco Conservatory while on a full bassoon scholarship.  There she studied bassoon with Wayne Parrish.  Her compositions have been performed worldwide and include works for solo instruments, chamber music, chorus with orchestra and full orchestral and concerto works.  In the spirit of giving back to the local musical community, she is a Board Member/Treasurer for the Bergen Youth Orchestras.

 

Philip Chuang, Trustee:  Philip is in his 3rd year with the viola section of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to joining the RSO, he played in the university orchestras at Cornell and Columbia while obtaining his B.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.  He is currently a scientist at a medical device company.

 

Knarig Khatchadurian Meyer, Ph.D., Trustee:  Upon receiving her Masters (MS) & Doctoral (PhD) degrees in nutrition and epidemiology from Columbia University in NYC, she joined the City University of New York as an assistant professor of Health & Nutritional Sciences at Lehman College.  She was the founder and president of Bergen Nutrition & Weight Centers located in Fort Lee, Westwood and Ridgewood.  She is a board member of many organizations including the Tri-state American Armenian Health Professional Organization, American Cancer Society - Bergen Chapter, the Rotary Club of Ridgewood and was past president of the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Emerson, NJ, to name a few.  She has served on the Governor’s Obesity Prevention Task Force, Bergen County Nutrition & Physical Activity Council and is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.  In addition to playing in a number of student orchestras, she has also played in quartets and community orchestras in Beirut, Lebanon.  In 2000 she joined the 2nd violin section of the RSO.  The last several years, she has served the RSO as president and vice president, as chairperson of the Nominations and Fundraising Committees, and presently as a board member.  She has chaired very successful Dinner & Fashion Show fundraisers.. She is married to Dr. Ralph C. Meyer and has two sons, Ara & Armen.  She lives in Ridgewood with her family.

 

Craig Mourton, Trustee:  Craig received his BS in Music Education from Missouri State University and a Master of Professional Studies in Humanities & Multicultural Education from SUNY.  He has been at Fairleigh Dickinson University for 13 years as Director of Student Life, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Community Development, and is currently the Associate Provost for the Metropolitan Campus.  He also teaches two graduate courses at FDU: Organization Communication and Conflict Resolution (for the Master of Administrative Science program) and Organization Leadership and Team Development (for the Master of Sports Administration program).  He is certified in Confliction Mediation and Non-Violent Communication with the National Coalition Building Institute.  Areas of specialty include Ally Development, Leadership for Ethical & Social Change, and the Relational Model of Leadership Development.  Craig also currently serves on the State Board of Trustees of the American Conference on Diversity and the Board of Directors for the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce.  Having played the double bass for 36 years, he is currently also a member of the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as an active freelancer with local performing groups in the Hudson Valley.  He has been playing the bass with the RSO for the last 3 years.