Board of Directors
Symphony on the Bay is operated by the Greater Hamilton Symphony Association, a registered Canadian charity. The volunteer Board of Directors meets nine times a year and is comprised of a good cross-section of professionals from the business, education, and social services sectors, as well as musicians from the orchestra and community.
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Gerry Callaghan – President
Gerry Callaghan has more than 25 years experience in the financial services industry and Contact Centre Management. She has an Honours BA in History and French Language with a minor in Spanish Language from McMaster University.
Blessed to come from a family that always found a few extra dollars to expose their children to theater and music, she had an early start to appreciating what groups like Symphony on the Bay offer our community. In pursuit of her education she was further exposed to the arts in Northern Quebec with two summers at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi where she learned about French Canadian folklore and and improvisation.
During a year of studying in France and half a year in Spain Gerry got the opportunity to stage manage school productions, participate in improvisation groups and seek out amazing local music experiences including a chamber group in a 17th century French church.
Jordan Stopciati – Treasurer
Jordan Stopciati is a Chartered Professional Accountant with five years of accounting experience, much of it in the not-for-profit sector. Before relocating to the Burlington area, he grew up and attended school in Sudbury, where he obtained Bachelor of Science and Honours Bachelor of Commerce degrees at Laurentian University. His most recent position was with a regional accounting firm in Kingston. He obtained his CPA designation after passing the final examination with National Honour Roll status.
In addition to his accounting expertise, Jordan also brings over a dozen years of experience as an RCM-trained piano player. He has performed at churches, weddings and other special events, in addition to other experience as a concert band, jazz and improvisation performer. He is excited to join the Board of Symphony on the Bay and contribute to the vibrant Burlington arts community.
Maria Commissio – Secretary
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Paul Busch – Director
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Frances Cohen – Director
Frances Cohen is a recently retired elementary school teacher with the HWDSB. She received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. She has been a member of Symphony on the Bay for over twenty years. She is also a board member for the Dundas Concert Band. She is an occasional player with Oakville Symphony, Cambridge Symphony, Hamilton Ballet Orchestra as well as many other groups in the Greater Hamilton area. She has also been a long time member of the Hamilton International Folk Dance Club.
Michael Griffith – Director
Michael Griffith is a 4th generation Burlington resident with a rich family history in the local area. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economics and Marketing. Upon graduation he was recruited by Chrysler Canada where he held a variety of management rolls in sales and marketing, taking him across North America over a span of 10 years. Having a passion for real estate, he began to renovate houses as a hobby. After a number of successful projects, he decided to pursue his real estate dream by acquiring his license. Once fully licensed he was hired by Coldwell Banker Burnhill here in Burlington and over the past 17 years has managed to assemble a team of extremely skilled professionals that has reached tremendous success. Currently ranked in the top 10 teams in Canada and top 1% internationally for Coldwell Banker, he continuously strives to improve skills and processes while providing impeccable service for his clients. Most recently he obtained his broker license and is now the president & broker of the brokerage. Michael is also an avid golfer and board member at the Burlington Golf and Country Club, curler at the Burlington Curling Club and downhill ski racer. Michael was motivated to join the board of Symphony on the Bay by his multi-instumentalist son’s passion for music and by his wish to ensure that organizations like this continue to thrive in our community.
Linda Martinus-Naccarato – Director
Linda Martinus-Naccarato is the owner and Design Principal at Into Interiors Inc. in Burlington. Born in Hamilton and graduating from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (she is currently pursuing her BID), Linda moved to Vancouver with her husband where they lived for 14 years. She followed her passion of Interior Design obtaining her certificate in Design and started her own practice in 1998. It was during this time that she became involved with various charitable organizations in Vancouver, particularly with Vancouver Children’s Hospital. In 2005, Linda along with her husband and two children, relocated back to Ontario making Burlington their home and has been involved with the Hamilton Children’s Choir, the Canadian Diabetes Association, HSC Parents Guild, HSC Crescendo Concert Series, and currently sits on the Board of Arcady of Brantford, and Symphony on the Bay. In her spare time, she is a power lifter, curls, and takes long walks with beautiful music. Passionate about music and the arts from an early age (studying with Evelyn Bedford of Bedford Studios), singing in choirs, and attending concerts and performances with her mom, dad, and sister, Linda is a strong believer that music is the healer of the soul and brings people and communities together. She also believes that by giving “the gift of time” to her community, she can help inspire others to feel the benefits of the art of music.
Alex Naccarato – Director
Alex Naccarato graduated from the University of Toronto in Digital Enterprise Management, and Sheridan College in Digital Communications. He is currently a digital marketing professional working at a media agency in downtown Toronto. He is and was an entrepreneur of two successful companies in branding & marketing, as well as personal training and online coaching. Alex was a National Qualifying Powerlifter for 3 years and holds a Guinness World Record in Most Cabers Thrown at Once in 2015 (69 cabers). Alex received the Youth Volunteer Award of 2015 from Diabetes Canada (formally Canadian Diabetes Association) where he was able to raise and donate over $30,000 to the Association. Alex is passionate about the arts and enjoys playing music, he is comfortable playing seven instruments from percussion to guitar, and from piano to saxophone. He looks forward to bringing his musical and digital experience to the Symphony on the Bay board!
Milan Sanader – Director
Milan is a retired science teacher, university instructor and long-time member of the SOTB bass section. Milan brings to SOTB several years of experience working on the board of a major educational non-profit organization. In addition to playing in the orchestra, Milan is actively involved in his church choir and a Serbian folk music band. When he is not “gigging” Milan enjoys travel and golf.
Milan is honoured to be a member of such a dedicated board of directors and looks forward to using his creative energies to grow the presence of Symphony on the Bay in our community.
Diljeet Singh Munder – Director
Diljeet currently works as a Project Manager in a provincial energy company, IESO, where he has progressed through different functional roles and hierarchal levels during his tenure of nine years. Diljeet completed his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Windsor and Master’s degree in Power Engineering from University of Waterloo. Besides his professional experience, he is an active leadership volunteer with Canadian Cancer Society where he has had the opportunity to lead and participate in various fundraising events. He also serves as an engineering career mentor with Sheridan College’s School of Continuing Education. In the past he has contributed to the community as a Student Mentor in the Reading Rocks program of Learning Disabilities Association of Halton (LDAH) and as a Community Outreach Officer with the Conservative Party of Canada.
His interest in music stems from his training in Indian classical music while growing up in India, that predominantly included playing Tabla, a membranophone percussion instrument. Even now during some weekends, he still finds himself practising his skills with Tabla in his basement.
Stephen Solenka – Director
Stephen Solenka is a seasoned business strategist, operator and people leader, with extensive experience in Banking, Information Technology, and Professional Services.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He has since served in strategy, marketing, and business development roles for the likes of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft, and TD Bank. His vocational interests focus largely on the human-technology interface, optimizing the client experience, and developing professional-level talent.
Stephen has long valued the opportunity to “give-back” – his volunteer experience includes several Board appointments, including Habitat-for-Humanity Halton, and the Centre-for-Opportunities, Respect, and Empowerment (CORE) in downtown Toronto. In recent years, Stephen has also volunteered his time to coach youth soccer, and has mentored newcomers as part of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Stephen’s interest in music dates back to his youth, when he played the clarinet and alto saxophone with his secondary school band. Today, he enjoys listening to both recorded and live performances – particularly early- and Afro-Cuban Jazz, and Baroque.