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Carolyn Stritter 

Carolyn was born and schooled in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated as an RN from Mercy College, and later with Bachelor of Science in Professional Arts from St Joseph's College in Maine.
 
Having moved to Ft Lauderdale, Fl, her interest peaked as Hospice was evolving in the area. She went on to specialize in Hospice care, continued her education and became a certified Hospice nurse and served as regional membership chairman of National Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Music has always been her passion, starting with violin, then hand bells, and now her domra. She played in the high school and college orchestras, as well as the American Balalaika Symphony. Her joy now is playing with NFC's orchestra since it's conception. 

Andy Thompson 

Andy Thompson, a Jacksonville native, holds the position of Director - Business Discovery & Delivery for Bridgestone HosePower, LLC.  He is responsible for developing and delivering analytical reports to Senior Management. He graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and has a MBA and a MHRM from University of North Florida.  He is also serving on two non-profit 501(c)(3) boards (Northeast Florida Regional Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. over 35 years and Cooperative Living Organization Alumni Foundation, Inc. over 8 years).  Andy has spent five years with the Northeast Florida Conservatory with experience in acting, set design & build, and sound & audio sets.  His experience in website design and database management will assist the Conservatory's social media initiative and brand recognition.

Dennis Dore- Counsel

Practicing insurance defense since 1982, Board Certified since 1988, tried well over 100 jury trials, frequent lecturer to lawyers on issues of civil trials, insurance coverage and bad faith. Authored chapter on defense perspectives of bad faith for a Florida Bar publication. Have a great passion for serving my clients in the highest level possible. Enjoy diverse and challenging cases.


Education:
1982 - Juris Doctorate, University of Florida, cum laude
1979 - Bachelor of Business Administration, University of North Florida
Bar Admissions / Certifications:
State of Florida - 1982
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
United States court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Dennis is a member of Bar Associations ..

Gregory Ferguson - Secretary

Greg is a Corporate Account Executive at Florida Blue, and has successful career in the manged care industry. Greg is an experienced professional in Sales and Retention, Consultant, Innovator and Resource for the industry. Opening new markets and diversifying business through innovation and courage is my passion. Gregory serves as a board director of the Northeast Florida Conservatory since 2011.

Richard A. Dickson - President - Artistic & Music Director

…Founder and Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Conservatory (2010);

is conductor, performer and educator with degrees from Stetson University (BME) and University of Florida (MM and PhD-completed except for dissertation) in music, music education and curriculum and instruction. After serving for twelve years as Executive Director for Amelia Arts Academy and Music Director/Organist at Amelia Plantation Chapel on Amelia Island, Richard and his wife, Janet, moved to Jacksonville to be near family. He  served as Music Director for Gainesville Community Chorus and Orchestra, Director of Gainesville Community Band and Music Director for Amelia Island Chorale, Director of Nassau Community (New Horizons) Band; he has taught (band director) for Atlanta and Jacksonville high schools as well as music education instructor at Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ), Jacksonville University (JU), and University of Florida (UF). Richard also played French horn in the Jacksonville Symphony and owned and operated a national agency for musicians.

Northeast Florida Conservatory

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richard A Dickson

PRESIDENT


Gregory Ferguson

SECRETARY


Dennis Dore
COUNSEL


Carolyn Stritter


Andy Thompson









BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BENEFIT MUSIC FESTIVAL

KAMILA SHAHTAKHTINSKI

Without music, life would be a mistake. — Nietzsche

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