Board of Directors


Clark D’Elia, President

A member of the Symphony Board of Directors since June 2006; Clark D’Elia currently serves as the Board Secretary, and chair of the Leadership and Governance Committee. Starting in July 2007, he served two years as First Vice President, followed by two years as Board President. He has served on the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, the Fund Development Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee (past Chair), and the Symphony Gala Committee (past Chair); he was also Chair of the Music Director Search Committee.  Prior to joining the Symphony Board, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Point Defiance Zoo Society for eight years, and served as its president for two years. Clark is a recently retired program manager at Intel Corporation, and is enjoying the transition into the next stage of his life. His hobbies include landscape gardening, as well as tasting, collecting and reading about wine. He lives with his wife Eileen in Gig Harbor.

Mike De Luca, First Vice President & Treasurer

Mike’s career is in Corporate Finance and his educational background includes finance, foreign languages and music. He and his wife Lisa have 15 year old twins, Nick and Sadie. He enjoys hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest mountains and travelling with his family, and playing the piano whenever he has the opportunity.

Dianne Conway, Second Vice President

Dianne Conway is a Partner at the law firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, one of the region’s largest law firms, based in Tacoma and Seattle.  Her primary areas of practice are in environmental law, real estate litigation, natural resources law, and land use.  She holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from the University of Washington.  She is Past President of the Point Defiance Zoo Society and was the 2013 Zoobilee Chair.  Other previous board positions include the Washington Agriculture-Forestry Education Foundation and the KBTC Association.  In addition, she participated in the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.  She “ran-limped-crawled” two marathons for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program.  A lifelong classical music lover, Dianne grew up playing the violin.

Deborah Anderson, Secretary

Deborah Anderson is a lifelong Tacoma resident who has followed the Symphony’s progress and presence in the community since her childhood.  As a member of the Board, she is honored to help “pay forward” the influence it has had on her life.Deborah began composing at the age of 6, and has now completed nearly 90 works. She graduated from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) with a degree in French. After graduation, she worked as a nanny in Paris,  then taught English for two years with the Peace Corps in Tunisia where she learned to play the ‘oud and sing in Arabic. Soon after, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of studying the English Renaissance lute. In 1979 she earned her master’s degree in French from the University of Washington (Seattle) and taught French on the college level. Over the years, she has studied seven foreign languages and continues to travel widely throughout the world. She enjoys gourmet cooking, watercolor painting, basic gardening and the arts. She has sung in a number of choirs, including ten years with the PLU Choral Union.

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Dick Ammerman, Immediate Past President

Dick has been a Symphony Board member since 2001.  During that time he has served several roles, including Governance Committee chair and Secretary, First Vice-President, and President.  Dick is passionate about the role that the arts in general, and the Symphony in particular, play in the renaissance that is transitioning Tacoma to a vibrant city.  He is in a committed relationship with Verity, his English partner who lives in London, and they spend a good deal of time in each other’s countries! He has been retired from Intel Corporation for nearly 7 years, after a career of over 40 years in the computer business.


Don Brown

Major General Donald D. Brown retired as commander, 22nd Air Force, Military Airlift Command, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in 1987.  General Brown is a command pilot with more than 10,000 flying hours, including 146 combat missions in the Republic of Vietnam. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with “V” device and two oak leaf clusters and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.  Don has been a member of the Symphony Board since 2005 and serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force.

Bob Haan

Recently retired and now increasingly focused on supporting something that he has enjoyed for many years, Bob Haan joins the Board with over 43 years of experience managing money for a major investment bank. Bob enjoys working with people to support and grow community organizations and brings considerable fundraising and investment experience to his role as a member of the Board. Bob lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Margie, who is a retired schoolteacher.

Andrea Hynes – on temporary leave of absence  

Daniel Lea

Dan and his wife Karen are longtime donors, subscribers, and supporters of the Symphony.  Dan joined the Symphony Board in 2015.  He played tuba and sang in chorus from elementary through high school and continued his musical training during college years as an applied voice major.  Dan’s father taught band and his stepmother, who was his first voice teacher, was an assistant professor of music at University of Montana, making music a lifelong passion.  Dan was a member of Symphony Tacoma Chorus for 12 years and served as chorus representative to the Symphony board for 6 years during that time.  He has served on the boards of several non-profit and professional organizations and has filled a variety of board roles.  Dan recently retired from his role as Facilities Manager for Fife School District, and he and Karen reside in Federal Way.  Their interests include learning about wine and exploring Washington’s wineries, travel, entertaining, and sailing.


Kenton Lee

Kenton Lee began performing music at the age of three.  He was raised in a family of six musical children in Minnesota, where he studied the piano, voice and viola.  His love of both music and ministry led him to Life Center, Tacoma, where he has completed 33 years as the Minister of Worship and Creative Arts.  Kenton directs Life Center’s holiday production, the Singing Christmas Tree, each December (16 performances) and serves on a creative team that coordinates ongoing weekly services and other seasonal events.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music (piano), a Masters in Theology and a Doctorate in Worship Studies.  He is a published composer and arranger.  Kenton is married to his teenage sweetheart, Benita, also a pianist.  They have raised four musical children and are now enjoying six grandchildren.  Kenton and Benita live in University Place.


Rick Meeder

A lifelong musician and devotee of symphonic music, Rick joined the Symphony board in 2015 and looks forward to supporting the orchestra as it achieves new levels of artistic performance and community impact. As the corporate affairs manager for Intel in Washington, Rick was responsible for government and media relations, community engagement, education outreach and contributions. In this role, he worked with school districts and community organizations to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs that engage and motivate students. Prior to joining Intel, Rick spent 20 years in broadcast journalism, working for radio and television stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Rick is also member of the board of directors for United Way of Pierce County and an active Special Olympics volunteer. He and his wife, Sue Barrett, live in Gig Harbor.


Cindy Peterson

A recent appointee to the Board, Cindy Peterson has been associated with the Symphony as a volunteer, donor and patron for a number of years.  An experienced event planner and caterer, she chaired the 2008 Rhapsody in Blue gala and the 2009 Moulin Rouge gala.   For the past several years, she and her husband Jay have hosted the fundraiser “Havana Nights” at their Lakewood home, one of the most amazing annual parties associated with the Symphony. Cindy is the Financial Manager of Erickson McGovern Architects.  She previously served as a board member and fundraising chair of the Junior League of Tacoma, co-chair of the Parkland/Spanaway Rotary Club “Surrender the Booty Bash” fundraiser, and is the only non-Rotarian to receive their “Service Above Self” award.  Cindy is a Paul Harris Fellow, past executive director of American Institute of Architects southwest Washington, and past international chair of the AIA Case Conference in Montreal.


Sharon Williamson

Sharon grew up in Tacoma, learning to appreciate music while playing the flute and studying dance.  After earning an Environmental Engineering degree from New Mexico Tech, she returned to the northwest, where she climbed smokestacks as an air quality test engineer.  She then switched to the aerospace industry, working first in Tacoma at General Plastics Manufacturing Company and then Vaupell Northwest Molding and Tooling, from which she recently retired as Quality Manager.  Retirement allows her to spend time with her husband Russ, and to keep up her garden, which suffered while she was commuting.  Sharon and Russ love to travel, and have been around the world to various sites in Egypt, Peru, Ecuador, and Central Europe.  Lately, they have been using their R-Pod travel trailer to find our best northwest hiking spots.

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