Board and Staff

The Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society is
a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit arts and education organization.

Join us in thanking the team of Board, artistic and administrative team members who are responsible for making the curtain rise.

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    Key Team Members

  • Anthony LaGruth

    American conductor Anthony LaGruth has delighted audiences and critics alike with many exciting performances recognized for their innovative presentation of orchestral music.

    Artistic Director & Conductor

    Phone: (732) 255-0460 EXT 2917

    EMAIL: alagruth@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • Allison C. Walter

    Allison C. Walter joined the Garden State Philharmonic team in November of 2016. Ms. Walter brings a committed passion for instrumental music and arts advancement to the GSP.

    Managing Director

    Phone: (732) 255-0460 ext 2913

    EMAIL: awalter@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • Thomas L. Stephens

    Thomas Stephens joined the Garden State Philharmonic as its Director of Development in May of 2011. Based on his efforts to improve the organization’s infrastructure and fiscal controls, he was promoted to Managing Director in August of 2012.

    Development Consultant

    Phone: (732) 255-0460

    EMAIL: development@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • James Buffum

    Active in the community long before he retired, Jim has served on the board of the Ocean County YMCA for 30 years serving as its president twice. Currently, he is the president of Toms River Country Club and has been a long-time board member of the GSP.

    President, Board of Directors

    Phone: (732) 255-0460

    EMAIL: development@gardenstatephilharmonic.org



Board of Directors



Officers



  • James Buffum

    President, Board of Directors

    Retired; Former Managing Partner, Jim Buffum and Associates

  • Lauren M. Dooley, Esq.

    Vice President

  • Kenneth J. Malagiere

    Treasurer, Board of Directors

  • Lynda E. Rabens

    Secretary, Past President

    Retired, Human Resources Manager, American Express



  • Members at Large



  • Ann Marie Baker

    Vice-President, Design 446

  • Estelle Webman Brodkey

    Past President

    Educator, Special Education Specialist

  • Lisa Carta

    Vice-President, Investors Bank

  • Deb Darcey

    Assistant Customer Service Supervisor, Investors Bank

  • Sylvia Davis

    Homemaker and Arts Advocate

  • Linda M. Kelly, Esq.

    Attorney, Linda M Kelly, Esq, LLC

  • Rosalie Harvey

    Representative, Renaissance Friends of the GSP

  • Judith G. Leone

    Past President

    Retired, Educator, Civil Servant and Arts Advocate

  • Renee Lomell

    Retired, Consultant and Arts Advocate

  • Zarita Mattox-Wright, Ph.D.

  • Karen C. Porcello

    Past President

    Retired, Consultant and Arts Advocate



  • Artistic and Program
    Team Members

  • Anthony LaGruth

    Artistic Director & Conductor

  • Susan DeGoey

    GSPYO Symphonic Youth Orchestra Instructor & Conductor

  • Justin Lee

    GSPYO Concert Youth Orchestra Instructor & Conductor

  • Elizabeth Lee

    GSPYO String Ensemble/Prep Orchestra Instructor & Conductor

  • John Balme

    GSP Chorus Accompanist

  • Concert Management Intern

    Vacant Position



  • Administrative & Management
    Team Members

  • Allison C. Walter

    Managing Director

    Phone: (732) 255-0460 ext 2913

    EMAIL: awalter@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • Thomas L. Stephens

    Development Consultant

    Phone: (732) 255-0460

    EMAIL: development@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • Barbara Hoopengardner

    Bookkeeper

    EMAIL: bookkeeper@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • Jennifer Costello

    Office Assistant/Community Relations Associate

    EMAIL: info@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • Susan DeGoey

    GSPYO Program Coordinator

    EMAIL: gspyouth@gardenstatephilharmonic.org

  • Jump, Perry & Co., L.L.P.

    Auditors - Toms River

    www.jumpcpa.com