Board Members

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The Ellington is managed by unpaid music lovers!

Our diversity is a reflection of our belief that music can truly bring people together.

Matthew Cothran – President

Matthew Cothran – President

Matt Cothran has an extensive technical and production background that lends itself to the the Ellington. From an early age he was always interested in technology and business. He has served on the boards of several non-profits in the production and music sectors, and came aboard with The Ellington in 2013. His first live music experience was at the Ellington, he's been hooked ever since. Matt is our in-house guru and can be tasked with just about anything related to show production.
Christian Davidson - Vice President

Christian Davidson - Vice President

Christian comes to the board with a background in economic and strategic thinking, coupled with a passion for music. A 2005 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a degree in General Economics and most recently a graduate of Lynchburg College with a Masters in Business Administration, Christian is eager to make the Ellington Presents and Musicbridge programs a successful enterprise. Christian’s passion for music led him across the country on dozens of occasions, stopping in to see Yonder Mountain in Tennessee, Tom Petty in Indianapolis, and the Avett Brothers in Colorado among others. It is these combined passions of economic and musical passion that should produce the drive necessary to make the Fellowship Playhouse a success.
Christin Gregores  - Treasurer

Christin Gregores - Treasurer

Treasurer: Christin Gregores has an extensive background in hospitality management. Her ability to manage fiscal tasks, juggle financial responsibilities, and manage daily expenditures, made her the perfect fit for the Ellington. She has a lifetime love of all types of music and has been with the Ellington since 2014.
Stephanie Calohan - Secretary

Stephanie Calohan - Secretary

Stephanie Calohan has a passion for bringing people from all walks of life together for one purpose: Music. She has a unique style and a fun way to blend every genre of music. She grew up playing piano starting at a young age, danced ballet, and even played a little guitar. Stephanie has always wanted to join a non profit and The Ellington was the perfect fit.
Teresa Almond – Marketing

Teresa Almond – Marketing

Teresa Almond lived all over the country for many years including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, & New Orleans. Upon her return to VA, she discovered the most unique music venue in the area and has been captivated ever since; she affirms that the talent that The Ellington brings to our area rivals any & all offerings of the big cities! Her vast sales experience combined with expert communication skills enable her to nurture a strong community presence and increased awareness while executing effective media relations programs for The Ellington.
Ray Buchanan – Fundraising

Ray Buchanan – Fundraising

Ray co-founded Stop Hunger Now in 1998, following an 18-year career as the founder and co-director of the Society of St. Andrew, a Virginia based domestic food relief organization. An ordained United Methodist minister, he is fueled by the vision of ending hunger in his lifetime and, to that end, has dedicated himself to helping those in the greatest need. Ray has been fundraising for non-profits for over 35 years and founded three non-profits that gross several million dollars per year, thus Ray was a fantastic fit for The Ellington.
Scott White - Facilities & ABC

Scott White - Facilities & ABC

Facilities: Scott White has been in food and beverage for the past 18 years. He has handled all aspects of food and beverage management an is currently the manager and bartender for a local Lynchburg establishment. He was a perfect fit to manage our facilities and work hand in hand with suppliers and ABC to handle our alcohol and other needs. Scott is a huge music fan with a big heart that wants to help bring great music and talent to our area.
Schuyler Somers – Board Member

Schuyler Somers – Board Member

Schuyler Somers has vast experience with event planning and is a natural leader. She very outgoing both in business and among friends, and has an infectious laugh. She joined the Ellington in 2014 as part of the next generation of board members. Her love for music and drive for success made her an excellent fit for President of the Ellington. If something needs doing, Schuyler is there to make sure it's done right.
Erin Colley – Board Member

Erin Colley – Board Member

Erin Colley has been a music enthusiast all of her life. She started her first piano lesson at age 7, and has been playing ever since. When she moved to Lynchburg in 2014, she knew she wanted to be a part of a local non-profit, and with her love of music and adoration of her new home, she knew The Ellington was an absolute fit. Erin has vast experience in the non-profit sector, which has helped her take the reins of Secretary for The Ellington.
Greg McCauley - Board Member

Greg McCauley - Board Member

Bio coming soon
Ty Scott – Board Member

Ty Scott – Board Member

Ty Scott comes from a long line of singers and musicians. Ty is a Lynchburg Native and with the influence of his musically inclined family he has been performing since the age of seven. One his greatest accomplishments was forming local band sensation Applebutter Soul. He performs on local and regional circuits throughout the east coast. He has a strong passion for the arts and for serving his community. He has served on several boards and now brings his experience, drive, and determination of serving the Greater Lynchburg community to the board of the Ellington. Ty always has a song in his heart for the love of music, his community, and the Ellington.
Amelia Hawrysko - Volunteer Coordinator

Amelia Hawrysko - Volunteer Coordinator

Amelia has a strong background in sales and planning. She works heavily in the community with outreach and support for the elderly and has an amazing love for music. Her ability to quickly plan and staff events made her a excellent candidate for the Ellington. She came aboard the Ellington in 2016 to replace our longtime volunteer coordinator David Fariss. Amelia has some big shoes to fill, but we have no doubt she is apt to the task.

Advisory Committee

Lydia Langley - Advisory

Lydia Langley - Advisory

Lydia Langley was treasurer for The Ellington for 3 years and is a business woman in Lynchburg. As an advisor to the Board she will assist with treasurer duties and other business aspects as needed.
Glenn Marshall - Advisory

Glenn Marshall - Advisory

Glenn Marshall has been connected with the Ellington for over 25 years. He is not a founding member, but came on as Stage Manager in the very early years. He took care of everything from loading bands in and out, to fundraising, managing sound, and even MC at most events. Later on Glenn took care of all alcohol and facility management as well as sponsorship for Ellington Friday shows and National shows. Simply put.... As Glenn says, “I love the ELLINGTON.”
Noreen Turyn - Advisory

Noreen Turyn - Advisory

Noreen has served for many years on the board of the Ellington Fellowship Playhouse, serving at least 10 years as president of the board of directors for the Ellington Fellowship Playhouse. She served many years on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and also serves as Mistress of Ceremonies at numerous fundraisers, awards dinners and events throughout Central Virginia. Noreen is an award winning journalist, who came to WSET in 1990 as a reporter, and worked her way up to Senior Anchor and Managing Editor.
Lenny Craig - Advisory

Lenny Craig - Advisory

Lenny never intended to get into the music industry. From a young age he began traveling great distances to attend live music events, until one auspicious day in 2001 when he got the invite to book bands for Percival's Isle in downtown Lynchburg (now the White Hart), and he was hooked. Instead of traveling to see his favorite artists he started bringing them home to share with his family and friends. Since then he has booked most of the venues in Lynchburg at one time or another, worked closely with festivals like Floydfest and Lock'n, and most importantly worked to bring grassroots movement and music together with an array of great charity organizations. He currently lives in Richmond where he keeps his finger on the pulse of the greater music scene so he can bring it home to the Ellington.