Staff

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Jennifer Cotner-Jones

Executive Director

Jennifer Cotner-Jones 
Executive Director: Responsible for the day to day operations of the Springfield Symphony; primarily for planning organizational and operational needs of the business, organizing the resources to carry out those needs, directing the activities of the administrative staff and volunteers in accomplishing those needs and controlling the use of fiscal and human resources to ensure that the mission statement of the organization is achieved at all times.  

Jennifer Cotner-Jones joined the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in April 2019 as Executive Director.  Jennifer comes to SSO with over 20 years of non-profit experience. Her passion for serving others has provided her with vast experiences ranging from development, event planning, volunteer recruitment,  marketing, and donor relations.  Jennifer’s love of music and community brought her to the Springfield Symphony. In her down time, Jennifer enjoys watching Sci-Fi movies, helping her daughter in scholastic hobbies and interests, and playing in her church's bell choir. 

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 417-864-6683 EXT.

 

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Connie Bell

Executive Assistant

Connie Bell  
Executive Assistant: Responsible for the day-to-day administration of all office, clerical and association activities. This includes accurate cash deposit records, reconciling deposits with Finance Manager, taking all season ticket orders, entering sponsorship and advertising contracts, all billing, sending thank you letters for fund drive, sponsorships and advertising pledges. Connie also acts as the liaison between Hammons Hall box office and the Symphony office. Her main objective for the organization is to provide excellent customer service to its sponsors and patrons.  

Connie joined the Symphony in July 2019 as a temporary Executive Assistant. She became a permanent employee in October 2019. Prior to working at the Symphony, Connie worked at a non-profit eating disorder facility in Indiana. She has also worked in the financial field assisting clients with their investment portfolios. Connie enjoys taking long walks, reading, cross stitching and having lunch with friends. 

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 417-864-6683 EXT.

 

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Tery O'Shell

Development Manager

Tery O'Shell 
Development Manager: Responsible for developing, managing, implementing and evaluating the overall fund raising programs of the Springfield Symphony. The development manager cultivates sponsorship partners, capital endowment, planned giving and fundraising event initiatives with benefits that help to build lasting relationships with individual and corporate donors providing a variety of gifts and in-kind partnerships to support the Symphony.   

Tery O’Shell has joined the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as the Development Manager.  Previously she held the position of Executive Director of Sculpture Walk Springfield.  Originally from Alabama, Tery spent the majority of her career in Birmingham, Alabama.  Professionally, she began her career in marketing and advertising with clients including the Birmingham Museum of Art and Opera Birmingham.  Tery decided to make a commitment to the mission of nonprofits and has over 20 years experience as Director of Development for several organizations including the Birmingham International Center, the Birmingham Zoo and The Arc of Shelby County.  She is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County and Leadership Springfield’s Access Class, as well Standard for Excellence training and a past member of the National Council of Executives for The Arcs.  She is currently a member of Rotary and P.E.O. She is a lover of all forms of art and believes that “art connects people.”   Tery and her husband, Mike, moved to Springfield in 2018 and are proud to call it home

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 417-864-6683 EXT.

 

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Aleksis Zarins

Operations Manager

Aleksis Zarins 

Operations Manager: The responsibility of the Operations Manager includes all duties of the personnel manager and librarian, as well as to act as the liaison between management and the musicians through the hiring of substitute and extra musicians; through the coordination of auditions; through accurate record keeping and through the interpretation and communication of all personnel related activities.  

Aleksis Zarins is a musician originally from Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from Parkview High School and moved to New York City to explore his passions in music and travel. After eight years of performing with various Broadway musical productions, he returned home to finish his college education at Missouri State University and share his love of music with the communities of Southwest Missouri. He is currently the operations manager at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and performs with numerous artistic organizations in the Springfield/Branson area. In his free time, Aleksis loves to explore art in nature and is thankful to be in an area rich with such opportunities. He is devoted to his darling Amy and in pursuing a future full of music performance and education in the Springfield metro area.

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 417-864-6683 EXT.

 

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Rachel Lambert

Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager: Responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating marketing campaigns for orchestra and special events, and maximizing the visibility of the orchestra, consistent with SSO policies and long-range goals. 

Rachel Lambert is the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Marketing Manager. Rachel’s background is in fashion and graphic design, however since moving to the Springfield area in 2013 she has found a passion for PR, marketing, and communications. Rachel loves taking on new and challenging projects to continually learn and grow in this ever-changing field of design. Rachel is excited to enhance the marketing plans for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. When she’s not at work, Rachel enjoys seeing live performances with her two daughters and theater-teacher husband, finding creative outlets, and reading. Rachel is most excited to watch her girls grow up in the arts community knowing what an impact it can make in a child's life. 

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 417-864-6683 EXT.

 

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Kay Wacasey

PT Coordinator

Coordinator: Responsible for office administrative duties, assisting at Symphony concerts and events, and working with other staff members on tasks such as fundraising, marketing, data entry, and various projects.

Kay Wacasey joined the Symphony in September 2021 and is excited to pursue new opportunities in the world of music. She currently attends Drury University and is working toward a B.A. in Arts Administration and Theatre with a focus on scenic design and painting. She appreciates all forms of art and music and in her spare time enjoys drawing, writing poetry, ice skating, and drinking lots and lots of coffee.

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 417-864-6683 EXT.