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Board of Directors

Bryan Young, President

Bryan tours the US and internationally as bassoonist for the Poulenc Trio. He serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestras. The Washington Post writes that his playing ‘dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument,’ and the Baltimore Sun has praised his ‘particularly beautiful playing, technical agility and understated elegance.’ Bryan studied music at the Peabody Conservatory and at Yale. Bryan also serves on the board of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for chamber music artists and presenters.

In addition to his musical activities, Bryan is Group Leader for Health Data Analytics and Visualization at MITRE, and the former Director of Connected Healthcare Solutions for Asymmetrik. Bryan was featured on the front page of the Baltimore Business Journal as a mobile software entrepreneur to watch, and is a former partner and technology advisor to SailTime, a global recreational sailing company. Bryan is a frequent guest on Maryland’s WBJC-FM radio show, Face the Music.

Mary Perseghin, Treasurer

Mary has enjoyed many opportunities during her working career that focused on promotion and advertising. Early days involved working with youth organization planning social and cultural events. A slight deviation in path and curiosity to see the world, but not join the Navy, she spent seven years working in the travel industry where her favorite assignment was working with a professor to help design and plan bi-annual tours of stately homes, gardens and cathedrals of England. Mary called McCormick & Co., Inc. her home for 34 years where her focus included consumer promotion, advertising administration, barter and coupon management. She also enjoyed working with food stylists and photographers, and in the test kitchens with recipe development and tasting; experiences that have made her a lifetime foodie. She and her husband Gerard, a retired journalist and board member, enjoy entertaining in their home, cruising the high seas and walking along the canals of Venice. 

Kevin Tai, Secretary

Liliana McCullough

Liliana recently moved to Maryland from Toronto, Canada, where she established, along with other music enthusiasts, the Toronto Mahler Society, to promote the work of Gustav Mahler and other Romantic period composers. Liliana was appointed to the Board of Directors of Candlelight Concert Society in July 2018.

At a young age, Liliana enrolled in the National Ballet School in Santiago, Chile and had the privilege of growing up in a family of classical musicians. She obtained her BA degree from Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación and is a Certified Montessori Religion Educator.

Liliana’s professional experience is in luxury hotel management, event planning, public relations and digital marketing.

Gerard Perseghin

A journalist who wrote on topics ranging from religion, education, politics, and the arts. Gerard A. Perseghin wrote professionally from 1962 to 2006.

He retired as assistant editor of the Catholic Standard in Washington, D.C., in 2006. But he began his career at the Sunpapers in 1962 after graduating from Loyola University Maryland, with an A.B. degree in English.

He won several prizes for investigative reporting, the latest being a first-place award in 1996 from the Catholic Press Association that was for his reporting on child abuse by priests.

From 1973 he was known for his coverage of pro-life issues in Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis. He wrote about the problems and successes of Catholic education in metropolitan Baltimore and uncovered some of the problems in the area.

Charles E. Thomas

“Chuck” Thomas is a graduate of the University of Louisville, School of Business with a major in Marketing. He spent most of his working life as a civilian in the Department of the Army. His duty assignments were all stateside in Toledo, Cincinnati, New York City and Washington, DC.

His assignments took him all over the United States and to Europe, the Far East and Panama. He moved to Columbia, Maryland in 1971 when he was appointed as the Civilian Personnel Director of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 1973, he transferred to the Pentagon. After 33 years of Federal service, he retired from the position, Chief, Labor and Employee Relations, Directorate of Civilian Personnel, Headquarters, Department of the Army.

Gerald Von Mayer

Gerald is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a master’s degree in Geography. In 1958, after college, he worked in that summer as part of a duo to develop a land use map of Howard County. In the early years of the Howard County Planning and Zoning Office (later known as the Department of Planning and Zoning) Gerald worked as a geographer and later was head of the Comprehensive division which involved developing General Plans, zoning regulations, initiating a Historical Sites compendium, and review elements of the New Town of Columbia approval process.

Later during his tenure in the Department Planning and Zoning, Gerald worked on grants for housing, transportation and historical trust. After Gerald’s retirement from Howard County government in 2001, he served as a tour guide of Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon historical area.

Jaime M. Waldren

Jamie M. Waldren is Financial Advisor and Managing Director – Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors in the Columbia, Maryland office. He has 30 years’ experience as a Financial advisor. Mr. Waldren is responsible for overseeing the finances of individuals, and their families, small and mid- size business owners going through a transition or exit strategies well as he serves on a number of non-profits boards.

Jamie currently serves on the Candlelight Concert Society of Maryland board of directors, Chairs the investment committee of the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation and is also active in the Professional Service Council, a Trade and Advocacy Group for Government Contractors and member of ESOP Association and the NCEO National Center of Employee Ownership Association.

Jamie is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ PROFESSIONAL and is a Registered Representative with FINRA Securities Registration (Series 7, 8, 63, 65 and 31), and holds a Maryland Insurance License. Jamie is a graduate from Missouri Western, 1978 with a BS in Business Administration and a Member of the Missouri Western Football Griffon Hall of Fame. Jamie is married to Nora and they have two children Matthew and Alexandria and lives in Highland, Maryland.

Insurance products are offered through nonbank insurance agency affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company and are underwritten by unaffiliated insurance companies.

Philip J. Press, Director Emeritus

Philip Press attended his first Candlelight Concert at the Glenelg Country Day School in 1972. He subsequently became a founder of Candlelight Concert Society, which was incorporated in 1975, and served as its first treasurer from 1975 to 1991 and then as President in 2002 and from 2013 through 2017. He was also treasurer of the Howard County Arts Council from 1979 to 1981, after it transitioned from the Howard County Commission on the Arts. Phil is proud to have contributed to the growth and success of Candlelight Concert Society and to cultural enrichment in Howard County.

Phil obtained his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. He then completed advanced coursework in statistics and operations research before joining W. R. Grace and Company. At Grace, he was head of the Applied Mathematics department, which provided internal consulting services in statistical analysis and mathematical modeling to the company’s varied businesses. After a 30-year career, Phil retired from W. R. Grace in 1997 and started Philip Press, Inc., a statistical consulting company. His clients have included major companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and quick service restaurant sectors. He is also President of Experimentation By Design, LLC, a software company that develops and markets software for design of experiments. Phil is married to Linda Press, a well-known Howard County visual artist.

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