Cape Symphony 2021 new board members

Cape Symphony Names New Members to Board of Trustees

Four community leaders tapped as newest members of non-profit board

HYANNIS, MA—September 7, 2021

The Cape Symphony has named four new members of the Board of Trustees for the 2021/22 year.

South Orleans resident Ellen A. Dickinson continues as Board Chair, with Christian Valle of Falmouth serving as Vice Chair. Steven Heslinga of Centerville remains the Treasurer, and Teresa Egan of Cotuit is Secretary of the 23-member board.

The new members of the Cape Symphony Board are:

Jill Beardsley, Brewster (pictured above, right)
Jill is the Director of Community Support Associates, a community-based program providing residential, case management, vocational, recreational, and outreach services to adults with disabilities and the elderly on Cape Cod. Jill’s community involvement includes serving as a board member/secretary for Calmer Choice and a former officer for Brewster Partners in Education. She is currently the secretary of the Board of Living Mission in Action, The Federated Church of Orleans; a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod; and a member of the Aging Life Care Association. Jill holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Rehabilitation Services and an M.A. and CAGS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College.

John Damon, Barnstable
John is a U.S. Navy veteran who received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and studied at the Babson Institute of Business Administration. His professional career included investment management, charitable and estate planning, and business/tax consulting. John is retired as President of Financial Compass Charitable Advisers in Barnstable. John has dedicated over 20 years to support of SEA Education Association in Woods Hole, where he is overseer and an emeritus trustee, and over 25 years to CapeAbilities, where he has served multiple terms as a director and is an emeritus treasurer. John has also served the Cape Cod Foundation, the Cape Cod Hospital Foundation, and Cape Cod Academy, among other organizations.

Gianna Jonas, West Yarmouth
Gianna is a program director at Community Systems, Inc. of Plymouth, having previously been promoted from residential counselor to program manager. Community Systems, Inc. is a four-state family of non-profit, tax exempt corporations whose mission is helping persons with disabilities to find happiness in their own homes, in their personal relationships, and as contributing members of their community. Gianna is a two-time recipient of the Community Systems Team Work Award and received the Community Systems Leadership Award in 2017. Gianna is a graduate of the Southeastern Regional Department of Developmental Services Leadership Series. She is pursuing a degree in business administration from Cape Cod Community College.

Jamie Selldorff, Chatham (pictured above, left)
Jamie is a CPA whose work experience includes Campbell Soup Company in New Jersey and Sara Lee in Chicago, Illinois. She has served on the boards of Cape Cod Children’s Place and the Chatham Cultural Council, and is currently on the boards of the Atwood Museum, Nauset Garden Club, and League Club of Cape Cod. Jamie is a member of Eastwood Ho!, the Orleans Yacht Club, and the Chatham Platform Tennis Association. Jamie holds a BS from the University of Scranton and a MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management.

Former Cape Symphony board member Jacqueline deRuyter of Brewster has returned to the Board. The Cape Symphony thanks outgoing members Board Chair Liz Dunning and Bob Schofield for their vital longtime service and dedication to the organization.

“A nonprofit organization like the Cape Symphony relies on the experience and guidance of our board members, for which we are grateful,” said Michael Albaugh, Cape Symphony Executive Director. “We have been blessed with an exceptional group of dedicated individuals, and are delighted to welcome four new members who will help contribute to the Cape Symphony’s success.”

The Cape Symphony Board of Trustees contributes to the good health of the organization via policy setting, fundraising, strategic planning, and financial management. Board members are active advocates for the Cape Symphony in the community, helping to bring awareness to the organization’s mission of “Inspiring Joy.”



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About Cape Symphony
At the Cape Symphony, our mission is to Inspire Joy. We do this through outstanding entertainment and educational programs. Cape Cod’s very own professional orchestra, the Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music. The Cape Symphony commitment to education for all ages includes private lessons, classes and ensembles at campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth as well as online. Its acclaimed preschool program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through community outreach, the Cape Symphony brings an array of engaging programs to the Cape Cod community. Visit for more information.

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