About Us

NSO Board & Staff

NSO Board of Directors

  • Loria Holden, NSO President – Health & Safety Manager, Georgia-Pacific
  • Melody Lavrakas, NSO Vice President, NYSOC Coordinator – Small business office management
  • Joseph Swafford, NSO Immediate Past President – Retired business owner
  • Kathy Follett - NSO Secretary - Retired Musician/Concertmaster - Music Director Youth Symphony
  • Michael Meagher, NSO Treasurer – Retired accountant
  • John Lavrakas, NSO Executive Director – President, Advanced Research Corporation
  • Adrienne Welsh, Musicians’ representative to NSO Board – Musician and music teacher
  • Ken Combs – Musician, retired university administrator
  • Kathy Follett - Retired Musician/Concertmaster - Music Director Youth Symphony 
  • Pat Lewis – Retired researcher and health educator
  • Betty Richard – Retired, Educator
  • Mike Rickus - Retired auditor and accountant

Associate Board Members

  • Paul Brookhyser – Retired
  • Richard Cutler – Business owner, Flying Dutchman Winery
  • Frank Geltner – Small business owner, former director Oregon Coast Council for the Arts
  • Thomas Hurst – Scientist at Hatfield Marine Science Center
  • Mark McConnell – Retired school teacher, former mayor of Newport
  • Cindy McEntee – Business owner – Mo’s Enterprises
  • Fran Mathews – Business owner – Marine Discovery Tours
  • Nancy Steinberg – Science communicator, Oregon State University
  • Don Taylor - Retired Pastor

Honorary Board Members

  • John Baker – Consultant
  • Katherine Heater – Small Business Owner
  • Mary Lee Scoville – Conductor, Central Coast Chorale, Music Teacher
  • Jess Smith – Musician

Staff Management

  • John Lavrakas – Executive Director
  • Megan Miller-Morgan – Office Manager/Bookkeeper
  • Leatrice Lily - Operations Manager
  • Kris Klavik – Personnel Manager
  • Shauna Keyes – Personnel Manager (strings)
  • Dianne Trask – Housing Coordinator
  • Melissa MacDonald – Relationship Manager, Advertising Underwriting

The NSO Thanks Our Generous Sponsors

  • Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund
    Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund