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Our board members are volunteers representing several communities. They meet an average of eight times a year to oversee the non-profit organization. Other duties performed by board members and volunteers include preparing mailings of information, tickets and schedules, setting up the stage for performances, serving musicians' meals prior to performances and handling ticket sales and collections at concerts.

Sharon Brophy Sharon Brophy possesses an associate degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky Community College, and was employed as an RN for 20 years at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, Kentucky. She studied voice privately and at The Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She performed 10 years in "The Cotton Follies" affiliated with the Redwood Cerebral Palsy School in Northern Kentucky. She has been a member of The London Community Chorus for 20 years. She currently is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Corbin, Kentucky, and directs the adult and children's choirs. She and her husband reside in London, Kentucky.
Kerri Clark Kerri Clark (President), a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (Bachelors of Music Education & Masters of Music), is a music educator in the Laurel County Schools. She is a percussionist and has taught privately and in a camp setting. The mother of two, Kerri also contributes her computer skills to Orchestra promotion. Originally from Northern Kentucky, Kerri currently resides now here in London. She also performs within the First Baptist Church of London music ministry.
Bridget Dunaway Bridget Dunaway (Vice President), holds a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, and has been a practicing attorney since 1989. She also holds a B.A. in music from Eastern Kentucky University, having studied flute. She continues to play flute in the London Community Orchestra and other local musical organizations, and has taught flute privately. Ms. Dunaway currently serves as a director of the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce and was formly the director of the United Way, and is a member of several state and national attorney organizations. She is admitted to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in Kentucky, the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Frances Elliott Frances Elliott
Linda Finley Linda Stahl Finley (Secretary), is a native of Pennsylvania, who earned a BSJ and MSJ at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. She moved to Louisville, KY, in 1969 to work for The Courier-Journal where her 39-year career included many different assignments as a writer, including covering social services, school desegregation and health. She also worked as a feature writer and columnist. Music was never her reporting province, but by chance she interviewed both Aaron Copeland and Janis Joplin. She has enjoyed music since the days of singing in a church choir and school chorus. After retirement she and her husband, John Finley, moved to Laurel County.
Susan Hayes Susan S. Hayes is a retired music educator who taught at Letcher, Whitesburg and Corbin High Schools. She received the following: AA from Eastern Kentucky University, BME from Pikeville College and MA Ed from Morehead State University. Susan has been a guest clinician for Honors Bands in Letcher, Pike and Floyd Counties; KMEA District 4; and SKMA All-Festival. She has served as an adjudicator for KMEA spring festivals and has also adjudicated marching events in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. Susan currently is employed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. She and her husband, Haskew, live in London and have two children and two grandchildren.
Mike McKinney Mike McKinney grew up in several rural communities of East Texas. He graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he received a BA degree in political science and journalism. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and served two years as a volunteer in Honduras.

In 1969, Mike moved to Louisville where he worked at The Courier-Journal as a reporter, copy editor, Sunday city editor, intern in Washington, D.C. and as administrative assistant to Barry Bingham, Jr., editor and publisher. In 1974, Mike left the newspaper to form McKinney Associates, Inc., an agency to represent professional speakers and entertainers. In 1981, Mike began representing Kentucky humorist Carl Hurley (a native of Laurel County) and for more than 30 years was Carl's booking agent and manager. Mike produced all 16 of Carl's comedy recordings.

Because of Carl's influence, Mike developed a love for Laurel County and its people, and built a residence 23 years ago in East Bernstadt. Quick to admit he has little knowledge of music ("I can't find middle C on the piano"), Mike says he finds joy and inspiration as a listener, and believes the orchestra plays an important - and unique - role in the community. "It's one of the things that makes London special."
Rebecca Oliver Rebecca K. Oliver
DannyPhelps Danny J. Phelps received both his B.A. and M.A. in teaching from Union College, and a B.A. in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He teaches part time at St. Camillus Academy in Corbin, Kentucky. He has served on the London City Council since 2002 and is a local business owner. Mr. Phelps is an accomplished pianist, playing both locally and regionally as an entertainer. He also teaches several private piano students in his studio. Mr. Phelps has been involved with several arts organizations. He serves as part time church organist/pianist on a rotating basis between First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church of London.
Sandy Slusher Sandra Slusher has lived in London, Ky., for 48 years. She has two sons, Bill and Alan, and four granddaughters. Music of various genres has always been an important part of her life. She has been a supporter of music in the Laurel county school system since 1977 when her youngest son became a band student in the 4th grade, under the direction of Jack Walker. Two granddaughters were in bands at North Laurel Middle School in recent years.

The development and growth of the community orchestra program has been a particular interest since it began. She is employed full-time for the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Mt. Vernon, Ky. She is an active member of First Baptist Church, London. She has served on the board of the London Housing Authority; as a volunteer at St. Joseph-London hospital; and presently serves on the London-Laurel County Joint Planning & Zoning Commission.
Jack Walker Jack Walker (Director), is a retired music educator from London, Kentucky. During his 30-year career, he taught band in Fayette County, Hazard, and Laurel County. He also served as interim director at Danville High School and Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin. Mr. Walker has served in several state offices of KMEA. He is active as an adjudicator, conductor and clinician, as well as participating in local musical organizations in the London area. During the summer, he and J. Larry Moore serve as education directors at Lion's Camp Crescendo. He is the recipient of the 2006 KMEA Distinguished Service Award. He is the director of the London Community Orchestra. He is a graduate of Georgetown College.
Carolyn Wooton Carolyn S. Wooton a native of Indiana, is a retired registered nurse, having served as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps, school nurse, and as a nurse instructor in the V.A.M.C., Anderson (Indiana) Community Schools, and Anderson Community Hospital. She has served in a number of positions with several organizations, including the London Women's Club, London-Laurel County Newcomers, AMGRO Master Gardeners, Laurel County Extension Council and Laurel County Homemakers, Bennett Center Fund-raising, Faith in Action Volunteers, and Welcome Committee at St. Williams Catholic Church. She is a former band, orchestra, and choir student, and has five children and four grandchildren.
Jerry Wright Jerry Wright (Treasurer), is a native of the Louisville area, a graduate of Georgetown College, and holds a Masters Degree in Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He has served as a minister of music at First Baptist Church in London since 1983. Jerry was the catalyst for the strings class being taught at First Baptist, and is one of the founding board members of the London Community Orchestra. Jerry and his wife Sheri have two daughters, Melody and Kristi Jo.

Become an Orchestra Volunteer

You can be a part of the Orchestra's future by volunteering. Distribute fliers and spread the news of upcoming performances, take up tickets, or help set up the stage. If you have other expertise you are interested in sharing, we want to hear from you! As one of the best kept secrets in the region, the London Community Orchestra needs your support. Talk with a board member or email us. for more information.