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Meet Our Board of Directors and Staff

The Gifford Florida Youth Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation.
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Chairperson – Dr. Crystal Bujol

Chairman – Rev. Dr. Crystal Bujol                                                                                                Indian River County

Phone: 772-778-51182                                                                                                     E-mail: xtalankh@gmail.com

Indian River County Resident. Past president of the Indian River Community Oriented Police Enforcement and Education Committee (COPE). Recipient of the: 2007 Gifford, Florida’s Dreamer’s Ball Award. “Good Neighbor Award” from State Farm in 2006, Vero Beach, Florida. Cultural Council’s 2009 Laurel Award for Volunteer Activist Leadership in Vero Beach. Gifford Progressive Civic League Award for Special Services to Gifford, 2013. Member Vero Beach Beachside Toastmasters 2009 – 2014. 1st Chairperson Black Lives Matter Committee, Vero Beach, Florida, 2016. Retired Pastor 22 Years in the pulpit of 2 churches, simultaneously. PhD in Spiritual Psychology from Inner Circle University, Los Angeles, CA.

Vice Chairperson – Dr. Elaine Word                                                            Berkeley, California, Alameda County

Phone: 510-333-8265                                                                                              Email: elaineword70@gmail.com

Alameda County California Resident. Adjunct Professor, Patten University, Department of Education, Oakland, California. Beginning Teacher Support and Administration Provider (BTSA). Elementary School Teacher completing 42 years in June 2016, currently employed part time for the Oakland Unified School District. Owner- ‘Word Tutoring,’ Oakland/Berkeley, CA from 1985 – 1992. Owner- ‘Aunt Bead Jewelry Designs’ 2012 – present.

Secretary:  James Parks                                                                                                                  Indian River County

Phone: 772-562-7663                                                                                               Email: Roofsrepaironly@aol.com

Indian River County Resident. President Roof Repairs Only, Inc. from 1989 to present. 1983 State Licensed General Contractor. 1989 State Licensed Roofing Contractor. President of Treasure Coast Rotary of Vero Beach, past Treasurer, 1995, 2009 and 2010.

 

Recording Secretary – Terry Domino                                                                                          Indian River County

Phone:  908-770-8419                                                                                          Email:   terrydomino71@gmail.com

MA in Education - Retired NJ  Elementary School teacher - 30 years experience; Secretary  Teachers' Union - 8 years; Chairperson of Teachers' Negotiations Committee - 8 years; Girl Scout Leader - 6 years; Co-Chair of fund raising - Freehold NJ AAUW - 2 years;  Member UUFVB Board of Trustees - 4 years, Vice President - 2 years, Member of UUFVB choir - 4 years; Secretary UUFVB Political Action Committee -2 years.

Policies and Procedures - Roger T. Sobkowiak                                                                                 Frederick, MD

Phone: 772-532-5469                                                                                                   Email: rsobkow@yahoo.com

Retired corporate executive (GE, ITT, CitiGroup), former board member and chair of Hope for Families Center and Bridges Early Learning Center. Volunteer consultant with the National Executive Service Corps providing management and organization guidance to non-profits.  Former resident of Vero Beach. Grandfather and photographer.

Communications -- Warren Obluck                                                                                                         Indian River

Phone: 772-252-0109                                                                                                      Email: wjovb@earthlink.net

Indian River County Resident. 34 years with U.S. Information Agency (now part of State Department). Overseas assignments in cultural work: Venezuela, Japan, Philippines, Mexico, Italy. From Washington, managed worldwide Fulbright program, American libraries, English Teacher, etc., as Deputy Assistant Director of Educational and Cultural Affairs for USIA. After retirement, coordinated film activities and taught film studies at Vero Beach Museum of Art, 1998-2017. Granted Laurel Award by Cultural Council of Indian River County, 2010. Degrees in journalism from Los Angeles City College, University of Southern California, Pulitzer School of Columbia University. Post-graduate work in American Studies at Georgetown, George Washington and American Universities. Born in Milwaukee and resided at various times in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

Member – Helen Perry            Member                                                                                   Indian River County

Phone:  772 696 1221                                                                                                              Email: hvwp@aol.com

Indian River County Resident since 1964. Retired Kindergarten Teacher. Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with focus on Early Childhood Education. Employed by IRC School District from 1964 to 2003. Opened the J. A. Thompson Elementary and retired from there.

Taught kindergarten students at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center for 12 years. Currently serving as Clerk for Supervisor of Elections, Indian River County; musician for my church, member of the Martin Luther Birthday Committee, Indian River County Retired Educator's Association, Gifford’s Sr. Citizens Community Special K Aerobics Class, Concerned Citizens of Gifford, and Oslo Middle School's School Improvement Committee.

Member - helen perry

Member – Larry Staley            Member                                                                                    Indian River County

Phone: 772-360-8877                                                                                              Email: staleylarry15@gmail.com

Resident of Gifford, Florida since age two. BS degree from St. Augustine College, Raleigh, NC with a major in psychology, minor in recreation. 40 years’ experience working with youth as coach for baseball, track & field, and martial arts. 35 years’ experience as Park Director, Summer Camp Director, and Swim Coach. First African American licensed as a lifeguard in Indian River County. Director of the Gifford Aquatic Pool since 2003. Trained, licensed, and hired young people as lifeguards. Coached many of the parents, grandparents, and great grandparents of our GYO children. Teaches Senior Citizen Exercise Class in Gifford from 2002 to present. Served as a drummer at several Gifford churches from 1980 to present. President, Dr. M. L. King Birthday Committee for 18 years. Chairperson of the Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Parade in Gifford. Member Gifford Progressive Civic League, Local NAACP, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 1980 High Hurdler on Olympic Team when USA boycotted Olympic Games. He uses this disappointment to teach young people how to “keep on keepin’ on!”

 

Member – Wilfred Hart                                                                                                                Indian River County

Phone:  772-559-7717                                                                                            Email:  Williebyrd59@yahoo.com

Resident of Indian River County, Florida over 40 years.  Married to Dorothy A. Hart and have four (4) children. Received Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Bethune Cookman, Daytona Beach, Florida. Retired from K-Mart, over 35 years in retail management.  Received Outstanding Customer Care – Chairman's Award and Assistant Manager of the Year Southeast Regional, Central District during tenure with K-Mart.  Deacon of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Gifford Florida.  Vice-President, Dr. M. L. King Birthday Committee and Member for over 10 years.  Member of the Local NAACP and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc.   Founder of The Woman in Red with Pink which recognizes those with cancer and promoting awareness of cancer.  Strategic and Effective in Fund Raising.  Active in volunteering with the community. Enjoy traveling, sports and signing. Two of his granddaughters in GYO Strings Program. 

 

 

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Contact Us

By US Mail:

P O Box 691166
Vero Beach, FL  32969

 

By Telephone:

772-213-3007

 

Rehearsals and Classes at:

Gifford Community Center
4855 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967   
 

Member - larry staley

Resident of Gifford, Florida since age two.  BS degree from St. Augustine College, Raleigh, NC with a major in psychology, minor in recreation.  40 years’ experience working with youth as coach for baseball, track & field, and martial arts.  35 years’ experience as Park Director, Summer Camp Director, and Swim Coach.  First African American licensed as a lifeguard in Indian River County.  Director of the Gifford Aquatic Pool since 2003.  Trained, licensed, and hired young people as lifeguards.  Coached many of the parents, grandparents, and great grandparents of our GYO children.  Teaches Senior Citizen Exercise Class in Gifford from 2002 to present.  Served as a drummer at several Gifford churches from 1980 to present.  President, Dr. M. L. King Birthday Committee for 18 years.  Chairperson of the M.L.King Annual Parade in Gifford.  Member Gifford Progressive Civic League, Local NAACP, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.  1980 High Hurdler on Olympic Team when USA boycotted Olympic Games.  He uses this disappointment to teach young people how to “keep on keepin’ on!”

GIFFORD YOUTH ORCHESTRA KEY STAFF MEMBERS

Crystal Bujol, Artistic Director and Music Teacher

Iva Powell-Perry, Executive Director of Programs

Mary Parks, Executive Secretary 

Joan Haar, Music Director - Strings Program

Sue Lorimier, Music Director - Piano Program

Safa El-Zein, Violin Music Teacher

Frank Wallace, Violin Music Teacher

Barbara Wallace, Violin Music Teacher

Linda Spiwak, Violin Music Teacher

Marissa Rollins, Violin Tutor

Sukesha Crosdale, Violin Tutor

 Iris Bloomfield and Noeme Joseph, Teacher's Aides 

Debbie Avery, Outreach and Development Director

Gerald Jackson, CPA, Auditor

Gifford Youth Orchestra Volunteers

Jim Parks, Volunteer Nutrition and Snacks

Hester Lillie, Volunteer Online Communications and Records

Margaret Thornton, Volunteer 2018 Project Administrator for 15th Annual Concert

Alexis Krasotkin, Secretary of Gratitude

Other Volunteers:

Annette Reason, Phyllis Parks, Debbie Avery, Sharon Morgan, Noeme Joseph, Patti Gibbons, Mike Lewis, Michael Anderson, Neferteria Bushell-Cue, Becky Anunziato, Frank Wallace, Barbara Wallace, Linda Spiwak, Mary Parks, Iris Broomfield, and the 10 Working Board Members!

Gifford Youth Orchestra Advisory Council 2018

Annie Powell, whose idea it was that Gifford children needed to learn to play the violin. 

Lawrence Trapp, who (during segregated schools) from 1958 – 1969, taught band to all of the black Jr. High and High school students.  From 1969 to 1990, he taught band classes to all the Indian River County 7th grade students, Vero Beach Jr. High students until 1990.  He later volunteered to teach music classes at the GYAC. He still teaches at Melody Music.

Jeryl Thompson, Professional Recording Artist and Businessman.  Charter Member Gifford Youth Orchestra Board of Directors, Charter Member Crystal Foundation Board of Directors.

Barbara Hoffman, Executive Director, Indian River Cultural Council.   

Cindi Jorgenson, Recently retired school counselor, teacher.   

Jennifer Idlette, Director of Transportation for the IRC School Board. 

Carol Norton, Attorney and Businesswoman.

Jacob Craig, Music Director, 1st Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach.

James Broxton, Indian River County Public School Teacher, Basketball and Football coach, 2017 Teacher of the Year, and a very well known, magnificent saxophonist in Florida.

Dr. Joan Ortega-Cowan, President and Executive Director, Vero Beach Opera.

Woody Woods, International musician, choir director for international choirs, and President of the Las Vegas Jazz Society.

Charlotte Terry Real Estate Group, Alex MacWilliam Real Estate, Inc.

Alma Lee Loy, "The Mayor of Indian River County!"