In a period of unprecedented board development, New Jersey Festival Orchestra has announced the appointment of Keith S. Hertell as Board President as well as the election of six new trustees and the return to office of two former board members.

A former institutional equity trader with a variety of Wall Street firms, Mr. Hertell has been an active leader in the Westfield community and beyond for nearly 50 years.

I am honored to welcome Keith as our new president,” said NJFO Music Director David Wroe. “He represents an unsurpassed rush of energy, enthusiasm and executive dynamism that has been vested on the NJ Festival Orchestra. He's taken the Board's podium and is conducting Beethoven's 5th Symphony with volume full up! It is impressive, indeed.”

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Mr Hertell will steer the NJFO Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the operation of the organization as well as to raise awareness of the orchestra’s musical performances in Westfield and beyond.  The board also supports NJFO’s mission to provide critical outreach activities including music education and music therapy programs.

Mr. Hertell will partner with current board members and a group of newly appointed trustees:

New board member Laura Brockway has been active in the Westfield community for over 25 years. She is a full time real estate agent and top producer with Keller Willams Realty.

South African born Damien Dossin has lived in Westfield for nearly 20 years and is President of HCP Packaging USA. He was recently elected President of the Westfield Jaycees.

Westfield resident Linda Habgood specializes in emerging markets structured trade finance as a lender, developer, and advisor. She is Partner and Managing Director of Delphos International based in Washington DC.

Neal Heinze is a real estate entrepreneur with over twenty-five years of experience in private equity, fundraising, syndication, leasing, and development.

Rose Marie Lyght is an investment professional and Chief Financial Officer for Rinshaw Real Estate Group in Mountainside NJ with an extensive background in portfolio management and real estate debt and equity investments.

Sharon Roush recently relocated to Westfield from NYC. She began her career at J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst and is currently an investment director with Brandywine Group Advisors, a New York-based office managing $8b of assets.

Alicia Barker and David Crenshaw are returning to the NJFO board. Alicia Barker is a human resources executive and owner and President of Act Two Consulting in Westfield. She is currently serving her 3rd year as President of the Friends of NJFO, the fundraising arm of the organization.  Long-term Westfield resident David Crenshaw is a NJ attorney serving as Partner and Chief Operating Officer for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP.

Says Hertell “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and will be tremendous assets to our orchestra as we further our mission to bring world class music to Westfield and beyond, to take the joy of music to underserved communities and to provide music therapy in hospitals and hospices.”

NJFO will offer a series of concerts to celebrate the upcoming festive season. On Saturday December 10 at 7pm in Westfield, and Sunday December 11 at 3pm in Madison, NJFO presents “Home for the Holidays,” a family festival of symphonic pops and Holiday favorites featuring special guests, The Three Holiday Tenors.  On New Year’s Eve, at 7pm in Westfield NJFO presents “ On The Town,” a cabaret-style celebration of American Musical Theater classics for the entire family, featuring stars direct from the Broadway and beyond. For tickets and information go to www.njfestivalorchestra.org or call 908 232 9400.