Community Music School Board of Directors Announces New Roles | The Valley Register
Allentown, PA (September 21, 2022) – Community Music School – Lehigh Valley & Berks (CMS) is pleased to announce that Michael Yeager of Allentown was elected chair of the board of directors at the nonprofit organization’s board meeting on September 12, 2022. Yeager assumes the role previously held by Carmen Flosdorf, Vice President, Commercial Banking at Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Flosdorf served as chairman for two full fiscal years, 2020-21 and 2021-22, and will continue to serve on the board.
At the same meeting, the council also elected two new community leaders to its ranks: David Yagerwho recently retired from Guardian Life Insurance Co., and Elyse Pillitteriattorney at Fitzpatrick, Lentz and Bubba PC Both were elected to a three-year term by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.
The Board also expressed its sincere gratitude to Board Member and Chair of the Brunch Committee, Julie Macomb for his service to CMS. A lawyer, Macomb is Vice President, Associate General Counsel of the Lehigh Valley Health Network and served on the CMS Board of Directors from 2015 to August 2022. She also chaired CMS’s 2022 Spring Brunch & Silent Auction, which saw raised over $36,000 for the Allentown nonprofit. 40e anniversary.
Michael Yeager joined the board in 2003 and has held various positions, most recently as treasurer from 2013 to 2019. After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Kutztown University, he has had a successful 43-year career in the insurance industry. He retired as President/CEO of Community Insurance Company in 2021. Throughout his career, he has been extremely active in various leadership roles with the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the Urban Insurance Partners Institute and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Congressional Action Board of Fiduciaries. In addition to his service at the Community Music School, Michael is a director and officer of the Lehigh County Housing Authority. Michael is a permanent resident of Allentown, where he currently resides with his wife, Donnamarie. Her daughter, Désirée, is a teacher and lives in Emmaüs with her two children.
David Yager retired in May 2022 after 34 years with Guardian Life Insurance, one of the world’s largest mutual life insurance companies. He has held several leadership positions in information technology, cybersecurity and agency distribution, most recently as assistant vice president/head of agency information security and governance. . He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley, previously residing in Allentown and currently residing in Laurys Station – North Whitehall with his wife Jessica and son Dominic, who attends Orefield Middle School. He also has an adult daughter, Keri, who resides in Orefield. Yeager is an assistant swim coach for Orchard View Swim Club.
Elyse C. Pillitteri is a member of the Corporate, Business & Banking and Intellectual Property groups of Fitzpatrick, Lentz, & Bubba PC. His practice primarily focuses on assisting clients with a variety of business transactions, including the selection and formation of business entities, investment transactions, capital raisings, shareholder relations, corporate governance, and corporate governance. business, purchases and sales of assets and the drafting and review of general contracts. Prior to joining FLB, Ms. Pillitteri was the principal of a boutique law firm in New York, specializing in the filing, prosecution and management of trademarks in the United States and abroad, as well as the enforcement and trademark disputes. She will use this experience to help organizations in the Lehigh Valley address their trademark and intellectual property challenges.
The leaders of the CMS Board of Directors for the 2022-23 financial year are: President: Michael Yeagerretired, CEO, Community Insurance Company; Vice-Chair: James Warfel, Ed.Dretired educator; Treasurer: Tom Fenstermacherretired chief financial officer, Hospital Central Services, Inc.; Secretary: Mark Stein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Muhlenberg College. Directors: Safa Ashrafiattorney, Toyota North America; Carmen FlosdorfVice President, Commercial Banking, Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company; Gregory KuhnPresident and CEO, Omega Protective Services, LLC; Mary Hahnvice president of health and wellness, Bell & Evans; David Livet, Ph.D., associate professor, Penn State Lehigh Valley; Kathleen Matthewsretired senior director of business ethics and compliance, PPL; Bill MoyerPresident, West Region & Allentown Campus, St. Luke’s University Health Network; Elyse Pillitteriattorney, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, PC; Vance powersChief Financial Officer, Long Ridge Energy Terminal; Ellen Robertretired, volunteer and community activist; Dail Richieretired Executive Director, Berks Youth Chorus and CMS faculty member; Matthew TuerkMayor, Town of Allentown; David YagerRetired Assistant Vice President, Guardian Life Insurance. Faculty Representative: Joe Wagnerguitar, composition and recording.
About CMS: Community Music School (CMS) – Lehigh Valley & Berks is a non-profit charitable organization that provides inspiration and opportunity for all members of our diverse community to achieve excellence in music education and appreciate the transformative power of music. CMS employs 25 professional teachers who provide private lessons and group lessons to over 200 students of all ages, from toddlers to seniors, in piano, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, voice and recording technology; both in person and online. Through the support of our philanthropic community, for more than 40 years, CMS has provided over 25,000 student services in the Lehigh Valley with the lifetime benefits of quality music education and free performance opportunities. CMS is proud to fund over $60,000 annually in financial aid, scholarships and outreach. More than 50% of students under the age of 18 receive financial aid funded by generous donors. Located in the former Lehigh Valley Social Club at historic 1544 Hamilton Street in Allentown, CMS offers 12 classrooms of varying sizes, a unique parent lounge, early years room, music library, administrative offices , a state-of-the-art recording studio, and a 150-seat recital hall. Learn more about http://cmslv.org/.
Information provided to TVL by:
Lisa Hopstock Kulp, Deputy Director
Lehigh Valley & Berks Community Music School