Board of Directors
2017 – 2018 Season
John Hegarty chairs the Board of Directors of Red Cedar Chamber Music. He and his wife Kay (a former board member) have been avid supporters of Red Cedar Chamber Music since its inception. John was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. As a student he was involved in concert choir, show choir and theater, in addition to competing in many sports. He received his B.A. in Education from the University of Iowa. John was a science teacher and successful coach in the Cedar Rapids Community School District for 33 years, retiring in 2012. Today, he remains busy working for Hughes Nursery and Landscaping. He also enjoys broadcasting high school football games on KGYM radio, and writing curriculum and assessment for the Continuing Education Department at Kirkwood. John is excited to return to his musical and performing arts roots serving as a Red Cedar board member, historical researcher, writer, and spokesperson.
Steve Caves joined Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Board of Directors in 2012. Steve is regional president and division manager of US Bank of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Caves is active in many community and civic organization. He serves on the Tippie College’s Board of Visitors and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Coe College and Waypoint Services for Women. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Kirkwood College Foundation. He received a BBA degree from the University of Iowa in 1975.
As a fine arts educational advocate in our community, Melissa Summers is excited to have joined the Red Cedar Chamber Music board in July 2015. She has worked for the Cedar Rapids Community School District as a music teacher and fine arts curriculum facilitator for over 25 years. She currently is the music and curriculum integration specialist at the newly opened Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet School in Cedar Rapids. Now that she is an “empty nester”, with her son and daughter-in-law in Marion and daughter in Colorado, she also serves as an active board member for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, and the Paul Engle Association for Community Arts. She has served as an adjunct education professor for Mt. Mercy University and has been an instructor and conference presenter for the University of Iowa, Drake University and Area Education Agencies. She has written integrated curriculum teacher guides and lesson plans for area arts education organizations as well as the Kennedy Arts Center and NPR’s, From the Top. Melissa also enjoys being an education committee volunteer for Playtime Poppy Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids and the coordinator of the extensive before and after school educational enrichment programming at Johnson School.
Laura Behrens joined Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Board of Directors in 2012. Laura is the founder and principal of Red Pen Communications in Cedar Rapids, where she works with individuals and business to improve their written communications. She has been a research analyst with Gartner, Inc., and Frank N. Magid Associations, an editor for the news services of the University of Iowa, and a radio and TV reporter, producer, and news director in commercial and public broadcasting. Laura is a long-time member of Chorale Midwest and its chamber singers, as well as the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, the board of the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival and the education committee of Orchestra Iowa. She grew up with jazz and swing as the daughter of a dance-band musician, and has spent her adult life encouraging the musical endeavors of her late husband, William, and their two sons.
Loren H. Horton joined Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Board of Directors in 2014. Loren is a native Iowan. After completing public schools in Murray, he received a B.A. and M.A. from Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa), and a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. All degrees were in History. Horton was a teacher in secondary schools in Toledo, Cedar Falls, and Davenport for 9 years, and was employed by the State Historical Society of Iowa for 24 years, retiring as Senior Historian. He also has been an adjunct instructor at Iowa Wesleyan College and The University of Iowa. Horton is the author of numerous articles and books, most of which are on historical subject, but he is also the author of 5 books of poetry. He has enjoyed music for the past 81 years.
Tom Carroll joined Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Board of Directors in 2016. Tom is a CPA with a PhD from the University of Michigan and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame. He worked as an auditor for Ernst and Whinney in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. Tom joined the University of Iowa in 1989 and for the last twenty-seven years has taught accounting at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He currently directs the Master of Accountancy Program and coordinates the introductory financial accounting course, supervising eleven graduate students. Tom serves on the finance committee for the Regina Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the STO of Southeast Iowa. He and his wife, Patrice, reside in Iowa City. They have two children who are following their dreams in State College, PA and Washington D.C. Much to Patrice’s chagrin, Tom suffers from a severe case of adult onset musicianship confirming his belief in the power of music to change lives.
Charles Munro joined Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Board of Directors in 2011. Charles has been a journalist, manager, industry consultant and educator for over 35 years. He began as a trainee news writer in Detroit and later managed TV news department in New York City and Cincinnati. Charles moved to Iowa to be a news consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates of Marion where he worked with local broadcast journalists in the US and abroad. He founded and managed Magid’s international office in London, England. In 2003, he became a lecturer at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to lecturing in broadcast journalism and media management he also serves as Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and TV Coach for the student-produced newscast Daily Iowan TV. He and his wife Melanie, a piano teacher, reside in Cedar Rapids.
Lyse Strnad began practicing as a general ophthalmologist in Iowa City in 1987. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and serves as an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. She served as President of the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology. In a former life, she played intercollegiate field hockey at Stanford University, and played in the National tournament. She continues to serve Stanford as an Alumni Volunteer Interviewer. Hobbies include horseback riding, mushroom hunting, bee keeping and participating in a book club. She enjoys volunteering for her Church and her boys’ school where she is an officer of the PSTO and also serves as the costume chair for the Show Choir. She spent many evenings in her youth listening to the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. She, her husband, Tom Leavenworth, and two boys enjoy classical music, ballet, opera and musicals. She has enjoyed hearing Red Cedar Chamber Music at the rural outreach venues as well as the MainStage performances. She and her family believe that live performance is a treasured form of human communication, and nothing personifies the intimacy and connection between music and the public like chamber music.