Our volunteer Board of Directors works hard to provide classical music to the public. Any of the Directors can be contacted by emailing .
Fred Sautter, President
Lifelong professional musician, Fred Sautter is retired from service in the Oregon Symphony and continues to travel as a soloist to wonderful places like Costa Rica and Portugal. His teaching is well known from his long list of successful trumpeters in many places. Author, Master Teacher, Gardener, a commitment to the Environment, 5 children with 7 grandchildren, Fred keeps busy.
His commitment to the Portland Festival Symphony came about because of friendships but even more because he is experienced in negotiations, organizational techniques, visionary planning and healthy transition approaches. It is the last area that prompted Fred to serve, knowing that the PFS has benefitted by 34 years of excellent leadership by Lajos Balogh; and carrying on this tradition would require advanced understanding of these continuing needs along with a passion and vision for the future.
Kelley Stember, Treasurer
Director of Partnerships, Care Partners
Kelley is an accomplished sales and management professional with over 25 years of sales and strategy execution in public sector accounts, partnership building, retail management and marketing in a variety of industries. A change agent, she achieves outstanding results delivering top line revenue, over-achieving growth and retention targets, and meeting profitability goals. As a strategic account manager, Kelley is adept at contract negotiations and building long-term executive and C-level relationships. She has marketing, advertising and public relations experience on both agency and client sides. Kelley graduated from Brown University with a BA in English. She currently works as the Director of Healthcare Partnerships at Care Partners Hospice & Palliative Care. When not working, you’ll find her playing soccer, skiing or in a dragon boat on the Willamette River.
Al Niknabard, Secretary
Account Management Director, City Center Parking
Al Niknabard immigrated to United State in 1984 from Iran. He lived in Eugene, Oregon for approximately 5 years and has been in Portland since 1988. He has been with City Center Parking since his arrival in Portland. He is directly involved in all operational components of CCP. Al enjoys several different hobbies including playing music, sculpting, biking, motorcycles and occasional one-off artistic endeavors. Al works closely with CCP clients to achieve objectives outlined for each of the properties we operate. Having been involved in the business community through his work at CCP, Al has established many strong relationships in the community and is very familiar with Portland’s business and community objectives.
Gregory Vajda, Music Director
Portland Festival Symphony
Hailed as a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette after conducting the Montreal Symphony in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartun, Gregory Vajda has fast become one of the most sought-after conductors on the international scene. In 2011, he was appointed the sixth music director of the Huntsville Symphony.After a three-year tenure as Principal Conductor, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Hungarian Radio symphony in 2014. Mr. Vajda is also the Artistic Director of the International Armel Opera Festival. Former Resident Conductor with the Oregon Symphony, Vajda maintains a busy schedule of guest conducting engagements around the world.
Mr. Vajda is also a gifted clarinetist and composer and was honored with the Zoltán Kodály State Scholarship for composers (2000). Born in Budapest, Mr. Vajda studied conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
Lajos Balogh, Founder & Music Director Emeritus
Oregon Festival Symphony
Lajos is the Founder and past Music Director of Portland Festival Symphony. He was born in Hungary and studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, as well as in Munich and Hamburg. Maestro Balogh has been an active member in Oregon’s classical orchestra community. He spent many years as Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony and is a former member of both the Portland Opera Orchestra and the North Coast Chamber Orchestra. He was the founding Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and is a past faculty member at Marylhurst University.
A native Oregonian, Dolores D’Aigle started violin lessons at Portland’s Hayhurst Elementary School and later lived in Chicago where she studied with Edgar Muenzer of the Chicago Symphony and was co-concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She attended Northwestern University on academic and music scholarships. After earning her B.M. from Northwestern University, Dolores spent two seasons with the Florida Symphony and four years with the San Antonio Symphony. She studied with Stephen Clapp at University of Texas in Austin and was a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. In 1978, Dolores returned to Portland to become assistant principal second violin of the Oregon Symphony, a position she held for 33 years. In addition to the violin, Dolores teaches and performs on organ, viola, and piano.
Dolores had a long association with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, organizing rehearsals, international tours, revamping organizational structure and serving on its executive board. She is Vice President of the local musicians union and has served on several Oregon Symphony negotiating teams and as a player representative. Dolores is a state-certified mediator, speaks German and Hungarian, and relaxes by swimming, hiking, and camping in the beautiful Oregon countryside.
Communications Coordinator, West Multnomah SWCD
Carolyn has worked in communications and development for the past 13 years and currently works as Communications Coordinator for West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. She brings an extensive background in media relations and communications. Carolyn spent 25 years as a broadcast journalist, primarily in radio news, followed by a second career in communications, particularly involving media and public relations, event planning, and development.
Carolyn holds a Broadcast Communications degree from Oregon State University and is completing a degree in Arts & Letters with a minor in music from Portland State University. She has also taught radio writing and reporting at Mt. Hood Community College. Carolyn also is a voice talent for commercial and in-house productions. She has an extensive background serving on and leading a variety of non-profit and trade association boards. A flute player and singer, Carolyn has a long history of vocal performance in a variety of choral organizations.
Attorney, Neese Law Office, LLC
Paul Neese is a lawyer in Clackamas County, whose primary work is representing parents and children in juvenile dependency cases, and youth in juvenile delinquency cases. For five years, he was an Assistant General Counsel at the Oregon State Bar, where his work focused on legal ethics and professionalism. Prior to this, Paul was at MDI representing parents and children in Multnomah County. He also handled cases in the Grand Ronde Tribal Court.
Paul received his B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. He is a member of the Clackamas County Bar Association, and has held various positions in the American Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, and the Oregon New Lawyers Division. He also serves as a mentor for the Oregon State Bar’s New Lawyer Mentoring Program.
He speaks Cambodian (Khmer) and Lao, and a bit of French. He has played the piano since a young age, has informally studied organ, and has sung as a tenor with Oregon Repertory Singers for a number of years. Paul and his family have lived in the Portland area since 2002, and he is the lucky father of two amazing sons.