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Arts groups come together for holiday spectacle

Symphony honors longest serving board member

Article in Appen Media, December 25, 2018

Vicki Horton and Ting Chiu Appointed to JCSO Board of Directors 476 223 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

Vicki Horton and Ting Chiu Appointed to JCSO Board of Directors

Johns Creek, Georgia– The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra announces that Ting Chiu and Vicki Horton have been appointed as the newest members of the orchestra’s Board of Directors.

With the addition of Ms. Chiu and Ms. Horton, the 15-member Board of Directors now includes:

  • Craig Carter, President – Ameriprise Financial
  • Douglas Russ, Vice-President – Premier Logistics Partners, LLC
  • William Abely, Treasurer – Leapfrog Services, Inc.
  • Wayne Baughman, JCSO Music Director
  • Catherine Abely – Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Kevin Brown – Georgia Piedmont Youth Orchestra
  • Ting Chiu — World Financial Group
  • Marianne de Vargas – The Vargas Group
  • Adelaide Federici – JCSO Concertmaster
  • Angela Harvey – Retired Educator
  • Kathy Hoenig – Retired Nurse
  • Vicki Horton, Evergreen Location Strategies
  • Dr. Kathleen Klotz – Physician/Neuroscientist
  • Lyman Louis – Retired Executive, CBS Publishing
  • Monte Nichols – Conductor/Pianist/Vocalist

“We are extremely pleased and fortunate to have Vicki Horton and Ting Chiu on our Board,” remarked Johns Creek Symphony Board President Craig Carter. “They bring an extremely high level of expertise to the organization and we look forward to working with them to benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.”

Back in 2003, Ting Chiu was a contented Montessori teacher. With her caring attitude and devotion to education, this talented, well-educated woman was making a name for herself in her career. An unfortunate event changed her view on life, realizing that people needed basic financial literacy. With the help of World Financial Group, she took up the cause of educating people with financial knowledge and providing solutions to build and protect wealth for families. She quickly evolved into a more decisive, inspirational leader, receiving honors and accolades, because she believes that people can always be helped by teaching them the basics of personal financial strategies.

Ting, who has impeccable personal ethics, with well-developed principles of strong family values, is changing families’ lives in very positive ways and, with her business skills and abilities, has helped others become proponents of financial literacy as well. Indeed, this selfless dedication, hard-work, and single-minded focus on her cause helped Ting get her promotion to Executive Vice Chairman in 2015. She is currently managing over 300 licensed agents across 15 states and serving clients in over 30 states.

She added to her qualifications by receiving her designation as a Certified Financial Educator (CFEd), by becoming a Certified College Planning Consultant, and by becoming a Registered Representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. Ting, highly regarded in her community, is active in her church and is involved in several nonprofit organizations.

Vicki Horton has been a professional site selection consultant for 25 years. She is an entrepreneur and a business owner. Through her businesses she assists her corporate clients with supply chain optimization, entry into the US market, location strategy, community evaluation, site selection, real estate negotiation, and economic development incentive negotiation and collection. She also works with community, regional, and state leadership conducting economic development strategy and implementation plans and funding of projects.

In her 25 plus year career, Vicki has worked for well-known site selection firms including The Austin Company, Fantus Consulting, Deloitte and Touche, SC&H Group, and Crowe Horwath. She also spent a portion of her career as the Director of Network Strategy for a nationally known consumer products company. As Managing Partner with Myriad Partners, she works with communities, assisting them with land use strategy, infrastructure development, community and economic development strategies and funding/financing. In addition, she helps corporate clients and communities establish apprenticeship programs and assists in educating economic development stakeholders. This includes educating public officials on how companies make location decisions and how to develop sound economic development, land use, and infrastructure practices that are specific to their city and support the vision of their residents.

Vicki works with Fortune 100, 500 and middle market companies. Some of her current and past clients include Porsche, Cox Enterprises, PPD, HCA, ConAgra, Hobart, Avery Dennison, Russell Stover, Under Armour, Springs Industries, ADP, Chicos, Simmons, Fisher Scientific, Owens Corning, Gaylord Entertainment, and AOL.

Vicki earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Akron and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University. She is an active member of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), The Association of Operations Management (APICS), The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), International Tax Professionals (ITP) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

She is a part-time professor for International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and teaches annually at Colorado State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of North Carolina. She also is on the faculty of the United States Chamber of Commerce and teaches at University of Georgia. She teaches courses on Site Selection and Economic Development and public/private collaboration.

Vicki is a paid speaker, professor and an award winning published author. Her award-winning book, The One You Feed, is a compilation of short stories, reflection questions and quotes designed to assist in the development of key character traits in children ages 7 to 14. In 2013, The One You Feed won the National Indie Excellence Award in the categories of Young Adult Non Fiction for content and Book Cover Non Fiction.

Now in its twelfth season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, made up of professional musicians from all over the greater metro Atlanta area. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, provides musical enrichment for the community of Johns Creek through a three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.            

 Thanks to our 2018-2019 season supporters:

 

Meet Marianne de Vargas 1024 683 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

Meet Marianne de Vargas

We’re pleased to announce that Marianne de Vargas has been appointed to the JCSO Board of Directors, effective March 15, 2018!

Ms. De Vargas is the 14th member of the JCSO’s Board, joining existing membership:

  • Craig Carter, President – Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
  • Douglas Russ, Vice-President – Managing Partner, Premier Logistics Partners, LLC
  • William Abely, Treasurer – Financial Analyst, Leapfrog Services, Inc.
  • Adelaide Federici, Musician Liaison
  • J. Wayne Baughman, Music Director
  • Catherine Abely – Investment Director, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Kevin Brown – Director of Volunteer Services, Piedmont Hospital
  • Angela Harvey – Retired Educator
  • Kathy Hoenig – Retired Medical Management Advisor, State Farm Insurance
  • Kathleen Klotz – Physician/Neuroscientist
  • Richard Loehn – Retired Executive, Bell South
  • Lyman Louis – Retired Executive, CBS Publishing
  • Monte Nichols – Retired Conductor, Gwinnett Philharmonic

“Marianne has an impressive professional background, as well as a significant history of community service and interest in the arts,” remarked Johns Creek Symphony Board President Craig Carter. “We are thrilled to welcome her to the Board, and we look forward to incorporating her wisdom and ideas into the fabric of our organization.”

Marianne F. de Vargas is a retired clinician, educator and work/family strategies administrator; a trainer, team builder, and fundraiser with more than 20 years’ experience in community, family and educational development. This experience is not limited to supervision, curriculum development, training of trainers and implementation and interaction with educational, family, non-profit, government and business communities.

Ms. de Vargas was educated at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston University and Cambridge College, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a number of post-graduate courses from Lesley College (now, Lesley University in Massachusetts.)

In addition to being a consultant for The Vargas Group, Ms. de Vargas is a published writer and former Adjunct Professor of Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia; developer and President of Work/Family Strategies, Inc., in Fort Myers, Florida; Family Therapist/Educator and Clinical Staff Supervisor at the Ruth Cooper Center for Behavioral Health in Fort Myers, Florida; Manager of Early Childhood Education at the Dimock Community Health Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts; and Clinician and Life Skills Educator for the Futures for Young Parents Program in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Ms. de Vargas has always been involved in community activities and with professional associations, such as the Johns Creek Arts Center, where she served as a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee. De Vargas is a former member and President-elect of the Board of the Georgia Highlands Medical Center. Previous affiliations have included the Curriculum committee of the Lee County School Board, where she chaired the Math/Science Development Project; the Ruth Cooper Behavioral Health Center, chairing the Cultural Competency Committee; the Florida Gulf Coast Writers Association where she was Vice President/Treasurer; the Literacy Volunteers, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Commissioners of Lee County, Florida.

For the past 10 years, Ms. de Vargas has made her home in Forsyth County/Johns Creek where she enjoys continuing community involvement and activities with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends.

Now in its eleventh season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, made up of professional musicians from all over the greater metro Atlanta area. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, provides musical enrichment for the community of Johns Creek through a three-concert series of performances, as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.

Thanks to our season supporters:

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