Board of Directors
Maury Brown, President
Maury Brown served the Agency for International Development as Director of Data Processing and Director of Development Information. He founded and chaired the International Network for Development Information Exchange which comprised more than 90 government and international agencies. Since retirement in 1998 he has been a management consultant to the World Bank and several private companies working in international development.
Mr. Brown holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in international relations from Syracuse University and New York University. He is a graduate of the Erie (PA) Conservatory of Music where he studied musical theory and composition. He was selected as first chair clarinet and saxophone to the Northwest Pennsylvania District Band two years in succession. He developed his musical talents into a lifelong avocation, attending musical performances in many parts of the world. Mr. Brown joined the Amadeus Board in 2005 and also serves on the Board of OAR, a non-profit organization providing rehabilitation services to inmates at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center. Mr. Brown actively mentors inmates at that facility.
Mrs. Murphy recently retired as Assistant Vice President for Research & Economic Development/Director of Technology Transfer at George Mason University. She also served as Executive Director of George Mason Intellectual Properties, Inc. (GMIP), a non-profit corporation established to manage the university’s intellectual property. Ms. Murphy has been an enthusiastic supporter of and donor to the Amadeus Concerts for many years. She has served on the Board of Directors for three years. She is an active volunteer and lay eucharistic minister at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls where she was Senior Warden from 1991 to 1993. Currently she chairs the Stewardship Committee at St. Francis.
Sozeen Mondlin, Secretary
Sozeen Mondlin is Associate General Counsel and Director of Compliance for The MITRE Corporation (“MITRE”). MITRE is a systems engineering and information technology company that works in the public interest on defense and intelligence, aviation system development, homeland security, and federal sector modernization. Ms. Mondlin is responsible for MITRE’s ethics and compliance program and is its first Director. She also is responsible for advising management on employment law and employee relations and for oversight of the company’s litigation.
Ms. Mondlin recently resumed studying the piano and takes particular delight in accompanying her daughter, a viola player. Ms. Mondlin is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School.
Ellen Spin, Treasurer
Ms. Spin has had a career for many decades as an English teacher and Upper School Head Librarian in a series of intellectually challenging public and private schools. Her interest in classical music began from the cradle and blossomed in Brooklyn College. She has degrees from Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute. Ms. Spin plays the piano for enjoyment and has sung in various choruses over the years. Concert attendance has always been part of her life, with an emphasis on chamber music. She has been an enthusiastic volunteer Librarian at the US Memorial Holocaust Museum.
Her personal involvement with small orchestras began in Westchester County, New York, with The Philharmonia Virtuosi. When she moved to the DC-Maryland area in 2001, she enjoyed subscriptions to various concert series. By a lucky coincidence, she re-found a friend from her K-12 years nearby, whose husband, Maury Brown, is president of the Board of the Amadeus Concerts. Ms. Spin became a subscriber. She joined the Board in May of 2017. She is delighted to have a role in working with an orchestra whose missions includes bringing classical music to the local schoolchildren, as well as its Emerging Artist Program.
Benjamin Hobart (Hobie) Audet
Hobie Audet retired in 2004 from a 36-year career with the federal government as a physicist and operating systems programmer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy and the Department of the Army. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree (High Honors in Physics) from the College of William and Mary in 1968.
Mr. Audet became associated with Amadeus Concerts through his wife Mary Audet. Together they have managed and coordinated the post-concert receptions for several years. They live in Rockville, MD.
Dr. Sanford Brotman
Retired from private dental practice in Alexandria after 42 years, Dr. Brotman writes the program notes for the Amadeus concerts. His history of community work goes from the 1960s to the present day, including the Alexandria Dental Clinic, a resettlement committee for Russian Jewish refugees, Northern Virginia Dental Society Patient Relations Committee, and assistance with Afghan refugees after the Russian invasion. Currently Dr. Brotman volunteers at the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, teaches basic literacy to adults, and is, in his own words, “maybe the oldest undergraduate (non-degree) at George Mason University.”
Karen Butler has lived in Great Falls for 40 years, 37 of which she shared with her recently
deceased husband, Neil. Six years ago, she retired after having been a librarian for Fairfax
County for 24 years. After that, Karen volunteered at the Great Falls library. She graduated
from Colby College in 1963. Karen is a member of St. Francis Episcopal church. Her interests
include gardening, reading, art history, and classical music.
Antonio Gayoso joined the Amadeus board in 2009. Mr. Gayoso is an agricultural economist with long experience in foreign assistance programs and microfinance. He was a member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently an adjunct professor of microfinance at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He also taught microfinance at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and was an assistant professor at the University of Florida. Mr. Gayoso spent most of his professional career at the US Agency for International Development and the Department of State and, later, as Washington Executive Director of the World Council of Credit Unions. For more than 10 years he prepared and conducted radio programs on economic issues broadcasted to Cuba and Latin America on a weekly basis by Radio Marti, Voice of America. He is currently a senior consultant in USAID. Mr. Gayoso is past president of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy and past chair of the Board of the World Hunger Education Service and remains an active member of both Boards.
Sue Thomas Golan grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where she began playing the piano at age eight. She subsequently studied with a graduate of the Juilliard School, then an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music who headed the piano department of the University of Kentucky. Sue also sang with the University Chorus and Summer Opera chorus. She traveled to Germany and later graduated with a degree in German. She met Amnon Golan, an Israeli who shared her love of classical music and opera. Sue worked as a mathematical typist at Harvard University during Amnon’s graduate study, then raised their three sons as Amnon covered the globe with the World Bank. Sue is currently involved in activities at the Smithsonian and Arena Stage; both she and Amnon continue to travel extensively worldwide.
Retired as an Executive at TRW (now Northrop Grumman), Mr. Hardisty was involved in systems engineering involving spacecraft, the FAA and Fingerprint identification. For the last ten years he has volunteered as Chief/Assistant Chief for the Fairfax County Election Board. He played the flute and later studied voice (he is a tenor). He has a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Harvard University.
Mr. Kelly is a recently retired consultant with the Hay Group, a global human resources management consulting firm. Before joining the Hay Group, he had over 30 years of professional experience at the federal, state, and local levels, with international organizations, a non-profit trade association, and in the private sector. He has also held adjunct teaching appointments at universities in New England. Mr. Kelly has been in elected leadership positions at the local and regional levels of one of his professional societies and at the neighborhood commission level of a local government. He has won awards from the federal government for his work in historic preservation and urban design and from one of his professional societies for the design of a new federal program. Mr. Kelly has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University. Mr. Kelly has had a lifelong interest in classical music: in addition to his membership on the Board of Amadeus Concerts, he and his wife have been active supporters, volunteers, and donors for many years.
Paul Mutino has served as legal counsel for numerous commercial IT companies in the Washington, D.C. area. He also has served as legal counsel for not-for-profit organizations such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and for the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Mutino currently is in-house legal counsel for the Mindbank Consulting Group, LLC in Reston, Virginia. He is a long time supporter of Amadeus Concerts and resident of Great Falls, Virginia, the community to which Amadeus Concerts traces its origins.
Seth Arenstein, Advisor to the Board
Seth Arenstein was a founding board member of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, serving that group for nearly twenty-five years. He also was a board member of the Washington Conservatory of Music for nearly fifteen years. Mr. Arenstein held officer positions on both boards, including Chairman.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Arenstein earned an M.A. from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University. As an undergraduate, he matriculated at The University of Manchester (U.K.). During graduate studies, he earned a diploma in International Relations at The Bologna Center of The Johns Hopkins University in Italy.
An award-winning journalist, Mr. Arenstein currently is a television critic, contributing weekly columns to CableFAX Daily, as well as periodic blogs at cablefax.com. A member of the Television Critics Association (TCA), he reports from Hollywood twice yearly. In addition, he freelances as a journalist, editor, grant writer and speechwriter. He is a Consulting Senior Advisor at Plexus Consulting Group, LLC, of Washington, D.C., specializing in New Media, Media and Strategic Communications.
Arenstein spent more than twenty years in Media, including 15 years with Phillips Publishing International and more than ten as Assistant Vice President and Editorial Director of Access Intelligence, LLC, an integrated Media and Events company based in Rockville, MD, which succeeded Phillips. He was Access Intelligence’s most-awarded journalist.
In his spare time, Seth Arenstein plays trumpet in the Washington Conservatory of Music Orchestra and in jazz combos. He studies and performs at the Washington Improv Theater (WIT). Arenstein does lighting and sound for numerous WIT shows at the Source Theater in Washington, D.C.
Nicole Powlison, Executive Administrator
Executive Administrator Nicole Powlison received her master’s and doctorate in historical musicology from Florida State University. Her dissertation, “Amy Beach’s Cabildo: An American Opera,” presents a historical context and critical edition of the composer’s unpublished opera. Her research interests also include the history of opera in the United States, music publishing, and music history pedagogy. She lectures on music history at local universities, and is Operations Manager at the Arlington Philharmonic.