Staff

Jennifer-Cotner-Jones
Jennifer Cotner-Jones
Executive Director

Responsible for the day to day operations of the Springfield Symphony; primarily for planning organizational and operational needs of the business, organizing the resources to carry out those needs, directing the activities of the administrative staff and volunteers in accomplishing those needs and controlling the use of fiscal and human resources to ensure that the mission statement of the organization is achieved at all times.

Jennifer Cotner-Jones joined the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in April 2019 as Executive Director. Jennifer comes to SSO with over 20 years of non-profit experience. Her passion for serving others has provided her with vast experiences ranging from development, event planning, volunteer recruitment, marketing, and donor relations. Jennifer’s love of music and community brought her to the Springfield Symphony. In her down time, Jennifer enjoys watching Sci-Fi movies, helping her daughter in scholastic hobbies and interests, and playing in her church’s bell choir.

Amanda-Bullock
Amanda Bullock
Executive Assistant

Responsible for the day-to-day administration of all office, clerical and association activities. This includes accurate cash deposit records, reconciling deposits with Finance Manager, taking all season ticket orders, entering sponsorship and advertising contracts, all billing, sending thank you letters for fund drive, sponsorships and advertising pledges. Amanda also acts as the liaison between Hammons Hall box office and the Symphony office. Her main objective for the organization is to provide excellent customer service to its sponsors and patrons.

Amanda Bullock joined the Springfield Symphony in June 2023 as the Executive Assistant. Amanda earned her BA from College of the Ozarks in 2002 and has 20 plus years of Administrative and Executive Assistant experience. Amanda loves to read, hike, and travel.

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Tery O’Shell
Development & Major Gifts Manager

Responsible for developing, managing, implementing and evaluating the overall fund raising programs of the Springfield Symphony. The development manager cultivates sponsorship partners, capital endowment, planned giving and fundraising event initiatives with benefits that help to build lasting relationships with individual and corporate donors providing a variety of gifts and in-kind partnerships to support the Symphony.

Aleksis-Zarins
Aleksis Zarins
Operations Manager

The responsibility of the Operations Manager includes all duties of the personnel manager and librarian, as well as to act as the liaison between management and the musicians through the hiring of substitute and extra musicians; through the coordination of auditions; through accurate record keeping and through the interpretation and communication of all personnel related activities.

Aleksis Zarins is a musician originally from Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from Parkview High School and moved to New York City to explore his passions in music and travel. After eight years of performing with various Broadway musical productions, he returned home to finish his college education at Missouri State University and share his love of music with the communities of Southwest Missouri. He is currently the operations manager at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and performs with numerous artistic organizations in the Springfield/Branson area. In his free time, Aleksis loves to explore art in nature and is thankful to be in an area rich with such opportunities. He is devoted to his darling Amy and in pursuing a future full of music performance and education in the Springfield metro area.

Kaitlyn-Pack
Kaitlyn Pack
Marketing Manager

Responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating marketing campaigns for orchestra and special events, and maximizing the visibility of the orchestra, consistent with SSO policies and long-range goals.

Kaitlyn Pack is the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Marketing Manager. Kaitlyn has a BA of Business in Marketing from Kennesaw State University and completed the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business certificate program while attending. During her time in college, Kaitlyn completed a marketing internship with Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center where she researched and created the layout and RFP for their website redesign. She also completed an internship with The Georgia Ballet where she continued to work for over 8 years with roles such as Administrative Manager and Marketing and Box Office Manager. After a brief break from the arts non-profit world she came back to work as the Operations Manager at Springfield Ballet until she moved to Springfield Symphony Orchestra in April of 2023. Kaitlyn enjoys art in all its forms and enjoys spending time with her husband, four cats, and dog.

Audrey-Yeo
Audrey Yeo
Community Outreach & Development Manager

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