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Northern Neck Orchestra adds board members

The Northern Neck Orchestra (NNO) recently elected Robert Hood of Merry Point, Cary Schneider of Irvington and Joseph Warren of White Stone to its board of directors.

“We are pleased to welcome these accomplished individuals to the board at a time of exciting change for the orchestra,” said chairman Ammon G. Dutton Jr. “They bring a variety of professional skills, diverse life experiences and deep appreciation of classical music that will benefit the orchestra and further enrich the cultural life of the region.”

The next performances of the Northern Neck Orchestra, featuring compositions by Brahms, Mahler, Ravel and Schubert, will be March 19 at St. Clare Walker Middle School in Locust Hill and March 26 at Northumberland High School in Heathsville.

Hood enjoyed a long career in corporate finance, including positions as corporate controller and chief financial officer at major corporations, many in the San Francisco Bay area. His responsibilities included managing controllership, planning, treasury and investor relations at McGraw-Hill, Xerox, Liberty Financial Services, Itel, Raychem and Qume.

Prior to retiring, he was executive vice president, chief finance and administrative officer at Excite. Hood serves on the board of Livermore, Calif.-based McGrath RentCorp.

He has a bachelor’s in economics from Bates College and an MBA in economics and finance from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

An avid sailor, Hood and his wife recently became full time residents of the Northern Neck, moving from Pebble Beach, Calif.

Schneider was executive vice president of the Insurance Information Institute in New York City, where he developed and implemented communications programs for the association of auto, home and business insurance companies. He was responsible for supervising consumer education programs, media relations, web and social media activities and publications.

He previously was assistant news secretary to Illinois Governor Dan Walker. He also was a reporter for Chicago Today and the Peoria Journal-Star newspapers. Articles written by Schneider have appeared in Film Comment, ESPN Magazine the Paris Metro and Actuarial Review.

He has served on the boards and committees of several insurance organizations and is a member of the Irvington Village Improvement Association.

Schneider received a bachelor’s in history from Cornell College and an master’s in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A native of St. Louis, he is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Before moving to Irvington, Schneider and his wife lived in New York City and Montclair, N.J.

Warren worked in senior management positions at several major corporations. He was in charge of manufacturing management at Coats & Clark, vice president of operations at Navidyne Corporation and superintendent of logistics at General Foam Plastics.

He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility at Canon, working first in manufacturing management, becoming director of a new business start-up for the company and later serving as executive vice president and corporate officer for the company at its New York headquarters.

Warren has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. They include the Hampton Roads Civic Ballet, Avenues to Independence in Park Ridge, Ill., the Ray Graham Association for Individuals with Disabilities in Lisle, Ill. and Illinois Growth Enterprises in Rockford, Ill.

Born in Portsmouth and raised in Hampton, Warren received a bachelor’s in economics from Old Dominion University.

After a 22-year absence, the Warrens returned to their home state where they now live at their Windmill Point home along with a growing family of farm animals, including two Texas Longhorn calves. The youngest of their four children, George, lives with them on an occasional basis as he completes his senior year at the Eastman School of Music.

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