Board of Directors
BARRY F. WILLIAMS
Barry F. Williams has been the Director of the Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development since June 2003. Prior to workforce development, he had a long tenure in the public school systems working in a variety of positions, including principal and Area Executive Officer.
Music has been a lifelong passion for Barry. He was a cantor for over 25 years and has sung in numerous groups including the late Baltimore Symphony Chorus and the Baltimore Masterworks Chorale. He sings with the CAB Symphonic Chorale. Early in his life he was a part of several dinner theatre troupes.
Barry has been the Board Chairman of Concert Artists of Baltimore for the past three years and serves on numerous Workforce and Economic Councils. He is the Board Chair for the Baltimore Area Council Boy Scouts; President of the Workforce Investment Network (WIN); President of the ONOSE; First Vice-President of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Community Health Trust and the Walter’s Art Museum Audience Participation Committee. He is also a guest columnist for the Catholic Review. As a youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was chief of the Order of the Arrow. In 2003 he received the Silver Beaver Award in Scouting.
Barry is a graduate of Loyola College where he earned a Master of Education and completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.
Barry is married and the proud father of two sons and grandfather of one.
BARBARA J. COX
Barbara Cox has been a real estate specialist for the past 17 years and currently is an agent with Yerman, Witman, Gaines & Conklin Realty.
Prior to joining YWGC Realty, Barbara headed up acquisitions for in Maryland, D.C. and Virgina for United Stor-All Centers, was a vice president at Colliers Pinkard in Baltimore, MD, co-founder of SpaceManager in Baltimore, CAD director at Design Collective in Columbia, MD, staff architect at CS&D Architects in Baltimore and corporate services analyst at Alex Brown & Sons in Baltimore.
In addition to being a member of the Board of Concert Artists of Baltimore, Barbara has been a chair member of the CAB Gala Committee for 20 years.
Barbara has served on the boards of Theatre Project, Women in Film and Video and the Junior League of Baltimore. She is currently president of the board of The South African Lacrosse Project, a non-profit founded by her sons, Kip and Harrison Hart that is organized for charitable purposes and the advancement of education by implementing and coordinating a lacrosse program in South Africa for at-risk youth, and assisting in the development and promotion of HIV prevention programs for orphans in South Africa.
Originally from Irvington, N.Y., Barbara received her B.S. in Architecture and her Bachelor of Architectural History from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar and Lawn resident.
Barbara got involved with Concert Artists of Baltimore in 1988 and has been an avid volunteer ever since. She loves music and enjoys sharing Concert Artists with all of her friends and family. Barbara’s mother was a member of the Gala Committee and now her brother is a member of the board and her two sons have been on the Gala Committee. It’s a family affair!
Mitch Nelson hails from the rural mid-west and moved to Baltimore after earning his architectural degree in 1977 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. His educational career included a year of study at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Versailles, France.
Mitch obtained his architectural license in 1984 and in 1985, joined Rubeling & Associates as a Managing Architect. Since then, Mitch has been an associate of the firm.
In addition to overseeing the inception of the firm’s CADD operation, Mitch has been involved in managing a variety of projects ranging from government and industrial to medical centers and multi-purpose buildings.
He has been an active member of Construction Specification Institute since 1997, including chairing committees and serving on the board of the Baltimore Chapter. He has obtained and maintains certifications with CSI as a Construction Specifier and a Construction Contract Administrator.
Mitch and his wife, Anne, are the proud parents of a grown daughter who resides in the Baltimore area. Mitch and Anne are inveterate travelers. Mitch has visited nearly all 50 states and over 25 foreign countries in his pleasure travels.
Ed Adkins was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and returned to Maryland in 1969 to earn a law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. He has practiced law in Baltimore since 1974 and has been a Principal at the law firm of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. since 1981.
Ed lives with his wife, Cheryl, in Anne Arundel County and has two daughters, who were adopted as infants from Chile and who are now married and live close by. Ed and his wife are classical music lovers who have been subscribers to almost all of the subscription series at the Baltimore Symphony for many years.
Mr. Cox is national sales manager for The Townsend Group, in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to moving to Baltimore in 2005, Mr. Cox lived with his family in Moscow, Russia, where he was founder and director of Passport Media, and served as publisher of an English-language city magazine for expatriates. While living in Russia, he also served on the boards of several local non-profits.
Prior to moving to Russia, Mr. Cox lived in Baltimore for five years, where he started American Building Supply, to export U.S.-manufactured building materials to Russia. In the early 1990’s, he lived in Aspen, Colorado, where he and a partner founded The Aspen Youth Experience, a non-profit set up to bring at-risk, inner-city and Native American youth to the Rocky Mountains for life-skills training and leadership programs.
Mr. Cox has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Richmond, and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and three children. He has served as a member of the Concert Artists Board since 2006.
Jeannie Jacobs is married to Dr. Stephen Jacobs and the mother of three. She and her husband currently reside in Lutherville MD. Jeannie has been singing her entire life. On moving to Baltimore, she auditioned for and joined the Baltimore Symphony Chorus as Soprano section leader. Jeannie has also served as soprano in several area churches. Jeannie is an active volunteer in the Baltimore community and sings in the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale.
BARRY D. BERMAN
Born and bred in Baltimore, Barry is married to Linda Berman and very proud of two fine sons and twin grandchildren. Barry is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland School Of Law. Although he is a CPA, he has been in the full-time practice of law since 1963, most of which was with Weinberg and Green and Saul, Ewing. He is presently Of Counsel to the Baltimore law firm of Thomas & Libowitz, P. A. A business and tax attorney, he specializes in employee benefits law.
After family, Barry’s life-long interests are music, aviation and travel. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1982 and is presently a Director Emeritus. He sang with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus throughout the 30 plus years of its existence, most of those being under Ed Polochick’s leadership. As a member of the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Barry continues to sing under Ed’s direction, and he also sings with Baltimore Choral Arts.
When asked why he accepted the offer to become a member of the Board of Directors of Concert Artists of Baltimore, he replied: “In the 30 or so years that I have known Ed Polochick, I have seen with my own eyes just how gifted he is and how lucky we are to have him as an important part of the Baltimore and Maryland music scene. I am honored to have the opportunity to do anything I can to help spread the word and his music.”
HOWARD S. DOWNING JR.
Born in Boston and raised in Baltimore.
Downing had his own architectural firm in Baltimore which specialized in college and university buildings, public buildings, museums, and performing arts centers. CAB performs in Gordon Center and Peabody which were designed by Downing.
Downing was the first male to audition for the Baltimore symphony Chorus in 1969, where he sang for 22 years.
He was on the original CAB Board when it was first founded in the 1980’s. He resigned in 1990 to spend more time with my firm and to spend more time with his wife Dottie, as they had just gotten married.
After retiring from his firm in the early 2000’s he rejoined the Board of CAB.
Downing became active on the Board at L’Hirondelle Club, the oldest club in Maryland, and recently served as its president of the Board of Governors.
He and his wife Dottie spend at least 2 months per year traveling.
A successful entrepreneur and distinguished journalist, Daniel Medinger is a member of the board of directors of Concert Artists of Baltimore.
Daniel is committed in supporting performing arts in our community. He has a special interest in making classical music accessible, especially to youth.
Daniel is the president of Advertising Media Plus, a full-service media and communications agency.
A graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Daniel started his communications career in 1977. He is actively involved in media activities nationally and internationally. He is also a presenter on communications issues throughout the United States.
Daniel has received numerous awards for writing, editing, design, promotion and marketing from press associations and other groups. His newspapers have perennially received numerous awards in competitions for newspapering excellence.
Married to his wife, Patti, for 38 years, they have two adult children and three granddaughters.
Prior to being appointed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in 2004, Judge Meredith was an attorney in a private practice focusing on business litigation, as well as, contract and real estate matters. He has also been active as a leader in professional associations, he has served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and has served as president of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association and the Anne Arundel Bar Foundation. He received his B.A. in economics from Western Maryland College and his J.D. from the Duke University Law School. A former member of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, he also sings with the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale.