CYESO Board Members
Harold Seckinger, 1926 - 2017, Founder and President Emeritus
• Architect, Ret., musician, painter, stained-glass artist, poet, sculptor, writer, farmer.
• Born 1926, Marion County, FL.
• B. A., English Literature, Speech, Sociology, University of Florida, 1950; Architecture study, Columbia University; B. A., Architecture, University of Florida, 1956.
• Life-long wish: to be a band leader—but without contemplation that it would culminate in the Citrus Youth Orchestra.
• Retired as Founding President of CYESO in the Fall of 2016, and is succeeded by Vice-President Rebecca Limehouse.
Angie Gabb, Vice President, Assistant Director of Music
Angie has a vast variety of musical background which began in piano and music theory lessons throughout grade school and high school. She began playing flute in 6th grade and was in her high school and college marching band. She still enjoys playing the flute occasionally for her church family to enhance worship. She also owned her own Kindermusik business from 2004-2011 where she taught music and movement classes to babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents. She believes that music is a very powerful tool and is so happy to be sharing the love of music with children in our community.
Martin Hoffman, Executive Director, and Parent
Born in Pinellas County, FL
Pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Lecanto, FL since 1997
Served as the Executive Director of Covenant Children's Home from 2010 to 2013
Educational Chairman and board member of the Nature Coast Civil War Re-enactment Committee for over 10 years
Married to his high-school sweetheart, Joan, for over 37 years. They have four children and five grandchildren. Two of his children are currently students in CYESO
Joshua Schuyler, Treasurer and Parent
- Dual Bachelor’s Science Degree - Business Finance & Real Estate - State University
- Honors Graduate - Magna Cum Laude
- Accounting Degree - Community College
- Honors Graduate - Magna Cum Laude
- U.S. Marine Corps Veteran 1994 to 1999
- 15 years experience as senior accountant controller (also CPA exam candidate)
- Business Owner Entrepreneur since 14 years old – Currently into Accounting, Bookkeeping, Computer Security
- Did a 13,000 mile, 10 month RV road trip around America with wife and 4 kids when moving from Southern California to Crystal River in 2015/2016
- Interests: Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards, freshwater snorkeling, boating, fishing, off-roading, marksmanship, real estate.
Cheryl Rutledge, Secretary
- B.M. (Magna cum laude), Piano Performance, University of Chattanooga, 1968
- M.A., Music Major & English Minor, Jacksonville (AL) State University, 1973
- Ph.D., Music Education, Piano Pedagogy, Louisiana State University, 1983
- Music Educator, 34 yrs, USA & Taiwan
- Associate Professor of English, 20 yrs, Taiwan
- Academic English Editor, 25 yrs., Taiwan & USA
- Publications: ROTE ‘n’ READ: A Piano Book for the Young Beginner, 1986; Freelance articles in Travel in Taiwan Magazine, 1995 & 1997
Andrea McCray, Director of Donor Relations and Parent
As president Manatee Maven, Inc., Andrea is a fourth-generation Citrus-Countian who brings a wealth of knowledge, education, experience, skills, and direction to her clients. She founded the AKM Consulting firm after serving more than 25 years in various nonprofit leadership capacities, as well as leading a successful corporate career. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics.
Prior to starting Manatee Maven, Inc., Andrea was a lead statistician at Abbott Laboratories in Irving, TX (1998-2000) and was later recruited by Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, TX. From 2000-2005, she worked as a database administrator, SAS programmer and change management specialist. In addition, she was responsible for successfully implementing, maintaining, and documenting the Sarbanes-Oxley controls (Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act) for the entire bank.
While in Texas, Andrea served in leadership capacities at the Dallas Symphony Association and volunteered at the Interfaith Housing Coalition, a nonprofit organization that provides permanent housing and supportive services to families. As a member of the Innovators of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Andrea served in the roles of secretary and then as president for two years, which afforded her the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board of Governors for the Dallas Symphony Association. Andrea also served for three years as a mentor to youth in the Dallas Symphony Young Strings Program. The DS Young Strings program develops the talents of exceptional and underrepresented string players by providing its students with the skills, lessons, opportunities, and resources essential for success both in college and careers in music.
Also, Andrea exercised her entrepreneurial skills and opened her first bakery in Flower Mound, TX in 2004, called Cakes and Creations. Cakes and Creations was recognized as the Number 1 bakery in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for wedding cakes.
In 2005, Andrea relocated to Citrus County, Florida to care for her ailing parents and grandmother. She founded and served as President and CEO for Community Action Foundation of Citrus County (CAFCC). CAFCC offered educational, cultural, and social enrichment programs for youth and families of Citrus County, particularly for the socio-economically disadvantaged and at-risk. Andrea also relocated Cakes and Creations to Crystal River, FL in 2009.
During her tenure in Citrus County, Andrea has planned, produced, and successfully executed several family-oriented initiatives, community events, fundraising drives, and private affairs and parties. Andrea specializes in non-profit "Sponsor/Client" relationships and retention. Andrea has served on the School Advisory Enhancement Council for both Crystal River Primary School and Crystal River High School, the Executive Board for the Citrus County American Cancer Society, the City of Crystal River Planning Commission, Board of Directors for United Way of Citrus County, the Parent Association Council of Seven Rivers Christian School, and Special Events volunteer for Citrus County Blessings. She currently helps with the Annual Citrus County Blessings Halloween Costume Ball. Andrea was awarded the City of Crystal River Mayor’s Award in 2008 and the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Afro –American Club of Citrus County for her dedicated service to the community.
Stephen Lane, Director of Music and Conductor
Music has been a part of my life from an early age. My parents had no formal music training but saw that I received it. What a blessing even though practice was sometimes a chore. Piano Lessons began at 7 years old and cello lessons at 8. I was more disciplined in practicing the cello and became better on that instrument.
My wife played the clarinet through grade school and high school. She played in the University of Missouri marching band and had wonderful experiences sometimes getting to travel for road football games. All three of our children are musicians. Our oldest majored in cello and engineering. Our youngest is majoring in voice and engineering. He also plays the piano quite well. Our middle daughter plays the violin and just received her undergraduate degree in public relations.
Music has given me a great deal of pleasure and afforded many opportunities. They are too numerous to name in this short musical biography. I have had wonderful and talented teachers. During High School I traveled to Europe twice with a youth orchestra from the North Carolina School of the Arts. I have played in a number of different orchestras through the years under the baton of some well-known conductors: Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Iowa Symphony orchestra, Central College Orchestra, Indiana University orchestras and opera orchestra, etc. I was a music major in cello performance for two years at Indiana University before changing my major in preparation of studying for the ministry. Since then I have received two additional graduate seminary degrees. I have been a Lutheran pastor for over 35 years.
I was hired by Central College in Pella Iowa to be an adjunct instructor of cello, play principal cello in their orchestra, and play in a faculty trio (piano, violin, and cello). In addition, my years in Iowa provided the opportunity too perform numerous times as part of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra String Quartet.
Directing the Citrus Youth Educational Symphony Orchestra has been a great joy. Watching my own children learn to love music and grow in proficiency on their various instruments has inspired me to pass this down to other young people.
Jack Moorhouse, Inventory/Instruments and Trumpet Teacher
Teaches Brass -- Began playing trumpet in 1960 (5th grade), served in the Navy in the music program aboard Commander Seventh Fleet flagship. Entertained troops in Viet Nam as well as in the fleet. Served as a firefighter/paramedic for 22 years in a suburb of Chicago. Retired in 2000, with my wife of 42 years,(that’s as of this year, not 2000!), and has one son, and two grandsons. Stunningly average, but happy. Enjoys woodworking, gardening and fishing, not necessarily in that order. Mr. Moorhouse also serves on the Board of Directors for CYESO.
Walter P. Wynn, Jr., Ph.D., Honorary Board Member
Retired CYESO Executive Director
Born Gainesville, Florida
B.S. US Naval Academy with distinction 1959 (one of five Burke Scholars in class of 900)
Ph.D., Cornell University, Engineering Physics, 1965
Commander, USN (Retired) (qualified for command of nuclear submarines)
Retired Program Management, Systems Analyst and Computer Consultant
Citrus County Resident since 1987
Solo chair clarinet in the US Naval Academy Midshipmen Concert Band and the Gainesville High School Band.
Rebecca Montgomery--Honorary Board member
Music has always played a vastly important role in Rebecca's life. A musical background has laid the foundations for various areas of her adult life, from equestrian work to violin-making and piloting. She began playing the violin at age 6, spending the first few years learning the basics from a Citrus County teacher and developing a foundation for further learning. At age 9 she began traveling to Tampa where she played first violin in the Florida All-State Orchestra with some of the State's
finest young performers. The experience of performing with other young musicians, both as a soloist as well as in an ensemble was a very new and incredibly educational experience for her, making a huge impact. A newfound zeal for both ensemble playing and performing prompted Rebecca to search for symphonic experience closer to home. At age 10 she joined the Ocala Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she remained for one season. Always craving more, she auditioned at age12 for her first professional symphonic role as a violinist in the Central Florida Philharmonic. Then a 7th-grader attending Inverness Middle School, she was suddenly faced with a full performance and rehearsal schedule; therefore, she decided to leave the public school system to begin homeschooling. A determined student, she quickly worked toward her GED while absorbing every music history and performance text she could obtain. The Philharmonic led to various other professional symphonic positions in Central Florida. Meanwhile, Rebecca's musical passions had quickly developed into an obsession with Early Music, the historically informed performance of music from pre-Medieval (<1400) to Baroque (1600-1760). Her focus shifted to an early instrument, the Viola da Gamba (not to be confused with the modern viola) and the Baroque Violin. She has performed across Florida as an Early Musician and more recently in Italy, where she spent time traveling and playing in Tuscany.
Holding a great passion for a craft which she learned and developed from age 12, Rebecca spends much of her time as a luthier, making and restoring violins, violas and cellos. In addition to her musical occupations, she is a horsewoman, caring for her family's small horse farm in Inverness. Also an avid pilot, Rebecca earned her Private Pilot license early in 2011, quickly moving through her Instrument Rating. She is now working from her Commercial Pilot license towards her Flight Instructor certificate. The determination and focus required for both a luthier's craft and the exacting skill and
concentration demanded of a pilot have been greatly enhanced by the skills she developed as a young musician. Thus, passing on this advantage to children is a project very close to Rebecca's heart.