White Plains, NY…The Westchester Philharmonic’s Board of Directors elected Numa Rousseve to be its next Chairman, and Christina Maurillo as Treasurer. Mr. Rousseve succeeds longtime Chair Millicent Kaufman, who was named Chair Emerita. Vice Chairs Mary D. Neumann and Murray Stahl continue in those roles.
Mr. Rousseve joined the Philharmonic board in 2017 and has served as Treasurer for the past year. Numa and his wife Kaaren attended the orchestra’s first performance in 1983, and have remained involved with the Westchester Philharmonic as donors, subscribers, and through volunteer work in the office. Numa has served as President of the Greenburgh Board of Education, as well as president of the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association. An avocational singer, Mr. Rousseve has been a member of the Westchester Choral Society serving as its treasurer and president.
In his youth Rousseve was the first black Jesuit seminarian in the New Orleans Province, later teaching English and speech at Jesuit High School in Dallas, and earning a New York State Herbert Lehman fellowship at NYU. In 1970, he switched careers and entered the commercial bank lending industry with Bankers Trust Company. He ended his long and successful professional banking career at HSBC Bank in 2012.
“I am deeply honored to be named chair of this wonderful organization,” said Mr. Rousseve. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to grow our attendance among all age groups, and to expanding the financial support necessary to keep this incredible orchestra alive and well, for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.”
Ms. Maurillo, who also joined the board in 2017, is a Financial Planner at Barnum Financial Group. She earned her MBA in Finance from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and completed an Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is active with the Etchells Class Association and belongs to the Oakcliff Sailing Center where she competes in national and international sailing competitions.
“As with all not-for-profit performing arts organizations,” said Ms. Maurillo, “the Westchester Philharmonic is challenged to ensure it has sufficient resources to serve its community with the integrity and excellence for which it has become known. I am delighted to join the leadership team and to helping this deserving orchestra any way I can.”
Ms. Kaufman, who attended the Westchester Philharmonic’s very first concert in 1983, joined the board in 1990 and presided as chair through two separate tenures. She will remain on the board with the newly conferred title of Chair Emerita. At its meeting, the board unanimously adopted the following resolution: “In recognition of her years of dedicated work as president and chair of the Westchester Philharmonic Board of Directors, it is hereby resolved that we create the position of Chair Emerita to be held by Millicent Kaufman so long as she is a director, with the great appreciation of her fellow board members.”