Development Staff Directory

The New Jersey Symphony Development staff is ready to help all donors of the New Jersey Symphony! Please contact us by phone or email with any question or request.

Jon Gossett

Interim Vice President of Development

  • Head of Development Department
  • Board of Trustees contributions
  • Leadership gifts
  • Overall department strategic planning

Chari Dawes

Development Associate

  • Employer matching-gift inquiries
  • Giving-history inquiries
  • Gift acknowledgements/tax receipts
  • Open Rehearsal ticket redemption
  • Change of name/address on NJSO records

Karen Duda

Development Assistant & Office Manager

  • Department administrative support

Melissa Futch

Manager of Special Events

  • Information and reservations for galas, receptions and other events
  • Gala ad journal reservations

Barbara Gallo-Compton

Manager of Institutional Giving

  • Corporate and foundation grant proposals and reporting
  • Corporate partner benefits redemption
  • Government funding

Neddie Nather, MS

Individual Giving Officer

  • Donor liaison
  • Amadeus Circle member gift inquiries
  • Major gifts

Ingrid Novak

Director of Institutional Giving

  • Institutional funder liaison
  • Corporate giving
  • Sponsorships
  • Foundation giving
  • Government funding

Renée Pachucki

Associate Vice President of Development

  • New Jersey Symphony fundraising strategy
  • Donor liaison
  • Board of Trustees contributions 
  • General department operations

Megan Powers

Director of Individual Giving

  • Donor liaison
  • Major and leadership gift inquiries
  • Planned giving and Laureate Society member inquiries
  • Individual Giving operations

Allison Whitehall

Manager of Individual Giving

  • Donor liaison 
  • Symphony Friends member gift inquiries 
  • Donation brochures, forms, and online communications
  • Donation inquiries