Free Daily Headlines


Set your text size: A A A

HSO names executive director, new president

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra has named Bill Humleker as its first executive director and Turner Rouse as office administrator and expanded its Board of Directors to 21 members, the symphony announced.

Humleker has taken on the role as executive director after serving for many years in a volunteer capacity for the symphony, including two terms as president.
"I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve the HSO," Humleker said. "I have enjoyed many years of being an involved audience member and board member; now I have the chance to be involved on a day-to-day basis."
A native of Fond du Lac, Wisc., Humleker and his wife, Jana, moved to Hendersonville in 1982 when he was transferred here with Daniels Packaging (Printpack). He has been a teacher, stockbroker, corporate worker and office manager. He is a columnist for the Hendersonville Lightning.
New board members appointed at the July meeting were Craig Dangerfield, Jules Hagymassy, Rita McConnell Hood, Susan Laborde, Debbie Patrick, John Veazey, and Cindy Walker. Here are the members:


  • Jules Hagymassy, newly appointed president of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra board, has been an active member of the Friends of the Symphony for years. Alongside his wife, orchestra musician Cheryl, Jules has seen tremendous value in the benefits the Symphony provides to the community. His career involved successfully leading R&D and business organizations of large and small companies in North America, and Asia.
  • A native of Greenville, S.C., Dangerfield has lived in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Raleigh before retiring to Laurel Park in 2012. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he has worked at MCI Telecommunications and Fidelity Investments. While in Raleigh, Craig served for two years on the North Carolina Symphony Corporate Development Board and two years on the Board of Directors.
  • Rita McConnell Hood, the general manager for Lake Pointe Landing and The Bridge at Lake Pointe Landing, is an active volunteer in the community, serving on the American Red Cross Board, Rotary of Hendersonville, and member of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Susan Laborde has made Hendersonville her home since 1991 with her husband, Dr. Robert P. Laborde, and their three daughters. Susan is the practice coordinator for Laborde Eye Group, a group ophthalmology practice. She has been a community volunteer, serving on various Henderson County non profits, including Helping Hand Developmental Center, Children and Family Resource Center, both local hospital foundations, Flat Rock Playhouse Foundation, the Arts Council of Henderson County, and the Land O' Sky Garden Club.
  • Debbie Patrick, the director of Business Development for Boys Arnold & Company, has volunteered her time in the community and with several non-profit organizations since 1999, including Immaculata Catholic School PTO, Junior Welfare Club, Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre Spotlighters Guild, Pardee Hospital Foundation, Hendersonville Country Club and First United Methodist Church.
  • John Veazey joined the Van Winkle Law Firm in 2008, focusing his practice on estate planning and administration. He previously served two years as a clerk for North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby. Additionally, he served two years on the staff of the North Carolina Law Review including one year as an articles editor. In 2012, John was recognized as a 40 Under Forty member.
  • Cindy Walker, a Hendersonville native, is an active community volunteer. Married to Dr. Paul C. "Chip" Walker, Cindy and her husband have two children, Stephen and Marilee, and are members at First United Methodist Church.