Aaron Cohen

Aaron is a native of Philadelphia now living in Atlantic City and has made a major commitment to the South Jersey business and philanthropic community over the last 10 years.  Presently the longest sitting Trustee on the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Board and the Chair of Development & Fundraising, Aaron is a Past President and has also previously served as Secretary, Vice President and Chair of Strategic Planning.  He is a life-long audiophile, music lover and collector of rare recordings and has pursued numerous activities in the music and musical instrument industries throughout his adult life.  Aaron also maintains a serious collection of guitars and other musical instruments and plays informally on a regular basis with groups in New York City.   

A graduate of Temple University with post-Baccalaureate work in world affairs and history, Aaron is a very active businessman with ownership and leadership in companies in the title insurance, government contracting, medical technology, alternative energy and music/video/stage production industries.  His company Stage Trip Industries has provided audio, video, lighting and streaming services for many events in all kinds of venues and settings with particular focus on the music, medical, automotive, fashion, non-profit gala and private corporate event sectors as well as for private personal celebrations (weddings, etc.).  In medical technology, Aaron is Chief Executive Officer of a company possessing novel patented therapies for degenerative brain diseases and traumatic brain injury and is co-inventor on several pending patents in cancer immunology.  In alternative energy, he advises and represents a company that has devised a unique non-invasive method for mounting solar panels and other technical equipment to commercial and industrial rooftops; and in musical instruments he has advised numerous instrument manufacturers and is presently engaged in the re-launch of a world-renowned brand of jazz guitars after several decades of inactivity.  

Aaron has also served as a long-time Board member of two condominium homeowners associations in PA and NJ and briefly served as interim President of one of them.  He spent many years throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s in the mortgage and mortgage banking industries, has worked from time to time on Jewish causes, and has been a life-long cyclist and martial artist.

Robert Dragotta

For over a decade, Robert Dragotta has been involved in the New York theater world.  He is currently Executive Director for Culture Project a non-profit theater company that operates the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City. His  producing credits include, Girls Night: The Musical and the Late Nite Catechism series with Entertainment Events.  His Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Sarah Jones: Bridge & Tunnel, Shout:The Singing 60’s Musical, Bombay Dreams with Andrew Lloyd Weber, Jewsical the Chosen Musical, We’re Still Hot and White Chocolate. He produced Lorna Luft in Songs My Mother Taught Me at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale and in London’s West End. He co-produced the Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song with Lea Salonga, and was producer of the national tour of Some Like it Hot, starring Tony Curtis.  Robert co-produced the Broadway revival of the hit comedy, Noise is Off, starring Patti Lapone and Peter Gallagher.  Other New York productions include: Minor Demons, Electra, Now Hear This!, Epic Proportions, How to Succeed in Business, The Elephant Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Gary Sinese and Russell Simon’s DEF POETRY

Loretta P. Finnegan, MD

Dr. Loretta P. Finnegan currently is Executive Officer of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and is President of Finnegan Consulting which addresses education, research, and treatment in issues relating to women’s health and perinatal addiction. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in these fields and amongst the first to develop a landmark program providing comprehensive services for drug dependent pregnant/post-partum women and their children. She is also credited with the development of an assessment tool for neonatal opioid abstinence which is used widely in neonatal units in the United States and many other countries. Past positions have included the following: Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University (Ret.), Founder and Former Director of Family Center, Comprehensive Services for Pregnant Drug Dependent Women, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Former Medical Advisor to the Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, DHHS (Ret.). Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Finnegan received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatology at the Philadelphia General Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Division. Dr. Finnegan has three honorary degrees: Doctor of Laws (Chestnut Hill College), Doctor of Science (Ursinus College), and Doctor of Science in Osteopathy (University of New England). Dr. Finnegan has been the recipient of many awards too numerous to mention. Over the past few decades, Dr. Finnegan has authored or co-authored more than 180 scientific publications and has spoken at scientific conferences in the United States and in many international settings where she has given nearly 1000 presentations on topics related to health issues in women and children. She has participated in international symposia, conferences and technical consultations or has been a visiting professor in 32 countries including Italy, France, Ireland, England, Portugal, Canada (Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia), Venezuela, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Sweden, the Philippines, Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide), the Soviet Union, New Zealand (Auckland, Palmerston, North, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch), Scotland, Austria, Norway, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, South Africa, the Republic of Tatarstan-Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Uruguay, Spain, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Current and Past Volunteer Activities include: Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors (President-2012-2014); Drexel University’s Leadership Council for the President (2012-2014); Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Health Education Corporation of Drexel University (2012-2014); Avalon Yacht Club Board of Trustees, Membership Chair (2009-2015); Board of Directors, Avalon Performing Arts Council (President-2014-2016); Board of Trustees, Bay Atlantic Symphony (Fundraising Committee) (2012-present), Avalon Lions Club (2011-present) (Membership Committee). DUCOM Advisory Council to the President (2015-present).

Charles 'Shy' Kramer

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I graduated from Michigan State University in 1953 and it was there - that I met my wife, Janet. Today we have three children all married and seven grandchildren.

During the Korean War I served as a PIO - Pubic Information Officer in Seoul, Korea representing the Korean Communications Zone.

Upon discharge Jan and I made our home in Margate - where I worked as gen- eral manager of Garwood Mills. One of the first discount department stores in the country.

In 1977 - 79 I was the President of Congregation Beth Judah. It was then the largest Jewish congregation in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

I later served as President of the Jewish Family Service Agency.

In 1976 started my own marketing company - focusing on direct marketing in an industry where it was practically non-existant. Shy Kramer & Associates continues to serve clients in that industry across the entire country.

In 1995 I was selected as a “Dean” of the American Wholesale Marketers Associ- ation.

In 1996 I founded and served as publisher of the “Jewish Times” newspaper serving the Jewish communities of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. The paper merged with the “Community Voice” newspaper of Cherry Hill in April 2014.

I have been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony for the past eight years.

Alyce Parker

Alyce Parker is the principal of Alyce Parker & Associates, a public relations, government relations and community relations firm providing pro-bono consulting in the South Jersey and Philadelphia marketplace.  She retired as a regional vice president of public affairs for Harrah’s Entertainment, the world’s largest gaming company after 25 years in the Atlantic City market.

She began her professional career as a legislative aide in the NJ General Assembly and also worked for American Medicorp, Girl Scouts of the USA, Gloucester County government, Cam Glo Newspapers and Gino’s.

Alyce is a graduate of Rowan University with a B.S. in political science and communications and earned a M.A. in administration from Rider University. She serves on the Bay Atlantic Symphony board of trustees, the Rowan University Foundation Board, the Drexel University School of Hospitality and Sports Management advisory board and the American Conference on
Diversity.  She has been active with the SJ Aids Alliance, Atlantic City NAACP, Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association, Bacharach Institute, Chelsea Neighborhood Association, Public Relations Council of Atlantic County, Public Relations Society of America, Ronald McDonald Gala and Woodruff Wildlife Center. She has been honored by many of these organizations.

 She resides in Pittsgrove, Salem County with her husband Michael R. Mazzoni, Esq. and they have two grown daughters and a granddaughter.

Carmine J. Taglialatella

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Carmine J. Taglialatella has been a Trustee of the Bay Atlantic Symphony since 2014.  He is employed with the Department of Labor in Atlantic City and has been since 2009.  Prior to that he was a partner in the law firm of Press & Taglialatella, L.L.C..  He also teaches law related subjects at Stockton University and has since the Fall of 2012.  Taglialatella serves on several Boards for Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, NJ.