Burning River Baroque Welcomes Our New Board

Are you interested in being on our board? Fill out this application and contact us!

President  |  Malina Rauschenfels is currently serving as interim President until a suitable board member can be elected. She also serves as co-artistic director with Paula Maust and manages contracts for musicians, venues, and occasional designers, photographers, etc. Additionally she manages booking, scheduling, budgets, promotion and accommodations for artists.

Treasurer  |  David W Elbrecht, CPA is currently serving as interim Treasurer. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry from Valparaiso University and Master of Accountancy from Cleveland State University. He is a financial analyst in the Retailer Contract Administration division of American Greetings. Prior to receiving his MAcc, Dave managed concert operations for the Wisconsin Philharmonic of Waukesha, WI. He continues to perform in various amateur ensembles, including the Parma Symphony Orchestra (Contrabass) and choir at St Paul Lutheran Church in Westlake (Tenor).

Secretary  |  A Cleveland-based freelance editor and clinical social worker, Shari Nacson specializes in consultations & presentations in child development. A contributing writer at 500 Pens: An Anti-Hate News Project; Safe and Sound Schools; The Heights Observer; and various parenting blogs, Nacson enjoys pro bono social work service, public speaking, and giving technical assistance to nonprofit organizations. She has been the Board President of Caring Cubs since 2014.

My name is DeBorah (not the familiar pronunciation) and I am a paralyzed veteran ( also a member of the Cleveland chapter of PVA) that advocated for persons with disabilities as Miss WHEELCHAIR Ohio in 1997. The advocacy work focus changed after I began homeschooling my youngest son (of 5 kids) which took 14 years (+lots of prayer & patience)
        Since 2005 I've been a freelance Voice Over Artist for BlogTalk radio & Cleveland Independent films while lending my voice as a volunteer for the visually impaired through  the non profit organization,  AIRS-LA.Org.
        I'm certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader and Reiki level II practitioner.
        As a registered minister in the State of Ohio I also volunteered to help persons make positive transitions regarding their spiritual journey.
        Today I lend  my time and voice helping with social media for nonprofit organizations while providing a voice for new Authors to produce audio books who will occasionally write a poem or two.
        Fun Fact: After growing up in foster care my birth mother found me and told me that I am Jewish. (Been very interesting) 

Stephen J. Fopeano is a former cello student of Ms. Rauschenfels and is retired after a career in psychiatric nursing and health care administration. Many years ago he earned a BA in Philosophy from SUNY at Buffalo and a BSN in Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. There were no computers, internet, or cell phones then and wheels were square.

        He joins the Board out of appreciation for the music, the artists and the mission and looks forward to providing operational support wherever needed.

        At a strictly amateur level, he built a synthesizer based home recording studio, now hopelessly outdated. His family endured many holiday gift CD's.

        He rescued an abused cello 20 years ago and does not regret the time and money spent rehabilitating her. "Bella" was born in the 1860's in Saxony. Unfortunately he does not practice enough to make her sound as good as she is capable.

        Outside of music, he has an off grid cabin in Appalachian southeast Ohio and has been known to play Bella on the front porch.

Audrey Hudak is a Public Administration professional. She works for the department of Government and Community Relations for the Cleveland Clinic. She manages large and timely health topic task forces. She is also involved in the Cleveland Young Professional Senate, Cleveland Clinic GOAL, and Trinity Cathedral 20s/30s. Audrey has always been a performer, vocally and instrumentally. She currently is a member of the Trinity Cathedral Choir. ​

Zoe Neely is a current senior at Hawken School.  She has studied piano for approximately nine years and has been a student of Dr. Sean Schulze at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) for the past three years.  She has attended summer programs such as the Kent State Piano Institute and Summer Sonata at the CIM.  In addition to her solo career, she is also involved in chamber music.  She has been a member of the ZAO piano trio for the past two years and in 2016 attended the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Program with her group. At her school she has played in the pit orchestra for the past two years.  She played guitar in Seussical and piano during their rendition of Les Miserables.  Ms. Neely's interest in music composition led her to attend the Young Composers Program at CIM in 2016 and write the original score for a promotional film she made for Inspiral Motion Gyrotonic Studio.  She has also written the score for a short-film entitled “The Hitchhiker.”  Her non-musical interests include writing, art, and animating.  She was runner up in the Power of the Pen State Poetry contest in 2015 and attended the Tyler School of Art Pre-College Program at Temple University this past summer. She spends a great deal of time working on producing her own animated short film as well as other projects. On the Burning River Baroque board, in addition to utilizing her graphic, video editing and computer skills, she will be advising the group on marketing and promotion aimed at the young audience age group. 


Ben Nichols is Enterprise’s Vice President of Strategic Integration.  Currently, he is leading the integration of two development organizations, Enterprise Homes and Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) into one developer/owner of over 12,000 units of affordable housing in the Mid-Atlantic.  Previously, Ben led Enterprise’s National Initiatives which are subject matter focus areas including: Green Communities, Design, Transit Oriented Development, Partner Sustainability and Health and Housing among others.  He started the Partner Sustainability team that provides resources and technical assistance to both nonprofit developers in order to develop and preserve affordable housing as well as keep vital services flowing to our neighborhoods and communities.  During the last sixteen years at Enterprise, Ben’s duties have included: providing technical assistance on Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) projects, underwriting lending for Enterprise Community Loan Fund, evaluating the financial health of organizations and helping organizations plan for their future.   Ben holds an MBA and a certificate of nonprofit management from Weatherhead School of Management (Case Western Reserve University) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.    


New interns coming soon


Hannah Baxter

Gerrette Braunsdorf

Heather Giles

Ranelle Huber

LJ Kimble

Rick Kimble

Paula Maust

***Burning River Baroque is still building our board. If you have time to contribute, please contact us!

We continue to look for help including, but not limited to: legal knowledge, online concert listings, marketing and PR, grant-writing/ professional writing, and social media expertise. 



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