Administrative Staff

Sherry Ransom
Executive Director

Originally joining the WFSO staff in 2000 as an administrative assistant and then stepping in as Interim Director in 2011, Sherry Ransom’s background and education are in office management and customer service. With her orchestral management experience, Sherry is committed to the development of the WFSO and furthering the arts in Wichita Falls and the Texoma area.

Alicia Deges
Assistant Executive Director

Alicia Deges has been with the WFSO since 2014.  With a B.S. degree  in the field of  Music Therapy,  Alicia brings an insightful and enthusiastic online marketing and community-focused presence to the organization.

Wayne Bennett
Interim Director

Wayne Bennett has been a part of the WFSO for  over 35 years. He is a Wichita Falls native and graduate of Hirschi H. S. and  Midwestern State University. Wayne earned his BA and MA in trumpet performance and  Music Education.  He was Commander & Bandmaster of the 95th Division Army Band, retiring after serving 38 years. He was also employed by the WFISD as orchestra director at Hirschi HS and then as assistant band director at Rider HS.  Wayne has served as the WFSO librarian and musician representive, as well as being an instrumental member of the Education Committee and the Search Committee & the Artistic Committee.

Board of Directors

The Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra is governed by a board of community-minded individuals who volunteer their time to make our city a better place to live.

Music Director/Conductor

President, Katie Parkey
President Elect/Governance Chair, Elizabeth Yeager
Secretary, Jan Shain-McCullough
Treasurer, David Farabee

Standing Committees

Education Chair Dr. Clara Latham
Marketing Chair Dr. Todd Giles
Artistic Chair Dale Prothro
Fund Development Chair Jerry Gossett
Hospitality Josh White
Tickets Chair John Lane
Board Member at Large Janis Linville
  Eddie Moran
  Judy Pipes
  Mary Jane Smith
  James Williamson

Advisory Council

Ann Funston
Jim Hoggard
Rachel Kapelski
Tim Justus
Fred Lowder
Gary Shores
John Stephenson
John Vitek
Billie Wilson

Honorary Board

Dorothy Denman
Jackie Hall
Carolyn Sanders


Musicians Representative Tom Schrandt
Symphony League President Jane McGough
Youth Symphony President Kathy Silknitter