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.

Email contact: wfsoed@wfso.org

Alicia Deges
Assistant Executive Director

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

Email contact: marketing@wfso.org

Wayne Bennett

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.

contact email: info@wfso.org

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
Fouad Fakhouri

President, Elizabeth Yeager
Vice-President/Governance Chair, Past-President, Katie Parkey
Secretary, Staci Shanes
Treasurer, David Farabee

Standing Committees




Dr. Clara Latham


Katie Parkey


David Farabee

Fund Development 

Katie Parkey



Katie Parkey




John Buckley

Dr. Martin Camacho

David Farabee

Dr. Clara Latham

Katie Parkey

Staci Shanes

Mary Jane Smith

Donna Vidmar

Josh White

Lynette Williams

Elizabeth Yeager


Advisory Council

Ann Funston

Jim Hoggard 

Tim Justus

Rachel Kapelski

Janis Linville


Judy Pipes

Dale Prothro

Gary Shores

John Stephenson

John Vitek

Honorary Board

Dorothy Denman
Carolyn Sanders



Musicians Representative Nancy Cook
Symphony League President Kay Murphy
Youth Symphony President Elise Allen