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Staff

Victor Muenzer debuted as PRCO conductor with the concluding concert of the 2013-14 season. He is the son of PRCO’s co-founders, the former Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Edgar Muenzer and his wife, Nancy; and was raised in the Chicago symphonic music environment. A Maine South graduate, Victor studied conducting at Northwestern University and DePaul University. Committed to bringing symphonic music to people everywhere, Victor founded The Imagination Symphony that has presented concerts for kids throughout the Chicago area. He also helped pioneer the syndication of weekly symphonic radio programs using the CD format in his role as president of CD Syndications, Inc. His national radio programs have included Indianapolis On-the-Air, Center Stage from Wolf Trap, and On Stage at the Library of Congress. Victor also has produced many well-known recordings including the 1995 Grammy Award winner for Best Chamber Music Performance, featuring Daniel Barenboim and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.  Photo by Melissa Ryan

Victor Muenzer debuted as PRCOrchestra conductor with the concluding concert of the 2013-14 season. He is the son of PRCOrchestra’s co-founders, the former Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Edgar Muenzer and his wife, Nancy; and was raised in the Chicago symphonic music environment. A Maine South graduate, Victor studied conducting at Northwestern University and DePaul University. Committed to bringing symphonic music to people everywhere, Victor founded The Imagination Symphony that has presented concerts for kids throughout the Chicago area. He also helped pioneer the syndication of weekly symphonic radio programs using the CD format in his role as president of CD Syndications, Inc. His national radio programs have included Indianapolis On-the-Air, Center Stage from Wolf Trap, and On Stage at the Library of Congress. Victor also has produced many well-known recordings including the 1995 Grammy Award winner for Best Chamber Music Performance, featuring Daniel Barenboim and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Photo by Melissa Ryan

Victor Muenzer
Music Director

Mary Wynn Ryan brings to the position decades of hands-on experience in management, marketing and communications for non-profit organizations and businesses as well as award-winning creative direction and writing.  She has held management positions at major design centers, national trade and business associations, boutique ad agencies with Fortune 500 clients, and publications for businesses and consumers.  A former Park Ridge alderman and Park Ridge Park District president, she also was an appointee on the Mayor’s Commission for Economic Development and currently serves on the boards of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Park Ridge Community Fund. Two years ago, she helped launch an upgrade of the Orchestra’s marketing and brought in the award-winning artist Rex Parker to create the popular posters seen in kiosks around the City. Ryan will continue serving selected clients through her company, Winning Ways Marketing, but will focus on strengthening and expanding the Orchestra’s base. “The Orchestra currently depends entirely on private grants, donations and ticket sales to pay more than 75 professional musicians, venue costs and other expenses for each concert,” explains President Pam Benitez. “We are happy to have Mary’s marketing expertise, management experience and enthusiastic community involvement to help the Orchestra continue growing our supporters and patrons.”  Says Ryan, “Park Ridge’s cultural offerings are attracting more and more people from the greater Chicago area, and what I like to call “the winter orchestra” is a key part of the mix. Our fall-to-spring season of pops and classics at the iconic Pickwick Theater has increased concert attendance 67 percent in the last two years alone, and the more people know about us, the stronger we’ll be. Supporting our wonderful musicians, we have extraordinary board members, volunteers and vendors, and I look forward to all we can accomplish together.”

Mary Wynn Ryan is a successful entrepreneur and marketer who brings decades of hands-on experience in management, marketing and communications for non-profit organizations and businesses as well as award-winning creative direction and writing. She has held management positions at major design centers, national trade and business associations, boutique ad agencies with Fortune 500 clients, and publications for businesses and consumers. A former Park Ridge alderman and Park Ridge Park District president, she also was an appointee on the Mayor’s Commission for Economic Development and currently serves on the boards of the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Park Ridge Community Fund. Two years ago, she helped launch an upgrade of the Orchestra’s marketing and brought in the award-winning artist Rex Parker to create the popular posters seen in kiosks around the City. Ryan will continue serving selected clients through her company, Winning Ways Marketing, but will focus on strengthening and expanding the PRCOrchestra’s base.

Mary Wynn Ryan
Executive Director

Runal Patel is an ambitious senior at Maine West High School who has brought many technological and youthful skills to the PRCOrchestra, including creating a giving database and a beautiful website, all while learning about non-profit management and web design. These skills, and his dedication to innovation, have been an asset to the PRCOrchestra since 2015. Runal’s association with the orchestra began during the summer of 2015 when he began interning with the PRCOrchestra's then-Executive Director Deborah Oberschelp. Soon, he became a full-fledged employee helping the Executive Director and President with website updates and other technology-based work. During the 2015-2016 school year, Runal along with two of his classmates wrote a report on the PRCOrchestra that they entered in a business competition run by a career and technical student organization, DECA. They went on to win first in the state competition and place in the 75th percentile at the international level. Runal also contributes his talents to his high school’s choral program, Model UN, various honor societies, and other clubs and organizations. He continues to be a useful asset to the PRCOrchestra, bringing a youthful perspective to the organization. Runal hopes to attend college next year studying political science and economics. 

Runal Patel is an ambitious senior at Maine West High School who has brought many technological and youthful skills to the PRCOrchestra, including creating a giving database and a beautiful website, all while learning about non-profit management and web design. These skills, and his dedication to innovation, have been an asset to the PRCOrchestra since 2015. Runal’s association with the orchestra began during the summer of 2015 when he began interning with the PRCOrchestra's then-Executive Director Deborah Oberschelp. Soon, he became a full-fledged employee helping the Executive Director and President with website updates and other technology-based work. During the 2015-2016 school year, Runal along with two of his classmates wrote a report on the PRCOrchestra that they entered in a business competition run by a career and technical student organization, DECA. They went on to win first in the state competition and place in the 75th percentile at the international level. Runal also contributes his talents to his high school’s choral program, Model UN, various honor societies, and other clubs and organizations. He continues to be a useful asset to the PRCOrchestra, bringing a youthful perspective to the organization. Runal hopes to attend college next year studying political science and economics to help him begin a career in public service. In his free time, Runal enjoys singing with friends, discussing politics, trying new restaurants, and exploring the city of Chicago.

Runal Patel
Webmaster

Board of Directors

Executive Commitee

Pam Benitez is a successful entrepreneur who has operated several regional businesses, including Advanced Business Center and Jonland Type & Design, with an emphasis on providing attentive, customized service and value. These skills, and her love of people, have been an asset to PRCO for two decades. Pam’s association with the orchestra began in 1994, the year PRCO was formed, when she began working with PRCO co-founder Nancy Muenzer in producing concert program books and other materials. Soon, she began helping Nancy with the annual Benefit Tea and Gala, and since Pam always loved classical music, the more involved she got, the more committed she became. Pam also contributes her leadership talents to local chambers of commerce and other worthy groups, in the process forging strong bonds for PRCO throughout the northwest suburban area.  Photo by Melissa Ryan

Pam Benitez is a successful entrepreneur who has operated several regional businesses, including Advanced Business Center and Jonland Type & Design, with an emphasis on providing attentive, customized service and value. These skills, and her love of people, have been an asset to PRCO for two decades. Pam’s association with the orchestra began in 1994, the year PRCOrchestra was formed, when she began working with PRCOrchestra co-founder Nancy Muenzer in producing concert program books and other materials. Soon, she began helping Nancy with the annual Benefit Tea and Gala, and since Pam always loved classical music, the more involved she got, the more committed she became. Pam also contributes her leadership talents to local chambers of commerce and other worthy groups, in the process forging strong bonds for PRCOrchestra throughout the northwest suburban area.

Photo by Melissa Ryan

Pamela Benitez
President

Catherine Balentine Mueller
Vice President

Paul Hageman, Esq.
Treasurer

Phyllis Doyle is a retired sales and marketing agent who has held several sales and marketing positions with the latest being National Sales Manager at the Magnaflux division of Illinois Tool Works. She now stays involved in several volunteer activities. Aside from the PRCO Board, she volunteers for Holy Family Ministries and at Norwood Crossing Retirement Village. Phyllis also prides herself on being active in Edison Park Lutheran Church where she has held many leadership roles including Council President. Additionally, she runs several fundraising programs and is heavily involved in the music ministry at the Church. Phyllis lives in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband Jim and also spends much time enjoying being close to nature in Door County, WI.

Phyllis Doyle is a retired sales and marketing agent who has held several sales and marketing positions with the latest being National Sales Manager at the Magnaflux division of Illinois Tool Works. She now stays involved in several volunteer activities. Aside from the PRCOrchestra Board, she volunteers for Holy Family Ministries and at Norwood Crossing Retirement Village. Phyllis also prides herself on being active in Edison Park Lutheran Church where she has held many leadership roles including Council President. Additionally, she runs several fundraising programs and is heavily involved in the music ministry at the Church. Phyllis lives in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband Jim and also spends much time enjoying being close to nature in Door County, WI.

Phyllis Doyle
Recording Secretery

MEMBERS

KATHLEEN BARTON
DIRECTOR

BETTY HENNEMAN
DIRECTOR

JARED SKIBA
DIRECTOR

JOANNE JOHNSON
DIRECTOR

GARRETT PLUHAR-SCHAEFFER
DIRECTOR

MAUREEN A. MURPHY, ESQ.
DIRECTOR

VICTOR MUENZER
DIRECTOR