Savannah Philharmonic Names Three New Board Members

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Scott Lauretti, Kelley Parker and Rebecca Kirkpatrick have been appointed to the Savannah Philharmonic’s Board of Directors.

Scott Lauretti currently serves as the chief executive officer of SAL Companies, a diversified, privately-held company with interests in real estate, agriculture, media, and food and beverage service. He is the founder of The Emmy Foundation, a patient-focused program providing melanoma patients access to and funding for cutting-edge treatments and care. In addition to The Emmy Foundation, Lauretti has given back to the community by serving on various board including: St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations as chairman, Horizons Savannah as chairman elect, MedBank Foundation as chairman, The Italian Society of Savannah as president, The Fund for Savannah Country Day School as chairman, and the Savannah Book Festival. Lauretti earned an MBA in finance from The Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University.

Kelley Parker earned her degree in business management with a minor in fashion merchandising from Miami University of Ohio. In the professional field, she has worked with GAP Inc. and Parker’s Market as a buyer/merchandiser. Parker currently serves on the Caretta Research Project board, and previously served on the Historic Savannah Foundation board as gala chair, the Savannah Country Day Parents Association and the Telfair Ball board as co-chair.

Rebecca Kirkpatrick is originally from Texarkana, Texas, where she was raised. She later moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky. She's lived all over the South and was thrilled at the opportunity to settle in Savannah. Kirkpatrick has lived on Skidaway Island for nearly nine years with her husband, Chris, and two young children. She is a Worth New York Stylist and works from home. She has been active in her community through volunteering. Kirkpatrick is an active church member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and the Seeds & Weeds Garden Club. She volunteers on Chef’s Table Committee for America’s Second Harvest, and is a Sustainer with the Junior League of Savannah as well as a golf member with the LWGA. Kirkpatrick will be working to recruit volunteers for the Phil Ambassadors program.

Lauretti, Parker and Kirkpatrick will join the 24-member board including: Chairman Austin Hill, Vice Chairman Samir Nikocevic, Secretary Phyllis Albertson, Treasurer Deepika Paul, Executive Committee Member Andrew Dekle, Executive Committee Member Nina Eidell, Executive Committee Member Linda Moore, Past Chairman Ron Morris, and members Alderwoman Carol Bell, Carolyn Brown, Michael Brown, Rhegan White-Clemm, Yvonne Johnson, Herb McKenzie, Linda McWhorter, Benjamin Couch Payne, Fran Thomas, James Spano, Molly Swagler, Bob Vinyard, and Susan Whitaker.

“I’m confident the 2017-18 Savannah Philharmonic season is going to set new records with the world-class talent of our musicians and the leadership skills of our board of directors,” said Savannah Philharmonic Executive Director Terri O’Neil. “We are very excited that Scott, Kelley and Rebecca have joined our board and I’m eager to see what this year holds for our organization.”