The PCB Board is elected annually by the general membership in accordance with our Bylaws. The Board is comprised of those in Executive Officer and non-Officer Director roles, each with a specific set of responsibilities.

Executive Officers

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Ian Behlke
President & Executive Director
French Horn

As President, Ian is responsible for general oversight of the organization and the work of the Board and Music Director.

Ian teaches band at Edgewood Middle School in the Mounds View school district. He also teaches middle school band lessons in the Mounds View school district. Ian earned his degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 2014. He has played in the Plymouth Concert Band for over three years.

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Shannon Elsenpeter
Vice President & Deputy Director
French Horn

Shannon is our newly appointed Vice President where she will support the President in managing the Board and organization as well as lead special projects and initiatives. Shannon retains her outreach responsibilities, where she is in charge of creating and nurturing relationships with our members, audience, and community partners.

Shannon is a seasoned Information Technology professional. While she holds her bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, she has always had music as one of her creative outlets. Shannon was a member of the Eden Prairie Community Band for 13 years and served on their band council for 12 years.

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Steven Comingdeer
Secretary & Treasurer /
Administration & Finance Director
Flute Section Leader

Steven holds a double role on the Board serving as both the Treasurer and Secretary. In this role, Steven is responsible for fiscal management of the organization as well as overall organizational and Board governance.

Steven joined the PCB in 2014. Steven holds a masters degree in Human Resource Management and is currently the global director for HR decision support for Accenture, a global professional services firm with 450,000+ employees in 120 countries.

Although he did not study music professionally, Steven has been playing flutes ranging from piccolo to the contrabass flute since elementary school and has a particular interest in the more uncommon flutes such as the Eb flute and Bb flute d’amore. Steven plays flute and piccolo in the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, and the Trillium and Hopewell flute choirs. Steven also serves on the Board for the Upper Midwest Flute Association as Treasurer.


Non-Officer Directors

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Richard Samec
Development
Saxophone

Richard is our Development Director, responsible for all of our fundraising and donor relations initiatives and activities including Give to the Max Day, and our grant applications.

Richard is a Registered Professional Engineer who has worked in the power and energy industry for over 25 years. Richard earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and Professional Engineering licensure in 2002. Richard also plays the Slovenian diatonic button accordion and travels to jazz festivals across the country as an avid listener.

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Daniel Georgakopoulos
Operations
Clarinet

Daniel is in charge of all logistics planning and execution to support our concert performances and other events as Operations Director.

Daniel graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a double B.M. degree in K-12 Instrumental Education and Clarinet Performance. He is a licensed Minnesota Music Educator teaching privately as well as serving as a substitute teacher in Wayzata District Schools.

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Amanda Yadav
Marketing & Communications
French Horn

Amanda, our head of Marketing & Communications, is responsible for publicity, web development, graphic design and communications to our internal and external constituents.

Amanda owns a private music studio and currently teaches French horn and piano lessons to 35 students. She earned her Bachelors of Music from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her Masters of Music from Wichita State University. In addition to teaching, Amanda has been a member of the French horn sections of the Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.